How 'Reading' Works In Smash Bros.

"Reading" isn't just the provenance of drag queens. Not anymore, at least. The partly-psychological, partly-social practice of "reading" another person is an essential piece of playing fighting games like Super Smash Bros. effectively. So how does it work? An excellent new tutorial by Rush Hour Smash spells it out. » 2/20/15 12:15pm 2/20/15 12:15pm

How To Pull Off Super Mario World's Most Incredible Glitch

Super Mario World has a crazy glitch where players can warp to the end of the game without actually playing through it. Normally, this glitch might be impossible for all but the most hardcore of players—but with practice, it's something you can do, too. » 2/09/15 6:07pm 2/09/15 6:07pm

Worth Reading: Jill Valentine's Chest, The Perfect Tutorial, And More


Hope everyone enjoyed the debut of Worth Reading last Friday on Kotaku! Every week, I strive to bring you a brand-new set of provocative writing, commentary, crowdfunding projects, and plenty more. You might not agree with what you find, but that's often the point. Let's dive in. » 1/23/15 1:00pm 1/23/15 1:00pm

What 'Zoning' Means In Smash Bros., And Why It's So Important

One thing that separates Super Smash Bros. from other fighting games is the fact that you have to knock an opponent off a stage to get a knock-out. This makes it crucial to get a firm grasp on the physical space in a match as well as your relationship to an opponent. Key to doing so is a process known as "zoning." » 1/06/15 4:40pm 1/06/15 4:40pm

An Amazing Glitch That Makes Super Mario World Way Easier

Ever heard of the "cloud glitch" in Super Mario World? It's a technique that allows you to spawn a usable Lakitu cloud in your item box, which you can then use to speed through the game. Heck, the glitch even allows you to skip some of the animations in the final Bowser fight, peculiarly enough. » 7/08/14 7:30pm 7/08/14 7:30pm

Here's How To Make Infinite Money In GTA V

Money makes the world go round, and boy howdy, can you nab a ton of cash in Grand Theft Auto V...if you're willing to play dirty, that is. Such is the nature of exploits. » 9/19/13 4:30pm 9/19/13 4:30pm

These Deal Breakers Make Me Give Up On A Video Game Within The First…

When it comes to deciding what game gets my attention and why, I am absolutely ruthless. I don't care how much better it's going to get, I don't care that it's actually an amazing game and I just have to give it a chance. No. If you mess up in the first hour of a game, I'm done. » 1/16/13 6:30pm 1/16/13 6:30pm

Master Photoshop The Legend of Zelda Way

Despite more than a decade of futzing about with Adobe Photoshop, my digital painting skills are considerably amateur. Creating something like David Cousens' The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask piece above is beyond my skills... or is it?! » 7/08/09 4:40pm 7/08/09 4:40pm

PlayStation 3 101: Surfing The Web

It really makes me wonder what sorts of people Sony feels purchased the PlayStation 3 system this year when they feel they have to post a video tutorial explaining how to surf the web. » 12/31/08 12:40pm 12/31/08 12:40pm

Introducing LittleBigWorkshop

The LittleBigPlanet blog has undergone a transformation while we were all busy deciding the leader of our country, giving way to LittleBigWorkshop, a place to find inspiration, share building tips, and create wallpaper to somehow aid others in building their own LittleBigPlanet levels. The Inspiration section of the… » 11/05/08 10:40am 11/05/08 10:40am

Learn How To Make Your Own Shmup!

Kongregate, the online community/portal dedicated to playing and developing games, is furthering the "democratization" of game development with Kongregate Labs. Using the simple-as-its-name-implies side-scrolling shmup Shoot! » 10/17/08 6:40pm 10/17/08 6:40pm as a foundation, Labs features an ongoing series of tutorials (or *groan* "shootorials") that…

Get Blood on Your Suit With the Spy


While we're waiting for the real Spy updates and unlockables (and not fakes which momentarily fooled even Valve) OMFGNinja.com has gone and created an amazingly deep three-part advanced tutorial on how to play the Spy. It is mesmerizing, and showcases how any character in this game, with enough skill and planning,… » 7/20/08 7:00pm 7/20/08 7:00pm