Hackers Explain Why They Supposedly Took Down PSN and Xbox Live

On Christmas day, many gamers around the world found that they couldn't play many of their favorite games anymore. The reason? The online services powering these games, such as PSN and Xbox Live, were down—and a group of alleged hackers claimed responsibility for it. » 12/26/14 7:30pm Yesterday 7:30pm

What Are Your Favorite Made-Up Smash Bros. Mini-Games?

The advent of "Smashketball" showed that some of the best parts of this new Smash generation are the ones players create for themselves. Nintendo doesn't make it easy to share custom stages or rulesets with one another, so the best way to share stuff is by talking online. What are the best made-up games you've seen? » 12/26/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

The 10 Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes in History

Some might argue that everything that passes for "paranormal" is a hoax. (There's no fun in that, but insist if you must.) But even the biggest unexplained-phenomenon junkies have to admit when a fraud's a fraud ... as the 10 cases below will attest. » 12/26/14 2:06pm Yesterday 2:06pm

Hundreds of Star Wars Comics Are On Sale...Before They Disappear

Dark Horse Comics, publisher of Star Wars comics since the early 1990s, won't be allowed to sell any more after New Year's Eve when Marvel takes over the franchise. So they're putting all of them on sale. That's half-price per issue or, if you prefer, $300 for the full 28,353 pages' worth. » 12/26/14 12:48pm Yesterday 12:48pm

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What beats a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with the NEs 30 is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, Kotaku readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping). For $29.99, it's a great last minute buy for the holidays. » 12/23/14 10:18am Tuesday 10:18am

Get a Free Month of Crunchyroll Anime: Stream the Full Catalog Ad-Free

Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free month-long trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released… » 12/13/14 3:09pm 12/13/14 3:09pm

Give Yourself the Gift You Wanted: Headphones, Watches, a Bed & More

Let's be honest, receiving gifts is always a crapshoot. And if you received something a bit lackluster this holiday season, like a calendar or cologne, now's your chance to get yourself something you really want and need. Choose from practical items like sheets and duffle bags that or have some more fun with… » 12/17/14 2:37pm 12/17/14 2:37pm