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  Watch Video There's so many gorgeous games at BitSummit Kyoto that it's hard to choose which ones to write home about. One particular standout for me was Carto, from Taiwan-based studio Sunhead Games, which debuted at this year's GDC Ind...   read
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Do you obsess about video game news? Come be with your people and join Enthusiast Gaming. We operate a dozen gaming-related websites looking to bring on a few more junior news deputies. These are paid part-time jobs, ideally ...   read

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  Watch Video As a child, I always wanted a slip and slide, a flat lawn slide that pivoted slipping to death into family fun. I asked my parents over and over until my dad said: "Son, where do you think you're going to set that up, in this...   read
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  Watch Video Riot Games character artist Blair Armitage aka @triangle_soup dropped a few fandom renders of Final Fantasy's Tifa Lockhart on Twitter, immediately getting over 6,000 likes. I'm sure we can help her break 10,000. The art...   read
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Destructoid's future sister esports site is called DailyEsports.tv, a project our parent company recently acquired. It's day zero and we're staffing with a brand new editorial team.  Come help us turn this husk of a Word...   read

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  Watch Video Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption calls itself a combination of "Dark Souls-inspired combat and the intense focus of a boss-rush action-RPG, with a twist: every time you fight a boss, you must level down." If that doesn't get...   read
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[Update: We couldn't really come to an agreement on what to do in the Campfire chat, or even choose a top design, so we've decided to close this contest and will not be redesigning the site any time soon.  Thanks to everyone who participated though.]   read

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  Watch Video Ben writes: "I am currently failing a class because of this hole puncher! We were allowed to bring in a 4x6 notecard with notes for a test. I made one out of an 8 1/2x 11 piece of paper, and measured a 4x6 rectangle out of it...   read

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Gather 'round Papa Niero, it's that time of year to tell our best story: The story of how Destructoid came to be as a video game community. Most of you already know the story, so please humor us as we enlighten the new p...   read
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Thanks to everyone that came out to Raiders Esports! Definitely one of the coolest gamer bars I've ever been to. They built out a massive lan area in the back, had tons of arcade machines, Street Fighter and Mega Man murals, ...   read
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  Watch Video You're invited to join Destructoid for an amazing weekend at EGLX March 9th-11th at The International Centre, Mississauga. This a shameless shill for our parent company and the closest thing to bringing you a full-o...   read

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Do you like hats? Do you like Destructoid? Do you have terrible haircut? We've got the cure! One of the guys from Enthusiast Gaming has a giant gifted boner for designing merchandise and he came up with these just as concepts...   read
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I'm very bullish on the whole crypto scene for videogames for one very compelling reason: The promise of what blockchain can do for in-game item ownership of digital goods.  You see, if you "own" something in a videogame...   read

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Developers!  Are you working on a game, shipped a game, or updating a game that's ready for eyeballs from the world?  We're giving away a huge space at EGLX to one lucky dev at random.  All you have to do is ap...   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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Cuphead was one of 2017's best offerings, and we still can't get enough stories of how it was painstakingly made, what was left out, and what might come next. Members of the development team have agreed to have us smell them ...   read

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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 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

 

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

I keep Destructoid weird. Also I'm a playable character in Retro City Rampage, look:


(along with the whole 2009 Dtoid Editorial team)

Sometimes I have a villainous mustache



My dog CoCo checks all my work for bugs:



I live in Japan sometimes.



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. When I founded this site in 2006 everybody told me there were already too many gaming websites and it would never happen for me. I ended up selling the site to Enthusiast Gaming and now I help run the biggest gaming convention in Toronto, and continue to work on this site, which reaches millions a month. Basically fuck whatever people think - work hard everyday and don't take no for an answer.


Email me at [email protected]

The most important lesson I learned as an adult is that everybody's faking it at their job - and faking it better than everyone else is who gets the job. Also, be nice.
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