The World's Oldest Video Game Publication Is Closing [UPDATE: Maybe…

It's been announced that publisher Future has plans to close a number of its video game sites, among them CVG. Games websites open and close all the time, and people losing their jobs is always a sad thing, but this one hits particularly hard because of CVG's long history. A history longer than any other games… » 5/29/14 8:00pm 5/29/14 8:00pm

The Gaming Books You Must Read

This is embarrassing to admit, but I haven't read much in the way of nonfiction books about video games. Don't get me wrong: there's some incredible work out there. In general, however, I've found that digging around for more books very quickly slides into work that is prohibitively technical, academic, or both. » 4/16/14 12:15pm 4/16/14 12:15pm

Adam Sessler Leaves Video Job For "New Avenues Inside Of Gaming"

Welcome To TMI! Ask Me Anything

Hello! TMI is a new branch of Kotaku that I'll be running. What is it? Well, it's something of an experiment in disclosure, storytelling, interviewing, and a bunch of other stuff, and I'd like you to join me. » 4/02/14 2:00pm 4/02/14 2:00pm

CNBC Asks: “Did Call of Duty Kill Chivalry?”

The motives behind shifting gender roles and economics are complex and nuanced. But screw it, let’s blame it all on Call of Duty instead. » 8/15/13 7:00pm 8/15/13 7:00pm

Portrayed as a Loser, Gamer Steps Out To Confront Bad Reporter

Defense of the Ancients » 11/12/12 8:00am 11/12/12 8:00am, aka , champion Wei Shanchuan (卫山川) doesn't have many regrets regarding his professional gaming career. Why should he? He's fairly young and he's won many national tournaments in China. So when he was approached by a reporter for a profile piece on his life as a gamer he was eager to give the…

Chinese News Confuses Masturbation Toy with a Mysterious Mushroom

It was unlike anything the villagers had ever seen. The young news reporter who arrived on the scene was quick to point out that the "mysterious mushroom" felt "meaty". Meaty, sure, but that ain't no mushroom.


On June 17, Chinese investigative news program Xi'an Up Close reported about a "mysterious mushroom"… » 6/19/12 4:01am 6/19/12 4:01am

Here's The New GamePro Mag: It's Quarterly, Bigger and "Kicks a Lot of…

GamePro magazine recently went quarterly but that doesn't mean you should count it out. The folks over at GamePro just dropped their cover on the net, saying that the new "periodical" is the last great video game magazine. » 11/07/11 1:28pm 11/07/11 1:28pm

In Praise of Tough Questions

I heard yesterday that games journalist Brandon Sheffield gave a tough interview to some of the guys who made Rage, this week's big new first-person shooter. » 10/04/11 4:00pm 10/04/11 4:00pm

Metacritic Calls on Writers to Review More Shitty Games

Metacritic's founder made a little bit of a stir earlier in the week when he went on the A Jumps B Shoots podcast to discuss a wide variety of topics, one of them being that game reviewers were obligated to "review all the shit," not just good games or those expected to sell well. GamePro followed up for a… » 7/16/11 11:00am 7/16/11 11:00am

Furries and Lolitas Pave the Way for the Modern Journalist

There's a lot we can learn from furries. While animal costumes might not be your thing, Lauren Rae Orsini says that they have inspired her as a journalist. » 6/28/11 3:20pm 6/28/11 3:20pm

The Stupidest News Report Ever?

There's stupid, and there's stupid. According to the country's biggest newspaper, South Korea's Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation ran a segment that sounds rather "thick". This might not be the dumbest TV news reporting on gaming ever, but it's up there. » 2/16/11 8:30am 2/16/11 8:30am

R.I.P. Penthouse Founder Bob Guccione, 1930-2010

On October 20, Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione succumbed to lung cancer at a suburban Dallas hospital. The 79 year-old entrepreneur shook up both magazine publishing and Hollywood. Like many people, he also enjoyed video games. » 10/22/10 4:00am 10/22/10 4:00am

Chile's Own Super Mario Miner

After nearly seventy days, the 33 Chilean miners have finally been rescued from over 2,300 feet underground. As the entire world celebrates, the area is swarming with reporters and journalists. It's a media circus! Cue the headline puns. » 10/15/10 2:00am 10/15/10 2:00am

British Tab's Bogus GTA Story Brings Bigtime Apology — and Damages

The idea that Rockstar Games was making "Grand Theft Auto: Rothbury" - whether or not a ghastly crime was committed there - was so sensationally ridiculous that when The Daily Star alleged such a plan, I ignored it. Rockstar didn't. » 7/24/10 2:00pm 7/24/10 2:00pm

Roger Ebert Admits His Mistake

"I was a fool for mentioning video games in the first place," writes the famed movie critic. "I would never express an opinion on a movie I hadn't seen." » 7/01/10 3:00am 7/01/10 3:00am

Japanese Housewives, Online Gaming Addicts

A small percentage of Japanese housewives lose themselves in torrid love affairs. An even tinier percentage become heavily addicted to online games, a new book claims. » 4/12/10 6:00am 4/12/10 6:00am