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Bloodrayne: How Periods Affect My Gaming Habits

There’s a crime scene in my pants and I’m going to talk about it.

8 Terrible Games That People Inexplicably Have Nostalgia For

Nostalgia is a powerful feeling: it can bring back happy memories, but it can also make us overlook some pretty egregious flaws in the things we have loved. Case in point: Here are eight games that were fairly lousy — but people insist on loving them anyway.

Gaming Grows To Nearly US$100 Billion

Market researchers Newzoo early this morning released an update into their annual analysis of the video game industry, and their results aren’t really that surprising.

Games make a metric shit load of money.

Your Best (And Worst) Video Game Stories

Some of our most memorable times with video games have little to do with the game itself, and everything to do with who we were, who we were with and what we were doing at the time. Here are some Kotaku reader’s tales of triumph, despair, friendships lost, puking, battles with cancer, broken saves…

The First Video Game Might Have Been Invented In 1947

When you ask most people what the first video game is, chances are they’ll mention Pong. Some people might mention Spacewar. And others might even go as far as to mention the Brown Box from the late 1960’s, a prototype of a multi-program, multiplayer video game system.

But the first patent for a video game system, with the earliest inkling of a game, was filed decades earlier — in 1947.

Australians Are Spending A Lot Of Money On Digital Video Games

So here’s something we were all aware of: digital sales of video games is a massive growth market. Retail sales? Not so much.

Here’s something new: in 2015, for the very first time, Australians spent more money on digital games than they did at traditional retail. We all knew this day would come.

Pokémon Is One Of The Creepiest Dystopian Societies Ever

For 20 years, Pokémon has had the reputation of a cheery kid’s franchise. But under the veneer of Ash and co.’s adventures, there lies one of the most sinister dystopias around. To celebrate Pokémon‘s 20th birthday (and its newest games), here’s a few reasons as to why the Pokénation is much more terrifying than you realised.

Leave The Division's Poor Dog Alone

If you’re playing The Division’s beta this weekend, you may come across this dog. The dog can die, if you happen to shoot it. So…maybe don’t?

Which Video Game Console Should You Buy?

Last week, I got an email from a reader with a simple yet challenging question: Which video game console should they buy?

The Natural: The Trouble Portraying Blackness In Video Games

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 altered or straightened by heat or chemicals.)

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