In Real Life

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When I hear the term "shipping" I usually try to remember if I ordered something online that I can track obsessively until it reaches the office. But over the past few years I've heard it in reference to imagining romances between characters in games such as Fire Emblem and Overwatch. I was happy to discover that Kotaku's very own Gita Jackson is an OG shipper from the Harry Potter days. Not only that, but she has an extensive knowledge of shipping, which she wrote about a little while back in a piece that explains the origins of shipping.

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Last week was a seven-day bonanza full of exciting speedruns, as the Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 marathon raised over $US2 million ($2.5 million) for charity. Here are some of my favourite runs from the show.

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Couch co-op games tend to be more intimate than competitive multiplayer games; when it's just you and a friend or partner, there's more time to learn and absorb. Where competitive multiplayer needs to be accessible enough to pick up in a pub, co-op games can grow on you over the course of a few evenings. Not every game that you can play together is actually fun as a co-op experience. Some multiplayer games feel more like single-player games with another person thrown in, but when co-op games are designed well, they can be magic. The list below represents a broad range of co-op experiences, but all of them are great.

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Investing in bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies in general, has taken off rapidly over the last year. But one of the earliest groups to get on board the technology was gamers, partially because they had all the tech and know-how to mine bitcoin in the first place.

So: have you invested in bitcoin yet?

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Could 2018 be as solid a year as 2017? Possibly not. But you couldn't piss off a gardener as a goose in 2017, there wasn't a new Mega Man game, and most people thought Telltale had forgotten about The Wolf Among Us entirely. And that's just some of what we can look forward to this year.

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A Canadian man is facing federal charges after allegedly flooding over 1000 Twitch channels with 150,000 spam messages early last year. The messages, which included racial and antisemitic slurs, spurred the British Columbian supreme court to issue a criminal charge for "mischief in relation to computer data" in early December, CBC reports. He could face up to 10 years in prison.