GameStop Shuts Down Stores In California

GameStop Shuts Down Stores In California

GameStop is shutting down its stores in California, Kotaku has learned. This news comes one day after the struggling retailer told all of its U.S. employees to ignore state lockdown measures in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, insisting that it was an “essential retail” business.

Surprise, Piracy Is Up

Surprise, Piracy Is Up

As you may have guessed, with self-isolation and the lockdown of entire countries, people are spending more time at home, and there be pirates amongst them. Yarrr!

Life, And Seven-Year-Old Jurassic Park Mods, Find A Way

Life, And Seven-Year-Old Jurassic Park Mods, Find A Way

All the way back in 2013, a scrappy young writer by the name of Kirk Hamilton wrote about an ambitious Half-Life mod called Jurassic Life, which wanted to bring some aspects of Jurassic Park—namely the dinosaurs and Muldoon’s shotgun—to the Source Engine.

Division 2 Players Are Struggling To Find 2 Well-Hidden Enemies

Division 2 Players Are Struggling To Find 2 Well-Hidden Enemies

The recent Warlords of New York expansion added a whole new lower Manhattan map to The Division 2, complete with new missions, enemies, checkpoints and gear. For players willing to search and explore, there are secret hunters, elite enemies, who are hidden in the new city. While most of them…

Phantasy Star Online 2 Shows Its Age, But It’s Still Great

Phantasy Star Online 2 Shows Its Age, But It’s Still Great

Phantasy Star Online 2’s open beta kicked off on the Xbox One last night. The loot-gathering, monster-bashing multiplayer game originally released in 2012 but never came to the West. How does it feel eight years later? A little clunky but oddly addictive.

Nioh 2 Tips For Newcomers

Nioh 2 Tips For Newcomers

Nioh 2 is a fantastic game, but it’s hard as hell, and if you’re new to the series it can be daunting. Here are a handful of very basic tips to help you out if you’re a fresh-faced new player.

Here Are The PlayStation 5’s Technical Specs

Here Are The PlayStation 5’s Technical Specs

It might only have 10.28 teraflops to the Xbox Series X’s 12, but the PlayStation 5 is still a pretty powerful machine. Check out the hardware powering Sony’s next-gen console, including its custom AMD Zen 2 CPU and super-fast SSD.

Japanese Idol Says Selling Bathwater Was Not The Group’s Idea

Japanese Idol Says Selling Bathwater Was Not The Group’s Idea

In January 2019, pop group the Banana Monkeys offered their bath water for 100,000 yen ($1,552) online. It went under the listing “Leftover hot water from an idol bath,” and two members of the group appeared in a YouTube clip, fully clothed in the tub. Member Tenka no Chanyuki says…

The Easiest Board Games To Pick Up And Play

The Easiest Board Games To Pick Up And Play

There’s nothing worse than sitting down to a good board game and realising you have no idea how to play it. You can waste hours reading through manuals, scrolling the web and watching YouTube videos before you finally understand some games, and by that stage, your perfect game night is…

Cancelled Soccer Game Played In Front Of 60,000 Fans (On Twitch)

Cancelled Soccer Game Played In Front Of 60,000 Fans (On Twitch)

Spanish sides Real Betis and Sevilla were supposed to play each other in real life on Sunday night, but La Liga’s Covid-19 lockdown put paid to that. Not to matter, since both sides just picked one player each—their champion—and had them play the match on FIFA 20 instead.

Oh No I’m Playing All Of Persona 5 Again

Oh No I’m Playing All Of Persona 5 Again

Two weeks ago, I jumped into an early copy of Persona 5 Royal, expecting to maybe play a few hours to check out some of the new stuff. Now I’ve finished the game’s second dungeon and have begun to accept a new reality: I am, somehow, going to replay all…

How’s It Going?

How’s It Going?

Good morning! We’re doing something different, starting today: every morning, Kotaku will be running an open thread where you can talk about what you’re playing, how you’re helping each other during this tough time in the world, and how you’re doing.

The Best Co-op Games For Chilling With Friends

The Best Co-op Games For Chilling With Friends

The world is crazy right now, and the necessity of distancing means people have to rely on the internet for that social contact humans crave. Video games are a great alternative, but some are much better than others if you just want to hang out with friends.