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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

How A Deal With The Devil May Not Be Such A Terrible Idea for Cuphead

One of the most exciting announcements during Microsoft’s E3 press conference was not how Halo 5 would reshape the FPS genre, nor how Forza 6 would bring 500+ cars to drool over. And it definitely was not the new $150 Xbox Elite Controller. No other title took my breath away more than the indie game Cuphead. »7/06/15 9:23am7/06/15 9:23am

What 15 Minutes Of Playing For Honor Felt Like

I join the fray, sword in hand. I rush into the thick of battle. Amid the chaos I spot a serious threat. I wade through the carnage to him and we began to duel. Moments later, he is dead. Two more come to avenge him. I’m nervous. I know I won’t win. That’s when I realized it—For Honor has its hooks in me. »7/01/15 12:10pm7/01/15 12:10pm