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Players have agency, and they're not afraid to use it

This week, a piece written by Alfie Bown, author of The PlayStation Dreamworld, was published in The Guardian. The core argument of the piece was that video games inherently, and particularly recently, project far-right tendencies onto play...


And now, a dramatic retelling of a Smash standoff

It’s little surprise that the biggest buzz from that Nintendo Direct last week came from the extremely vague Smash Bros. teaser. After all, Smash is one of the biggest IPs in video game history, mainly because it gathers together many...


The prose of Pyre's consequences

I can’t look at the night sky and not think of Pyre. Stars are a fundamental part of the game’s narrative. Not only do they guide your way, they act as a sign of hope. The cosmos lights many paths forward, and in Pyre, looking u...


The Destructoid Jumbo Game Music Playlist!

Looking for a new Spotify playlist to have on in the background while you work/play games/polish your duelling swords? The writers at Destructoid have a wonderful present for you! Don't worry, it's 100% free, with no strings (or teeth, or s...


The simple liberty of backlog diving

Let’s be honest, many of us have backlog problems. We’re constantly compelled to keep up with the latest gaming trends and the most exciting releases. We have a variety of reasons why we may want to buy new games now rather than...


The Gamergate play really isn't about Gamergate

[Image courtesy of Actors' Equity Association/Jessica Palopoli] "When the Bay Area announced [the play] was going to get workshopped last summer, the Tweet announcing it included 'hashtag Gamergate,' so immediately that made it to Reddit an...


Let's talk about games that redeemed their franchise

Until I started writing this week’s Destructoid Discusses piece, I didn’t realize just how many Rayman games there were. Seriously, look at this Wikipedia page. It’s not nearly as bad as Mario, but hell, Ubisoft sure threw...


Here are some of the most memorable adverts for games

We've all seen the Angry Video Game Nerd episode where he compares the SNES with the Sega Genesis and mocks the "blast processing" thrust of the Genesis' marketing campaign. It seems silly now to think that slapping a vague buzzword on tech...

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Five times the Razzies were WRONG

There was a time in my life where I swore by the Razzies and Razzie nominations. While the Oscars promote some of the best movies of the year, the Razzies are the polar opposite. They talk about the worst movies of a previous year and revel...


Balloon World is the DLC Super Mario Odyssey needed most

Super Mario Odyssey is the kind of game with so much hype that people are already speculating about DLC levels. Odyssey is a thrill to explore, it’s full of imaginative worlds, and it’s built around new mechanics ripe for expand...


Dragon Quest's legends littered with lighthearted levity

Role-playing games are usually lauded for dramatic storytelling first and foremost. Sure, there’s a lot of comic relief in our favorite RPGs, but “serious story” tends to be what defines them most. It’s what most of ...


We need more games set in the Antiquities

I remember the first time I got my hands on God of War. Not the new game -- I'll get to that one in a second -- but the original title back on the PlayStation 2. I was in between housing at the time, one of the most frustrating months ...

 from  flixist

What's the point of pop culture references?

Like a huge percentage of people, I went to go see Black Panther last weekend. It's a pretty damn good movie and I had a ton of fun watching it. It's probably up there in my Top 5 favorite Marvel movies if only because it had...


How should Bayonetta look in Bayonetta 3?

Bayonetta 1 & 2 were just released on Switch, which means that soon enough, Sega, Nintendo and Platinum will start rolling out more information on Cereza's next big adventure. As for right now everything we know about the game comes fro...


Why Pokemon's evil teams rarely take over the whole story

Pokémon players want to be the very best, like no one ever was. To catch them is their real test, and to train them is their cause. I mean, if you buy a Pokémon game, you can probably assume that’s why you wanted to buy ...

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50 Shades: Porn afraid to be porn

I don't think I'm really offending anyone when I say that the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy is one of the worst trilogies to ever happen to cinemas. It's rare to see a story told where every installment is awful from beginning to end,...


Why physics matter so much to Sonic games

Speed is considered the key trait of Sonic’s gameplay. The thrill of blazing through landscapes and the challenge to quickly complete stages is almost always a selling point for his games. This past decade, his speed has been amped up...


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Ghost of a Tale"Really, not tail?"


Sea of Thieves"Que sera, sera"


Isle of Dogs"It's Wes Anderson"


Pacific Rim: Uprising"You Can (Not) Advance"


Game Over, Man!"Let's hope there are no extra lives"


Detective Pikachu"A bolt of brilliance?"


Pato Box"Featherweight Champ"


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In Monster Hunter, Which weapon do you guys think is best for solo hunts when the goal is just to kill things as quickly as possible? The hammer? It certainly seems to be


So after like fifty recommendations insisting Id love it, I finally got around to watching The Witch, and I did love What a perfect Id heard it was a slow burn and I dont always like those, but I was Wanna see more films like dat plz


I’m watching Alien and getting drunk on the couch while Mrs Travolta is passed out with both our AMA


My god tempered Deviljho is tough! 4 weapon augmentation stones in the rewards (Though no hammer


Actually took a nap with this on an hour Soothing sounds for sleepy #musictoid | Above & Beyond, Justine Suissa - Coldfeet


Considering I havent played Shadow of the Colossus in 5 years, I figured getting the Speed Demon trophy would be more I did it in less than half of the allotted time,

Dr Mel

I got paranoid theyd shutdown the Smash 4 servers, so I took screenshots of my online records (some of which are only accessible while online for some Apparently Ive played nearly 21,000 matches and over 750 Of just 1v1


Got a really neat gift, but no idea what it Anyone fluent enough to read it?

Inquisitive Ravenclaw

I played some more Fighting of the Im not very good with Ibuki, as I havent used her in I mainly wanted to try out her Kirin Armor The ending gave me a good laugh!


Do you think Soulsbornes Miyazaki likes Metallica? Probably not, but this song still fits Bloodborne Plus its a jam



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