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Everyone Involved With Thunder Force Deserved Better
Everyone Involved With Thunder Force Deserved Better
Love or hate her brand of comedy, there’s no denying Melissa McCarthy is one of the most energetic, fearless actresses working today.
Marvel, Give Me A Dora Milaje Video Game Already
Marvel, Give Me A Dora Milaje Video Game Already
Marvel Studios, Disney, whoever’s in charge of licensing Marvel properties nowadays, come, let me bend your ear for I have a proposition that is guaranteed to increase your already-incalculable fortune.
Hideaki Anno Says Evangelion Is A
Hideaki Anno Says Evangelion Is A "Robot Anime"
Over the years, Evangelion fans have often pointed out that the large Eva units are not actually giant robots. Read more...
RIP Enzio Sciotti, Badass 80s Movie Poster Artist
RIP Enzio Sciotti, Badass 80s Movie Poster Artist
Enzo Sciotti is an absolute legend, and anyone who spent time in a video rental place looking at posters and VHS covers—especially in the horror and “shitty action movie” sections—will instantly be able to recognise his work, even if they never knew him by name. Read more...
Witcher 3 Fans Build A New Quest With Perfect Geralt Voice Acting
Witcher 3 Fans Build A New Quest With Perfect Geralt Voice Acting
A Night to Remember is a brand new, fan-made quest for The Witcher 3, set after the events of Blood & Wine, and while I’m keen to check out new writing and new battles, I’m also interested in the AI tech being used here to simulate the trademark sounds of Doug Cockle, Geralt’s voice actor. Read more...
A Very Short, Very Wholesome Zelda Song (By The Dude From The Mountain Goats)
A Very Short, Very Wholesome Zelda Song (By The Dude From The Mountain Goats)
Imagine being a kid, sitting down to play some Zelda, and instead of kicking back with the game’s instrumental score getting an improvised soundtrack by your dad.
'Shop Contest: Easter Sunday 2021, Winners!
'Shop Contest: Easter Sunday 2021, Winners!
Easter is over and so too is Kotaku’s yearly Easter-themed ‘Shop Contest.
The Bat Man, I Presume?
The Bat Man, I Presume?
Betty Jiang is a concept artist and illustrator working in video games and animation. Read more...
Lil Nas X Released A Cheeky Video Game About Twerking
Lil Nas X Released A Cheeky Video Game About Twerking
Lil Nax X—prolific Tweeter, former country music superstar, and current Lord of Hell—has released a new video game that celebrates his current chart-topping hit, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” Read more...
Genshin Impact Replaces Famed Idol Group's Iconic Signs In Akihabara
Genshin Impact Replaces Famed Idol Group's Iconic Signs In Akihabara
If you’ve been to Tokyo’s Akihabara in the past decade, you’ve seen large signs for pop group AKB48 on the side of the Don Quijote building.
Loki's Latest Trailer Is a Timey Wimey Joyride Through the MCU
Loki's Latest Trailer Is a Timey Wimey Joyride Through the MCU
Loki, the Asgardian royal family’s resident enfant terrible, has broken many a law in his time traipsing across the universe in Marvel Studio’s films, and Disney+’s upcoming Loki series, it seems as if the mischief maker’s finally going to do the time for at least some of his crimes. Read more...
A Song In Balan Wonderworld Sounds A LOT Like A Song From Ghostbusters
A Song In Balan Wonderworld Sounds A LOT Like A Song From Ghostbusters
I’m not saying the composer on Balan Wonderworld ripped off a classic tune from the Ghostbusters film soundtrack, but the similarities are striking... Read more...
EVE Online's Latest Front Is A Battle Of The Bands
EVE Online's Latest Front Is A Battle Of The Bands
EVE has been torn apart by war between the game’s largest factions for close to nine months.
This Might Be the Only YouTube Browser Extension You'll Ever Need
This Might Be the Only YouTube Browser Extension You'll Ever Need
YouTube is a real mixed bag. It’s home to so much of our favorite stuff on the internet, but the experience of using website itself isn’t great—filled with distracting recommendations, poor personalization, and ads, ads, ads—unless you take advantage of desktop browser extensions that can make it better.
