Cooking with TAY: Housewarming Chocolate Babka

This past month I moved into an apartment closer to my new job. It’s the first time that I’ve ever lived totally alone without a even a cat to keep me company, and to be totally honest it feels more than a bit strange. So what better way to make a mostly-empty apartment feel like home than to fill it with the smell of… »10/02/15 6:30am10/02/15 6:30am

How to Get a Terabyte of Storage Without Buying That Ugly PS4

Want extra room for your games, save files and capture gallery, but don’t want a console that’ll make your retinas bleed and looks like it runs off of MTN DEW? Well, you’re in luck, because I’m here to show you to upgrade your storage on your already-beautiful PS4 without voiding your warranty. »9/23/15 9:49am9/23/15 9:49am

Something the 3D Sonic games got right: Boss Music

Sonic the Hedgehog games have been pretty hit or miss ever since the Genesis/Mega Drive era. They have either been critically acclaimed gems (Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations), flawed but fun (Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Unleashed), or complete failures that feel so rushed that you wonder if someone actually play-tested… »9/16/15 7:00am9/16/15 7:00am

The important differences between first-person and third-person games

Picture this: you are a game developer, and you are currently working on a shooter. Obviously you are going to design weapons that pack a punch, program the AI so that it can adapt to sundry in-game situations , and design environments that can accommodate multiple combat tactics and strategies that can range from… »8/27/15 6:30am8/27/15 6:30am

Increase Your Foreign Language Fluency with Let's Plays

Learning a new language can be hard. Correction: learning a new language is always hard. There are hundreds of things to learn, from vocabulary to grammar and beyond. While there are multitudes of ways to increase your proficiency, immersion is always beneficial. Unfortunately, native speakers to converse with are not… »8/26/15 6:00am8/26/15 6:00am

[DONE] Heroes Of The Storm - Game Night!

Thanks for playing and watching us tonight! We had a lot of people interested, so sorry if you didn’t get a chance to play tonight, but we will be doing more game nights since it was such a success tonight! Special thanks to Smi1ey for broadcasting on Twitch and Yannick LeJacq for sharing on the Kotaku main page! GG… »8/14/15 8:42pm8/14/15 8:42pm

Why anime first-person shooters can be a match made in (gaming) heaven

Before we begin, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I LOVE anime and first-person shooters. In fact, I’ve been watching and playing them respectively since my pre-teens, and I’ve always been captivated by the former’s depth (when done right) and the latter’s high-octane action (again, when done right).
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Cuphead Co-Creator Talks About Gameplay, Difficulty, and Ms. Pacman

Last Thursday, Chad Moldenhauer of Studio MDHR dropped by ID@XBOX to do a live chat on Xbox’s Twitch Channel for his upcoming indie title Cuphead. He took a few questions from viewers during the stream, and I took the opportunity to do a follow-up from my interview regarding some concerns I had about the game. »7/17/15 1:57pm7/17/15 1:57pm

How Dragon Age 2 Taught Me To Face My Dragon: Depression

Last June, Io9 featured an “In Defense Of” article on Dragon Age 2 which highlighted the strengths the game had, despite less-than-shiny reviews originally received from critics and players alike. James Whitebrook’s article reminded me of the deep fondness I had for DA2 and inspired me to share my story on how being… »7/13/15 1:34pm7/13/15 1:34pm