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Mar 08 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid review: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Hey, Smash Bros. Dojo? I need a word with you. Though you represent one of the industry's most brilliant marketing tactics I've ever seen, I must confess that I'm a wee bit irate with you. You've made my job difficult. I have...
Feb 23 // Aaron Linde

GDC 08: Portal devs talk narrative, development, rat men

So, uh -- this Portal thing is kind of a big deal, I hear. I guess that explains the huge, huge goddamn crowd outside the Portal post-mortem at the final day of the Game Developers Conference, everyone giddy like kids on the ...
Feb 23 // Aaron Linde

GDC 08: Nick and Linde rock Guitar Rising

A week or two ago, I was driving home from the bank and lamenting the fact that I have no artistic skill beyond my mediocre ability to sculpt with moldy mashed potatoes. "Why!?" I cried, nearly plowing into several ...
Feb 22 // Aaron Linde

GDC 08: Masahiro Sakurai talks Brawl development

I don't think that the buzz surrounding Super Smash Bros. Brawl could be any more intense -- at least, not as evidenced by the colossal line outside of hall 135 in the Moscone Center this morning, packed with ravenous journal...
Feb 21 // Aaron Linde

GDC 08: Street Fighter IV hands-on impressions!

Yes, I got to put Capcom's long, long, long-awaited franchise update, Street Fighter IV, through its paces -- as did several other bloodthirsty journalists at Capcom's suite demonstration. And yes, we're all legendary now. Yo...
Feb 21 // Aaron Linde

GDC 08: Takao Sawano explores Wii Fit's origins

While I'll admit first and foremost that a landmonster like your favorite Linde wouldn't seem the most apt candidate for a peripheral like the Wii Balance Board, it may make a bit of sense that my geeky dark side lusts for ex...
Feb 15 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid review: Professor Layton and the Curious Village

I thought the holiday season was supposed to be the most murderous, time-sucking part of the year, but I was wrong. What was once a traditionally lazy span of months before the spring blitz has, in 2008, become a thing of nig...
Jan 29 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid review: Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

Sorry, I'm a little late. Okay, really late. But a game like Advance Wars: Days of Ruin takes some time to cozy up to. It's an Advance Wars game, baby -- you gotta light some candles, get comfortable, kick back on a plush cou...
Jan 28 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid Q&A: Tomonobu Itagaki

Few developers in the gaming industry have such a carefully crafted image as Tomonobu Itagaki, head of Team Ninja and creator of the Dead or Alive franchise and Ninja Gaiden's next-gen evolution. Qais Fulton and I happened up...
Jan 16 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid review: Omega Five

Who loves shoot-'em-ups? We do! In fact, we love them so much that this review of Hudson Soft's latest XBLA offering Omega Five is largely irrelevant; sure, we'd love for you to read, argue over the score, maybe even offer a ...
Dec 19 // Aaron Linde

Undead ninja cyborg gamer makes God Hand's hardest level look easy

I'm utterly fascinated by perfect play videos -- a dude netting a perfect no-death game in Ikaruga  while manning both sticks or a video of someone playing Assassin's Creed without complaining (!). Pitting man against ...
Dec 12 // Aaron Linde

Postpartum Impressions: Super Mario Galaxy

We've all been there: a new game is forthcoming and your anticipation has pushed you to the brink of insanity. The wait is absolutely intolerable until that fateful morning rolls around when you haul your ass to the store, pi...
Dec 05 // Aaron Linde

Hands-on with Halo 3 DLC

Last Thursday I hauled my lazy ass to Bungietowne on an invite from the Halo 3 DLC team to try out some of the new maps to be made available in the Heroic Map Pack, up for grabs next week on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Fortuna...
Dec 01 // Aaron Linde

Strength and honor! Ziff Davis rallies outside CNET offices

In a showing of support for the recent review debacle still underway at CNET, staffers from Ziff Davis including 1UP writers (and that oh-so-dreamy Jeremy Parish) put together a small but profoundly effective demonstration in...
Nov 30 // Aaron Linde

Bit Blot drops Aquaria next week

After months of beating the game into your skulls, Aquaria is finally on track for a firm release date: Just a week from now, which slips the game into Bit Blot's promised 2007 release. In the week leading up to the drop, the...
Nov 28 // Aaron Linde

