I had missed that Eurogamer ran a bunch of footage from the demo of Hotline Miami 2 that I played back at E3. Here's the game in action, with some useful information delivered by a man wearing a chicken mask 1/20th as creepy as the one in the game. I've been replaying the first game on Vita, and it really does work… » 7/08/13 7:00pm 7/08/13 7:00pm

Watch Hotline Miami Destroy Your Childhood (And Just About Everything…

Hotline Miami is one of the most vicious, violent games in recent memory. This video by PulpitPower explores what would happen if we put Hotline Miami's savage protagonist in some old-school games (and a couple of newer ones, too!) The results are about as horrifying as you'd expect. » 1/27/13 8:00am 1/27/13 8:00am

Kirk's Top 11 Games Of 2012

I played more games in 2012 than any other year of my life. It was a weird—but thoroughly wonderful—year, and one that upset a lot of my expectations. Games I'd assumed would be amazing fell short of the mark, while others came out of nowhere to become fast favorites. » 1/03/13 9:00pm 1/03/13 9:00pm

Take a Groovy, Animated Trip through One Man's Favorite Games of 2012

Zac Gorman's been doing video game-centric comics for Kotaku for the better part of a year now. He's riffed on everything from Dishonored's stealth to what makes people jealous in Journey. So, it's only fitting that he lets everybody know what his favorite playable experiences from the last twelve months were. It's an … » 12/31/12 9:00am 12/31/12 9:00am

There Are Reasons I Don't Talk About Video Game Violence Much

As a writer, it's my job to put things together, to construct a narrative out of disparate pieces. As human beings who try to make sense of the world, we all do that unconsciously: when everything is a story, the world makes sense. » 12/24/12 2:00pm 12/24/12 2:00pm

Can We Talk About The Joy Of Violence Without Sounding Like Complete…

In a fit of frustration over Hotline Miami and the way gamers discuss violent games, I ended up talking to game critic/provocateur Cara Ellison. She adores Hotline Miami, you see. » 12/18/12 6:00pm 12/18/12 6:00pm

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