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What We Know About The New 3DS So Far

Nintendo woke us all up early this morning with a fresh batch of information about a new and improved 3DS mobile console it’s making. Most of this was geared towards its Japanese audience, however, so let’s break down the relevant parts of the news for gamers outside the company’s home country.


How Does The 'New' 3DS Compare To The 'Old' One?

The New 3DS is faster and bigger with improved hardware and a better battery life. While the New 3DS is slightly heavier, the New 3DS XL is actually lighter.


We Might Be Witnessing The 'Death Of An Identity'

I’ve been working at Kotaku for nearly eight years now, and while I’ve seen some online kerfuffles over various issues in that time, I’ve never seen anything like the past two weeks.


The ACCC On Valve's Refund Policy: "We Had To Take It To Court"

This morning the ACCC announced it would be taking Valve to court over its current refund policy, today we spoke to the Chairman Rod Sims and Regional Director Sam Di Scerni about the issue and some of the reasoning behind today’s statement.


Infamous: First Light: The Kotaku Review

Here’s an idea: Take a pretty well-liked superhero game, keep the premise and the beautiful setting, and refocus the story on a more immediately appealing character. Sounds like a sure-fire winner, right? Well…


A Bunch Of New Games Are Coming To Vita

The PlayStation Vita has made some great strides recently, and it doesn’t look like Sony is slowing down anytime soon. The company just announced a handful of new titles that will be coming to the mobile console, and they all seem very promising.


Don't Be Silly, Hello Kitty Is A Cat

Earlier today, numerous websites reported that Hello Kitty is not a cat. That’s not only an oversimplification, it’s also not quite true. Hello Kitty is a feline — just an anthropomorphic one, Sanrio told Kotaku.


Video Games And That Distant Dot On The Horizon

Let’s face facts: the present can be brutal.

We have to work. That often sucks. I enjoy my job, but I’m one of the lucky ones.

You might have to go to school, TAFE, university. There are pressures. You have bills to pay. You have relationships to maintain, problems to solve. You have to sit on a train with your buttchecks wedged in between two strangers. You have to sweat together. Gross.


The Problem With 'The Casual Cruelty' Against Women In Video Games

Violence against women is an ugly reality that’s all too common, no matter what walk of life people come from. Yet, video games tend to portray it in only a few cliched ways, to create a sense of environment and tone and cheaply get a reaction out of players. That’s a problem.


What Happens When A Voice Changer Makes You Sound Female In Counter-Strike: GO [NSFW]

With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive refusing to let up on its constant updates, it’s reached a stage where weapon balance is the best in any version of Counter-Strike. Ever. That’s not Gen-y hyperbole, that’s a fact. And along with this newfound playability, and Call of Duty’s refusal to release anything new worth playing, the pendulum in swinging back to good ol’ CS. It never really had a player population problem, but as the community gets larger, it invariably gets nastier — and this was on display in one of my matches a few nights ago.

I met Ruby when I started a match on one of Operation Breakout’s new maps, Black Gold. Ruby introduced herself over the mic, and with that first fact – herself – the abuse began.