In 2015, you liked reading about Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3. You liked lists of top games. You mourned the passing of gaming icons. You craved scoops and post-release coverage (phew!), and you enjoyed getting excited about the Final Fantasy VII remake. You also liked reading about sex. Hey, nothing bad about that! What follows, via our data team, are the 100 most popular Kotaku US stories of the year:
Being in charge of an entire vault is not easy: you have to manage your population, fend off attackers, and you have to take the time to explore the wasteland. It's a lot to juggle! But I'm here to help.
Nintendo has just issued a short statement announcing that president Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55.
Fallout 4 expects you to commit murder. While you can occasionally avoid killing others, the wasteland is ruthless and demands violence. That's how Bethesda intended the game to be played, anyway -- but clever players are finding ways around it.
UPDATE (7/13, 4:06pm): Presumably realising that the official version looks way better than that off-screen leak, Warner Bros. has uploaded the Suicide Squad trailer. Watch here:
Some games have permadeath, where death causes you to lose a character forever. Upsilon Circuit, however, has perma-permadeath. If you lose, you can never play the game again.
PC gamers have got a pretty great thing going. Interesting, experimental indie games? Yup. The shiniest, most visually impressive versions of big-budget games? They get a lot of those, too.
Ah, the Nintendo 3DS. The days when we weren't sure about Nintendo's handheld are long since behind us. Four years after the original 3DS launched, there's a new version with better 3D, improved controls, and of course, a wealth of excellent games to play.
You've got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App Store -- it's a jungle, full of deadly spiders, wild animals, and bad games. Here, let us help you.
Eighteen years and three PlayStations later, Final Fantasy VII is getting a remake. A real one. For PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow.
Over one hundred characters in The Simpsons are voiced by twelve very talented people -- and here's a breakdown of who does what. Click on the top left magnifying glass to enlarge.
Steam faced something of a catastrophe this afternoon, giving players across the world access to some of the personal information in other people's accounts. It's not yet clear how this happened, but it's a doozy. Call it the Steam Winter Fail.
It's a harsh wasteland out there, fellow vault dwellers. Horrors can be found in every corner of the Commonwealth. Making it through Fallout 4 in one piece can be tough -- especially at first. Thankfully, we're here to help.
April Fool's Day is imminent, which means that we're about to see A) lots of unfunny people making awful attempts to prank everyone; and B) some people -- often including big tech companies like Google and Blizzard -- creating some brilliant things. Here's one example of the latter.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a great game filled with small choices. Which kind of sword do you use? Which king or emperor do you support? What do you say to that tempestuous sorceress?
Like any other game on Earth, League of Legends suffers from lag. Being the biggest game on the planet, though, means LoL can actually do something about it, and is launching an ambitious plan to build its own network.
Today, the Pokémon Company unveiled its latest Pocket Monster experience. It's called Pokemon Go.
You're heading to the store to get a PS4 right now, and need to know which games to get. (Keep your eyes on the road, please!) Or you're home, all set up, realising you want more stuff to play. Or maybe you're suiting up for a battle in the console war, applying your facepaint and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Sony's new console. We are here to help.
Earlier this month, GTA players found an exploit that let them bring a rare single-player only car into GTA Online. Today, Rockstar patched the issue -- but they did it in the most hilarious, unexpected way possible.
At its core, The Witcher 3 is a game about two things: hunting monsters and looking sexy. Surely you've noticed that Geralt looks like the leading dude of a trashy romance novel, yeah? I can't be the only one that pauses at Geralt's obsession with slathering oil on stuff, right?
Presenting...Jared Leto's Joker.
It's bad enough that a Massachusetts family's Target-purchased Christmas console wound up being a piece of wood in a PlayStation 4 box, but did whoever swapped it out have to draw a dick and balls on it?
Before you can understand one of the most popular Tomb Raider porn videos online, you need to know about a key scene in a recent Tomb Raider game.
Missing Fallout 4's most powerful armour is pretty easy, given that it's inside of an unmarked building. Here's how you can find it.
