Selective Memory: A Look At Nostalgia

Well friends, tomorrow is my 26th birthday. I'm getting old! I've been doing this gaming thing for a while now, and like many of you I have a ton of great memories from that time. Often it's easy to let those good memories cloud out the less than great memories, which can have a bit of a negative effect. We don't… » 1/28/15 7:30am Yesterday 7:30am

A Timeless Chat with the Man Behind A Hat in Time's Amazing Score

Last November while browsing my life away, I decided to check on a game that was released in the late 90s. You see it's a tradition of mine to replay Banjo-Kazooie every couple of years, a game that for most is memorable not only for its unique twist on the platforming genre, but also for its music. Many years have… » 1/26/15 4:00am Monday 4:00am

Atlas of Rock: Japan

For the last eight months or so I have been exploring the rock and metal music from various countries around the world here on Atlas of Rock, the ongoing series for my Metal Monday Column, and have discovered many bands and artists along the way. Today we arrive at one of TAY's favorite countries at long last! » 1/20/15 6:30am 1/20/15 6:30am

Over And Over Again: A Discussion On Replayability

Replayability is a quality that many of us look for in games that we are considering spending our money on. For a lot of people it's hard to justify spending money on a game if they're only going to play it once. Thinking about it though, just what constitutes good replayability in a game? I'm sure many of us have… » 1/14/15 6:00am 1/14/15 6:00am

Forcing The Fun: Trying To Click With A Game

No matter how hard you try there will always be things in life that just don't click with you. This happens to me with gaming quite often. As someone who enjoys trying pretty much any game I can get my hands on I do my best to get into the groove of anything that I get the chance to try, but sometimes it just doesn't… » 12/31/14 4:01am 12/31/14 4:01am

Objection!: Disagreeing Over Games

I enjoy playing games. As obvious as that statement may seem, it feels to me like many people who are into gaming these days are just as (if not more) interested in expending their energy disliking games and spreading their dislike rather than just enjoying those they like. This is nothing new by any means, but it… » 12/23/14 6:10am 12/23/14 6:10am

Christmas: The TAY Review

So it's this time of year once again. It's getting colder and the days are shorter. Leaves are absent from trees and the birds migrate in search of warmer climates. Christmas must be just around the corner! With the 1678th iteration being released on the 25th this month I managed to bribe sweet talk my way to an early… » 12/17/14 6:05am 12/17/14 6:05am

Five Things Assassin's Creed Victory Needs

Since Kotaku blew the cover off next year's major Assassin's Creed, tentatively titled Victory, reactions have run the gamut from excitement to anger and everything in between. To say this year's installment, Unity, is a divisive game would be an understatement of epic proportions. Like it or not, Ubisoft Quebec is… » 12/10/14 6:00am 12/10/14 6:00am

Shadow The Hedgehog: The TAY Review

Never before has a game made me question everything I ever thought about in life. What am I doing? Why am I here? Where's my life going? Am I all of me? I never had to question my political, religious or philosophical beliefs until I played this game. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the greatest game ever made. » 12/08/14 6:40am 12/08/14 6:40am

Strangest Pets in Video Games

With quirky personalities all their own, it's difficult to not fall in love with pets. We're intrigued by their thought-processes and smitten by their charm, even if they cannot use magic spells to destroy our enemies as our video game companions often can. Inspired in part by Fiery Corgis in WOW, here are some of the… » 11/05/14 5:30am 11/05/14 5:30am

​Hidden Treats in... Majora's Mask

Call me crazy, but I always thought Majora's Mask was a pretty dark game. Maybe it's the giant moon that glares at you as it slowly kills you. Maybe it's the fact that you're assuming the roles of a bunch of dead people that don't look too pleased when you put on their faces. Maybe it's even that one notoriously… » 10/20/14 8:01am 10/20/14 8:01am