For the past year, I’ve been reporting and writing a book full of stories about how video games were made. Today, I’m psyched to announce Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, a look behind the scenes of games like Uncharted 4, Star Wars 1313, and many more. It’ll be out on September 5.
Gary Gygax, biological determinist and creator of Dungeons & Dragons, once told a reporter for Icon magazine that “gaming in general is a male thing... Everybody who’s tried to design a game to interest a large female audience has failed. And I think that has to do with the different thinking processes of men and…
We here at Kotaku are big fans of the High School death game/courtroom drama of Danganronpa. But the two games out right now are not the whole story. There is also a duology of prequel light novels called Danganronpa Zero. And if you enjoyed either of the games even a little, you really must read them.
As summer blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow hits theaters in Europe this week and America next week, now is the perfect time to look at the Japanese novel it is based on: the futuristic time-loop war story All You Need is Kill.
Last year we took a look at the third arc of the light novel series Sword Art Online (which is getting an anime adaptation later this year); but as enjoyable as that was, it is nothing compared to the heartbreaking, beautiful tale that follows it: Mother's Rosario.
Back when the anime hit its halfway point last year, I called Sword Art Online the smartest anime I had seen in years.
The Professor Layton series is one of the staples of the Nintendo DS and its successor, the 3DS. The series has sold over 13 million copies across the world and has spawned spinoff games, novels, a manga, and a feature film. And what is the inspiration for all this? A book series that series creator Akihiro Hino read…
Just in time for next month's San Diego Comic-Con, UDON presents Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works, 192 pages of art from every collaboration between the comics company and the Street Fighter people, from the Punisher arcade game to Marvel Vs. Capcom 3.
Last fall, a series of photos featuring girls licking doorknobs took the internet by storm. This year, the photographers behind the pics are hoping they do the same in bookstores.
As a kid, I'd often snap LEGO bricks together and make crude pistols. They didn't shoot anything, so for added realism, I would go "bang bang". Like I said, crude.
Leave it to Japan to explain correct weapon use in manga form. A new book, Drawing! Gun and Knife Combat Pose Style Graphics, claims to do just that.
In 1985 Jordan Mechner was a student at Yale riding high on a mix of euphoria over the surprise success of his first video game, Karateka, and trepidation over the idea of turning that success into a career.
In a world flooded with video game novelizations, only one man has the background to develop the back-story of RU Special Forces operator Dima, one of Battlefield 3's playable characters. That man is not Sean Bean, but he was played by Sean Bean, which is pretty much the same thing.
Inspired by ancient self-operating machines and driven by clever computer animation, the opening credits for HBO's Game of Thrones is packed with Easter eggs and miniature marvels.
Del Rey and Bethesda Softworks have teamed up to publish a novel based on id's upcoming Rage game. Penned by Matt Costello, here's the official blurb of the book due out Aug. 30: The world was doomed and only some of the population could be saved. That was what the scientists were saying, at least. So the best and…
Nintendo is gaming's comeback kid. Just when everybody counted them out with the GameCube, the Kyoto-based game maker fired back with the hugely successful Nintendo DS and the Wii. But there's more to the Cinderella story than that.
THE FORERUNNER STORY-the history of my people-has been told many times, with greater and greater idealization, until I scarcely recognize it.
Author Greg Bear isn't just a one-time Kotaku guest columnist and a prize-winning science fiction author. He's also the guy working on the origin story for the entire HALO universe.
The former head of the Game Developers Conference and current Electronic Arts indie headhunter just published his first science fiction novel, Tearing the Sky.