The folks over at Dragon Ball World compiled a cool infographic of the main characters from the youngest appearance -- but not necessarily first -- to their oldest.
Hail, ye Nintendo faithful! Loyal folk that you are, a Wii U now rests beneath your TV. The console's now been around for a couple years, and there are more good games for it than ever. Enough good games, in fact, that we think the Wii U is worth owning.
It's something that most players wouldn't even think is possible: playing a game in a certain way that jumps you completely to the end, without beating its final battle. But there it is, just executed in Super Mario World.
In the summer of 2013, months before they were supposed to ship their next video game, the game developers at Bungie went into panic mode.
While Steam gets a lot of hype for discounted prices, you don't actually have to spend any money to enjoy some of the best games the service has to offer. Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I'm here to tell you which ones you should check out.
UPDATE (10am): On Wednesday morning, Bethesda announced Fallout 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can watch the trailer right here.
Rooster Teeth animator Monty Oum has passed away, the production studio announced today. The 33-year-old was hospitalized over the weekend for "a severe allergic reaction during a simple medical procedure" that put him in a coma. When the news first hit, fans raised nearly $US180,000 ($247,115) for him.
Last week, some lucky Gamescom attendees got a chance to see new Fallout 4 footage behind closed doors. Many gaming websites have reported on it; the new Fallout footage is not a mystery. Thing is, Bethesda hasn't actually released this footage for the world to see...not that this has stopped fans from finding creative and sneaky ways of viewing it anyway.
A game like this booted up on a dark night when you're completely alone seems like a sure-fire way to shit your pants.
Kotaku already showed you a rogues gallery of Fallout freaks. Now, let's take a look at the best character creations of the famous and the infamous.
Guys. I'm kind of freaked out right now.
Just because it's a wasteland doesn't mean you gotta run around with scraps.
Turns out people didn't have to solve some giant riddle to find Destiny's most mysterious gun. Turns out they just had to... wait.
When you first leave the vault in Fallout 4, you'll notice there's a locked container at the end of the level. It has a gun; a really good gun, by the looks of it. One problem: there's no way to actually open the container so early in the game. Unless, of course, you know of a loophole.
Nuclear bunkers are not meant to save people in the world of Fallout. Vaults are for experimentation, and even though Fallout Shelter gives you no built-in way to conduct experiments, creative players are still finding ways to do "research."
The PlayStation Vita is something of an oddity -- a pricy, powerful portable gaming console adrift in a sea of smartphones, touchscreen controls, and inexpensive app-store games. All the same, we have a fondness for Sony's beefy handheld, and the many unusual games you can play on it.
Sony's first handheld gaming system has been replaced by a younger, shinier model. Maybe you've waited this whole time to get a PSP, or maybe you've inherited one from a friend who bought a new Vita. Either way, now you need some games to cement your relationship.
Fallout 4's armour situation is a bit confusing. I'm not talking about Power Armour here -- I'm talking about the more everyday stuff your character can wear to keep him or her safe from the hazards of the wastes.
This season there are 50 new anime on the air, so it can be more than a little difficult to know which ones to watch. But now that the season has reached its half-way point, we at Kotaku East come bearing our recommendations.
You're heading to the store to get an Xbox One right now, and need to know which games to get. Or you're at work or in school, daydreaming about what you want to play next. Or maybe you're suiting up for a battle in the console war, cinching on your armour and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Microsoft's new console. We are here to help.
The internet is a vast, unknowable place. The parts you and I interact with on a daily basis are a very small sliver of what's actually floating around out there. The web can go deep, and it can get dark.
Stop watching movies on your iPad. Stop browsing the web.
Sorry, folks -- the recently-announced (and much-anticipated) horror game Silent Hills is not happening.
It's summertime! And you know what that means? New anime -- 47 of them to be exact. But with so many anime, how do you know which ones to watch? Easy. Read on and see what piques your interest.
It's winter. It's cold outside. So stay in and bundle up next to a cosy fire; there are 35 new anime airing this season to keep you company. But how do you know which ones to watch? Check out the trailers and brief blurbs below to see which of them catches your interest.
Five Nights at Freddy's? A major motion picture? Oh how far we've come.
