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  Watch Video "Every day we stray further from God." -Dzousa Not to be outdone by yesterday's bizarre Atari bluetooth baseball cap, KFC and Mountain Dew have teamed up to sell you a Bluetooth-enabled actual box of chicken that doubles as a...   read
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  Watch Video Here's a wild one: Atari has also partnered with Audiowear to create a baseball-styled cap with built-in speakers, which will also have a limited-edition release with BladeRunner 2049. You read that right! The 1970's old gal ...   read
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  Watch Video Despite everything cool I saw at E3, an official Nintendo-licensed Mario Kart VR was the most pleasant surprise of the year for me. It sounded too good to be true. A few of us in the press room had to do a triple take to beli...   read
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  Watch Video If you missed the first chance, we've got more! Tons this time, you're almost guaranteed to get one. Almost.  To win yourself a closed beta key, just follow the instructions listed in the widget below. You'll receive an email within a few hours with a confirmation. No social media accounts or any of that stuff are required to enter. Good luck!        read

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The chain of Don Quijote shops are sort of like Japanese Wal-Mart, and as weird as you'd expect that to be. The multi-level shop has everything, you name it. Fresh produce, fake Mario costumes, bikes, Gucci purses, the sweete...   read
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  Watch Video Want a free beta key? Got a PS4? Try your luck at scoring a Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the spin-off fighting game with RPG elements, developed by Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja and published by Square Enix. In the gam...   read

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Net Neutrality is a fancy word that muffles what's really going on here: Cable Operators want to charge consumers more money to access the open Internet. Imagine your Internet coming in "packages" that limit your access to Fa...   read

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  Watch Video Last year, I went on a wacky videogame-themed cruise called GaCuCon (pronounced Gah-coo-con) and I lived to tell the tale. I got to party and eat 14 meals a day with one of the main creative guys from Riot, and later got my a...   read

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  Watch Video [Update: Congratulations Matholamew from Boston! You're our winner by random draw - please check your email so we can get you sorted.  We'll have another contest soon, thanks for playing!] We're doing the contest thing a...   read

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This is the cutest thing since alpaca babies: in the early days of the Nintendo NX, developers were presented with these use cases for how busy people and families would incorporate a living room console into their mobile liv...   read
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  Watch Video Destructoid's staff voted on the best Super Nintendo games ever a few weeks back in anticipation of the now-confirmed miniature SNES Classic. Things got a little heated.  Niero: "Dude, you voted for 31 games."Holmes: "I ...   read
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  Watch Video The Microsoft Hololens might be the so-called leader in mixed reality, but at $3000 per unit and zero must-have apps we've almost forgotten that it exists altogether. Recently, a genius developer (who Starbucks baristas know ...   read
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  Watch Video How many of you are holding farts down in your chairs twenty times a day? Sure, you indulge yourself like a Chinatown trash compactor, but have you ever considered that you might be lactose intolerant? Studies indicate that 7...   read

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Nope, it’s not an April Fool’s gag. Big news today, folks. Destructoid has agreed to be acquired by Enthusiast Gaming which is headquartered in Toronto. Yes, Mr. Destructoid is an honorary Canadian now (eh!). T...   read
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You're gonna want to stick your dick in the popcorn for this one: A new study published in the Medical Journal of Sexytime Medicine suggests that people who "chronically abuse" videogames are less likely to bust a groove...   read
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  Watch Video The thing I love most about E3 is the spectacle of it all. Videogame conventions surely started in awkward cavernous rooms lined with 8x10 tables, and now we have ten foot tall dragons front and center. Many booths this year ...   read
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  Watch Video Ubisoft is going all out on the grotesque Princess Peach x Rabbid mash-up and has unleashed a new series of nightmarish renders of the upcoming heroine. I couldn't quite place where I'd seen RabbidPeach's face before until I ...   read

