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Pendelton made some 'Off-Brand' magic happen

This so totally happened. I wanna make completely hetero man-love to pendelton21. You people have no idea how happy this makes me. That someone would go to such lengths to encourage my disturbing love affair with Japanese copy-pasta... i...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: Giana Sisters DS

The Great Giana Sisters is the gold-plated standard of video game clones. It's the most famous case of digital plagiarism thanks to its choice of source material. It just didn't copy any game, it copied Super Mario Bros., the biggest game...

 
 
 

Break out of your gaming comfort zone

This past week saw the release of the two most high-profile games of 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. One a gritty urban shooter and the other a whimsical side-scrolling platformer, these titles could no...

 
 
 

Dracula, family man?

Dracula, Embodiment of Evil and Lord over Death. Over a millennium, his machinations have been foiled by the legendary Belmont clan and various orders of vampire hunters. If not for their tireless efforts, Dracula's veil of darkness would...

 
 
 

I'm in a Nostalgia Critic video!

The first annual Infinite Bits convention was a huge success. A lot of awesome went down that weekend. Many big names swung on by, including Douglas Walker a.k.a. The Nostalgia Critic. At the end of his panel, he invited whoever was bold ...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: Alundra

Poking fun at bad games is great and all, but it's so satisfying to play that rare gem, that one game that makes all the effort you exhausted to track it down worth it. I am happy to announce that this week's game fits that bill to the le...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: 3-D WorldRunner

Believe it or not, there was a time when Square made stuff other than Final Fantasy. Does anyone remember that stuff was? Of course not. No one cares. Its first games were about as impactful as a housefly suicide bombing a Mack truck. Th...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: Scurge: Hive

The other week, someone asked if I really play through all the games for this feature. I'm like, fuckin' duh! Of course I do! There are just some things you can't grasp unless you experience them firsthand. I could probably just watch Y...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: The Krion Conquest

I am an unoriginal hack. What are you doing? Stop reading my slop! Don't you have any scruples? I write a series of articles critiquing rip-offs of popular video games that is itself a rip-off of similar online works. Some would call tha...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: Onimusha Blade Warriors

When Super Smash Bros. landed in 1999, it turned the fighting genre on its head. By incorporating platforming elements and a greatly simplified fighting control scheme, Nintendo successfully introduced the party fighter. Now, it wasn't ne...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: 8 Eyes

I don't know why people liked the NES so much. Okay, I lie. I know perfectly well why people liked the NES so much, but just bear with me on this one. If you give someone born in the past ten to fifteen years an NES and a stack of your f...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: Midnight Resistance

Remember when I told you my father was a former ballplayer? Well, after his stint in Japan, he spent some years floating about the States as a hitting instructor for a few minor league clubs. In 1998, we visited him for a couple of months...

 
 
 

Studio Ghibli exposes its vile thievery in Ponyo

Studio Ghibli, the animation house that has brought us such moving films as My Neighbor Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, and Princess Mononoke has long been regarded as a champion of both traditional animation and rich, vibrant storytellin...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: Snood

Last week, I drove up to Charleston to attend the wedding of two college friends. I had brought along the DS and my copies of Bangai-O Spirits and The Legend of Kage 2, two games teetering on the edge of my mile-high backlog. As an aftert...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: Commando: Steel Disaster

Anthony Burch faces a personal dilemma. He acknowledges that gaming's evolution into a fully realized medium of emotional and scholarly merit is impeded by the community's affinity towards the violent male power fantasy. However, as the o...

 
 
 

Mega Man Game History

About two weeks ago, Limit Break posted a Mario Family Line that cataloged every (or close to every) currently released title in the franchise's thirty-year history. Shortly afterward, Jim Sterling linked to it and added, "I'd be really i...

 
 
 

Swag in the mail, better late than never

For my E3 musings article last month, I won the gift of random E3 swag! It never arrived. I cried. I ate a roll of cookie dough. I punched a hole through my favorite stuffed animal, one Rocky Raccoon. The cats up in Destructoid tower hea...

 
 
 

Off-Brand Games: Introduction

Back in 2006, my roommates, a few other friends, and I went to the theater to catch Snakes on a Plane. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. We shouted at the screen. It was brilliant. Some days later, I was scouring the shelves at Blockbuster ...

 
 
 

I'm in U.S. News & World Report!

No, nothing big, nothing fancy. Completely unexpected. But I feel like sharing! Remember when I posted those photos of the derelict mall near my home? Well, the folks at U.S. News were assembling a photo collection of the most profitable...

 
 
 

The truth about Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes. Beloved editor. Television superstar. Ex-costumed wrestler. Black man. Actually, I'm not too sure about that last one. Let me double-check my source: "I'm currently sort of fat, sort of bald, and sort of black." Straigh...

 
 
 
 

24 and a game I made

So... yeah, there you go. Since today is such a special day, I thought I'd flip things around and give you a gift! A little unorthodox but who's going to complain, right? My last semester of college was in the fall of oh-six. One of my ...

 
 
 
 
 

Death of an American mall (NVGR)

I was downtown earlier today and realized that it had been a few months since I last dropped by the Palm Beach Mall. Before the mall near my home opened up, the Palm Beach Mall was THE shopping mecca. I have fond memories of the place so ...

 
 
 

The Nintendo debate continues: Rebuttal to Tascar

[This is a direct response to Tascar's blog in which he expresses disappointment that Nintendo doesn't understand what its long-time fans actually want. Our back-and-forth comments in the original post were so large that he and I thought...

 
 
 

Quit gaming, please

Didn't you hear? Wii Fit has outsold Halo 3 in the good ol' US of A! Doesn't that make you angry? Normies are playing video games now! Wait, my mistake, not "games" but rather "non-gaming interactive software." Still, it's a worrying tren...

 
 
 

Contra 4 remix album incoming

For all you spread shot-wielding Contranauts out there, get ready for another heaping spoonful of Contra 4. The remix community has banded together to arrange the hell out of Jake Kaufman's spectacular soundtrack to present you with Contr...

 
 
 

Super Mario Galaxy is super sneaky!

So over on NeoGAF, one HUELEN10 has been doing a bit of sleuthing in Super Mario Galaxy. Apparently, those warp pipes that take you to those trippy rainbow bubble-encased bonus rooms are transporting you to tiny planets waaaaaaay on the o...

 
 
 

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