We've seen the cast of the live-action Attack on Titan movie already. Here is some actual footage of the movie -- and man, it looks excellent.
Well I'll be. The scheme to get Fallout 4 using only bottlecaps actually worked!
Looking back over my last 60 hours with The Witcher 3, I feel a bit like its wandering protagonist: A very attractive man standing alone on a hilltop, looking out over a vast kingdom, unsure where to begin.
Last week, people were freaking out about a blank image that they thought might be teasing a new Five Nights game. Everyone thought these people were crazy...but turns out, they were right!
If you've paid any attention to the "Popular New Releases" tab on Steam, you might have noticed that lately, there's been a big influx of anime games on the distribution platform. Featuring 2D babes, these games often let you romance and seduce scantily-clad characters. Warning: this post contains graphic sexual images that are not safe for work.
It's pretty difficult to find a game that actually nails the way breasts move. Curiously, though, it seems like the people making virtual reality porn are making some good strides in the realm of breast physics. NSFW content ahead, you've been warned!
Fallout 4, like most major video games, has a review embargo. Unlike most major video games, however, Fallout 4 has an embargo for its review embargo.
It's called Dragon Ball Super. And it's the first new, original Dragon Ball television anime in nearly two decades.
Massive intergalactic warfare. Tons of cussin'. Lethal force up the wazoo. Threesomes. Yup, you've probably never seen Power Rangers look like this.
Breasts swing. They sag. They flop. They can move. Over the years, many games have tried to emulate the way breasts behave. There's even a term for it: "Breast physics."
When I play horror games, I expect to get weirded out. It's part of the fun! The Static Speaks My Name, however, was a total gut punch. I didn't have any words when the experience was over.
Inadvertently leaked on the official website an hour ahead of its scheduled announcement, here's Fallout 4, coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
It's time. Time to look past the nuances of the video game industry, the malleability of the artform and the subjectiveness of fans. Time to pass imperious verdict on what sucked today and what didn't suck.
Late Friday night, someone wrote on the Destiny subreddit that there may be a secret room in the game's newest raid, King's Fall. He said he'd seen someone post about it on a Facebook group he was in. He even shared a video.
By the end of its run in 2000, Peanuts was an institution. It had become an omnipresent part of American culture, and that's not a compliment.
Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at Destructoid as a features editor. I worked there from 2006 to 2010 and specialised in highlighting indie games and spewing vitriol at big-budget games I didn't like. It turns out there were a shitload of things I didn't know about games development.
Minecraft is a game we've seen countless times before. And yet! The virtual reality demo showcased by Microsoft today makes the game almost seem brand new.
We've seen charts, and galleries from the street, but it's only when you see the size of the game world in both GTA titles laid bare that you start to appreciate a few things you might have otherwise missed.
Burnt out and tired of playing for a losing team, professional League of Legends player Austin "Link" Shin announced last night that he was leaving the game. He did so in a bombastic way: writing an 18-page screed that called out nearly all his former teammates, coaches, and ultimately the game itself.
For the past two years, Kotaku has been blacklisted by Bethesda, the publisher of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. For the past year, we have also been, to a lesser degree, ostracized by Ubisoft, publisher of Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and more.
Rumours have suggested that Konami was unhappy with how much money Hideo Kojima spent on his most recent epic, which might explain why one of Metal Gear Solid V's most pivotal story missions isn't actually in the game.
Today at the PlayStation Experience we got our first real look at the Final Fantasy VII remake, which is currently slated for 2123 or so. It's looking real good. Also: real-time combat?
Bethesda closed their E3 presentation with a bang today: a demo of Fallout 4, which shows us a whole lotta gameplay footage.
If you haven't seen Force Awakens yet, SPOILERS AHEAD.
Last night before hitting the sack I set two alarms. One so that I could wake up this morning and come to work, like I always do. Another, so I could wake up at 4am: that's when my vault dweller was supposed to return home.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer just announced that the Xbox One is getting backwards compatibility with 360 games later this year, which is pretty damn cool.
When you're stuck in a video game, sometimes the only way through is to get creative.
