Guy Beat Dragon Age: Inquisition Solo, On Nightmare Mode

If you're skilled enough, you don't need a party to play through the new Dragon Age—even on the hardest difficulty available, soloing Inquisition is totally possible. » 12/02/14 3:30pm 12/02/14 3:30pm

Movie filmed to look like a first person shooter game looks incredible

Here's an action scene from a movie called Hardcore that's filmed completely from one character's point of view so it looks exactly like a first person shooter video game. In fact, it's so good, it's as if those FPS video games like Call of Duty all of a sudden came to life. Watch it. » 11/04/14 7:00am 11/04/14 7:00am

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Has Been Announced, So Let’s Photoshop…

So Ubisoft officially confirmed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag today. If you're a weirdo like me, then you weren't spending the majority of your time speculating on the gameplay or setting, but instead were wondering what level of involvement the American hardcore band Black Flag had in the process. » 2/28/13 6:00pm 2/28/13 6:00pm

When Hardcore Games Meet Hardcore/Punk Album Covers

The other day, I thought to myself: "I've been working at Kotaku for nearly a year and not once have I brought up the band Black Flag and the game EarthBound in the same post." Then I thought to myself, "You know what I should do? Fire up Photoshop and make that a reality." » 1/22/13 12:30pm 1/22/13 12:30pm

From Casual to Hardcore Gamer in 10 Easy Steps (or 40 Years)

While the folks at the iTunes gaming division might have trouble rooting out copycat games, what they excel at is making lists. In creating a list of ten games that can take a mobile gamer from casual to hardcore, those Apple list-builders have created a mini history of gaming in portable form. » 1/02/13 12:55pm 1/02/13 12:55pm

Four Naked Barbarians Walk into The Skeleton King's Lair

A team of four Barbarians joined together recently with a simple goal in mind: to take down the Skeleton King, one of Diablo III's earliest boss fights. An easy task, unless you're playing on Hardcore Mode, and you aren't allowed to upgrade your equipment. Girlish shouts ensue. » 5/29/12 9:30pm 5/29/12 9:30pm

Average Gamers are Going To Hate BioShock Infinite‘s 1999 Mode

When you first spin up BioShock Infinite later this year don't expect to see the recently-announced retro-difficult 1999 mode on the main menu. That's because it's so tough Ken Levine doesn't want "the non old-school, hardcore gamer" stumbling into it. » 1/23/12 12:00pm 1/23/12 12:00pm

The Hardcore Gaming Myth

Do you ever use a word without fully understanding what it means? I have a friend like that. He uses the word "frumpy," but I'm fairly sure he's never opened the dictionary to find out just what it means. In his mind, "frumpy" means "bloated" or "bored" or whatever he needs it to mean in his present case of… » 9/23/11 2:00pm 9/23/11 2:00pm

Is it OK to Hate Great Games?


If you asked Meterora3255 if he liked Uncharted 2 he'll tell you he never played it, but that's a lie. You see, Meteora3255 has a dirty secret. He didn't like Uncharted 2. He tried to hide his true feelings at first, but as we all know, the gaming community can be cruel and shamed him into silence, until now. So what… » 6/23/11 11:20am 6/23/11 11:20am

Breach's Delay To 2011 Makes Things Difficult For Players

While Atomic Games has missed the chance to get "Destruction 3.0" shooter Breach onto Xbox Live this summer, the new January 2011 release window gives the developer time to blur the line between military simulation and video game even further. » 7/16/10 11:40am 7/16/10 11:40am

Kinect Marketer: Hardcore Gamers will be the First to Buy It

Microsoft's Kinect messaging is definitely core-obsessed. First they said they didn't want core shooters like Halo on it. Then they said it's got casual approachability, but core depth. Now, they're saying hardcore gamers will be first in line for it. » 6/29/10 10:30pm 6/29/10 10:30pm

I, Gamer

New York City is difficult in the winter. Most residents still do much of their navigation on foot, and Manhattan's grid-like avenues and towering buildings can funnel the approaching winter's dry cold snaps into veritable wind tunnels. Coats never seem quite warm enough, and gloves make it clumsy to fumble for the… » 11/24/08 12:00pm 11/24/08 12:00pm

Molyneux Frets Over Dangers of Casual Gaming

"I don't like this divide we are building," Peter Molyneux tells me. "More and more we are saying these ones here are core games and these one here are casual games. Actually I think that is an incredibly divisive thing and if we're not careful the amount of attention we put into these core games will get less and… » 10/10/08 11:00am 10/10/08 11:00am

Traversing the Audience Gap

Chris Bateman of Only A Game has spent a not insignificant chunk of time talking about the 'hardcore/casual' divide — especially in terms of discussing the accuracy of such a distinction. As he points out, more complex models of how people like to play their games are simply too unwieldy to be of use for general… » 9/13/08 2:30pm 9/13/08 2:30pm

'Under the Mask': Gaming Culture, an Essay

Well, it reads like an essay, but this piece by David Hayward is actually a transcript of a talk given at the "Under The Mask, Perspectives on the Gamer" event a few days ago (slides included!). It's a brilliant and somewhat lengthy piece on culture-with-a-small-c, as it relates to gaming (as, in Hayward's appraisal,… » 6/14/08 4:30pm 6/14/08 4:30pm