Iraqi Bootleg Game Covers Are The Best Kind Of Ridiculous

While piracy is the pits, you gotta love bootleg covers: they mash up all sorts of things that either make no sense, or somehow make the source material even funnier. In some cases, they even make you wish the game advertised on the cover officially actually existed, instead of whatever pirated game is actually in… » 4/11/14 5:30pm Friday 5:30pm

Downloading the "GTA V PC Torrent" is 18GB Worth of Bad Ideas

About the only thing I can see that's wrong with this diabolical plot is the fact suckers have to download an 18GB torrent before the malware is unleashed. Otherwise, there's a bogus torrent of Grand Theft Auto V's nonexistent PC version that's claimed several victims of late. » 10/22/13 9:40am 10/22/13 9:40am

Patch Will Give Jailbroken Deus Ex Players The Ability To Shoot

After yesterday's uproar over new mobile game Deus Ex: The Fall disabling guns on jailbroken iOS devices, Eidos parent Square Enix has announced plans to remove the function via an upcoming game update, apologizing for not being clear about the restriction up front. » 7/12/13 2:30pm 7/12/13 2:30pm

Eidos Disables Your Guns in iOS Deus Ex, If Your Device is Jailbroken

Released yesterday for iOS Deus Ex: The Fall is all about giving the player options, unless that player is attempting to run the game on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad, in which case it removes one of the most important abilities in the game — pulling the trigger. » 7/11/13 2:30pm 7/11/13 2:30pm

Ouya Provokes Piracy Argument with Retweet Touting Emulation

Ouya, which launched today even if many donors don't yet have their machines, is an Android-based, open source console. It'll run emulators. So there's some sensitivity to the issue of piracy, which Ouya didn't help by retweeting out a picture of Super Mario Bros. and adding the hashtag #freethegames. » 6/25/13 12:18pm 6/25/13 12:18pm

Protesting Piracy in China with...Blow-Up Dolls

Late last week at Peking University in Beijing, China, men wearing skimpy underwear and carrying inflatable friends streaked the university's north campus and tried to jump into Weiming Lake. Then, university security showed up. That's when all hell broke loose. » 6/16/13 12:30am 6/16/13 12:30am

Police Blotter: His Face Fought the Law and the Law Won

Crime is a constant feature of video games writing. Somewhere, someone is doing something illicit with them—sometimes comically stupid, but also potentially tragic. Games and consoles are currency, objects of dispute, sometimes even weapons themselves. Kotaku's Police Blotter is here to round up the latest in games… » 5/19/13 2:00pm 5/19/13 2:00pm

A Video Game in Which You Make Video Games Fights Pirates with Piracy

There's a recent tradition of developers screwing with pirates—from releasing enormous, immortal pink scorpions on them, to booby trapping their games with glitches when they get cracked. This weekend, Greenheart Games, creator of Game Dev Tycoon, just blew the curve for everyone. This is fantastic. » 4/29/13 10:00am 4/29/13 10:00am