No live-action stage spectacle covering the first story arc of the Naruto manga series would be complete without the brave boys and girls of Team Kurenai and Team Asuma. Now where's Akamaru?
Ah, April 1. It's a day where loads of things on the internet will make you groan, cry and smack your face to your palm. Other things, though, might actually give you a chuckle. Let's take a look at some of the best (and worst) of these extremes.
Having reached the halfway point of the Summer anime season, most series currently airing have settled into their groove. For those out there for whom forty-seven new shows are a bit too much to stomach, we at Kotaku East are here to offer our recommendations for what we feel are the cream of the crop.
You're probably familiar with this image, the infamous "trollface" that's circulated the Internet for years. Someone drew the original trollface, and it's 24-year-old Carlos Ramirez.
There's a pretty great easter egg hidden in Fallout 4, and it has some juicy implications about two of Bethesda's biggest series.
UPDATE 3/4: Unfortunately, this has now been patched out on the 3DS! You can still do it if you don't update, but it means not being able to play online.
Fallout 4 is a pretty absurd game, on the whole. One moment you might become a comic book hero, the next you might go on a quest for a long-lost drinking buddy robot. That's just the stuff on the surface. Things can get even stranger, if you look in the right places.
You are not looking are some fan drawn images. These are official images from Dragon Ball Super's fifth episode. Fan drawn images probably look better!
Do you like movies? Do you like video games? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, you should probably skip The Order: 1886.
On July 10th, 2014, a small, mysterious game called "Do Not Believe His Lies" was uploaded to the iOS app store. Since then, over 40,000 people have downloaded the app. Nobody has beaten it. Hell, nobody quite knows what it is, either.
From Gladiator to Braveheart, most historical fiction about fighting with swords is kinda wrong, influenced more by performance art than how people actually fought each other with blades. Back to the Source, a documentary about Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), is looking to show people how it was actually done.
Fallout 4 does not officially release until November 10th...but the internet is already crawling with new, never-before-seen images and footage of the game.
Sometimes, game studios have strict security. Other times, they let random people sneak into their buildings, steal lunch, and find out about unannounced games.
Change happens slowly in Japan, but it does happen. You wake up one day, and things that weren't possible years ago are happening today. Nowhere is that more evident than in the woman who will represent Japan in the Miss Universe pageant -- but that's to the chagrin of some who wanted a more "Japanese" winner.
Good news: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a really cool game. Bad news: It's dense and complicated as hell, and requires you to keep track of a ridiculous number of people, places, and concepts. Don't worry: I'm here to help.
We're updating this post with all the latest information on the hot limited edition Majora's Mask New 3DS XL. Updates will be listed in reverse chronological order, with the newest info we have on top.
Even if you've been using the PS4 since launch day, chances are good that you don't know about everything the console has to offer. Turns out, some neat tricks are kind of hidden! Fortunately, we're here to tell you about them.
Kindred Spirits on the Roof is a game about two ghosts who are eternally bound to a school -- and the only way they can finally rest in peace is if they get to bone each other. Really.
There are so, so few opportunities to throw a hadouken unironically. "During an MMA fight" is one of the preciously rare moments to channel your inner Ryu and feel like a total badass -- as long as you're actually in the fight. Shane Campbell saw such a window during a recent bout with Derek Boyle.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse lets players create their own custom characters, which they can then insert into classic DBZ storylines. The character creator is pretty robust, too -- which also means that players are having a lot of fun with the tool.
For a long time now, the world has laughed at Peter Dinklage's voice acting in Destiny, a video game about the slow, inevitable progression of death. Soon, that voice acting is going to change. One might even say it's going to become legend.
Want to get a sense of how big Fallout 4 is? At least one player is already trying to figure that out.
Last night, while wandering in Fallout 4, I heard something strange in the distance. A man on a megaphone was enthusiastically commentating a race. I'd never heard something like it before, so I had to take a closer look. To my surprise, I didn't find a horse race, I found a robot race. A robot race! People were cheering them on from the sidelines, possibly even laying down bets.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your support in 2015!