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Watching and playing competitive games like Dota and StarCraft take up most of his time. His three favorite non-video game things in the world are space, dinosaurs, and puppets. So if there were ever a space dinosaur puppet, HE WOULD FREAK OUT.

I've graduated college with a degree in History/Education and I'm now a certified Social Studies teacher. I love teaching people things, which may explain my affinity for writing game guides from time to time.

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Review: The Sun at Night

Laika was a female Soviet dog, and the first mutt in space and to orbit the Earth. Laika was never intended to return. She died during her orbit, and her remains burnt up as the Sputnik 2 re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated. Or did she…    more

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New cosmetics, replay function, and Hero added to Dota 2

Yesterday, a new game mode, the Hero Terrorblade, and balance changes were introduced for the newest Dota 2 update, scheduled to go live tomorrow. Today we get another Hero, Phoenix, a new feature, and HATS! The new...   more

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A new Hero and balance changes are coming to Dota 2

The Chinese New Year is upon us, and everyone knows that that means: a new Dota 2 event! The update was vaguely outlined yesterday, but today we can get a much better idea of what the New Bloom update will have in store....   more

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'Edge-hogging' mechanics of new Smash Bros. are different

In both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl, there's a popular mechanic commonly referred to as "edge-hogging." Since only one character can be on an edge at a time, when a character is knocked off of the stage, their oppo...   more

'Edge-hogging' mechanics of new Smash Bros. are different photo

Review: Continue?9876543210

I have no idea how to accurately describe Continue?9876543210 so I’ll just copy and paste this quote from the developer in here: “Continue? is for the type of person that appreciates odd, poetic word play, interpr...   more

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PC Port Report: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Hey everyone! There’s a Platinum Games game out on PC! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Well, I guess since this is their first foray into the world of PC ports, it’s probably a good idea to check and see how well they&...   more

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Review: Nidhogg

Nidhogg has always been a mysterious turbo-indie game that only the cool kids could play at secret underground events in the 13th hour (NO, I WASN’T JEALOUS). Anyway, we plebeians finally have a chance to own ...   more

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Review: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Baldur’s Gate II holds a pretty special place in my heart. It was easily my favorite RPG from my younger days, and to be honest not much has changed since. Classic Dungeons & Dragons gameplay combined...   more

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The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive

I just love the variety offered in this category every single year. No nominee really plays like another. Even Gone Home and The Stanley Parable HD have a similar control scheme, but their experiences are about...   more

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Review: Path of Exile

A free-to-play ARPG (Diablo-like) sounds like a terrible idea on paper, mostly due to the track record of microtransactions recently and the obvious exploitation potential of a loot-heavy genre. Enter Grinding Gear Games who,...   more

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Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive

I'd say that this was an exceptionally great year for PC games, but I feel as if it would be more accurate to state that 2013 simply kept the exceptional trend going. As it gets easier and easier to release a game on the PC p...   more

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'Wraith-Night' update revealed for Dota 2

The Dota 2 blog has updated again today, detailing what is in the upcoming patch, which we also now know will be tomorrow. Skeleton King is becoming the Wraith King and will be the focus of what seems to be a horde-mode varia...   more

'Wraith-Night' update revealed for Dota 2 photo

CRAP! Frostivus is cancelled...again

Just when everyone was 100% confident that nothing could go wrong, something goes wrong! Frostivus, the best holiday real or fake, is cancelled once again. Curiously enough though, it isn't the work of the Greevils this time....   more

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Frostivus isn't cancelled! The Dota 2 holiday begins soon

Last year, Frostivus, what I assume to be the most amazing Dota 2 holiday ever, was CANCELLED due to those jerk Greevils. Then we had the "Greevling" instead, which was a decent alternative game mode for a while, though ...   more

Frostivus isn't cancelled! The Dota 2 holiday begins soon photo

Frozen Endzone is in beta and available

Mode 7 Games, the developers behind the pretty-much-perfect Frozen Synapse, have officially entered the beta state of their next tactical game, Frozen Endzone. At its core, it functions a lot like Synapse, except instead of ...   more

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Riot censors what pro players can stream via contracts

Riot Games, the company behind the super-popular MOBA League of Legends, apparently doesn't like competition. Contract details uncovered by onGamers show an explicit list of games that players participating in Season 4 o...   more

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