Football: The Kotaku Review

If Football—that is, the American National Football League football—used the same naming scheme as "Dungeons & Dragons," we'd call it "Beer Commercials & Cheerleaders." » 1/30/15 3:00pm 1/30/15 3:00pm

The 16 Games That Consumed 311 Hours Of My 2013

Hello, my darlings! It is me, tim rogers, founder and director of Action Button Entertainment, currently directing an androgynous apolitical abstract minimalist electronic sport called VIDEOBALL, which will arrive on all consoles and computer operating systems with a robust cross-platform online multiplayer user… » 12/31/13 12:00pm 12/31/13 12:00pm

Indie Game: The Infomercial. "If StarCraft is a sport, Divekick is a crime scene." That's Action Button founder (and sometime Kotaku contributor) Tim Rogers giving his trademark infomercial-style pitch for Divekick, an absurd two-button fighting game he did not make but would still like for you to play. » 8/20/13 8:00pm 8/20/13 8:00pm

Up for a lengthy, design-oriented review of The Last of Us? Game designer and sometime Kotaku contributor Tim Rogers has got you covered, with a terrific, meaty write-up over at ActionButton.net. » 7/19/13 5:55pm 7/19/13 5:55pm

The dust has settled a bit, and opinions about BioShock Infinite are still all over the place. A couple new things worth checking out: First of all, erstwhile Kotaku contributor Tim Rogers has written a typically sprawling, highly enjoyable review of the game over at actionbutton.net. Second, Cameron Kunzelman has… » 4/23/13 5:30pm 4/23/13 5:30pm

The Hierarchy of Video Game Haters

I've been writing for Kotaku, off and on, since 2007. I've been reading it longer than that. One of the accounts I follow on Twitter (follow me!) begs me to not read the comments on blogs. Of course, I don't listen, and that is why my head is crammed with weird shards of anecdotal evidence that are as bring-uppable at… » 1/21/13 9:00am 1/21/13 9:00am

These Were My 8 Favorite PS2 Games...

On 7 January 2013, Sony announced they had stopped production of the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Google says that more than 1.5 billion games were sold for the PlayStation 2 worldwide in its 12-plus-change years of success. » 1/09/13 5:00pm 1/09/13 5:00pm

Why a Free iPad Game is Better Than Every Blockbuster Game Released in…

Many people who went to film school will tell you that film school made them hate watching films. In a similar fashion, as someone who has worked on triple-A video games in the past, the only thing that impresses me about triple-A video games is the amount of work that goes into constructing them. Project managers and… » 12/31/12 12:00pm 12/31/12 12:00pm

TNNS is an Amazing Game, Right Down to Its iTunes Description

Over the past couple of days I've been playing the balls off of TNNS, Action Button Entertainment's new paddle-ball game for iOS devices. It's colorful, challenging and infinitely entertaining, and that has nothing to do with the involvement of frequent Kotaku contributor Tim Rogers. » 11/14/12 10:55am 11/14/12 10:55am

TNNS (pronounced…

I love Final Fantasy VII: Now Watch Me Pretend I Hate It.

Final Fantasy VII's Wikipedia entry is 6,596 words.The Wikipedia entry for William Shakespeare is 5,999 words. Let's apply One-Hundred-Point Scale Internet Video Game Web Site Score Logic to these two word counts: if we were giving Final Fantasy VII a 10, Shakespeare's collected works would score a 9.7. » 8/31/12 9:00am 8/31/12 9:00am

Allow Me To Apologize For E3 2012

Allow me to apologize, on the behalf of all game developers, for the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo. » 6/13/12 1:00pm 6/13/12 1:00pm

Now the nuns throw off their clothes, and they're all sexy and breasty. They walk toward the motel in a stupidly showoffy "V" formation, point a rocket launcher, and let one rip.

The Bum in the Unlocked Bathroom: How Bad User Interfaces are Ruining…

I can summarize my experience designing user interfaces like this: if you were to place a refrigerator and a toilet side by side in a room with no windows and a door which locked from the inside, 9.3 out of 10 people entering that room would defecate in the freezer and urinate on the floor. » 5/28/12 2:30pm 5/28/12 2:30pm

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Introducing ZiGGURAT.

[Editor's Note: Every month, we pay Tim Rogers to share his unique view of video games. But Tim has gone and made a video game. For free, we're letting him introduce his new game as only Tim can. He'll be back later this month with stuff we actually pay him to write. Take it away, Tim... ] » 2/22/12 5:00pm 2/22/12 5:00pm

Warning: I Dared To Imagine What Famous Video Games Would Smell Like.

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone, and still no smell-o-vision inventor has stepped forward to wave the flag violently enough. » 1/27/12 4:00pm 1/27/12 4:00pm

Why The Apple Trackpad Might Be The Best Video Game Controller Ever Made

I was designing a user interface for someone else's social game the other day, and I was completely oblivious that I'd just recommended a feature that Just Would Not Do. » 1/23/12 2:30pm 1/23/12 2:30pm

The B3st and Worst Gam3s With a 3 In the Title

Anyone who knows me knows that my second-favorite hobby (after making sure my fingernails have no white parts) is numerology. You can't use a number over and over again on my watch if you expect me to not take notice. The Games Industry tried to slip a battleship-sized "coincidence" past the public in 2011. Most of… » 12/13/11 2:00pm 12/13/11 2:00pm