Five Visual Novels You Must Play, Even If You Don't Like Anime

When you think of the term "visual novel," you probably think of dating simulators stuffed full of anime tropes and hentai scenes. I am here to convince you that this is wrong. » 8/20/14 6:00pm 8/20/14 6:00pm

999 is coming to iOS, sort of: The cult Nintendo DS game 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is coming to iOS in visual novel form on March 17th, according to localizer Aksys Games' Facebook page. Called 999: The Novel, it'll be a story-only version of the original game. Despite that, it should still be a good… » 3/11/14 5:30pm 3/11/14 5:30pm

Bad news for Virtue's Last Reward fans—director Kotaro Uchikoshi says he hasn't been able to get a third game greenlit yet, although he's optimistic it'll happen one day. He should start a Kickstarter! » 2/13/14 11:45am 2/13/14 11:45am

'Redbox Robber' Looted Kiosks for Two Years Before Being Caught

Crime is a constant feature of video games writing. Somewhere, someone is doing something illicit with them—sometimes comically stupid, sometimes tragic. Kotaku's Police Blotter is here to round up the latest in games crime. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. » 10/06/13 5:00pm 10/06/13 5:00pm

Harlock: Space Pirate is a Big, Pretty, Action-filled Disappointment

Leiji Matsumoto's Space Pirate Captain Harlock is one of anime's greatest classics—a story told and re-told many times over the last three-and-a-half decades. The past weekend saw the release of the latest version of the story: a CG feature film that is as beautiful and action-packed as it is disappointing. » 9/10/13 8:00am 9/10/13 8:00am

I Don’t Remember Virtue’s Last Reward Being About Breast Slapping

Sometimes prior to a game’s release, companies create a flash game tie-in and post it on the game’s official webpage. » 5/17/13 6:00am 5/17/13 6:00am

One Warning For Anyone Who Plans To Play Virtue's Last Reward

Late Saturday night, I finally finished Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, the game that's been keeping me up every night for the past two weeks. I clocked 26 hours and 20 minutes. It was fantastic. » 10/23/12 6:30pm 10/23/12 6:30pm

Broken Pre-Order Promise Angers Fans Who Wanted Rubber Watch [UPDATE]

A pre-order mix-up has left a number of gamers upset at both retailer Amazon and Aksys Games, the publisher behind the great adventure game Virtue's Last Reward. » 10/22/12 1:00pm 10/22/12 1:00pm

Let This 12-Minute Video Sell You On Virtue's Last Reward

I wrote a bit yesterday about Virtue's Last Reward, the fantastic adventure game that has been keeping me up every night for the past week and a half. » 10/19/12 9:30pm 10/19/12 9:30pm

The Game That's Keeping Me Up All Night

Last Tuesday, I went to bed at around 10:30pm, hoping to get a decent amount of sleep. Maybe I'd wake up early, go for a run before breakfast. You know, try to be a human being. » 10/18/12 5:00pm 10/18/12 5:00pm

2010's Best Adventure Game Is On Sale For Under $20

I don't know how Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors slipped under so many peoples' radars. Maybe it was bad timing. Or that funky name. » 10/11/12 10:40am 10/11/12 10:40am

You Can Try Out The Sequel To 2010's Best Adventure Game On Vita Today

Have you played Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors? If not, you really should. It's a wonderful visual novel-slash-point-and-click adventure with a tendency to make your brain explode, and I recommend that everyone take the time to experience it. » 10/02/12 7:30pm 10/02/12 7:30pm

Herman Cain Quotes Pokémon as he Suspends his Campaign

Republican Herman Cain quoted a Pokémon movie once more as he suspended his campaign for President of the United States today. » 12/03/11 2:30pm 12/03/11 2:30pm

Please, Let This Be The Future Of Video Game Press Releases

You have no idea how many press releases we see on a daily basis. From big companies, small companies, people selling iPhone games, people selling things that (purport!) to make your dick grow bigger. I've never had one read to me before, though. » 4/07/11 4:30am 4/07/11 4:30am

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, One Watch

Now you can pretend you're about to die a horrible death by drowning upon a sinking ship with the Gamestop exclusive preorder watch for Aksys Games' DS thriller Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. » 9/20/10 1:40pm 9/20/10 1:40pm

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

You're a college student who finds himself trapped on a sinking ferry with eight other passengers, forced to play a twisted game where losing means a watery grave. This is Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for the Nintendo DS. » 7/12/10 11:30am 7/12/10 11:30am