The Game I Played When I Was Scared To Death of Being Deported

Amidst the pushcart vendors selling bacon-wrapped hot-dogs, religious leaders blasting damning sermons over megaphones, and the homeless wandering around the city, there is one San Francisco fixture most people don't know about—not even the locals. It's not a bridge or a winding street or anything like that: I'm… » 3/31/14 2:30pm 3/31/14 2:30pm

I Spent Saturday Morning Solving Puzzles In The Belly Of A Naval…

If you've played a Zero Escape game like 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors or its sequel, Virtue's Last Reward, you're no stranger to the idea of a "room escape" game. You're placed in a room, probably with a team. The room is locked, and the only way out is to solve the puzzles and turn in a correct answer. » 1/28/13 7:00pm 1/28/13 7:00pm

This MarioBART Map Takes Rainbow Road Right Through San Francisco

Commuting on public transit can be a drag. Sure, it's better for the environment but it's not that fun being squished up against smelly strangers, to say nothing of the super-germs that are breeding all around you. But you know what is fun? Mario Kart. Why not mash one of the world's most-traveled mass transit systems … » 9/14/12 9:30am 9/14/12 9:30am

Video Games are Coming to Life and Destroying (or at Least Confusing)…

Kenny Kong is an artist who, for the past three years, has been working with Zenimax on The Elder Scrolls Online. Having since chucked that in to pursue a Masters at California College of the Arts, he's been able to do things a little more interesting. » 5/07/12 2:00am 5/07/12 2:00am

Welcome Kirk Hamilton as Kotaku's San Francisco Features Editor

It's always a pleasure welcoming a new voice to Kotaku, but considering how much I've been enjoying Kirk Hamilton's work over the last year as he blossoms into one of gaming most exciting writers, today's a special treat: Oh, I already spoiled it. Anyway, let's welcome Kirk Hamilton to Kotaku as our new San Francisco… » 7/27/11 1:20pm 7/27/11 1:20pm

Homefront Balloons Don't Fly in San Francisco [Update]

A Homefront promotion for the Game Developers Conference involved releasing hundreds of red balloons in the downtown of one of the most environmentally conscious cities in America. Many floated into its neighboring bay. Bad idea? Yeah, you could say that. [Update] GameStop has released a statement, saying publisher THQ … » 3/02/11 8:00pm 3/02/11 8:00pm