Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Behind Microsoft's Holographic Wall

This past week Microsoft debuted Hololens, a holographic Windows 10 interface that could hide a Minecraft-like game behind your walls. What else can the holographic Windows of the future help us hide? Strap on your 'Shop Contest goggles, kids. » 1/25/15 6:00pm 1/25/15 6:00pm

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: What's In The Box? The Winners!

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: What's In The Box?

This is not an expression one wants to see on Christmas morning. What could possibly upset this vaguely Chris Evans-ish model so? That's up to this week's 'Shop contest participants. » 12/21/14 12:30pm 12/21/14 12:30pm

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: The Ultimate Holiday Gaming Sweater: Winners!

In the spirit of this festive holiday season, last week I asked our 'shop-savvy readers to design the most wonderful ugly video game holiday sweater of them all. I'd wear every one of these, all at once, with this Bad Dudes one on top. » 12/20/14 8:30pm 12/20/14 8:30pm

Smash Mountain

No-brainers make for the best 'Shop Contest ideas and this one was a lead-pipe lock as soon as it was spotted on Tuesday. This log flume full of Smash Bros aficionados takes the gold for best roller-coaster reaction shot of all time, but we're going to make it better. » 9/04/11 12:00pm 9/04/11 12:00pm

Up on the Roof

This week's challenge comes again from Kotaku's travels, but fear not, we're not doing cosplay exploitables again. We'll shelve that idea for a while. This time, we're gonna throw a roof party for Nintendo of America's super-duper green headquarters. » 8/28/11 12:00pm 8/28/11 12:00pm

Northern Overexposure

Nolan North appearing in a video game is not exactly news. It's more newsworthy when he doesn't. But voicing The Penguin, with a canon-defying cockney accent even, is treading the limits of overexposure even for him. One reason North can get away with this is because, in addition to having great vocal range, we never… » 8/07/11 12:00pm 8/07/11 12:00pm

Photobombed Cosplay Winners

Last week we served up 13 of the most exploitable cosplay pics from at Comic-Con 2011 for you to corrupt even further. Many entered, only one will win! Who is it? OK, yeah, it's that guy above. But see inside for the other 19 finalists! » 7/30/11 7:00pm 7/30/11 7:00pm

Photobombed Cosplay

OK, team, if you've been paying attention, we've been hinting at this week's 'Shop Contest subject for the past four days. We've rounded up a dirty dozen of the most exploitable cosplay pics so far from Comic-Con 2011. It's up to you to bring the more-funny! Your mission awaits inside! » 7/24/11 12:00pm 7/24/11 12:00pm

Chillin' with Chell Winners

Last week's ‘Shop Contest served as a warmup for the cosplay explosion of San Diego Comic-Con 2011. We've got several entries that will be hard to follow. This week's top 20 awaits you inside! » 7/23/11 6:00pm 7/23/11 6:00pm

Board Game Box Art

This week we learned of World of Fourcraft, a game that turns New York into a giant game of real-life Risk. That got me to thinking about the box art that predated today's video game packshots, and thus our latest Kotaku 'Shop Contest challenge. » 7/03/11 12:00pm 7/03/11 12:00pm

Caught 'Em: Winners

Our latest 'Shop contest took inspiration from the capture of the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger. We've got a list of the 20 most wanted 'shops inside. Their crime? First-degree hilarity. » 7/02/11 7:00pm 7/02/11 7:00pm

Shield Posing Winners

Last week we asked you to consider the Wii U controller as a window to a new world. We'll go through the looking glass with the 20 best ‘shops, but first, a public service announcement from your local Kotaku ‘Shop Contest. » 6/18/11 7:00pm 6/18/11 7:00pm

Smackdown vs. 3DS Winners

The strange appearance of an Aqua Blue 3DS capturing the action at a pro rasslin' event provided the grist for our latest Kotaku ‘Shop Contest, in which the Nintendo handheld makes 20 cameos just as bizarre. » 6/11/11 7:00pm 6/11/11 7:00pm

AR Games in Real Life

Headline's kind of a misnomer because, the deal with the augmented reality games on the 3DS is, they are kinda-sorta played in real life. But not the way we're gonna play them. » 5/01/11 12:00pm 5/01/11 12:00pm

Adventures in Babysitting — For Sony

Some snippiness from Sony's CEO provided the grist for last week's 'Shop Contest challenge, in which we explored the challenges of child rearing by those who gave us the PSP. We've got 20 hot and fresh 'shops waiting for you inside!

Let's get things started with frequent flyer boopadoo (4), who racks up the Sony gang… » 4/16/11 7:12pm 4/16/11 7:12pm

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Google Tributes of the Future

Google's playable doodle acknowledging Pac-Man's 30th birthday on Friday created quite a stir. The game is still on the Google front through the weekend, but that got me wondering: What about future game anniversaries? » 5/23/10 12:00pm 5/23/10 12:00pm

How to Create Old-School Video Game Box Art

Since its introduction in January, the Kotaku 'Shop Contest has been a popular weekend feature. If you're looking to brush up your skills creating a subject marginally relevant (spoiler alert) to tomorrow's challenge, here's an excellent tutorial. » 4/24/10 7:00pm 4/24/10 7:00pm