The Brazil-Germany Match, Explained Via Pokémon

The World Cup Is The Perfect Time For (New) Classic Football Games

FIFA may dominate the football game market these days, but there once was a time when people's tastes were simpler, and more arcade in nature. Pixel Soccer speaks to that time. » 6/23/14 10:36pm 6/23/14 10:36pm

Where’d All the Titanfall Players Go? To Watch the World Cup.

Titanfall is a great game, one that's capable of captivating players for hours on end. But the World Cup only happens every four years. As this chart of simultaneous players in Europe during yesterday's matches shows, sometimes red cards and free kicks take precedence over Burn Cards and unlocks. » 6/20/14 4:00pm 6/20/14 4:00pm

I'm Cool With One Of The Best Cartoons Of The Year Also Being An Ad

This is The Last Game. It's a 5:28 animated short that is many things. It's a commercial for Nike. More importantly, it's a "World Cup" commercial for Nike when it's not actually allowed to make official World Cup commercials (since that's Adidas' job). But I don't care about any of those things. I just love it as a… » 6/11/14 12:30am 6/11/14 12:30am

In Japan, the World Cup Is Sold with Pikachu

The World Cup is starting soon—real soon. June 12, actually! You know what that means? Merchandising. And in Japan, that means Pokémon merchandising. » 5/26/14 8:00am 5/26/14 8:00am

Mind-Controlled Pong is One Step Toward a World Cup Kickoff

Controlling games with brainwaves is a vogue research subject—Patricia Hernandez herself tested out a demo that involved tossing trucks telekinetically—but a team of researchers have applied it to a competitive game—Pong—with the goal of allowing a paralyzed person to make the ceremonial kickoff of the 2014 World Cup. » 6/22/13 5:00pm 6/22/13 5:00pm

Is Technology Ready For Japan's Holographic World Cup?

Tomorrow is the day Japan finds out if its promise of a fully holographic worldwide broadcast earns them the bid for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Can the country possibly deliver? » 12/01/10 2:30pm 12/01/10 2:30pm

Landon Donovan Gets America's FIFA Cover

Sure, I called it. Then again, any eight-year-old watching him bang home the winner in stoppage time of the U.S.-Algeria match could tell you Landon Donovan would be making his third appearance on the cover of EA Sports' FIFA series. » 8/11/10 9:30pm 8/11/10 9:30pm

What Video Games Don't Teach Us About Sports—But Should

EA Sports believes this is the year that soccer—or at least their version of it—will finally take over America. They are wrong, of course. This country's knowledge gap won't be closed by one Landon Donovan goal—or box cover. » 7/06/10 2:40pm 7/06/10 2:40pm

Vuvuzela Hero In Action, In Our Nightmares

I've seen Vuvzela Hero jokes for a while. Yes, the World Cup's most annoying musical instrument could be merged with Guitar Hero. The results would be slightly more annoying to my neighbors. Let's finally watch this fakery together and chortle. » 7/02/10 5:00pm 7/02/10 5:00pm

You Can't Escape the Vuvuzela, Even on the Wii

Quieting the obnoxious plastic horn in the Wii version of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa requires that you first win a game. In the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, vuvuzela volume is an audio menu option. Seen on Reddit. » 6/30/10 9:30pm 6/30/10 9:30pm

Square Enix Honcho Calls World Cup Interview "Deplorable"

Last night, Japan played valiantly against Paraguay. The game was 0-0 after extra time causing the victor to be settled by penalty kicks. Paraguay made all its shots. Japan, however, did not. » 6/30/10 5:00am 6/30/10 5:00am

One of Games' Greatest Songs, Defiled by the Vuvuzela

Best part? If you go to the YouTube page, you can click that soccer ball and get TWICE the vuvuzela crapping all over "The Song of Storms," from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. » 6/27/10 4:00pm 6/27/10 4:00pm

Kotaku Off-Topic: To Our Allies in England

I've invoked plenty of martial themes for the World Cup, not least being France's characteristic surrender. Regardless of our defeat yesterday, I won't stop now. Today, England must go it alone versus Germany, amidst the V-1 chorus of the vuvuzela. » 6/27/10 10:00am 6/27/10 10:00am

Support Your World Cup Side in Uncharted 2 Multiplayer

Through July 12 - the day after the World Cup championship - Uncharted 2 players may choose from 16 different World Cup shirts for Drake and Flynn in multiplayer, one for each nation that advanced to the Cup's knockout stage. » 6/26/10 12:00pm 6/26/10 12:00pm

Regardless of World Cup, EA Sports Predicts an American Triumph

Landon Donovan's miracle goal on Wednesday did far more than propel the United States to the World Cup's knockout stage. It's made America the No. 1 soccer video game market on the planet. » 6/25/10 6:20pm 6/25/10 6:20pm

The World Cup's Winning Eleven

In The Land of the Rising Sun, Pro Evolution Soccer is known as Winning Eleven. Ironic, as the Japanese national team traditionally hasn't been winning. Until recently, that is. » 6/25/10 8:30am 6/25/10 8:30am

Vuvuzelas Can Even Ruin Doom

While a lot of people - most of them casual observers of football at best - insist on complaining endlessly about the vuvuzelas at the World Cup, they're not that bad. At least those ones can't make you explode. » 6/24/10 7:30am 6/24/10 7:30am

Sins of a Solar Empire Publisher Produces Free Vuvuzela-Buster

We're two weeks into the World Cup and the obnoxious drone of the vuvuzela hasn't abated. Fear not, Stardock, which published Sins of a Solar Empire, made a free app that strips the horn's noise from streaming broadcasts. » 6/19/10 11:30pm 6/19/10 11:30pm