Fans Gather To Say Goodbye To A Legendary Sega Arcade

Last month, Sega announced that its Sega Ikebukuro Gigo arcade would be closing on September 20. Yesterday, fans gathered to say goodbye to the legendary game center at a ceremony Sega held to mark the end of its 28-year-run. Read more

Behold, My New Favorite Crusader Kings Bug

Crusader Kings II is a game with a long and proud tradition of “bugs that should be hung in the Louvre”, but I think this new one I’ve learned about today is my favourite.Read more

The Quest To Create A Never-Ending Play In Madden

Football is a game of inches, but it’s also a game of seconds, with clock management one of the most important skills in the game. That’s in the real world, anyway, where programming schedules and commercial breaks are a thing. In video games, as we’re about to find out, things can...

ToeJam & Earl III's Original Final Boss Was A Klansman

In early builds of the Xbox’s ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth, the eponymous extra-terrestrials beat up a hooded member of the Ku Klux Klan as the final boss fight of the game. Previously we only had the developer’s word from an obscure interview, but now we can finally see it for ourselves...

RECENZE: Lost in Random umí hodem kostky bavit i nudit

Ve hře Lost in Random se ocitnete v pohádkové říši, která se řídí pravidly kostek. Osobitý styl a originální hratelnost se jí upřít nedá, ovšem také ani to, že má celkem dost hluchých míst

RECENZE: Lost Judgment rezonuje příběhem plným bolesti a beznaděje

Akční detektivka Lost Judgment tentokrát trochu přitvrdila a dotýká se témat jako jsou šikana, sebevražda či nedokonalosti justičního systému. Kromě toho láká na ještě lepší kung-fu souboje, sympatické hlavní hrdiny, skvělé vedlejší mise a spoustu miniher

What players wish Nintendo would fix for Switch discovery

[The GameDiscoverCo game discovery newsletter is written by ‘how people find your game’ expert & GameDiscoverCo founder Simon Carless, and is a regular look at how people discover and buy video games in the 2020s.] It’s a brand new week in the neighborhood, game discovery fam....

Here's Everything You Can Play During Steam's Big October Event

Steam Next Fest, previously known as the Steam Game Festival, is a week-long event in which users can play demos and watch previews for upcoming games, chat with developers, and give feedback on new titles, is returning for another round this October. The demos will only be available to play during...

The BioShock Problem: When Gameplay And Narrative Clash

It may not seem like it, but gaming is still in its infancy. Yes, we’re beaming games from $10,000 rigs through the cloud to our phones, and swinging around swords in room-scale wireless virtual reality. That’s some Ready Player One shit, for sure. But while the technology is progressing rapidly...

Warhammer MMO Gets Unreleased Cities Nearly A Decade After It Shut Down

Eight years ago, the MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning shut down. But the fans of Warhammer Online won’t let the game die. A passionate team of fan developers has maintained an emulated version of the game on their own server since 2013. And they just announced they are adding new cities...

Genshin Impact Character That Isn't Even Out Yet Already Causing Fan Turmoil

It’s been a rough week for anyone who’s looking forward to playing Kokomi, a new healer coming to Genshin Impact tomorrow. Ever since leakers revealed that her passive talent boosts her healing abilities in exchange for completely nuking her critical hit rate (severely limiting her ability to deal...

Action Game Shows BOTW Up, Has A Great Weapon Durability System

Weapon durability in video games carries a semblance of realism, illustrating that nothing lasts forever no matter how well it’s built. Still, having my shiny new sword break in something like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is some bullshit. It not only disrupts game flow when I’m pulling...

Almost 500 ‘New’ Xbox, Dreamcast Prototypes Just Got Released

Project Deluge, a video game archival project from The Hidden Palace, may be the single biggest game preservation effort yet undertaken. Since March, this dedicated group of video game archivists has been releasing many hundreds of unreleased prototypes for classic systems, and now, it’s...

What We’ve Heard About A Quantic Dream Star Wars Game

Reports started to circulate last week that Detroit: Become Human developer, Quantic Dream, was working on an unlikely new project: a Star Wars game. While Kotaku can’t currently confirm if this is 100% accurate, we have heard something similar from an independent source with knowledge of...

How To Get Rich AF In Tales Of Arise

Tales of Arise is a big RPG that likes to make every number go up—except for the amount in your bank account. In keeping with series tradition, Tales of Arise’s economy is based on gald, which is kind of, like, a play on “gold” but instead of an “o” they’ve...oh, you get it? Okay, cool. If...

Apex Legends Servers To Stay Borked For A Bit

Apex Legends players have been having a miserable time of late. When the game’s not being hacked by disgruntled Titanfall players, players sometimes devolve into having enormous fights over controversial in-game strategies, such as tap strafing. The latest grief to befall them is a whole new raft...

There's A New (And Free) Digital Pokémon Card Game Coming

It’s actually happening: The Pokémon Company is finally giving the world a straightforward way to play the Pokémon trading card game digitally, online, and on your smartphone. Announced today, the new app is called Pokémon TCG Live and it couldn’t be coming at a better time with the Pokémon card...

The Ascent Devs Dish On The Messy Launch For 2021’s Best Sci-Fi RPG

The Ascent is a modern game dev bingo card. First, it debuted at a splashy publisher event. Then, it was announced with a coveted November release date (and as a next-gen launch title, no less); then it was delayed. It was of course hyped as a day-one Game Pass title; and eventually, launched...

Call of Duty ještě ani nevyšlo a už je plné podvodníků

Právě probíhající veřejná beta letošního dílu oblíbené série Call of Duty je zatím ze strany veřejnosti přijímána veskrze pozitivně, bohužel však také zároveň ukázala odvrácenou stránku multiplayerového soupeření. Do vydání zbývají skoro ještě dva měsíce a hra už je plná podvodníků a cheaterů...

RIP Mick McGinty

Mick McGinty, an artist responsible for many of the most memorable pieces of video game artwork from the 1990s, has died.Read more

Mister DeepFuckingValue's Former Workplace Fined Over His Meme Stock Conduct

The last we saw of DeepFucking Value, aka Roaring Kitty, aka Keith Gill, he was giving testimony to Congress and standing accused of market manipulation over his part in hyping up GameStop stocks earlier this year. Now his former employer, MassMutual, has been fined over Gill’s conduct while...

Madden 22 Thinks My Name Is Profanity

For the first time in years, I’ve been trying to play some serious Madden in 2021, and while I’m surprisingly enjoying myself quite a bit—taking a few seasons off annual sports games like this is good for that—I am very disappointed in one particularly weird hangup the game has with my name.Read...

Fascinuje vás čínská mytologie? Nenechte si ujít tyto hry

Čínská mytologie je rozhodně fascinující, doslova magická, velmi propletená, pro našince exotická a v mnoha případech strhující. Ano, občas může působit pro „lidi ze Západu“ trochu zběsile a možná místy nesrozumitelně. Ale pokud je uchopena za správný konec, pak je skoro bezednou studnicí zábavy

Nejslavnější cheat historie oslavil 35 let. A ne, není to IDDQD

Už je to dlouhých 35 let od té doby, co si mohli hráči počítačových her poprvé vyzkoušet, co se stane, když na svých ovladačích postupně namačkají nahoru, nahoru, dolů, dolů, doleva, doprava, doleva, doprava, B a A. Tzv. Konami kód už dávno překročil hranice herního průmyslu a stal se popkulturním...

Luigi Discovered In Sega Dreamcast Prototype

Nintendo’s famous Mario has a brother named Luigi and for some reason, the taller of the bros has been found in a prototype build of the Sega Dreamcast racing game Sega GT. Luigi was found in a prototype that’s part of a massive release of over 40o Xbox and Dreamcast prototypes and unreleased...

Splitgate Devs Say Popular Shooter Is Only '25% Complete'

Splitgate was first released in 2019 and while it did well at first, it quickly dropped off the radar for most folks. But earlier this year the game made its leap to consoles and almost overnight became a massive success. Now the devs, with more money and investors, are excited about the future...

LeVar Burton No Longer Wants To Be Jeopardy! Host

The internet’s mission to help LeVar Burton become the host of the long-running game show Jeopardy! has come to an end now that Burton himself ain’t interested in the gig. This adds another chapter into this Summer’s odd saga of “Who Will Host Jeopardy!”Read more

Sunday Comics: Just Watch!

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Chess Star Sues Netflix Because Queen’s Gambit Erased Her Accolades

Female Soviet chess legend Nona Gaprindashvili is suing Netflix for $5 million after a scene in the hit show Queen’s Gambit falsely claimed she had never played against men. In fact, she claims to have played and beaten dozens of men. In the suit, Gaprindashvili called the incorrect dialogue...

The New Gaming Console That's Become A Giant Car Crash, Explained

On October 22, 2018, Intellivision unveiled the Amico, a family-friendly retro console. The pitch: The games would be simple to play and cost no more than $8. The console itself would retail at about $180 with all games being exclusive to the console. In that initial trailer, the Amico was given...

Talonflame Might Be Running A Whole Arson Crime Ring

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Talonflame!Read more

D&D 5th Edition Is Deeply Flawed, So Why Not Play Something Better?

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is known for being two things above all else, depending on who you talk to: really approachable and easy to play, or a total mess that dilutes a lot of the distinctive factors of previous editions of D&D. Both things are true. It is also true that other games...

Skvělá zpráva pro herní pamětníky, vrací se Jagged Alliance a Outcast

Ku příležitostí svého desetiletého výročí slíbilo vydavatelství THQ Nordice oznámení několika skvělých novinek. A svůj slib dodrželo. Plnohodnotných nových dílů se dočkají kultovní klasiky Jagged Alliance a Outcast, chystá se i remake druhého dílu vtipné akce Destroy All Humans! a pokračování...

Here's Why Folks Think Nintendo Might Be Bringing N64 To Switch

If you’ve been on Twitter lately, you may have noticed that folks are spinning their gears contemplating the nature of a mysterious “game controller” application that Nintendo just filed with the Federal Communications Commission. Most seem to think it’s related to a rumored, upcoming expansion...

Lovecraft-Inspired Horror Game Explores The Cost Of Creation

The Well is the latest microscopic horror game from Yames, the dev behind other unnerving fare like Water Womb World and Discover My Body. It takes about 20-30 minutes to see through to the end (maybe a little longer if you, like me, struggle with getting the game to run full screen). Yames...

Destiny 2 Players Are Mad Bungie's Gonna Enforce Fair Multiplayer Matchmaking

This Friday, Bungie will roll out matchmaking assistance for Destiny 2’s hardcore mode, Trials of Osiris. The intent, basically, is to make the multiplayer gauntlet a bit more fair for Guardians who continuously get thrashed. You’ll never believe this, I know, but some players are pissed about...

Deathloop’s Villain Group Chat Is A Perfect Mess

Deathloop does a lot of things right. One of those things is chat logs. When you’re not going on a murder spree, you’re reading through the private DMs of those you just killed. Arkane has done a superb job of imbuing its villains with flair and personality from beyond the grave, thanks to one...

Zedd Just Showed How Unfair Japan's Travel Ban Is

Right now, nineteen prefectures in Japan are under a state of emergency until September 30. But one of them, Chiba Prefecture, will host the Supersonic music festival at a baseball stadium this weekend. Zedd, along with Alan Walker and Steve Aoki, are among the international DJs flown in for...

Sir Clive Sinclair, Father Of Home Computing, Dies Aged 81

It’s hard to overstate the importance of Sir Clive Sinclair’s role in the world of computing. His inventing the ZX Spectrum home computer in 1980 radically changed the masses’ perception of and access to computers, creating a path for not only gaming, but also the creation of games, by millions....

Neprošvihněte, klasiky Titan Quest a Jagged Alliance jsou dočasně zdarma

Vydavatelství THQ Nordic dnes slaví desáté výročí existence a kromě oznámování nových her ještě rozdává hráčům dvě klasiky ze svého bohatého portfolia. Titan Quest je jedním z vůbec nejpovedenějších klonů Diabla, Jagged Alliance pak dodnes zábavná tahová strategie s žoldáky

Ikea's New Gaming Collection Looks Pretty Good

While people have been using Ikea stuff in the gaming space forever—right now I’m sitting on an Ikea office chair and using an Ikea desk—the Swedish company has never gone to the trouble of releasing dedicated gaming furniture before. That’s about to changeRead more

New WipEout Game Announced, Only It's Not On Console

WipeOut is, very quietly, one of the most important video game series to have ever lived thanks to its role in selling the original PlayStation as something genuinely “cool”, but it’s a franchise that has fallen on hard times of late.Read more

The 15 Best Games on PC

PC gamers have got a pretty great thing going. Interesting, experimental indie games? Yup. Complex strategy simulations? Totally. The shiniest, prettiest versions of big-budget console games? They get a lot of those, too. Let’s say you’ve recently joined the ranks of the PC elite. Which games...

KOMENTÁŘ: Už bylo dost GTA 5, je na čase se posunout

Minulý týden jsme mezi ukázkami na chystané tituly pro PlayStation 5 viděli také hodně starého známého: Grand Theft Auto 5. Hráči po celém světě nyní dávají najevo, že už jsou z neustálého recyklování osm let staré hry pořádně otrávení

Konami Rolls Out Loot Box Pre-Orders

Over the summer, Konami announced its killing of the Pro Evolution Soccer brand (known as Winning Eleven in Japan) by morphing the popular franchise into the free-to-play eFootball.Read more

Surprising No One, Pathfinder Still Incredibly Confusing In Video Game Form

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, the recently released character RPG developed by Owlcat Games, seems really neat. I like the writing so far and the character work seems solid. But holy shit, it has possibly the most overwhelming character creator I’ve ever touched. If your game asks me...

Genshin Impact Fan Says They're Suing Devs For Changing A Character

Genshin Impact got a strong new character in September, Raiden Shogun, and she’s already sending waves through the player community. While most of the reception has been positive, a vocal minority believe that developer miHoYo misled fans expecting Raiden to work well with an existing playable...

YouTube Duo Find $100,000 Of Vintage Games In Hoarder’s Abandoned House

Like a real-life Tomb Raider run sans picturesque vistas from an ancient civilization, a pair of YouTuber game hunters found themselves in an extremely messy room that had been locked for close to 20 years. But amid the filth, they found a treasure trove of factory-sealed video games, including...

The Saga Behind The New PS5's Heatsink, Explained

Over the last few weeks, much hay has been made about the PlayStation 5, specifically a new revision of the Sony console that includes a smaller heatsink. Early reports criticized this change for leading to increased temperatures during operation, but fears that this would impact performance have...

Why Returnal’s ‘Tentacle Tech’ Is So Real—And So Scary

Returnal, the PlayStation 5 time loop game that isn’t the one everyone’s talking about this week, might seem like it’s about escaping a temporally out-of-whack exoplanet. But really, it’s about getting your lunch money repeatedly stolen by malevolent tentacle monsters. Much of the game’s unsettling...

Deathloop Players All Agree: The Dedicated Kick Button Rules

There I was, creeping along a cliff on the outside of a big castle-like structure when I saw a single enemy, completely alone. He was standing on the edge of the cliff with his back to me. This setup ranked high on my “kickable moment meter,” a situation which routinely leads to disappointment....

What Deathloop Does Differently From Dishonored and Prey

Blackreef is a city built for violence. Every citizen is armed, and every law is overturned. It is a 24 hour party, and sometimes partying involves shooting your friend in the head...I guess. I’ve never been a real party girl.Read more

The Best Tales Of Arise Character Is This Cat

The Tales series of RPGs has long been known for starring a compelling cast of main characters. In that regard, the latest entry, last week’s Tales of Arise, doesn’t disappoint. All six party members are deeply fleshed-out, fascinating people. And like those of every previous entry, they’re...

One Of 2021's Best Games Is A Match-3

Oh my goodness, there is so much going on in Day Repeat Day. I went into it knowing absolutely nothing, and came out having learned an enormous amount and yet having so many questions. To be asinine, this exists on the midpoint between a Papers Please-like, and a lost phone game, with…match-3....

Destiny Composer Ordered To Pay Bungie Nearly $100,000

Composer Marty O’Donnell, Bungie’s former audio director, has been found in contempt of court for his continuous use of Destiny assets, including uploading song clips online long after he left the company. According to Eurogamer, such use violated the terms of a previous lawsuit.Read more

Halo série na PC kompletní nebude, pátý díl zůstane jen na xboxech

Internetem v minulých dnech kolovala zpráva o tom, že se na PC údajně chystá spousta portů dosavadních konzolových exkluzivit. Minimálně v případě Halo 5 to však není pravda a vývojáři výslovně popřeli, že by s něčím takovým v dohledné budoucnosti počítali

The Latest Life-Sized Gundam Is Disappointing Some Fans

Next spring, yet another one-to-one scale Gundam will go up in Japan. This one will be located at a LaLaport shopping center in Fukuoka. Exciting, no? I think so! But not everyone does. This particular incarnation is a ν (Nu) Gundam, but it’s a revamped version. Dubbed RX-93ff Nu Gundam, Yoshiyuki...

Odklad se nevyhnul ani Battlefieldu 2042, letošek by však měl stihnout

Nový díl vojenské střílečky Battlefield jsme si měli zahrát již za měsíc, nakonec se ovšem čekání ještě trochu protáhne. Z důvodů protipandemických opatření hra vyjde až 19. listopadu, tedy až dva týdny po svém největším konkurentovi Call of Duty: Vanguard

The Best GameCube Games

Ah, the GameCube. It might be my favourite console of all time. The tiny discs, its cute little handle, the Wavebird...yeah, we had some good times together. But the best times we had were with these games in particular.Read more

The Art Of The Lord Of The Rings Movies

Twenty years on from the release of the first film in the trilogy, New Zealand’s Weta Workshop have dropped a bunch of concept art from the whole Lord of the Rings series.Read more

Please Stop Closing Forums And Moving People To Discord

A few days ago Eurogamer closed their forums, bringing to an end over 20 years of community discussion. The site explained the move like sites and companies always do, and it made sense the way it always does, but that doesn’t mean the process itself isn’t something that sucks.Read more

Nendoroid And Figma Company Sued Over Mistreatment, Sexualized Toys

In 2020, popular figurine manufacturer Good Smile Company sued two former vice presidents, Guy Brand and James Young-sik Kim, for competing with its merchandise business while employed at GSC. In response, the former employees have filed a cross-complaint claiming that GSC actively profited from...

New From Razer: Gamer Thumb Condoms

It isn’t April first, but nobody told Razer when it announced its gaming “finger sleeves.” Yes, finger sleeves: They are literally little sleeves that cap off your fingers to supposedly enhance their grip, and these particular finger sleeves are pitched at the gamer market.Read more

Pokémon Unite Players Sure Don't Like Surrendering

Picture this: You’re playing Pokémon Unite as your favorite monster (Greninja mains, sound off in the comments), whooping some ass. But as the game goes on, you find that your team is seriously STRUGGLING. What do you do, choose the surrender option or stick it out until the end? Matches may...

Tales Of Arise: The Kotaku Review

Dozens of hours into Tales of Arise, a new role-playing game from Bandai Namco, one of your party members asks, “Is it over?”Read more

Ex-Ubisoft Devs Open New Studio, Immediately Diss Ubisoft

Nesting Games, a newly formed development studio based in Québec, Canada, today announced its co-ownership by Italian publisher Digital Bros. Nesting, officially established in August by former Ubisoft employees, wasted no time in distancing itself from the open world style that has become...

To Win The Game You Must Kill Me, Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, Queen of the Gatekeeping Gaslighting Girlbosses, is coming back from Hell, and it’s all up to you to stop her in the new Doom mod, Thatcher’s Techbase. And holy shit its music is good.Read more

Slime Isekai’s DBZ Homage Has Everyone Arguing About Kamehamehas

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the newest episode of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime flattered Dragon Ball Z in spades. In the second to last episode of the anime’s second season, the heroic Veldora started to let his otaku side show by using Goku’s signature...

After 10,000 Years, Rita Repulsa Joins The Power Rangers Fighting Game

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, nWay’s fantastic three-on-three fighting game, is still going strong more than two years after its initial release. This year, the devs plan to add three new fighters to the ever-expanding roster, a group that includes the iconic space sorceress Rita Repulsa.Read...

The New PS5 Update Quietly Fixes Console's Most Annoying Problem

Today’s big PlayStation 5 software update brings a bevy of much-needed features to the console, adding, among other things, the ability to play PS5 games that are stored on external solid-state drives (SSD). But it also quietly fixed the PS5’s most annoying quirk: You can finally turn off that...

Deathloop’s Save System Is Pissing Some Players Off

Kinda feels like déjà vu, doesn’t it? In the spring, Returnal, a PlayStation 5 time loop game about killing your way to salvation, vexed players with its lack of manual saves. This week, Deathloop, a PS5 and PC time loop game about killing your way to salvation, is doing the same.Read more

Six Settings That Help Deathloop Run More Smoothly On PC

If you’ve been playing Deathloop on PC, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered some of the many issues that are plaguing the freshly released game. The good news is, while we’re waiting for a patch to roll in, there are some things you can do to smooth your experience in the meantime.Read more

Seven Years With Destiny

It’s 3 a.m., and I’m searching for a gun. Not just any gun but a primary sidearm that shoots rounds vibrating with a dark crystal energy that only drops from Destiny 2’s seasonal competitive slog known as Iron Banner. The gun is called Peacebond, an early contender for best new sidearm in the game...

Zrušte víkendové plány a zdarma otestujte vymodlené Age of Empires IV

Do vydání netrpělivě očekávaného pokračování Age of Empires zbývá šest týdnů a jeho tvůrci už mají prakticky hotovo. Aby mohli naplno otestovat technickou připravenost hry i serverů pro online soupeření, chystají na tento víkend veřejnou betu, do které se můžete přihlásit i vy

Even Beefy Rigs Aren't Saving Deathloop From PC Issues

Deathloop is, by all accounts, a damn good game. That said, its reception on Steam is sitting shakily in “Mixed” territory due to the various performance-related issues currently plaguing PC players.Read more

The World Seems Ready For A Nintendo Switch Price Cut

The Nintendo Switch has received its first price cut in certain parts of the world, dropping from €330 in Europe and €280 in the UK down to €270 and €260, respectively. But while fans hoped the same could happen in the U.S., especially with sites like VGC insisting a cut is coming, Nintendo says...

Pokémon Go Gets 'Form Changes' For Fashion Week

You probably know that fashion week happens eight times per year, twice annually in Paris, Milan, London, and New York. But soon, the so-called “Big Four” will face some serious competition for the limelight when Pokémon Go kicks off its own fashion week event next Tuesday.Read more

Workers Accuse Activision Blizzard Of Union Busting

Activision Blizzard employees represented by the ABetterABK worker group filed a lawsuit against the Call of Duty publisher with the National Labor Review Board yesterday accusing it of union busting. It comes in the wake of a bombshell California lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment...

Nobody Wants A Driver TV Show, Ubisoft

Ubisoft plans to revive the Driver franchise, the company announced today...with a live-action streaming series. Those sounds you just heard were millions of excited fans collectively scooting forward in their seats and then immediately slumping back in disappointment.Read more

I Just Read 1,025 Chapters Of One Piece, And It's A Damn Masterpiece

Only three things in life are certain for a shonen otaku: tournament arcs, Studio Trigger series finales ending in space, and One Piece continuing until the heat death of the universe. I’d made prior attempts to read One Piece, but each time I got too intimidated by its length, which has...

Your Boy’s Here, So Let’s Get Real

What’s up, Kotaku? I’m Jeremy Winslow, your second Black staff writer, and while I hustled for this spot and know that I earned it through years of hard work and dedication, part of me still can’t believe I actually made it here.Read more

Splitgate’s Getting Bigger And Better, Thanks To A Cool $100M

Developer 1047 Games has raised $100 million from a bunch of venture capital investors, the studio announced via press release today. The eye-popping fundraising haul will allow the outfit to remain independent and beef up work on its enormously popular free-to-play arena shooter, Splitgate.Read...

Game Pass Is Really Blowing Up In September

As a cynical, bitter, battle-worn games critic, I would like nothing better than to declare what a disastrous mess Microsoft is making of Game Pass. But damn them, they’re not, and the line-up of new additions coming in the second half of September is pleasingly strong. Another 13 games are getting...

Opus: Echo Of Starsong: The Kotaku Review

While most science fiction games ask me what it means to be human, Opus: Echo of Starsong asked me: “Is it enough to be human?” This philosophical space opera is a staggeringly emotional game that deserves a spot among indie narrative greats such as Transistor and What Remains of Edith Finch. Read...

The PS5 Is Getting A Major Update

The PS5 is getting a slew of new features in a massive software update set to go live around the world on September 15, Sony announced in a PlayStation blog post today.Read more

Dying Light 2 Delayed To 2022

Dying Light 2: Stay Human, the first-person zombie parkour game slated for a December 7 release, has been delayed, developer Techland announced in a tweet today. It’ll now come out on February 4, 2022, for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, contributing to what’s shaping up to be the most stacked release...

Attack on Titan Gets Freaky-Looking Trash And Recycling Bins

In Attack on Titan, the human-eating Titans are horrifying and freaky. So naturally, when an official Titan trash and recycling bins were introduced in Japan, they also look unsettling—even more so when placed next to Coca-Cola vending machines. As part of an effort to promote recycling and good...

The Nintendo GameCube Is Now Twenty Years Old

On September 14, 2001, the GameCube first went on sale for the first time in Japan. Two months later, on November 18, the console was released in North America. Can you believe it’s been twenty years? Facing off against the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox, the GameCube was the first Nintendo console...

Everyone Who Worked On A Game Should Be In The Credits

Deathloop is out, and by all accounts it’s pretty good! It’s a shame, then, that it’s also the reason we’re revisiting the topic of “video games people being weirdly shitty about who makes it into the credits and who doesn’t”.Read more

Nike's 'Gundam' Sneakers Look Badass

These have been teased by sneaker types for months now, but over the last few days Nike have finally come out and made them official: over the next few weeks we’re getting not one but two pairs of Dunk Highs paying homage to Gundam.Read more

Wow, This Quake Clone Is Smaller Than A Word Doc

Games today are massive, taking up dozens of gigabytes. Some recent bigger games, like Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, cracked 250GB in total. That’s too big. But a new free mini-shooter out today, Q1K3, is a blast and only needs 13KB of JavaScript. It’s also part of a contest dedicated to devs...

RECENZE: The Artful Escape je galaktické dobrodružství v rockové extázi

Poměrně nenápadnou, avšak o to povedenější herní jednohubku nám naservírovalo studio Beethoven & Dinosaur. V The Artful Escape budete cestovat po nejpodivnějších koutech galaxie a vaší jedinou zbraní budou kytarové riffy. To, co hře chybí po stránce hratelnosti, vydatně vyvažuje svou originalitou...

Someone Made An Among Us Fighting Game Because Why Not

I’ve often said that anything with a cast of unique characters can be turned into a fighting game. Case in point: Among Us Arena, which takes the multi-colored crewmates of the popular Mafia-like and places them in a surprisingly fun one-on-one combat system.Read more

Classic LittleBigPlanet Servers Shut Down Permanently Following Hacks

LittleBigPlanet fans have a bit of a good news/bad news situation this morning. After months of downtime, the PS4 servers for LittleBigPlanet 3 are back online, with all the community content restored and working as before. However, servers for all prior PS3 and Vita versions will remain offline...

Five Things To Know About God Of War Ragnarok

Like an ancient Norse myth that sat dormant for years before seeping into the zeitgeist, God of War Ragnarok is coming. First teased last year, the much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s God of War finally popped up last week as the splashy capstone of a PlayStation showcase.Read more

YouTube Kills Two Big Discord Music Bots, And That Sucks

Today, the popular video streaming service YouTube committed a murder most foul. Two stalwart members of any Discord server worth its salt, stolen away from us in the night. Groovy and Rythm are dead, and I will mourn my beautiful robot companions with all of my heart.Read more

You Should Be Hyped About This New God of War Character

Santa Monica Studio already had my axe even before it revealed the new trailer for God of War Ragnarok during the PlayStation Showcase. But now it also has my curiosity after showing a character named Angrboda at the end of its first gameplay trailer.Read more

Mysterious New Radio Signals Infiltrate 2016's Oxenfree

As Night School Studio builds up toward next year’s release of Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, it’s added some new spooky goings-on to 2016's Oxenfree. Returning to the Steam version of that game today (when patched) will allow you to discover some new radio broadcasts that hint at the storyline...

Look Out Hideo Kojima, Someone Else Is Making A Strand Game

Death Stranding is a game I loved when I played it in the fall of 2019, and one that I’ve only come to appreciate more in the time since. When so many games with massive budgets feel like they’re covering the same tired territory, Death Stranding, in all its awkward earnestness, offered something...

Hideo Kojima Wants To Make Video Games That Change In Real Time

You gotta give Hideo Kojima this: He always has interesting ideas for the video games he’s made or would like to make. While the final product might not live up to those concepts, at least the guy is trying to push the envelope. In a recent interview with Japanese lifestyle magazine An-An (via...

Thirty-Six Years Ago Super Mario Bros. Went On Sale In Japan

On September 13, 1985 in Japan, Nintendo released one of its most iconic games ever, Super Mario Bros. Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, it was a smash at home and became the Nintendo Entertainment System’s killer app a year later. The world was never the same. As Famitsu points...

The Japanese Internet Reacts To Netflix's Kate

Have you seen Kate yet? Folks in Japan have, and they have opinions. Let’s have a look!The Netflix original debuted last Friday. Set in Japan and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, it tells the story of a deadly assassin out for revenge. Internationally, the reviews for Kate have been not great!...

Skončilo první kolo soudu mezi Applem a Epicem. Výsledek nic neřeší

Více než rok od podání žaloby dospěl americký soud k rozhodnutí v právní bitvě mezi softwarovými giganty Apple a Epic Games. Z jeho výsledku v Applu určitě nemají radost, přijdou totiž o miliardový zdroj příjmů, spokojený ovšem není ani Epic, který už slovy svého ředitele Tima Sweeneyho přislíbil...

US Open Tennis Champion Does Video Game Celebration After Winning

Big congratulations are in order for Daniil Medvedev, who earlier today not only did the world a service by defeating Novak Djokovic, but in doing so somehow found a way to slip a tribute to, of all things, EA Sports’ FIFA series into his celebrations.Read more

NFT Game Steals Artwork, Gets Called Out, Deletes Account

NFTS (Non-Fungible Tokens) are an environmental disaster and an enormous scam, and perhaps the funniest thing about their persistence is how little effort purveyors of this modern snake oil are putting into it.Read more

Fortnite's Cube Returns For Season 7's Explosive Finale

Fortnite players have spent the entirety of the game’s seventh season dealing with a growing alien threat. Now it’s time for the aliens to deal with the threat of us as we storm the alien mothership and liberate dangerous-looking glowing cubes in the explosive season finale event.Read more

Steam Turns 18 Years Old Today

Steam, the digital PC storefront, officially launched to the public 18 years ago today, on September 12, 2003. I didn’t realize just how old Steam was and by extension how old I’ve gotten. I guess time flies when your buying, downloading, and installing a bunch of games that you’ll end up never...

New Rocky Game Is Basically A Visual Novel With Arcade Boxing Action

As somebody who loves underdog stories and punching, you know I enjoy me some Rocky. I’ve watched all the movies (good and bad) and I’m a big of the recent sequel franchise, Creed. So when I got sent a code to check out a new Creed/Rocky boxing game, I was excited. When I saw it was a throwback...

Sunday Comics: What If?

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Destiny 2's Most Bugged Gun Strikes Again

The gun that keeps breaking Destiny has struck again. Bungie announced it’s once again taking the Exotic fusion rifle Telesto offline in PVP activities after Destiny 2 players were caught exploiting a new bug to demolish their opponents in this week’s returning Trials of Osiris competitive mode....

Uh... Jake From State Farm Is In NBA 2K22

NBA 2K22 was released yesterday across PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One. Like previous NBA 2K games, 2K22 features The City, a large online open-world mode that lets players walk around, play basketball, shop in stores, and uh... I guess hang out with Jake from State Farm.Read more

Google Stadia Loses Another High-Profile Exec

The last year or so hasn’t been great for Stadia, Google’s game streaming service. And now its Director of Games is leaving to join a different part of Google. This follows other high-profile exits from Stadia earlier this year and seems to signal that Google is truly done making or funding...

Bonsly Will Die If It Doesn't Cry Enough

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Bonsly!Read more

Plus: what are the most awaited Metroidvanias?

[The GameDiscoverCo game discovery newsletter is written by ‘how people find your game’ expert Simon Carless. This newsletter is exclusive to GameDiscoverCo Plus subscribers, and rounds up a plethora of exclusive platform sales & other analysis.] Welcome, Plus subscribers, to your...

ANKETA: Co pro vás znamená Matrix?

Od vydání prvního Matrixu uběhlo už přes dvacet let. Letos se do jeho světa znovu vrátíme. Napište nám, co po vás dnes Matrix znamená

True Roguelikes Like This Are For Sick People, Drink From My Poison Chalice

There are over 40 blood wolves around me, and they are absolutely kicking vampire ass. Those are wolves made of blood, in case you weren’t sure that’s what I meant. You’d think the vampires would be drinking that blood, but no, there are just too many blood wolves. They’re getting owned. I am...

