Hey, Game Developers: Please Steal These Ideas In 2013

Whether it's a quick save option, fast travel, the ability to skip cutscenes, or something totally random but life-saving, some games in 2012 have experimented with what seem to be really small ideas, but contribute to an overall greater experience. They may not have been the creators of these ideas, but they've got… » 1/01/13 12:00pm 1/01/13 12:00pm

Why a Free iPad Game is Better Than Every Blockbuster Game Released in…

Many people who went to film school will tell you that film school made them hate watching films. In a similar fashion, as someone who has worked on triple-A video games in the past, the only thing that impresses me about triple-A video games is the amount of work that goes into constructing them. Project managers and… » 12/31/12 12:00pm 12/31/12 12:00pm

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… » 12/28/12 12:30pm 12/28/12 12:30pm

The Year In Kotaku

When you look back on all that's happened in the gaming world—games released, scandals unveiled and surprises unleashed—it's been a long, long year. Let's take a look back at what that year has been like for Kotaku. » 12/27/12 8:00pm 12/27/12 8:00pm

The Year In Zombies

I didn't notice how fairly quiet a year it's been for zombies until doing this round-up of all the flesh-eaters this year's media has to offer, but there were definitely some highlights that more than fill those gaps. Some duds, too, but you can't expect such a watered down narrative to always go over so creatively. » 12/27/12 1:00pm 12/27/12 1:00pm

The Year in Controversy

Studios may close, servers may crash, projects may be canceled and bankruptcies filed, but these are the given in the video games industry. No matter how regrettable, they still won't be the No. 1 heated controversies in any given year for video games. » 12/26/12 6:00pm 12/26/12 6:00pm

The Status Of Microsoft and Sony’s Next Consoles. Plus: A Whole Bunch…

No topic appeared in the rumor mill this year as much as the coming next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft. » 12/26/12 3:30pm 12/26/12 3:30pm

The Year In Beautiful Games

Over the last few weeks, I've been making cinemagraphs celebrating just a handful of some of the most visually striking games. These were games that were either creatively or technically breathtaking, that really showed off what you're able to do with the medium. » 12/25/12 7:00pm 12/25/12 7:00pm

The Smartest & Dumbest Things Square Enix Did in 2012

Square Enix. It's a name that evokes some powerful memories: what gamer hasn't formed some sort of emotional connection with games like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest over the years? If you play video games, you've probably played something developed or published by Square Enix. They've got tentacles everywhere. » 12/13/12 6:00pm 12/13/12 6:00pm