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Happy 11th Birthday, Destructoid Community!

Is Destructoid really eleven years old? Yee*.  *I apologize if that came off as anti-Cretaceous. I'd like to thank my momma, Jordan, Chris, Brett, Steven, Zack, Stephen, Holmes, Darren, Jed, Alissa, Caitlin, Josh, Matthew, Peter,...   read

 
 
 

One of my earliest memories: Watching my uncle make a kite, by hand. He drew Voltes V on it and gave it to me. I remember clapping along to the theme song at a movie theater in Cuba. Its corny, but it swells my eyes and gives me goosebumps. #oldtoontoid



 
 
 

I started Destructoid 11 years ago. That's insane. We celebrate our anniversary on March 16. Come back next week for the shit posting!

 
 
 

Ad Block Users: If you're having problem with site photos but want to keep using it, just white list "*.destructoid.com" and that should solve the problem. Ads come from third party sites. Hope that helps!

 
 
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Nvidia drops 1080 card to $499, new Ti card faster than Titan

Some exciting hardware news out of GDC: Nvidia's shipping a faster graphics card on March 6th, and perhaps more exciting - they're dropping the price on the much-hyped GeForce 1080 GTX for $499. The new GeForce 1080 Ti is due soon at $700, ...   read

 
 
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GaCuCon: The Soulkeeper was quite the attention keeper

Have you seen the Helm Systems logo? When I got the business card I was like GIGGLE GIGGLE CONDOMS while totally keeping my composure. This is the second time I've had a chance to check their upcoming title, and yet again I came away impres...   read

 
 
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GaCuCon: Feed your desire to murder pigeons with Flappin Nutz

There's a soft spot in my heart for SHMUPS, right next to the hardened part where I want all birds to be deep-fried in canola. Though still very much a work in progress, I enjoyed a few ridiculous rounds of Flappin Nutz: A game a...   read

 
 
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The GaCuCon video game cruise, reviewed

I went on a video game cruise for a week. What an asshole, right? You can't say I didn't invite you! I did an interview with the founders a while back. It's annual and open to the public.  Joining GaCuCon, aboa...   read

 
 
 

Please pardon my Spanish: Hablas español mejor que yo? Quieres trabajar para Destructoid? Pues cojones, mandenme ejemplos de sus escrituras a: jobs [at] destructoid punto com. Por favor incluye donde vives y sus horarios libres. ¡Buenas suertes, huevone

 
 
 

The home page sidebars will be down for a little bit, I'm having a weird error with google where it thinks every page is the cblogs. Fun!

 
 
 

Hey folks, just a quick note from the dev/operations side - Disqus is aware of the performance/ads slow-down issue and is rolling out a solution very shortly. Super sorry if it's currently slow as balls on your mobile, we're working on it.

 
 
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GaCuCon: The little Miami video game convention's kickoff event

The first-ever GaCuCon Gaming Cruise land expo went down last night and it was legit, comfortable, and indie-tastic. We were treated to play new games in progress, like a shmup where an old man takes vengeance on birds for shitting on his c...   read

 
 
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Come party with Gacucon in Miami at Dave-n-Busters Dolphin Mall

Update: GaCuCon kicks off tomorrow night from 5-10 at Dave n Busters Dolphin Mall in Miami! Here's the info There's a gaming cruise? Of course there is, don't you think there should be? After all, there's EDM cruises, clothing-optional cru...   read

 
 
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25 reasons you need the 75-cent Doge game Montaro

Montaro is not a very good game, but had it been released in 1988 it would have been game of the year. Now, before you say this would be true of every disgusting game you own, Montaro is so simplistic that it could have been made on 1988-er...   read

 
 
 

Watch Dogs 2 Vagina they cried, from the google, and the webmaster died

 
 
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Report: Final Fantasy XV is cut off on some televisions (Updated)

Update: Square replied to a customer on 12/9, and according to the email (copied below) the fix is coming in a month. A month! Doesn't that just give you that warm and fuzzy pre-order feeling?  Thank you for contacting SQUARE ENIX sup...   read

 
 
 

