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Even Outriders Has Flat-Earthers
Even Outriders Has Flat-Earthers
Outriders is set on an exoplanet roughly a dozen light years away from Earth, so it’s no surprise the game features some anomalies, like electromagnetic hurricanes and tank-sized, fire-spitting arachnids.
What’s Your Worst Gaming Habit?
What’s Your Worst Gaming Habit?
It’s Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly feature in which Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning question.
The Glow Up 50 2021: Celebrating Our Style Innovators
The Glow Up 50 2021: Celebrating Our Style Innovators
The mixed bag that was 2020 may not have brought much in the way of stylish moments—though face masks, tie-dyed sweatsuits and wireless bras certainly had one.
Fortnite Toys Make Me Wish I Knew More About Fortnite
Fortnite Toys Make Me Wish I Knew More About Fortnite
During this past Friday’s Pulse Fan Fest Event, Hasbro announced a bunch of cool-looking figures being added to its Fortnite line this fall, including a lady Black Panther with a tail, formal gas mask guy, Destiny reject, and clear blue easy.
Amid Evil Is A Good Shooter That Doesn't Need Guns
Amid Evil Is A Good Shooter That Doesn't Need Guns
Amid Evil is a wild, weird, and wonderful retro-inspired FPS that ditches the traditional shooter arsenal of pistols and SMGs in favor of more exotic weapons.
'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...
How Do You Start Dating in a New City During a Pandemic?
How Do You Start Dating in a New City During a Pandemic?
Not all advice need be professional.
Pet Food Tycoon's Takeover Of GameStop Is Nearly Complete
Pet Food Tycoon's Takeover Of GameStop Is Nearly Complete
Ryan Cohen, co-founder of online pet food company Chewy and favorite of the chaos engine that is the WallStreetBets reddit, will take over as GameStop chairman following the company’s annual shareholder meeting in June. Read more...
Pokémon's Intro, Remade With Stock Footage
Pokémon's Intro, Remade With Stock Footage
Pokémon’s status as a worldwide phenomenon means that you can break it down to its essential parts and folks will still recognize what you’re referencing.
Animal Crossing Build-A-Bear Go On Sale This Morning, Could Be A Clusterfluff
Animal Crossing Build-A-Bear Go On Sale This Morning, Could Be A Clusterfluff
Build-A-Bear’s eagerly-anticipated line of official Animal Crossing: New Horizons plushies go on sale this morning at 11 am Eastern.
Star Trek Legends Is A Fun Time, Not An Annoying Grind
Star Trek Legends Is A Fun Time, Not An Annoying Grind
Star Trek Legends, recently released on Apple Arcade, plays a lot like Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, Disney’s Sorcerer’s Arena, DC Legends and countless other turn-based mobile RPGs.
It Takes Two Creates An Almost-Perfect Union Of Story And Gameplay
It Takes Two Creates An Almost-Perfect Union Of Story And Gameplay
Traditional co-op gaming experiences can sometimes feel similar to solo play: another player picks up a controller, and a second avatar pops onto your screen that works almost exactly in the same way you do.
Italian Fashion Brand Criticized for Disrespecting Japanese Culture
Italian Fashion Brand Criticized for Disrespecting Japanese Culture
If you’ve ever been to Japan (and even if you haven’t), you are probably aware that shoes are a big deal—namely, taking them off.
Once Again, In-Person Tokyo Game Show Canceled And Event Will Be Online
Once Again, In-Person Tokyo Game Show Canceled And Event Will Be Online
Last year, the in-person Tokyo Game Show was canceled due to covid-19 concerns.
It Takes Two Director's 'F*ck The Oscars' Rant Is Hidden In The Game
It Takes Two Director's 'F*ck The Oscars' Rant Is Hidden In The Game
Josef Fares’ new game, It Takes Two, apparently includes audio from the director’s infamous “fuck the Oscars” rant in all its incoherent glory. 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.
