The Struggle To Release "Indie" Games Inside Ubisoft

Yoan Fanise spent 14 years working at Ubisoft, and during that time—some of which was spent working on the blockbuster series the company is famous for—he was also somehow able to release one of the smallest, bravest games we've ever seen from a major publisher. » 3/12/15 5:30pm 3/12/15 5:30pm

The Games My Mother Played

(Originally published May 11, 2008) May 1st 1980 I came home from school to find my mother waiting there for me, a giddy smile on her lips. She always loved birthdays. Back then we were living in an apartment, my younger sister and I sharing one room, my older brother and sister sometimes sharing another, and… » 5/11/14 2:00pm 5/11/14 2:00pm

Final Fantasy XIV (2010 Release): The Kotaku Review

On this, the eve of the official launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, let's take a look back at the original release of Square Enix's second Final Fantasy MMO, and reflect on the wrongs the new version is trying to right. » 8/26/13 7:30pm 8/26/13 7:30pm

There's One Sure Way to Have Fun in Defiance

The MMO tie-in to SyFy's upcoming Earth-plus-aliens series Defiance is in full swing, or as full a swing as it can manage, given the shaky start. While we're waiting for Trion Worlds to fix wehat needs fixing, there's at least one activity that'll never let you down. Vrooom. » 4/05/13 1:30pm 4/05/13 1:30pm

Grand Theft Auto is Too Big. Yakuza is Too Small. Sleeping Dogs is Just…

Creating a compelling and enjoyable open world experience is more than just giving the player as much real estate technologically possible to play in. It's a delicate balancing act between character and scale. Somewhere between Grand Theft Auto's size and Yakuza's personality lies Sleeping Dogs. » 8/15/12 7:00pm 8/15/12 7:00pm

Let's Not Forget the Wonderful Dyad Gaming Chair

The following story originally ran in March of 2011, but since the excellent game it's partially about just came out this week, we're showing it to you again. And, before you ask, the last time I asked Dyad's creator about this special gaming chair, he didn't make it sound like it would be going into… » 7/18/12 10:40am 7/18/12 10:40am

The Origin EON-11s is an Impressive Gaming Machine Masquerading as a…

The bigger the gaming laptop is, the more powerful it is. At least that's been the experience I've had in my gaming laptop-reviewing career. A bigger chassis means more bells and whistles, better heat management, and a larger, more vivid display. » 5/23/12 7:00pm 5/23/12 7:00pm

Razer's Game-Changing Blade Gaming Laptop in My Hot Little Hands

Last summer PC peripheral maker Razer introduced the world to the Razer Blade, a device CEO Min-Liang Tan boldly described as "the world's first gaming laptop." Well now the world's first gaming laptop is in my dining room. Let's open this baby up, shall we? » 2/04/12 2:00pm 2/04/12 2:00pm

Why an Xbox With Anti-Used Game Tech Makes Perfect Sense

So, we've heard from a source that the next Xbox may feature some kind of anti-used games technology. When you first read that, your first instinct was probably to think it's either bullshit or the worst idea a video game company has ever had. » 1/25/12 10:00pm 1/25/12 10:00pm

Swapnote is Much More Than a Fun Way to Send Your Boss Penis Drawings…

When the original DS launched Nintendo gave us Pictochat, a decent local wireless program for chatting and exchanging pictures with our friends. When the 3DS launched, casual chatting was nowhere to be seen. Swapnote fixes that. » 12/28/11 12:30pm 12/28/11 12:30pm

Everything You Need to Know about Japan's PlayStation Vita

Over the weekend Sony unleashed the next evolution of portable gaming on Japan, and Kotaku was there. Here's our complete coverage of the Japanese PlayStation Vita launch, from queuing up to booting up and beyond. » 12/19/11 1:20pm 12/19/11 1:20pm

If Only Cartoon Network Took Its Games More Seriously

Perhaps I was the only male over the age of thirteen to hope that Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL for the Xbox 360 was something more than a sloppy clone of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series of character-driven fighting games. » 12/12/11 10:00pm 12/12/11 10:00pm

Black (and Blue) Saturday

If you've survived the stampeding, rioting, body-slamming, pepper-spraying madness that marked Black Friday here in the United States, then pick yourself up and dust yourself off, there are 29 more shopping days until Christmas. Prepare for the long march ahead with this weekend's roundup of the best gaming hardware,… » 11/26/11 10:00am 11/26/11 10:00am

The Best Gaming Pumpkins of the Season!

With Halloween just around the corner, what better time is there to take a look at some of the best gaming-related pumpkins out there this year? » 10/28/11 2:00pm 10/28/11 2:00pm

Live at the World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Preview Panel

Now that we know what the next expansion pack for World of Warcraft is, let's get some details about what's going on beyond the Mists of Pandaria. » 10/21/11 3:20pm 10/21/11 3:20pm

The Death of Muammar Gaddafi Makes News Today, Video Game Next Tuesday

The early reports, and later confirmation, of Muammar Gaddafi's death at the hands of Libyan rebels flashed on news channels, websites, Facebook and Twitter this morning. And by next week people will be playing the computer game version of the death. » 10/20/11 5:00pm 10/20/11 5:00pm

Next Friday is Hawaiian Shirt Day

I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door—that way Lumbergh can't see me—and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour. Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably… » 9/17/11 10:00am 9/17/11 10:00am