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Been using my long weekend to blaze a trail through Celeste! Finished the story with strawberries to spare, but there's still so much more to do. It's a strong contender for 2019's Best Games of 2018, if I do that again!

 
 
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A monotonous retail job could make for a rad rhythm game

Most career-based games set out to either emulate a job to a T or build upon their most interesting tasks. For instance, American Truck Simulator sets out to simulate a delivery truck driver's experience as accurately as possible. Game Dev ...

 
 
 

Think I'm gonna treat myself by FINALLY grabbing one of the indie games on my "to get" list. Wargroove's been on my mind for a long time, but I can't help but feel I might've forgotten something else I wanted... maybe Celeste? Any recommendations?

 
 
 

Bad news, guys. Starting late May, my articles will be less frequent because I got a nEW FULL-TIME JOB OFFER HECK YEAH!

 
 
 

If a video game doesn't have any visuals, and it's just a blank screen but there's still gameplay going on, is it still a video game?

 
 
 

You ever spend a weekend doing whatever you feel like, and still feel constantly tired during the whole thing?

 
 
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Dating sims are the most hilarious April Fools' game genre

My favorite kind of April Fools’ joke is where developers create mock-ups for products so ridiculous they’ll probably never exist. It's even better when they actually release that product and it ends up being great! In the video...

 
 
 

Looking back on it... boy, was I a sucker for the toys-to-life fad. I have no shame in collecting so many figures I like, but I definitely overestimated their value. Most of these I want to keep on display, but I'm overdue for spring cleaning...


 
 
 

I've been trying not to get too political here, but I gotta admit, I'm impressed to see a massive AAA publisher like Dan Fornace push for legalizing awoo.


 
 
 

Castlevania is over 30 years old and we still don't have a game about a castle located in Pennsylvania.

 
 
 

Apologies for not being around as active in the community as usual. A lot's been on my mind, trying to take care of a lot of them. One of those things, helping my sis move to a new place, has gone well today!

 
 
 

Say, related to my last Qpost, I'm curious about something... have you ever reset an unfinished playthrough in an RPG (or similarly long game with customizable characters) just to make different gameplay decisions? If so, was it worth it?

 
 
 

Finally decided to restart my playthrough of Grand Kingdom. I have a habit of making way, waaaay too many characters in RPGs where you create your own parties from scratch. Having a better time focused on a smaller team, almost back to where I used to be.

 
 
 
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Final Fantasy XIV's Shadowbringers features new Dancer job

As part of Final Fantasy XIV's Tokyo Fan Festival keynote, Square Enix revealed that Dancers are coming to the Shadowbringers expansion as a new playable job. Fans have been clamoring for this for years, but few expected it to be a ranged D...

 
 
 

Been in a bit of a slump this week. Thankfully, it looks like this weekend is gonna be a great opportunity to dive back into some games and break out of my rut a bit! Got a huge enough backlog... hmm... maybe I'll break out Dissidia NT again?

 
 
 

Ya know, when Nintendo announced their plans to let other studios handle their IPs more often? I never imagined they'd give indie studios that treatment. Cadence of Hyrule could be the start of an amazing trend, hopefully.

 
 
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Ni No Kuni II's storytelling doesn't stick the landing

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is one of those sequels that is unanimously considered good, but less so than its phenomenal predecessor, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (or Dominion of the Dark Djinn if you count the Japan-only, Ninte...

 
 
 

In case you're curious what the Destructoid Discord is like, the mods recently just added a Thanos emote. It's called balanceboy. I love this community.

 
 
 

You ever play one of those games that just... makes you constantly want to hug someone as it ramps up for its finale? I just finished one of them yesterday.

 
 
 
 

Originally I was planning on picking up Wargroove soon and DMC5 later, but DMC5's looking even better than I expected it to be. I just might flip that priority around... as much as I want to try out Wargroove, I've always preferred action games anyway...!

 
 
 

How could I almost miss #MonsterGirlMonday!? Here's one of my many insectoid OCs! Art is a commission done by Twitter user Kaizer33226. He's a good pal of mine, and one of my favorite artists to go to for stuff like this...!


 
 
 

Spontaneous question for everyone: do you care about score in arcadey games? As in, setting high scores, be it on a leaderboard or a personal record?

 
 
 

Last night I made the best keychain in the universe. You could even say it's the ultimate keychain.

 
 


About Chris Hovermaleone of us since 8:03 PM on 07.31.2017

I'm a Contributor who used to go by the screen name Cedi! Obligatory disclosure; I backed Kirbopher/Chris Niosi's TOME RPG on Kickstarter.

My favorite games are Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Rayman Legends, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Bayonetta 2, Jamestown+, Phantasy Star Portable 2, Hyrule Warriors, Hollow Knight, and Guacamelee: STCE.

I’m a longtime gamer who enjoys to write, to entertain, to inform, and to overanalyze the little things. Transparency and honesty are my foremost virtues in anything I do. I joined the Destructoid team to do something even cooler with the skills I love to practice and the hobby I love to explore.

As far as social media is concerned, you can find me on my personal Twitter account! Fair advice, you can expect to see a lot more of the big blue character in my banner if you check that out. Whether that's a recommendation or a warning depends. By the way, that banner is a commission by Twitter user @kaizer33226.
 
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