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Stephen Totilo Bio

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Stephen Totilo is a reporter based in Brooklyn, New York. He’s the editor-in-chief for video gaming site Kotaku.

Prior to joining Kotaku, Totilo worked for four years as MTV News’ first full-time video game reporter. His work appeared on-line and on-air across MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV’s international channels, and the MTV Multiplayer blog, which he founded. He also has written about video games for The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, IGN, and Gamespy. One of his best-known projects was a series of critical exchanges written with former Newsweek games writer N’Gai Croal.


In 2007, the online magazine Slate selected Totilo to participate in its first ever Game Club, a weeklong virtual roundtable of gaming criticism, modeled off of Slate’s annual movie roundtable involving the top critics of cinema. He participated in the 2008 version of the Game Club as well. In 2006 he was named by Edge Online as one of gaming’s 50 most-influential journalists.

In addition to his work as a games reporter, Totilo has worked as a story editor at VH1 and an assistant editor at Brill’s Content. At VH1, he co-created the reality show Hogan Knows Best.


Totilo holds a masters’ degree from Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two children and two cats.

He considers The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to be the finest video game ever made.

With a team of writers located throughout the U.S. and in Japan and Australia, Kotaku currently has about 15 million monthly readers worldwide.