Before You Start: Tips For Playing Tales Of Arise

Tales of Arise, the latest entry in Bandai Namco’s long-running series of games about spiky haired boys who scream “You bastard!!!” and then stab an evil dude, is a notable deviation from established formula. Rather than an action-oriented RPG, as you may expect by now, this one’s more of...

Breaking: Fortnite Banana Man Saga Ends With Official Court Ruling

Fortnite’s Peely is a grotesquery of the highest order. You know it, I know it, and even Apple knows it. Yet somehow, Epic Games managed to convince a United States district judge that this elongated, yellow monster is “just a banana man,” at least according to today’s ruling in the contentious...

Epic Wins Big Fortnite Lawsuit Against Apple

Today a U.S. District Court judge ruled in Epic Games’ favor in its lawsuit against Apple. As a result, Apple can no longer dictate that purchases made in apps on its own devices go through the App Store. Apple had previously collected 30% of the revenue for purchases made in Epic Games’...

Twitch Sues ‘Hate Raid’ Organizers

Twitch is taking a big stand against the organized harassment campaigns, widely known as “hate raids,” that have proliferated over the past few months by filing a suit against two possible coordinators of the attacks.Read more

GTA Fans Are Starving, And Rockstar Keeps Giving Them Nothing

Yesterday, during a big PlayStation Showcase event that featured a bunch of new games like God of War Ragnarok, we got a new trailer for the next-gen release of Grand Theft Auto V. It wasn’t very good, and the GTA community is letting everyone know about it. At one point on Thursday, GTA...

WarioWare: Get It Together!: The Kotaku Review

You are 12 years old and you are in the local Family Video. Your grandmother is picking up a movie and she has no idea what it is yet, so you have time. There is a room with several hundred video games. You have a used Xbox 360, filled with the half-remembered save files of its previous owner,...

This Game Could Genuinely Turn An Arachnophobe Into A Spider-Lover

I do not like spiders. I wish I did, because spiders are objectively excellent. They have eight eyes, for goodness sakes. Let alone that they can make webs come out their bums. (Sub, please check.) They are essential for insect control (without them there would be famine), their venom may be useful...

Sony Seems Ready To Start Leaving The PS4 Behind

Despite radio silence regarding a full-length Astro’s Playroom, Sony’s fall showcase was nothing if not a success. But between the splashy trailers and genuinely surprising announcements, one thing was clear: Sony seems poised to leave PlayStation 4 owners behind.Read more

All Elite Wrestling Has Made Professional Wrestling Fun Again

For a while there, it was hard being a wrestling fan, especially if you happened to watch seven hours of WWE content a week. After decades of dominating mainstream professional wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment has ceased making professional wrestling entertaining. It’s gotten so bad that...

PS4 Finally Gets A Working Emulator Eight Years Later

Spine is the first, and only, stable PlayStation 4 emulator available, and its game library was updated on September 1. Hundreds of new games are now playable on this emulator, and the developer promised additional titles in the future.Read more

Tales Of Arise Is Even Better If You Remap The Buttons

For years, Bandai Namco’s Tales games have largely been role-playing games with an action bent. Tales of Arise, out now for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, is as close to a pure action game as ever, thanks to a streamlined battle system and a switch on the development end to the Unreal engine. It rules....

Three Reasons The PS5 Star Wars: KotOR Remake Is Such A Huge Deal

Yesterday’s news of a Knights of the Old Republic remake has my emotions spinning in two opposite directions, like some sort of quantum confusion of nostalgia. An all-time favorite game, one I’ve replayed and explored in ludicrous detail, but now made to look all pretty! Amazing! But...but what...

FYI: Tales Of Arise’s Costume DLC Adds Hidden Skills

A Tales game isn’t a Tales game if it doesn’t have a comically ridiculous wardrobe. In that regard, Tales of Arise, the latest entry in Bandai Namco’s long-running series of JRPGs, does not disappoint. (See: screenshot above, screenshots below.) But heed this warning: Downloading the game’s...

Holy Batman, There Are So Many Marvel Games Now

If you’re one of the eight people who think there are too many Marvel films and TV shows, well, I come bearing somber news. As of Thursday afternoon, there are probably too many Marvel video games for you, too.Read more

In Just Two Years, Nintendo Fan Completes Game Boy Collection

Twitter user Shouta is now the proud owner of all 1,244 Game Boy titles. Congrats! Finishing the collection took less time than he thought it would thanks to Twitter’s help. In the US, there were 1,046 games released for the Game Boy, but in Japan, there were 1,244 titles released in retail shops...

Sony Brought Its PlayStation A-Game Today

Sony held a PS5 showcase today. It announced new games there. It showed some more footage of ones it had already revealed. There were big name drops, the occasional dud, and a lot of CGI. In other words: a completely standard video game marketing event. Against the backdrop of the past year under...

That Ukulele At The Sony Event Looked Mighty Familiar

We saw a lot of big, bombastic reveals during today’s PlayStation Showcase, but hidden among the surprises of the Knights of the Old Republic remake and Marvel’s Wolverine was a decidedly more laid-back announcement for a game known as Tchia. It looks lovely.Read more

Everything Shown At Today's PS5-Heavy PlayStation Showcase

PlayStation was not messing around this time. Today’s showcase was probably the most exciting in a while. We got confirmation of some highly-anticipated sequels and a few genuine shocks—a feat considering how much has been leaked ahead of time lately.Read more

Korunní klenot PlayStationu míří na PC, na exkluzivity si počkáme

Netrpělivě vyhlížená prezentace PlayStationu nabídla spousty zajímavých ukázek z chystaných her, chyběla jí ovšem pomyslná třešnička na závěr. Největší radost nám tak udělala informace, že si doposavad exkluzivní značku Uncharted budou moci vyzkoušet i PC hráči

Sony Finally Shows New God Of War In Action, Stars Older Atreus

After spending most of the past two years shrouded in mystery, the upcoming sequel to 2018’s God of War finally made an appearance at today’s PlayStation Showcase. This is our first look at the game, as a previous teaser trailer with no actual footage was all we had to go on. And—surprise! As fans...

This Thrilling New PS5 Action Game Is A Whole Vibe

Today during the Sony PlayStation Showcase Project EVE was announced developed by Shift Up Corporation. It’s a character action game set in a post-apocalyptic world, featuring nasty creatures and sick combat movies. Read more

Despite Hype, Former Skyrim Mod The Forgotten City Is Kind Of A Mess

There is a special joy to a B game. B games are weird and messy and overly ambitious. Their reach exceeds their grasp, and I mean that as a positive trait. They are the games which stick with you in half-remembered fragments, or inexplicably vivid portraits. The Forgotten City is nothing if not a...

Bethesda Un-Delays Fallout 76 Expansion After Refund Debacle

First, Fallout 76 season 6 was set to go live yesterday. And then it wasn’t. And then finally it was, but not before a bunch of players scrambled to buy last-minute rewards, and then hit a bug as they tried to get refunds when they saw that plans had changed. It was chaotic in the way that only...

Abandoned Star Trek Games Finally Playable Again

Yesterday, September 8, was Star Trek Day, because the original series debuted on this day all the way back in the groovy year of 1966. As you might expect, a bunch of Star Trek news happened, including some new seasons of ongoing shows. But more importantly, some classic Star Trek games, like...

Titanfall 2 Hacking Rumor Blown Out Of Proportion, Respawn Says

Titanfall 2 hasn’t exactly had a hot girl summer. Since May, hackers have regularly hit Respawn Entertainment’s first-person shooter with direct denial of service (DDOS) attacks, making the game virtually unplayable. The situation hit a fever pitch yesterday, when viral social posts suggested...

Kombinace Dooma a Age of Empires je bizarní, ale funguje

Díky šikovnému fanouškovi si můžete zahrát legendární střílečku Doom v enginu neméně legendární real-timové strategie Age of Empires 2. Projekt Age of Doom je k dispozici zdarma, ke spuštění dokonce nemusíte vlastnit ani jednu z her

Viral Steam Game Patched To Aid Cheating

I’m still playing Cookie Clicker instead of writing about Cookie Clicker because I need a good screenshot. That’s what I’m telling myself. It’s a convincing argument—I’m going to use it if Patricia starts asking where this post is. What would really help would be some sort of auto-clicker cheat...

The Latest Nintendo Lego Set Is Super Mario 64 Block

Get ready to revisit Super Mario 64 with the Lego’s newly announced set. Say hello to Lego Super Mario 64 Block. On the outside, it’s a large Question Block, but inside, there are four different Super Mario 64 levels: Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain and Lethal Lava Trouble....

The Meaning Of Kawaii

Kawaii. You hear it in anime, you hear it on TV shows, and you hear it on the streets of Japan, where the word is uttered by young and old alike. With people around the world growing up on Japanese popular culture, the word has also entered the international zeitgeist. But what does kawaii actually...

AI Gives Dark Souls Characters More Realistic Faces

While last week we saw a bunch of Street Fighter characters given realistic human faces, this week the same AI is being turned on a game that’s seemingly even less likely to give us functional results: Dark Souls.Read more

Představujeme desítku nejdůležitějších streamerek světa. Kolik jich znáte?

Pro mladé jsou dnes streamovací služby daleko důležitějším zdrojem zábavy než televizní kanály plné obstarožních vyumělkovaných celebrit, které už „bavily“ generaci jejich prarodičů. Abyste získali alespoň elementární představu o tomto mnohým nepochopitelném fenoménu, připravili jsme seznam desítky...

Holy Crap, Look At Spongebob Wavedash In The Nick Fighting Game

The folks behind upcoming platform fighter Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl released a glut of gameplay footage today, including a breakdown video that shows the cartoon channel’s mascot, Spongebob Squarepants, performing one of the genre’s most important movement techniques, the wavedash. And, oh...

Smash Bros.’ Most Ridiculous Tournament Is Glorious Chaos

Pro-level fighting game tournaments are a joy to watch, often even when you’re unfamiliar with the game being played. The one guy gets hit, and then everybody yells, and then some cool shit happens. It’s great. While the nuances of a given game may be lost on a newcomer, that’s fine. Fighting games...

Some Of The Best Rocks In Video Games Are Actually Real

I’ve spent years using free rock assets from the Unity Asset Store and the Unreal Engine Marketplace, but never thought too hard about where those assets came from. I just needed rocks in my games. Vox recently published a video about how game developers create photorealistic rocks, and I...

Pokémon Oreos Would Be Cooler If Nabisco Workers Weren’t Striking

This morning, Oreo announced a new variation of its popular sandwich cookies decorated with Pokémon characters. But while I love me some cross-brand synergy, I’m also a little wary of scarfing down on a crunchy, chocolate recreation of Pikachu’s face when striking Nabisco workers have asked...

Isaiah Colbert To Kotaku Confirmed!

It feels like yesterday. I was in a Columbia College Chicago classroom during the “before times” of Covid-19 showing off my now-boss Patricia Hernandez’s Life Is Strange 2 article to a room full of journalism students who no doubt will be future legacy media reporters. I chose that article because...

Star Citizen Gets Slap On Wrist Over Selling Ships That May Never Exist

Star Citizen, the Winds of Winter of video games, has recently come under fire for misleading advertising practices, at least in the eyes of one British regulatory body. Eurogamer reports that the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told developer Cloud Imperium Games...

Epic, Bless Its Heart, Is Trying To Sell An Unreal Demo Fortnite Skin

Behold the Fortnite version of Echo Windwalker! Wait, sorry, Windwalker Echo. You know, the hero from last year’s Unreal Engine 5 demo? The one that was running on a PlayStation 5? Fortnite has been trying to convince me to add Windwalker Echo to my slowly growing collection of game skins since...

Psychonauts 2 Hides An Mpreg Secret By The Creator of Adventure Time

Letting Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward near your project is always going to be a risk. For Double Fine and the recently released Psychonauts 2, that collaboration appears to have resulted in a crudely animated Easter egg in which, well, central character Raz is pregnant.Read more

RECENZE: Tales of Arise je další vybroušený klenot z Japonska

Série Tales of… sice není tak známá jako Final Fantasy, rozhodně to však tak není kvůli jejím nedostatečným kvalitám. Nejnovější díl má všechny předpoklady k tomu, aby rozšířil zástupy milionů stávajících fanoušků, je totiž po všech stránkách výborný

That Time Miyamoto Helped A Game By Crouching In It For 20 Mins

A former Retro Studios developer’s anecdote about working with legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto is too good not to share. It will surprise no one that the Mario creator knows exactly what he’s doing (most of the time) but hearing about how he works in practice adds a whole other layer...

Hundreds Of People Line Up For Pokémon Cards In Tokyo

This weekend in Tokyo’s Akihabara, over five hundred people lined up for Pokémon cards. In past years there have been multiple examples of Pocket Monsters drawing long lines, especially in Japan. This would normally be a regular occurrence. In 2021, it’s anything but, with the nation’s Covid-19...

Singer and Actor Gackt On Indefinite Hiatus For Vocal Disorder

Gackt’s agency announced that the singer is taking an indefinite break to focus on his recovery after falling seriously ill. Kyodo News reports that Gackt became seriously ill after returning to Japan from overseas on August 6, feeling sick and fainting.Read more

Suda51 Encourages Fans To Cop Bootleg No More Heroes Shirts

During a recent interview, Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Suda “Suda51” Goichi was asked whether he plans to produce apparel for No More Heroes 3, the superbly absurd hack-and-slash his studio released two weeks ago. His answer? No, but feel free to grab bootleg tees wherever you can find them.Read...

The Verge's 'Infamous' PC Build Gets Fixed

Back in 2018, The Verge released a guide to building a new PC that was, well, from where I was sitting it was not ideal. From where some angry PC nerds were sitting, though, it was an outrage.Read more

God of War Dev Who Helped Design Iconic Axe Passes

With its thick, meaty impact and the satisfying smack of it returning after being thrown, the Leviathan Axe from 2018’s God of War is one of the most memorable weapons in all of gaming. This week, members of Sony’s Santa Monico Studio and gamers everywhere mourn the passing of George Mawle,...

Maybe Don’t Challenge Justin Wong To A $10,000 Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Match

Talented Marvel vs. Capcom 2 player Butra “Roundhouse” Soinak recently challenged fighting game legend Justin Wong to a $10,000 money match. And while it may have been Labor Day in the United States, it didn’t take much work from Wong to quickly close out the set and walk away with thousands...

Fans Are Pissed About The Switch eShop’s Asset Flip Scourge

It’s no secret that the Nintendo eShop is awash in “shovelware,” low-quality games that seemingly only exist to take up space (and maybe turn a quick buck for the publisher). But over the past year or so, the eShop is facing an even more insidious publishing tactic: the so-called “asset flip.”Read...

I Still Can't Listen To Genshin Impact's Inaccurate English Voice Acting

Whenever I download Genshin Impact onto a new device, the first thing I do immediately is download the Chinese voice pack. I’m not a snob about dubs versus subs. The problem is that the English voice over turns my favorite characters into unrelatable strangers that I barely recognize. Read more

Cloud Gardens Is A Relaxing Game About The End Of Our World

Cloud Gardens, which left early access last week, is one of those games that is both incredibly difficult and incredibly easy to pitch. The idea is simple—you plant seeds and then place objects which make those seeds grow. Sometimes the object is a beer bottle or a radiator or an apartment or...

Ubisoft Appoints Another White French Guy As Head Creative

Ubisoft’s new chief creative officer is Igor Manceau, a 20-year veteran of the company who most recently led development on Riders Republic, the company announced today. Manceau steps into the role over a year after previous CCO, Serge Hascoët, resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, and...

World Of Warcraft Achievements Remove References To Hoes, Giant Sacks

In late July, in response to California’s lawsuit accusing Activision Blizzard of fostering an environment of harassment and discrimination against female employees, Blizzard announced it was taking steps to remove inappropriate content and references from World of Warcraft. Two of those changes...

New Glitch Could 'Break' BOTW Wide Open, Speedrunners Say

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the gift that keeps on giving. Though Nintendo’s open-world extravaganza is well over four years old by now, players are still finding new ways to break the game at the altar of entertainment. Case in point: Just this weekend, BotW speedrunner...

Small Indie Outfit CD Projekt Red Asks Fans To Crowdfund Witcher Comic

The Witcher: Ronin is a manga that sees monster-slayer Geralt of Rivia’s adventures recast in the world of Japanese folklore, and little-known RPG-maker CD Projekt Red wants your help to make it happen. The company launched a Kickstarter campaign for the project today aiming to raise just over...

Alan Wake Is Getting Remastered, And It Is About Damn Time

Today, it was announced that Epic Games will be publishing a remaster of the 2010 Xbox cult classic Alan Wake later this fall on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. The company had previously announced a deal with Remedy Games, the development studio behind the bureaucracy-set, blockbuster third-person...

China's New Gaming Restrictions Have Already Been Circumvented

New regulations aimed at players under 18 went into effect in China starting September 1. These restrictions limit young players to one hour of gaming from Friday to Sunday and include public holidays. Inevitable workarounds have already appeared. Read more

Vyzkoušejte si, jak vypadá opravdová práce v simulátoru domácí dílny

Počítačové hry nemusí přinášet jen napínavé a adrenalinové zážitky, které si ve skutečném životě dopřávat nemůžete. Naopak, stále populárnější jsou v poslední době simulátory skutečných povolání. Po řidiči zahradního traktůrku a automechanikovi přichází Workshop Simulator, v němž budete u ponku...

Tripwire CEO 'Steps Down' After Supporting Texas Anti-Abortion Law

John Gibson, the CEO of Tripwire Interactive—the studio behind Maneater and Killing Floor—has “stepped down” following enormous public and internal backlash over his support of Texas’ recent decision to strip women of a basic human right.Read more

Howdy Major

Adam Middleton is an artist at Weta in New Zealand who has worked on stuff like Blade Runner 2049, Ghost in the Shell and Pacific Rim.Read more

Yakuza Director & Jet Set Radio Artist Is Back At Sega

I’m not normally someone to dwell on personnel changes at video game studios, but this isn’t your everyday career change: Ryuta Ueda, who while at Sega served as Art Director on both Jet Set Radio titles, has announced his return to the company almost a decade after he left.Read more

28 Indie Games You'll Be Delighted To Have Discovered

Todaybor Day is Labor Day, so once again I’ve wrested the controls away from the grown ups, and intend to torpedo traffic with SEO-destroying unknown indie games! Below you’ll find the projects that poured into my inbox this morning, of which at least most will likely be something you want to stick...

Microsoft Flight Simulator Bumps Top Gun DLC To 2022

Big screen movie releases are once again being reshuffled, as Covid-19's delta variant wreaks merry hell across the US. With cases climbing steeply since July, movie studios are aware how dangerous it is to encourage people into confined, stuffy rooms, sat closely together, with minimal...

You Shouldn't Pay For Bloodhunt (Because It's Free)

The shady world of key resellers is a murky, grimdark place to visit, but also incredibly stupid. Just a couple of weeks ago Frostpunk 2 developers 11 Bit Studios were astonished to see Kinguin selling keys for their just-announced game, long before they’d decided on a price themselves. Now,...

No Man's Sky Finally Finds Love

It has not been an easy time for No Man’s Sky. After what can only be described as Molyneux-levels of unrealistic pre-release hype from developer Hello Games’ lead, Sean Murray, reality crashed down hard when it was released in August 2016. Inevitably it was review-bombed on Steam, and that legacy...

Sonic Colors: Ultimate Glitches Could Cause Seizures

Sonic Colors: Ultimate isn’t even officially out yet, but as VGC reports, Sega are already putting out statements addressing the buggy state it’s in. While the game’s full release is tomorrow, pre-orderererers were able to get the game last Friday, and apparently haven’t been having a great time...

New Pokémon Card Shop Claims To Be The World's Largest

Earlier this summer, Pokémon Card Specialty Shop Hareruya 2 opened in Tokyo’s Akihabara. While card shops are not unique in Japan or elsewhere, this one singular focus does make it stand out. In its official announcement, Hareruya claims to not only have the best inventory in the world, it also...

Report: Nearly Half Of Paradox Staff Experience "Mistreatment"

Swedish tech news site Breakit is reporting some grim news from within Swedish publisher Paradox. A leaked document, created by unions Unionen and Sveriges, suggests a discriminatory workplace at Paradox, where almost half of employees report they’ve experienced “abusive/incorrect treatment.”Read...

Tvůrce hitu PUBG si myslí, že jsou dnešní hry moc malé. Plánuje větší

Známý vývojář Brendan Greene, který svým hitem PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds před několika lety spustil dodnes trvající horečku žánru battle royale, poodhalil plány do budoucnosti. Jeho cílem je vytvořit otevřený svět, který bude rozlohou daleko překonávat vše, co jsme zatím mohli ve hrách vidět

Porno Hustlers Of The Atari Age

October 14, 1982 saw what was then the largest protest in video game history when a crowd of 200-300 Native Americans, feminists, and anti-porn activists gathered outside a trade show in New York to protest the offensive Atari 2600 game Custer’s Revenge.Read more

After 15 Years, Bemani Composer TAG Says He's Leaving Konami

For the past fifteen years, one constant for Konami’s Bemani music game series has been the musical stylings of composter Yasuhiro “TAG” Taguchi. Today, he announced his is leaving the Tokyo-based game company.“I’ve now decided to go freelance as a composer after being employed at my company...

Beat Takeshi Not Injured After Car Attacked by Man with a Pickax

This Saturday at 11:40pm Japan Time, a man with a pickax attacked at car carrying actor and film director Takeshi Kitano, best known by his stage name Beat Takeshi. The attacker even called for the 74-year-old filmmaker get out of his car. Thankfully, neither Kitano nor his driver were injured....

Sony podlehlo tlaku hráčů, vylepšení Horizonu bude zadarmo. Ale naposledy

Nedávné prohlášení, že next-gen verze chystaného hitu Horizon Forbidden West bude o 250 Kč dražší než ta pro minulou generaci Playstationu, vzbudilo mezi hráči jasně odmítavou reakci. Sony nakonec ze svého plánu ustoupilo, zároveň ovšem varuje, že to bylo naposledy. Všechny budoucí exkluzivity...

Gorgeous Hand-Drawn Game Guides Kickstarter Cancelled By Nintendo

Hand-Drawn Game Guides creator Philip Summers knew it was a legal risk to launch his gorgeous, story book-style Nintendo game guides on Kickstarter, but it was a risk he was willing to take. When you pour through all the gorgeous artwork of his unofficial Metroid, Contra, Ninja Gaiden and Legend...

Zangief Is Now 65 Years Old

You, me, everyone, we’re all getting older by the day. And so are the cast of Street Fighter II, who we’d like to imagine are still battling away in their early 90s prime, but who are in reality old enough now to be most people’s grandparents.Read more

Killing Floor Boss Pleased Texas Women Losing Basic Human Rights

According to a tweet posted yesterday by John Gibson, the president of Tripwire Interactive—the studio behind Maneater and Killing Floor—he is “proud” that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a new Texas anti-abortion law to stand earlier this week.Read more

343 Is Changing Halo Infinite's Motion Tracker To Be More Like The Old Games

On Friday, 343 Industries released a lengthy post summarizing many of the changes, fixes, and improvements made to Halo Infinite after receiving tons of feedback from its technical preview in August. One of the biggest changes is that the motion tracker is being tweaked and will operate more like...

Sunday Comics: All Of Them

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

The DK Rap Was Unfairly Mean To Lanky Kong

Donkey Kong 64 is a classic and beloved platformer that features a weird rap song and way too many collectibles. While these days, all those pesky collectibles aren’t fondly remembered, the odd rap song found at the start of DK64 is a fan favorite. Sure it’s terrible, but in a loveable sort of way....

More Tips Than You Probably Need For The Quake Remaster

We were all a little surprised just how quickly the recent Quake remaster came about, going from rumors and ESRB sightings to available on PSN and Steam in no time flat. Now, many people are playin’ id Software’s landmark 1996 first-person shooter for the first time. Welcome!Read more

Genshin Impact Gives Aloy The World She Deserves

Aloy deserves to be in the Genshin Impact collaboration and the world it exists in. I’m not just saying that because she’s a great character. I enjoy seeing her thrive in Teyvat, which is kinder to her than her own Earth ever was.Read more

The Great American Road Trip, Only It's The '90s And You're A Con Artist

I was born in 1991, which means that I wasn’t a teen until the early 2000s. I still think of myself as a ‘90s kid, though, because the early 2000s were just the 1990s with more internet. So The Big Con, out now on Xbox and PC, reminds me of my youth, a time when trips to the video store were...

Remember How All The Big Games Used To Come Out Right When School Started?

Remember back in the day, when the new school year would coincide with the fall video game boom, inexorably intertwining the acts of learning and playing? When you’d come home from a long, hard day of trying to stay awake and spend a few hours in front of your favorite games to wind down? If...

Road 96: The Kotaku Review

On Wednesday night, as a hurricane tore its way through the Eastern Seaboard, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld a Texas law that essentially criminalizes abortions after six weeks. The 5–4 decision, issued at midnight, effectively nullifies Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of...

Bungie Has Big Plans For Destiny 2

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is still six months away but it’s already sounding like one of the game’s most ambitious updates yet. Over the last two weeks Bungie has shed more light on the next annual expansion and the vast changes it will bring with it, from weapon crafting to overhauled subclasses....

Dive Into A Murder Mystery On This Creepy, Cyberpunk Wikipedia

Neurocracy is a browser-based cyberpunk murder mystery story told over the course of 10 real-world weeks and 10 in-game days, through the hypothetical successor to Wikipedia, Omnipedia. It presents a dystopian future in which escalating pandemics have driven the global community to abandon...

Dev's Game Finally Works After Fixing 40-Year-Old Typo

Back in the early ’80s, when computer games were often distributed as lines of code you had to type in yourself, teenage TRS-80 hobbyist and future Fast Company tech editor Harry McCracken had a text adventure called Arctic Adventure published in The Captain ‘80 Book of Basic Adventures....

Report: It Sure Sounds Like Game Boy Games Are Coming To Switch Online

It’s no secret that Nintendo’s vast back catalog is among the most untapped troves in modern gaming. But soon, it’s about to be a little less untapped, as games from the Game Boy and Game Boy Color library are apparently slated to join Nintendo Switch Online, Eurogamer reports.Read more

Take-Two Sues GTA Reverse Engineering Project

Take-Two Interactive is pulling a Nintendo. Yesterday, the Grand Theft Auto publisher filed suit in California’s Northern District against 14 programmers behind re3 project, a fan-driven effort that offers reverse-engineered source code for Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.Read...

Nintendo Confirms The Obvious: It Won't Be At The Tokyo Game Show

On September 30, this year’s Tokyo Game Show will kick off. Once again, because of the pandemic, the online-only event will not be in person. And, once again, Nintendo will not be showing up. This evening, Japan time, Nintendo tweeted out that it will not be exhibiting its own games at Tokyo Game...

Beat This Dentist At Smash Bros., Get A Free Teeth Cleaning

For many, the dentist’s office is an awful place. They’re terrified of going. Personally, I hate going to the dentist. But Dr. Tej A. Shah has video games, and if you kick his ass in Smash Bros., he’ll clean your teeth for free. But if you lose, you must post on your social media account that...

Global Chip Shortage Will Continue For Another Year

Earlier this year, Kotaku reported that the global chip shortage, which impacts everything from graphics cards to PS5, was becoming a “crisis.” Now, Toshiba is warning that the shortage will continue for another year. Read more

VTuber Explains Twitch Protest To Fox News, Does Great

As we’ve covered, yesterday thousands of streamers took the day off on Twitch to protest the site’s ongoing facilitation of harassment campaigns known as hate raids. And while regular readers of video game websites would have been armed with a lot of information going into the day, viewers of...

The Halo 2 Condom

In 2021 video game marketing tends to be pretty slick, but it wasn’t that long ago that the medium, in the process of trying to drag itself out of the advertising dark ages of the 1980s and ‘90s, was still prone to some decisions that have aged a lot worse than the games they were selling.Read more

Skvělí Psychonauts 2 jsou obětí review bombingu. Nemají ruské titulky

Vymodlené pokračování originální skákačky Psychonauts sbírá pochvalné recenze ve velkém, spokojeni jsou většinově i hráči. Při pohledu na agregátor hodnocení Metacritic to ovšem vypadá jinak, především díky rusky píšícím uživatelům se totiž hodnocení pohybuje v červených číslech

Mario Kart 8 Speedrunner Has Nearly Perfected Blowing Himself Up

On Wednesday, speedrunner SkillOz came incredibly close to an ideal time in Mario Kart 8 DX’s “blue yourself” challenge, which requires the player to intentionally detonate themself with a blue shell. This meme category, which refers to any speedrunning category that showcases something ridiculous...

And Now, The Ultimate Retro Gaming Device

You may have heard rumblings of a magical box capable of flawlessly running games from old-school arcade titles up through the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. That box is called the MiSTer, and over the past couple of years, it’s completely transformed the retro emulation scene. I’ve been playing...

Twitch Takes Traffic Hit Following Streamer Boycott Over Harassment

Yesterday, thousands of streamers abandoned Twitch for 24 hours in protest of its ongoing facilitation of harassment campaigns known as hate raids. While the Amazon-owned streaming platform has yet to implement proposed changes to the controversial raid system, it’s clear what some previously...

Horizon Forbidden West Has Nine Confusing Editions For Some Reason

Over at the PlayStation Blog today, Sony detailed the many different versions of Horizon Forbidden West now available for pre-order. Which version you order depends on several factors. Do you need PS4, PS5, or both? Do you want a physical disc? How about a $260 box with both versions, no disc,...

Niantic Gets Surprisingly Frank About Their Failings With Pokémon Go

In June, Niantic announced they were intending to start reversing some of Pokémon Go’s measures put in place to make the game safer to play in the midst of a global pandemic. At the beginning of August, they stunned everyone by going through with it, reducing key distances from 80 meters to...

Nick Fighting Game Gets Roster Accidentally Leaked By Nintendo eShop

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is due out later this year, and while we still don’t know the platform fighter’s full roster, we do know a few more friendly cartoon faces who will be joining the fight. The game’s full box art recently leaked on the Nintendo Switch eShop showing Avatar’s Aang and Korra...

Gorgeous New Pokémon Series Visits Every Game Region

Premiering September 9 on The Official Pokémon YouTube channel, Pokémon Evolutions is a new web-exclusive animated series that takes viewers to a different Pokémon region with every episode, from Kanto to Galar. Or should we say from Galar to Kanto, as the series explores the various Pokémon...

Original Transformers Cartoon Is Free On YouTube

I may be a tea-stinking dirty colonialist Brit, but thankfully the paucity of UK cartooning meant my childhood was Americanized (with a z) enough to at least include the first generation of the Transformers cartoons. However, worry not if it were never a part of yours, as Hasbro has added...

Japanese Earthquakes Are Terrifying, Even In VR

Earthquakes are a part of life in Japan. And they have been for thousands of years. But that doesn’t mean you get used to them, or that they don’t remain truly terrifying. In Japan, Professor Tomoki Itamiya of Aichi University of Technology has been specializing in computer modeling to simulate...

It Took 400 Hours To Draw This Attack on Titan Flipbook

YouTuber MillkunTV specializes in making flipbook recreations of popular anime scenes. His work is hand drawn and, well, time-consuming. Since I’ve been a kid, I’ve always been fascinated with flipbooks and even went through a phase trying to make my own. They were awful! MillkunTV’s creations,...

Streameři protestují proti Twitchi celodenní stávkou, vadí jim nadávky

Několik známých tvůrců internetových videí pod hashtagem #ADayOffTwitch zorganizovalo celodenní stávku, která této nejoblíbenější streamovací platformě způsobila milionový pokles ve sledovanosti. Vadí jim, že je Twitch nedostatečně chrání před nenávistnými komentáři

Call of Duty: Vanguard Turns Kiwi War Hero Into An Australian

The upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard returns to the Second World War, and in doing so its singleplayer campaign follows the exploits of four soldiers from across the world. Each is technically fictional, but each is also based heavily on an actual veteran from the conflict.Read more

Dude Crashes Live TV Show, Demands Grand Theft Auto 6

A live episode of German TV show Beat the Star was interrupted the other day when a young man burst onto the stage and demanded information about Grand Theft Auto 6 from a host who has nothing to do with Grand Theft Auto.Read more

Twitch’s Biggest Stars Keep Jumping To YouTube

As marginalized creators boycott Twitch for a day, well-off white guys continue to leave for lucrative deals with its chief competitor, YouTube. Earlier this week, it was Ben “DrLupo” Lupo. Today, as the #ADayOffTwitch campaign is in full swing, it’s Tim “TimTheTatman” Betar, who announced...

QA Testing Games Like Dance Central Is Apparently Grueling And Smelly

Performing quality assurance testing on traditional video games can be grueling, having to sit in front of a monitor for hours on end, performing the same sequences while keeping an eye out for bugs and glitches. But you know what sounds much worse? Doing QA testing for games requiring physical...

Čínský gigant na nákupech. Podívejte se, která studia patří pod Tencent

Internetová společnost Tencent ovládá více než čtvrtinu světového trhu s videohrami. Zatímco v minulosti se specializovala především na asijské trhy, v poslední době mohutně investuje do zavedených a hráči oblíbených západních studií. Podívejte se, co vše už stihl tento čínský obr skoupit

XCOM Marvel Game Sees Avengers and X-Men Go Full Yu-Gi-Oh!

We knew almost nothing about Marvel: Midnight Suns when it was revealed at Gamescom last week other than the fact that it was a strategy game being developed by XCOM-makers Firaxis Games. Today the studio showed off actual gameplay, and it turns out the tactics game’s combat will be card-based.Read...

