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  Watch Video SuperMash looked like one of the standouts during Nintendo's recent Indie World Showcase, a genre-defying retro throwback to early Nintendo titles which seemed perfect for the Switch. Surprisingly, the game had already launch...   read
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  Watch Video Jackbox Party Packs have turned into something of a Halloween tradition since the first one came out in 2014. Every year since then, you've pretty much been able to count on a new collection of five casual-friendly party game...   read
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  Watch Video If you're lucky enough to have visited a big-city arcade within the last few years, you may have seen a crowd gathered around a pair of giant flatscreen monitors. If you heard them hollering things like "Over there! Snail!" "...   read
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  Watch Video Don't look at me like that. Game writers are legally required to use that picture when writing about this game. My hands are tied. It's the law. That's not what you're here for though. You want to know whether the Switch...   read
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  Watch Video Blizzard's Hearthstone has been the face of digital card games for several years now, reliably one of the highest earning mobile titles since it launched in 2014. The simple rules make it easier to follow than competitor...   read
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  Watch Video Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (DQXI) was one of my favorite titles from last year, a gorgeous throwback to earlier games in the long-running RPG franchise. That said, the version we got here in the West was somewh...   read
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  Watch Video RAD provides an alternate history where at some point in the mid-eighties, the world was annihilated in nuclear hellfire. Eventally, survivors managed to scrape together enough remnants of civilization to start rebuildin...   read
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  Watch Video "So what's California Extreme?" I hear you asking. Simply put, it's a yearly convention where arcade cabinet and pinball collectors converge in San Jose to show off their favorite machines. Enthusiasts bring their perfectly m...   read
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  Watch Video Stranger Things 3: The Game is a note-for-note retelling of Stranger Things season three, released day and date with the popular Netflix series. If you haven't seen it, Stranger Things (the show) draws inf...   read
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  Watch Video Competition has been good for Hearthstone. Even though Artifact never really found an audience, other digital Collectible Card Games (CCGs) like Eternal and Magic The Gathering: Arena have provided some legitim...   read
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  Watch Video Several years ago I read an article which put forth the notion that zombie media tends to do better when Republicans are in office, while vampires fare better when Democrats control the White House. That's the only reason I c...   read
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Apex Legends has been a legitimate phenomenon since it stealth-launched two weeks ago. Unfortunately, it's also brought to light a serious flaw in EA's Origin service concerning personal information and who has access to...   read
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  Watch Video Blizzard's collectible card game Hearthstone is one of the brightest spots on the company's ledger sheet, having recently surpassed 100 million registered players. The game is in a pretty good place, with Valve's Artifact&nbs...   read
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  Watch Video One of my favorite overlooked PlayStation 2 titles is a 2003 brawler called War of the Monsters. Inspired by B-movies of the 1950s, the game let you choose from a wide variety of Kaiju and giant robots, then battle it out in ...   read
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  Watch Video You Don't Know Jack has always been an innovative property. The very first YDKJ game in 1995 was one of the first titles to take full advantage of the storage space offered by then-new CD-ROM technology, and there's...   read
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  Watch Video Some games wear their influences on their sleeve; Timespinner has a full-body tattoo that reads "I ♥ Symphony of the Night" from the top of its head to the soles of its feet. That's by no means a bad thing. Aspiri...   read
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  Watch Video Point-and-click adventure games had a bit of a renaissance in the last decade, but have become harder to find ever since Telltale discovered a different formula with The Walking Dead in 2012. Luckily, indie developers ar...   read
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  Watch Video Sometimes a game's title tells you everything you need to know. Shovel Knight, Battletoads, and even Super Mario Odyssey all give you a pretty good idea of what you're in for before you boot up the game. That isn't ...   read
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  Watch Video Let's talk about Artifact. The card-based battler was shown off to the public for the first time last weekend at PAX West, and I got to go hands-on with it during the show and speak with a couple of the game's developers. It'...   read
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  Watch Video Nintendo has had its ups and downs with indie developers, but the Switch seems to be doing things right. The versatile console has become a lot of people's indie machine of choice, and most games released on the system seem t...   read
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  Watch Video It's safe to say every game developer working today has probably played and enjoyed a Legend of Zelda game at some point in their history. Nintendo's adventure series has been consistently popular for more than 30 years,...   read
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  Watch Video PAX's Indie Megabooth is always worth checking out, and it's frequently one of the most crowded sections of the show floor. You never know exactly what to expect when you visit, but there's almost always something exciting an...   read
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  Watch Video Double Fine is always trying something new. The developer regularly invites employees to pitch their game ideas during its annual Amnesia Fortnight events, internal game jams where no idea is too bizarre. Several well-regarde...   read
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  Watch Video When you play an urban planning simulator like SimCity or Cities: Skylines, you probably don't give much thought to the structures themselves, other than trying to place them where they'll do the most good. Indie developer Bl...   read
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  Watch Video For some reason the games industry doesn't seem to like sharing sales numbers with the public, so it's always interesting to hear about how a current game is doing straight from the source. This weekend at PAX I spoke briefly...   read

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  Watch Video Blizzard's Hearthstone is one of the company's more unusual creations. A digital representation of a physical card game, based on a venerable MMORPG, itself based on a real-time-strategy game (based on the Warhammer ...   read
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Overwatch's professional competitive games are done for the season, but this weekend the Overwatch League (OWL) is hosting its first All-Star weekend, featuring teams made up from some of the best players in the world. The ma...   read
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  Watch Video Killer Queen is one of the best times you can have at an arcade, but right now it's pretty hard to find a game. It's a lot tougher to distribute arcade machines around the country than it used to be, so you've probably never ...   read
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  Watch Video Blizzard's Hearthstone released its most recent expansion yesterday, and the mad-science themed The Boomsday Project adds 135 cards to the venerable digital CCG. The set adds several new mechanics and offers some new deck archetypes for each class, though promised single player content won't go live for a couple of weeks.   read
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  Watch Video Love it or hate it, Blizzard's Hearthstone has become the premier digital collectible card game around, and it's still going strong five years after the initial release. Part of keeping a CCG from becoming stale is ...   read
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About Kevin McCluskyone of us since 5:34 AM on 02.16.2007

I'm a longtime member of Destructoid, and you may have known me in a prior life as Qalamari.
In other words, hi. I've been here a long time. There's a good chance I'm older than you.

I write freelance articles for other publications, so you might see my name elsewhere occasionally.
Disclosure: I wrote a paid testimonial for the Speedify VPN service in April 2017.

Here are some things I like.




















May want to stay out of the old stuff. I really didn't know what I was doing when I started here.

Like most other Dtoiders I am male, 15 to 30 something, introverted to the point of social ineptitude, and grew up obsessing over videogames, somewhat to the chagrin of my parents. I am a moderately slavering Nintendo fan because-- let's be fair... they were easily the biggest influence in my formative years. Because of this, it is my belief that Smash Bros. was created specifically for me. The fact that the rest of you may enjoy it is merely coincidence.

I was interviewed, once.

I used to be the Cblog Recapper for Mondays. It was a good run.

Beyamor's avatar fathered mine's love child at PAX East. It's ok though, 'cuz he gave me a picture of a Kirby as child support. Cheap bastard...



I inspired a song. (Thanks, Alphadeus!)



You can reach me on twitter @Qalamari, and that's my handle pretty much everywhere. You can also reach me at [email protected]
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