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Video Game Art Could Do With A Little More Respect

In case you’re asleep by the time it’s posted, almost every night on Kotaku I run a feature called Fine Art. It’s a showcase of the work of artists working in (or dabbling in) the video game business. I do this post for a number of reasons. It’s fun, it’s rad art, there’s a degree of closure in it since it’s a career path I once nearly went down myself. Another reason, though, is that these guys and girls deserve more credit than they get.


New Video Games Shouldn't Be So Broken

It seems these days that a big game just can’t launch without some kind of technical issue. The accepted response to this by both consumers and the press seems to be “well, that sucks, but it will probably get fixed soon”. That’s not good enough anymore.


Why Assassin's Creed Makes No Sense To Me

Assassin’s Creed has been around for seven years now. This makes it ancient in video game years. I doubt it’s going anywhere anytime soon either. This is a problem because the relentless pace at which Ubisoft churns these games out can make it hard to take a step back and evaluate what’s not working about them.


I'm Excited People Are Making Silly Shooters Again

I had a lot of problems with Sunset Overdrive when I first started playing it. As I wrote in my review, the game’s humour really rubbed me the wrong way. But I haven’t really been able to put it down in spite of that. It’s a real challenge trying to stay mad at something so unabashedly joyful and cartoony.


Felicia Day And Gamergate: This Is What Happens Now

Earlier this week, Felicia Day wrote a blog post. In it, the well-known actor eloquently expressed something that a great number of people in the video game scene have been feeling lately: She said she was afraid.


In Defence Of Button Mashing

The first time I played Tekken 3, I was hilariously bad. I was used to 2D fighting games, where the buttons corresponded with attack strength, and tapping ‘Up’ meant ‘Jump’. This new, 3D genre, where each button corresponded with an attacking limb and tapping ‘Up’ meant ‘Sidestep’ (pressing ‘Up’ still meant ‘Jump’), was difficult to wrap my mind around.


I Cannot Play Horror Games, But I Wish I Could

Are you enjoying Alien: Isolation? What about PT, or any other big horror game? Are you thrilling at the scares, revelling in the fear, shivering at the spooks? If yes, then know that I envy you.


I Wish GameCube Controllers Worked With More Wii U Games

If you were looking forward to using the GameCube controller with any Wii U game other than the new Super Smash Bros., Nintendo had some bad news for you today: the forthcoming adaptor will only be compatible with the new fighting game when the two come out next month.


Below Is My Most Anticipated Xbox One Game

It is lazy to describe a game by comparing it to other ones, but it’s also terribly useful sometimes, so here goes: Below incorporates some of the most captivating elements from two of my favourite game series, Zelda and Dark Souls, and I think that’s why it has me wrapped around its little finger.


I Want To Play Video Games, Not Grind Through 'Content'

Earlier this week, Techland announced that its new zombie-killing adventure Dying Light will have “50+ hours of gameplay”. Some might considering this good news. I don’t — at least at face value.