Please, Free Me From The Bad Takes About China’s Gaming Restrictions

Whenever any kind of news about China hits the internet, I brace myself for oversimplifications by English-language writers and commentators. But in a country with roughly 720 million gamers (roughly twice the U.S. population), the context behind the recent gaming restrictions placed on Chinese...

If You’re Going To Preview Far Cry 6 At Least Do It Right

Far Cry 6 is still over a month out from release and while there remains plenty we don’t yet know, a massive batch of hands-on previews dropped this week across various gaming outlets and influencer videos, shedding more light on the game. The problem is what they illuminate, and what they don’t....

Between Hitman 2 And Overcooked!, September's PS Plus Is Pretty Solid

Between the bone-rattling screams of “How is it already September!?” and “Wow, 2020 Part II is going by so fast and it still sucks,” a multinational mega-corporation whispered the clarion call of “free* games.” Yes, earlier today, Sony unveiled September’s PS Plus games. Compared to the offerings...

Somehow We’re Still Learning New Things About BotW In 2021

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the greatest game ever made (according to me, Renata), is driven by dozens of interlocking systems and physics interactions. It is a modern marvel of craft and design. Which also means that it breaks in some pretty tremendous ways when you push those...

Ten New Eye-Catching Games That Deserve Your Attention

The Indie Houses is a new initiative from a collection of seven independent games publishers, working together to better support one another, and help gain greater attention for the games they publish. Last night they hosted their first ever Indie Houses Direct, an hour-long presentation featuring...

No Man's Sky dostal další masivní přídavek. Celkově už sedmnáctý

Ultimátní vesmírný simulátor No Man’s Sky ušel od svého rozpačitého vydání pořádný kus cesty. A stále jde dál. Nejnovější update Frontiers přináší do hry možnost stavět a zvelebovat vlastní osady. Jak už je dobrým zvykem, k dispozici je zdarma pro všechny majitele hry

Kyoto Looks Different Without All The Tourists

This June, for the first time in a long time, I went to Kyoto with my kids to see the sights. But like everywhere, the city felt different. Something was missing. It was summer. The kids needed something to do. Kyoto Prefecture is not far from where I live in Osaka. I can be there in 20 minutes...

No Man's Sky Frontiers Update Adds Star Wars Style Settlements

No Man’s Sky’s eagerly anticipated fifth-anniversary update is here, bringing Hello Games’ science fiction universe one step closer to Star Wars. The Frontiers update gives the game new planetary settlements—procedurally generated hives of scum and villainy that you can take over and govern as...

Konec spekulacím. Starfield na playstationech nevyjde

Neurčité vyjádření vysoce postaveného manažera Bethesdy zažehlo v některých fanoušcích naději, že by se chystané vesmírné RPG od tvůrců série The Elder Scrolls mohlo někdy objevit i na playstationech. Všechny spekulace ovšem byly ze strany Microsoftu rázně utnuty, Starfield bude exkluzivitou...

PUBG's Creator Leaves Company To Form New Studio

Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, the man whose modding and design efforts helped create the Battle Royale genre as we know it, has left PUBG’s parent company Krafton to form his own development studio.Read more

WHATEVER Is A Video Game About The Big Boat That Got Stuck

Remember when that big boat got stuck? People really wanted to play games about the boat, and while a few quick lil’ ones were thrown together, it was obviously going to take some time for more substantial adaptations to hit the market.Read more

AI Gives Street Fighter Characters Human Faces

While Street Fighter V’s character roster is (mostly) supposed to look human, everyone obviously has a cartoonish slant since the game has never tried to be photorealistic. Let’s imagine just for a moment, though, that Capcom was trying to make everyone look real.Read more

Apex Legends Removes Tech That Grew Beef Between PC and Console Fans

Apex Legends, the battle royale movement shooter developed by Repsawn Entertainment, is no stranger to controversy. Because Apex supports crossplay, PC and Console players have been beefing for a while over the slight differences and advantages each side gets from their platform of choice. All...

Pět nejočekávanějších her, které vycházejí v září

V září se pustíme do vyšetřování v prostředí herní Yakuzy, vžijeme se do role průvodkyně duší, budeme odhalovat pravdu o smrti bratra, zahrajeme si za zabijáka uvězněného v časové smyčce a utkáme se s démony z pekla

Seven New Guns You Should Really Have In Destiny 2 Season Of The Lost

Season 15 of Destiny 2 is finally upon us and despite some of my skepticism after it went live last week, I haven’t been able to put it down. Season of the Lost might not be as significant as an annual expansion but it is still taking some big swings, and thanks to the intersection of a...

Fire Emblem Switch Fans, Here's Your Next Tactics RPG Obsession

When I saw Dark Deity pop up during the ceaseless outpouring of Gamescom streams, I wrote it off as a competent-looking if somewhat uninspired turn-based RPG. Well, here’s a cool thing I learned today: Dark Deity is actually a tactics game. And based on the latest trailers, it looks perfect for...

Remake hororu Dead Space bude ještě krvavější než originál

Electronic Arts konečně poodhalili detaily o chystaném remaku kultovní vesmírné střílečky Dead Space. Fanoušky originálu uklidňují tím, že k předloze chovají maximální respekt, do jejího příběhu nechtějí nijak zasahovat a většina vylepšení bude jen technického rázu

Here’s An Extremely Early Look At The Dead Space Remake

Well, the announcement of a new Dead Space wasn’t just a shared visceral hallucination among those of us who’ve long wished for such a revival. Electronic Arts showed off some extremely early footage of the upcoming action-horror game during a live stream on EA Motive’s Twitch channel today.Read...

Jeopardy! Pariah Mike Richards Fully Booted Because Of All The Drama

Mike Richards, the embattled Jeopardy! executive producer who served as the game show’s host for, like, a week, is out entirely, Deadline reports. He’ll also lose his role as executive producer of Wheel of Fortune, Sony EVP Suzanne Prete told staff in a memo today.Read more

Kickass Cyberpunk 2077 Modders Become CD Projekt Red Devs

If you know anything about Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world romp about committing crimes with neo-John Wick, you know that it launched in rough shape. Much of the game’s eight-month lifespan has been defined more by patches and updates than anything else. But this news might help: The developer,...

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Puddlegate's Latest Victim

Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.3 was touted as another round of bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as giving players a new outfit and car. But some players quickly noticed other changes. Puddles seemed fewer and farther between. The roads were less slick and reflective. In general, the game’s...

League Of Legends Makeover For Chinese Subway

For the tenth anniversary of its Chinese server, League of Legends is dressing up the Hangzhou Metro in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Subway cars, for example, have been done up to look like different LoL regions. As League of Legends (via Twitter user lolweibo) announced through its official Weibo...

Final Fantasy XIV Themed Fried Chicken Goes On Sale In Japan

Today, in Japan, convenience store chain Lawson launched Final Fantasy XIV chicken. What flavor is it? The Crystal of Light and Darkness, as the box states.Or, as noted in the parentheses, “Pepper and Tartar Sauce Flavor.” The light part must be the tartar sauce, while the dark park must be...

Gundam's Creator Is Skeptical About Space Colonization

With Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino created one of the greatest space operas ever. The anime has inspired generations to look towards space. However, don’t count him as someone cheering on modern-day space exploration. This summer, Virgin billionaire Richard Branson and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos...

Máte rádi Devil May Cry? Kupte si metrovou sošku Danteho za sto tisíc

Japonská série akčních her Devil May Cry nedávno oslavila dvacetiny a její autoři si pro největší fanoušky připravili vskutku pořádný dárek. Limitovanou edici sošky hlavního hrdiny, která váží přes třicet kilogramů, měří víc než metr a vyjde zhruba na sto tisíc korun

Tiny Library Is Like WarioWare For RPGs

Tiny Library is an upcoming collection of role-playing games (the tabletop kind) that takes everything you know about them and strips them back until they’re as small, simple and experimental as they can be.Read more

Mod Designed To Make Skyrim Unplayable Banned For Same Reason

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a popular game that millions of people are still playing a decade after it was first released. And thanks to mods and user-created content, some have dedicated years of their lives to playing this game. Bethesda’s insistence on re-releasing the iconic RPG likely isn’t...

This Is No Ordinary Golf Game

Some people play golf because they enjoy walking around in comfortable clothes on a warm summer day. Others enjoy the challenge of placing a small ball in a small cup using a stick. In Cursed to Golf, coming to PC and Switch in 2022 from developer Chuhai Labs, you golf to escape an eternity in golf...

Blizzard se snaží smazat minulost. Přejmenuje kovboje z Overwatche

Ve snaze zahladit stopy po bývalých zaměstnancích zapletených do sexuálního obtěžování se herní studio Blizzard rozhodlo změnit jména několika herních postav, které byly po těchto lidech pojmenované. Tou asi nejzásadnější je kovbojský hrdina ze hry Overwatch

Wild What You Can Make With Doom Technology These Days

Doom changed everything in 1993, and the tech behind Doom would go on to power countless mods, fan games, and full commercial releases. However, as always, time marches forward and what was once cutting edge becomes yesterday’s news. Yet, right now in 2021, a small group of devs is toiling away...

And Now, Mario Kart Tracks In Flight Simulator

We’ve seen how well Microsoft’s Flight Simulator handles interpreting real-world objects and landmarks, but what about something a little more…racy? Modder Illogicoma thought it would be neat to try importing Mario Kart tracks into the sim, and they’re right. It’s very neat.Read more

A Year Later, I Still Can't Stop Thinking About Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium is a game about three bullets. The first was fired over 40 years ago, and ignited the revolution that brought Revachol to the edge of something new. It has since been lost, but its many kin define the pox-scarred skin of this city. The second was shot through the throat of a security...

Nintendo Back On Its BS, Shuts Down Another Smash Bros. Tournament

Nintendo of America has once again stepped in to foil fans’ efforts to keep its old games alive and vibrant. After learning a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event at an Ohio waterpark next month would also feature competitive play for Smash Bros. Brawl mod Project+, the company’s lawyers sweeped...

Six Hours With Garden Story, A Zelda-Like For The Stardew Crowd

When I first watched the trailer for Garden Story, I was reminded of one of my favorite Game Boy Advance games from my childhood. I wasn’t given much money as a kid, so I would stand at the GameStop demo booth and play The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for hours on end. I wanted Garden Story...

Medieval GTA Actually Pretty Much Works

These days, people are excited about old Grand Theft Auto games, like Vice City and San Andreas, getting remastered for modern hardware. But before the series went 3D, the ‘90s era classic top-down GTA games were Rockstar’s quirky first stabs at an open-world crime game. Rustler, out today...

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Daughter Distances Herself From Fortnite Event

To the surprise of many, Epic Games added a new mode to Fortnite last week celebrating the legacy of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the man who led it, Martin Luther King, Jr. But Bernice King, the civil rights icon’s daughter, has since distanced herself from the event. It...

Naughty Dog’s Bosses Still Don’t Get It

Development studio Naughty Dog has a reputation for producing top-flight games. It also has a reputation for working its employees to the bone. Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Neil Druckmann recently sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Game Informer in which both addressed concerns...

WarioWare Style Game Is A Masterclass In Fun Horror

Video game horror looks different depending on where it is you happen to be looking. There were a few years there where action and survival horror games like Dead Space, a handful of Resident Evils, the Metro games, and Alien: Isolation dominated the conversation. It’s scary when a bunch of things...

Pokémon Go's Reddit Goes Dark In Protest Against Site Inaction

Pokémon Go creators Niantic recently proved slow in addressing widespread fears about the game forcing players into close proximity with other humans amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, in a ripple from that, the game’s Reddit sub, r/pokemongo, has switched itself to ‘private’, in response to what...

A Chill, Ghibli-Like Adventure Game That's Set In New York

Take a look around you, wherever you may be, and look for the closest person. Maybe they’re in a window in a house next door; maybe they’re walking down the street looking at their phone. What lives have these people led? What stories are hidden within?Read more

Getting A Covid Jab For Tokyo Youth Is Like Trying To Buy A PS5

When video game consoles from Sony and Nintendo launch in Japan, you can count on two things: long lines and lottery systems. You probably wouldn’t expect that for Covid-19 vaccinations. In Japan, people typically wait in line for tickets when hardware is sort supply. Even now, as Famitsu reports...

Bandai Launched A Gundam Model Recycling Project In Japan

Much of the appeal of making Gundam models is getting a box full of parts connected to plastic frame sections, cutting those parts out, and then piecing together a badass mecha. But when you’re finished, there’s still a box full of discarded plastic frames! FNN reports that as of last year, when...

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The New PS5 Has A Much Smaller Heatsink

When a new model of the PS5 was quietly released recently, people talked about a new screw, and how it might have better wi-fi. One thing that wasn’t known until now is that the console’s mini-refresh has a much smaller heatsink, and that a video filmed comparing it to the existing model shows...

The Week In Games: Kiwi Birds

This week, co-op puzzler Keywe releases on most platforms and asks the eternal question: What happens when you let two kiwi birds (and an octopus) run the entire mail system for a small town? Read more

Hubworld 2021 Showcased Some Awesome Looking 3D Platformers

Earlier this month we covered the then upcoming Hubworld 2021, a digital event similar to a Nintendo Direct, but built by fans and indie devs and focused solely on 3D platformers. Today, Hubworld’s direct went live and featured 20+ cool-looking games including some games inspired by classics like...

Wow, I Still Haven't Bought A Physical PS5 Game

So here’s something strange: It’s been nearly 10 months since the PS5 launched and I have yet to buy or even hold a physical PS5 game. I have plenty of PS5 games, sure, but they are all digital. Compared to every previous console I’ve owned, this feels so weird. But it’s not too surprising...

Dev Explains Terrifying Bug He Encountered During Testing

My Friendly Neighborhood is a creepy-looking game about human-sized puppets that come to life and attack you while exploring the set of a Seaseme Street-like show. But while working on the game, its developer discovered a bug that made the already scary game even scarier. Read more

Sunday Comics: Non-Lethal Ammo

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Destiny 2 Nerfs Dancing Hunters

Earlier this week, Destiny 2's Season of the Lost started, bringing with it new missions, storylines, and exotic gear. One particular piece of exotic gear, some fancy new boots for Hunters, quickly became popular (and hated) as they allowed players to basically break the way Destiny 2 plays...

Xbox Doesn't Want You To Name Your Baby 'Game Pass'

Game Pass is a fantastic service, offering you a ton of games across console and PC for a shockingly small amount of money. But no matter how much you love Game Pass, listen to Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg who asks you don’t name your next child “Game Pass.” Please. Read more

It's 2021 And Halo 3 Is Still Getting New Maps

Good games don’t die, they just get old. Halo 3 is a very good (and yes, very old) game, being released back in 2007. But 13 years later it is still getting new maps. This time, 343 Industries is adding a remake of a classic Halo 2 map into the Master Chief Collection version of Halo 3. Read more

Buizel Is Just A Knock-Off Tails

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Buizel!Read more

ANKETA: Co vás zaujalo na letošním Gamescomu?

Herní svátek Gamescom letos opět proběhl pouze digitálně, za sebou ovšem nechal pěknou smršť trailerů, byť většinou na již oznámené hry. Napište nám, co vás zaujalo nejvíc

Epic Disables Disrespectful Fortnite Emotes In The Martin Luther King Event

Yesterday, Epic added an interactive Martin Luther King, Jr. museum to its popular free-to-play shooter, Fortnite. While the civil rights educational event came with some specific emotes for players to use, it also allowed folks to activate any emote from the wider stable of options. Having this...

Axiom Verge 2 Shows It's Time To Rethink Metroidvanias

More so than any other medium, video games have a knack for spawning jargon that’s both absurd sounding and inscrutable. Near the top of that list is “Metroidvania,” a term that would prompt any normal person you said it in front of to quickly begin searching for the nearest exit. Even people...

Smaller Marvel Game Turned Out Better Than Big Budget Avengers

I know, I know. The last thing the world seems to need right now is yet another Marvel video game. It feels as if a dozen have been announced and about as many have been released in the last few years. On top of that, this is a mobile game, so I know a lot of you have already checked out....

Big Boy Kraid Returns In Metroid Dread

Nintendo dropped some new Metroid Dread info this morning, complete with a video detailing the different skills franchise heroine Samus Aran brings to the table in the upcoming Switch game when it launches on October 8. But this all pales in comparison to the reveal that Kraid, a secondary...

Awesome Metroid Prime 2D Fan Project Gets Nintendo’d

Back in April a group of incredibly talented independent developers calling themselves Team SCU released an impressive demo for Prime 2D, a side-scrolling remake of 2002’s first-person Metroid Prime. The ambitious project had been in planning for over 15 years. Nintendo’s lawyers put an end to...

Seven Hours With Destiny 2’s Big New Update

Possessed witches, talking crystals, and bugged missions—Destiny 2’s Season of the Lost has it all. After a small respite toward the end of Season of the Splicer, I’ve dived back into the deep end of Bungie’s loot shooter with the unofficial start of year five. And there’s a lot to love and even...

Here's All The New Elden Ring News Worth Knowing

It’s the third day of Gamescon 2021, and multiple outlets have gotten an in-depth preview of FromSoftware’s eagerly anticipated open-world RPG, Elden Ring. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting bits of information coming out of today’s articles.Read more

Vikings Have Been Taking Over Video Games In The Last Few Years

Vikings—the tough Norse warriors who wore horned helmets while raiding villages—hark all the way back to the ‘80s and ‘90s. But in the last two to three years, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of games featuring or starring these ruffians. Read more

The New Saints Row Rings The Death Knell For Silly Games

The news that the new Saints Row will be a more grounded, less offensive game than previous entries in the franchise, has been met with mixed responses. While some are delighted that a series that had previously alienated them might become more inviting, inevitably so much of the reaction has been...

Jižní Korea zruší zákon, který omezoval noční hraní dětí

Takzvaný Popelčin zákon zakazoval korejským dětem mladším šestnácti let hrát online videohry mezi půlnocí a šestou hodinou ranní. Podle kritiků byl zastaralý, protože nepokrýval moderní trendy a zcela ignoroval konzolové i mobilní platformy. Na základě petice s víc než sto tisíci podpisy bude proto...

Square Enix Donates $45,000 To Japanese Red Cross For Torrential Rain Relief

Last month, parts of Japan were hit with devastating torrential rain. Game maker Square Enix has donated 5 million yen ($45,000) as part of an effort to help out. Japan’s rainy season is typically between May and July. This year, the rains were particularly heavy in parts of the country. In...

Podívejte se, jestli váš počítač rozběhá letošní hit Halo: Infinite

Po dlouhých šesti letech se letos konečně dočkáme nového dílu kultovní střílečky Halo. I když má být zásadním argumentem pro pořízení nové konzole Xbox Series S/X, dočkají se díky vstřícné vydavatelské politice Microsoftu i majitelé PC. Aspoň tedy ti s adekvátními konfiguracemi. Patříte mezi ně?

Official Animal Crossing Sneakers Look Very Cozy

So Puma has had the Nintendo license for a little while now, and where their first Mario shoes were a miss, their second attempts were an improvement. These next ones though, with an Animal Crossing theme, are easily the best yet.Read more

No More Heroes 3: The Kotaku Review

“If a young boy takes acid and experiences a change, the least a film can do is give him more than acid gives him. But you mustn’t give him the visions that acid gives him; you must give him the pill. And then let each individual see his own visions.”Read more

NYPD Sends Helicopter After Graffiti Artist Over Super Mario Bros. Piece

The New York Police Department, in a stunning misuse of public funds and resources, has sent in a helicopter, ‘dozens’ of officers and blocked off streets, all so they could corner and apprehend a single graffiti artist who was painting a Super Mario Bros. question block on the front of a water...

April O'Neil Coming To Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

The makers of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl announced today that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ April O’Neil and CatDog’s Catdog are joining its already packed roster when the game comes to console and PC later this fall.Read more

Blasphemous Sequel News Already Has Me Shook

Blasphemous, the unsettling 2D platformer first released in 2019, is getting another expansion later this year as well as a fully-fledged sequel in 2023, the developers announced during today’s indie showcase at Gamescom.Read more

Dying Light Is Coming To Switch, Which...Hmm

Dying Light, the wildly popular 2015 game about doing awesome front flips over less-awesome zombies, is coming to Switch later this year as Dying Light: Platinum Edition. Developer Techland announced the news during the Gamescom edition of its “Dying 2 Know” video series, which aired earlier...

Blizzard Is Changing McCree's Name In Overwatch Amid Lawsuit

Blizzard announced today on Twitter that it will be renaming Jesse McCree and delaying the start of Overwatch’s next story arc. The change comes after the real-life developer the cowboy character was named after was let go from the company during the course of the ongoing fallout around...

Bravely Default II Gets PC Port In September

Previously a Nintendo Switch exclusive, Bravely Default II is coming to PC via Steam on September 2, Square Enix announced today. This marks the first time the classic JRPG-inspired series has come to a non-Nintendo, non-smartphone platform.Read more

Chips In Consoles Get Pricier, Could Make Them Even Harder To Score

The global semiconductor industry suffered a potentially significant setback this week when Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), a preeminent chip manufacturer that counts the likes of Apple, Toyota, and other global firms among its client list, announced a price hike for its suite...

Six Things You Ought To Know About Saints Row

Yesterday saw the long-awaited reveal of the new Saints Row game from Volition. While many expected a remake or remaster of another game from the series, it turned out to be a reboot of the whole franchise, a brand new Saints Row with a new setting, new characters, and a new sensibility. We’ve...

Fortnite's Latest Crossover Is ... Martin Luther King?

In a shocking and logic defying twist, Epic Games put an interactive Martin Luther King, Jr. civil rights museum in Fortnite. It seems like a well-intentioned effort to spread awareness of Dr. King’s legacy and racial injustice and I also cannot think of a worse place for it to be rolled out than...

Dev Hides Floppy Disk Game Across City To Find Perfect Accomplice

Trying to find another human being to spend a lot of time with is one of the great universal struggles. Whether it be a romantic partner, a roommate, or a new hire, finding the right person can feel impossible. This is why dating apps and roommate apps and hiring apps have proliferated our lives...

Jeopardy!'s Mike Richards Is Getting A Babysitter Instead Of Getting Fired

Mike Richards, the Jeopardy! executive producer who gave himself a high-profile hosting gig and then immediately lost it once everyone realized he was a jerk, will remain on as the game show’s boss, The New York Times reports. Many observers expected Richards to hammer out an exit deal with...

The Hottest JRPG Of The Moment Is Being Developed By A 22 Year Old

Most musical games are rhythm games, popular examples include titles such as Guitar Hero, Beat Saber, and Dance Dance Revolution. However, Sword of Symphony turned that genre expectation on its head. It’s a stylish music-action roleplaying game that uses combat to compose music, meaning that...

Saints Row III Remastered Is Free Right Now

Saints Row: The Third, the game historians will one day recognize as the first time a GTA-style release was actually funny, is currently free on the Epic Game Store.Read more

Smarty dokončila akvizici JRC. Kamenné prodejny se změní na hráčské chrámy

Během letošního léta se odehrál významný prodej na poli herního byznysu. Skupina obchodů s elektronikou Smarty, do které patří e-shop s elektronikou a Apple Premium Reseller iWant, dokončila akvizici značky a sítě obchodů JRC. Společnost díky tomu vyroste o 44 kamenných prodejen, plánují...

Nintendo Switch Game Fitness Boxing Is Getting An Anime

This October in Japan, Nintendo Switch fitness game Fitness Boxing is getting an anime adaptation. Developed by Tokyo-based Imagineer, the game was first launched in 2018 and had players throw punches and dodge by holding the Joy-Con controllers. Imagineer published the game in Japan as Fit Boxing...

NES And SNES Designer Lance Barr Is Retiring From Nintendo

Best known for his work on the NES and SNES, industrial designer Lance Barr has retired from his position as Design and Brand Director at Nintendo of America. As spotted by Nintendo Life (via Game Industry), Barr updated his LinkedIn profile to “Retired,” writing, “After almost 39 years...

I Really Like The New Halo Controller

I know we already covered Halo Infinite’s release date today, but when Microsoft made it official they also showed off something very close to my heart: a fancy limited edition custom console, all decked out in Halo colours and designs.Read more

Developer Fixing Saints Row 2's Long-Lost PC Version Has Died

Having long been presumed lost, in 2019 Volition were able to get their hands on the source code for Saints Row 2, and quickly set about fixing the game’s long-broken PC version. That work has been led by one man, Community Developer Mike Watson, who this week sadly passed away.Read more

February 2022 Already Has Too Many Games

Pour one out for the avid gamers in your life, because come next winter, you’ll never hear from them again. Following today’s Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase, hosted by Geoff Keighley’s heart red blazer and jet black sneakers, it’s clear that February 2022 is gonna suuuck (but also...

Pokémon Meets Pixar In A Vibrant MMO

Korean pop, anthropomorphized animals, strong visual effects coming out of a comically large hammer—the DokeV trailer has it all. Developer Pearl Abyss showed a new trailer for their upcoming open-world MMO at Gamescom today, and I was intrigued by the juxtaposition between the realistic art style...

April O’Neil Finally Gets To Kick Some Shell In TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge

Look, I’m excited about Saints Row and Marvel: Midnight Suns and all the other big announcements out of Gamescom’s Opening Night Live showcase. But my favorite announcement of all concerns Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. Yes, today Geoff Keighley revealed that, for the first time...

YouTuber Accuses Million-Dollar Retro Game Sales Of Being Scams

Vintage video games, like factory-sealed copies of The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System, have suddenly started selling for eye-popping prices, and a new video documentary claims potential fraud could be a big part of the reason why. It effectively charges...

New Marvel Game Coming From XCOM Creators

Are you waiting with bated breath for XCOM 3? Are you, specifically, me? Well, you/me are gonna have to wait a while longer, because the next big turn-based strategy game from Firaxis stars a bunch of Marvel superheroes, not a ragtag band of permadeath-prone alien fighters.Read more

Your First Look At The New Saints Row In Action

The long-teased forthcoming Saints Row game isn’t a remake. It isn’t a remaster. It’s a totally different “re”—a re...boot. Developer Volition announced the news today at the Gamescom Opening Night Live stream. It’s called, simply, Saints Row, and it’s coming out for all platforms next February....

13 Years Later, Fan Gets Tricky Zelda Record In Smash Bros.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the most frequently, and thoroughly, speedrun games on the planet. Having been released almost 25 years ago, the game has been explored to death, and yet gamers find a way. There was one version of Ocarina of Time left undefeated for 13 years: the five...

How To Unlock All Six Hidden Weapon Aspects In Hades

Hades, the Greek mythology-themed action-roguelike from Supergiant Games, ostensibly gives you six weapons to play with. Beyond that, each one has four “aspects,” or weapon-altering forms. But you’ll only have access to three for each at the start.Read more

The 14 Best Games For The Xbox One

The Xbox Series X is more or less a suped-up Xbox One, so if you’ve had trouble getting your hands on the newer machine, don’t fret. In fact, given the absence of next-gen launch exclusives, most of the best games you could play on the thing are Xbox One games, anyway. Over its seven years...

Dr Disrespect Says He's Suing Twitch

Like hearing that a celebrity you don’t care about has died, it’s impossible not to want to know why game streamer Dr Disrespect was banned from Twitch. Sure, you might wish he would just go away, yet still...what if it’s really awful? Well, we may well soon find out as the streamer has apparently...

Broken Roads Looks Like A Thrilling Mad Max RPG

Every now and again, Australian developers throw up a neat surprise. One indie that arrived out of nowhere was Broken Roads, a traditional cRPG set in the outback with echoes of Wasteland and Mad Max. The game isn’t due out until 2022, but I touched base with Broken Roads’ game director to find...

Halo Infinite Release Date Leaks, Out In December

After one metric infinity of waiting, Halo Infinite finally has a release date. The next chapter in Master Chief’s saga will come out on December 8 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, according to a since taken-down listing on the Microsoft store, as spotted by the Italian site Aggiornamenti...

The Scuf Instinct Pro Feels Like An Official Xbox Controller

Since 2011, Scuf Gaming has made a name for itself by producing some of the highest quality third-party console controllers and owning a ridiculous number of controller patents. The Scuf Instinct and Instinct Pro are the company’s first stabs at creating an elite-level controller for the Xbox...

Pokémon Kimono Are A Very Good Idea

Typical motifs for kimono include things like plum blossoms, sakura, maple leaves. They do not include Pocket Monsters, which is a shame because they definitely should. Kimono creator Misamaru takes her love of Pokémon to a new level by showing it off in traditional Japanese wear. “I decided...

How Psychonauts 2 Approaches Trauma, Therapy And Empathy

Psychonauts 2, the long-awaited sequel to Psychonauts, is a bright, frothy, wholesome game about deep, dark, unspeakable things. Trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, loneliness… beneath the squeaky-clean formica and bakelite of Psychonauts HQ lies a world humming with energy, and a story laced with...

Hahaha Crusader Kings III Is Coming To Consoles

Crusader Kings III, a game entirely about buttons and menus and likely the last thing you’d ever expect to make the jump from the PC to consoles is doing just that, with a version announced earlier today for Xbox Series X|S and PS5.Read more

California Accuses Activision Blizzard Of Shredding Abuse Evidence

The state of California recently expanded its discrimination lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Axios reports. In addition to suing the massive gaming conglomerate over its culture of harassment and abuse toward female employees, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is now also looking...

Oh No, Jeopardy!’s Other New Host Is Pretty Bad Too

Mayim Bialik, neuroscientist and sitcom actor, is the last remaining host of Jeopardy! following the high-profile departure of executive producer Mike Richards as the late, great Alex Trebek’s replacement. But where Richards was taken down by his skeevy treatment of women, Bialik is courting...

I’m Still on My BS, But Now I Get Healthcare

Hello again, Kotaku readers. My name is Sisi. I am an award-nominated game designer, a roleplaying game enthusiast, and mobile gaming casual. Maybe you’ve already read some of my pieces about Genshin Impact, and I’m psyched to be doing this for you on a full-time basis. Read more

The Best Gamescom Surprise So Far Is This Spell-Casting Shooter

Fans of fast-paced first-person shooters that send you beyond the earthly plane to murder demons while heavy metal plays in the background should have their interest piqued by a certain upcoming release. No, no, not another Doom. We’re talking about an indie game called Into the Pit, which looks...

Holy Crap, Gjallarhorn Is Coming Back To Destiny 2

Today’s big Destiny 2 info drop included details about the release date for The Witch Queen expansion (a bunch of 2s) and the specific height of its villain (very tall). That’s cool and all, but here’s the real meat and potatoes: Gjallarhorn, the comically powerful rocket launcher that more or less...

Hopefully The New PS5 Model Will Solve The Console’s Weird Wi-Fi Issues

The PlayStation 5 is a large, lovely piece of hardware, but it’s not without its issues...issues like Wi-Fi connections completely disappearing until the system is powered off and on again. It’s a problem many PS5 owners have run into since launch, and while there are workarounds, it would be nice...

Major Game Devs Set Up Fake Company To Launch New Game

What do you do if you’re a developer so incredibly famous for one particular game, and you want to release something completely different? If you’re Supercell, the creators of mobile phenomenon Clash Of Clans, you create an entirely fake developer and soft-launch your new product under a fake...

Xbox One’s ‘Black Screen Of Death’ Is Bricking Consoles (Again)

Most everyone remembers the infamous “red ring of death,” an Xbox 360 hardware malfunction in which the console power ring would turn red and the console would just...stop working. The problem was eventually fixed after Microsoft dropped a cool $1 billion on it. But now there’s another flaw...

Destiny 2 Latest Game To Boldly Announce Gargantuan Gal

Today, Bungie proudly joins the ranks of Capcom, FromSoftware, and other lovers of big ladies everywhere. The upcoming Destiny 2 expansion stars the Hive Witch Savathun, a long-teased major villain from the part of the lore I actually know about (ask me anything about sword logic), and Bungie...

Is This The Real Life Or Is It Just A Sims Stream?

Life imitates. Or art imitates life. Or the two imitate each other enough that we can’t tell which is which. And if we can’t tell which is which, then how can we know if we exist in life or in art? How are we to know that this life isn’t just a giant Sims playthrough?Read more

Eight Very Convincing Reasons To Make Better Video Game Horses

There are two reasons I am posting about this list called “8 Common Horse Mistakes I Want Game Developers to Stop Making”. Number one, it’s a good list. Number two, it comes from a video game horse-themed website called The Mane Quest.Read more

The Best Strategy Games On PC

The PC is home to just about every type of video game under the sun, but few are as quintessentially PC as strategy games.Read more

Modders Finally Add Wall-Running To Apex Legends

Know what the coolest thing about Titanfall was? Piloting spritely, giant robots. Know what the second coolest thing was? Being able to run along the walls. So it has long been very strange that Apex Legends, a game set in the same universe as Titanfall, has allowed you to do neither of those...

