The Best Video Game Tips Of 2012

It's fun to discover a video game on your own, but every so often, you need a helping hand. We're here to be that hand. This year, Kotaku made a regular habit out of publishing "Before you start" guides to give players spoiler-free tips on how to get the most out of a given video game. » 1/01/13 2:00pm 1/01/13 2:00pm

The Best Surprises Of 2012

Sure, 2012 was a year rife with disappointments. But it was also filled with surprises of the best sort. Since we brought everyone down last week with our list of the biggest disappointments of the year, we thought it only proper to also share the best, most welcome surprises. » 12/28/12 7:00pm 12/28/12 7:00pm

2012: The Year The PC Showed Everyone Who's Boss

For years it slumbered in darkness, deep within the earth. An Old God, maybe even the First God, its hibernation marked by rattling breaths reverberating in the deep like cinderblocks dragged across wet asphalt. Sleeping… resting. One day to wake. » 12/26/12 8:00pm 12/26/12 8:00pm

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 Year in Arrows Starts Right Now!

On Feb. 12, 2012, Kotaku introduced "The Kotaku Network," which brings you the best that TV has to offer: regularly scheduled programming. We hatched segments like Off-Kilter, Melodic, Sportaku, and Panel Discussion, and dedicated blocks of time on the site to their topics. But soon into this idea, a problem emerged: How … » 12/14/12 2:51pm 12/14/12 2:51pm

The Best Video Game Music of 2012

You press a button, and the beat drops. Forward you fly, straight into the perilous unknown, beats pushing against your eardrums as you push back against the controller. Tempo and harmony swim together, and you lose yourself in the rhythm of play. » 12/13/12 8:00pm 12/13/12 8:00pm

The Year in NSFW

It's been a long, hard year. But 2012 is coming to an end, climaxing in the end of year holidays. There's been a plethora of game posts here on Kotaku. Some of them have been breaking, some of them have been enlightening, and some of them have not exactly been safe for work. » 12/10/12 9:00pm 12/10/12 9:00pm