10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin

When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 2:39pm 4 minutes ago

For The First Time, A Banned League Of Legends Pro Gets Second Chance

Last night, Riot put out an update about the status of several high-profile League of Legends players who’ve been suspended or banned from the game due to their toxic behavior. Buried in the details was an interesting detail: in an unprecedented move, one player’s permaban from competitive play was removed entirely. » 4/01/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

The first patch for Bloodborne has gone live, fixing the Lunarium Key progression bug and removing the item duplication glitch that allows players to power level extremely quickly. This does not include the promised loading screen improvements coming in a later patch. » 4/01/15 12:52pm Today 12:52pm

Final Fantasy's Triple Triad Is Finally On Phones (In Japan)

If there’s one Final Fantasy mini-game that would be just about perfect for smartphones, it’s Triple Triad, the delightfully addictive card game that debuted in Final Fantasy VIII and recently reappeared in the online game FFXIV. » 4/01/15 12:20pm Today 12:20pm

24 Great Video Game Victories, As Told By Players

Earlier this week, I asked you guys to share your most memorable video game victories. The only thing more impressive than the wealth of victories you collectively brought is just how many of those victories were landed. » 4/01/15 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Today's Best Gaming Deals: This War of Mine, eShop Credit, and More

Pretty much every war game ever made has been played from the perspective of the military. This War of Mine on the other hand puts you in the shoes of the civilians of a war-ravaged city, with the goal of survival, rather than victory. Kotaku loves it, and Steam has it for $7 off today. [This War of Mine, $13] » 4/01/15 11:45am Today 11:45am

The Best (And Worst) April Fools' Day Jokes For 2015

Ah, April 1. It's a day where loads of things on the internet will make you groan, cry and smack your face to your palm. Other things, though, might actually give you a chuckle. Let's take a look at some of the best (and worst) of these extremes. » 4/01/15 10:32am Today 10:32am

Deadspin Yes, Flying Parents To The Final Four Is Paying Players | Gizmodo Interstellar honest trailer rips apart Christopher Nolan's space movie | Jezebel Noose Found Hanging from Tree on Duke University Campus | Lifehacker Your 2015 April Fool's Day Prank Spoiler | » 4/01/15 10:23am Today 10:23am

Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: Kantai Collection: Exile’s Ani-TAY ReviewShirobako: The Ani-TAY ReviewWorld Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman: The Ani-TAY ReviewJolly Good Wrestling: Post-Mania/Pre-Raw ThoughtsPuella Magi Madoka Magica: WyvernZero’s Ani-TAY Review » 4/01/15 10:00am Today 10:00am

When Japan Gets April Fools' Day So Right

Today is April 1. I recently read someone somewhere saying that April Fools’ Day is not a thing in Japan. Oh how wrong is that! It’s been around for decades and is very much a thing online. » 4/01/15 7:30am Today 7:30am

The Fast And The Furious As a SNES Racing Game

Top Gear 2 would have looked like this with an extended storyline. Furious 7, the seventh installment in the Fast and the Furious film series is opening this week, so CineFix reimagined the whole series as one big action-packed racing game from the 90s. » 4/01/15 6:30am Today 6:30am

Why the New Japanese Godzilla Movie Might Be Damn Good

Toho is planning a new Japanese Godzilla movie. That’s exciting! But before you get depressed and start worrying if it’s going to stink or not, here’s some good news. The creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion is going to helm and write the picture. Ho ho ho ho! » 4/01/15 5:30am Today 5:30am

Will Smith's New Movie Promoted with Blackface in Japan

After a popular idol group’s blackface controversy this past February, somebody still thought it would be a good idea to put a TV personality in blackface to promote Will Smith’s new movie. » 4/01/15 5:00am Today 5:00am

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