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Dec 07 // Leigh Alexander

Destructoid review: Ontamarama

You don't need me to tell you that music-based rhythm action titles are hot shiz these days. Is it because the combination of music with skill-based activity triggers endorphins? Stimulates the brain's reward center? I'm n...
Nov 26 // Leigh Alexander

Destructoid review: Fire Emblem - Radiant Dawn

I hate tactical games. I hate strategy games, real-time strategy games, and tactical RPGs. I would rather drive screws into my nostrils with the business end of a power drill and, of course, apply a nail gun to my eyes than p...
Nov 21 // Leigh Alexander

Videogame conventions III: All work and no play

I am the Hero of Legend. The planet's fate rests in my hands. I will not be stopped.My travels have spanned the world, and my prowess as a hero has steadily grown. With each stroke of my weapon I grow stronger; with each tick...
Nov 16 // Leigh Alexander

Videogame conventions II: Hand-me-down

I am the Hero of Legend.Long have been my travails in a vast and mysterious world, an environment largely hostile to me. When I departed the tiny, peaceable village where I spent the whole of my childhood as a mere farming bo...
Nov 12 // Leigh Alexander

Videogame Conventions I: Indefatigable Capitalism

After 1,000 years, the Dark Lord has, against all odds, re-emerged into the world.We hadn't thought it possible. Our people had, through a use of time- and space-rending magical power, with the aid of a great celestial coinci...
Nov 07 // Leigh Alexander

Difficult games: The real brain training

I beat that damn werewolf.I complained recently that the current era's intuitive, "easy" games might have blunted my legendary, meticulously-honed gamer skillz of old, like a one-time champ who's over the hill. A li...
Nov 05 // Leigh Alexander

Difficult games: My miserable little pile of failure

So, extending my... extended Castlevania kick recently, I started playing Dracula X Chronicles on the PSP over the weekend. Firstly, it's a toe-curlingly good remake -- when Richter first crosses the bridge and it begins to r...
Oct 16 // Leigh Alexander

Destructoid Review: Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast is the latest racer for the Wii. If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory, we’ve been promised the game for quite some time – it was actually supposed to be a GameCube title, using ...
Sep 25 // Leigh Alexander

Halo 3: Chiefly Underwhelming?

So have you got Teh Haloes? Yes, no? I haven't. Even though I've yet to hear a recommendation against it; even though it is, by all accounts a solid game, and by some accounts, a revolutionary game. Most of all, I've yet to see a heavily critical rating.So why aren't I interested? Hit the jump; maybe you can tell me. 
Sep 24 // Leigh Alexander

Destructoid Review: Rune Factory -- A Fantasy Harvest Moon

Thinking of the Harvest Moon series, it’s rather amazing that it’s as compelling as it is, considering the entire gameplay revolves around the repetition of simple, mundane behaviors. But add in gentle townsfolk, ...
Sep 13 // Leigh Alexander

Chewy, chocolate-coated gummy proposal: Viva Pinata love

So we know that wedding proposals take place in MMOs all the time, sweet touching moments of deep connection that occur when real people start to forget that Azeroth is not a real place, as their concept of reality becomes ev...
Sep 10 // Leigh Alexander

Ian Bogost wants to trouble you: The Destructoid interview

Anytime someone says that games aren't art, we're up in arms burning straw effigies of Ebert. Any time someone says games are destructive, we want blood. Half of us want to pretend that games are only toys, and the other half...
Sep 05 // Leigh Alexander

Become a Rock Band rockstar -- like, right now

So yeah, obviously we're all excited about Rock Band, duh. Are you really excited? Wanna get your hands on it now, before anyone else -- and be on national television?The tender dreams of hilariously ironic rock superstardom ...
Sep 04 // Leigh Alexander

Samus: I don't need no plasmids, bitch

Samus likes it on top, boys. Gamasutra and CVG are both reporting that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is in the top spot on the all-format sales charts, possibly outdoing BioShock in its first week of sales.Actually, it looks pr...
Aug 29 // Leigh Alexander

Delicious BioShock easter egg (you must not eat it)

Image quality is poor because I snapped it with my cell phone, but I found this on the floor of Arcadia Winery (upper portion). One of those musty old cheese wheels and what looks like floor dirt forms a cute and not-so-subtle little nod from the cutting edge of gaming to the old, old school. Rock on.
Aug 29 // Leigh Alexander