Sorry about the site slowdown. I will take the server offline late tonight and look into it

 
 
 

Everybody's been through this at your bro's house. (via reddit)


 
 
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Stop what you're doing and play Google's Halloween cat game

Harry Potter, eat your heart out. Google made a cat wizard game and it's so cute you're going to want to punch your eyes in. It might be easy to miss: Google has rolled out a new homepage that looks like a Halloween cartoon movie, but ...   read

 
 
 

Have you tried running your photos through Google's Deep Dream generator? It makes some amazing nightmare fuel


 
 
 

I've achieved everything I've ever wanted and I have to be alive for another 30 or so years. Ama!

 
 
 

Kinda meh on Switch. Give it a month and android clones will appear

 
 
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We have 100 free Steam codes to give away for Pankapu

We interrupt your news feed to give you a very pretty game for free -- the devs of Pankapu have showered us with 100 Steam codes and one of them could be yours! Simply drop a comment below and you'll be selected at random to win a free cop...   read

 
 
 

I've got 100 codes for Pankapu burning a hole in my inbox, but first we're going to give away an Xbox One S. Look for new contests tomorrow and next week!


 
 
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Epic is releasing a free VR robot shooter for Oculus Touch

Remember that sick Bullet Train demo? It looks like we're not getting it, or it's been infused into what ultimately became Robo Recall, a lighthearted VR shooter revealed today at Oculus Connect. The plot seems familiar: In the not-so...   read

 
 


About Papa Nieroone of us since 9:58 PM on 03.16.2006

Gonzo Destructoid editor, the original troublemaker. You may know me as the guy that chased Jack Thompson around courtrooms, the guy that snuck into E3 in a robot helmet, or the publisher of one of your favorite games critics. At the end of the day my job is to keep Destructoid interesting, carrying us through the ever-changing games media landscape. In my spare time I'm also your webmaster, updating the site so Google doesn't murder us. Also I'm a playable character in Retro City Rampage:


(along with the whole 2009 Dtoid Editorial team)


I mustache you where the cake is

About me: Typical gamer. Mostly PC, mobile, and retro. Favorite game of all time is probably Mega Man 2, though I have to pull myself away from JRPGs or our site loses a founder for three months. When I'm not yelling at people online I enjoy people watching and buying games for my dad, who despite being in his late 60's writes his own strategy guides and prints GameFAQs, which makes me incredibly proud.

My dog checks all my work for bugs:
I don't have kids but I have a cool nephew (and my Destructoid kids are enough, I'm like Papa Niero with so many of us breaking into biz), so I travel easily and inexpensively when I can. Sometimes I teach English to ESL students. I can speak and read a little Japanese and Spanish. I went to school for illustration. I'll post some old drawings here when I can find them. Of course, I drew the Destructoid logo based on the Japanese Smoking Robot toy.


Destructoid is not financially successful, but it grants all of us an incredible amount of flexibility. Living well doesn't require all that much money anyway. I've had roommates throughout my 30's in San Francisco (like Full House) and it was the best adventure ever, though quite scary and uncertain at times as I moved on a whim. It all worked out.


My dream is to retire (and beat all my Steam games) and continue doing exactly what I do every day but in Tokyo, where I've lived off and on for the last two years after realizing it was much cheaper than San Francisco (seriously, look into it) I've also traveled through Habitat for Humanity, doing free construction work in Central America. Awesome times.


My advice to people who want to work in videogames is to just start doing the work, even if you do it incredibly poorly at first, until it just happens. You want to be a writer? Write daily and try different strategies daily. I've crashed this website so many times I've lost track but I keep at it. That's been my story: fake it till you make it. I was definitely not invited to E3 but I just wouldn't give up, and now I've been to almost every videogame event all around the world. It took a lot of lost sleep to get to where I am. Years. But, if I can do it, then anybody with grit can do it. You have to be Stan Bush and dare, or at least Weird Al and dare to be stupid. Either way you'll make traction.

Live your dream! You only have one ticket, you may as well go for it. Fuck sleeping. Ship something daily. Build. Never. Stop.

This is me backing up your blogs:


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