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What is your favorite multiplayer map?

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As I've gotten older, I've found myself drawn towards online multiplayer games. For me, it's one of the only ways I can get together with friends and family who live hundreds of miles away. Most of the people in my life are into gaming, so it's always easy for us to find an hour each week to sit down and have a go at it in the various amazing spectacular games we play. With my nephew, I mostly play Star Wars Battlefront, with my friends it's usually Mario Kart 8.

When I do play private matches with them, we always find ourselves returning to the same levels, the same tracks, the same multiplayer maps. We all have our favorites, and that's what I wanted to know from the Destructoid staff this week. So I asked them what multiplayer maps, from any genre that isn't racing (I'll save that for a future post), is their absolute favorite. There was a bit of fighting over who got to write about one specific level, but as you'll see below, the is quite a wide array of great multiplayer levels from throughout the years.

 
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Massive Switch dev kit leak proves console is powered by two hamster wheels (Fauxclusive)

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Info dump too crazy to be true


Just weeks before it’s set to hit stores, an unidentified developer leaked a boatload of information about the Switch dev kit issued by Nintendo, confirming reports the handheld-console hybrid is in fact powered by two hamsters in hamster wheels.

The information was uploaded to NeoGAF yesterday and since then, thousands have browsed the post, learning new facts about the Switch such as that it's inoperable for people born on February 29 and game card sizes vary from 1 GB all the way up to still-not-enough-gigabytes-to-hold-the-next-Grand-Theft-Auto. Brian Provlov, who was first to report info dump, said the leak is giving consumers some much-needed information before the system launches.

“There are so many news things we’re learning about the console from this leak, including how you’ll communicate with other Switches,” Provlov explained. “With this system, you’ll actually connect a string to your unit, and then have your neighbor connect the same string to their unit, thus giving you the ability to talk back and forth so long as you hold it up to your ear.”

Other information confirmed in the leak includes having the ability to access public Wi-Fi despite not having a browser at launch and that the Switch will drop the much-maligned Friend Codes for an easier to use smoke signal system.

 
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Five video games or whatever to play on Valentine's Day that might help you stop being so bitter about Valentine's Day for like five minutes

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Please Relax


Here is my solemn promise to you: I will not write an article about how much it sucks to be single on Valentine's Day. I am, so I know firsthand that it does. I also know that nobody likes to be reminded of how lonely they are, but (anecdotally) the Internet has really cranked up the V-Day hate over the past couple years. Is 2017 not bleak enough? Can we not just let people do silly romantic things, even if this holiday has been co-opted by greeting card companies? Greeting card writers gotta eat too, you know?

Anyway, Niero (the man who owns this website and keeps messing with the way the front page looks) asked the Destructoid staff for some kind of "singles awareness day editorial." Since my schedule on this fine Sunday before Valentimes is open, at least until the WWE pay-per-view Elimination Chamber starts, I thought I would take up this task -- especially since Niero said it could be as "gonzo" as I wanted. I will hold him to this promise. Normally, I would make a preemptive apology to my editors, but they've been working for Destructoid a lot longer than I have; cashing checks that somebody else on this website already wrote is a rite of passage.

So! Here are five video games (or whatever) that might help you either loosen up or redirect that venom towards something else. Also, I don't want to hear word one from any of you about "game journalism lol" because I do plenty of actual games reporting on this website. Let me have this.

 
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What is gaming's greatest love story?

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The Destructoid staff opens their hearts


It's John Wick Chapter 2 weekend and that means Valentine's Day is just a few days away. For some, that day will be spent sharing romantic moments, flowers, chocolates, lingerie, and disappointing sex with the one you love. For me, it will be Tuesday.

Even though I've been criminally single for the past 13 years, I'm always optimistic that love is right around the corner. My spirit is kept up with movies about falling in love, TV shows about people in love and video games where the protagonist risks his or her life to save their one true love.

Yes, I am that pathetic, but this week and the build-up to another lonely night got me thinking about gaming and love. Video games are often looked down upon for their poor story telling but I think many of us at one point or another have found ourselves completely immersed in the passion shared between two pixilated characters. In honor of Valentine's Day, I wanted to know what the Destructoid staff considered to be their favorite video game love story.

Oh, and be warned: this article contains spoilers.

 
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Kimura keeps it real part 3: 'Every member of the human race is an artist'

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Onion Games founder reflects on his past, present, and future


To close our interview series with Yoshiro Kimura, developer on Romancing SaGa 2, Chu Lip, No More Heroes, Rule of Rose, Little King's Story, Million Onion Hotel, Dandy Dungeon, and so many others, we thought we'd look at the unique place Kimura-san holds in the industry. He was there, behind the scenes, as the medium took its first steps into large open worlds, then cutscene-driven narrative games, and now, towards the mainstream friendly, free-to-play mobile mega franchises that are dominating the market. With each of those steps on the way, Kimura-san was there to help steer the medium in unexpected, genuinely human directions.  

Working for over 20 years in a field whose place in the larger culture is anything but consistent, and where even the biggest names often reject being called "artists," is not for the faint of heart. Risk is constant, even for veterans. Most cope with the resulting anxiety by clinging to whatever solid ground they find. Kimura-san, on the other hand, hired a talking, humming, self-deprecating onion to run his company Twitter account

I couldn't wait to find out why. 

 
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