An Intro To The World of Dark Souls Hitbox Porn

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You do all sorts of dodging in a Dark Souls game, sometimes by the skin of your teeth. Perhaps a blade just barely passes over your head, saving you from an instant death. Dark Souls fans call these moments hitbox porn.

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You might not notice hitbox porn when it happens; it becomes most apparent upon further review, as you realize how close an attack was.

The clip from above, for example, is taken from this video:

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All it takes is a quick search of YouTube to realize how prominent this is.

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It’s a celebration of close calls while playing the Souls games, a combination of skill and luck. It’s also a testament to how well-designed the hit boxes are (usually) in Souls; players can do some extraordinary things!

Though the concept of hitbox porn has existed for years, my favorite example probably comes courtesy of Bloodborne. This is just...watch.

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And this one from the original Dark Souls straight up gives me chills:

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Of course, it doesn’t always go correctly. You know, like this...

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We gotta end on a good note, though.

Yeah, that’s the stuff.

Senior reporter at Kotaku, streaming Mario deaths at youtube.com/patrickklepek

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DISCUSSION

Playing through Dark Souls 2... and the hitboxes are STILL really bad. I keep teleporting into grabs and struck by blows that clearly are nowhere near me.