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Is the dual-stick controller a game design crutch?

It has been nearly two months since Nintendo unveiled the 3DS Slide Pad Expansion (Circle Pad Pro in the West). Despite the initial cries of "Nubageddon," the fervor has since died down, allowing everyone to reflect upon the news with an op...   read

 
 
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Adventure Time creator thinks the best games have stories

We've already heard a lot from Pendleton Ward, creator of the hit show Adventure Time, about his interest in making a game based on the property. Up until now, I was excited about the prospect of an Adventure Time game. Now I'm not so sure....   read

 
 
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Fans upset over anime-ized statue of Mass Effect's Liara

I remember when the Western anime craze really started to boom in the late 90s. Not only did media distributors start licensing every single Japanese property under the sun, distinctly Western properties began to demonstrate greater and gre...   read

 
 
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The 3DS eShop, or why Nintendo has no f*cking clue

I am an idiot. Some of you are reading this now and your first thought is, "He finally admits it!" However, I have a specific reason for this self-deprecating opener. There was some part of me -- some naive, doe-eyed, expectant part of me -...   read

 
 
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You got some of your film in my video game

[To cutscene or not to cutscene? That is the question posed by Zwuh; not so much posed as answered vehemently. Want to see your own writing on the front page? Write something awesome and put it in the C Blogs. -- Kauza] Welcome to your beau...   read

 
 
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Valve 'fans' whine and cry about Portal 2 like idiots

Portal 2 launched yesterday in a whirlwind of critical acclaim, but if you believe some of the fans out there, this game is the worst thing since anthrax was invented. An army of bitter little fanboys has attacked the game via Metacritic's ...   read

 
 
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Very few games are M-rated, but they take all the glory

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has just posted the ratings breakdown of games published in 2010. As you can see in the chart above, a little more than half of all games received the all-ages rating, while games rated E10+ and teen ...   read

 
 
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Screw home consoles, time to go 100% portable

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And you wonder why developers 'hate' PC gamers ...

Crysis 2 is released on March 22, but if you've got a little time and even less scruples, you can play it right now. With almost depressing inevitability, an entire developer build of the game has been leaked online, allowing PC gamers earl...   read

 
 
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THE WII HAS FAILED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON OH MY GOD!

Dear fellow writers of videogame things, The whole "Wii has failed this year" and "Is the Wii in trouble?" stuff has to stop, because you are sounding incredibly stupid and making us all look terrible. The Wii, in case you didn't know (whic...   read

 
 
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Valkyria Chronicles II is better, even if it's on the PSP

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Spy Party dev doesn't trust the press, sounds wounded

Hey, remember Spy Party? The game has been around for a while, but it really made a splash at PAX 10. I got a chance to check the game out myself, and while it was fun, I kept thinking "this is the game by the guy that called the Wii a piec...   read

 
 
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Dtoid (the show): Thanksgiving! Sales! GRATITUDE!

Hey! We did a Thanksgiving episode! Tara got dressed up in traditional Native American garb, and she looks amazing. Me? I look sort of like Nicolas Cage from The Sorcerer's Apprentice. I guess it could have been worse. They could have dres...   read

 
 
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Gran Turismo 5 has 50 minute install, can do while played

Attention to everyone that likes to bitch, including those that won't even play this game: Word is that Gran Turismo 5 takes 50 minutes to install, and up to 10 GB of hard disk space. CVG linked us to a forum post where one guy that apparen...   read

 
 
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How not to get me to wear your videogame promo shirts

Long has this industry been known for the copious amounts of swag made available for press and enthusiasts alike. Much of it is neat fan service -- an action figure, a limited-edition poster, a letter opener made to look like weapon -- but ...   read

 
 
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Sundays with Sagat: Uncharted 2

If people weren't all that happy with Sagat's thoughts on Super Mario 64, I can only imagine how they'll react to his take on Uncharted 2. Personally, I don't think that Uncharted 2 is that bad. It certainly isn't the only game to do the s...   read

 
 
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Sundays with Sagat: The Hardcore/Comedy conundrum

  [Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] In this week's video diary, Sagat takes on the "hardcore games don't sell on the Wii" misconception, and the ...   read

 
 
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Sundays with Sagat: Mario 64 vs. Mario Galaxy

[Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] This week's episode started off really good. Sagat went on a tear about how each Mario game has a counterpart in the ...   read

 
 
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Sundays with Sagat: What's a videogame for?

[Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] Welcome to the premiere episode of Sundays with Sagat, a new Destructoid-exclusive video series. This week, Sagat takes...   read

 
 
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STOP RELEASING NEW F*CKING HANDHELDS!

My fellow Americans, we find ourselves under attack. Not from terrorists. Not from communists. Not even from flesh eating viruses that turn our lungs into a lumpy red paste. We face a fresh onslaught, on an incalculable and pandemic scale. ...   read

 
 
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The hidden truth behind game reviews

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Why Heavy Rain proves Ebert right

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10 tips and tricks for 3rd parties working on Wii games

By December 8, 2006, Nintendo had launched the Wii in the United States, Japan, and Europe. The console effectively ignored or destroyed every notion of what a new videogame console should be. "Progress" in the videogame world has long been...   read

 
 
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Lessons on taking games just seriously enough

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GTA IV isn't helping anime with Princess Robot Bubblegum

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@confessiontoid My daughter is named My wife does not know about I said it was just a cool name for

 
Khalid Eternal Nigh

Ok, gonna try and start doing Should I do fridays or saturdays? Def dont wanna do same day as COTWs

 
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A bit lttp, but I just have to share this one for #wallpapertoid

 
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any recommendations for dreamcast games that i could pick up now without breaking the bank?

 
Pixie The Fairy

And with the defeat of Glavenus, the Feylines and Meowstress danced and And my armor gained rainbow

 
Fuzunga

I feel like every time I wonder why a character is disfigured it turns out to be an important plot point, like Kubos eye or Elizabeths facial scar must be important, right?

 
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On top of that, I have my Wii back for the first time in a year or Now I can finally play Wario Land: Shake It! Oh, and Im going to that portfolio review/networking thing Wish me luck!

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

Well, all of my laptop sans Steam games is on my external hard Meanwhile, I was actually able to get some freelance work done today! It seems to be fine at the moment, but if it goes out soon its not such a major loss I feel a little

 
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#confessiontoid I fucking love sailing in Wind Waker, the motion controls in Skyward Sword and Tingle probably is my favorite Zelda character

 
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