The common assumption is that “Nintendo” (任天堂) means “leave luck to heaven” or even “to leave one’s fortune in the hands of fate.” Those assumptions, however, could be wrong.
Every morning, I run a pick through my hair. It’s important that I do this when it’s still spongy and damp from the shower. Wait too long and my hair gets drier and less cooperative, making it harder to pull the comb through my natural. (Pro tip: A natural is something black folks sometimes call hair that hasn’t been…
I remember the first time I went shoplifting. The sun was shining, Marin was singing, and I needed a shovel.
“I am officially retiring as a boobie streamer, or a titty streamer, if you will,” said Raihnbowkidz, a woman who broadcasts League of Legends on Twitch.
I have a confession to make. I read the comments. Actually, it’s worse than that. I don’t just read the comments, I enjoy reading the comments. I’ve been getting paid to write on the Internet for more than 15 years, and you, Ungentle Reader—yes, you, the one who used to write “More liberal claptrap!” under my articles…
A new documentary series by one-time Kotaku contributor Latoya Peterson asks women who calls themselves “gamer” why they do so. Girl Gamers explores the way that female players and game-makers deal with how to describe themselves and the perceptions of others.
My favorite film critic, A.O. Scott of the New York Times, is trying to reclaim the word “snob” for people of discernment. “If the words nerd and geek can be rehabilitated—if legions of misunderstood enthusiasts can march from the margins of respectability to the heart of the mainstream—then why not snob as well?” he…
The moment that I knew graphic novel American Born Chinese was something special, and real, was in its second chapter.
I hope you’ll forgive the self-indulgence, but this week marks my 10 year anniversary as a video game journalist, which feels like a significant milestone. And if you’ll also forgive me for being Captain Obvious, a hell of a lot has changed over that time.
The Yokai Watch games are hugely popular in Japan. For good reason, they’re a lot of fun. The third numeric entry in the series was recently announced, and it’s got me thinking. And worried.
Video games have a blackness problem. This has been a known thing for a while, and we do talk about it from time to time. But I'd like to keep talking about it.
Right now, I am visiting New York. There are not many vending machines here, like there are in Osaka, where I live. Surely, there must be a good reason for Japan having all those vending machines. Turns out, there are several.
"If you own a PlayStation, you may have killed him at some point." Grantland's got a great profile of Reuben Langdon, a motion-capture stuntman who's lent his physical and vocal talents to games like Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Devil May Cry 3 and Street Fighter.
This year, I left my hometown of New York City to go west to Los Angeles for the holidays. I took my PS4 with me to a friend's house—in the hopes of making a dent in my personal backlog—but wound up barely touching it in the 10 days I was away. But I did something better: I talked about video games with strangers.
For the past two years, 62-year-old Zhang Junlin has been tinkering away at an old warehouse, building a submarine with his friends. Now, fast forward into 2014, Zhang and his crew are about to take their puppy on its inaugural dive.
Back in the 1980's and early 1990's, before internet streaming and before anime, Chinese youth had a different form of animated hero; they had The Black Cat Detective. And now, he will be reborn in a new mobile game.
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the man who brought the world the giant rubber duck and the giant floating hippo, has created another giant creature; a giant rabbit.
Evo Moment 37 happened a decade ago. That means we're all older and, hopefully, wiser. The Daigo Parry hasn't aged at all, though. It's still one of the most incredible showcases of skill ever seen in video games.
Over the weekend, temperatures in northern China reached upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit! That's about 40 degrees Celsius. To avoid the heat, many chose to visit public watering holes such as public pools. It appears way too many people had the same idea.