Fanoušek vytvořil model Titanicu do české Mafie. Trvalo mu to patnáct let

Díky amatérskému vývojáři Robinu Bongaartsovi a jeho kolegům můžete v kultovní české hře Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven z roku 2002 nově navštívit i proslulý parník Titanic. Přestože jeho detailní vymodelování trvalo dlouhých patnáct let, je v tuto chvíli stále jen prázdnou kulisou

Trees Have Become The Pokémon Fandom's Ultimate Brain Worms

While the latest trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus shows the open-world monster-collecting game shaping up nicely compared to its initial reveal, some onlookers are not impressed. And so, for the second time in recent memory, the Pokémon fandom is once again talking about trees.Read more

Bungie Escalates War On Destiny 2 Cheat Makers

Bungie’s legal war against businesses distributing Destiny 2 cheat codes escalated last week with fresh lawsuits for copyright infringement filed against Elite Boss Tech, Lavicheats, and VeteranCheats.Read more

Report: Unity Employees Not Thrilled Their Work Is Supporting The Military

You probably know Unity as a popular game engine, but Unity Technologies, the company behind the tool, doesn’t just make money from aspiring and established game developers. It also contracts work with various entities outside of gaming, including the government and, crucially, the Department...

The Giant Destiny 2 Leak Everyone Can’t Stop Talking About

Speculation over a notorious batch of supposed Destiny 2 leaks has reached a fever pitch ahead of the Season 15 and Witch Queen expansion reveals. Bungie’s live-service loot shooter is no stranger to data mining deep dives from players and theorizing based on those findings, but what makes...

Battlefield 2042 Cheats Advertised Months Before Release

Officially announced on June 9 and slated for release on October 22, Battlefield 2042 left a very narrow window for the international cheat machine to spring into action, but spring they have with at least one website already advertising aimbots and ESP-style player location sensing to ruin Dice’s...

Aliens: Fireteam Elite Isn’t A Great Aliens Game

I’ve had many friends wish they were in my position—or offer their assistance—when it comes to reviewing video games. Much rarer is the opposite reaction, where friends demanded beers as compensation for forcing them to play a video game.Read more

Behold, The Simpsons's TV Recreated As A Working Mini

At the start of every episode of The Simpsons, the family races to the sofa to watch TV. Redditor buba447 recreated that retro television set. But it’s not just a DIY model, because it plays episodes from the first eleven seasons at random and even has working knobs.Read more

Stardew Valley Creator Holding $40,000 Tournament To Separate Wheat From Chaff

Every game gets at least 15 minutes of esport fame. Stardew Valley’s competitive time to shine just happens to be coming five years after it was initially released. In a tribute to the game’s biggest speedrunners and content creators, and the passionate farming sim community they’ve helped create...

Psychonauts 2: The Kotaku Review

People are complicated. Nobody is simply selfish or sad. No one is born bad or heroic. We are a collection of memories and experiences, some good and some…not so good. These messes of thoughts and emotions can be hard to handle sometimes, but they’re also what makes us unique. It’s what makes...

RTX 3090 Owner Finds Old Glove Inside $1500 GPU

Imagine this. You’ve just paid a ton for a new RTX 3090 Founders Edition GPU. You plug the card in, boot everything up and … wait, why is my super-expensive GPU running at 230 degrees?Read more

RETRO: Brutalita Soldier of Fortune byla extrémní i z dnešního pohledu

V době svého vydání děsila střílečka Soldier of Fortune většinové publikum explicitním zobrazením násilí. Z odstupem více než dvaceti let od jejího vydání ovšem můžeme s klidným svědomím říct, že pod gejzíry virtuální krve se skrývala i mimořádně povedená hra

Sonic Amateur Games Expo Features 150+ Free Fan Games

Yesterday, the Sonic Amateur Games Expo started, continuing a 21-year tradition of fans coming together to share new community-developed games, demos, mods, and engines. And while the name implies it’s all about Sonic, SAGE is more than just ROM-hacks and fan games based on Sega’s popular mascot....

New PS5 Models Replace Annoying Screw Used To Attach Stand

Over in Australia, some folks have found new PS5 models being sold in stores. But don’t get too excited. These new console revisions aren’t adding in bigger hard drives or more powerful hardware. Instead, these new revisions seem to just make a few minor changes, including replacing a single screw....

James McAvoy Was Playing Too Much Oblivion, So He Destroyed The Disc

I think we all have had at least one game in our life that consumes your every waking hour. A game that you stay up late playing, then wake up early and play some more. For James McAvoy in 2006 that game was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Things got so bad that the actor had to burn the disc...

Sunday Comics: Super Gross

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Mafia 'Titanic Mod' Released After 15 Years Of Fan Development

15 years ago, back in 2006, I was barely 15 years old. And in that year, the same year Twitter launched, the original Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven was barely four years old. And one modder was starting work on a mod that would add a fully realized and modeled Titanic into the game. 15 years later...

A Brand New Saint's Row Game Is Getting Revealed Next Week

The next Saint’s Row game is getting officially revealed next week and based on the few details revealed so far it’s a brand new game, not a remake, and is in fact (possibly) a full-on reboot of the popular open-world franchise. Read more

Tyrunt Is A Spoiled Brat That Loves To Be Pampered

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Impidimp!Read more

Activision Name Conspicuously Absent From Call Of Duty: Vanguard Marketing

Call of Duty: Vanguard was officially announced yesterday, the first major Activision Blizzard reveal since the corporation came under public scrutiny for its abhorrent treatment of female employees. A minor detail in the reveal video has some speculating that Activision is keen to avoid reminding...

RECENZE: Právo a pořádek. Ace Attorney se vrací

Situace je to zapeklitá jako některý ze zdejších případů. Na jednu stranu tu máme oblíbený koncept s několika vítanými oživeními, ale na druhou stranu je to vlastně pořád to samé. Tady se asi jednoznačný verdikt vynést nedá, lidová porota bude muset rozhodnout na základě zcela osobních preferencí

Halo Infinite Won't Have Campaign Co-Op At Launch

Microsoft and 343 Industries announced today that campaign co-op and Forge mode won’t be available in Halo Infinite at launch. Instead, they’ll be added to the game next year. They also promised more and bigger flights to test out modes like Big Team Battle. And no, we still don’t have a release...

Jeopardy!’s Skeezy New Host Sure Didn’t Last Long

Mike Richards, executive producer of long-running quiz show Jeopardy!, is leaving his seemingly self-appointed role as the program’s new host following a damning report by The Ringer about his shitty behavior, both on his personal podcast and in his previous role as executive producer of The Price...

Last Stop: The Kotaku Review

For its 50th anniversary in 2017, New York magazine published a special issue called “My New York.” The intention, spelled out over 200 pages, was to point out the surprisingly intricate ways New Yorkers are connected to each other. On page 86, you’d see a reference to a musical written by Sting....

People Are Losing Their Minds Because A Socialist Streamer Bought A House

Truly we live in times. Climate change marches on unchecked. The pandemic still rages. Just yesterday someone made a bomb threat outside the White House calling for “revolution.” Oh, and today some people are freaking out because socialist Twitch streamer Hasan Piker apparently bought a nearly...

Seriously, There’s A Frogger Game Show Now?

Frogger, the 1981 arcade game about one amphibian’s quest to shed light on the insidious evils of the automotive industry, is getting an obstacle-course game show adaptation. NBCUniversal will start airing episodes on its Peacock streaming platform next month, and just released an initial trailer...

What If Mario Kart, But Terrible Asks GTA Online

When I saw the first images of Grand Theft Auto Online’s new Kart Krash mode, I was intrigued. It looked like Rockstar’s take on a kart racer, poised to infuse Los Santos with some outlandish fun. Sadly, while this new mode does feature karts and power-ups, it’s not about racing, but instead about...

Is It Bad That I Like Fortnite’s Version Of Among Us Better?

Earlier this week, Epic Games released a limited-time game mode for Fortnite called Imposters, which is so obviously a Fortnite-flavored version of Innersloth’s ridiculously popular social deduction game Among Us. Though I feel bad for the Innersloth devs blindsided by this surprise homage,...

More Infinite Ammo, Please

Primary ammo has been a pain-in-the-ass in Destiny 2 since the game came out. Players almost never run out, except for the rare exceptions when they do and the mechanics’ uselessness boils over into frustration. Thankfully, Bungie has finally made the radical decision to get rid of it altogether....

NHL 22 sice běží na novém enginu, na PC ovšem zase nevyjde

NHL 22 má být přelomový ročník. Série totiž po letech opouští svůj engine Ignite a přechází na Frostbite, který pohání Fifu či Battlefield. Kdo očekával, že se změnou enginu se hra po letech konečně podívá i na PC, spletl se

It's Shocking Just How Shady Roblox Actually Is

I’ve long been wary of letting my kids play Roblox because of fears over its community and moderation, along with the fact that I just don’t think its floaty physics and hideous player models are any good. I can now add “a ghastly player economy” to my list of grievances.Read more

Mario Got Himself Arrested Before An English Soccer Game

The return of capacity crowds to English football stadiums has been a beautiful thing to see over the last couple of weeks, but in some cases, fans clearly had a few things to work out of their systems after 18 months stuck watching at home.Read more

Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ New Pokémon Are Probably Going To Go Extinct

When Pokémon Legends: Arceus comes to Switch on January 28, it will bring with it a handful of new Pokémon. But my sick, anxiety-poisoned brain isn’t content to just be happy learning more about the upcoming game. No, I can’t help but question why these fresh faces aren’t present in other games...

It's 2021 And Bethesda Has Announced Another Skyrim Port

Bethesda announced today that its nearly decade-old open-world RPG hit, Skyrim, is once again being ported to consoles both old and new. This time the publisher is sprucing it up with fan-created content. It’s called Skyrim Anniversary Edition, and it’s coming out on November 11, 2021 for PS5,...

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut Fixes PS5’s Busted Save Transfers

Save transfers have been a mess on PS5. Time and again, people have wanted to play upgraded versions of their old PS4 games only to discover they can’t import their previous save files without placing their console on a dark altar and performing arcane rituals. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s...

A Stop-Motion 8-Bit Lego Masterpiece Nine Years In The Making

12 years ago Swedish musical duo Rymdreglage released the now-legendary Lego animated music video, 8-Bit Trip. This week, after nine years of work, three of which were spent building a custom camera-control rig, Daniel Larsson and Tomas Redigh triumphantly return with 8-Bit Trip 2, one of the most...

Axiom Verge 2: The Kotaku Review

There were times early on in Axiom Verge 2 when I wanted to stop playing. I’m glad I didn’t. For all my problems with the game, by the end it had me completely enthralled. Lovely art, haunting music, and a packed constellation of obstacles and shortcuts elevate an often frustrating side-scrolling...

Cyberpunk Western Looks Endearingly Absurd

After a month of teasing on social media, the small team behind ExeKiller released a full reveal trailer for their upcoming action-adventure game earlier today, and believe me when I say it’s a lot.Read more

Surprise: Legendary FPS Quake Just Got Remastered On Every Platform

All the leaks and rumors were true: A new and hopefully improved version of the legendary id Software first-person-shooter Quake came out today on multiple platforms, including the Switch. This new release features modestly enhanced graphics, crossplay support, the original two expansion packs,...

RuneScape Composer Jailed For Sexual Assault Of Preteen Girl

Ian Taylor, the composer behind much of the music for free-to-play MMO RuneScape, was sentenced today by the Peterborough Crown Court in England to 22 months in prison after admitting to drunkenly assaulting a girl under the age of 13 last December.Read more

Twitch Viewers Control Streamer’s Life, Sims Style

Twitch’s Jerma has elevated stunt streams and practical jokes into high internet art, and his latest project is shaping up to be one of his wildest yet. Yesterday, the popular streamer performed a real-life version of The Sims with viewers controlling his every move. The nearly-three hour stream...

ScummVM Is Bringing CD-ROM Games Back

ScummVM, the collection of recreated last-century game engines that allows replaying classic adventures from the likes of LucasArts and Revolution, has just added support for Macromedia Director. This opens the door for the return of previously unplayable ‘90s CD-ROM games, starting with...

Frostpunk 2 Is Already Getting Hit By ‘Scammer,’ Says Dev

The first piece of promotional art for Frostpunk 2, a survival city-builder game announced last week, shows a shirtless man kneeling in the snow, the word “liar” painted in black tar across his chest. This week, Frostpunk 2's developers said that some sort of sketchy situation regarding...

Street Fighter Pros Apologize For Trolling Streamers

Kawano is one of Japan’s top Street Fighter V players. He recently took first place in Evo 2021 Online East Asia and won the Topanga Championship 3. But his actions online earlier this summer have recently come under greater scrutiny.Read more

Turmoil For Japanese Anime Power Couple

Voice actor Tatsuhisa Suzuki and his popstar wife LiSA are an anime power couple. But earlier this month—following revelations about Suzuki’s alleged extra-marital activities—they suddenly announced they were taking a break from the entertainment industry. Read more

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut's Iki Island Expansion Is Just Fine

Of all the features announced for the PlayStation 5 version of Ghost of Tsushima’s new director’s cut—bullet points like “DualSense wireless controller haptic feedback” and “dynamic 4K resolution targeting 60 fps”—the one that most caught my attention was “lip sync for Japanese voiceover.”Read more

Humankind’s Animations Are Too Damn Slow

Humankind has lots of fun, interesting ideas to refresh the 4X genre. But some of those ideas can be hard to appreciate when you’re stuck on the menu screen waiting for your goddamn units to get a move on.Read more

Time For An Upgrade

Brad Myers is an artist with Call of Duty studio Sledgehammer Games.Read more

Yes, Skyrim's Foxes Do Lead You To Treasure, Sort Of

Ever since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released almost a decade ago, fans have been quietly suspecting that foxes lead you to treasure, without ever knowing it for sure. Well now we do, thanks to some insight provided by a former developer.Read more

Yakuza's Kiryu Joins The Growing Super Monkey Ball Cinematic Universe

Move over, Jet Set Radio’s Beat, you’ve been usurped as the coolest guest character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania. Sega announced this morning that Kazuma Kiryu, the principled protagonist of the Yakuza series, will also be playable in the upcoming game.Read more

Why Halo Infinite’s Bots Act So Much Like People

Last month, developer 343 Industries hosted a beta—fine, a “technical test”—for Halo Infinite’s competitive multiplayer mode. Those selected for participation were given a chance to test-drive one shaky server, three maps, and about a dozen-odd weapons for the long-anticipated first-person shooter...

New Pokémon Edition Nintendo Switch Lite Is A Subtle Callback

The Nintendo Switch Lite gets yet another Pokémon themed console. This time, it’s to mark the upcoming November release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, with a familiar design featuring Dialga and Palkia.Read more

I Need To Tell You About This Pokémon Exec's Shirt Right Now

Kotaku is no stranger to discussing fashion, and so I am proud to uphold this storied tradition. Gamers do not know how to dress themselves, this much is well known. Standard press conference fare, even from executives, is a graphic tee and blazer combo that leaves much to be desired. Sure, it’s...

Pokémon Sleep Is Still Only A Dream

Back in 2019, the internet was all sorts of excited by the announcement of mobile game/sleep monitor Pokémon Sleep. But despite a 2020 release date, not a single word had been heard about it since, leaving many to assume it had been abandoned. Then, yesterday, someone noticed its trademark had been...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Is Looking Less Rough

We got a second, much more in-depth look at Pokémon Legends: Arceus today, and the most ambitious Pokémon game to-date looks to be running a lot smoother than when it was originally revealed earlier this year.Read more

Here's What You'll Actually Do In Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to break all sorts of new ground. In a first for the Pokémon series, it’s an open-world action role-playing game set in the distant past of the Sinnoh Region. But while we know the January 28 release date, we don’t know much about how this strange new Pokémon game...

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Three Entirely New Things For The Remake

At today’s Pokémon Presents showcase, trainers got another look at the upcoming Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes. We already knew they’d be newer-looking than the originals (obviously). But more new stuff is coming. These aren’t just pixel-for-pixel remakes.Read more

Humankind: The Kotaku Review

The Civilization series has been around for—I’m sorry to have to do this to you—30 years now. It helped create a genre and has remained undefeated in it for that entire time, but as we march through the 21st century, there are hints that with the sixth game the Civ formula has got a little stale....

Cyberpunk 2077 Stream Leaves Fans Unimpressed

Earlier today, a handful of Cyberpunk 2077 devs jumped on CD Projekt Red’s official Twitch channel to provide an overview of the game’s upcoming 1.3 patch and the new in-game content the studio plans to make freely available to everyone who downloads it. Like most things having to do with...

A Rogue Bee Kept Breaking Skyrim's Iconic Cart Intro

No matter how many times you’ve watched Skyrim’s opening cart scene, you probably still haven’t seen it as much as Nate Purkeypile has. That’s because back during production a mysterious entity kept throwing the cart off course and the developers couldn’t figure out why. The mysterious culprit?...

Millions Of Players Later, Outriders Devs Still Waiting For Money

By the numbers, Outriders is one of the year’s big success stories. And yet, developer People Can Fly apparently hasn’t received any royalties from Square Enix, the loot-shooter’s publisher. As reported by VGC, People Can Fly wrote in an investor note that “this probably means that, in Square...

Boyfriend Dungeon Voice Actor Responds To Harassment Over Playing A Villain

A backlash among some Boyfriend Dungeon players over its story and content warning has even extended to one of its voice actors. Alexander Gross recently took to Twitter to talk about how some people sent him hate mail over his voice work for the game’s main antagonist, despite it being...

The Next Pokémon Patch Is Gonna Kill Our Sleepy Boy, Snorlax

Pokémon Unite’s next highly-anticipated update will add Blissey as a new healer, but that’s not all. The patch also includes a list of terribly disappointing fixes for any Snorlax mains out there, plus a nudge to maybe stop using that damn Eject Button on 95% of your builds.Read more

The Late-Summer Game Pass Lineup Is Stacked

​​Xbox Game Pass’ initial August additions were somewhat of a letdown, thanks to a lineup anchored by Hades (amazing) but not much else. For the back half of the month, Microsoft seems to have turned up the heat...with a cloud version of Need for Speed Heat. (I’m so sorry. I can’t help myself.)...

How The Messiest Mega Man Game In History Got Canned

Announced back in 2010, Mega Man Universe was an ambitious project that, in retrospect, sounded like it could have been Super Mario Maker for the Capcom crowd. Or maybe it was going to be a Mega Man 2 remake. According to new information dug up by fansite Protodude’s Rockman Corner, when the game...

Dev Reveals Exploitative Nature of Most Game Contracts

Receiving a publishing deal from an indie publisher can be a turning point for an independent developer. But when one-man team Jakefriend was approached with an offer to invest half a million Canadian dollars into his hand-drawn action-adventure game Scrabdackle, he discovered the contract’s terms...

Final Fantasy Fans, Here Is A Very Cool Video

If you’ve ever played a Final Fantasy game and been impressed with either the character or pixel art on display—which I’m going to assume is all of you—then there are way worse things you could spend part of your Monday night doing than watching this short documentary.Read more

League Of Legends Player Arrested By Off-Duty Cop In Internet Café

Last week in the Chinese city of Chongqing a high-ranking League of Legends player was publicly introduced over an internet cafe’s speakers. Among the people wandering past his screen to check him out was an off-duty policeman, who...thought the player looked a lot like a suspect.Read more

Riot Is Still Delaying Harassment Investigation, California Alleges

In addition to Activision Blizzard, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing has also been looking at Riot Games’ history of “unlawful workplace practices”, saying in a statement today that the League of Legends developer has once again delayed their investigations into harassment...

All That Stranger Things Stuff In Dead By Daylight Is About To Vanish

Dead by Daylight, the massively popular survival horror game released by Behaviour Interactive in 2016, is going to lose its various Stranger Things­­­­-themed content on November 17, the studio announced today. But not before all that Stranger Things DLC and such is marked down 50 percent for...

Everything You Need To Know To Beat Hades (For The First Time)

If you haven’t cleared a run in Hades, you’re not alone. Supergiant’s Greek-themed roguelike is many things, but “easy” sure isn’t one of them. Beating the game the first time will happen eventually, but the following advice should help you speed up the process.Read more

Neon White, A Game About Killing Demons, Could Be The Next Hades

What happens when your debut game found its fame as a result of its chill vibes and earnestness? Where do you go from there? What do you do next? Why, you make a fast-paced game about killing demons in the afterlife, of course. Obviously.Read more

This New Furry Strategy RPG Won't Stop Breaking My Heart

When their parents and guardians are kidnapped by the Berman Empire during a surprise attack on their peaceful village, a group of young children take refuge inside an ancient battle tank that springs to life, propelling them headlong into the horrors of war. I’m not sure if the young heroes...

Blissey, Not Blastoise, Is Pokémon Unite’s Next Monster

Earlier today, the official Pokémon Unite account on Twitter announced that Blissey will join the Pokémon-themed MOBA this Wednesday, August 18, confirming datamined details discovered deep in the game’s code last month. More importantly, the post included footage of Blissey in action, including...

This 2004 Interview With The Creator Of Pokémon Is Full Of Details I Love

One of my favorite ways to relax in the evenings is to watch this Twitch channel that streams subtitled episodes of the Japanese TV series Game Center CX. If you’re not familiar with the show, most episodes focus on comedian Shinya Arino’s desperate struggles to beat old console games. (It...

Cyberpunk 2077 Patch Will Ensure Fans Stop Having Sex With Wrong Characters

Cyberpunk 2077’s next big patch, 1.3, still doesn’t have a release date—but we now have a little bit more insight into what it will include. These additions offer improved minimap directions and a perk reset option. The update will also fix the game’s infamous brothel scene where players kept...

Breath Of The Wild Trickshot Montage Is The Zelda Olympics

What’s the most surefire way to make a cool thing cooler? Easy: Set it to some seriously epic music. Case in point here is a thrilling new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trickshot montage by BotW streamer Duplex Link. The film would be awesome on mute, but the soundtrack just makes it...

Boyfriend Dungeon Updating Content Warning Following Backlash

Kitfox Games’ dungeon-crawling dating sim already comes with an initial content warning (CW) letting players know the game will cover some darker topics, but it doesn’t tell players exactly what lies in store later on in the game. That lack of specificity has led to blowback among some players...

Masahiro Sakurai Isn't Thrilled With Being A Meme

Game creator Masahiro Sakurai, the man behind Kirby and Smash Bros., might be an industry legend, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy with being meme fodder. During the most recent Harada’s Bar episode, Tekken designer Katsuhiro Harada cleared the air about the “Never ask me for anything ever again”...

Začínáte s tanky? Průvodce pro úplně začátečníky ve World of Tanks

Teď je ideální čas naskočit na tankovou vlnu. Ne proto, že je srpen a v srpnu máme u nás s tanky tak trochu zkušenosti, ale protože díky iDNES Premium si můžete vytvořit účet se spoustou bonusů a prémiových tanků. Nikdy jste je nehráli? Tak tady je pár tipů přesně pro vás

EA koupili a zavřeli desítky studií, přesto mají pocit, že jim lidé křivdí

Finanční ředitel videoherní společnosti Electronic Arts Blake Jorgensen vyjádřil zklamání nad tím, že prý lidé nedokážou dostatečně ocenit způsob, jakým integrují nově zakoupená studia do své korporátní struktury. Fanoušci přitom naopak poukazují na to, že EA jsou dlouhodobým pohřebištěm talentů

A New Retro Shooter About Helping People Dress Better

Do I have a passion for fashion? No. Not at all. My style is a mix of old shirts I won’t get rid of and comfy shorts and pants. But while my own style is terrible and would make Tim Gunn shake his head, in Fashion Police Squad I can help the rest of the world look better using silly weapons...

GDQ's Next Big Speedrunning Event, Flame Fatales 2021, Starts Today

Flame Fatales starts today and like the previous Fatales events, this is an all-women speedrunning showcase that raises money for charity. Here’s everything you need to know about the event including where to watch it, how to donate, and when it starts. Read more

Sunday Comics: Crunch & Munch

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Nintendo Orders ROM Site To ‘Destroy’ All Its Games, Or Else

RomUniverse, a website where folks could download pirated copies of various Nintendo games and even pay a premium to get faster downloads, was sued into oblivion back in May of this year. But Nintendo wasn’t done after suing the site for $2.1 million. In new court docs, a judge has ordered...

Ex-Faze Clan Member Says He's Paying Back Scammed Fans

In June, members of popular gaming group FaZe Clan found themselves in hot water due to their involvement with an apparent pump and dump scheme involving a charity-based cryptocurrency known as SaveTheKids. This led FaZe to suspend several members and boot one, a content creator known as Kay,...

It’s Like A Nintendo Direct, But For 3D Platformers

I love a good 3D platformer, but they aren’t as common as they were back in the ‘90s and 2000s. However, indie developers are here to save the day for folks craving colorful and fun jumping simulators. Hubworld is an indie-focused digital event happening later this month that is entirely dedicated...

Battle Royale Players Upset Their Early Kills Were Actually Just Bots

Naraka: Bladepoint, a parkour melee battle royale out today for PC, starts you off in a match against bots. It’s a classic battle royale design choice, one that’s meant to ramp you up to speed, familiarize you with the game’s core mechanics, and maybe even offer a nice if artificial confidence...

No, I Won’t Ride The Bear In The New Assassin’s Creed DLC

Another Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC means yet another new and wacky animal mount for my viking-warrior to ride. This time it’s a bear. Once more Ubisoft tempts me to ride a giant animal that is historically inaccurate. I firmly said no to the giant wolf in 2020. Earlier this year, I also passed...

Mario Kart 64 Legend Just Retired Because He Got Betrayed

Matthias Rustemeyer is one of the all-time greats at Mario Kart 64. Maybe even the best. He’s certainly the most famous, having dominated the top-tier of its competitive scene for the greater part of a decade. And now he’s retiring.Read more

Nuclear Bombs And Video Games Were Created By The Same Guy

As is the case for many a smug pedant, I’ve long enjoyed knowing the very first video game was called Tennis For Two, created in 1958, and played via a computer hooked up to an oscilloscope. But I only just found out the guy who made it, one William Higinbotham, also co-created the first ever...

Tips For Playing Hades [Updated: More Tips!]

Hades is amazing. The latest from developer Supergiant Games (Transistor, Bastion, Pyre) is a roguelike set in the unforgiving underworld of ancient Greece. Playing this game means you’re going to die—a lot. These tips should help make sure those (many, many) deaths aren’t in vain.Read more

Adored Anime Slam Dunk Returns Fall 2022

The legendary basketball anime is back! Slam Dunk will return next fall, with creator Takehiko Inoue not only writing the script, but also directing. After a long absence, the timing could not be better. Slam Dunk first debuted as a manga in Weekly Jump in 1990 and ended its run six years later....

Twitch Takes A Half-Assed Swipe At Gambling Streams

Twitch has announced a new rule for streamers that prohibits the sharing of links or referral codes to sites that offer real-money slots, roulette, or dice games. The company says this will protect its viewers from “harm and scams.” Another cool thing Twitch could do to stop the glorification...

Mrazivý Frostpunk se dočká pokračování, budeme v něm těžit ropu

Čerstvě oznámené pokračování oceňované survival strategie Frostpunk se bude odehrávat 30 let po událostech z minulého dílu, lidstvo si v něm ovšem příliš nepolepší. Namísto uhlí jim bude teplo zajišťovat těžba fosilních hořlavin, neustálé balancování na hraně přežití ovšem potrvá dál

Welcome Back To Wrestling’s Great Video Game Sign War

Wrestling fans have been away from international arenas for more than a year, but following high vaccination rates in the United States, they’re back. You know what that means. Hot takes about RPGs are also back.Read more

Zaměstnanci herního studia pobouřili svou skupinovou fotkou

Založení nového kanadského herního studia Raccoon Logic provází rozruch na internetu. Pustil se do nich totiž známý herní novinář Jason Schreier kvůli skupinové fotografii zaměstnanců. Jemu a dalším vadí, že ve studiu pracují pouze bílí muži

What Is Even Happening In These Video Game Ads, Help

We’ve all been there, waiting to collect something free in a mobile game in exchange for watching an advertisement for another mobile game. This is usually a chance to stretch or take a drink, but some ads are just so batshit crazy that you can’t help but watch them whenever they come up in...

Getting Killed By Superman In Fortnite Feels Wrong

Superman arrived in Fortnite this week, becoming the latest in a steady stream of high-profile licensed characters from across the corporate multiverse. And in my first match following Superman’s debut as a playable character, he killed me with a sniper rifle. I’m not sure how I feel about that....

Team Fortress 2 Fans Are Rebuilding The Game With Latest Tech

An independent group of developers recently announced their intentions to port Team Fortress 2 to the upcoming Source 2 engine, and the early results of their work—an aptly named project known as Team Fortress: Source 2—already look amazing.Read more

Frostpunk Is Getting A Sequel Called...Frostpunk 2

Frostpunk, the city-builder game about trying to survive in a landscape almost as cold as mid-February Chicago, is getting a sequel, developer 11 Bit Studios announced in a press release today. It’s called—brace yourself, you’ll never believe this—Frostpunk 2.Read more

No, Halo Infinite’s Bots Aren’t Actually Teabagging Anyone

Maybe you’ve seen the clips: A Halo multiplayer avatar crouching, then standing, then crouching, then standing again, either directly over or somewhere adjacent to a defeated enemy. You might think there’s a human behind the Spartan. There’s not. It’s a Halo Infinite bot, seemingly performing...

The GTA Remastered Trilogy Appears To Be Real, And Coming To Switch

After months of rumors and speculation, Kotaku has learned from sources that Rockstar Games may be remastering three classic Grand Theft Auto games. Currently, it appears these games will be released later this fall for a multitude of platforms, including the portable Nintendo Switch. Read more

Overwatch League Casters Stop Saying McCree’s Name

McCree is Overwatch’s iconic gunslinger, but some casters commentating over official competitions are now avoiding saying his name. The shift comes after Jesse McCree, the real-life Blizzard developer who the character is named after, was pictured in a now infamous “Cosby Suite” that took place...

Twitch's Response To #TwitchDoBetter Could Do A Lot Better

Over the last few days, Twitch streamers from marginalized groups have taken to Twitter to appeal to the Amazon-owned company to start doing something meaningful about the serious issues of harassment on the platform. In response, Twitch put up a Twitter thread saying it will engage in “open...

Activision Blizzard’s QA Department Seems Like A Hellhole

Long hours. Low pay. Tremendous instability. Working in quality assurance (QA) for a video game studio is notoriously difficult and painstaking enough as it is without factors like these complicating matters. Yet for QA testers at Activision Blizzard, a company that has come under fire in recent...

Ex-Far Cry Dev's New Game Studio Is 4.7 Percent Women, Ready For More

Assassin’s Creed III director and former Stadia developer Alex Hutchinson is back with a new studio called Raccoon Logic, as well as some old excuses about its lack of diversity. A picture included in a press release showed the new studio’s staff standing on an outdoor staircase. Of the 20 people...

Studio Dunks On Cyberpunk 2077 While Explaining Open-World Game Delay

If players are going to dunk on Cyberpunk 2077, it was only a matter of time before other game studios did it too. Black Desert Online creator, South Korea’s Pearl Abyss, has announced a delay of their forthcoming open-world game Crimson Desert, throwing shade on CDPR’s disastrous 2020 launch...

Keyboard Group Buys Rule When They Don’t Suck

More than any group I’ve ever been part of, the mechanical keyboard community is hardcore af. The die-hard keeb freaks who haunt it aren’t content to wait for some big-name manufacturer to make something good. These folks are ready and willing to design, fund, and finance their own hardware...

Goombas Topple Over At Super Nintendo World's Yoshi Ride

Earlier this week, a moving stack Goombas toppled over at Super Nintendo World’s Yoshi’s Adventure attraction in Universal Studios Japan. You can glimpse the Goombas in the above image. Livedoor News reports that the Goomba statue, which measures several meters tall, did fell in an area where park...

Gigabyte Hackers Threaten To Leak Internal AMD, Intel Documents

Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte has suffered a major cyberattack, courtesy of the hacker group known as RansomEXX. It appears the attack hasn’t impacted the day-to-day manufacturing side of the business, which focuses on PC hardware, but it has hit internal servers hard.Read more

KVÍZ: Poznáte nejslavnější vesmírné lodě z počítačových her?

Průzkum vesmíru je jedním z nejoblíbenějších témat počítačových her. Za dobu jejich existence už jsme dostali možnost vyzkoušet si nepřeberné množství lodě všech tvarů a druhů, z nichž některé se staly doslova legendami. Vyzkoušejte si, kolik z nich si dodnes pamatujete

Apex Legends Dev Fired Over Past Sexist, Racist Comments

Daniel Klein, a lead game designer on Apex Legends, was recently fired from his job at Respawn Entertainment after screenshots of old blog posts and public conversations surfaced showing the developer making both sexist and racist comments.Read more

Take-Two Goes On Another Grand Theft Auto Mod-Killing Spree

A wave of Grand Theft Auto modifications have been hit with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) strikes from publisher Take-Two Interactive, according to a statement posted to popular mod repository LibertyCity yesterday.Read more

The Best Video Games Of 2021 So Far

Let’s get this out of the way: Given all the ~everything~, simply releasing a game in 2021 is nothing short of a miracle. Every single one deserves a round of applause. But some, let’s face it, are better than others. As summer wraps, we thought it’d be fun to shine a light on the games that have...

The Biggest Shiny Pokémon Collector Needs One $30,000 Card To Complete Set

Shiny Pokémon hype has jumped out of the games and into real life with one trading card game fan who’s trying to collect one of every monster color variant that currently exists. Good news: he only needs one more card. Bad news: some people are selling it for as much as $30,000.Read more

Everything Shown During Today's Nintendo Switch World Showcase

It’s time once again for Nintendo’s Indie World, a semi-regular showcase of some of the cool indie games coming to the Switch in the coming months. This latest presentation features a combination of exciting, brand-new games and old favorites making their Nintendo Switch debut. Here’s all...

