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  Watch Video Last week I woke up at the crack of dawn to grab an extra Super Nintendo Classic to give away on Destructoid and, sure enough, I was met with a line of people at every location I went to -- and few shy about their intent to l...   read

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  Watch Video It was the indie sleeper hit of the summer, and now we're in it. Just watch the video, how pretty is this? Just don't git gud at Juanito Arcade Mayhem just yet or you might miss Mr. Destructoid's latest video g...   read
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Welp, it was just a matter of time. At least six playable ass-to-mouth Cuphead bootlegs are now on the Google Play store. Don't even bother: They are nothing like the run and gun shooter we love. Half of them are ad-filled gu...   read
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Near Toronto this weekend? Fan Expo Canada runs Thursday Aug 31 - Sept 3rd and Jessica Nigri will be there. Also, videogames. Oh, and Tim Curry. In what order would you prioritize those three?  Destructoid...   read

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  Watch Video Enthusiast Gaming, our parent company, helped fund a new documentary video series that will be exclusive to Destructoid. The production team consists of a web community called Gameumentary. The goal is simple: we want to tell...   read

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  Watch Video There's nothing like rolling out of bed and playing Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari, amirite? That roughly translates to Hot-Blooded Downtown Story or Downtown Fever, which was later localized as River City Ransom: One of the be...   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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It's been fun watching Oculus and HTC copy each other. First, Oculus backtracked on the bundled Xbox One controller with Touch. Then they sort of copied room scale (they call it 360 scale, and it's still experimental).  ...   read
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  Watch Video Confirmation keys will be going out next week. If you missed the first chance, we've got more!  To join the closed beta, just follow the instructions listed in the widget below. You'll receive an email within a few ...   read

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  Watch Video Two roads diverged in a youtube channel,And sorry I cannot publish bothAnd be one vlogger, Lyle stood And looked down the youtube comments one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth, a hairy ass; Then took a vote, as just as fair, To have the community share the blame.   read

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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 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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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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About Papa Nieroone of us since 9:58 PM on 03.16.2006

I've been writing about video games on Destructoid for almost 12 years. It would be insane to stop now. I do a lot of stuff behind the scenes here, but mostly my job is to keep Destructoid weird.

Also I'm a playable character in Retro City Rampage:


(along with the whole 2009 Dtoid Editorial team)

Sometimes I have a villainous mustache



My dog CoCo checks all my work for bugs:



I've been to Japan a dozen times. Tokyo's my favorite place, ever. Good food, good people.



Sometimes I do volunteer stuff between gigs:



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. Eventually, you become a writer. Don't overthink it, that's all there is to it.

Live your dream! You only have one ticket, you may as well go for it.

Until then, here's a photo of me doing the nightly site backups of the community blogs:


Email me at [email protected]
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