The Daily Hotness: Blistering barnacles

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The funny thing about good game design is that many of the elements that work really brilliantly never actually get noticed. Today Hamish Todd took a really close look at one of the less discussed creatures in the Half-Life series: the barnacles. It’s a really interesting analysis and you should totally read it.

Otherwise, another Podtoid episode came out, some kids had unexpected/awkward reactions to opening Christmas gifts, and a bit more happened today on Destructoid.

Destructoid Original:
Podtoid 233: Anal Siege 2 – Analectric Boogalanal
Untold riches: The brilliance of Half-Life’s barnacles
Live show: Batman: Arkham Asylum with Ryuusei

Community: 
Community blogs of 12/27
Forum thread of the day: Is localization from Japan to US getting better or worse?

Contests:
Contest: Win a Razer Tiamat 7.1 gaming headset!

News: 
The Xbox Live daily deal is a Borderlands bonanza
Super Mario Bros. 3 is coming to the eShop! In Japan…
Nintendo Download: 12/27/12: Mega Man Edition
Diablo III Team Deathmatch shelved, will be replaced
Animal Crossing first 3DS game to pass 2M sales in Japan

Offbeat: 
Kid loses it after unwrapping Wii U Christmas morning
Tank! Tank! Tank! makes kid weep manly Christmas tears

Media: 
Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin drops on March 26
Aliens: Colonial Marines gets a story trailer
Soul Sacrifice is going to sound amazing
Alpha gameplay video of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
A new gameplay video surfaces for DmC’s Vergil

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.