This Is Embarrassing!
This Is Embarrassing!
This week on Snapshots we got a bunch of cool superhero screenshots, some colorful photos, a creepy cave, a giant hole, and one unlucky cowboy who can’t stop his horse.
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...
Hades Wins Best Game At The 2021 BAFTA Game Awards
Hades Wins Best Game At The 2021 BAFTA Game Awards
In addition to prestigious accolades like Best Indie Game at the 2020 Game Awards and Best Game Times 10 at the 2020 Ari Notis Awards, Hades just picked up top honors at today’s online-only BAFTA Games Awards.
Half-Life & BioShock Come Together In A Very Strange Mod
Half-Life & BioShock Come Together In A Very Strange Mod
Return to Rapture is a “campaign” made for Half-Life: Alyx that takes Valve’s star and drops her into the completely unrelated first-person world of 2007's BioShock. Read more...
'Shop Contest: Bethesda+Microsoft, Winners!
'Shop Contest: Bethesda+Microsoft, Winners!
You got Halo in my Fallout! You got Doom in my Forza! Well, this is a giant mess.
It Takes Less Than 20 Minutes To Eat A Baby In Fallout 3
It Takes Less Than 20 Minutes To Eat A Baby In Fallout 3
File this one under Answers to Questions No One Asked: It apparently only takes 18 minutes and 51 seconds to go from the beginning of Fallout 3 to eating a baby in one of the expansions.
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.
Sony Buys Evo
Sony Buys Evo
Premier fighting game competition the Evolution Championship Series (colloquially known as Evo) has been purchased by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the Japanese corporation announced today.
Meet The Star Of The New Life Is Strange
Meet The Star Of The New Life Is Strange
During today’s Square Enix Presents broadcast, the publisher revealed Life is Strange: True Colors, the next entry in the choice-driven adventure series.
Scarlet Nexus Out June 25, Anime To Follow
Scarlet Nexus Out June 25, Anime To Follow
Scarlet Nexus, the “brain punk” action role-playing game from Bandai Namco, will come out on June 25.
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...
X-COM’s Beloved Tactical Gameplay Took Months To Get Just Right
X-COM’s Beloved Tactical Gameplay Took Months To Get Just Right
Monsters in the Dark: The Making of X-COM: UFO Defense tells the story of the early years of legendary strategy game designer Julian Gollop and the making of the original X-COM, and is funding now on Kickstarter.
Valheim Mod Lets You Tame Any Creature, Including Trolls
Valheim Mod Lets You Tame Any Creature, Including Trolls
While playing Valheim the other night, a friend and I spent an ungodly amount of time digging a trench and physically pushing Greylings through it, into a house, so they could be our pets.
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).
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...
Animator And Character Designer Minako Shiba Dies
Animator And Character Designer Minako Shiba Dies
Today, both P.A. Works and Studio Pierrot announced on Twitter Minako Shiba has died. Read more...
PlayStation Communities, A Service I Didn't Even Know Existed, Is Going Away
PlayStation Communities, A Service I Didn't Even Know Existed, Is Going Away
This week marks the first and last time I have ever heard of PlayStation Communities, a service that apparently let users hang out in custom forums/group chats on the PS4 and talk about specific stuff. Read more...
'Shop Contest: The Artifact Imps, Winners!
'Shop Contest: The Artifact Imps, Winners!
Remember Artifact, that card game Valve made? No...? Well, it was killed last week.
Mario Kart Speedrunners Are Racing To Blow Themselves Up With Blue Shells
Mario Kart Speedrunners Are Racing To Blow Themselves Up With Blue Shells
Do you know you can hit yourself with a Blue Shell in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Speedrunners do, and they’re going all out to blow themselves up with the first place-targeting item as quickly as possible. Read more...
