Hiding Outside With Your Wii U While Your Family Yells About Politics


Hello! Today we watch Sonic tap his foot, cheer on a mini-Shrek, crash some Xbox consoles, skin some nuggets and ignore the yelling. It’s Morning Checkpoint!

Great Kotaku Contest From The Past Week

Like most weeks, Kotaku was filled with some great stories. Here are a few of my favorites!

I always love that moment in a game where a character takes control when I give it up and shows me who they are. Wonderful post from Heather.

This is something I never really thought about before and now I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t imagine what years of looking at gore and death will do to your brain.


I love how Treyarch is teasing out the story for Black Ops 4, though it does make me sad we didn’t get a true campaign.




Shrek is magical.


I will never get tired of internet assholes getting in trouble with their moms. It is the best.


Humanity has really hit rock bottom.


Some Good Comments

I can believe it. Back in the 360 days, my friends and I were playing MTG on live. One of them used a card that put a 1/1 pegasus creature down for every point of hp he had.

He had 211.

All four of our Xboxes crashed simultaneously.

-Hotaru99 from “Magic: The Gathering Is So Complex It Could Stump A Computer

Crashing four Xbox 360 consoles is the ultimate victory.

SO a few years ago, I went on a family vacation from hell. Trump had just been elected, and my uncle-in-law had voted for him. Everyone else in the house was a bleeding heart liberal (my FiL’s initial career trajectory was to die overthrowing the government in the ‘70s through a communist uprising - he’s now in printing), so things were... let’s go with tense.

We got through the majority of the trip fine - only a few microbursts here and there - until two nights before we had to leave. I made salmon burgers for everyone, and just as I was pulling them off the grill my MiL gets into a red-faced, spittle-flying rage-match with UiL, eventually sucking in the rest of the family into an hours-long maelstrom of viscera and ad-hominem attacks.

Except for me. I was still outside, watching the rest of the food. Outside - outside was beer, food, and relative quiet.

And then I had a Thought.

Outside also had a door that led to mine and Wife’s bedroom, where I had hooked up my Wii U. Outside had outlets near the grill. Inside, the fracas swelled and rolled and ended with everyone else sobbing and getting ice cream after spreading grandma’s ashes at the beach. Outside, though, outside was just a sunset and several hours of Mega Man X.

And I have you to thank for that, Stephen, for showing me that I could make my Wii U portable. You saved me from murdering half my family that day.

-Stoncils from “A personal note: This month marks my 10th anniversary at Kotaku..”


Games can sometimes help us escape the terrible moments of our lives and this sounds like a great moment to escape. Thanks to Kotaku and Stephen for helping this person in their time of need.

Following your example, I used the WiiU as a portable console to make a special Mario Maker level for my wife on her wedding day. The process failed spectacularly and damaged my WiiU. Happy anniversary Stephen!

-Vwtifuljoe from “A personal not: This month marks my 10th anniversary at Kotaku...”


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Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.



I can believe it. Back in the 360 days, my friends and I were playing MTG on live. One of them used a card that put a 1/1 pegasus creature down for every point of hp he had.

He had 211.

All four of our Xboxes crashed simultaneously.

Reminds me of this one MTG game my friends played on my living room floor. My buddy Mike had this insane deck that could be used to exponentially generate 2/3 minotaur tokens.

He created so many, he LITERALLY surrounded his opponent. There were cards on the couches and under the coffee table.We ended up using individually wrapped crackers and American Online demo disks as placeholders. When he finally attacked, he dealt over 1000 damage.