Hello! Here at Kotaku, we're not just about snacks, toys, and TV shows: sometimes we like to give you long, in-depth looks at the world of video games, too.
In fact, we've got an entire section for Kotaku longreads, and in case you've missed some of them over the past few months and years, here are a few stories to check out:
In honor of tomorrow's big new Zelda and Mario releases, check out the story behind Nintendo's Treehouse, the secretive group of writers and translators who help make Nintendo games great.
Read about the virtual and real life of Sean "Vile Rat" Smith, the U.S. diplomat and EVE Online player who was killed in Libya last year.
Why don't we have more great Star Wars games? This is the story behind the collapse of one of the world's most iconic gaming studios.
"What's that sound?" Check out our in-depth look at "barks"—those bizarre things that video game characters like to randomly say.
We need a lot more research into the effects of violent video games. Here's why.
A look at the life and history of Sid Meier, the creator of Civilization and one of gaming's folk heroes. Some really neat anecdotes and stories here.
Can video games tackle real-world issues? Can they change world issues? We took a swing at some of those tough questions.
The PlayStation 4 is here, and Sony Japan is ready to bring its A game for their next-gen system, even after a disappointing last generation.
You probably know that Metacritic is important to video game publishers, but do you know just how important it is? The truth is a little scary.
The Incredible Rise and Fall of a Hacker Who Found the Secrets of the Next Xbox and PlayStation—And Maybe More
Read about superDAE, the Australian hacker who knew about the next Xbox and PlayStation before just about anyone else.
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