The Best Of Kotaku, This Week

Welcome to the Best of Kotaku, where I round up all of this week's best content.

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Moving on to our Best Of content this week, we kick things off as usual with a comment from the community.


The Best Comment From The Community

Our favorite comment of this week comes to you from Troy Themed Gimmick Account: La Araña Discoteca, in response to Jason's role-playing text game:

Ooh, fun! I want to try!

Kotaku: Warhammer. Talk to me.

THQ: Mmmmmmaybe. *coy smile*

Kotaku: Dammit, PUT KNOWLEDGE IN ME.

THQ: To know if Warhammer is meant to be, first you must answer these riddles three...

Kotaku: Jason Schreier. To seek the Holy Scoop. Blue.

THQ: Did you hear about our Humble Bundle? Pretty cool, yeah?

Kotaku: Uhhh, yeah. A while ago. Warhammer me.

THQ: *singsong* There might be another Saints Roooooooow!

Kotaku: You don't say.

THQ: We cannot confirm or deny any rumors regarding the future of the Saints Row franchise. *click*

... Aaaaaand scene.


The Knights of New Vegas: How Obsidian Survived Countless Catastrophes And Made Some Of The Coolest Role-Playing Games Ever

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Jason Schreier gives us a fascinating inside look at Obisidian's development history. More »


Video Games And The Sandy Hook Shooting: Two Very Different Reactions

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Stephen Totilo compares two very different reactions to the Sandy Hook shooting that were sent to him last weekend. More »


Peter Molyneux Needs Your Money ASAP Because "I Am Not by Any Measure a Hugely Wealthy Individual"

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Evan Narcisse talks to Peter Molyneux about the realities of his new career at 22 Cans. More »


Pokémon Designs Aren't Getting Worse, They May Be Getting Better

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Patricia Hernandez gets in depth about Pokémon design over the years. More »


The Smartest & Dumbest Things EA Did in 2012

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Holden Miller takes a look at EA's accomplishments this year. More »


The Most Stylish, Arresting & Maybe Even Beautiful Video Game Trailers Of 2012

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Luke Plunkett rounds up this year's best trailers. More »


The Best Gaming GIFs of 2012

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Chris Person shares his favorite GIFs of this year, with readers chiming in on their own. More »


The Fear is Gone: My PC Is My Next-Gen Console

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Stephen already has the next generation console. It's his PC. More »


The Smartest & Dumbest Things Activision Did in 2012

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Stephen puts Activision's decisions in 2012 in perspective. More »


The Best Stealth Moments Of 2012

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Kirk Hamilton shares some of his most notable stealth memories in video games released this year. More »


The Smartest & Dumbest Things Ubisoft Did In 2012

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Holden takes a look at Ubisoft's decisions this year. More »


The War Z Mess: Every Crazy Detail We Know So Far [UPDATE]

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Jason gathers together every piece of news to come out of The War Z and its questionable state. More »


Borderlands 2 Gets So Much Right, But Gets One Thing Very Wrong

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Rick Burford points out Borderlands 2's shortcomings. More »


5 Things You Should Know About Borderlands 2's Next DLC

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Tina Amini plays a bunch of Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt to preview the latest DLC for you before it comes out. More »


What Happens When A SNES Controller Is Eaten By A Wii U Controller

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Luke reviews a wacky Wii U controller. More »


After Sandy Hook And Virginia Tech, I'm Done With Violent Video Games

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Jeremy Norman explains how violence has taken a personal toll on his life. More »


The Biggest Disappointments Of 2012

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Kirk tallies up all of this year's biggest disappointments. More »


Weapons of Mass Disruption #2: Why Is (Almost) Every Video Game Suddenly Free?

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Ben Cousins explains the trend toward free-to-play. More »


The Best Japan-Only Games of 2012

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Richard Eisenbeis makes us all jealous with the best Japan-only games of this year. More »


Minecraft: The Story of Mojang: The Kotaku Review

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Matt Hawkins wasn't much of a Minecraft guy. Until he saw this documentary, that is. More »


The NRA's Absolutely Unhinged Response to Newtown Condemns Video Games as a 'Shadow Industry' that 'Sows Violence Against Its Own People'

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Owen Good reports on the NRA conference where the executive VP attacked a bunch of video games. More »


Partygoer: Topless Women at Gameloft's Holiday Party Says a Lot About The Games Industry

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Jason Schreier talks to the attendee of a crude game industry party. More »


What Are Splatterhouse, Kindergarten Killer and the Other Games the NRA Slammed Today?

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Owen explains what each of the five games singled out by the NRA, and puts them into context. More »


The Year In JRPGs

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Jason takes a look at what was good and what was bad about JRPGs this year. More »