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Destiny 2 is getting a free comic written by Ryan North

There aren't a whole lot of names in comics that will get me to turn my head, but Ryan North is one of them. He's been making Dinosaur Comics for almost fifteen years, he's released a few Choose Your Own Adventure-style Shakespeare retellin...

 
 
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Robit Riddle is a kid's gateway into role-playing

Tabletop role-playing has survived all these years, through the advent of video games and the resurgence of board games starting in the 1990s. One reason it's still around is that it provides an experience those other media don't. It gives ...

 
 
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Root has cute animals and a vicious revolutionary uprising

Asymmetry in board games is a tricky thing. Do it wrong, and asymmetry can lead to imbalance, which can lead to flipped tables and scattered pieces, or at the very least a muttering of "I'll never play that again."  So most games that ...

 
 
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In Superhot: The Card Game, cards only move when you do

Superhot was slick as heck last year. The stark red-on-white low-poly models were one part of that, but the real draw was its unique "time only moves when you do" mechanic, allowing for careful planning and some Matrix-esque bullet-dodging....

 
 
 
 
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We've got some three-day PAX Unplugged passes to give away

The first ever PAX Unplugged is starting in just one week! It's nice to see a PAX that didn't sell out immediately. In fact, all but the Saturday tickets are still available on the show's website. But you know what? You, dear loyal Destruct...

 
 
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Review: Super Beat Sports

Beat Sports came and went with few people even having a chance to play it. When it released, it was considered one of the better games on Apple TV, a platform that isn't exactly famous for its games. The Nintendo Switch is giving the rhythm...

 
 
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Review: Lichtspeer

Sometimes it feels like I've done it all. I've been a military man, I've been a wizard, I've been a space traveler, I've been a space wizard. Then something like Lichtspeer comes along with its own unique aesthetic and reminds me how many d...

 
 
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Bungie explains what a season is in Destiny 2

Ever since the day Destiny 2 launched, there have been hints of seasonal content here and there. Scrolling to the clan tab shows off your current clan rank, as well as the associated rewards for the current season. Bungie is at Twitchcon th...

 
 
 
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Review: Golf Story

My expectations were a bit skewed going into Golf Story. I heard "golf role-playing game" and painted a picture in my mind of a grand, sweeping, save-the-world story in which problems are resolved (for some reason) with clubs and balls rath...

 
 
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It's the end of an era for Podtoid

This episode marks the end of an era. Steven Hansen, host of Podtoid for the past year or so, is leaving Destructoid. Podtoid will go into remission for a bit, until it springs up again when you least expect it. On this episode, Steven Hans...

 
 
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Review: Kingdom: New Lands

Kingdom takes strategy and distills it down to its simplest systems. There's one currency to keep track of, it's either going out to expand and upgrade capability, or it's coming in from workers and exploration. The original game had one go...

 
 
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Ears up, Guardian: it's a special Destiny 2 Podtoid episode

Bungie's loved/hated shared world shooter series just saw its second full release with Destiny 2. How'd it turn out? Jordan Devore, Darren Nakamura, and Ray Porreca gathered around the broken fountain on The Farm to talk about luminous engr...

 
 
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Dragon Quest Builders coming to Switch next spring

Holy cow, Switch is getting a good chunk of Japanese role-playing games. There's that Octopath thing that's largely unknown, but then there's also the more familiar Dragon Quest Builders too. Announced during the Nintendo Direct, it's not f...

 
 
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Minecraft is coming to New 3DS today

Do you want Minecraft on the go, but for whatever reason have ignored the Pocket Edition on phones, tablets, or PlayStation Vita? Well, you can get it on New 3DS (and New 2DS) now, starting today. It won't be available for regular ol' 3DS s...

 
 
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Podtoid 380: Killing time and blowin' mimes

PAX West 2017 just finished, and we've got some tales to tell of our time up there. Steven Hansen, Brett Makedonski, and Darren Nakamura talk a little bit about the best and worst of PAX West, including hanging out with Taco Bell PR and sta...

 
 
 
 
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Celeste is the next pure platformer to keep an eye on

Platforming has been around for so long, it's ingrained in us as a basic skill. It's like walking or breathing. We just do it. It's such a basic skill, many games these days use it as the vehicle to get to where they really want to go. Puzz...

 
 
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Destiny 2's first month of events mapped out

One of Destiny's strengths is its ability to highlight and modify certain activities so playing the same content for the umpteenth time isn't quite as stale as one might expect. Destiny 2 is looking no different in that regard, and Bungie h...

 
 
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Shots Fired, for the app-loving modern sniper assassin

The one-sentence description given upon sitting down at Shots Fired is a weird one. According to the representative at its PAX booth, it's a "visual novel time management assassination simulation." I had to write that one down to make sure ...

 
 
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Six Borderlands skins coming to Battleborn

Ever since the launch of Gearbox's meta-growth first-person MOBA Battleborn, fans of the studio have wanted Borderlands-flavored skins for it. The upcoming update will finally be bringing some of those to the table. Six premium skins were s...

 
 
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Gearbox has 90% of its attention on Borderlands 3

Gearbox's PAX West 2017 panel just finished, and while most of it was about the efforts of the company's publishing arm, it had hints about the development side. We didn't get to actually see anything on Borderlands 3, but president and Int...

 
 


About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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