Irrational Sheds Unique Identity

Irrational Sheds Unique Identity

Take-Two today announces the name change of highly recognisable and respected studio Irrational Games, rechristening the Boston and Canberra offices as 2K Boston and 2K Australia respectively. Why the hell take such a prominent name in the gaming industry and change it into a faceless clone? “Irrational Games is widely…

Mario is Going Through Some…Changes

Mario is Going Through Some…Changes

We see two possibilities here. Either: a. Mario can transform into a Boo. b. Mario is brutally devoured by ghosts who, in turn, steal his hat as a trophy. We can only pray for the former. Hit the jump for another transformation.

Loki Demo Lives

I love a good hack n’ slash RPG, and I have always been deeply enthralled by ancient cultures and their mythologies, so Loki seems to be right down my alley. An epic adventure spanning Aztec, Egyptian, Greek and Norse mythologies with hundreds of monsters and character advancement that caps at…

EA And Hasbro Go Casual

EA And Hasbro Go Casual

A couple weeks back Hasbro worked a deal to buy back their casual game licences from Atari, leaving me wondering what big plans they had in store for their classic board game titles like Scrabble, Monopoly, and Yahtzee. Well now we know. Hasbro has now entered into a licensing agreement…

My Face Friggin’ Hurts

To: Crecente From: Ashcraft Pain. Severe pain. Today I got something like five shots. Three of them were with the dentist’s painless electric needle. Two of them were not. Those friggin hurt. All yesterday, my wife has been saying the dentist told her that the next time is going to…

Opoona Slips A Little

Opoona Slips A Little

Anyone excited about Oppona? I am! Well, I’m not excited… call me mildly enthused. If you’re anywhere between those two emotions, and were looking forward to its release on September 27, I’m sorry. It’s been delayed. To November 1. Why? Game needed a little bit more polish it seems, Koei…

Final Fantasy VII Anniversary Gallery

Final Fantasy VII Anniversary Gallery

Get out your hairgel! To mark ten years of Final Fantasy VII, Square Enix is rolling out a special exhibition for all to gape at. Take note Tokyo readers, the FINAL FANTSY VII 10th ANNIVERSARY Gallery will run from August 31 to September 2nd at Aoyama’s Spiral Garden. It will…

Retailer GAME Under Investigation

Retailer GAME Under Investigation

In Australia, I see GAME as triumphant liberators, freeing us from the specialist retailer near-monopoly of EB Games. But in the UK? They ARE the monopoly, and now they’re in trouble over it. In May GAME gobbled up its main competitor, Gamestation, leaving the country with only a single, major…

Make Your Own Atari 2600 Labels

Make Your Own Atari 2600 Labels

Label fun time! The good people over at Insert Credit bring word of the Atari 2600 Label Maker. It generates customised “authentic looking Atari 2600 ‘Picture Labels’ using your own image and title. Check out the hilarity Brandon Sheffield from IC created. Non-stop giggle factory, this. Make Your Own [Lable…

Hot Shots Golf 5 Upskirt Money Shots

Hot Shots Golf 5 Upskirt Money Shots

Those Hot Shots Golf 5 upskirts we posted were NOTHING — shamefully close but no cigar. Now that the game’s been out for a bit, and folks with discerning tastes have have more time to perfect things. You want pantsu? They’ve go clear, unobstructed pantsu. The above clip has the…

E-mail Steve Ballmer For A New 360

E-mail Steve Ballmer For A New 360

Sometimes (actually, all the time), it pays to be a savvy consumer. Example: Guy by the name of AlteredBeast, a reader over at Kotaku blood-brothers The Consumerist, was having Xbox 360 troubles. Like, he was on his sixth unit after things like the red rings of death and poorly-handled refurb…

Rockstar’s PR Strategy Is Nuts, Yo

Rockstar’s PR Strategy Is Nuts, Yo

Gamasutra have posted a fairly fascinating look into the relationship between publishers and the gaming press. It’s a good read regardless, but the highlight has got to be a bunch of quotes from journo Todd Zuniga, who did a stint at Rockstar working in PR. Between Jeff’s blog posts and…

Silicon Knights Responds To Epic Countersuit

Silicon Knights Responds To Epic Countersuit

Welcome back to Kotaku Square Garden, where we join the match between Epic and Silicon Knights, already in progress. The action has been fast and furious today, ladies and gentlemen. As you may remember, the match started with Silicon Knights serving a suit to Epic, claiming they were provided a…

BioShock Trailer Premiers Sunday On SpikeTV

BioShock Trailer Premiers Sunday On SpikeTV

While it seems to me there have been no end of BioShock trailers, 2K Games has one last trailer for their spooky underwater adventure in store for us. The catch? We have to tune in to Spike TV on the night of Sunday the 12th to see it. All I…

Epic Goes All Countersuit On Silicon Knights

Epic Goes All Countersuit On Silicon Knights

After the recent filing of Silicon Knights’ lawsuit against Epic, Epic has launched a counterclaim against Silicon Knights, arguing that Silicon Knights is guilty of copyright infringement, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Here are all the notable claims from the filing:

Bring Back Mutant League Sports

Bring Back Mutant League Sports

Dear EA, I’m not really interested in sports games. I know that you have official licences and I’m supposed to care, but despite being a beer-loving, heterosexual male between the ages of 18-25, sports are just not my thing. But they used to be. Remember those Mutant League games you…