Feels From Heals: Healing In Final Fantasy XIV Is Super Rewarding
Feels From Heals: Healing In Final Fantasy XIV Is Super Rewarding
The first thing I did upon setting foot in Foundation, the hub world central to Final Fantasy XIV’s Heavensward expansion, was sign up for the Astrologian and Dark Knight job class.
Loop Hero Will Soon Let You Save The Dang Game
Loop Hero Will Soon Let You Save The Dang Game
The deck-building, dungeon-making roguelite RPG Loop Hero is getting some much needed quality-of-life improvements in an upcoming update, the game’s developers announced yesterday.
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.
I Also Accidentally Ordered A Burger From A YouTuber
I Also Accidentally Ordered A Burger From A YouTuber
In early January, Kotaku weekend editor Zack Zweizen wrote about his experience unknowingly purchasing burger delivery from popular YouTuber MrBeast.
Hades Almost Starred Theseus, Which Would've Been Boring AF
Hades Almost Starred Theseus, Which Would've Been Boring AF
Imagine playing Hades, working to escape the underworld, fighting, and succumbing to swarms of relentless enemies.
There Is No Love For Toad In This Cat Mario Three-Pack
There Is No Love For Toad In This Cat Mario Three-Pack
Following up on yesterday’s gorgeous Bowser boat, toy-maker Jakks Pacific’s second MAR10 week reveal is a $30 Super Mario 3D World three-pack featuring articulated four-inch figures of Cat Mario, Cat Luigi, and Cat Peach.
X-COM: UFO Defense Would Have Been Canned If Its Creators Hadn’t Secretly Revolted
X-COM: UFO Defense Would Have Been Canned If Its Creators Hadn’t Secretly Revolted
Monsters in the Dark: The Making of X-COM: UFO Defense tells the story of the early years of legendary strategy game designer Julian Gollop and the making of the original X-COM, and is funding now on Kickstarter.
Fear The Cosmic Unicorn
Fear The Cosmic Unicorn
This week on Snapshots we have some colorful screenshots, some dead bodies, shadows, superheroes, darkness, and a big, cosmic unicorn. Read more...
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...
Bored Fugitive Caught By Police After Venturing Out To Buy Call Of Duty
Bored Fugitive Caught By Police After Venturing Out To Buy Call Of Duty
After escaping from jail last year and hiding for months, a man in the UK was arrested after leaving hiding to buy a copy of Call of Duty, only to get caught by the police in the process. 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.
It's Time For Crusader Kings In Space
It's Time For Crusader Kings In Space
If you’ve been wondering why there haven’t been more clones of Crusader Kings, it’s because the systems that define Paradox’s game are really hard to copy! Pawley Games are going to give it a shot, though, and they’re going to do it in space. Read more...
Loop Hero Is A Wonderful New RPG About Overcoming Despair
Loop Hero Is A Wonderful New RPG About Overcoming Despair
Loop Hero is a lot of things: an RPG, a roguelite, an auto-battler, a card game, a city builder, an evocative visual novel.
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
Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make.
It's Only 243 Days Until Halloween
It's Only 243 Days Until Halloween
Abigail Larson is a character designer at Netflix who has also worked on books, games and even tarot cards. 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.
Welcome To Hell, Bambi
Welcome To Hell, Bambi
This week on Snapshots we have some great Assasin’s Creed shots, a laid back Spider-Man, a large rodent in danger, some nice-looking vistas, and one very, very lost deer.
Now That’s How You Do A Damn Game Reveal
Now That’s How You Do A Damn Game Reveal
After being utterly underwhelmed by Blizzcon, last week’s Nintendo Direct, and yesterday’s PlayStation State of Play, I wasn’t expecting much out of today’s Pokémon 25th Anniversary presentation.
A God Damn Boar Sank My Boat
A God Damn Boar Sank My Boat
Many survival games feature animals you can hunt for crafting supplies and sustenance.
Valheim, As Told By Steam Reviews
Valheim, As Told By Steam Reviews
I’m getting the impression that maybe, just maybe, Valheim’s five-person development team might be onto something.
