Introducing Kotaku Core, For Readers Who Only Want to Know About Video Games

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Year after year, we at Kotaku have done our best to tell you what's going on in the world of video games. And we've heard your replies:

"You guys are the best!"

"You're my favorite video game site"

"Your color scheme is weird."

"Hey, was that really video game news you just wrote there? It looked like a cosplay gallery or story about a game-hating politician to me. That shouldn't be on this site."


To the first two people, we say, you're awesome too. To the third person, we sigh. To the fourth, we say, you need to start reading Kotaku Core.

Kotaku Core is a small change that we hope will make a big difference. Users who click on Kotaku Core and choose to make their URL of choice will see a subset of the stories we publish every day. Kotaku Core readers will only see stories about video games themselves. You won't see stories about the culture surrounding video games. You'll see more stories about products, fewer stories about people; more stories about what a game company wants to sell you next, fewer feature stories, fewer stories about crime, politics, life and death.


Kotaku Core readers will see previews, reviews, trailers and all the stuff that will keep them informed about which games to play and which to avoid. (Readers of good old will see no changes; they'll see all of our stories.)

We love covering the culture around video games. But we know some of you just want the nitty-gritty game stuff. Kotaku Core is for you. We hope you'll enjoy it, RSS it and find it to your liking. Give it a shot.

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I've suffered a neighbor for a few years. He's a complainer. He complains. Nothing makes him happy, not even the misery of others, because he lives on the extreme end of a scale of relative outrage that tops up with the next thing the instant the last thing gets addressed. As I watched him ruin the lives of and drive away tenants last year I decided to placate him to avoid conflict. This resulted in a lot of concessions and reductions to my lifestyle. And they didn't slow him down a bit. Every few days he'd be around again telling me something else I needed to change. So I'd change it. And the changes got more and more ridiculous, to the point where I couldn't (and at present, can't) use even basic utilities like light switches or the built-in apartment heater when he's home. One day I coughed and instantly thought, if the guy complains about a light switch, he'll probably— and in the middle of thinking it, he came knocking. "Do you think you're getting sick? You really need to find somewhere else to stay for the community's sake. I know you understand." This guy. He's had construction done on the walls of not just his own place, but those of adjacent apartments because of alleged noise that nobody else has ever heard. The landlord, against all reason, agrees to keep things, I guess to keep things on an even keel. And so do I. It's completely irrational, but there you go. The most irrational part is thinking that this time, this concession, he'll finally be satisfied and stop whining. Ha.

Kotaku, you are amazing. I come here every day for your offshoots, your quirks, your stories that aren't stories, which set you apart and engender a fantastic, diverse readership and make me feel like I can be a gamer and not have that mean something ridiculous. Don't give in to the irrational, terminally miserable neighbors! These people you've made concessions for, the ones who inspire/require a site like Kotaku Core, they are complainers. They complain. They'll be back again and again, the next thing replacing the last on their relative outrage scale, forever.