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For the first time in history, witness an iconic battle between two major YouTube groups in @Hidden_Block VS @NormalBoots! The ENTIRE rosters of Hidden Block and Normal Boots will face off in deadly head to head competition a...   read
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[Update 2: Fuck the FCC. This will not be the end of it.  Now, this is war. Update: The Net Neutrality vote is tomorrow, barring no further delays. If you love the web as it is, please look up who represents you and tell...   read

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  Watch Video Next March, Destructoid joins the Enthusiast Gaming crew on a joint mission to bring video game lovers together online and in person. We're expecting 15,000 people this year at EGLX, it's going to be YUUUGE! We've been hard a...   read

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A public service announcement for the casual holiday shopper: Do you mind that your video game gifts may not be playable that day? You might want to double-check that box. It's age-old wisdom to connect a new game console on ...   read
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  Watch Video The free codes just keep pouring in: Ironsight is a new FPS due early next year, but grab a code and you can check it out right now. The game puts you ten years into a dystopian future where capitalist jerks with practical ha...   read

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  Watch Video [This week Destructoid is sponsored by Way of Redemption] Want to try a new game on Steam? Way of Redemption combines sports and action games in a multiplayer online sports arena. They sent a little widget to unlock 6,000 PC ...   read

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  Watch Video From the reality-is-stranger-than-fiction department, a guy went on Reddit and confessed that he'd been earning cash for EVE by jerking off and fucking his Fleshlight, a flashlight that hides a rubber vagina from th...   read
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  Watch Video [ Update:  Congratulations C.Aalders from Green Bay!  Please check your email :)   Didn't win it? Don't worry, we run contests all the time.  You'll get the next one.  Thanks for reading us! ] La...   read

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Have you ever watched a video game music performer on stage, in person or via Youtube? Do you have a favorite one? We want to know! Destructoid is looking the community's top tier picks to invite to our Enthusiast Gaming Expo...   read

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  Watch Video Could it be that the Japanese version of the Super Mario Odyssey theme, "Jump Up Super Star" is the inferior version? Music nerds, lend me your bruised wood-worn appendages.   Not to karaoke-shame anyone, ...   read

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  Watch Video We're excited to announce that Destructoid will be presenting next year's Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo. What does that mean, exactly? It means that it's going to get weird, emotional, and definitely more about the community: W...   read
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  Watch Video What is even going on here?  Update 1: Twitch plays Kaiju?  Update 2: They're calling it Glitch Slam. A monster hit another one with a green shell. This is the greatest thing I've ever seen. Also, there's two...   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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  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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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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