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Why Elite Dangerous is my nightly holiday

The other day I spent a couple of hours at work reading about sailboats. Like a ten-year-old with a new fascination after discovering Treasure Island or some other seafaring fantasy, I was obsessing over famous ships from the past, and the ...

 
 
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New Star Control screenshots and Founders Program

Star Control II is one of the best games ever made. Getting that out of the way, I was pretty happy when Stardock announced last year that they would be reviving the series. The original creators Paul Reiche and Fred Ford will not be d...

 
 
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Review: Road Redemption

So hey, remember the 3DO? A CD-based game system that came out in the nineties and was meant to revolutionize gaming, cost nearly a thousand bucks, and was quickly forgotten? With several different manufacturers producing their own versions...

 
 
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Review: ARK: Survival Evolved

Initially ARK: Survival Evolved didn’t leave much of an impression on me. Not only did I forget I actually owned the game, but that I had played it as well during early access at some point. It got lost among a sea of other games of i...

 
 
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Review: Bittboy Mini FC Handheld

I remember the first Christmas I ever worked in a mall at an EB Games, getting geared up for the holiday and ready to lose our minds at the absolute insanity of Boxing Day that was to come. In the mall they had these little kiosks where the...

 
 
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Review: Retro Freak Premium game console

The SNES Classic pre-orders have come and gone and the dregs left behind without one will be forced to scramble wildly, clawing desperately at one another like a depiction of hell in a Hieronymus Bosch painting for the scraps. I don’t...

 
 
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Review: Retro-Bit Dual Link NES Controllers

There is nothing I hate more than a shit controller. I am probably more serious about my controllers than I am games themselves; I spend an unreasonable amount of time researching input solutions for my retro gaming habit. And just a few ye...

 
 
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Albion Online is a fantasy answer to EVE Online

Ultima Online is my favorite MMORPG. I don't usually dig the genre too much, but when Chris brought up Albion Online by Sandbox Interactive, it looked similar, so I thought I'd have a go at it. What I got was a much different experienc...

 
 
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Sonic Mania intro running on stock Sega Genesis hardware

Sick as a dog today but I had to take a moment to post this. My buddy Ken Horowitz, author of Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games and owner of Sega fansite Sega-16 posted a video featuring a ROM made for Sega Genesis...

 
 
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Review: Undertale (PS4)

I’m going to have to be a bit controversial when it comes to Undertale. Maybe it was all the hype for years leading up to me playing it, but I guess you could say that the game just didn’t capture me in the same way as everyone ...

 
 
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Battletoads can kiss my ass

I learned something this week. I learned that humanity is a giant dumpster just waiting to be tipped over by a reasonably sized space rock. I learned that the only consolation for the insanity and the atrocities we have committed as a speci...

 
 
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Review: Retro-Bit RES Plus HDMI NES console

Right off the bat, I typically don’t like clone consoles. I’m a total retro snob for the most part; not a collector but extremely picky about the accuracy of my old games. A couple of years ago I had to sell the majority of my c...

 
 
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Early Access impressions for Citadel: Forged with Fire

I’ve been on a survival kick lately. I think it had something to do with hanging out in forests and beaches during the entirety of my holiday and coming back to marathon episodes of Survivorman with Les Stroud. Whatever the case, my c...

 
 
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Sociable Soccer hits Early Access this summer

I couldn't give a hot shit about most sports titles. I don't really watch sports, can't be bothered with players, teams or stats, but there is something about the older days of sports video games that I find a lot of fun. Classics such as T...

 
 
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Hackers uncover long lost Super Mario Bros. 2 enemy

I want to preface by saying I don't hate any of you. It might feel that way when you watch the poorly made video I took of a brand new enemy in Super Mario Bros. 2 that was discovered by a couple of clever ROM hackers I found on Twitter, bu...

 
 
 

It's a Joel heavy front page day today. I apologize in advance for the smell.

 
 
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That big Yooka-Laylee patch is out now on consoles

A while back I reported on the big Yooka-Laylee patch out on PC that fixed a number of bugs, added a few user friendly features to the game, and just generally improved the overall experience. While the Switch port is still not here yet, th...

 
 
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Review: Slime Rancher

I might be the wrong person to write this review simply because I can’t get over cuteness and charm, which was pretty much all I was expecting to enjoy about Slime Rancher. Farming sims have always held little interest for me mainly b...

 
 
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Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth hits North America Oct. 17

Most of my handheld collection is comprised of RPG's. There is nothing like lounging on the couch or laying in bed and getting lost in an adventure, and one of my favorite franchises on the DS and 3DS is the Etrian Odyssey series, not only ...

 
 
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Goodbye, meatworld -- Gal*Gun VR is available on Steam

When I was a kid, I used to imagine what a VR version of Super Metroid would be like. The picture I had in my head was almost exactly like what Metroid Prime would end up being, a first-person view through the eyes of Samus. We haven't quit...

 
 
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The best Contra game was released 23 years ago today

Sega Genesis owners were blessed; we got the most badass, coolest cyberpunk Contra game at the time when all of those Nintendo wussies were playing Contra III: The Alien Wars. Contra: Hard Corps was a tough-as-nails heavy metal album cover ...

 
 
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Atari announces Tempest 4000, Jeff Minter involved

The very first thing I posted on Destructoid as a staff writer was a love letter to Jeff Minter, the creator of Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar, the “visualizer” you see on many consoles and PCs when you put a music CD in, and...

 
 
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Expedition is a tabletop RPG on an NES cartridge

A few months ago, my friends and wife and I got together for a game of old school Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve played every edition to come out since, but there has always been something appealing about the more chaotic, unorga...

 
 
 
 

Pigs are fucking flying today, and Grimoire has finally been released after more than 20 years in development! Updated my recent article to reflect this. https://www.destructoid.com/a-pc-rpg-22-years-in-the-works-has-missed-release-day-again-452578.phtml

 
 


About Joel Petersonone of us since 8:14 AM on 11.07.2013

I write the things other people don't write, with liberal fart jokes thrown in for good measure. I like old games, old computers, old consoles, and old pizza.


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