A World of Our Own: Online games and community

I recently interviewed Nexon's Min Kim for Worlds in Motion, where I'm editor when not here at Destructoid. I cover bizness news related to online worlds, social networking, and MMOs that work on the free-to-play, pay-for-goo...
Aug 27 // Leigh Alexander

Crisis Core Trailer: Time to Cry Like a Girl

What is it about Final Fantasy VII? We all try to be cool. "Overrated," we scoff amongst our enclave of pals as we mock Cloud on forums and draw comical mutilation fanart of Aeris (SPOILER: SHE DIES). And yet, I de...
Aug 24 // Leigh Alexander

The Most Rad Dorm Ever

Do you guys say "raddest" or "most rad?" Man, college was a nightmare, huh? --Oh, right, I didn't go. Boy, was I mistaken -- instead of languishing at acting school with boys taking their clothes off and c...
Aug 15 // Leigh Alexander

Crisis Core PSP bundle will rape your wallet (and your Mom)

So it looks like the Crisis Core PSP bundle is available for preorder in a few places. That's the new PSP slim, with a Buster Sword wrist strap and some Zack-Cloud-Sephiroth art as done by Nomura, from the looks of it. They'r...
Aug 14 // Leigh Alexander

BioShock: I think I've been here before

So, like many, I played the unbelievable BioShock demo last night, and was floored. I've never been much of an FPS fan; I've always said it would take a lot to get me really into the genre. But few could argue with me that Bi...
Aug 09 // Leigh Alexander

Building a better RPG: Let's make babies!

Heard on Kotaku about this strategy RPG from Idea Factory/RED called Record of Agarest War. At first tender romantic blush, it's a strategy RPG -- but it turns out you can propagate your heroic DNA with the game's heroines to...
Aug 08 // Leigh Alexander

New Famitsu Scans: Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon

For where there is Chocobo, evil dares not tread. The prophecy foretells of a time when the yellow-crested harbingers of Instrumentality will stride forth as heralds of joy across the marshes and mountains as a ray of beauty ...
Aug 03 // Leigh Alexander

Growlanser: Heritage of War Web site launch

Atlus launched a Web site today for the upcoming PS2 strategy RPG Growlanser: Heritage of War. The Web site's got tons of goodies up there, wallpapers and avatars and other digital swag. Speaking of goodies, if you like them ...
Aug 03 // Leigh Alexander

Take-Two shares take a dive

I'm developing this great idea for a dramatic sitcom based around the Take-Two offices. It will feature tense courtroom scenes as executives get caught backdating stock options and falsifying records against the dramatic back...
Aug 03 // Leigh Alexander

Karma's a bitch: Jack Thompson has heart trouble

You know what karma is; it's that concept by which if you live a good life, you're reborn as a golden cow, and if you're bad, you're liable to spend your next incarnation trapped in the body of a hideous predatory mantis who ...
Aug 01 // Leigh Alexander

Somebody loves you: New Eternal Sonata Screens

How do I love thee, Destructoid? If you count the number of images in this brand-new gallery of Eternal Sonata screens that I painstakingly converted to JPGs and uploaded just for you, you might have a fraction of an idea of ...
Jul 30 // Leigh Alexander

Counterpoint: Why you should fear casual gaming

As you've probably seen, Lewzr's recent clogpost, much like a lucky crane game toy, was plucked from the crowd and deemed by the fickle whim of fate to be worthy of frontpage note, leaving the other two-dollar polyester toys ...
Jul 30 // Leigh Alexander

A wild CHOCOBABY appears! What will you do?

I pretend I'm rational, pragmatic, unsentimental. I deal with the issues, man, the core of our intellectual relationship with games, the subtle layers of gamer psychology. And I feign androgyny; my gender has no place in my ...
Jul 27 // Leigh Alexander

Let boobs flounce free!

A recent FileFront editorial treats a topic near and dear to all our hearts -- boobs in video games. However, even though the article's author identifies himself as "someone who enjoys eye candy as much as the next man,&...
Jul 25 // Leigh Alexander

Building a better RPG: How Persona 3 will save us all

Quite often these days, we hear it said that “nobody wants to play 60-hour RPGs anymore.” Many of us even say as much ourselves, especially as an entire generation ages and finds itself with less time to pour in...

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