It’s hard to believe now, but Tetris had everything going against it when it was first created. Dreamed up in a country weighed down with bureaucracy and largely walled off from the outside world, Tetris shouldn’t have become the worldwide phenomenon it became. A new book goes into painstaking detail about how the…
Uber is a comic-book where enhanced metahumans have made World War II bloodier and more vicious than it already was. The ubermenschen in the series have hollowed out gore-filled craters through Europe and the Soviet Union, leaving Paris and London smoking ruins. Now they’re coming for the United States. No wonder Alan…
Next week, Kotaku’s parent company Gawker Media will have a new owner. We don’t expect very much to change around here—we’ll still be bringing you all the latest TV show and snack news you crave—but it’s still the end of an era in many ways, so join us for a senior week Q&A. You can ask us anything, but we’re feeling…
It’s Friday, it’s brutally hot, and we’re here for an hour or so to answer your questions. Ask whatever you’d like, including but not limited to “why is July the worst?”
90-hour work weeks, free coffee, rad haircuts...working for Sega’s testing team in the mid-90s sure looked like shitty work.
There’s an old commercial for Westwood College that’s become something of a running joke in the video game world. Two young men sit at a couch, hammering away at PlayStation controllers. A woman walks in. “Hey guys, finish testing that game yet?” she asks. “I’ve got another one I need designed.”
Tomorrow at 3pm ET we’ll have someone who makes video game trailers here to answer your questions in an early Thursday edition of Kotaku Asks. So start brainstorming now!
Curious about what it’s like to play video games for a living? Want to know how grueling—or how satisfying—it can be to work as a QA tester for major video game companies?
I like Helldivers. It's one of my favorite PS4 games. But I had 11 questions about it. I posed them to one of the game's designers. He had answers. Thank goodness.
We're in the second week of a YouTube copyright enforcement crackdown whose most visible effects have been on the video gaming community. Each day turns up a new example of a video getting thrown in YouTube jail on a ridiculous technicality. The situation seems to defy common sense, but we'll try to explain it in…
There was recently an article published on this very site, written by Nathan Peters. It was a description of his experience as a contract employee in the video game industry; specifically in the QA department of Certain Affinity, a studio that worked on multiplayer aspects of Halo 4. The summary of the article is that…
You might know the name Victor Ireland—the outspoken ex-head of Working Designs was responsible for translating and publishing a number of beloved Japanese games, like the Lunar series and Alundra.
Did you get a bunch of new gear today? Got some questions about how to use it?
When a video game ships with tons of bugs, one excuse that gets thrown out is that it wasn't tested throughly enough. But what about the people who do the testing? Is there a way for them to get beyond filing bug reports and having a greater impact on development?
Earlier this week we posted a story article regarding the hardships of being a QA tester in the video game industry. Commenter Gunflame is here to set the record straight—it's a job, get over it.
Was Final Fantasy XIII too linear for you? Square Enix has heard the complaints, and answers them with a mechanic that's about as non-linear as they come: Time travel. How does it work? Director Motomu Toriyama has the answers.
Sony Computer Entertainment America is consolidating its two QA groups in one location, meaning 30 staff positions are being sent from the Bay Area to San Diego, Calif., and we hear another 100 contract positions were affected.
In a press release Q&A issued by Konami today, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima stresses the importance of the PSP installment of the Metal Gear Solid series, calling it, "a MGS5-class game."