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On this day 15 years ago, Kirby’s racing spinoff -- now a cult classic among GameCube owners -- hit store shelves in North America. Despite being based around familiar conventions, there hasn’t been anything quite...   read
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Ever since I started blogging on Destructoid, I’ve not bothered to keep it a secret that I’m part of the furry fandom. I mean, yeah, it’s weird to say I like pretending to be a giant moth man with extraneous...   read
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I think we can all agree microtransactions never do more good (if any) than harm for retail priced games. It’s one of those issues we as a community are so collectively done with we automatically expect the worst out of...   read
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For months we’ve been hungry for more information on the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, and even now that it’s launched, there’s a lingering “and what else?” feeling among us. Detai...   read
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Insomniac’s Spider-Man is quickly becoming one of my favorite games of 2018 because it’s Insomniac’s Spider-Man. It’s not simply another game with Spider-Man’s face on it, nor is it just another ...   read
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An MMO needs to iterate upon itself to survive. It's a simple fact that any game which constantly consumes resources needs to constantly change to keep its players interested. That's one reason why I have so much fascination ...   read
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Crossovers are a simple but straightforward way to create fun. Ever since we were kids, many of us have fantasized about what Favorite Character X might do if they met Favorite Character Y, or entered Favorite World Z, or f...   read
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Dragon Quest has been one of my favorite RPG series for about a decade. Simple, idealistic fairy tales resonated with me in my childhood the same way colorful, idealistic shonen anime worlds did in my college years, so it&rsq...   read
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This August is a real treat for metroidvania fans. We already have a handful of great new releases like Dead Cells, Hollow Knight's next expansion is on the horizon, and Guacamelee 2 is just around the corner. It’s...   read
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Koei Tecmo’s love-it-or-hate-it Musou series has enjoyed and suffered both extremes of its reputation lately. Hyrule Warriors and Warriors Orochi 3 are some of the most celebrated games in the series, so it’s...   read
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Last week, Gravity Rush 2’s online servers came to a postponed yet premature end. While its asynchronous game modes were far from its main focus, they were meaningful enough for their early closure to spark a very vocal...   read
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  Watch Video Nintendo is one of the few AAA companies that still understands the value of local multiplayer, and that’s fantastic. Other companies should follow in its footsteps there. Nintendo also has built a reputation for having...   read
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[Update: Mr. PleaseAddAntiCheat has been banned from Splatoon 2 online play. It looks like the first part of his wish came true, that just leaves whether Nintendo is taking measures to heed his message in the long term. Of no...   read

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More and more games want to be interactive stories (even if only kinda sorta interactive) more than they want to be games. Provided they’re written well, that’s fine. If you’re looking for something unusual ...   read
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Approximately two weeks ago the massive sprite-based crossover fangame Card Sagas Wars spontaneously re-emerged with a public release. As of July 1, CSW has released and received two content updates. Developers Ahruon and Ork...   read

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  Watch Video Today, publisher PQube and developer Agate showed off a trailer for their newest game, Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story. It's a twist on the JRPG school premise where instead of going to classes and flirting with waifus him-...   read

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In video games, not all characters are created equal. Many exist for the primary purpose of serving as generic obstacles, fodder that any half-decent player will overcome by the dozen. It’s a sad truth in digital worlds...   read
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Remember Card Sagas Wars, that really cool looking fighting fangame in development by two people which unfortunately fizzled out of existence? One of its developers, Dani Oliver (aka Ahruon), has announced on his Twitter that...   read

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Back in January, players were lamenting the impending closure of Gravity Rush 2’s online servers. Everyone rushed to complete their Dusty Token grinds before their exclusive rewards, including cosmetics and equipable Ta...   read
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Nintendo’s E3 threw me for a loop. I was hoping for detailed breakdowns on most of the Switch reveals we got last year, but we don’t really know anything new on most of them, nor have we seen many new reveals. A...   read
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I never thought we'd see the day, but according to Nintendo's E3 Treehouse stream, we're finally getting a Mario Party game with online play... sort of. The Treehouse briefly discussed one of Super Mario Party's modes, Mariot...   read
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Starlink: Battle for Atlas stuck out to me as an oddity from Ubisoft’s E3 conference last year. Even in 2017, the NFC figure craze was clearly a dying trend, and most series cut their losses by either shutting down or...   read
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Mistwalker announced that Terra Battle 2, the sequel to its hit freemium mobile RPG Terra Battle, isn't meeting expectations in North America. Terra Battle 2 and its microtransactions are already no longer available for ...   read

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I don’t criticize freemium games because I want them to suffer. On the contrary, much like my pal Jason, I believe that it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to play games without taking any immediate financial r...   read
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For the past decade or so, fighting games have both fascinated and intimidated me. I poke into online matches now and then where even in the lowest ranks, I regularly get destroyed by players with exponentially better skills ...   read
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  Watch Video The Nintendo Switch is so incredibly successful that fans are expecting Nintendo to go all in on it. Blitzing out of its opening year with Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, two monumental exclusives, guaranteed mill...   read
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The life cycle of a Pokémon remains an enigma to Day Care owners everywhere. Where do Pokémon eggs come from? Why do they only appear whenever a male and a female Pokémon (or a Ditto) are left a...   read
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  Watch Video Happy International Jazz Day, everyone! And I sure hope it’s happy for you, because there are few types of music as good at making people happy as jazz can. Jazz has a wonderful upbeat quality, favoring major tones and ...   read
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Platformers make up many of my fondest gaming memories, ranging from oldies like Super Mario Sunshine to newbies like A Hat in Time and Rayman Legends. There are many things I love about them, such as speedrunning throug...   read
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There are few words that tickle our nostalgia bones like “collectathon” does. Exploring 3D locales and collecting MacGuffins by the truckload are simple gratifications that reward our curiosity and love of increas...   read
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About Chris Hovermaleone of us since 8:03 PM on 07.31.2017

I'm a Contributor who used to go by the screen name Cedi! Obligatory disclosure; I backed Kirbopher/Chris Niosi's TOME RPG on Kickstarter.

My favorite games are Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Rayman Legends, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Bayonetta 2, Jamestown+, Phantasy Star Portable 2, Hyrule Warriors, Hollow Knight, and Guacamelee: STCE.

I’m a longtime gamer who enjoys to write, to entertain, to inform, and to overanalyze the little things. Transparency and honesty are my foremost virtues in anything I do. I joined the Destructoid team to do something even cooler with the skills I love to practice and the hobby I love to explore.

As far as social media is concerned, you can find me on my personal Twitter account! Fair advice, you can expect to see a lot more of the big blue character in my banner if you check that out. Whether that's a recommendation or a warning depends. By the way, that banner is a commission by Twitter user @kaizer33226.
 
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