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The Four Video Games My Toddler Son Tried To Destroy

This is a public service announcement. Consider this a warning. If you’re in a stable relationship and you”re thinking, ‘hey maybe I should ruin all this peace and quiet by bringing a child into this God forsaken world’ — think twice. Ruminate on that for a minute or two and think of the consequences.

Because I didn’t, and now my misguided decision to procreate has me in somewhat of a quandary. I have a shit-tonne of video games that just don’t fucking work. It is all the fault of my goddamn child.


How A Fake Video Game Screenshot Is Made

Consumers are smarter today than they used to be, but that hasn’t stopped video game publishers from releasing what have become known as “bullshots“, doctored images that are meant to show what a video game looks like, but end up being so modified and fancified they’re often nothing of the sort.


Begun The Steam Sales Have

Depending on your financial perspective we have some great/bad/catastrophic news for you. The Steam sales have begun and you are about to spend some money. There are 5,617 games on sale at the moment. This is terrifying.


Ubisoft Apologises For Assassin's Creed Unity With Free DLC

The upcoming “Dead Kings” expansion pack for Assassin’s Creed Unity will be free for all players, Ubisoft announced today. It’s their way of saying sorry for shipping a broken game.


How Manga Characters Change And Evolve

Earlier this month, Kotaku published an explainer on how anime art has changed in Japan over the decades. Now, let’s have a look at how some manga characters have evolved.


Tales From The Borderlands Could Have Been Awful, But It's Great

I’ll admit, I went into Tales from the Borderlands with pretty low expectations. Don’t get me wrong: I like a lot of things about the zany world in which Gearbox’s Borderlands shooter series takes place, but it’s good for… shooting. Tales is an all-story adventure game. Yikes, right?


This Aussie Bee Game Helped Beat World Hunger

For the head of indie accelerator Right Pedal Studios, John Passfield, making games succeed and punch above their weight is all in a day’s work. But he didn’t expect that a simple co-curricular project with his own kids would enjoy mild commercial success — or even go on to do some good in the world.


Top Counter-Strike Players Caught In Big Cheating Scandal

To say that all is not well in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s pro scene would be a massive understatement. Multiple pros have been caught cheating by Valve’s official anti-cheat software, and even more are suspected.


Super Smash Bros. Wii U: The Kotaku Review

The first time I picked up a controller and turned on the Wii U version of Smash Bros., I felt relief. I was about to play the game the way it was meant to be played: on a TV, with Gamecube controllers, and with as many friends as I could find.


A Game Industry Layoff That Didn't Suck (And Four That Did)

Today we’ve got another roundup of stories from people who have gone through the layoff cycles that have become oh-so-common in the world of video games.