Oh Yeah? Well EA Is Making Its Own Damn Golf Game Again
Oh Yeah? Well EA Is Making Its Own Damn Golf Game Again
Two weeks ago 2K announced it signed Tiger Woods, the long-time face of EA’s defunct PGA Tour series, to an exclusive long-term contract for its PGA Tour 2K series.
Shin Ultraman Movie's Release Delayed By Covid-19
Shin Ultraman Movie's Release Delayed By Covid-19
Originally scheduled for “early summer” in Japan, the upcoming Shin Ultraman movie will be delayed. Read more...
Goodbye
Goodbye
Michael Kenji is an artist based in Vietnam. Read more...
'Shop Contest: The Rock Edition, Winners!
'Shop Contest: The Rock Edition, Winners!
It’s almost a week later and we still don’t officially know if the Rock is in Fortnite.
Halo: Infinite Devs Destroyed A Piano To Create Some In-Game Sounds
Halo: Infinite Devs Destroyed A Piano To Create Some In-Game Sounds
As my great uncle often said, “To create art, sometimes you must destroy an old, unwanted upright piano.” He was a strange man. Read more...
Dusk Makes My Head Bang And My Knees Shake
Dusk Makes My Head Bang And My Knees Shake
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Secret Little Haven Is 10 Minutes Of Weapons-Grade Vaporwave Nostalgia
Secret Little Haven Is 10 Minutes Of Weapons-Grade Vaporwave Nostalgia
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Expect a Lot of Airbender From Nickelodeon's Avatar Studios
Expect a Lot of Airbender From Nickelodeon's Avatar Studios
When Nickelodeon announced earlier this year that it was in the early stages of building Avatar Studios, a new branch dedicated to crafting new projects meant to continue the larger Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise, one of the questions on many people’s minds was what this new endeavor would mean for Netflix’s… Read more...
Bravely Default II’s Grand Music Does Most Of Its Storytelling
Bravely Default II’s Grand Music Does Most Of Its Storytelling
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I Feel You, Life Is Strange Teen
I Feel You, Life Is Strange Teen
I haven’t played any of the Life is Strange games, because I have no nostalgia for my teenage years.
Animal Crossing Horror Short Getting Full-Length Feature
Animal Crossing Horror Short Getting Full-Length Feature
Don’t Peek, a six-minute horror movie about a monster trying to escape from Animal Crossing into the real world, premiered this week at SXSW Online and will soon be coming to a theater near you in full-length form. Read more...
A Modern Take On Masters Of The Universe
A Modern Take On Masters Of The Universe
Artist Eddie Del Rio, who we last featured here with his contributions to Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ attempts to get a Metal Gear movie made, spent a bunch of time last year, like everyone else, stuck at home.
Please Enjoy Breath Of The Wild In 8K (If You Can)
Please Enjoy Breath Of The Wild In 8K (If You Can)
A few years back I was marvelling at Breath of the Wild in 4K, now we are all free to admire the game running in 8K, and with some (shaded) ray tracing to boot. Read more...
The Worst (And Not-So-Bad) Video Game Movies
The Worst (And Not-So-Bad) Video Game Movies
More often than not, video game movies take something we know, love, and obsess over and transform it into an unrecognizable monster at worst—or a forgettable, underwhelming experience at best.
A Short Film From Medal Of Honor Has Been Nominated For An Oscar
A Short Film From Medal Of Honor Has Been Nominated For An Oscar
It’s not quite a video game winning a film award, but a short film that was part of Respawn’s 2020 VR game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).
The New Mortal Kombat Movie Starts Off Strong
The New Mortal Kombat Movie Starts Off Strong
The new Mortal Kombat film, the first theatrical release based on the fighting games since 1997's Mortal Kombat Annihilation, opens with a scene that should be quite familiar to fans.
Former Pop Idol Arrested In Japan Over Fraud Allegations
Former Pop Idol Arrested In Japan Over Fraud Allegations
Former pop star Juna Yamada has been arrested for allegedly swindling money from a man she met through a dating site. Read more...
