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Sometimes, the enemy makes the game

[There are not many feelings in this world, besides sex, that are as satisfying as besting an enemy that genuinely tests your skill. When you come out on top, you feel like a total badass. Not because it was easy but because it wasn’t...

 
 
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Devs reveal how they trick us in epic Twitter thread

[Warning: Mild Hellblade Spoilers] When Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was released, the internet exploded over its permadeath mechanic -- die too many times and your save is wiped. Then, the internet exploded again when it found out the whol...

 
 
 
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You've got character: The Spy

When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, we all have our favorite characters and classes. In this series, I'm putting some of mine under the microscope to see what makes them tick, how they fit into their games, and ultimately why I ...

 
 
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Nintendo reveals new details on Twilight Princess' Midna

To build anticipation for this week's Breath of the Wild DLC, Nintendo has been posting blogs about the design process they've taken for each piece of content in the expansion. One of the more interesting pieces, focusing on the "Midna Mask...

 
 
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You've got character: The Hunchback

When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, we all have our favorite characters and classes. In this series, I'm putting some of mine under the microscope to see what makes them tick, how they fit into their games, and ultimately why I ...

 
 
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You've got character: Lex Luthor

When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, we all have our favorite characters and classes. In this series, I'm putting some of mine under the microscope to see what makes them tick, how they fit into their games, and ultimately why I ...

 
 
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You've got character: Reaper

When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, we all have our favorite characters and classes. In this series, I'm putting some of mine under the microscope to see what makes them tick, how they fit into their games, and ultimately why I ...

 
 
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You've got character: Kotal Kahn (Blood God)

When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, we all have our favorite characters and classes. In this series, I'm putting some of mine under the microscope to see what makes them tick, how they fit into their games, and ultimately why I ...

 
 
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Video series The Game Makers now online and free to watch

It's been a week! As promised, the digital interview series The Game Makers: Inside Story is now online, watchable right here on YouTube. Look no further for lunch-break or late-night-snack material. This 10-part video series from director ...

 
 
 
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Learn how to make 20 iOS games this weekend for 20 bones

Don't waste another weekend watching Rick and Morty reruns with Doritos all over your chest (full disclosure: I may have recently done this). Get inspired and reinvent yourself as a mobile game developer this weekend. Why buy a game for a b...

 
 
 
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How does save data loss affect your enjoyment of a game?

Ever since the invention of save games, losing your progress has always been a major issue. Way back then, it wasn't as much of a problem, simply because it was inevitable -- the battery in your cartridge is dead. Easy fix: replace the batt...

 
 
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Beards optional: Embedded difficulty decisions in Fire Emblem

[Destructoid likes to invite game developers to write editorials for us from time to time. Their opinions don't necessarily represent Destructoid as a whole, but they sure are interesting. Here is a fun one on how Fire Emblem handles diffic...

 
 
 
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What do you think about cut scenes?

There are hard line stances against cut scenes ("cheating"!), Kojima considering them a natural outlet for all the movies he watched, and developers considering them one of many useful tools in this new Critical Path video. I thi...

 
 
 
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So there's a blog on videogame foliage

The good folks at Giant Bomb linked us to this fascinating blog on game foliage. Alex Swaim's Video Game Foliage is my newest Tumblr follow because it's so weird and specific that I'll always want to hear what he has to say. ...

 
 
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Thoughts on HORIZON: An alternative E3 event

Exactly one week ago, E3 was in full-swing in the bright city of Los Angles, California, and a brand new little event was quietly gearing up to happen. That lil' happening was HORIZON. Billed as an "alternative E3 event" and produced in coo...

 
 
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Summer game design programs increase in popularity

New data put forth by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shows a promising increase in the availability and popularity of videogame design programs within U.S. summer camps. With more than 100 camps and 690 programs in 26 states, ...

 
 
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Jade Raymond: AAA games will need more user content

Jade Raymond, Ubisoft Toronto's Managing Director, doesn't believe that the continually expanding budgets and costs of AAA game development are necessary, in fact, she thinks they need to stop. Speaking with Gamasutra at GDC, she championed...

 
 
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GDC: Voltron, T1000 major inspirations for Halo 4 enemies

If there's been on criticism of Halo over the years, it's the relative sameness of the experience. Earlier today during a discuss of the new enemy designs in Halo 4, Scott Warner of 343 industries mentioned that some of their main inspirati...

 
 
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Boy Scouts of America unveils merit badge in game design

The Boy Scouts of America has announced a new merit badge in game design. A part of the organization's efforts to become more relevant to 21st century life, the program has been crafted over the course of two years to be both interesting an...

 
 
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Untold riches: The brilliance of Half-Life's barnacles

Hamish Todd is a game designer and journalist. His article on Castlevania's medusa heads just made the longlist for the games journalism prize. You can find out about his game, Music of the Spheres, here. Some of the most fun I've ever had ...

 
 




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@CelicaCrazed How we gonna be handling the Extra Play Charity stream? We gonna be taking turns and streaming at certain times, or do we each do the 24-Hour Livestream?

 
Pumpkin Spice Fuzunga

I wonder if Dreamweaver got one of those venison sandwiches from Arbys

 
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Chapter 5 of my CYOA series is One more chapter to go after You can help decide how it all Thank you so much for all the support so I hope you enjoy bump

 
BigDoniel

Finally got round to seeing Blade What a fucking that is, its a travesty its apparently struggling at the box Just outstanding!

 
SpielerDad

I walked in and heard angels

 
Retrofraction

PSA: You can now use the Pokken Controller for ANY GAME!!!!!!! I was playing Volgar today and I bumped my Pokken controller that was plugged in and it brought up the controller swapped to that controller and to my surpusie every button wor

 
Osc

I watched the opening demo of Prey and was digging the soundtrack they played in the helicopter Very Much #musictoid | Mick Gordon - Everything is going to be OK (Prey OST)

 
Inquisitive Ravencaw

After experimenting with the custom folders a lot, I was able to get my TF2 contracts The new stuff is pretty fun, and should keep me busy until the campaign ends in I also reached a milestone in time played and LEtranger Sweet!

 
absolutfreakenstein

Started farming vertebrae shackles in Dark Souls III to get the last of my pyromancy Spent half an hour farming in the catacombs, and walked away with zero Using the covetous gold serpent ring with 40 This is really going to

 
 

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