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I had to elbow five dudes in the eye to photograph some close-ups of the new Zelda, Mario Odyssey, and Metroid 2 3DS remake Amiibo. The photos aren't as sharp as I had hoped they would be, but I hope it gives you a closer loo...   read
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  Watch Video This little app was originally published during PAX 2008 during a panel we gave about how important it is to create original content when starting your own gaming site. The music was made by Dale North, and all of the sp...   read
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  Watch Video Thanks to everyone that made it out to our drink up last night at the Golden Gopher, I really enjoyed seeing old faces and new friends. It's so funny to see a new person try the Destructoid helmet for the first time. Special ...   read
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  Watch Video Start saving up for an impromptu trip to Tokyo. On July 14th Bandai-Namco is opening Japan's largest virtual reality arcade ever, located near the red light district in Shinjuku. They're building new attractions on top of the...   read
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  Watch Video You've probably never heard of the game studio Lienzo or their new game Mulaka, but once you see the trailer you'll likely keep it on your radar. If I had to describe it to someone in an elevator I might say that Journey and...   read
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We're having a thing at E3. You should come.  Come have a chillaxing, refreshing, possibly fatal non-dance party drink-up hosted by Destructoid's Editors and the Enthusiast Gaming Network. We're gathering in wrinkled clo...   read
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Gaming headsets priced less than a nice steak dinner often fall somewhere between the meh to soon-to-be-snapped-in-half categories, but there are some exceptional standouts. I found such a unicorn among the hot garbage t...   read
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BenQ sent us a 3D DLP projector, and Oh my God, Becky it's huge. There's a giant booty on this thing: two massive speakers built right in the rear. The HT3050 is marketed as a color-calibrated wonder, offering an accurate "Re...   read
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  Watch Video Last week, Kotaku East ran a hyper-sensory commercial that I haven't been able to get out of my head. It's for a bird removal company. There's a very brief Street Fighter sequence, and then it only gets more intense from ther...   read

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Destructoid is looking for a few extra hands to help us with the smaller indie stories we might have missed during the crazy weekday news rush, and with the onslaught that is E3 next month. To apply simply send me a link to s...   read

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  Watch Video In our detailed review, Chris said that Dishonored 2 is all about experimentation. Is this guy doing it right?   Vin Diesel's wacky smithing action was shot by Troy Hicks and has been making the rounds this week on Imgur. Serves him right. If you're going to be accused of murder it's best to kill everyone to prove your innocence. Serenity now!     read

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[The original article said a woman would have sex for $25 worth of McNuggets, but she was willing to hit for $25 AND McNuggets, which is less surreal but still hilarious. The article was also updated to shield me from libel j...   read
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  Watch Video Joke article? No way, I'm totally serious. This afternoon I spent like four or five minutes researching Wikipedia and like two other links and found the very best that North Korean game engineering has to offer. Granted, ther...   read
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About Papa Nieroone of us since 9:58 PM on 03.16.2006

Don't be confused
when the fuse is up,
And you're taking a leak,
Into your brother's cup.
When the cup is filled,
You can run and be killed,
In the billion miles,
Of the muscles that build.

Radiation,
Feeling the force.
Karaoke,
Vomiting morons.
Frogs! Frogs! Frogs!

In love with gaming counter-culture. Where's my sequel to Seaman? On the hunt for the bizarre, offbeat, uncomfortable games that cut through the predictable churn of the gaming industry.

Early career:

You may know me as the guy that chased Jack Thompson around courtrooms, the guy that snuck into E3 in a robot helmet, or the publisher of one of your favorite games critics.

I work with the Enthusiast Gaming Network as Destructoid's publisher. At the end of the day my job is to keep Destructoid interesting, carrying us through the ever-changing games media landscape. In my spare time I'm also your webmaster, updating the site so Google doesn't murder us. Also I'm a playable character in Retro City Rampage:


(along with the whole 2009 Dtoid Editorial team)


I mustache you where the cake is

About me: Typical gamer. Mostly PC, mobile, and retro. Favorite game of all time is probably Mega Man 2, though I have to pull myself away from JRPGs or our site loses a founder for three months. When I'm not yelling at people online I enjoy people watching and buying games for my dad, who despite being in his late 60's writes his own strategy guides and prints GameFAQs, which makes me incredibly proud.

My dog checks all my work for bugs:


I don't have kids yet but I have a cool nephew (and my Destructoid kids are enough, so people started calling me Papa Niero with so many of us breaking into biz),

I travel easily and inexpensively when I can. Sometimes I teach English to ESL students. I can speak and read a little Japanese and Spanish. I went to school for illustration. I'll post some old drawings here when I can find them. Of course, I drew the Destructoid logo based on the Japanese Smoking Robot toy.



I've also traveled through Habitat for Humanity, doing free construction work in Central America. Awesome times.


My advice to people who want to work in videogames is to just start doing the work, even if you do it incredibly poorly at first, until it just happens.

You want to be a writer?

Write daily and try different strategies daily. I've crashed this website so many times I've lost track but I keep at it. That's been my story: fake it till you make it. I was definitely not invited to E3 but I just wouldn't give up, and now I've been to almost every videogame event all around the world. It took a lot of lost sleep to get to where I am. Years. But, if I can do it, then anybody with grit can do it. You have to be Stan Bush and dare, or at least Weird Al and dare to be stupid. Either way you'll make traction.

Live your dream! You only have one ticket, you may as well go for it. Fuck sleeping. Ship something daily. Build. Never. Stop.

This is me backing up your blogs:


Email me at [email protected]
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