Stardew Valley One Of Many New Juicy Xbox Game Pass Options

Stardew Valley, the farming sim about meeting the love of your life and marrying them in under an hour, is coming to Xbox Game Pass some time this fall. Microsoft announced the news—alongside a raft of other updates about forthcoming indie games—yesterday during a two-hour Twitch Gaming...

What If Fall Guys, But Cars?

Vroom! is an upcoming game that takes the basic premise of Fall Guys—madcap game show-style multiplayer battle royale action—only now you’re playing as a toy car.Read more

Lightyear Frontier Is Another Farming Game, Only This Time With Mechs

Lightyear Frontier is “an open-world farming exploration” game that’s coming to the PC. You build a farm, you go exploring and you harvest resources, only instead of being an aww shucks innocent kid moving to a new town, you’re piloting a huge mech on an alien world.Read more

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Of Venice: The Kotaku Review

One of my favourite board games of all time is V-Commandos, a co-op World War Two game that’s all about stealth and covert warfare. Now, years later, the team behind that game have taken everything they’ve learned from 1945 and put it to work on something from around 1459 instead: Assassin’s...

The Ascent Looks Fantastic In First-Person

The Ascent is an isometric shooter, and a beautiful one at that, but I’m honestly surprised at how good it looks once you break the camera off and zoom it down to ground level.Read more

Destiny 2 Players Think [Redacted] Has Returned

Destiny 2’s final story mission for Season of the Splicer dropped today, and while it wraps up mostly as players expected, it does have a few cool little surprises, including teasing the possible return of one of the game’s most curmudgeonly characters.Read more

Skyrim Is Arguably Better With A Breath Of The Wild Glider

For a game that has “Sky” in its name (and prominently features giant fire-breathing monsters with wings), Skyrim doesn’t spend much time in the sky. No longer. As spotted by PCGamesN, intrepid modders have introduced a glider to Bethesda’s expansive role-playing game.Read more

Idris Elba Teases Knuckles Role In Sonic Movie Sequel

After a ton of speculation about Knuckles’ inclusion in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, we now apparently have confirmation that the red echidna will appear in the upcoming movie as well as who will be voicing him: Idris freakin’ Elba.Read more

The World Of Warcraft Community Is In Shambles At The Moment

World of Warcraft has been bleeding players since the start of the year. Add to that the drama swirling around a big-time streamer and the general toxicity that festers in just about every online gaming community and you have a recipe for bad stuff to happen. Simply put: It’s tough to look...

You Should Try The Tales of Arise Demo To See How Far Series Has Come

Tales of Arise, the next entry in Bandai Namco’s long-running RPG series, comes out next month for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. On August 18, it’ll get a free demo, Bandai Namco announced in a tweet today. A demo that’ll only be available on PlayStation and Xbox. Sorry, PC players. You’re SOL....

It's Like Classic Fallout RPGs, But There's A Puke Button

Death Trash’s whole vibe is summed up early in its beginning area, where the tutorial messages ask you to puke. Before you earn more flashy powers like lightning bolts and poisonous blood, the game’s dedicated ability button (‘F’ by default, in case you were wondering) is just for making your...

Streamers Are Rallying Behind ‘Twitch Do Better’

Over the past few days, you might have seen the #TwitchDoBetter hashtag pick up steam on social media networks like Twitter. You might’ve further wondered why it’s popping now, and what it’s all about. Twitch is a company, after all, and companies can always, always do better. But this recent...

Twitch Will Finally Tell Streamers Why They Got Banned

The days of Twitch mysteriously suspending popular streamers are coming to an end. The Amazon-owned streaming platform announced yesterday that it will now actually tell streamers who get temporarily banned why they’ve been punished. It only took 10 years, folks.Read more

Apple Is Bringing Back The Greatest Match-3 Franchise

While there are often foolish debates about which is the best game ever, really everyone knows the true answer: Zookeeper. Originally a browser game, its perfect form appeared on the Nintendo DS in 2004 (the best people imported it from Japan), before finding its way to cellphones in 2011. Beyond...

The Commodore Amiga Gets A Mini Version

Dubbed the THEA500 Mini, this is the latest gaming machine to get a mini version. Retro Games Ltd. is releasing what it says is a fully-licensed homage early next year. Inspired by the Amiga 500, it’s packed with 25 Amiga games, including Worms, The Chaos Engine, Another World, and Simon...

One Of The Wildest Console Hacks Ever

When Microsoft released the Xbox 360, it was designed to be unhackable. Security-wise, the machine was a step up from the original Xbox with custom hardware and encryption keys to keep hackers and modders at bay. Of course, they figured out an in, but what makes this exploit for the Xbox 360 Slim...

Fanoušek vytiskl mapu z GTA V na 3D tiskárně, zabralo mu to 400 hodin

Nezávislý umělec Dom Riccobene si během protipandemických lockdownů našel originální koníček. Sbírá topografická data z moderních open world videoher a na jejich základě vytváří jejich detailní plastické modely. Jeho zpracování města Los Santos ze hry Grand Theft Auto V je tak povedené, že...

Sony Now Owns Anime Site Crunchyroll

Having first been reported in October 2020, then begun in December 2020, Sony’s billion-dollar purchase of anime streaming site Crunchyroll has now been completed.Read more

We Finally Know SOMETHING About The New Super Mario Bros. Movie

It’s been almost four years since a new Mario Bros. movie was announced, and in that time we’ve learned almost nothing about it other than the fact it’s being made by the same team behind the Minions movies and that it’s going to be animated.Read more

'Exploding' PC Power Supplies Are 'Unsellable'

Following a ton of complaints from disgruntled buyers, Steve Burke and Gamers Nexus have spent the past few months purchasing and testing a couple of models of Gigabyte power supply units, to find out why so many of them are “exploding”.Read more

Splitgate Players Keep Forgetting To Use The Damn Portals

Last night, I played some Splitgate. I found a quiet spot on the map and placed a portal, then I ran out towards the middle of the arena where enemies could be seen and placed a second portal. Back at my quiet spot, I posted up with a rifle and used my strategically placed portal to kill 11 players...

KOMENTÁŘ: Pět důvodů, proč si raději nekupujte Steam Deck

Uběhlo několik týdnů od oznámení přenosného herního PC od Valve a stále to vypadá, že mnozí neví, co od zařízení čekat. A zatímco výhod této novinky se zdá být dost, lze najít i několik důvodů, proč se koupi raději vyhnout

Final Fantasy Fan Gets Every Franchise Trophy—And It Took A Decade

On November 1, 2010, Talan Kirk, who goes by Rebourne07 on Reddit and PSN, unlocked his first trophy in Final Fantasy XIII for the PlayStation 3. On August 8, 2021, he unlocked the last trophy introduced in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade’s DLC, making him the only person in the world to have...

The Ascent Is Gorgeous But Its Signs Are Nonsense

The Ascent is a pretty dang good twin-stick shooter, but some Korean-speaking players have taken issue with the cyberpunk game’s liberal (and sometimes downright incorrect) use of the language.Read more

The Best Zombie Safe Room Notes In The Back 4 Blood Beta

Back 4 Blood is a lot like Left 4 Dead. Both games feature first-person shootin’, online co-op action, and tons of zombies. Even the names are very similar! These similarities are completely by design as Turtle Rock Studios, the devs behind Back 4 Blood, are the same folks who developed...

I Woke From A Coma Into A Fortnite-Obsessed World

First things first: In March of 2018 I was rushed to the hospital for a life-saving surgery. There were complications. I woke up in mid-April from a medically induced coma. One of the first things I remember anyone saying is, “Does he play Fortnite?”Read more

Olympic Athletes Sure Love Anime

With the closing ceremony wrapping up this evening in Japan, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have drawn to a close. Like at previous Olympics, there were winners, losers, and upsets. But unlike other ones, the Tokyo Games had more anime references than ever.Read more

If I Get Another Pair of Socks In Pokémon Unite, I'm Turning Into The Joker

Pokémon Unite is a finely-tuned machine that is designed to keep the player hooked, usually through well-timed rewards. As you play, you gain points for things like your Battle Pass, your trainer level, energy for a virtual lottery, ranks, and even hidden bumps like fair play points. All of these...

Four Of The Best PC Games Ever Are Free Right Now

It feels like only a couple of months ago that we were reporting EA had pulled four of the all-time greatest PC games from sale on GOG. Because it was. At the time, the peculiar publisher ignored our questions as to why. Now, just over six weeks later, Ultima Underworlds 1 & 2, Syndicate,...

You’ve Never Seen Breath Of The Wild Look This Good Before

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already four years old, meaning that it has begun showing its age on the Nintendo Switch. But emulated on PC, the game continues to look absolutely dazzling thanks to a steady stream of fan updates and improvements.Read more

The DOOM Roguelike Jupiter Hell Is Finally Out And It’s Great

Remember that DOOM roguelike, the one that Bethesda posted a cease and desist for? Its creators begrudgingly applied, but not before taking the spirit of that project and injecting it into a modern spiritual successor. That game is Jupiter Hell, it’s finally out of early access, and it’s very...

$400 Spider-Man NFT Looks Like A PS2 Cutscene

By August 2021 it’s clear that the entire concept of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) is an enormous pump-and-dump scam, but that’s not stopping Disney and Marvel, who over the weekend released the dumbest, funniest piece of Spider-Man trash imaginable and watched people lining up around the block to...

It Took 400+ Hours To Make This Super Accurate 3D Printed GTA V Map

I’ve been playing Grand Theft Auto V since it launched back in 2013. So, I’m pretty familiar with the map. But seeing the whole thing recreated perfectly using 3D printing is wild and makes me appreciate just how much detail and work Rockstar packed into this digital world. Not to mention...

The Steam Deck Might Struggle To Play Some Games On Big TVs

The Steam Deck, like the Nintendo Switch, can be docked and connected to a TV or monitor. Valve confirmed this back when it was announced. But now the publisher behind Steam has revealed that docking the portable PC won’t lead to any performance boosts in games. This could lead to some issues...

Sunday Comics: Déjà Vu

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Intellivision Amico Delayed A Third Time, Now Out By End Of Year

The Intellivision Amico has been delayed. Again. The console was supposed to launch this October. Now, it’s been delayed, with the company behind the console promising that folks who preordered it will get the machine “by the end of the year.” This is the third delay the Amico has experienced. Read...

Ariana Grande's Fortnite Event Is Epic's Best Concert Yet

This weekend Ariana Grande became the latest musician to hop into the digital world of Fortnite. Her big Rift Tour event is going on over the next few days and is less a virtual concert and more a trippy interactive adventure featuring odd visuals and mini-games.Read more

Back 4 Blood Beta Players Think They Hear Zombies Yelling The N-Word

Last night, while playing the Back 4 Blood beta on PS5, I was attacked by a large group of zombies. That’s not surprising; it happens all the time in the game. What was shocking was hearing a sound clip from one of the zombies that made it seem like it was yelling out a racial slur. Based on viral...

No Longer Home: The Kotaku Review

It’s always magical when a book or game or film lands in your life at the precise moment when it will speak to you the most. Playing No Longer Home, a new game about two friends facing the end of their time together in a London flat, was one of those rare experiences for me. There’s a remarkable...

I Want This Portable PlayStation 2

The PlayStation 2 is a great console, but does have one annoying flaw: It’s not portable. So one YouTuber, GingerOfOz, decided to fix this glaring design deficit and in the process created a sweet-looking handheld console he named the PS2 Eclipse.Read more

The 5 Best (And Worst) Dunks In Pokemon Unite

Pokémon Unite, the TiMi Studio Group-developed MOBA released last month, is super fun. But the best thing about Pokémon shifting genres is getting to see the eponymous pocket monsters engage in a much different kind of competition.Read more

Let’s Give All The Video Game Cats A Scritch Behind The Ears

It’s any given moment in time, and you all know what that means: It’s time to celebrate everyone’s favorite fluffy little bundles of chaotic indifference, cats. Whether they’re sneaking through the back streets of a cyberpunk dystopia or being loaded into a cannon to be sacrificed for the greater...

Apex Legends Hackers Exposed For Plotting Wild Scheme

Early last month, Apex Legends was effectively shut down by hackers who claimed to be attacking the game in an effort to “save” Titanfall. A website,, was believed to be connected to the shutdown; however, the site pushed back, saying it had no connection to the hackers. Now...

One Of The Rarest TVs In Existence Is On Ebay

At first glance, this might look like any old 1970s television, its modest-sized screen encased in a massive wooden console. But look deeper and you’ll see that it’s actually one of the rarest and most special televisions in existence.Read more

Real Polygon Keeps Getting Spammed By Shady Polygon

Polygon is an American video game website that publishes blogs, news, reviews, and such. Polygon, according to its website, is “a protocol and a framework for building and connecting Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks.” Despite similar logos and Tweets from the blockchain network plaguing...

Game Payment Company CEO Sounds Like A Massive Jerk

Game payment company Xsolla is reportedly planning to lay off 150 people for being “unengaged and unproductive.” CEO and founder, Aleksandr Agapitov later wrote on Twitter, “Work your fucking ass off or get your fucking ass out.” It’s a big old mess made more complicated by the CEO’s continued...

Dad Surprises Son With Secret Gundam Model Skills

Tokyo resident and Twitter user Tokyoboy0701 gave his dad a Master Grade 3.0 RX-78-2 Gundam model kit. This past June, he tweeted out a photo of the said packaged and unfinished model, writing, “I’m giving this for Father’s Day.” Months later, dad is done.Read more

Two Hours With Back 4 Blood, The Next Big Game By Left 4 Dead Devs

I don’t need to sell you on the brilliance of Left 4 Dead, especially when half the industry seems to be drawing inspiration from it right now. But after two hours with Back 4 Blood‘s verses and campaign modes, does it have the same genre-defining charm? That’s hard to say.Read more

Analogue Pocket Pre-orders: The Kotaku Review

The other day a Redditor pointed out that a full god-dang year has passed since Analogue Inc. offered the world a fleeting, three-minute window to pump its coffers full of cash in exchange for a promise that we’d one day receive a physical device called the Analogue Pocket, billed to be...

The Pokémon Company Company Actually Says Gay Rights

Pokémon Unite is blowing up right now, and with a new patch hitting servers in early August, many players have followed the associated accounts to keep up with news of the MOBA. But the game isn’t handled by The Pokémon Company or Game Freak, and is instead developed by Chinese developer TiMi...


Jennifer Park is an artist from Korea.Read more

The BBC Still Doesn't Know What Gundam is

Last week, a BBC commentator struggled mightily to try and explain what the big robot was that triathletes kept cycling past during the Olympics. Now the broadcaster’s social media team is running into the same problem.Read more

Last Of Us 2 Enemies Used To Have Exploding Butts

There are all sorts of ways for The Last of Us Part II’s infected to kill you, but one of the more entertaining ones never made it out of production. According to pre-alpha gameplay, the game used to have death by ass blast.Read more

All Those Cool Games You Thought Were Already On PS4 Are Coming To PS4

Typically, big companies batch their announcements. Maybe that’s by way of a digital showcase, or issuing a press release. In those long-ago, very precedented times, it could even involve shuffling hundreds of folks into an auditorium where they might catch a glimpse of Keanu Reeves. Today, Sony...

Red Dead Player Gets Famous For 'Killing' KKK Racists Online

A man creeps up to a group of cowboys who are dressed in white from head to toe. They’re all wearing hats—pointy ones. In the background, a remixed folk song plays. Right as the beat drops, the man shoots them down one by one, in style. As the video captions tell it, these aren’t just any Red Dead...

The Mess Around Whether To Boycott Activision Blizzard

On July 20 California filed a lawsuit against Call of Duty and World of Warcraft maker Activision Blizzard alleging widespread workplace issues over the years including sexual harassment and gender-based pay discrimination. A week after employees formed a worker group to push for better working...

No One Can Fully Explain This Baffling Roblox Ad Scam

Over the past few days, a bewildering TikTok ad featuring clips from Roblox has torn through the internet. Some believe it’s an instance of performatively offbeat marketing. Some think it’s a fairly run-of-the-mill scam. Others say it was an accident, a technical mishap on the app’s backend....

Remember When EA Motion Capped A Baby?

The fact that the Dead Space developers made a game based on Dante Aligheri’s The Divine Comedy is weird enough, even without thinking about the motion capped, unbaptised children that face you in your descent to hell.Read more

That Time Konami Made A Game About Fat-Shaming A Penguin

On its surface, Yume Penguin Monogatari seems like a standard, early ‘90s NES platformer. It features a lovable hero, colorful environments, and a catchy, chiptune soundtrack from the old masters at Konami. But beneath all that, this classic side-scroller is also so bluntly, nakedly fatphobic that...

The Ascent Is On Console But Still Aggressively PC

It’s perfect timing for a game like The Ascent. Not much else is coming out right now, so there’s more incentive to break through its slow opening to get at some of the chunkier gameplay in the back-half of the game. It’s also on Game Pass for PC and Xbox, so you can get in, give it a try,...

Finally, A New Mario Golf: Super Rush Course: New Donk City

Nintendo announced that Mario Golf: Super Rush is getting a surprise free update that adds Toadette, a new golf course set in New Donk City, and more. The update will be released later today. It might even be out by the time you read this.Read more

Manga Editors Explain Why Official Cosplay Looks Different

Monthly Action magazine publishes Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, a manga about a maid-outfit-wearing dragon who lives with a computer programmer named Kobayashi. The editorial department thought a good way to promote the manga would be with an official cosplay by Enako.Read more

Zahrajte si o víkendu skvělý Far Cry 5 zdarma

Kdybyste náhodou neměli na víkend žádné plány, můžete jej celý strávit u skvělé střílečky Far Cry 5, která je až do pondělí k dispozici zdarma. Za tu dobu se dá odehrát i celá příběhová kampaň

Nintendo Sold Too Much Animal Crossing Last Year And That's Hard To Repeat

Last year was effing awful, but Nintendo did great. At this time last year, Kotaku reported that Nintendo’s profits between April and June 2020 increased by over 400 percent—a number that even a year later is hard to comprehend. Understandably, during that same period this year, the feat was hard...

Vrací se ninja Zool, hrdina devadesátkových plošinovek

Vydavatelství Sumo Digital nečekaně oživuje více než 30 let starou sérii plošinovek Zool. Pod názvem Zool: Redimensioned vyjde již během srpna remaster prvního dílu doplněný o řadu vylepšení. Moderní grafiku ovšem nečekejte

PS5 Dev Kits Quickly Pulled From Ebay

Earlier today, a pair of PlayStation 5 development kits reportedly popped up on eBay before being taken off the auction site within a few hours.Read more

OBRAZEM: Historie brutality. Jak šel čas se sérií Mortal Kombat

Brutální série Mortal Kombat už je s námi téměř třicet let. Navzdory tomu, že si ji mohou mladí lidé zahrát až po dosažení dospělosti a slabším povahám se u ní dělá špatně, etablovala se jako vůbec nejúspěšnější zástupce žánru bojových her. Pojďte se s námi podívat, jaká byla její cesta na vrchol

Competitive Horde Mode Coming To Ghost Of Tsushima

Last October, Ghost of Tsushima received a surprise multiplayer expansion called Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, which pit teams of players against waves of enemies in various cooperative scenarios. Nearly one year on, Legends is on the edge of some big changes, including a new competitive mode and...

The OG Halo Announcer Is Winning The Internet's Heart Right Now

Usually Halo multiplayer announcer Jeff Steitzer says things like “Double Kill”, “Triple Kill”, and “Killing Spree.” But this time, at the request of folks on celebrity video request platform Cameo, he’s saying much more—and winning the internet’s heart in the process.Read more

The Sims 4: Cottage Living Is Already One Of Its Best Expansions

There are some “must-haves” for fans of The Sims. These are staples that are so ingrained in our IRL worlds or the franchise that a Sims game feels lacking without them: Attending university, having a pet, changing seasons, family gameplay, something magical or otherworldly, oh, and farming.Read...

What You Should Know About Solar Ash, From The Makers Of Hyper Light Drifter

If you played Hyper Light Drifter, you got your ass kicked by Hyper Light Drifter. Heart Machine’s top-down action RPG was a bona fide gauntlet designed to run you through the wringer (a lot) before you acclimated to its resolutely unforgiving peculiarities. So you might be pleased to hear that...

Tokyo Olympics Gold Metal Celebrated With One Piece Pose

When Greek long jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou was introduced for the Tokyo Olympics, he walked out in sunglasses and stood proud before his country’s flag. What he did next was unexpected: He bent over and touched his fist to the ground. Any One Piece fans watching would immediately recognize...

The Tricky, Essential Art of Preserving Canceled Games Like Starfox 2

What we know of history is preserved in the art we create, and what we leave behind. Cave paintings tell stories of great hunting feats, crumbling texts give us a glimpse into ancient cultures, and film reels show us how far life has come. In the same way, these artifacts represent the breadth...

Nintendo Lawsuit Forces Japanese Dev To Cough Up $30 Million

In December 2017, Nintendo sued Japanese developer Colopl over patent infringements in the free-to-play mobile game Shironeko Project. According to an official statement, Colopl has agreed to pay Nintendo 3.3 billion yen ($30 million).Read more

Pharaoh Rebirth+ Has That Nostalgic PlayStation Sound

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today we’re digging into the music of Pharaoh Rebirth+, a hidden gem buried amid the ever-growing numbers of forgotten games on Steam.Read more

Skyward Sword HD Revisits The Stumble That Lead To Breath Of The Wild

Almost a decade after its original Wii debut, Nintendo’s released The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for the Switch. And let’s be frank: Skyward Sword wasn’t the best-received Zelda title ever. Even as it charmed most media outlets, many fans bemoaned its linearity and questionable controls....

A Tiger In The Grass

Netflix’s The Liberator was a pretty hokey experiment in cel-shaded war drama, but I’m not here tonight for a review of a TV series few of you will have bothered to watch. What I’m looking at tonight is some of the fantastic art that went into the creation of the show.Read more

Guile & Cammy Coming To Fortnite, Look Weird

Street Fighter’s Guile and Cammy are coming to Fortnite which, whatever, who isn’t in Fortnite at this stage. What I’m more interested in here is what the hell happened to Guile’s face.Read more

Crossword Fans Are Mad At The New York Times

Many fans of The New York Times’ iconic crosswords will soon have to find a new way to play, as the paper announced it will stop supporting the popular Across Lite file format third-parties use to import the daily puzzles into their apps. Crossword fans are a passionate group, and many of them...

Blizzardem otřásá skandál. Zaměstnankyně popsaly sexuální obtěžování

Americký úřad pro spravedlivé zaměstnávání a bydlení podal žalobu na herní vydavatelství Activision-Blizzard, které prý nedokázalo zajistit důstojné pracovní podmínky pro své zaměstnankyně. Na pracovišti dlouhodobě docházelo k diskriminaci a sexuálnímu obtěžování. Společnost se kvůli tomu ocitla...

Blizzard’s Top HR Guy Out Following Lawsuit And Widespread Criticism

Another top manager at Blizzard Entertainment has left in the wake of a California lawsuit alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination at parent company Activision Blizzard. Following the news that Blizzard president J. Allen Brack stepped down earlier today to “pursue...

Shiny New Xbox Controller Adds A Subtle Upgrade

Microsoft’s latest special-edition controller for the Xbox Series X/S is called “Aqua Shift” and it comes out August 31. In addition to looking like a moonbeam shot through the ocean surf, it has a new rubberized panel to help you keep hold of it even when your hands start to sweat. At long last...

Activistion Blizzard Faces Second Lawsuit Over First Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court of Central California on behalf of investors alleges that Activision Blizzard’s intentional failure to disclose its ongoing problems with sexual harassment and discrimination artificially inflated the company’s stock value. In layman’s...

Halo Infinite's New Radar Sucks

Over the weekend, 343 Industries ran a technical test for Halo Infinite, allowing the wider public a chance to go hands-on with one of the year’s anticipated shooters. By most measures, Infinite’s multiplayer component shows promise, somehow both capturing that Halo quintessence while also feeling...

Activision Blizzard Workers: Leadership Isn’t Actually Meeting Our Demands

Activision Blizzard employees issued a new statement today criticizing leadership’s actions in the wake of California’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the company. The message specifically calls out CEO Bobby Kotick’s lack of “meaningful” progress after his first public statement and...

Activision Blizzard Is Losing Overwatch Sponsors After Lawsuit

In the wake of a lawsuit detailing a sickening culture of harassment at Activision Blizzard, the Overwatch and Call of Duty publisher is starting to bleed sponsorships. As spotted by the esports site Dexerto, T-Mobile has apparently pulled support for the professional leagues of both games.Read more

Grand Theft Auto V Is Already Leaving Xbox Game Pass After A Few Months

After just four months, Grand Theft Auto V is getting delisted from Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s games-on-demand service. But its big shoes are getting filled by some heavy hitters, including the one-and-only Hades. Here’s everything coming to Xbox Game Pass in the coming weeks.Read more

Pokémon Unite Patch Stops Eldegoss The Murder Healer, Buffs Poor Charizard

About two weeks after launch, Pokémon Unite is getting its first real patch on August 4th. Before you ask, yes, the character select menu will still have a heart attack every time you sort through your monsters. There’s nothing in the patch notes addressing that most unstable part of the game...

Velké změny ve vedení Blizzardu. Končí prezident J. Allen Brack

Po necelých třech letech končí J. Allen Brack ve vedení videoherní společnost Blizzard. Jeho konec je zapříčiněn nedávno podanou žalobou, která firmu viní z diskriminace ženských zaměstnankyň a jejich nedostatečné ochrany před sexuálním zneužíváním

Pokémon Go ruší pandemická opatření, ale hráčům se už ven chodit nechce

Populární geolokační hra Pokémon Go v předchozích patnácti měsících běžela v nestandardním režimu, který měl omezit mezilidské kontrakty a motivovat hráče k tomu, aby zůstali doma. S postupným uvolňováním proticovidových opatření by se však její provozovatelé chtěli vrátit k původním pravidlům....

Death’s Door Is As Good As Everyone Says

Within five minutes of starting Death’s Door I knew I was going to love it. The combat was basic but weighty. The visual presentation was sparse but bespoke. Its music, sometimes pastoral and serene, sometimes grim and despairing, made no secret that something special was going on, and my love...

Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Is 'Stepping Down'

J. Allen Brack, the President of Warcraft and Overwatch studio Blizzard Entertainment, is leaving his position less than two weeks after an investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing made public explosive allegations of harassment and discrimination within...

Vzniká neoficiální remaster Half-Life 2

Stejně jako před lety první díl se dočká své moderní verze i Half-Life 2. Neoficiální modifikaci mají na starosti zkušení tvůrci, kteří už si v herní komunitě vybudovali jméno

Sony Stops McDonalds From Giving Away PS5 Controllers

As of last week McDonalds Australia had been planning on giving away a bunch of custom PS5 controllers, each plastered with a burgers + fries motif in celebration of the company’s 50th birthday (in Australia). Weirdly, the international dining behemoth forgot to ask Sony about this first.Read more

A Promising Weekend With Halo Infinite's Beta

Over the weekend, 343 Industries let a bunch of eager players check out Halo Infinite’s first public “flight.” On paper, the flight was a technical test, meant to see how the servers perform under pressure and how bots, a series first, would stack up against real-life human players. But, really,...

Sonic 2 Boss Toy Can Be Defeated By Hitting Weak Spot Three Times

For nearly three decades Sonic the Hedgehog fans have been flinging our spiky blue hero against the armored hull of Dr. Robotnik’s Death Egg Robot from Sonic 2. Why’d we have to wait until Sonic’s 30th anniversary for a proper Giant Eggman Robot Battle Set?Read more

It’s Too Hot To Play Video Games

Not long ago, I bought a VR headset in anticipation of the upcoming Resident Evil 4 port. (I have a problem, I know.) Since then, I’ve played a good amount of VR. Or rather, I was until it got so damn hot out that now I’d rather do anything but put a hot, sweaty VR headset on my face or sit near...

The Shorter Games With Worse Graphics Bundle Is No Joke

Featuring 28 different games from 25 independent developers and starting at $20, The Shorter Games With Worse Graphics Bundle on is a celebration of small games from small studios that refuse to be part of the increasingly troublesome AAA development culture.Read more

Fans Dismayed Niantic Removed Pokémon Go Safety Measures Despite Delta

One of the most popular pandemic-inspired changes to Pokémon Go was the doubling of the distance from which players could interact with gyms and Pokéstops, making those features easier to access without venturing out into the wild. Yesterday, with Covid-19 transmission levels spiking throughout...

GTA Online's New Update Has Fans Walking In Circles For Days

Los Santos Tuners, Grand Theft Auto Online’s latest big update, has given Rockstar’s MMO-lite a Fast and Furious vibe. But now that the tire smoke has cleared, many are frustrated by the amount of grinding needed to unlock everything. And some are resorting to rubber bands, batteries, and other...

The 15 Best Games For The PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 5 is here, but that doesn’t mean you should count out the PlayStation 4. In fact, given how hard it is to get your hands on a PS4, Sony’s last-gen console is probably your best bet for playing PlayStation games. And, oh man, are there a ton of all-timers. From tight puzzle games...

Another Landmark Tokyo Arcade Is Closing

After opening in July 1993, the nine-story Sega Ikebukuro Gigo became a neighborhood landmark. On September 20, the arcade will cease operations and close.Read more

Fotbalový trenér José Mourinho nazval videohru Fortnite noční můrou

Jeden z nejslavnějších fotbalových trenérů dneška se na dotaz fanoušků vyjádřil k populární hře Fortnite. Příliš pochopení pro ni ovšem neprojevil. Vadí mu především to, že u ní jeho hráči sedí dlouho do noci, a to i v případě, že mají druhý den zápas

More Mega Man Games That Look Like This Please!

For a little while now, Owlboy creator Simon S. Andersen has been working on a personal project where he takes some old and obscure Mega Man games and gives them a fresh, albeit unplayable, coat of paint.Read more

The Week In Games: A Quiet Summer Week

This week there’s really no big games, instead a relatively short list of smaller games. Perhaps a diamond in the rough or two can be found below? Read more

Halo Infinite's Bots Are Impressive (And Making Me Nervous)

Halo Infinite’s first big multiplayer technical preview started this weekend and the main star are the bots. For the first time in the history of the series, there are online multiplayer bots. I wondered how much of a fight they would put up against teams of human players. Now, after being chased...

Sunday Comics: Job Well Done!

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Everything That Has Happened Since The Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Was Filed

The ongoing lawsuit against Activision Blizzard has made public some truly terrible and horrendous behavior that occurred across multiple studios and offices. Many women were allegedly sexually harassed, assaulted, and psychologically traumatized while the folks in power at the companies involved...

Ubisoft And Bungie Suing Popular Cheat Seller Ring-1

Bungie and Ubisoft recently filed a lawsuit against the people who it claims are running Ring-1, a website that makes and sells cheats for various games like Destiny 2, PUBG, and Rainbow Six Siege. Both companies allege multiple offenses including copyright infringement and are seeking potentially...

Let's Rank The Main Resident Evil Games, From Worst To Best

The Resident Evil series is arguably the most successful and popular video game horror franchise of all time. It’s spawned more movies, spin-offs, and comics than I can count, and has easily cemented itself in mainstream pop culture as “those zombie games with dogs.” But not all Resident Evil games...

Gengar Is A Scary Prankster That Loves To Kill

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Gengar!Read more

Game Industry Women Need You To Stop Defining Them By Their Trauma

The games industry is in a moment of reckoning. Over the past few weeks, a series of damning reports have shed details about the culture of harassment experienced by women at the hands of big gaming companies like Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard.Read more

Report: Blizzard Once Slapped With 'Misogyny Tax'

A cybersecurity company whose security researcher had once been harassed by Blizzard employees at a hacking conference charged the game developer a 50 percent “misogyny tax” when it sought a quote for security services, according to a new report from Waypoint.Read more

After Losing At Crane Games, Man Threatens Tokyo Arcade With Poison Gas

A college senior has been arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of obstructing a business by force after sending death threats to an arcade in Tokyo’s Tachikawa City. Between the 4th and the 25th of this month, Gou Kawasaki, a 21-year-old college senior, repeatedly mailed threats to the arcade....

Final Fantasy XIV Changes Hole-y Icon

Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida really wants you to know he cares. Yoshida recently apologized to players for dramatically increased queue times brought on by a sudden and almost inexplicable explosion in the game’s popularity. Today, Yoshi-P announced his team is making a slight change...

Report: Horizon Forbidden West Delayed To 2022

Sony has delayed Horizon Forbidden West until next year, Bloomberg reports. Originally scheduled to arrive this holiday season, the big PlayStation console exclusive will now come out sometime in the first quarter of 2022. Read more

Sonic Is A Doctor and Psychiatrist Now, Thanks To Sega

Sega’s never-ending quest to put Sonic the Hedgehog in all the things continues today with a special 30th anniversary crossover event with Two Point Hospital, of all games. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose as medical practitioners? Can’t be that much worse than normal American healthcare.Read...

In GTA Online, Being Rich and Owning Everything Is A Pain In The Ass

Heads up: I’m about to sound like a rich, privileged asshole. In real life, I write about video games for a living, so I’m lucky to have an apartment. But in Grand Theft Auto Online, I’m a rich prick who owns a piece of every criminal enterprise in Los Santos. So yes, I’m here to complain about...

