Football: The Kotaku Review

If Football—that is, the American National Football League football—used the same naming scheme as "Dungeons & Dragons," we'd call it "Beer Commercials & Cheerleaders." » 1/30/15 3:00pm 1/30/15 3:00pm

StarCraft Player Says He'll "Rape" Opponent, Is Booted From Tourney

Ukrainian StarCraft player Mihaylo Hayda was kicked out of a StarCraft II qualifying match Friday for tweeting that he'd "rape" his female opponent during their matchup. » 11/23/14 4:01pm 11/23/14 4:01pm

Japanese Superhero Book Called "Detrimental," Gets Banned

A book featuring Ultraman, the popular Japanese superhero series, has been banned in Malaysia. The government says there are concerns over public safety. » 3/07/14 4:00am 3/07/14 4:00am

Yao Ming Next To An Average Person Is Amazing, As Usual

It's not news that Yao Ming is a gigantic human being, but it's still astonishing when he's juxtaposed with a regular-sized person. Take this AP photo from the All-Star Game, and know that it wasn't edited at all. » 2/17/14 4:59am 2/17/14 4:59am

Norway Mass Murderer Demands Better Video Games in Prison

Anders Behring Brevik killed 77 people in Norway in 2011. Since he said that he used Call of Duty to practice his aiming and World of Warcraft to hide his plans, video games have been became part of the story of his horrific crime. Now, 18 months into a 21-year prison sentence, he's demanding that his PS2 be upgraded… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

Katy Perry's Geisha Act Being Called "Racist"

During tonight's American Music Awards, Katy Perry showed up dressed in a Japanese kimono. Or in a Chinese cheongsam. Or both, actually. Some folks online aren't happy about that at all. » 11/25/13 4:30am 11/25/13 4:30am

Rumors of Alleged Foxconn PS4 Sabotage Are Sketchy, At Best

Last month, Kotaku reported that student interns were allegedly forced to manufacture the PlayStation 4. With the PS4 now out, rumors have popped up that some of those alleged student interns sabotaged Sony's gaming console. Those rumors are spreading online, but, juicy as they are, they're very thin. » 11/18/13 4:00am 11/18/13 4:00am

Hayao Miyazaki Could End His Retirement, Says Ghibli Director

Remember when famed animator Hayao Miyazaki retired? No, not that time. When he retired this past September. Well, don't be surprised if he comes out of retirement. Studio Ghibli's Isao Takahata won't be. » 11/08/13 4:30am 11/08/13 4:30am

The Sun Sets—For Good—on the Blockbuster Night

The last 300 stores owned by rental chain Blockbuster in the U.S. will be closed by January. If the news was as a surprise, it's only that so many were left. It leaves you with a weird nostalgia—hard to get worked up about a once-monolithic corporation, but still dewy-eyed recalling a trip to bring home GoldenEye. » 11/06/13 4:00pm 11/06/13 4:00pm

Remembering a Miracle in the Early Days of Sports Video Games

The score was 4 to 3, two outs in the ninth, when I woke up on the couch. No one was on base. "I don't need to see this," I said. "Nah, stick around," Dad said. I had two games that day, the World Series on TV, and Hardball! on my Commodore 64. If the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't win one, I'd make them win the other. » 10/15/13 8:00pm 10/15/13 8:00pm

Hideo Kojima Keeps It Short And Sweet For His 50th Birthday

All-star game designer Hideo Kojima turned 50 on Saturday, so consider this a belated happy birthday to the Metal Gear mastermind and your opportunity to wish him a happy 50th. » 8/26/13 10:40am 8/26/13 10:40am

Curt Schilling Had A Heart Attack At Age 44

It's been a stressful few years for Curt Schilling, whose failed video game company earned him lawsuits and forced him to sell off his house and his bloody sock. How stressful? Bad enough that Schilling suffered a heart attack in 2011 while watching—not running, watching—the NYC Marathon. » 8/13/13 6:45am 8/13/13 6:45am

The Navy's Found a Use for Kinect: Stop Sexual Assault

Sailors are going to learn how to read another person's verbal cues and body language with a Kinect training game meant to curb a sexual harrassment/assault issue that has become increasingly embarrassing to the armed services. » 7/27/13 12:00pm 7/27/13 12:00pm

Microsoft Vows To Support Indie Developers on Xbox One

A report last week that the next Xbox console won't allow independent game developers to self-publish on the Xbox One gave people yet another next-gen Xbox thing to stew about. But Microsoft's Xbox chief says that Xbox One will have some sort of indie-friendly program. » 5/28/13 2:00pm 5/28/13 2:00pm

A PS2, Xbox 360 and a Significant Weapons Stash Found in the Home of…

“Video gamer.” It was the earliest and most persistent label media outlets placed on Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, after he ruthlessly murdered 20 kids and six adults last December. But that assertion seemed to be based mostly on interviews with people who knew his family, and not hard evidence. After months of… » 3/28/13 1:30pm 3/28/13 1:30pm

What John Riccitiello Was Right About

If you gave me five, seven or even 10 guesses about who outgoing EA CEO John Riccitiello's favorite character on HBO's acclaimed show The Wire was, I'd have gotten it wrong. » 3/19/13 12:15pm 3/19/13 12:15pm

Report: Police Consider Sandy Hook Shooter a 'Deranged Gamer' Who Tried…

Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza maintained a spreadsheet filled with information from mass killings from the past and further alleges that it's a major sign of how video games influenced the mindset and planning of Lanza's terrible act of lethal violence, according to a front page story in today's New York Daily News. » 3/18/13 10:30am 3/18/13 10:30am

'Nintendo's Doomed, They Should Go Third-Party!'—Said Everyone, Ever.

Yesterday, former Epic Games designer and Dead Space aficionado Cliff Bleszinski was quoted by GamesIndustry International about what he perceived as the worst turmoil the industry's experienced since the eighties. The situation was so bad, he suggested, that even Nintendo might throw in the towel and go… » 2/26/13 1:30pm 2/26/13 1:30pm

Let's Look At What Sony's Past Console Reveals Could Say About…

As you might have heard, Sony's (most likely) officially announcing the next PlayStation tomorrow. This isn't the first console reveal Sony has done, though. Let's think back to those times. What information was Sony willing to part with during their very first reveals for their other big consoles? It might give us… » 2/19/13 1:00pm 2/19/13 1:00pm

Report: Police Want To Know If Sandy Hook Shooter Was 'Emulating' A…

The Hartford Courant has published a long profile of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who shot and killed 27 people at Sandy Hook Elementary last December. » 2/18/13 10:40am 2/18/13 10:40am