The common assumption is that “Nintendo” (任天堂) means “leave luck to heaven” or even “to leave one’s fortune in the hands of fate.” Those assumptions, however, could be wrong.
The first time Ariell Johnson imagined herself as a superhero was when she laid eyes on Storm of The X-Men.
While one hopes that a Best Picture win for Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight will translate into more stories about black queer men, it cannot be denied that representations of lesbians and queer women of color are sadly lagging behind in pretty much every medium, from film to literature. But Tee Franklin, a queer black,…
When I first watched the trailer for comedian Jordan Peele’s Get Out, I knew that I had to see it, and I wasn’t wrong. It was as if Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was on some type of horrific steroid.
Every morning, I run a pick through my hair. It’s important that I do this when it’s still spongy and damp from the shower. Wait too long and my hair gets drier and less cooperative, making it harder to pull the comb through my natural. (Pro tip: A natural is something black folks sometimes call hair that hasn’t been…
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I remember the first time I went shoplifting. The sun was shining, Marin was singing, and I needed a shovel.
“I am officially retiring as a boobie streamer, or a titty streamer, if you will,” said Raihnbowkidz, a woman who broadcasts League of Legends on Twitch.
Internet cafes started as coffee shops where you could check email. But over the years, people turned them into dens for sharing pirated music, hotspots for video game addiction, and even temporary housing.
I have a confession to make. I read the comments. Actually, it’s worse than that. I don’t just read the comments, I enjoy reading the comments. I’ve been getting paid to write on the Internet for more than 15 years, and you, Ungentle Reader—yes, you, the one who used to write “More liberal claptrap!” under my articles…
A new documentary series by one-time Kotaku contributor Latoya Peterson asks women who calls themselves “gamer” why they do so. Girl Gamers explores the way that female players and game-makers deal with how to describe themselves and the perceptions of others.
My favorite film critic, A.O. Scott of the New York Times, is trying to reclaim the word “snob” for people of discernment. “If the words nerd and geek can be rehabilitated—if legions of misunderstood enthusiasts can march from the margins of respectability to the heart of the mainstream—then why not snob as well?” he…
The moment that I knew graphic novel American Born Chinese was something special, and real, was in its second chapter.
I hope you’ll forgive the self-indulgence, but this week marks my 10 year anniversary as a video game journalist, which feels like a significant milestone. And if you’ll also forgive me for being Captain Obvious, a hell of a lot has changed over that time.
A visitor from 100 years ago would be confused by our selfies and our strange toys — but they would understand the need to show off. Throughout history, people have had status symbols. Sometimes, these things have been gold and jewels. But sometimes, they’re a bit weirder. Here are 10 bizarre status symbols from the…
The Yokai Watch games are hugely popular in Japan. For good reason, they’re a lot of fun. The third numeric entry in the series was recently announced, and it’s got me thinking. And worried.
Video games have a blackness problem. This has been a known thing for a while, and we do talk about it from time to time. But I'd like to keep talking about it.
Right now, I am visiting New York. There are not many vending machines here, like there are in Osaka, where I live. Surely, there must be a good reason for Japan having all those vending machines. Turns out, there are several.
"If you own a PlayStation, you may have killed him at some point." Grantland's got a great profile of Reuben Langdon, a motion-capture stuntman who's lent his physical and vocal talents to games like Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Devil May Cry 3 and Street Fighter.