Pokemon Unite's Pay-To-Win Is A Drag, Even If It'll Even Out Later

I’ve had a surprising amount of fun with the Nintendo Switch’s latest Pokémon spin-off, the free-to-play arena fighter Pokémon Unite. Coming from the dense and inconsolable world of Valve’s Dota 2, there’s plenty I could nitpick about Pokémon Unite’s controls, interface, and balance, but man if...

Pokemon Red's One Million Dollar Bicycle Made Real

To celebrate reaching a million Twitter followers, The Pokémon Company has now recreated the sweet bicycle from the first generation games, Red and Blue, and their remakes. Someone will actually get this thing!In-game, the bicycle is priced at a cool one million Pokémon dollars. It wasn’t possible...

Halo Infinite’s Rough Start Test Is Slowly Getting Better

At 6:41 p.m. ET last night, fans expected to give Halo Infinite a spin in the game’s first “technical test.” Instead, technical issues pushed the undefined launch time back by an unspecified amount. Problems regarding the test continued through Thursday night and into Friday morning.Read more

Neo: The World Ends With You: The Kotaku Review

When I’m playing Neo: The World Ends With You, I’m smiling. Whether I’m running Rindo Kanade and his pack of teen misfits through the streets of Shibuya battling monstrous living graffiti beasts and picking up the latest fashions, or just rifling through the menus fiddling with equipment loadouts...

Máte volný víkend? Zkuste zdarma dohrát Avengers

Pokud jste doteď přemýšleli, zda-li se vyplatí investovat do loňské týmové akce Marvel’s Avengers, nyní máte skvělou příležitost to zjistit zdarma. Při troše štěstí ji během speciální víkendové akce i stihnete dohrát a do konce


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PS2 Game Boxes Almost Looked A Lot Cooler

PS2 game boxes were entirely unremarkable, because they looked like every other plastic case available at the time, from Xbox games to DVDs. But an earlier design for them that Sony ended up ditching was a lot more interesting.Read more

Vydavatelství Annapurna předvedlo svou vyumělkovanou sestavu her

Pokud hledáte zajímavé a neobvyklé hry, vyplatí se sledovat produkci vydavatelství Annapurna Interactive. Jeho vůbec první herní konference přinesla spoustu informací o chystaných titulech a také několik novinek. Seznam partnerství s herními vývojáři se navíc značně rozrůstá

12 Hours With 2021's Latest Big Viking Game

I wanted to like Tribes of Midgard. It has great style, with wonderful visuals that feel ripped out of an ancient painting. The combat is fun and responsive. But it also incorporates some of the worst parts of roguelikes and survival games and quickly becomes repetitive, with little payoff...

7 Games From Annapurna’s Showcase You Should Know About

Annapurna Interactive, the publisher of well-regarded sleeper hits like Sayonara Wild Hearts and Maquette, held its first showcase today. Historically, the mega-purveyor of indie darlings has shown off its games in buzzy pressers put on by far larger companies, hitching its wagon to the likes...

Big 2019 GOTY Contender Outer Wilds Is Getting DLC

Outer Wilds, the first-person space exploration game beloved by everyone at or no longer at Kotaku—and also every other sentient being on this planet—is getting an expansion. It’s called Echoes of the Eye, and is slated for a September 28 release. Developer Mobius Digital announced the news...

Demon Slayer Knockoffs Lead To Arrests In Japan

The president of a Yokohama-based wholesaler was arrested for allegedly violating Japan’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act by selling millions of dollars worth of knockoff Demon Slayer merchandise. Read more

Halo Infinite Has 'Drop Weapon' Button, So Don't Kill Me To Get Sniper

Halo Infinite has been marketed by Microsoft and creators 343 Industries as a return to classic Halo. But that doesn’t mean everything is the same as before. For example, 343 has added a drop weapon button to the game, a series first that will help anyone who needs to give their buddy a power...

New Pokémon Snap Adds Free Content, Like More Monsters

It’s been three months since New Pokémon Snap came along to brighten up our Switches, meaning there’s a fair chance you’ve explored far and wide, and perhaps even snapped ‘em all. So good news: a free update is arriving August 3, adding in three new areas, and 20 new Pokémon.Read more

Power Rangers Restaurant Opens In Japan

Your dreams eating curry in a restaurant filled with Power Rangers merch and memorabilia are now a reality. Behold, the Super Sentai Restaurant. Read more

Jak by vypadalo Dishonored viděné ze shora? Jako Weird West

Několik bývalých členů studia Arkane, známého především díky sérii Dishonored, založilo nový vývojářský tým a pracují na hře Weird West. I když autoři zvolili úplně jiné zasazení i pohled na herní svět, svůj původ nezapřou

Rare Street Fighter II Anime Finally Translated Into English

In 1995, a big exhibition took place in Nara honouring Japan’s first capital city, Fujiwara. Among the sponsors and partners helping out was Capcom, who went to the trouble of commissioning a 27-minute Street Fighter II movie that was only available on VHS at the venue, at the time.Read more

Zveřejnil tajné vojenské dokumenty, aby dokázal, že je ve hře chyba

Nadšenec do vojenské simulace War Thunder zašel během internetové debaty o hře až příliš daleko. Aby vývojářům ukázal, že jejich virtuální model tanku Challenger 2 obsahuje chybu, vyvěsil na internet dokumenty, které britské ministerstvo obrany vede jako přísně tajné. Hrozí mu za to až 14 let vězení

Amazon MMO New World Trolled With Real Facts About The Company

Amazon Games’ New World launched in closed beta last week. When they aren’t having their expensive GPUs melted by the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, users may also be treated to some anti-Amazon truth-spitting courtesy of a player curiously named AmazonOfficial.Read more

Ubisoft Workers Decry Industry's 'Culture Of Abuse'

A new open letter signed by almost 500 current and former Ubisoft employees announces their solidarity with the workers at Activision Blizzard, demands movement from their own leadership, and calls for systemic change across the entire video game industry, Axios reports.Read more

Inside Blizzard Developers’ Infamous Bill ‘Cosby Suite’

Since news broke last week of widespread allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination at Activision Blizzard via a legal complaint from the state of California, many top male developers there, both current and former, have responded with shock and dismay.Read more

If You Have Xbox Games With Gold, Try Darksiders III In August

Another month, another batch of Games With Gold. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold membership, or subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Without further ado, August 2021’s Games With Gold are:Read more

Pokémon GO Really Needs To Stop Fixing Raid Captures

There’s certainly a lot wrong with Pokémon GO. The extraordinarily popular mobile AR game has just celebrated its fifth birthday, five years during which it’s routinely brought in more than a billion dollars for creators Niantic. I’d like to imagine would be enough money for them to fix a bunch...

The Berserk Manga's Future Is Still Undecided

On May 6, Berserk creator Kentaro Miura died at the age of 54 from acute aortic dissection. At the time the editorial department of Young Animal Comics announced the news through the official Berserk Twitter account. Nearly three months later, the question of whether the manga—described by Miura...

The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures: The Kotaku Review

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was one of the first games I owned on my Nintendo DS. Since that game’s release in 2005, I have played every single game in the Ace Attorney series including the Professor Layton crossover and the Ace Attorney: Investigations spin-off. On my pie-in-the-sky video game...

Pokémon Go Accidentally Banned A Ton Of Players

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has acknowledged that a recent wave of cheating punishments, including account strikes and outright bans, were doled out to players erroneously.Read more

KOMENTÁŘ: Největší slabina nových konzolí? Příliš malé harddisky

Nové konzole PlayStation 5 a Xbox Series X/S sice disponují superrychlým SSD disky, které zkracují nepopulární nahrávání na minimum, ovšem jejich kapacita je nedostatečná. V době, kdy velikost her dosahuje až stovek gigabytů a v digitálních knihovnách jsou jich k dispozici tisíce, je zaplníte...

Nasty YouTube Death Threat Hoax Has A Happy Ending

It’s a sad truth of living on the internet that there’s usually someone out there more than happy to make your life a living hell. As public-facing figures, the couple behind popular YouTube gaming channel Girlfriend Reviews know this all too well, but they recently endured intimidation of...

You Don’t Need To Download All Of Microsoft Flight Sim On Xbox Series X/S

Nearly a year after its PC release, Microsoft Flight Simulator hits cruising altitude on Xbox Series X/S today, where it’s also available via Game Pass. It’s a staggeringly large game, clocking in at nearly 100GB—and that’s not counting any of the optional “world updates,” which can cause its file...

Fans Upset At Magic: The Gathering Arena's Special New Digital Cards

Coming to Magic: The Gathering Arena on August 12, the Jumpstart: Historic Horizons expansion adds a trio of new game mechanics that only work in the digital version of the popular trading card game, along with 31 new digital only cards. The move away from traditional paper is rubbing some fans...

Everyone Makes The Same Choices In Mass Effect, Apparently

Mass Effect is contingent on choice—or at least the illusion of it. Turns out, in playing (or replaying) Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a lot of you who played the remastered trilogy made pretty much the same decisions. That’s according to an infographic BioWare posted on Twitter today.Read more

PAX West Backtracks, Adopts Stricter Covid-19 Policies

Last year, PAX West was one of many gaming events to go online due to the pandemic. This year, while E3 and the Tokyo Game Show stayed virtual, PAX East was canceled earlier this spring. But PAX West, on the other hand, decided to allow an in-person event at the Washington State Convention Center...

Animal Crossing Fan Makes Infinite Corridor Worthy of M.C. Escher

Trick art is quite popular in Japan. Heck, it’s popular everywhere! Japanese Twitter user Shiro decided to try his hand at making some in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game, of course, has been a hotbed of custom creations ever since it was released, from the amazing to the bizarre. For those...

Newegg Thanks Kid For Finding Graphics Card Lottery Loophole, Closes It

Buying high-end gaming hardware is a pain in the ass at the moment. New Xbox Series X/S stock sells out fast. Early access to PS5 orders are pay-gated at places like Amazon and GameStop. And the graphics card market is, well, you know how it is. In this mess of timed-out shopping carts and Ebay...

Tips For Playing Neo: The World Ends With You

This week Square Enix releases Neo: The World Ends With You, a follow-up to the 2007 Nintendo DS action role-playing classic, about a group for outcast teens trapped in an otherworldly version of Japan’s Shibuya shopping district. They’re forced to buy trendy clothes, eat delicious food,...

We're Making New Animal Crossing Content, Nintendo Says

The lengthy content drought in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is about to come to an end. In two days, fireworks will return to the game. Later this year, more content will come to the game, Nintendo said in a tweet, though didn’t offer details about what, exactly, that content will be.Read more

Autoři Gears of War předvádí, co vše umí nový Unreal Engine

Vývojáři ze studia The Coalition představili dvě nová videa, na kterých můžeme vidět sílu chystaného Unreal Enginu 5. Sice jde jen o technologická dema, která nepochází z žádné konkrétní hry, přesto míra detailů a systém nasvícení bere dech

Man Kills Elderly Parents Because They Always Interrupted Anime Viewing

In Fukuoka, Japan, a 59-year-old man is in police custody for the murder of his parents, ages 87 and 88. One of the reasons he gave for killing them was that his anime watching kept getting interrupted. According to Yomiuri Shimbun and The Tokyo Reporter, Junji Matsumoto served as his parents’...

Portal jako akční střílečka? Splitgate ukazuje, že to může fungovat

Originální multiplayerová střílečka Splitgate, kterou tvůrci popisují jako kombinaci Halo a Portalu, zaznamenala v předběžném přístupu takový úspěch, že tvůrci raději odsunuli datum vydání o měsíc. Potřebují totiž posílit kapacity serverů, aby zvládaly nečekaný nápor hráčů

Olympics Commentator Tries His Best To Say 'Gundam'

The bike section of the Olympic triathlons take a nice scenic lap around the giant Gundam statue in Odaiba’s DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, which has led to commentators having to occasionally try and describe the thing.Read more

Highfleet Is Kicking My Ass In The Best Way Possible

I know for sure I have never wondered “what if you crossed Sid Meier’s Pirates with the the 1992 Dune adventure strategy game”, but it turns out at least one person has, because I’ve been playing Konstantin Koshutin and Microprose’s Highfleet on the PC this week and that’s kind of what it is.Read...

New Unreal Engine Renders Even More Realistic Grizzled White Men

During last week’s Game Developers Conference members of Gears of War developer The Coalition debuted an “Alpha Point” technical demo showing off the environments and effects possible in Unreal Engine 5. More importantly, the team released a character rendering test, proving that the future...

Insomniac’s Latest Games Are Made To Be Platinumed

Not long ago, I did something I rarely do: I got all the trophies in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Often, I get too busy or bored and don’t complete everything in a game. This is doubly true for big open world games. But Rift Apart kept me hooked and seemed made with the idea that Insomniac...

Portal-Based Shooter Delayed Because It’s Too Dang Popular

What happens when you mix the multiplayer of a first-person shooter like Halo with the space-warping portals of, well, Portal? Oh, and make it free. Apparently, you get a game that’s so popular its developers need to delay the official release by a month to make sure its servers are up...

Blizzard Devs Say Some Men Were Sexually Harassed, Too

Since allegations of widespread harassment and discrimination at Activision Blizzard first surfaced last week, former Blizzard developers and women across the field have spoken up once again about abuse in the games industry. While many of those affected are women, not all are, and some men...

Street Fighter V Champ: ‘Imma Just Play Guilty Gear’

Over the weekend, Victor “Punk” Woodley qualified to play in his fourth Capcom Cup, the developer-backed event that serves as the capstone for every year’s Street Fighter V competition. But when asked how he plans to prepare for the high-level tournament, Punk was as blunt as his in-game name...

Impossible Steam Achievement Has A Great Story

An unobtainable achievement in the game Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, which is out on every major console and PC, is confounding achievement hunters and folks who like nice round numbers.Read more

Report: Netflix Is Making A Live-Action Pokémon Series

Variety reports that a new Pokémon series is in the early stages of development at Netflix. According to its story, the in-development Pokémon series will be a live-action project similar to the 2019 film Detective Pikachu.Read more

Pokémon Unite Glitch Makes Machamp Look Even More Naked

Machamp walks around buck naked. But we knew this. Years ago, Nintendo revealed that the Pokémon’s shorts were not skimpy briefs but rather, markings (ditto for Machoke). The character is actually naked. But a new Pokémon Unite glitch drives the point home even more.Read more

Nippon vs Nihon: What's The Difference?

During the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, the official announcer introduced the country as “Nihon.” Sponichi Annex reports that this surprised some. Read more

Diablo Co-Creator Chris Metzen On Blizzard Lawsuit: 'We Failed'

In the wake of the revelations about the severity of long-term sexual harassment and discrimination at Activision-Blizzard, a number of formerly senior men who have since left the company are taking it in turns to very publicly say how completely dreadful it all is, and how very sorry they are,...

CG Goku Teases New Dragon Ball Anime Movie

Dragon Ball Super is getting a new anime feature! It’s called, wait for it, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. Because one “super” is not enough, I guess. Announced during the San Diego Comic-Con, this will be Dragon Ball’s twenty-first anime movie and the second DBS feature, following up on 2018's...

Steam Deck utáhne každou hru minimálně v 30 snímcích za sekundu

Návrháři chystané přenosné konzole Steam Deck se nechali slyšet, že zatím nenašli jedinou hru, kterou by na ní nedokázali plynule rozběhat. Kupující tak hned od prvního dne budou mít k dispozici obrovský katalog her od starých klasik po nejmodernější novinky

The Witcher Fan Wins Gold At The Tokyo Olympics

We wrote about Russian athlete and The Witcher superfan Vitalina Batsarashkina back in 2016 when she won a silver medal in the 10m air pistol at the Rio Olympics. At this year’s games she’s back with the same Witcher gear, only this time she won gold.Read more

More People Can Play Mini Motorways Now, Which Is Nice

I mean no disrespect to Apple Arcade subscribers here, but there’s a growing trend where very good games appear on the service, are widely ignored by the majority who aren’t a part of it, then get to be enjoyed like brand new games for the first time by everyone else when they finally land on other...

Homeworld Is Being Turned Into A Tabletop RPG

Homeworld, a series known mostly for its gorgeous big spaceships but also partly for its gorgeous big landships, is being turned into a character-driven tabletop RPG courtesy of Modiphius Entertainment.Read more

GTA Online's Latest Update Adds A Hard-To-Kill Terminator Knock-Off

Los Santos Tuners, the latest Grand Theft Auto Online update, was released earlier this week and it added a bunch of new cars and races into the game. But the update isn’t just about cool cars, fast races and car meets. The new update also added some fun Easter eggs, including a very strong NPC...

Sunday Comics: Spoiled Food

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

ANKETA: Jak vnímáte poslední kroky Ubisoftu?

Ubisoft se chystá vytvářet víc AAA free 2 play her, připravuje „live service“ platformu Assassin’s Creed či zkouší být cool a snaží se propojit své značky ve střílečce Tom Clancy’s XDefiant. Co na to říkáte?

Someone Brought A Dream SMP Minecraft Flag To An Anti-Vax Rally

Today in London, a large a rally was held as part of a series of global gatherings against masks, vaccine passports, and lockdowns. And for some reason, a person at Saturday’s event was spotted waving around a flag connected to a popular Minecraft roleplay server. Read more

Red Dead Online Is Currently Filled With Weird, Out-Of-Control Horses

Red Dead Online’s last update, Blood Money, added some new missions and small features to the game. It also seems to have broken something. Now, whenever players log on, they are encountering dead random horses or living ones that just round around forever, causing mayhem. Read more

EVGA Is Replacing All RTX 3090 Cards Killed By Amazon's New World

Earlier this week, folks who were playing the closed beta for New World using a high-end EVGA RTX 3090 GPU began sharing stories that the expensive cards were getting bricked by the game. Now, it’s been confirmed that EVGA, the GPU maker behind the cards that failed, is going to replace all those...

Slugma Can Never Sleep

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Slugma!Read more

Ex Blizzard Boss Mike Morhaime To Women: 'I Failed You'

Blizzard co-founder and longtime boss Mike Morhaime took to Twitter just after midnight Friday to comment on the widespread allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination at the game company he led for so long. “To the Blizzard women who experienced any of these things, I am extremely sorry...

Saying Goodbye To Friends, In-Game And Otherwise, Sucks

No one likes goodbyes, whether it be saying farewell to the characters in your favorite video game as the final credits roll, or saying goodbye to two of the three voices who made this incarnation of the Splitscreen podcast so damn special. Bring some tissues, kids.Read more

Goodbye Nathan, Wordsmith And Internet Whisperer

Senior reporter, Twitch expert, and longtime Steamed proprietor Nathan Grayson is leaving us today. We tried to get him to stay but after seven belly-achingly long years he decided it was time to finally go join Facebook Gaming as its new head of Good Community Vibes. Read more

Superhot Game Gets Review-Bombed After Removing 'Depictions Of Self-Harm'

Earlier this week, Superhot VR received an update that removed all scenes that involved the player-character hurting or killing themselves. The devs explained that these scenes had “no place” in the game and apologized for taking so long to remove them. In response, hundreds of gamers yelled...

RIP To Me, The Person Writing This, A Real One

Are you allowed to call yourself a real one? No, I would argue, you are not. That pretty much immediately disqualifies you from being a real one, so I’m already off to a rough start here. But today’s my last day at Kotaku, so I consider it my solemn duty to close out my award-wanting “RIP To A Real...

WoW Twitch Streamers Speak Out On Activision Blizzard Sexual Harassment Suit

Late Wednesday it emerged that Activision Blizzard is being sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing over a toxic workplace culture that’s allegedly led to years of harassment and abuse targeting women. Later in the week, a number of popular World of Warcraft streamers have...

Tetsuya Nomura Reminds World He's A Drip God

Square Enix veteran Tetsuya Nomura is known for creating RPG characters with, let’s say, more eccentric outfits than you’d see on the street or even in other video games. And as it turns out, he sometimes draws inspiration from his own wardrobe while designing in his ubiquitous, accessory-heavy...

Amouranth Is Twitch's Smartest Troll, But She's On Thin Ice

It’s past midnight on a Tuesday. Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa stands in her bedroom, which emanates a soothing purple glow. Clad in a fire engine-red top and a choker with a heart-shaped clasp, she appears neither bored nor tired, nor does her tongue seem to be pulsating in agony. This is pertinent...

A Gorgeous Love Letter To JRPGs Where You Bend Time

Between its big-eyed characters and its bright and colorful hand-drawn 2D visuals, Cris Tales could be mistaken for a My Little Pony-adjacent animation project. But beneath the twee exterior of this love-letter to classic Japanese role-playing games there’s an incredibly smart combat system that...

Shin Megami Tensei If… Was Persona Before Persona

Despite being a spin-off of a spin-off, Persona’s runaway success made it the most recognizable of the Shin Megami Tensei RPG series. But in 1994, two years before the very first Persona game arrived on PlayStation, the blueprint for those future games was laid down in another lesser-known side...

Destiny 2 Maker Weighs In On Activision Blizzard Allegations

The studio behind Halo and now Destiny issued a statement on Twitter yesterday, addressing the allegations of widespread sexual harrasssment and discrimination alleged in a new lawsuit brought by California regulators against Activision Blizzard. “We have a responsibility to acknowledge, reflect...

Yes, That Was Final Fantasy At The Olympics Ceremony. And There's More!

For the nerdy among us, Japan is practically synonymous with video games. And if you play video games and happened to watch the opening ceremony for the biggest sporting event of the year, you probably went, “wait a minute, is that...?” Oh, it was. Actually, there was a slew of musical references...

Google's Olympic Doodle Is An Entire JRPG

Today’s isn’t the first time a Google Doodle has been a game, but this is surely the most intricate so far. Today, if you open a new Chrome page or begin a search, you can click on a pixel-art icon that starts an Olympic-themed JRPG, complete with anime sequences by Studio 4°C, played right in your...

Warhammer 40K: Battlesector: The Kotaku Review

I said in April that there were too many Warhammer games, and I stand by that, but this month we at least got a good one to add to the list, something we haven’t been able to do for a while. Read more

GameCube Emulator Now Has A Built-In Game Boy Advance

One of the best, but sadly least-used features of the Nintendo GameCube was its ability to talk to a Game Boy Advance. A few games used it, some exclusively, but now a lot more people can hopefully enjoy the idea with the release of a new version of popular GameCube emulator Dolphin.Read more

Epic Games Briefly Suspends Fortnite Creator Over Homophobic Comments

Fortnite’s latest event, Rainbow Royale, is supposed to be a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. But elsewhere, developer Epic Games chose not to suspend a popular creator for more than a few hours after discovering a history of homophobia. While the influencer has been reinstated, the situation...

Electronic Arts odhalili chystané novinky, vrací se horor Dead Space

Měsíc po skončení výstavy E3 se novinkami konečně prezentovalo i mamutí vydavatelství Electronic Arts. Kromě dalšího dílu závodů Grid a originálního módu Portal do válečné střílečky Battlefield potvrdilo i remake brutálního vesmírného hororu Dead Space

New Dead Space Remake Will Be Next-Gen Only

This is not a drill: Dead Space is no longer dead in space. EA’s famous sci-fi horror series is getting resurrected, kind of. The new game will indeed be a total remake of the first game, as recent rumors have suggested. EA announced the news at its EA Play showcase today. It’s coming...

Leak: Battlefield 2042 Sandbox Mode To Include Bad Company 2 Maps

Last month, EA pulled back the curtain on climate-change shooter Battlefield 2042 and detailed two of its four modes. The other two remained couched as future announcements—one mentioned only by name (Hazard Zone), and one shrouded entirely in mystery. A since-deleted GameRant article (that...

PUBG Skin Looks An Awful Lot Like Hypnospace Outlaw, Dev Objects

In the great river of “borrowed” ideas, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds floats midstream. Itself broadly based on the wonderful Japanese film Battle Royale, it then saw its central conceit lifted somewhat wholesale by Epic with the original version of Fortnite. Now, a million iterations later,...

The Best Switch Carrying Cases

Even if you primarily use your Nintendo Switch as a living room console, situated in its dock and hooked up to your TV, you’ll probably want to take it on the go from time to time. That’s...kind of the portable’s whole deal. Even figures released by Nintendo show that roughly 80 percent of Switch...

You Can Get Vintage Game Magazines Delivered To Your Doorstep

Bright, colorful, choked with ads, and filled with articles dated before they even left the publisher’s warehouse, retro video game magazines are delightful little static moments in video game history preserved on paper. The Video Game History Foundation’s vintage magazine subscription service...

Raphael Lacoste's Art Of Assassin's Creed

Artist Raphael Lacoste has been at Ubisoft for 16 years, and in that time has managed to work on eight Assassin’s Creed games, from the very first one right through to the latest, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.Read more

Activision Blizzard Sued By California Over Widespread Harassment Of Women

Activision Blizzard, the publishing giant behind everything from Call of Duty to Overwatch, is being sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing over a “frat boy” workplace culture that it alleges has led to years of harassment and abuse targeting the women in...

My Speedrunning Career Lasted A Bit Less Than A Week

I’m no speedrunner. In fact, I’ve never loved a video game enough to attempt to speedrun it until recently, when I found the PlayStation 2 oddity X-treme Express. But after almost a week of watching my promising attempts slip away at the last second, and feeling my affection towards the game turn...

Ubisoft Shutters Troubled Tom Clancy Game A Year After Launch

In August of last year, Ubisoft launched a mobile Tom Clancy action-RPG called Elite Squad, which featured characters from Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, The Division, H.A.W.X., and EndWar (remember those last two?). Today, less than a full year later, Ubisoft’s Owlient studio announced...

Help, Netflix Made The Witcher’s Vesemir Hot

This morning, Netflix unveiled a teaser trailer for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an animated film set in the Witcher cinematic universe. Folks, I’m sorry (or you’re welcome?) to report that its lead character, Vesemir—yes, that Vesemir—is now attractive.Read more

FFXIV Player Won’t Stop Until He’s Eaten Nearly 140K Eggs

I’ve often said the best video game challenges are the ones we make up ourselves. Here’s YouTuber Ross “RubberNinja” O’Donovan to prove me wrong. Last year the streamer made odd headlines by eating an entire stack of 999 eggs in Final Fantasy XIV. Now he’s eating 140 times that, an entire...

The Messy, Stalled Reckoning At An Assassin's Creed Co-Developer

Ubisoft Singapore has always been kind of known [internally] to be one of the worst Ubisoft studios in terms of culture,” said one former developer at the publisher of Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. “People would visit [from other studios] and be like, ‘What the fuck is wrong here?’”Read more

Adventure Game Last Stop Doesn’t Pull Punches When Criticizing Crunch

Last Stop, a narratively riveting if mechanically unengaging adventure game, comes out tomorrow for pretty much all of the platforms (and Game Pass). If you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll get a kick out of Last Stop, full stop. Getting into the weeds for a sec, I found myself impressed by...

Amazon's New MMO Is Killing Some High-End PC Graphics Cards

Amazon Games’ oft-delayed MMO New World launched its closed beta yesterday ahead of its August 31 launch. Thousands of players clogged the servers of the historical fantasy game, causing long login queues across all game worlds. Some players got a lot more than they bargained for, however,...

Zoom Adds Multiplayer Games, But Not The Ones You Want

Chances are that before March 2020, you’d never heard of Zoom, the video conferencing software. By July 2021, it’s pretty much become the generic noun for such technology. And as of today, it’s offering games.Read more

WoW’s Wrath Of The Lich King Expansion Is Now A Board Game

Pandemic is a classic board game from publisher Z-Man in which players work together to stop the spread of rampaging viruses. World of Warcraft’s Wrath of the Lich King expansion is about stopping the Lich King’s Scourge from rampaging across the continent of Northrend. They’re basically the same...

Buddhist Swastika Removed From Anime Tokyo Revengers

Tokyo Revengers is about a youth toughs in the Tokyo Manji Gang. The manji symbol (卍), the Buddhist swastika, appears on the Japanese-language manga title and throughout the original anime. It has been removed from the anime’s English language release, apparently because it might cause confusion...

Konami Kills PES Brand, Launches eFootball

This fall, Konami’s soccer game won’t be PES. Instead, the Tokyo-based game maker is releasing a free-to-play game called eFootball. Launched in 1995, Pro Evolution is the Tokyo-based game maker’s long-running series and a rival to EA’s Fifa. PES is known as Winning Eleven in Japan, where it’s...

PC Game Removes Denuvo DRM Before It Even Launches

Humankind, one of my most anticipated games of 2021, was going to have Denuvo acting as its digital rights management (DRM). But after its developers found that it was impacting performance, they took it straight out.Read more

Smash Player Effs Up Opponent

Last night, a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competitor styled on his opponent so hard that the entire venue lost their minds.Read more

The Wolverine Meme Is Now An Action Figure

As a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive for 2021, Mondo is releasing a big, fancy Wolverine figure. But not just any figure. No, this one is based on a meme.Read more

Netflix's Video Game Service Is Saying All The Right Things

As part of the company’s latest earnings report, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Product Officer Greg Peters jumped on an investor phone call to talk about loads of things related to the future of the company. While discussing one of those things, their impending detour into video games, things...

I Had My Sexual Awakening Thanks To Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X’s 20th anniversary is this week, and while it’s not my favorite Final Fantasy, it is one I come back to whenever I think about sex. No, not in the way you’re probably thinking (although Kimahri Ronso, if he wanted, could get it). But Final Fantasy X represents one of those...

Early NEO: The World Ends With You Players Locked Out Of Game

Over the weekend, NEO: The World Ends With You fans discovered that Square Enix was accidentally leaking the game early to people who pre-ordered it on Switch. Now, with a week still to go before its official release, access to the upcoming action RPG has been rescinded.Read more

Provokuje i pomáhá zvířatům. Představujeme sexuální ikonu hráčů Amouranth

Sedmadvacetiletá Amouranth je jednou z nejpopulárnějších streamerek na světě. Od vysílání průchodů počítačovými hrami se postupně propracovala až k natáčení erotických videí, která balancují na samé hraně pravidel platformy Twitch. Lidé ji za to milují i nenávidí, ignorovat ji je však prakticky...

Early Wiimote Designs Uncovered In Leaked Nintendo Emails

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything about the so-called “Gigaleak,” a treasure trove of internal Nintendo data that proliferated online in 2020, but that changed today with the release of a new batch of leaked files. Anyone interested in Nintendo Wii Remote prototypes?Read more

Destiny 2 Player Uses Glitches, Skill, And Luck To Solo Latest Raid Boss

One person should not be able to defeat the final boss of Destiny 2’s Vault of Glass raid. The fight is designed in such a way that multiple players in completely different locations have to work together to win the battle. And yet, using a combination of consummate skill, a bit of luck, and...

Infamous 'Lost' Nintendo Mean Girls Game Now Fully Revealed

In the late 2000s, 505 Games and Crush Digital Media planned to release a Nintendo DS game based on Mean Girls, the coming-of-age comedy starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. However, there’s no proof that the game ever came out, leaving many expert DS observers to regard the game as “lost...

GTA Online's New Update Is Like Fast And Furious On Steroids

Today, Rockstar released the latest big update for Grand Theft Auto Online. Los Santos Tuners is all about sweet cars, fast races, dangerous crime, all while hanging out with like-minded automotive gearheads. And unlike past GTA Online updates, Tuners not only adds things that the community...

New FFXIV Update Will Now Kick Idle Players, And That Kinda Sucks

Final Fantasy XIV is suffering from success. There’s been a recent explosion in active users driving up queue times and flooding the FFXIV subreddit with daily threads complaining about said queue times. Square Enix is working on the problem but in the meantime, the latest patch, deployed during...

PC Gamer Mods PS4 Controller With Keyboard Switches

One of the most popular ways for manufacturers to add extra inputs to game controllers is positioning four paddle-shaped buttons on the back. Redditor Styroor took that idea, grabbed some basic tools, and created a new type of DualShock 4: one with backside buttons. It looks a little rough,...

A Bunch Of Great Indie Games Are Coming To Game Pass

Pour one out for my backlog and maybe yours, too. Arguably too many promising indie games are coming to Xbox Game Pass. Also, Microsoft Flight Sim will finally lift off on console, at least for those with next-gen Xboxes. Here’s everything coming to Game Pass over the next few weeks.Read more

How To Buy A PS5 Or Xbox Series X/S

Trying to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 or one of Microsoft’s next-gen consoles—the Xbox Series X and the smaller, less-powerful Xbox Series S—remains a fool’s errand. Stock sells out as soon as it becomes available. When it pops up from unofficial retailers, it does so with a staggering...

Just What Japan Needs: More Gundam Manholes

Manholes! In Japan, they’re works of art, reflecting the city or region or city they’re in with beautiful designs and even lovely colors. Previously, we’ve seen Pokémon manholes, which were great and excellent. The first Pokémon manholes were installed in 2019, but as of last August, there were...

Folks Think The Sims 2 On Nintendo DS Is Haunted

The handheld Sims games on Nintendo DS are fantastic and very, very weird. If you’ve hung around Kotaku long enough, you may have seen me claiming The Sims 2 on DS is my favourite game of all time, and while not everyone will agree on the quality and technical prowess of the title, there’s...

2K Very Quietly Launches New XCOM Game That Looks Like Crap

The XCOM games are known for their challenging tactics, roster management and bullshit shooting percentages, so it’s surprising (or really, not surprising at all) to see 2K license out a new mobile game that has absolutely none of those traits.Read more

Cops Literally Steamroll Crypto-Mining Computers

Earlier this year, Malaysian authorities carried out a bunch of raids around the airport at Miri, where it was suspected that crypto-mining outfits were stealing electricity off the grid. Six men were eventually charged, and to celebrate, Malaysian cops took all their rigs and publicly crushed...