ESRB Teaches Stupid Parents About Ratings

ESRB Teaches Stupid Parents About Ratings

In conjunction with US Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, the ESRB is launching a new ratings awareness campaign aimed at getting parents to actually read those rating labels that are so painstakingly placed on games. The radio and television PSAs will feature Lynch and his two children in what sounds…

Stormfront Tackles The Spiderwick Chronicles

Stormfront Tackles The Spiderwick Chronicles

Have you ever dreamed of entering a fantastical world filled with adventure, danger, and furries faeries? I know, only every day, right? Well Sierra Entertainment and Stormfront Studio are looking to make that dream come true, as they announce The Spiderwick Chronicles, the game of the movie of the book…

Medal of Honour Airborne Multiplayer

I’m intrigued with the concept for Medal of Honour Airborne, the idea that you can drop into a map anywhere when you start. While this is a neat concept for single player, I’m wasn’t so sure how it would make multiplayer feel any different than any multiplayer shooter with multiple…

Dear Hideo

Some times readers have tips, sometimes they have questions. And hey, we’re always happy to answer! The following is a real question from a real reader: To: Bashcraft, Crecente From: SOME READER Subject: To Hideo Kojima Will MGS: The Twin Snakes and MGS:Portable Ops ever become available for the PS3…

id Software Not Thinking About Unreal Engine 3

id Software Not Thinking About Unreal Engine 3

Doom creator John Carmack and id Software knows game engines. What’s more, the Texas-based developer knows that even if loads of companies are using the Unreal Engine 3, there’s no need to worry. id’s new engine id Tech 5 is a true multi-platformer that can run at 60fps on the…

Too Many Ninjas!

Too Many Ninjas!

One thing I’ve learned: You can never have too many ninjas. Pirates, yes. Ninjas, no. Still, there is a flash game called Too Many Ninjas!. It’s annoyingly bizarre little flasher with purple ninjas that is not nearly as great as its own title. Still, I was only able to kill…

BBC Are So Releasing A Game

BBC Are So Releasing A Game

The Beeb lied to us! Well, maybe not lie…more of a fib. Despite denying only a few days ago that their talk at the Edinburgh Games Festival had anything to do with them moving into the games arena, turns out they’re doing just that. With a kids MMO. Tronji World,…

Meet Uwe Boll So We Don’t Have To

Meet Uwe Boll So We Don’t Have To

Live in Wisconsin? Heard of Uwe Boll? If you answered “yes” to that, then maybe, just maybe, you can help us. From October 26-28, film festival It Came From Lake Michigan 2007! Best part: Uwe Boll will be there. In person, even! That means, you could actually go up to…

Halo 3 Launch Not Competing With Other Games

Halo 3 Launch Not Competing With Other Games

Nope, Microsoft think Halo 3 has gotten so big Halo 3’s launch will now be competing with movie openings. Microsoft director of creative marketing Chris Di Cesare: Our competition isn’t other videogames. We put it on the plane with other entertainment launches, versus other game launches. Think they’re bluffing? Not…

The Pee Game That Cares

The Pee Game That Cares

The urine game market? It’s expanding. No, it’s doubling. Back in 2006, we posted about a TopsPEEd, a game that lets pissers control a virtual car with their tinkle. Piss-Screen is one better. It lets Frankfurt drinkers drive a virtual car AND tells them if they are too trashed to…

The PS3 Breeding RPG

The PS3 Breeding RPG

So saucy! Japanese developers Idea Factory and RED bring us Record of Agarest War. It may look like a strategy RPG (it is), but there’s so much more. You can breed! And breeding means doing it — and what does that mean? Probably not that much. Anyway, the game has…

South Park Season 10 DVD Set Includes World of Warcraft Trial

South Park Season 10 DVD Set Includes World of Warcraft Trial

The sloppy wet Blizzard-South Park smooches will continue as Comedy Central has announced that the DVD set collecting the tenth season of South Park will contain a 14-day trial for World of Warcraft. The crudely animated comedy prominently featured the Blizzard MMO in its tenth season in the episode titled…

Chibi-Robo DS Goes Wal-Mart Exclusive

Chibi-Robo DS Goes Wal-Mart Exclusive

The removal of the Nintendo DS game Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol from Gamestop’s pre-order database raised many eyebrows and quickened the pulses of Nintendo fanboys. Had it been cancelled?! Not at all, reported Nintendo. It was merely pushed back a few days and everything was going to be okay. Well, that’s…

Microsoft: HDMI Coming To All Premium 360s

Microsoft: HDMI Coming To All Premium 360s

Microsoft has just confirmed that HDMI is now standard with the Premium version of the Xbox 360, now priced at $US350. The retooled Premium 360, sporting the fancy HDMI, will sport an HDMI logo on the outside of the box, a Microsoft rep told Kotaku. “Yes, we are offering an…

Nintendo & Evite Make Partying Easy, Fun, Co-Branded

Nintendo & Evite Make Partying Easy, Fun, Co-Branded

If you’re one of the billions (estimated) who like to throw Wii parties, bringing friends and family together for a rousing game of Escape From Bug Island Wii Sports, Nintendo and Evite just made informing your clean fun pals that much easier. Evite’s new Wii themed graphic treatments aren’t the…