'Shop Contest: Thicczilla, Winners
'Shop Contest: Thicczilla, Winners
Godzilla is old news. Last week, Netflix introduced the world to the glorious Thicczilla.
A Fully Playable Build Of Rare's Unreleased N64 Game Dinosaur Planet Has Leaked Online
A Fully Playable Build Of Rare's Unreleased N64 Game Dinosaur Planet Has Leaked Online
A group of gaming preservationists has released online a fully playable (and a bit buggy) build of Dinosaur Planet, a canceled Nintendo 64 project developed by Rare.
Why Do We Call The Hardest Video Game Enemies 'Bosses,' Anyway?
Why Do We Call The Hardest Video Game Enemies 'Bosses,' Anyway?
In real life, if you encounter a large being hell-bent on beating the crap out of you, you call them “an asshole” or “a fully grown polar bear, but in my backyard, like in those nightmares I have.” In a video game, you call them “a boss.” That’s weird! Plenty of people want to fight their bosses, sure, but the term is… Read more...
What Are You Playing This Weekend?
What Are You Playing This Weekend?
The weekend is for angling the monitor away from prying eyes while you attempt to use the power of gem-matching to get snarky anime women to agree to participate in group sex.
Shovel Knight Is Coming To Sma--Er, For Honor
Shovel Knight Is Coming To Sma--Er, For Honor
Finally, after years of waiting, Shovel Knight is coming to the popular fighting game… For Honor.
Thank God For Wario
Thank God For Wario
These are trying times we are all living through.
Destiny 2’s New Weekly Challenge Shares A Slogan With The Hitler Youth
Destiny 2’s New Weekly Challenge Shares A Slogan With The Hitler Youth
A new weekly challenge in Destiny 2’s Season of the Chosen is called “Blood and Honor.” It’s a phrase that’s been seen in other fantasy media, but it’s also the English translation of the German phrase “Blut und Ehre,” one of the Nazi slogans used by the Hitler Youth. Read more...
Gina Torres on fighting demigods, flying through space, and the time she unofficially played Catwoman
Gina Torres on fighting demigods, flying through space, and the time she unofficially played Catwoman
The actor: “Formidable” is often used to describe Gina Torres’ onscreen presence, whether she’s playing the unflappable second-in-command on a ramshackle spaceship on Firefly, a midriff-baring Sumerian princess on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, or a high-powered lawyer intent on making the most of her second chance… Read more...
No Man's Sky Players Can Now Tame, Breed And Train Alien Creatures
No Man's Sky Players Can Now Tame, Breed And Train Alien Creatures
Showing no sign of slowing down after a 2020 filled with game-changing updates, Hello Games starts off the fifth year of No Man’s Sky with the “Companions” update, which gives players the ability to befriend procedurally-generated alien creatures, turning them into loyal universe-exploring companions.
Pedro Pascal To Portray Joel In HBO's The Last Of Us
Pedro Pascal To Portray Joel In HBO's The Last Of Us
Deadline reports that Pedro Pascal, well known for Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian, will be starring as Joel in HBO’s upcoming television adaptation of The Last of Us. Read more...
Lara, You're Drunk
Lara, You're Drunk
When Core Design and Eidos Interactive were getting ready to ship Tomb Raider III in 1998, they recruited Lara Croft herself to promote the game.
Homicidal Hitman 3 Mastermind Crushes Every Single Person In The Grape Press
Homicidal Hitman 3 Mastermind Crushes Every Single Person In The Grape Press
If you’ve played Hitman 3 and got to the Mendoza stage, you’ll know the grape press.
Beavis & Butthead x The Legend Of Zelda Is Animated Perfection
Beavis & Butthead x The Legend Of Zelda Is Animated Perfection
You might think these two cartoons, one released in the 80s and about a video game, the other in the 90s and about...stuff, have little to do with each other.