Nine Inch Nails’ Ambient, Droning Quake Soundtrack Massages My Brain
Nine Inch Nails’ Ambient, Droning Quake Soundtrack Massages My Brain
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Streamers Play With Call Of Duty Actor, Get Suspended For Cheating
Streamers Play With Call Of Duty Actor, Get Suspended For Cheating
Streamer Alex Zedra—the face behind an actual character in Call of Duty—was playing Warzone the other day with two other folks when she noticed some pretty suspect behaviour.
14 Years Ago Rockstar Ran Weird TV Ads Of Just A Clock Counting Down
14 Years Ago Rockstar Ran Weird TV Ads Of Just A Clock Counting Down
Back in 2007, Rockstar Games teased Grand Theft Auto IV with a series of late-night ads that appeared on channels like FX.
Hasbro’s Bringing Back Sweet 1980s Ghostbusters Toys
Hasbro’s Bringing Back Sweet 1980s Ghostbusters Toys
Continuing to capitalize on the fact that it’s easier to get adults to buy toys than try to pull kids away from screens, Hasbro’s tapping into late ‘80s nostalgia with new releases of Kenner’s classic The Real Ghostbusters toys, including the iconic Ecto-1 and the terrifying toilet ghost. Read more...
Lo-Fi Chill Beats Anime Girl Now A Collectible Statue
Lo-Fi Chill Beats Anime Girl Now A Collectible Statue
The face of lo-fi chill beats music on YouTube is being turned into a 12 inch collectible statue because if you love something set it free, or in this case make a toy out of it. Read more...
I Am Sorry, Christopher Nolan, The Ideal Way To Watch Tenet Is On A Game Boy Advance
I Am Sorry, Christopher Nolan, The Ideal Way To Watch Tenet Is On A Game Boy Advance
Film director Christopher Nolan spent much of 2020 pleading the world to risk illness and death to go and watch his ho-hum movie about special agents who can play with time in a theater, because that was the place it needed to be seen.
Astro’s Playroom Composer Shares How That GPU Love Song Became Such A Bop
Astro’s Playroom Composer Shares How That GPU Love Song Became Such A Bop
PlayStation 5 pack-in Astro’s Playroom is full of amazing tracks, but the standout is most definitely its ode to the console’s powerful graphics processing unit (“GPU” to friends).
Grindstone’s Irresistible Hip-Hop-Inflected Tunes Made Me Abandon My Principles
Grindstone’s Irresistible Hip-Hop-Inflected Tunes Made Me Abandon My Principles
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Politician Dressed Like The Joker Is Campaigning In Japan
Politician Dressed Like The Joker Is Campaigning In Japan
Meet Yuusuke Kawai. He is running for governor of Chiba Prefecture and recently appeared on NHK to present his platform.
This Totally Random Guy's Hollow Knight Cover Is Pretty Good
This Totally Random Guy's Hollow Knight Cover Is Pretty Good
When you think of terrific musical covers, you probably think of “All Along the Watchtower” or that one screamo cover of Britney’s “Toxic” you heard in high school.
Oblivion NPC Dialogue Is The Greatest Thing On The Internet
Oblivion NPC Dialogue Is The Greatest Thing On The Internet
I never want to find out the true origins of Whacked-Out Entertainment’s Oblivion NPC Dialogue videos.
I Found Some Rad Tracks At This Virtual Japanese Music Festival
I Found Some Rad Tracks At This Virtual Japanese Music Festival
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Steven Spielberg and the Duffer Brothers Will Take on Stephen King's The Talisman
Steven Spielberg and the Duffer Brothers Will Take on Stephen King's The Talisman
After essentially creating a show made of pure Spielberg-King fanfic, Matt and Ross Duffer will go from honoring their heroes to working with them. Read more...
Queen: Rock Tour Is Packed With Great Music, Not Ads And Microtransactions
Queen: Rock Tour Is Packed With Great Music, Not Ads And Microtransactions
Queen: Rock Tour is a mobile game that isn’t filled with nasty microtransactions, ads, “energy” timers, or make-believe currencies.