EVE Trinity pretties things up on December 5

Not content to simply remain the prettiest MMO available (and it is, damnit), CCP is set to update EVE Online with their latest expansion, Trinity, on December 5th. The new expansion will make available a host of new features...
Nov 23 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid review: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

If you're feeling bloated and half-retarded from eating enough starch to make a crude cement mix, a strategy RPG might be the last thing on your mind. But don't let something like feeling disgusted with yourself for stealing ...
Nov 19 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid Reviews: The Official Guide

There's been a general consensus among Destructoid staff and readership alike that clarification of our reviews process and metrics has been sorely needed for some time, and it's something that I've been wanting to do for awh...
Nov 12 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid review: Super Mario Galaxy

Given the hour, I'm assuming that a lot of you are likely waking up to this review. Perhaps some of you have fancies of Nintendo's latest flagship title Super Mario Galaxy dancing in your heads, holdovers from the dreams cult...
Nov 09 // Aaron Linde

Super Mario Galaxy touches down in Lindevania [Update: Impressions!]

After days (weeks? [months!?]) of painful anticipation, Super Mario Galaxy finally showed up on my doorstep, thanks to a kindly ol' FedEx delivery driver who knew not the bounty of wonder that he carried. Nintendo also sent a...
Nov 08 // Aaron Linde

Pew-Pewin' at the top of the world: EVE Fanfest 2007

I've gone on record more than once over my distaste for MMOs, but EVE Online has always been an exception, an asterisk slapped on an otherwise lengthy list of games I'd sooner rip my toenails off than play. Its single-shard, ...
Nov 01 // Aaron Linde

EVE Fanfest 2007: What the hell time is it?

After two hours by shuttle, twelve hours by plane and an hour cab ride into the city, I've finally arrived in Reykjavik for this year's EVE Online Fanfest 2007, CCP's yearly get-together at the top of the world for players, d...
Oct 24 // Aaron Linde

Restructuring, layoffs forthcoming at EA, Mythic Studios

Owing to sagging profits and and a less-than-firm grip on their once invulnerable spot at top of the third party heap, Electronic Arts is looking to make some changes in their corporate structure, starting with Mythic and the...
Oct 23 // Aaron Linde

Podtoid 34: My Cube, Let Me Show Him To You

What's inside The Orange Box? Sex. Sex and heroin. And with those contents firmly tucked in our pants, we embark upon Podtoid 34, in which two editors of Destructoid (plus one Weekly Geek) cover some news, answer some questio...
Oct 21 // Aaron Linde

Podtoid 34: Cakes and Cubes

While some of the staff is off in LA meetin' important people and playin' lots of games, the rest of us are here holding the fort, left home because we're just not pretty enough to represent Destructoid publicly. So us fuglie...
Oct 19 // Aaron Linde

My balls are lethal: Super Dodgeball Brawlers announced for NDS

I swear to God I won't let this degenerate into a nostalgia-fest, but c'mon -- Super Dodge Ball was awesome. It taught me two lessons that I reflect upon almost daily in my adult life: first, always run and leap before hurlin...
Oct 19 // Aaron Linde

Beautiful Katamari DLC announced; 800 points will buy you a complete game

Being a fan of rolling, nonsense, and the rampant homoerotic gestures of intergalactic regents, I picked up a copy of Beautiful Katamari earlier this week, eager to sink my teeth into the latest installment of one of my favor...
Oct 14 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid review: Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions

Oh god, Final Fantasy Tactics. What I knew in my youth as the Bane of Academia, the Unholy Timeslayer. It's on a shiny new platform and has a nifty subtitle now, some additions and new job classes, but it's the same game and...
Oct 11 // Aaron Linde

Destructoid review: Portal

[This is just one of the new games available in The Orange Box. Don't forget to read our reviews of Episode Two and Team Fortress 2, and keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming console reviews.] It's no big secret that I've bee...
Oct 09 // Aaron Linde

Podtoid 33: Satellite Delay

I think I totally jinxed us when I was talking about, y'know, delays when soliciting requests for questions this past weekend. Turns out our recording software was listening and said "Hey, I got a crazy idea -- let's mak...






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