Japanese Gamers' Favorite Games of 2012 Might Surprise You

Japanese people have different tastes from their Western counterparts (Heck, many of Kotaku East's Culture Smash columns focus specifically on this sociological difference), and Japanese gamers are no exception. Every week, Japanese gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu collects user impressions of newly released video… » 3/14/13 7:00am 3/14/13 7:00am

Take a Dramatic Look at the Assembly of Nvidia’s New Gaming Handheld

So far, the biggest gaming surprise of CES 2013 is the totally unheralded reveal of Project Shield, the new handheld from Nvidia. Some of the functionality was run down in last night's reports but if you want to know what's inside the thing, then you might get some clues from this very-impressed-with-itself reveal… » 1/07/13 9:30am 1/07/13 9:30am

Why XCOM: Enemy Unknown Should Be Game of the Year

April 16, 2015
Location: Sapporo, Japan
Operation: Extraterrestrial Terrorism Response
Codename: Lost Spark
Mission Parameters: Failure will result in the immediate loss of resources and support from Japan. This would deal a devastating blow to the XCOM project.
Project Goal: Save the Earth, and all who call it home. » 1/04/13 8:00pm 1/04/13 8:00pm

Why Papo & Yo Should Be Game of the Year

Papo & Yo did something that too few games manage to do: it let me step into the life of another, actual-living-breathing person. And once I did that, I played through an experience that showed me how that person got through a painful relationship and was left with a lesson that I too could pick and use if I needed it. » 1/03/13 11:00am 1/03/13 11:00am

Why Spelunky Should Be Game of the Year

On the surface, Spelunky is a roguelike platformer where you become like Indiana Jones, going farther and farther inside ancient caves holding untold riches and perhaps even lost civilizations. You have some rope, some bombs, a whip and whatever else you find along the way. It's a difficult game, and you will die a… » 1/03/13 9:00am 1/03/13 9:00am