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The Surprising Messages In A 'Sexist' Game

When Hyperdimension Neptunia first made its way West from Japan in 2011, folks weren’t too happy with it. “Worthless” and “sexist” and “stereotypical” were the sentiments thrown around, because we were seeing cute anime girls being silly and wearing short skirts. But the stated purpose of the series is to make fun of the games industry, and when I look deeper it seems evident that Neptunia is also lampooning the very pervasive sexist culture and tropes it’s been accused of perpetuating. This so-called “sexist” franchise is actually, ahem, anti-sexist.


Iconic Video Game Series Reimagined As Anime Girls

The Neptunia series has a long history of turning video game consoles and companies into anime girls for their games. But the new spin-off game, Hyper Goddess Faith Noire: Ultra Goddess Black Heart, takes it a step further and gives famous Japanese game franchises their own anime girl treatment.


Sony Is Selling The PS Vita With A Penis Joke

As part of a PS Vita advertising campaign, Sony has released a new Japanese ad on YouTube that can be described as ballsy. That, or a cheap sight gag.


Here Are The Top Games In Japan For 2014 (So Far)

Now that we’re into July and 2014 is half over, how’s everyone’s year been? Good? Mediocre? Crappy? OK, let’s talk games.


I Would Have Played Bioshock Tactics So Hard

I think it’s fairly clear at this point that Bioshock Vita isn’t happening. Irrational’s gone and it’s been vapourware since the 2011 announcement. That’s not stopped Ken Levine tweeting about what could have been though, teasing a turn based ” Final Fantasy Tactics style” game that would “work well on the Vita”.


PlayStation Vita Review Update: Two And A Half Years Later

The PlayStation Vita has come a long way in the last two and a half years. Sony’s handheld console has navigated a winding and sometimes uncertain route, often deviating from whatever we thought its original course would be. And yet somehow, these many months later, it has landed in a pretty good place.


The Best Games Of 2014 So Far

So far, 2014 has felt like a year of surprises. Some of them have been good, while others — like the growing crop of games that have been pushed to next year — are bummers. But there have been standouts among the games that have come out. Let’s talk about them, shall we?


Corgi Time

Check out the latest game by hilarious game designer (and occasional Kotaku columnist), Tim Rogers — it’s called Tuffy the Corgi and the Tower of Bones. You kind of need to watch this absurd trailer.


OK, Let's Figure Out What This Fourth-Person Game Is

You might’ve seen a look at Pavilion — the PlayStation exclusive calling itself a fourth-person game — a few times before. It’s tough to parse exactly what’s going on in the indie puzzle creation, even with a new trailer. The best new clue comes from a really weird, really obscure Pac-Man game, where the iconic character goes a little crazy.


There Was No Metroid At E3 This Year, But This Is Close

When I saw Axiom Verge on the show floor of E3, I thought to myself “Man, that sure does look a lot like Metroid.” It was only when I got my hands on it and talked to the guy behind it that I realised that it was a whole lot more.