I got my boutique-built gaming computer in the mail today. It was a monster, packed in a wooden crate and ensconced in a sheath of black cloth.

It worked for almost four hours before I ran into my first issue.... sigh. (Don't worry, I think it's a static issue I'm having with USB ports.)

Can A Super Smart Computer Teach Game Characters To Be As Stupid As Humans?
Supercomputer Watson can best the best of us in Jeopardy, but can it make the games we play at home more challenging and fun? More »

An Elegant Video Hate Letter To The Makers Of Call Of Duty: Black Ops
Kotaku commenter Goldwings is having problems connecting to mutliplayer games in Call of Duty: Black Ops for the PlayStation 3, so he voices his displeasure in video form in today's Speak-Up on Kotaku. More »

Should You Buy A PSP?
Sony's PlayStation Portable is the first handheld gaming device to survive a battle with Nintendo, but is it worth your money? On paper, it seemed like such a good idea. More »

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Mexican State Calls For A Ban On Call Of Juarez: The Cartel
After officials in El Paso, Texas, made their discomfort over Call of Juarez: The Cartel last week, the Mexican state of Chihuahua is asking Federal authorities for an outright ban on the video game that hits too close to home. More »

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Official Minecraft Coming to iPhone, iPad, Android
Rejoice miners! An official version of Minecraft is coming to the iPhone, iPad and even the Android. Speaking with Kotaku earlier this month, Mojang's head of business development Danial Kaplan said that while the developer had discussions with third party developers, in the end they decided to More »

Bungie on Watson and the Future of Gaming
Watson's victory over two Jeopardy champs last week isn't just the first step in human domination by machines, it could also be a step toward better, more interesting video games. We spoke with Chris Butcher, the engineering lead in charge of establishing the future technology direction for... More »

How Realistic Is Video Game Drunkenness?
I'm just going to come right out and say it: I love drunk video game characters. The slurred speech, the blurred vision, the ragdoll physics as they fall backwards down a flight of stairs which somehow never results in paralyzing spinal fractures – I'd much rather nurse a digital person back to... More »

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This Is What Dead Island (The Game) Looks Like
Last week, the makers of zombie action game Dead Island released an unforgettable trailer for their upcoming game. They also released new screen shots of this undead paradise and they look pretty damn good too. Developer Techland has a lot to live up to, based on the excitement surrounding their... More »