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Parents in 1991 got mad about having to buy the SNES

These days, the march of new technology is inevitable. Early adopters of the 3DS know that a 3DS Lite is going to be launched one day. We buy Xbox 360s and PS3s knowing that, in a matter of years, hotter, more powerful ones will come. Appl...   read

 
 
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Grandia Creator Takeshi Miyaji dies aged 45

Takeshi Miyaji, creator of legendary PSOne/Saturn RPG Grandia, has died at the age of 45. The announcement comes by way of G-Mode, the studio he founded and ran as CEO.  Miyaji worked on Grandia, Silpheed and Gungriffon, titles co...   read

 
 
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The Jimquisition: Linearity versus Replayability

As online multiplayer and extra, post-game content as become the norm, people seem to have forgotten exactly what makes a game worth coming back to again and again. A "linear" game, without extra modes, is considered bargain bin fodder now...   read

 
 
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Cliffy B wants dynamic difficulty for returning gamers

We spotted Epic's Cliff Bleszinski proposing a new method of scaling difficulty for returning gamers last night. The basic idea is that a game lowers the challenge if someone hasn't played a title in a while, allowing them to ease back into...   read

 
 
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David Jaffe criticizes media praise for 'art' games

David Jaffe, ever a man after my own heart, has slammed the praise that people pour on "art" games. He claims that most art games aren't as compelling as people pretend, and focusing on them only serves to devalue the medium.  "Just be...   read

 
 
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GTA veteran Navid Khonsari talks about '1979 Iran' game

Iranian-born Navid Khonsari -- voice actor, co-director and writer for PS2-era GTAs -- is working on a new game centered around the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Specifically, the happenings surrounding the U.S. embassy hostage crisis. In an in...   read

 
 
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High Voltage: Preposterous to demand games sell a million

Conduit and The Grinder developer High Voltage has criticized the prevailing attitude that videogames need to sell over a million in order to be considered a success, calling such a believe "preposterous" and declaring that the industry wou...   read

 
 
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Awakened is a game that may very well be brilliant

There once was a game called Hero, a Midway project about customizable superheroes that looked incredibly promising, but was sunk when the publisher collapsed. Many of the game's developers have banded together under the name Phosphor, how...   read

 
 
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Arc sees no East/West divide, only 'gamers'

With so much talk of Western vs. Eastern games and Japanese developers trying to "appeal" to the West, Blazblue creator Arc System Works prefers to see the world as one big ball, and we gamers as a single mass rather than two distinct halve...   read

 
 
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Nobody told me about Jeklynn Heights, now I'm telling you

I hadn't heard about Jeklynn Heights until I saw this post on Rock, Paper, Shotgun this morning. We've never posted about this indie PC game on Destructoid, and I take that as a shameful failure, because it looks incredi...   read

 
 
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Survey: 64% of gamers prefer physical media

While publishers strives to push us into an all-digital market where it can control every aspect of the consumer experience, a new study from Ipsos MediaCT claims that 64% of consumers still prefer physical copies over downloadable alternat...   read

 
 
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Xbox 360 slims shut down to prevent Red Ring of Death

It's become a common joke that the new Xbox 360 Slim prevents Red Rings of Death simply because Microsoft took the red lights out. However, it's been revealed that there is a real preventative measure built into the Slim, as opposed to a si...   read

 
 
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Mikami: Japanese RPGs were never really popular'

Many pundits like to wax philosophical about the decline of the Japanese game market, especially noting how JRPGs just aren't as popular as they used to be. Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, however, offers a more radical suggestion -- J...   read

 
 
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Shadow Hearts publisher getting back into videogames

Shadow Hearts is one of my favorite RPG series, but unfortunately the general public didn't quite agree. At least, not enough of the public to stop developer Nautilus from falling apart and publisher Aruze from pulling out of the game indus...   read

 
 
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Sony patents controller that works with Wii/Xbox 360

How curious. A patent has been dug up by Internet sleuths that suggests Sony may be working on a universal controller that would work with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. According to the patent, this controller would be a fully-fledge...   read

 
 
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Saudis use videogames to reintegrate terrorists

Here's an interesting little fact that doesn't have that much to do with videogames, but just enough to be posted. Saudi Arabia uses videogames as part of its program to reintegrate terrorists in to society. It seems the exact specifics of ...   read

 
 
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Writer demands more realistic violence in videogames

While mainstream media outlets rally the braindead public against so-called "realistic" videogame violence, one comic book writer has gone in the opposite direction -- criticizing videogames for not being realistic enough with its more barb...   read

 
 
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Why do we use review scores?

[Editor's Note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that it may not jive with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, or how our moms rais...   read

 
 
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Heavy Rain's David Cage wants game industry to grow up

With its complex narrative and serial killer storyline, there's no denying that PS3-exclusive Heavy Rain will be a thoroughly adult affair. Developer Quantic Dream has no intention of marketing this game to kids, and boss David Cage wishes ...   read

 
 
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Ex-Dtoid editor has the touch, makes me want Epic Mickey

David Houghton is one of my favorite videomgame journalists; he's got an great analytical eye, and he knows how to express his excitement without coming off as insincere. It figures that he would be the one to make me interested in Epic Mic...   read

 
 
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Visceral Games bummed about Dead Space Extraction sales

According to a NeoGAF post from a Visceral Games employee- "It is a shame that no one bought this (Dead Space Extraction). As much as everyone made fun of Frank Gibeau's 'experiment', it will actually influence the SKU plan with respec...   read

 
 
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Buddhist monk recommends games for treating aggression

Videogames often get criticized by out-of-touch old cranks for causing violence and encouraging aggressive behavior, so it's very interesting indeed to see that one man, who could rightly be regarded as an expert on serenity and anger-manag...   read

 
 
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Gay publication asks if games are getting gayer

Following on from the Shadow Complex debate, the question is being raised as to whether or not games are becoming more accepting of homosexuality and gay issues. Gay publication The Advocate asks if games are getting gayer and decides that ...   read

 
 
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Rhianna Pratchett: Cutscenes are still important

It's become very en vogue to rail against cutscenes, claiming they break the flow of gameplay and do the interactive medium a disservice, but at least one writer believes otherwise. Rhianna Pratchett, whose last writing credit was Overlord ...   read

 
 
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Valve's learning sign language for Half-Life 2: Episode 3

Valve's Gabe Newell has been moving his hands around in very fast, repetitive motions in a room full of people. By that, I of course mean that he's been practicing sign language, and is looking at how to implement it in videogames, most not...   read

 
 
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