Choosing Random Is A Huge Flex

Last week, publisher GameMill Entertainment unveiled Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, a fighting game featuring iconic Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Nigel Thornberry, and that one dude with the toast-shaped face. Between the memes, you might see prospective players debate who’d...

Veksláci šponují ceny novinky od Valve. I přesto, že ji nikdo nemá

Mnohým bylo nejspíš hned po oznámení nového přenosného herního PC jasné, co po zkušenostech s konzolemi a novými herními grafikami muselo přijít. Přeprodávání rezervací na novinku se na bazarových portálech rozjelo ve velkém a dřívější termíny dodání jsou za příplatek v řádu desítek tisíc

A Way For Twitch Streamers To Avoid DMCAs That Might Actually Work

Despite unprecedented growth and burgeoning mainstream acceptance—or perhaps, in part, because of them—Twitch’s past year and change has been defined by DMCA woes. While it doesn’t seem like they’re going to abate anytime soon, a developer has created an intriguing workaround.Read more

Are You Intrigued By The Steam Deck?

It’s Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly feature in which Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning question. Then, we ask your take.Read more

Ubisoft představil novou hru ze světa Toma Clancyho. Příběh nečekejte

Měsíc po skončení herní výstavy E3 představilo herní vydavatelství Ubisoft překvapivě další hru. Ta je sice zaštítěna jménem populárního spisovatele Toma Clancyho, milovníky napínavých špionážních příběhů však nejspíše nepotěší. Půjde o ryze multiplayerovou hru propojující světy oblíbených hitů...

BOTW Fan Finishes Game Without Stepping In The Same Place Twice

Throughout Breath of the Wild’s four-year life, players have come up with all kinds of quirky ways to play. There are no damage runs, shield only runs, and what I like to call the “Naked and Afraid” challenge where has Link beat the final boss of the Champion’s Ballad DLC with no clothes and only...

Ubisoft Unveils Tom Clancy's XDefiant, Sounds A Bit Like Overwatch

The debut video for Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, announced today for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC, and streaming services, describes the upcoming free-to-play 6v6 first-person shooter as “fast-paced fire-fights meet punk-rock mosh pit.” That Tom Clancy game universe keeps getting weirder...

The Best Nintendo Switch Memory Cards

Nintendo Switch storage always has been and always will be a joke. Before Nintendo’s hybrid console released in early 2017, the then-unreleased Dragon Quest Heroes was revealed to be bigger than the available 32GB internal storage capacity. The Switch Lite, released two years later, didn’t improve...

PowerWash Sim Devs On Making Cleaning Fun, Advanced Crouching

What makes FuturLab’s early-access Steam hit PowerWash Simulator so appealing, aside from the ability to draw dicks everywhere? Just look at it. The moment you turn on your sprayer, you’re treated to instant, obvious results. Kotaku recently spoke to PowerWash Simulator design director Dan Chequer...

Call of Duty: Warzone Players Are Going Invisible Again Using Red Doors

Glitches cycle in and out of Call of Duty: Warzone like stray cats through an abandoned house, but invisibility has caused players more headaches than most. And despite past fixes, Call of Duty’s battle royale players once again appear to be getting shot by opponents they can’t see, this time...

Pokémon Go Fest 2021 Ended In A Total Anticlimax

This last weekend offered the world Pokémon GO Fest 2021. This year, the mobile game’s biggest annual event attempted a more outgoing vibe yet still managed to end everything on the dampest squib imaginable: a quest line entirely focused on Hoopa, that absolutely in no way included Hoopa.Read more

Gaming Laptops Are Here To Stay

When most people think of gaming, it’s usually on a console or a PC. A desktop PC, specifically. At least that’s what I thought. But now gaming laptops are becoming more powerful, more user-friendly, and most importantly, more affordable. I had the opportunity to try out the GE76 Raider Gaming...

Psychonauts 2 Hands-On: It's More Psychonauts, And That's Fine By Me

Psychonauts 2 is a game that, for a long time, felt like it was never going to happen. But then in December 2015, Double Fine ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to create the sequel. Now, almost six years later, the game is nearly here—and I’ve played a few early levels ahead of its August...

Warframe spojí hráče všech platforem, zaměří se i na příběh

Oblíbená free 2 play střílečka Warframe ještě letos dostane pořádný datadisk s novým obsahem, který potěší i zapřisáhlé vlky samotáře. Ti, co dávají přednost multiplayeru zase určitě potěší, že už nadále nebude záležet na tom, kdo na jaké platformě hru hraje

The Kyoto Animation Studio Tragedy Was Two Years Ago

Yesterday marked two years since the tragic arson attack at Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building in the Fushimi area. As Kotaku previously reported, the attack left 36 dead and another 33 injured. On Sunday, Kyoto Animation posted a roughly ten-minute memorial clip on YouTube, which was only...

Tencent Buys Sumo Group For $1.3 Billion

British company Sumo Group, whose various studios have worked on everything from Hitman to Forza to Disney Infinity, has been bought by Chinese giant Tencent for a whopping $1.3 billion, Reuters report.Read more

Nintendo Says Switch OLED Profit Story Is 'Incorrect'

Last week, a pair of analysts cired in a report from Bloomberg claimed that Nintendo’s new OLED model of the Switch contained “upgrades [that] are estimated to cost around $10 more per unit”, despite the console costing $50 more at the register than its predecessor. Today, Nintendo took the unusual...

Incredibly Rare Nintendo Card Reportedly Returns From Dead, Up For Sale

All the way back at E3 2002, Nintendo was promoting its new e-Reader platform by handing out prize cards on the showroom floor. The winning cards were all presumed to have been either lost or destroyed, but one has just (reportedly) emerged from the void and is up for sale on eBay.Read more

Nike's "Star Wars" Sneakers Look Fantastic

There’s a thing that Nike does sometimes where, despite lacking the official license to make a branded shoe, they just pick a very obvious colour scheme, let fans give them a nickname and run with it anyway. It’s worked on everything from Doraemon to Gundam, and next month it’s taking on Star...

PS4 "Crypto" Warehouse Was Actually Farming FIFA Crap

While initial reports last week indicated that an enormous warehouse discovered in Ukraine packed full of PS4 consoles was being used to mine crypto, a little further investigation has found that the machines were probably being used to farm FIFA Ultimate Team cards.Read more

The Week In Games: Witcher On Your Phone

A new Witcher game comes out this week. Calm down, calm down, it’s that game that looks a lot like Pokemon GO and is coming out only on phones. (The headline should have tipped you off already.) Read more

The Next Skate Game Won't Be At EA Play 2021

EA announced today that the next Skate game, which is currently in development, won’t be shown during EA Play 2021 on July 22. It’s another game to add to the growing list of “Stuff That Won’t Be At EA Play 2021.”Read more

Take-Two Is Removing Old GTA Mods Using DMCA Notices

Rockstar Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has spent the past week or so using DMCA takedown requests to remove old Grand Theft Auto mods. The publisher hasn’t explained why it has started this sudden removal of old mods.Read more

Sunday Comics: That's Nice

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

RECENZE: Scarlet Nexus je anime kyberpunk řežba ohyzdných monster

Sci-fi subžánr kyberpunk je ve světě videoher stálicí, jejíž popularita nadále roste. Novinka Scarlet Nexus k jeho zpracování přistupuje hodně osobitě. Proto i kvůli mnoha dalším pozitivním důvodům byste toto akční JRPG s pár chybami neměli minout

Warframe Will Get Cross-Play And Cross-Save Support Later This Year

Today, Digital Extremes announced during TennoCon 2021 that its popular online shooter Warframe will get full cross-play and cross-save support later this year, letting space ninjas take their characters across PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One seamlessly. Read more

This Article Was Written By A Cat

The following blog was written by a cat named Milo. According to Milo’s owner, Kotaku’s own Lisa Marie Segarra, he’s a rascal who enjoys cuddling and will cry until you pick him up. His favorite toy is his ball tower and he enjoys watching Criminal Minds with his human mom. Read more

Valve Hopes To Avoid Thumbstick Drift On The Steam Deck

Thumbstick drift is a nasty and frustrating problem that seems to have become more common on some consoles and devices. Valve is aware of these issues and says it has done a bunch of tests and picked high-quality and reliable parts to avoid the “risk” of stick drift becoming a problem with Steam...

Aromatisse Is So Stinky Nobody Wants To Be Near It

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Aromatisse!Read more

Nickelodeon Fighting Game Devs Have High Hopes, Competitive Dreams

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is an upcoming Smash-like that, despite its licensed nature, already sounds like an absolutely legit fighting game. Not only do the lead developers have experience making their own popular platform fighter, but they’re also looking into implementing rollback netcode...

Last Of Us TV Show Casts Tommy’s Actor As Not-Tommy

HBO’s The Last of Us show is continuing to fill out its cast, and its latest pick-up is Jeffrey Pierce, an actor who appeared in the original PlayStation 3 game as Joel’s brother Tommy. But according to a new report at Deadline, he won’t be playing that character in the upcoming show.Read more

Short The Last Of Us Fan Film Is Legitimately Excellent

Joel and Ellie might be the main characters of The Last of Us, but they’re by no means the only interesting ones. If you’ve played either of Naughty Dog’s acclaimed mushroom-apocalypse games, you know that some of the richest stories are told in the margins. A new fan film explores what it could...

Steam Deck Pre-Orders Start Off Shaky

Today, Valve began taking paid reservations for its recently announced Steam Deck, a powerful portable PC that’s invited comparisons to the Nintendo Switch. But right after pre-orders went live, Steam collapsed into server errors and other frustrating hiccups. Read more

Galactus, Hasbro's Largest Marvel Legends Figure Yet, Costs 400 Bucks

Rumblings of Marvel mega-villain Galactus eventually showing up in the Marvel cinematic universe are almost as loud as the rumblings of the world-devourer’s little tum-tum when he sets his sights on Earth. While fans fantasize about his big screen debut, Hasbro has unveiled the ultimate Galactus...

Trains Crash Through Empty Worlds In My New Favorite Racing Game

Trains are good. I don’t know how else to describe them other than, yeah, pretty good. But I’m not really into the serious train simulation or tycoon genres. No, I need something with more speed. Something with velocity. Something that lets me twist and turn, knocking rival trains off the rails...

Fallout 76 Armor Lets You Become A Dolphin-Human Hybrid

Fallout 76’s newest season offers the usual rewards, including new player cards, extra atoms, and weapon skins. But for players willing to grind (or with money to burn), you can unlock something a bit more nautical: Dolphin power armor. Read more

Ubisoft Delays Rainbow Six Extraction And Riders Republic

Ubisoft’s fall just fell down a couple notches. Heavy hitters like Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Riders Republic seemed primed to carry the company into the holiday season, but now two of those games have been delayed—one out of 2021 entirely.Read more

Cris Tales Transforms Beautiful Columbian Landmarks Into Its Fantasy World

If you’ve seen the trailer or played the demo for Cris Tales, then you know how gorgeous the upcoming fantasy role-playing game looks. But did you know the fantasy kingdoms and cathedrals in the game are inspired by real Columbian landmarks? Check out how two-man development team Dreams...

Steam Deck Might Not Play Some Of Steam's Most Popular Games

The way Valve describes it, the new Steam Deck sounds like a tiny—but still alarmingly heavy—marvel, capable of running Steam’s vast library of games despite the beefy specs required to play many of them. However, it is at its core a Linux machine, and that may lead to some complications.Read more

Skyward Sword HD Might Make You Actually Like Motion Controls

There’s a weird cognitive dissonance surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. In my casual discussions of Zelda games, Skyward Sword often seems lowly regarded. And yet, the Metacritic scores for the 2011 Wii game paint an entirely different picture, making it one of the highest scoring...

Ubisoft CEO And Others Blamed For 'Institutional Harassment'

Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry publisher Ubisoft is the target of a new complaint filed in French court that accuses the company, and its long-time CEO and co-founder, Yves Guillemot, of “institutional harassment.” According to a survey released last fall, one in four Ubisoft employees has either...

The Steam Deck Isn't Competing With The Nintendo Switch

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. A game gets announced, say maybe an indie game. It’s exclusive to PC, and it looks promising. Then, out of nowhere, the eternal question: When is it coming out on Switch?Read more

Jujutsu Kaisen Is Returning To Publication

Earlier this summer, Weekly Shonen Jump announced that manga Jujutsu Kaisen was going on hiatus for the time being. Today, the publication’s editorial department provided a very brief update: Jujutsu Kaisen is returning to serialization.Read more

First Look At Netflix's Monster Hunter CG Film

Next month, Netflix will stream a CG animated movie based on a Capcom video game. This time, it’s a Monster Hunter film called Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild. Here’s the official plot description:Read more

Oh Nice, A New Isometric Skateboarding Game

If you never had the pleasure, some of the best skating games ever made were incredibly simple, and used an isometric viewpoint. So it’s great seeing a new game, released in 2021, remember this and revisit some good old times.Read more

Nintendo Switch Fans Say They're Fixing Joy-Con Drift With Tiny Cardboard

Earlier this week, a video by YouTuber VK’s Channel purported to finally have the fix for the pernicious Joy-Con drift plaguing countless Nintendo Switch fans. It is the latest in a wide-ranging number of home remedies attempted by desperate people who don’t want to see 70-80 dollars go down...

Everything You Need To Know About Steam Deck

Two hours before preorders opened up for this fall’s Nintendo Switch OLED model, Valve took a break from not announcing Half-Life 3 to unveil a handheld of its own. The Steam Deck, named after Valve’s everyone-uses-it digital games storefront, allows you to play your entire Steam library on...

Policie zabavila plnou halu playstationů, načerno těžily kryptoměny

Těžařská horečka a zároveň noční můra pro hráče stále nekončí. Skupina těžařů z Ukrajiny využívala k získávání digitální měny tisíce playstationů čtvrté generace a navíc ještě kradla elektřinu. Policejní zásah odhalil halu nacpanou těmito herními konzolemi

Skyward Sword HD Amiibo Delay Means No Fast-Travel At Launch

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is out tomorrow, but its accompanying Zelda & Loftwing amiibo will be missing for most players. Nintendo confirmed today that the toy, which unlocks fast-travel in the game, is facing a number of shipping delays that will keep it out of most people’s hands...

Gabe Newell Describes Steam Deck's Price As 'Painful' For Valve

If you want to play Steam games on the go and don’t feel like waiting the requisite 0-100 days for beloved indies to get ported to the Nintendo Switch, Valve’s now offering an answer to your cries: The Steam Deck, a handheld with PC-ish specs and a surprisingly reasonable price tag. Valve president...

Valve’s Steam Deck Will Let You Shop On Epic Games Store

Gaming consoles are territorial, fighting over exclusives and playerbases. You might think that, as a gaming handheld, Valve’s new Steam Deck is too, but the tech company says that’s not the case. Not only will you be able to download third-party apps onto the device, you’ll even be able to access...

The 17 Best Games On Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is one of the best deals in gaming today. For $10 a month, you get access to a Netflix-style library of video games that you can download and play whenever you want. Some marquee games hit the service the same day they’re released, as with The Outer Worlds. In other words, it’s...

Tencent Patent Wants To Let You Pass Down V-Bucks After Death

Tencent recently obtained a patent relating to digital asset inheritance that might allow games to pass on in-game items and currency when they die. According to video game industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, who first spotted the news on Monday, the Chinese tech giant originally filed for the patent...

Kratos Voices Black Panther In Marvel’s Avengers

Though his time in the role as the Marvel cinematic universe’s Black Panther was tragically cut short by colon cancer, actor Chadwick Boseman embodied the role of T’Challa so fully that it’s hard to imagine anyone else providing the character’s voice. Though initially reluctant, Christopher Judge...

10 Gimmick Shooters From The Early 2000s You Might Not Remember

In the late ‘00s, before every game became a MOBA and then pivoted to become a battle royale, it seemed like every other game was a shooter with some sort of gimmick to make it stand out from the Calls of Duty and Battlefields. From gravity manipulation to doing drugs, here’s a bunch of the oddball...

Lawn Mowing Simulator Takes Cutting The Grass Very Seriously

If you’re an Xbox Series X/S owner, then it might well be time to consider buying an expansion SSD, just to ensure you’ve got space. Because Lawn Mowing Simulator is out next month. The backyard trimming sim you’ve been hankering for is finally with us August 10.Read more

Hackers Ask Vice To Blackmail EA Games For Them

Last month, hackers stole sensitive information from FIFA and Battlefield 2042 publisher Electronic Arts, including source code for the company’s proprietary Frostbite game development engine. Now, the hackers appear to be dumping pieces online to pressure EA into paying them off, according to...

Pokémon Unite Launches On Switch July 21

Pokémon fans eager to get in on the team-based multiplayer battles of Pokémon Unite following last month’s Japan-only network stress test don’t have long to wait at all. The free-to-start PokéMOBA starts service on the Nintendo Switch on Wednesday, July 21, giving us a little less than a week...

Resident Evil Re:Verse Suddenly Delayed To 2022

Resident Evil Village was meant to launch with a multiplayer mode, Resident Evil Re:Verse. In April this year, after some not great open betas, Capcom announced it would be delayed until July. It’s July now, but look around you. Nope. Indeed, minutes ago the developers announced it has now slipped...

Square Enix Doesn't Rule Out Final Fantasy X-3

Final Fantasy X-2 was originally released way back in 2003, but that doesn’t mean a sequel to the iconic PlayStation 2 game is impossible. When speaking with Weekly Famitsu, producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, writer Kazushige Nojima, and character designer Tetsuya Nomura were...

Retro Game Releases Could Get Much Needed Help In Japan

Japanese copyright law can make re-releasing some old games difficult, if not impossible. A new copyright system could change that. According to Game Spark and Yomiuri Shimbun, a new copyright system has been proposed in Japan for works where the copyright holder is unclear. The plan would...

Gundam Overwatch Would Be A More Accurate Title, I Guess

Today, Bandai Namco announced a new Mobile Suit Gundam game. It’s called Gundam Evolution, but honestly, Gundam Overwatch would have been better. Of course, Bandai Namco can’t name it that, because Overwatch is owned by Blizzard. But Gundam Evolution definitely looks like Gundam meets Overwatch...

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gets DLSS, Looks Lovely

Of all the big games to have come out on PC in the last few years, I don’t think any have been more in need of some of the ol’ DLSS magic than Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2.Read more

Report: Netflix Is Adding Games "In The Next Year"

This was hinted at back in May, but just became a bit more real, with Bloomberg reporting that Netflix is planning to add games to its subscription service sometime within the next year.Read more

Twitch Spammers Just Wanted To Save Snoop Dogg From Stream Fail

Obscenely famous rapper Snoop Dogg streams on Twitch pretty regularly these days, because he beat the game that is life a long time ago, and now he’s just doing side quests. His most recent push for existence’s Platinum trophy, regrettably, did not go so well.Read more

Discord Buys AI Company To Combat A Big Problem: Harassment

It wasn’t all that long ago that Discord housed some of the internet’s most noxious groups, including white supremacist communities like The Daily Stormer. Since the Charlottesville rally in 2017, however, the chat platform has worked toward slowly but surely cleaning up the mess. But as Discord...

For Cyberpunk 2077 Fans, Dunking Has Become A Sport

The Cyberpunk 2077 saga has been a long one but it’s still far from over. The latest development? Fans co-opting the game’s social media marketing campaign to dunk on things missing from the sci-fi RPG’s open world.Read more

Free Idea: Add Nick’s Human Stars To Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

By now, the announcement of the Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl fighting game has up-smashed its way through the internet. Folks are positively giddy about the prospect of beating their friends to death with the cinnamon sugary fists of Powdered Toast Man or with Helga’s toxic, obsessive love...

Nintendo's Switch Testing Program Just Got Uglier

When a Nintendo Switch rolls off the proverbial factory conveyor belt, the systems don’t just get stuffed into boxes for sale. Nintendo tests all hardware to make sure that it runs correctly, of course. And as of the latest (and handy) Switch firmware update, the tool it uses to put the system...

Avatar's Korra Spotted In Nickelodeon Fighting Game Cover Art

Nickelodeon broke the internet yesterday with the reveal of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, a Smash-like fighting game featuring faces from the cartoon channel’s past and present. Hype is so high for this game that folks are looking for information everywhere, like a piece of placeholder art that...

Id’s Mario PC Port Discovered In Museum Donation

There’s a parallel universe in which Id Software, known for popularizing the first-person shooter genre, created PC versions of Nintendo games. In 1990, the studio created a demo for a PC port of Super Mario Bros. 3. That demo is now in a literal museum.Read more

Hideo Kojima Handed Out Flyers To Sell First Metal Gear

Last night Hideo Kojima, seemingly in a reflective mood on his prolific Twitter account, told a couple of gorgeous mini-tales of the lengths he went to in order to help sell his earliest games like Metal Gear. These included handing out flyers, and cranking up in-store demo volumes.Read more

Podívejte se na sestřih příběhu Kingdom Come v češtině, má 4 hodiny

Fanouškovský projekt, který si dal za cíl nadabovat do češtiny oblíbenou hru Kingdom Come: Deliverance, dosáhl významného milníku. Hotový už je čtyřdílný filmový sestřih těch nejzásadnějších příběhových scén, kompletní hra by tak mohla být dokončena do konce roku

Sony Japan Recommends Two-Step Sign-in After PSN Account Takeovers

While two-factor authentictaion is not new to the PlayStation Network, today the official Ask PlayStation Japanese Twitter account recommended the verification progress be used for logging in. As website Game Impress Watch reports, there have been “many reports” from users of accounts being taken...

Cage For When Trading Card Matches Get Brutal

You think trading card games like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Masters, and Pokémon are gentile? Maybe they are! But that doesn’t mean the matches aren’t intense. They are. Twitter user Numa spotted this set-up at a local card shop in Japan for trading card cage matches. How cool is this?Read more

Company of Heroes dostane pokračování, podíváme se na italskou frontu

Jedna z nejlepších strategií z období druhé světové války se příští rok vrátí v plnohodnotném pokračování. Company of Heroes 3 chce navázat na předchozí díly, ale nebojí se ani radikálních změn v konceptu. Největší novinkou má být dynamická kampaň ve stylu série Total War

Nier: Automata's Broken Steam Version Will Finally Be Updated This Week

Nier: Automata’s PC port was a disaster, one so bad we’ve written headlines about it like “It’s Ridiculous That Nier: Automata Still Hasn’t Been Patched On PC”, and then when Square Enix seemed unwilling (or unable) to fix it “Fan Creates Patch To Fix Nier: Automata’s Graphics.”Read more

Smuggler Arrested With CPUs Strapped To His Body

Last week customs officials working at the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge stopped a truck driver who they thought was looking “nervous”. With good reason; after searching him they found the dude was literally strapped with concealed...CPUs.Read more

Company Of Heroes 3 Announced

I have strong feelings about Relic’s classic real-time strategy game Company of Heroes. I’ve gone so far as to call it the “perfect RTS”. So yeah, the news today that a third game was coming was both a huge surprise and a pleasant one.Read more

Skyward Sword HD’s New Free Camera Looks Great, But There's A Catch

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword looks to be saved from its status as the series’ red-headed stepchild thanks to a bunch of quality-of-life changes in this week’s high-definition Switch port. Nintendo has been happy to trot these out periodically, with the newest reveal being a free, fully...

Warzone Hackers Are Forcing Cheats On Big Twitch Streamers

Demonstrating the latest trend in the increasingly active Call of Duty hacking scene, last night several high-profile Warzone streamers suddenly found their accounts boosted to level 1000 with all of their weapon skins unlocked.Read more

Rare Gundam Graphics Cards Wasted On Crypto Mining

I can’t explain it. I can’t justify it. But I do get Gundam fans’ strange attachment to the special-edition GeForce RTX 3080 Gundam graphics cards. They’re beefy but elegant and come in a sleek titanium white. They’re also next to impossible to find, which is why some people might be crestfallen...

KVÍZ: Znáte nejslavnější hospody a bary z videoher?

Stejně jako ve skutečném světě jsou hospody i ve virtuálních světech počítačových her důležitým místem pro setkávání mezi lidmi. Najdeme je sice v každé druhé hře, jen na málokteré si ovšem vzpomeneme ještě po letech. Dokážete to?

GBA Bootleg Wants You To Know Jeff's Mom Is A MILF

You never know what you might find when buying old retro games in bulk. Sometimes you get a bunch of mildewed junk. Sometimes you discover hidden gems. And sometimes you stumble upon strange bootlegs with totally unnecessary shoutouts to other people’s moms.Read more

Dark Souls Scrolling Texture Mod Chooses Violence

Dark Souls is challenging, but have you ever tried playing it drunk, on psychedelics, about to vomit, or any combination of the three? A new, totally unnecessary mod simulates that experience by making almost every texture in the hardcore action role-playing game scroll endlessly, making it seem...

League of Legends Team Pulls Video of Players' Jobs Being Threatened

Conventional wisdom says there’s no such thing as too much transparency, but like most adages, this one comes with asterisks. Yesterday, esports organization CLG demonstrated this by posting a video in which the general manager of its League of Legends team, Daniel “Tafokints” Lee, told downtrodden...

First Two Persona Games Exist, Atlus Admits

2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the Persona role-playing series, and developer Atlus recently announced that they have a lot in store to celebrate this milestone.Read more

Nick Fighting Game Looks Legit, Will Prob Have Better Online Than Smash

As the classic saying goes, if you cherish something from your childhood, someday, somehow, corporate licensing departments will find a way to wring every penny from it. Such is true with Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, a Smash-style fighting game developed by Ludosity and “exclusively announced” today...

Hero Erects Entire Switch Game Wiki After Finding Little Online

The internet is so big and vast and great and terrible that whenever I can’t find something, I just assume I must not be looking in the right place. In actuality, there’s just a lot of stuff that doesn’t exist because it got deleted or nobody wrote in the first place. That’s what one fan discovered...

Werewolves Within Is One Of The Highest-Rated Video Game Movies Ever

With a “Certified Fresh” 86 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 114 reviews, Ubisoft horror comedy Werewolves Within is one of the highest rated video game movies of all time. What’s its secret? An amazing cast, clever writing, and having barely anything to do with the video game it’s based...

Jeopardy! Serves Up A Steaming Pile Of 'Gamer's Delight'

Last night, popular human and YouTuber, J.D. Witherspoon appeared on Jeopardy!, to ask the contestants questions about something called “video games”. Have you heard of them? They’re available to play on a device called a “PlayStation 5.”Read more

Damn, This Fancy Mario Watch Costs $2,150?

If you need more proof that Gaming Is Cool Now, look no further than the latest collaboration between a gaming company and a luxury brand. TAG Heuer, purveyor of high-end timepieces famously worn by history’s coolest dude, and Nintendo, purveyor of cut-rate plumbers with bad mustaches, have teamed...

Godzilla, Who Is My Friend, Has A New (And Very Good) Game

It can be hard to care about anything in the depths of depression and anxiety, so when even eating goes by the wayside, fitting video games into the daily grind seems silly. That’s why, during a pretty rough last few weeks, I’ve been surprised to find myself constantly returning to Godzilla Battle...

Fan Throws Away Cardboard PS5 After Finally Buying A Real One

Have you gotten your hands on a PlayStation 5 yet? Not everyone has! One Twitter user, for example, made do with a home-made cardboard mock-up. “I’ve wanted a PlayStation 5 since early May,” Twitter user Yada tells Kotaku. “The reason why is that Guilty Gear: Strive was going on sale.”Read more

Pokémon Go's Okinawan Pikachu Delayed 'Due To Recent Developments'

Niantic was planning to do a promotional collaboration with the Pokémon Air Adventures campaign by having a special Okinawan kariyushi shirt-wearing Pikachu appear in Pokémon Go. That has now been delayed. Below is the following update Niantic added to the original announcement:Read more

Next-Gen Sports Games On PC Always Suck, This Is Nothing New

This year, fans of EA Sports titles like FIFA and Madden who play on PC—and there are more of us than you think!—are upset that those games will be ports of the last-gen versions, and not of the fancier editions appearing on the PS5 and Xbox Series X.Read more

Someone Bought A Copy Of Skyrim For $600 In 2021

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most popular video games ever released and it has been ported to more platforms than I have time to list. Yet, someone still decided to spend $600 on a sealed Xbox 360 copy of Skyrim at a recent online auction. Read more

Your Future PC Might Have A PS5 Chip Inside

This is the AMD 4700S Desktop Kit, a small piece of hardware that combines a CPU, cooler, and memory on a tiny motherboard. It’s basically a mostly self-contained computer system that will soon be appearing in more than 80 different machines from AMD’s system integration partners. It’s also...

A Magic Boomerang Game Is My New Obsession

Boomerang X is one of the coolest, freshest games I’ve played in some time. It blends classic first-person, fast-paced action with high-flying teleportation-focused combat into something I’ve never really experienced before. And all of this feels extremely snappy and satisfying, making it hard...

PAX 2021 Tickets Aren't Selling Out, Unlike Most Years

Tickets for Penny Arcade’s annual West coast video game fan convention normally sell out incredibly fast, with choice tickets to the weekend-long event usually gone in minutes. But 2021 isn’t a normal year, and in the looming shadow of a continuing global pandemic, tickets to this year’s PAX West...

Fortnite Drafts NBA Star LeBron James

The latest Fortnite crossover is all about NBA star LeBron James, who will appear in the game on July 14 ahead of his turn in the terrible-looking Space Jam sequel this weekend. Oh, and he has a Taco Tuesday outfit for some reason. Mmm, tacos.Read more

Sealed Mario 64's Record-Breaking $1.5M Sale Has Retro Experts Skeptical

Super Mario 64 is not one of rarest or oldest video games by any stretch, but that didn’t stop it from reportedly selling for $1.5 million at auction over the weekend. It was the latest stunning display of just how vintage game collecting has blown up amidst a new speculation-fueled bubble.Read more

Kojima: Death Stranding Director’s Cut Isn’t A Director’s Cut

Cross-genre game Death Stranding will receive an enhanced and expanded version on PlayStation 5 this fall with Death Stranding Director’s Cut. But Hideo Kojima, the game’s famously enigmatic director, doesn’t think it qualifies as a bona fide director’s cut.Read more

The Division 2’s Massive Drones Are Breaking The Game Right Now

Large and deadly weaponized marauder drones are normally a threat in The Division 2. But right now they are even more of a danger than usual: If you shoot one, you’ll receive an annoying error and be kicked from the game. The bug is making it next to impossible to complete some missions and events....

One Of The Biggest FNAF YouTubers Finally Responds To Scott Cawthon's Retirement

While Matthew “MatPat” Patrick’s YouTube series Game Theory isn’t specifically dedicated to Five Nights at Freddy’s, with nearly 50 videos focused on the popular horror game franchise it’s become a huge part of the FNAF community over the years. Yesterday, in a very special episode of Game Theory...

Microsoft Calls For An End To 'Git Gud'

Before the weekend, Microsoft’s Xbox Twitter account sent a surprisingly important tweet: “Beating the game on the lowest difficulty is still beating the game.” This was then followed up by Double Fine who added that completing Psychonauts 2 with the “invincibility toggle on” still counts...

Thousands Of PS4 Pros Discovered In Warehouse Raid

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) busted a cryptocurrency mining farm filled with racks of PS4 Pros for allegedly stealing electricity off the nation’s power grid, the spy agency reported late last week.Read more

Final Fantasy XIV Is So Popular Even The Digital Version Sold Out

Final Fantasy XIV, the popular MMO about trying to find an apartment in San Francisco, is flying off shelves—digitally. Right now, when you pop onto the Square Enix store, you’ll likely run into a roadblock trying to buy a download code for the game.Read more

Square Enix Producer Doesn't Like Drip-Fed PR

Square Enix producer Naoki Yoshida is hard at work on Final Fantasy XVI. As Kotaku reported last fall, the producer has been trying to manage expectations for the game. In a recent livestream, he also discussed his dislike for drip-fed PR. Previously, Yoshida said that he didn’t want to show...

Letošní FIFA vsadí na nové technologie, její tváří bude opět Mbappé

Nejvýdělečnější herní série dnešní doby se i letos nepřekvapivě dočká nového dílu. I když se samozřejmě dočkají i majitelé minulé generace herních konzolí, nejvíce z něj vytěží majitelé PlayStationů 5 a Xbox Series X/S, kteří se dočkají daleko věrnějších animací

Report: Judgment Series Is Ending Over PC Version Disagreement

Sega scored a big coup by signing up Takuya Kimura, one of Japan’s biggest celebrities, to star in its Judgment games. With Kimura comes bonafide star credentials and, of course, talent agency power. That last point, according to one report, could be the budding franchise’s downfall.Read more

Fallout: New Vegas Mod Wants To Be A Star Wars Game

Here’s Star Wars: Open Worlds, a modding project currently being worked on that hopes to transform 2010's Fallout: New Vegas into a big Star Wars adventure spanning multiple planets.Read more

Cyberpunk 2077 Was The Most Downloaded Game On PS4 In June

PlayStation has revealed the most downloaded PS4, PS5, and PSVR games during the month of June, and unsurprisingly, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was the most popular PS5 title. More surprising is that Cyberpunk 2077, even after its messy launch and removal from the PSN store, was the most...

Sunday Comics: To Be Continued...