Horror Manga Hellsing Getting A Live-Action Hollywood Adaptation
Horror Manga Hellsing Getting A Live-Action Hollywood Adaptation
Derek Kolstad, best known for writing the John Wick films, is bringing Hellsing to life for Amazon Studios as a live-action feature. Read more...
Hogwarts Legacy Developer Quits Following Backlash Over YouTube Channel
Hogwarts Legacy Developer Quits Following Backlash Over YouTube Channel
Troy Leavitt, the game developer at the centre of a controversy last month after it was discovered he had run “a reactionary YouTube channel focused on attacking feminism and social justice”, has resigned from his position at Avalanche Software, developers of the upcoming Harry Potter game Hogwarts Legacy. Read more...
Space Jam 2 Sounds Weird
Space Jam 2 Sounds Weird
Space Jam: A New Legacy—or as I will be referring to it for the rest of this blog Space Jam 2—is coming out later this year.
Damn You, Fortnite Butter Barn Song
Damn You, Fortnite Butter Barn Song
This season of Fortnite has been a whirlwind of crossover skins and deranged players hoping that Epic puts Family Guy’s Peter Griffin in the game.
Maquette's Love Story Has Already Broken My Heart
Maquette's Love Story Has Already Broken My Heart
Ever listen to a song so powerful you stop, drop, and roll to frantically figure out what it is? That’s what happened to me last night while playing Maquette, a puzzle game out this week for PC, PS4, and PS5.
Legend Of Mana’s Grand Score Helps Me Take Its BS Seriously
Legend Of Mana’s Grand Score Helps Me Take Its BS Seriously
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Zero Divide Is A Primordial PlayStation Synth-Fusion Treasure
Zero Divide Is A Primordial PlayStation Synth-Fusion Treasure
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RIP Legendary Artist Gary Meyer
RIP Legendary Artist Gary Meyer
Gary Meyer, an artist who has worked on everything from Star Wars to theme park rides to video games to album covers, has died at the age of 86. Read more...
I Love The Roku Screensaver
I Love The Roku Screensaver
The past six months (or more) have been a whirlwind of shit news, terrible events, and moments of pure absurdity and horror.
Someone Recreated The Entire First Act Of Hamilton In Animal Crossing
Someone Recreated The Entire First Act Of Hamilton In Animal Crossing
Hamilton is one of the most popular musicals in the world.
Internet Unites For Amazing Wii Shop Channel Jam Session
Internet Unites For Amazing Wii Shop Channel Jam Session
Composer, musician, and YouTuber Alex Moukala let loose a funky, bass-tastic remix of the Nintendo Wii theme music on Twitter yesterday and then invited other artists to do the same.
Society6 Teams up With Disney for a Star Wars Collection That’ll Put Your Home Into Hyperdrive
Society6 Teams up With Disney for a Star Wars Collection That’ll Put Your Home Into Hyperdrive
Society6 is a wonderful place where independent artists can share their work with a vast audience.
What's New on Disney+ in March 2021
What's New on Disney+ in March 2021
WandaVision, the first Disney+ series exploring one of the shadowy corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is wrapping up early next month, but the streaming service isn’t about to let you cancel your subscription.
How to Score Free Screeners Before New Movies Come Out
How to Score Free Screeners Before New Movies Come Out
Your average cinephile might itch with anticipation before a new blockbuster release, but unless you’ve got a legitimate critic’s platform, you’ve got slim chances of receiving that coveted screener.
The Lightning and the Storm: How an Imperfect Past Shaped the Rise of the Black Superhero
The Lightning and the Storm: How an Imperfect Past Shaped the Rise of the Black Superhero
Editor’s Note: The Rise of the Black Superhero is a three-part series breaking down the past, present and future of Black superheroes across comics, film, and tv.
Forrest 64 Is What A Fictional Nintendo 64 Game Sounds Like
Forrest 64 Is What A Fictional Nintendo 64 Game Sounds Like
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