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 games. … » 3/14/13 7:00am 3/14/13 7:00am

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

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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 Far Cry 3 Should Be Game of the Year

Far Cry 3 should not be my nomination for 2012 game of the year. I'm not a huge fan of first-person shooters. While I appreciate the technical accomplishment of the first two games in the series I've not felt compelled to complete either. I felt absolutely no excitement leading up to the third installment's late… » 1/02/13 10:30am 1/02/13 10:30am

Your Pick For 2012's Game Of The Year

We're gearing up for our Kotaku-official game of the year nominations set to be ready for your eyes next week, but in the meantime we'd like to hear your thoughts. Maybe even give you all the opportunity to have an influence on our decisions. So let's hear your best cases for the absolute best game (or games, feel free … » 12/28/12 12:30pm 12/28/12 12:30pm

The Best Japan-Only Games of 2012

Japan: The birthplace of Mario » 12/21/12 7:00am 12/21/12 7:00am, , , and —just to name a few. Each year scores of games are made and released here. The best of these come to the West—or rather of the best do. Each year, a few great titles manage to slip through the cracks for whatever reason and 2012 is no exception. So…

The Best Gaming GIFs of 2012

It's been a heck of a year for games. We've had our highs and we've had our lows, but more importantly, we've all turned those highs and lows into animated GIFs for the rest of the internet to behold. » 12/18/12 12:00pm 12/18/12 12:00pm

Up top: knows when he's beat. Also, is adorable. Here's Peter Molyneux fist-bumping correctly, , is an adorable …