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Resident Evil Village Pirate Says Cracked Release Fixes Bugs From DRM

Resident Evil Village is a good game. But on the PC the game has suffered from annoying stuttering issues that have left many frustrated. Capcom has yet to fix these issues, but now a cracked release of the game that removes all DRM seems to have fixed all the stuttering. Read more

Geralt's Voice In The Witcher Show Was A Happy Accident

During an interview that was part of WitcherCon, Henry Cavill explained that Geralt’s voice heard in the first season of the Netflix show wasn’t originally the plan. Instead, it happened by “accident” while filming a scene early on in production.Read more

Abomasnow Shakes Its Ass And Creates A Snowstorm

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Abomasnow!Read more

OBRAZEM: Jak šel čas se střílečkami Far Cry. Nejlepší byla trojka

Před sedmnácti lety vyšel první díl střílečky Far Cry, v níž jme navštívili tropický ostrov. Sluníčko, krásné pláže, co může přijít dál? No přece mutanti! Série vsadila na otevřený svět a u hráčů zabodovala. Původní článek jsme aktualizovali o všechna nová dobrodružství až k dílu Far Cry 6, který...

Sony Will Lose Another Big PS5 Exclusive In September 2022

Deathloop is one of the few, big PlayStation 5 exclusives releasing this year, but it was never going to remain only on Sony’s next-gen console. Now we know exactly when its exclusivity period ends: September 14, 2022. Read more

Video Games Are Part Of Climate Change, Too

It’s hot! I don’t just mean in the sense that I am sweating while my window AC unit does its best to gasp cool air into my apartment; I mean that it’s historically hot. Last month was the warmest June ever in North America. In honor of the increasingly agonizing heat death of the planet, this...

Bizarre Scarlet Nexus Shadow Glitch Gets Fixed

A recent Scarlet Nexus update revealed that Bandai Namco’s stylish action RPG wasn’t rendering character and enemy shadows on PC if it was being played in several non-English languages. Even the biggest video games are technical marvels held together by hopes, dreams, and duct tape, but this takes...

The Last of Us Part II Breaks If You Go Too Fast

During a sequence in The Last of Us Part II, players chase after Tommy, the brother of Joel from the first game. Normally, Tommy gets away by escaping through a store and closing a door behind him. But if you are quick enough, you can slide in and kill Tommy, which makes it impossible to move...

Sega Changes PSO2 Name To Something Less Borderline Racist

A non-player character in Sega MMO Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis underwent a name change with this week’s scheduled maintenance. The black and brown member of the robotic CAST race formerly known as “Diggah” shall henceforth be known as “Excator.”Read more

The Original Half-Life Could Have Had So Much Blood

The original Half-Life is a pretty tame game from a violence standpoint; headcrabs and other enemies can inspire revulsion in their own ways, but they don’t explode into Mortal Kombat-style gore piñatas when thwacked with a crowbar. But they could have.Read more

Former COD Pro Plays With 5 Cameras To Combat Cheating Accusations

Yesterday, Charlie “MuTeX” Saouma, a Call of Duty Twitch streamer with over 600k followers, ran an unusual livestream. While he played Call of Duty Warzone, as he often does, this time he had set up five different camera angles, each one pointed at different parts of his gaming setup. All of this...

This Horror Game Has One Of The Best Narratives In Years

Scarlet Hollow is a quite incredible accomplishment. It’s one of the best narrative games I’ve played. Not only is this interactive fiction a deeply compelling and engrossing story, but it’s also an Inkle-level of branching story possibilities where your choices have long-reaching and significant...

'Undetectable’ Console Cheat YouTube Ad Taken Down By Activision

Earlier this week we reported on an insidious new cheating system for competitive shooters that works on consoles and PC alike and promises to be completely undetectable. Looks like Call of Duty maker Activision already has the cheat makers in their sights, striking down their YouTube ad for...

Genshin Impact's Biggest Update Yet Adds Japan-Inspired Region

The moment Genshin Impact fans have been waiting for practically since the game came out is finally here. Inazuma, an oft-rumored, much-anticipated in-game area inspired by Japan, is launching on July 21. Not only that, it’s arriving alongside an update so large that Chinese developer Mihoyo...

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin Is A Kinder, Gentler Monster Hunt

I’ve been trying to get into the Monster Hunter series for years with no luck. I’m keen on the idea of tracking and taking down a powerful beast. I love the series’ unique and imaginative monster and armor designs. I just can’t seem to come to grips with playing the demanding action RPG. Monster...

Studio Behind Demon Slayer Anime Indicted For Tax Evasion

Tokyo prosecutors have indicted anime studio Ufotable and its founder Hikaru Kondo for evading around $1.2 million in taxes. NHK and ANN News reports that between 2015 and 2018, the studio and Kondo hid around 4 million dollars in company earnings. According to sources, the president had a secret...

FC Barcelona Mucks Up Apology After Racism Controversy

As Kotaku reported earlier this week, a video filmed during FC Barcelona’s 2019 tour of Japan, showed star Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele mocking hotel staff. The team’s ensuing apology one isn’t going over well in Japan.Read more

Wrestling Fans Are Waging A Silent RPG War On Live TV

Wrestling fans are a passionate bunch and on live TV, that passion is easy to spot. Through posters and t-shirts, fans share love for their favourites and fight for what they believe in — but in the background of wrestling shows, something even deeper has been brewing. See, most people settle...

Hearts Of Iron IV: The Kotaku Re-Review

In 2016, Paradox released the grand strategy Second World War game Hearts Of Iron IV. I have spent huge parts of the last five years playing this game, through updates and expansions, and I think in 2021 it’s as important, and even better, than it was at launch.Read more

Nintendo Switch Hallway Guy, What Are You Doing

Nintendo announced an upgraded Switch with a larger, OLED screen earlier this week the same way it’s announced most Switch-related things. We’ve got someone playing Metroid Dread in his living room, a nice poolside session with the Breath of the Wild sequel, and a guy…wait, why is he playing...

Everything Sony Showed At The Latest Big PlayStation Event

Sony aired its latest State of Play today focusing on smaller indie games and once again showing off its timed-PlayStation 5 console exclusive Deathloop. The company promised there wouldn’t be any big news at the event, but even so, it was bit of a snooze-fest.Read more

Jackie Chan Fighting Game Is As Wild As You’d Expect

Jackie Chan in Fists of Fire: Jackie Chan Densetsu, released in 1995 by the now-defunct Japanese studio Kaneko, has long enjoyed a small-yet-passionate scene of competitive players, and the offbeat fighting game only continues to get more wild as it’s picked apart by devotees.Read more

Marvel’s Avengers Tries Winning Back Players With Horny Captain America

Marvel’s Avengers never seems to catch a break, but maybe a new half-naked Captain America can change that. Crystal Dynamics announced today that the comic book loot brawler’s marketplace now has a new skin featuring Steve Rogers in the flesh, because if you can’t beat the competition, try getting...

Sony Pulls Ad Featuring Upside-Down PS5

Sony posted an ad on Twitter this morning showing a dad capping off his day by playing some God of War. Typical fare, as far as these things go, except that the video also featured an upside-down PlayStation 5. Gasp! After fans pointed this out, the tweet got deleted with no explanation for...

Rust Is Big Again On Twitch, Now With Beautiful Music About A Blood God

Trends come and go on Twitch, but the Blood God is forever. Or at least, that’s the impression I get from a cult dedicated to this imaginary deity is one of the central throughlines between Rust role-playing’s first popularity explosion late last year and its latest, which is happening right now....

PS4s and Xbox Ones Are Now Just As Hard To Find As Next-Gen Consoles

Supply issues and Covid-19 complications have made the recent console generation transition a rocky one, with ongoing shortages making it nearly impossible to reliably procure a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S. But current gen consoles aren’t the only ones playing hard-to-get. Outside...

Detachable Screen Project Wants To Make Your Xbox Portable

The Xbox Series S is undeniably an impressively small box for a powerhouse of a console, but it takes a special pair of eyes to look at it and think, “Mmm, portable.” Those special eyes belong to UPspec Gaming, an Australian start-up that has invented the xScreen, a detachable 11.6" screen...

Kotaku Is Hiring, Come Work For Us

Exciting times lie ahead at Kotaku, and we’re looking to fill three positions that will help us try to redefine what a video game website can be. Two of these roles are staff writer positions, ideal for hungry reporters and critics who want to blog daily about what matters most in the world...

Japanese Theme Park Installs Cages On Ferris Wheel

Ferris wheels are a typical date activity. You and your romantic partner can get spectacular views as you slowly churn through the sky. They’re slow, yet relaxing. One Japanese theme park is putting a new spin, ahem, on Ferris wheels.Read more

Valve Finds A City Willing To Host DOTA 2's The International

Already delayed from 2020, this year’s The International was supposed to take place in Sweden, until Sweden looked at the continuing global pandemic and said no thank you. So Valve had to scramble to find a city that would take the event, and in Bucharest, they’ve found it.Read more

It's 2021, Why Not Read A Video Game Magazine

All the way back in 2016, I wrote about a very pretty, very good magazine called A Profound Waste Of Time, that brought together some beautiful art with some great features written by famous developers. Five years later, it’s back for a second issue.Read more

Konami Fires Soccer Star After Racism Controversy

Last month, Barcelona and France star Antoine Griezmann was announced as a global ambassador for Yu-Gi-Oh! He’s now been dropped from that role after a video emerged of a teammate saying some pretty bad shit to their Japanese hotel staff.Read more

How Is This Even Minecraft Anymore

Here’s what Minecraft—humble, low-res, blocky ol’ Minecraft—looks like in the Year Of Our Lord Two Thousand And Twenty One when it’s got a few fancy mods running over the top of it.Read more

Watch A Living Google Map Destroy Geoguessr

While scrolling through Summer Games Done Quick, you might have been confused seeing Geoguessr pop up on the schedule. You might have also wondered what a speedrun of what you understand to be a Google Maps version of Where’s Waldo might look like. Well, I’m here to tell you: It looks like fucking...

The GMMK Pro Brings The Premium Mechanical Keyboard Experience To The Masses

In the mechanical keyboard world, scoring a board with a unique 75 percent layout, machined aluminium case, and a keystroke-dampening gasket-mounted plate design normally requires investing in a very expensive custom build or paying into a group buy for a crowdsourced keyboard months or years from...

Shoot 'Em Up Development Goes Haywire

Making games, from one-person text adventures to multi-studio AAA blockbusters, is hard, but a lot of that difficulty is hidden away from fans. One independent developer, however, is putting their mistakes front and center.Read more

Respawn Dev: Apex Legends Hackers Failed At Anything But Forced Overtime

It was a weird weekend in the world of Apex Legends. On Sunday, players discovered that in-game playlists and notifications had been hacked by hackers who disliked different hackers—specifically, Apex hackers up in arms about the hacker-powered plight of Titanfall, one of developer Respawn’s...

Cheat Maker: New Aimbot 'Undetectable' On Consoles, PC

Cheaters never prosper, but they sure do proliferate like roaches. On July 4, a video (which Kotaku has reviewed but will not disclose) was released on YouTube announcing a new cheat that promises to work on “any” platform, including consoles.Read more

Guilty Gear Player Stops Match Over Divisive Song

Guilty Gear, more than any fighting game, is a series defined by its music. As such, it only makes sense that fans would hold serious opinions about its soundtrack, even to the point of refusing to play if a song they dislike is chosen as the backing music to a match.Read more

Bethesda Stops 'Selling' Sad and Unfinished Fallout 76 Emote A Month Later

For the past month or so, Fallout 76 players have been scratching their heads over “romancandlecelebration,” an icon-free emote in the Atomic Shop that one might think would shoot some sort of celebratory fireworks into the sky but does not. Today’s Steel Reign update ended any lingering confusion...

Red Dead Online: Blood Money Update Launches July 13

Officially revealed today and launching July 13, Red Dead Online: Blood Money brings a more organized sort of criminal to the Wild West, as important members of the burgeoning underworld start recruiting gunslingers for a new series of adventures known as “crimes.” Hmmm, sounds familiar.Read more

EVE Online Facing Second 'Summer of Rage' Fan Outcry

In the early days of June 2011, the playerbase of EVE Online joined together in revolution and war. The enemy was not a diablocial space-tyrant, or an army of NPC spaceships waiting to give battle, but the company that created EVE, CCP Games. A recent expansion, Incarca, had launched with a slew...

Anime Cels Are Starting To Get More Valuable Than Ever

Last month, Heritage Auctions sold $2.1 worth of anime art. The above My Neighbor Totoro cel, for example, drew 69 bids and ultimately went for $84,000. According to Heritage, that’s 17 times the pre-auction estimate. Read more

Your Summer 2021 Anime Guide

In Japan right now, it’s the rainy season. The humidity is kicking in, and we’re just waiting for the sweltering heat. Maybe it’s hot where you are. Maybe you should stay inside and watch anime. Read more

Animator Recalls Hayao Miyazaki's Power Of Observation

To be a great animator like Hayao Miyazaki, you need to be able to notice things. The power of observation is key in drawing. Masaaki Endo, who worked on My Neighbor Totoro as a key animator, recently told a story explaining just how good Hayao Miyazaki was at picking up small details. Read more

GameStop's New Discord Haunted By Gamers, Stonk Bros

GameStop decided to meet the gamers where they live today, opening a new Discord server where thousands are coming together under the enriching banner of a video game retailer. The community launched without a filter, as evidenced by a torrent of the n-word flooding chat on Tuesday night....

Ninja Gaiden Pacifist Speedrun Is Impressive AF

Ninja Gaiden protagonist Ryu Hayabusa deals with a lot of bullshit in the iconic NES platformer from 1989, so it only makes sense that he would obliterate everything in his path en route to finding his father’s killer. But speedrunners, the crazy people that they are, have devised a way to beat...

You Can Buy The New Nintendo Switch OLED Model's Dock Separately

Nintendo’s new Switch model has most of its improvements, like a bigger and better screen, on the unit itself. But its dock has also been upgraded with a new look and more features, and Nintendo says that if you only want that, and not a whole new system, then you can buy it separately.Read more

Ultra-Rare Zelda Cart Fetching 6 Digits Before Auction Even Begins

A super-rare version of The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System is getting a lot of attention at Heritage Auctions, where pre-bidding has seen the 1987 NES cartridge surpass $100,000 before the auction’s official July 9 start date.Read more

Microsoft’s New All Access Ad Is Black As Hell

Eager to snatch a piece of the Nintendo Sw-oled attention (or just a cosmic coincidence brought on by most of the U.S. returning from a holiday break) Xbox released a new marketing campaign for its All Access program that’ll appeal to connoisseurs of ‘90s R&B.Read more

NYPD Game Truck Wants Kids To Forget Cops Are Bastards

Over the July 4 weekend, WNYC reporter Gwynne Hogan shared a photo of the New York City Police Department’s latest attempt at community outreach. The largest local law enforcement agency in the United States plans to launch a game truck full of consoles to seemingly entice children into spending...

Nintendogs Speedrun Foiled By A Very Bad Boy Indeed

Meet Korone, the worst possible Nintendog and all-around not-good boy. At Summer Games Done Quick yesterday Nintendogs speedrunner ZooKetra’s early-morning beginner medal run was going just fine until this petulant black lab pup refused to be guided through a simple obstacle-course tunnel.Read more

Charizard Millionaire's Disrespect Triggers Outpouring For OG Pokémon Artist

You’ve probably heard all about the Pokémon card frenzy unfolding within the last few years, and the high prices that some old-school cards from the original run can command on the market. Possibly, you’ve also heard that this fervor was driven in part by influencers like Logan Paul, who have taken...

BOTW Fans Find Glitch That Lets You Get Master Sword Early

It’s been more than four years since Breath of the Wild first graced basically everybody’s Nintendo Switch. You’d think that by this point, if only thanks to sheer numbers, players would have plumbed its every last depth and then some. But you’d be wrong. The latest big discovery? A comically...

The New Nintendo Switch OLED Doesn't Need 4K, Let's Be Real

For ages now, we’ve been hearing reports of an upgraded “Nintendo Switch Pro” that would, among other things, allegedly display games at 4K resolution. Tuesday morning, Nintendo surprised everyone by finally unveiling their next Nintendo Switch model, and while there are indeed improvements, they...

Six New Xbox Game Pass Games To Try In July

If you’re someone who likes to play games buffet-style via Microsoft’s video game-flavored answer to Netflix, you’ve got a lot to look forward to: a smart TV app, the ability to play next-gen games on Xbox One, the dawning of an era in which, for better or worse, this is the only way anybody plays...

The New OLED Switch Wasn't What Anyone Was Hoping For

For the past couple of years, Nintendo fans have been eagerly awaiting news of a new, more powerful version of the Nintendo Switch. We’ve been expecting a more robust Switch, capable of running games at faster frame rates and higher resolutions than ever before. The Switch (OLED Model) Nintendo...

This Week's PlayStation Event Won't Include God Of War Or Horizon

During last month’s E3/Summer Game Fest announcement bonanza, Sony was one of the many conspicuously absent companies. However, if you were expecting big, E3-style announcements out of the PlayStation maker’s July showcase, prepare to be disappointed.Read more

Latest Nintendo Switch Update Adds A Helpful Space-Saving Feature

Maybe you’ve tried to download games to your Switch, you might have gotten a message due to a lack of space. Not everyone knows off the top of their head how much space they have available! I know I don’t. But in Nintendo’s latest Switch update, there’s now a helpful feature.Read more

Nintendo's Leadership Reveal Their Favorite Video Games

At Nintendo’s 81st annual general meeting of shareholders, a Q&A section allowed those present to ask all kinds of business-related questions. One, however, was so obvious I cannot believe it hasn’t been asked before: someone simply wanted to know what everyone’s favourite video games were.Read...

Animal Crossing Monopoly Has Just The Cutest Little Figures

A Reddit user has found an early copy of the unannounced Animal Crossing edition of Monopoly, and while for the most part this is unremarkable news, I thought the game’s accompanying miniatures were worth a closer look.Read more

Ubisoft Screws Up DRM Servers, Then Somehow Makes Things Worse

Last month, Ubisoft decided to end online support for a bunch of older games, but in doing so also brought down the DRM servers for Might and Magic X - Legacy, meaning players couldn’t access the game’s singleplayer content or DLC.Read more

TIE Fighter Has Been Remade With More Modern Visuals

If EA’s Squadrons wasn’t quite to the scale you were hoping for from your Star Wars flight game, never mind: you can always replay 1994 classic TIE Fighter, which now has vastly-improved visuals and some other modern tweaks instead.Read more

Indie-Penance Day: We Did It, We Bloody Did It

With this fourth collection, that makes 44 indie games covered on Kotaku today! I committed, and in all seriously, each one of them contains just extraordinary-looking games that you’d never have read about anywhere else. No difference here. Another collection of fascinating projects you’ll likely...

Indie-Penance Day: A Retrospective

Of course, by now Indie-Penance Day has become such an institution in the games industry since its inception this morning, that people are starting to get nostalgic about the whole thing. To meet that need, here are ten indie games you likely haven’t seen before that evoke eras of gaming past.Read...

Rumor: PS Vita Store Will Release No New Games After July 20

We know the PS Vita will no longer have its store taken offline this month, but what no one thought to ask was: Will new games continue to be added? If the claims of Vita developer Spooky Squid Games prove to be true, theirs—Russian Subway Dogs—is to be one the last come July 20.Read more

Indie-Penance Day: Resurgence

Iiiiiii Deeeeeee Fiiiiiiiive. That’s what the cool kids are already calling the first annual* Kotaku Indie-Penance Day. They’re all wishlisting amazing-looking indie games, and then high fiving and having all sorts of interesting sex with each other. Don’t miss out.Read more

Black Geyser Looks Like The BioWare RPG You've Been Waiting For

Black Geyser: Couriers Of Darkness sure looks like a BioWare game. It isn’t, because BioWare hasn’t made BioWare games for centuries. This is in fact made by a small team, yet when it goes into Early Access next month, will apparently boast real-time combat, a set of companions, and over 300,000...

Happy Indie-Penance Day!

Shhhhhh, all the grown ups are distracted. Kotaku’s proper employees are all off doing whatever it is Americans do on Independence Day, and in a woefully ironic act, have allowed a Brit to take over the site. So aside from leaving crates of tea everywhere and graffitiing “Long Live King George...

Japan Gets Its Chance At Star Wars With Anime Anthology

This weekend, Disney announced Star Wars: Visions, an anime anthology of original shorts. Seven anime studios are putting their unique spin on the world of Star Wars, a first for the franchise. Yet, it feels like Star Wars has finally come full circle.Read more

Tekken Director's Failed Prank Could've Got Capcom In Trouble

Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada and former Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono used to be hilarious Twitter rivals. Years ago, while at Gamescom, Harada thought he’d play a prank on Ono. It seemed like a pretty good one until he found out Ono had outsmarted him. Read more

User Reviews Are Still The Best Tool We Have

It’s an increasingly common refrain: user reviews, particularly on Steam and Metacritic, are increasingly unhelpful. We’ve covered all the facets of review bombing for years, but what’s interesting is that some developers themselves are backing the idea of scrapping user reviews altogether.Read more

Summer Games Done Quick 2021 Starts Today, Here’s How To Watch

Like last year, the in-person part of this 2021's Summer Games Done Quick was canceled due to the continuing covid-19 pandemic. However, there are still a ton of games being played really, really fast online, all week long. And all of it for a good cause! Read more

Sunday Comics: First Time Online...

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Sonic Smut Is Flooding Trump’s New Social Network

Nary a month after the dramatic implosion of former president (and current Twitter refugee) Donald Trump’s attempted blogging career, the septuagenarian authoritarian’s “team” of grifting enablers has launched its latest attempt at a social network for folks who are just too darn patriotic...

'Shop Contest: Giant Stuffed Leek, Winners!

The world moves so fast these days, I feel like we have all forgotten that last week The Pokemon Company started selling a giant stuffed leek plushie toy. But this week’s winners will remind us all of that strange time. Read more

The Top 10 Most Valuable Pokémon Cards In History

The ongoing demand for rare and valuable Pokémon cards has led to a frenzy out there, as people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on unopened boxes and rare cards. Celebrities and popular influencers have got involved over the last two years too, blowing up the situation further. It’s gotten...

The Witcher: Monster Slayer Is Out July 21

The Witcher: Monster Slayer, that odd-looking mobile game set in the Witcher universe and which looks heavily inspired by Pokémon GO, is coming out July 21 on Android and iOS. Read more

Dead By Daylight Just Hit Over 105k Concurrent Players On Steam

Dead By Daylight is an online asymmetrical multiplayer game released back in 2016. Yet, the game is more popular than ever in 2021. And for the first time, Dead By Daylight just hit over 100k concurrent players on Steam, setting a new record for the online horror game.Read more

Mario Golf’s Fun, But Battle Golfer Yui Blows Sh*t Up

I recently went from playing zero golfing games to two. The first, Mario Golf: Super Rush, arrived on Switch last week, whereas the second, Battle Golfer Yui, released for the Mega Drive (that’s the Sega Genesis for my fellow Americans) in 1991 and never left Japan. And while they share a host...

Bidoof Just Doesn't Give A Damn

Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Bidoof!Read more

Star Wars: The Bad Batch's Newest Episode Has An Epic Gamer Moment

Tensions are running high in the latest episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, as our favorite group of misfit clones have to balance making money with keeping a low profile. With a number of close calls that nearly had Omega returning to the hands of the Empire, it’s clear that Hunter and co....

Justice Department Investigating Overwatch League

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into the Overwatch League’s soft salary cap policy that punishes teams who pay players too much, according to a new report by Dot Esports.Read more

Okay, Hear Me Out: No Man's Sky Banana

No Man’s Sky was a mess of broken promises and shattered dreams when it launched. Now it’s a playground for the imagination, with players forging cities, in-game companies, and all manner of epic bases. But none of that compares to this giant banana.Read more

RIP Netflix On Nintendo Consoles

On June 30, Nintendo quietly pulled the plug on the Wii U and 3DS Netflix apps. Not only does this mean anybody still using these older consoles to watch Netflix are now screwed, but it also officially means that in the year 2021 there is no way to watch Netflix on a Nintendo device. This would...

Nintendo Wants To Make Skyward Sword HD Less Annoying

In a new “Quality of Life” video released today, Nintendo revealed that some of the most notoriously annoying design choices found in the original version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword are being fixed in the Switch’s upcoming Skyward Sword HD.Read more

All The Major Games Only Coming Out On Next-Gen Consoles

Despite last year’s splashy release of next-gen consoles, it’s clear the gaming landscape is still in a transitional phase between console generations. Just look at blockbusters like Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extraction, Battlefield 2042, and Tales of Arise, which are planned for release on PS4, Xbox...

Major Modding Site Pisses Off Tons Of Users, Sparking Revolt

Nexus Mods, the biggest host of video game modifications in the world, came under fire from mod creators this week over controversial plans to prevent modders from fully deleting any works they upload to the popular mod-hosting network.Read more

Twitch Gives Trans, Black, And Disabled Streamers Tags, But Not Protection

It’s been a whirlwind month for Anne Atomic. The streamer saw her star suddenly begin to rocket into the stratosphere in late May when Twitch introduced both a hot tub section and hundreds of new tags, including a particularly long-requested option: “transgender.” For Anne Atomic, these proved...

Popular Pokémon Site Nearly Destroyed By Hackers Who Wanted Rare Cards

In what is becoming a miserably familiar refrain, professional hackers have targeted a popular website in an attempt to ransom the owners. This time it’s PokeBeach, an 18-year-old site dedicated to the Pokémon trading card game, who as a result of the hackers’ botched attempts have lost huge chunks...

Hell Yes! Doom Eternal Is Getting A Horde Mode

If you, like every other person who played Doom Eternal, thought, “Man, this game could really use a horde mode,” have I got some news for you. The first-person shooter will in fact receive a mode in which you do nothing but pulverize waves of increasingly challenging demons, developer Id Software...

The Best Mandalorian Character Gets The Best Action Figure

Imperial Scout Troopers rarely get the respect they deserve. Riding their speeder bikes at ridiculous speeds, scooping up force-sensitive children, and repeatedly punching them in the face takes a lot of guts. The first season of Disney’s The Mandalorian showcased a pair of these heroic bikers,...

Twitch Streamer's Missing Daughter Found

Last weekend, Sarah Perkins, the 17-year-old daughter of Twitch streamer Mikey “MikeyPerk” Perkins, went missing. This sparked off a huge community wide effort to find her, led by Mikey himself. Late last night, he was finally able to deliver some good news: Sarah has been found.Read more

Japan Reacts To The BBC's Tokyo Olympics Promo

As part of its Tokyo Olympics coverage, the BBC did a big, expensive-looking promo. It’s packed with fantasy-land Japan stuff (which is quite different from how the country actually is!), playing to different notions and expectations that visitors often have.Read more

Wait, The PS1 Logo Was A 3D Model?

The PlayStation logo seen as part of the PS1's boot sequence never moves. And so I have spent the last 25 years simply assuming it was never meant to.Read more

Sony Will Keep Selling PSP Games After All

This past April, Sony backed down from closing the PS3 and Vita digital storefronts amid a public outcry from fans and retro enthusiasts. Instead, Sony announced it would only move forward with its plan to end the sale of digital PSP games. Or so everyone thought. According to a notice recently...

Streamerky objevily další způsob jak přilákat diváky. Olizují mikrofony

Na platformě Twitch se v posledních týdnech rozšířila nová módní vlna. Po vysílání od bazénků se steamerky přesunuly do postelí, kde olizují mikrofony. Divákům tak údajně přináší uklidňující a relaxační zážitek, na mnohé mladé muže má ale jejich vysílání přesně opačný efekt

Dragon Age Fans Have Gotten Good At Living On Crumbs

Life as a Dragon Age fan is hard sometimes, but necessary. Today on Twitter, BioWare wrote that it won’t be showing off anything from Dragon Age or Mass Effect during the EA Play event later this month.Read more

Guilty Gear Strive Update Removes References To Taiwan, Tibet

Alongside some gameplay adjustments, the latest Guilty Gear Strive update included stealth changes to the in-game glossary that have raised some concerns over the concessions they seem to make to the oppressive Chinese government.Read more

Magic: The Gathering’s Latest D&D-Themed Set Has Me Hyped

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, the newest set of Magic: The Gathering cards, wants you to roll for initiative. New in the set are a class of cards called dungeons that will let players go dungeoneering from the comfort of the card table.Read more

The Transition To PS5 And Xbox Series X/S, Six Months Later

Last November, following years of speculation and hype, Microsoft released its next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Two days later, Sony followed up with a next-gen console of its own, the irresistibly memeable PlayStation 5. Both machines promised cutting-edge graphics...

Ratchet & Clank Is The Software Showcase The PS5 Needed

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a gorgeous game. It’s the first game I’ve played since getting the new consoles that really looks and feels next-gen. The world is crammed full of objects and characters, each sporting incredible, tiny, high-quality details. And as I run by it all, shooting...

Stunned Pokémon Fans Bask In Official ‘Bidoof Day’ Rickroll

What good is a whole day celebrating a single Pokémon without a special theme song? The Pokémon Company must have had the same idea, because it kicked off today’s promised Bidoof Day celebration with a video featuring the only track worthy of the Pokémon’s meme status: a Rickroll parody.Read more

Despite Backlash, Humble Bundle's Donation Limit Returns

Earlier this year, Humble Bundle came under fire for announcing it would begin limiting the amount of people’s purchases that would go toward charity and temporarily reversed course. Today, the company announced it will begin rolling out caps on donations that are more generous but still prevent...

Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut Coming August 20

Sucker Punch’s epic action-adventure game Ghost of Tsushima gets even more epic on August 20 with the release of the Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut. It’s an enhanced release featuring an entirely new island to explore and PlayStation 5 specific enhancements like haptic feedback and Japanese...

GameStop Takes Advantage Of PS5 Scarcity With Scummy Promo

Eight months after release, it’s still extremely hard to get hold of a PS5. New stock sells out almost as quickly as it gets advertised, and the scarcity has led to some weird hijinks as companies try to capitalize on the hype. The latest one? Letting paid subscribers cut in line to order...

Nintendo Can’t Even Get $50 A Month From Sued Rom Site

Suing a video game rom site and being awarded $2.1 million in damages doesn’t mean much if the defendant can’t pay. Apparently, Nintendo’s having trouble collecting from RomUniverse founder Matthew Storman, who’s already missed a $50 monthly sanctions payment to the video game publisher.Read more

PlayStation Is Hard To Work With, Devs Say

After yesterday’s industry-wide discussion of the cost of being visible on Sony’s PlayStation Store, Kotaku has heard from multiple independent developers and publishers expressing similar frustrations and fury.Read more

Nintendo Investigated Report Of Forced Uighur Labor

In spring 2020, the BBC reported that tens of thousands from China’s Uighur ethnic minority group were being forced into factory labor, having no choice whether or not to work in the global supply chain for products made by 83 global brands.Read more

Famed Cosplayer Makes No Apologies For Dating

Enako is not only Japan’s most famous cosplayer, she is also perhaps the country’s most successful. As Kotaku previously posted, she has said she making up to $90,000 monthly from cosplaying, streaming, and promotional activities. Today, news broke that she is dating pro gamer Kenki, causing...

Retro Future

Vitaliy Ishkov is an artist at Remedy (Control, Alan Wake).Read more

Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life Has A Very Fun Easter Egg

The whole point of Sea of Thieves: A Pirates Life was that it served as a crossover event between Rare’s pirate game and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series. But tucked away at the end of the expansion is a secret that has nothing to do with Captain Jack Sparrow, or really Sea of Thieves...

One-Punch Man's Adidas Sneakers Are Very Good

I’ve been talking a lot of shit about Adidas’ pop culture collaborations of late, so it’s nice to see an upcoming shoe buck this trend by looking absolutely fantastic.Read more

Final Fantasy XIII Mods Make 2009 Game Look Brand New

It’s been a very long time since I’ve checked in on Final Fantasy XIII—like, over a decade—but the game had a PC version released back in 2014, which means modders have had some time to work with it in the meantime. And do incredible things.Read more

GTA 6 Keeps Trending Despite Zero New Info

A new day, a new Grand Theft Auto 6 rumor. Sometimes they’re cribbed from 4chan. Sometimes they’re a couple of random tweets from mysterious figures aggregated on websites with names so inscrutable you’re sure they must be run by bots.Read more

Breath Of The Wild Player Opens The Game's Final 'Impossible' Chest

There are tough video game secrets, and then there are challenges that were simply never meant to be overcome by humans—or perhaps meant to be at all. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s “impossible” chest fits that bill and then some. Now, four years after the game’s release, somebody...

Xbox Cloud Gaming Is The Future, But It’s Not There Yet

When talking about the future of gaming, it’s common to hear about “teraflops” and other technical lingo. Well, how’s this for the future? Now, you don’t even need an Xbox to play Xbox games, thanks to recently beefed-up capacity for Xbox Cloud Gaming.Read more

Destiny 2’s Quaria Is An Underwhelming Boss Fight But A Great Mission

Season of the Splicer’s long-awaited showdown with the Vex mind Quaria finally happened yesterday and it’s splitting the Destiny 2 community apart. Some players were satisfied with the fight mechanics and visual spectacle while others were disappointed that a character built up for so long in...

Here Are The July 2021 PlayStation Plus Games

July’s PlayStation Plus lineup has some big hits, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and A Plague Tale: Innocence. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus membership.Read more