The Difference Between A Great Twist And A Mediocre Twist

Everybody loves a surprise. Our movies, TV shows, books and other media are constantly pulling rabbits out of hats and revealing that the truth is something other than what we believed. But some twists are better than others — and here's the crucial difference. » 1/28/15 5:15pm 1/28/15 5:15pm

10 Flashbacks That Totally Changed Our Favorite Stories

A great story has lots of layers, and a rich backstory. When you only see part of the picture, you might reach a snap judgment about what's going on — but then you see events from years ago, that make you rethink everything. Here are 10 flashbacks that turn your understanding of a story upside-down. » 12/29/14 4:15pm 12/29/14 4:15pm

10 Story Decisions Scifi And Fantasy Writers Ended Up Regretting

There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better. » 12/24/14 1:12pm 12/24/14 1:12pm

11 Fan Theories That Are Better Than The Actual Story

Fan theories can be wonderful and strange, but sometimes a fan will come up with an idea that's even better than the official story. Here are just some of the fan theories that actually make a lot of sense—and would actually improve the stories they come from. » 12/09/14 1:19pm 12/09/14 1:19pm

The Persona 5 Protagonist Has a Very Appropriate Nickname

We don't know the name of Persona 5's protagonist. In Japan, gamers are calling him either one of two things: "P5's main character" (P5の主人公) or "Potter" (ポッター). You know, as in Harry Potter. But they're not the only ones calling him this. » 9/02/14 4:30am 9/02/14 4:30am

Why JK Rowling Should Open Harry Potter Up To Other Writers

Earlier this month, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling released a short piece of prose that offered a quick look at Harry Potter and his Hogwarts classmates as adults. The response indicated that fans are still hungry for stories of the wizarding world—and perhaps it's time for someone other than Rowling to give it… » 7/18/14 3:27pm 7/18/14 3:27pm

​10 Villains And Evil Organizations That Badly Need P.R. Makeovers

It's never been a better time to evil. But there's one cardinal rule to being a successful bad guy and that's to pretend you aren't evil. No one is going to support a group named the Murder Society, but if you call yourselves the Action Society? Then you're in business! Here are 10 villains who need P.R. help badly. » 7/07/14 2:00pm 7/07/14 2:00pm

Why Spam Emails Are So Weird

You've been there before. A spam email pops up in your inbox and it's utter nonsense. A rancid word jambalaya of "Hello dears," a bunch of names you never even knew could be names, and sentences not of this world. Why? Why does anyone do that? Let me explain. With the help of Harry Potter quotes. » 6/26/14 9:37pm 6/26/14 9:37pm

Chinese College Looks Like Hogwarts from Harry Potter

Old Harry Potter Games Were Absurd

I never played any of the older Harry Potter games, and now, watching Criken2 play through the PlayStation version of Harry Potter and The Sorceror's Stone, I'm not sure if that is a mistake or not. » 4/30/14 8:45pm 4/30/14 8:45pm

Blonde Twins Play Harry Potter Music on Harps, Frolic in a Forest

How about some mellow? Let's do mellow. Here we have a lovely performance of "Hedwig's Theme" from the Harry Potter soundtrack, presented by Harp Twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt. » 3/04/14 4:30am 3/04/14 4:30am

The Most Disappointing Final Battles in All Science Fiction and Fantasy


It's all been leading up to this. Hundreds of pages, or hours, of buildup, leading up to the final confrontation between the forces of excellent and the forces of not-excellent. And then... it's kind of a bust. The bad guys kind of fold. Or the fight lasts 30 seconds. Or it's just thumb-wrestling. Here are the most… » 2/27/14 3:35pm 2/27/14 3:35pm

12 Most Codependent Supervillains of All Time

Some villains strive for wealth and power. Some villains strive for glory. But a surprising number of villains are motivated solely by their tangled relationships with the hero. These are love-hate relationships, in which the villain just wants to impress the hero or spend quality time together. Here are the 12 most… » 2/26/14 1:21pm 2/26/14 1:21pm

New Humble Weekly, Logitech G500s $40, Xbox One Games, FFVIII [Deals]

Come on back to today's Kotaku Deals, there's a great new Humble Weekly featuring Knytt Underground and Really Big Sky. [Humble] » 12/05/13 1:15pm 12/05/13 1:15pm

The Best Part Of Harry Potter 7 Begins Infinity Blade III

As a more casual Harry Potter enthusiast, the best moment in the entire movie series was The Tale of the Three Brothers, an animated aside from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Chair creative director Donald Mustard liked it as well, so he hired the animation company that made it to summarize the series… » 9/13/13 2:35pm 9/13/13 2:35pm

We've Got A Wild Theory About The New Harry Potter Movie

Today, JK Rowling revealed that she's going to be writing the screenplay for some new movies set in the Harry Potter universe. They'll star a gentleman named Newt Scamander, author of the Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Well, we've got a theory about this Scamander fellow. » 9/12/13 5:00pm 9/12/13 5:00pm

JK Rowling Is Making More Harry Potter, Because Of Course She Is

Did you really expect the Harry Potter movies to end at eight? JK Rowling has just announced that she's launching another franchise in the world of Harry Potter, and although it won't feature the scarred wizard, it will be transmedia: films, video games, the works. » 9/12/13 10:55am 9/12/13 10:55am