Fortnite's emotes have taken on a life of their own: In the last two weeks, I've seen kids and adults replicating the game in real life. If you watch sports, you've likely seen goals or good plays celebrated through emotes. And if you play Fortnite, you've definitely had some jerk dance over your cold, lifeless corpse.
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Earlier this month, a hentai game blew up. It wasn't the sex, though: people were talking about the game because of the incredibly detailed character creator. It's not the first time a game has exploded largely due to a character creator.
On Super Bowl day, I wasn't all that interested in the outcome of the football game. I was excited for something else - the rumour that a new Cloverfield movie was going to drop that same day. 10 Cloverfield Lane was fantastic, I thought, so maybe this will be too. I'm totally going to stay up and watch this! An hour later, I realised I had been tricked in by J.J. Abrams' latest marketing gimmick.
Last weekend, I spent hours chasing after a single elusive strawberry in Celeste. Over and over again, I kept dying to the toxic muck surrounding my collectible prize. Hundreds of wasted lives, an endless number of fuck-ups, a complete halting of progress. There was only failure, but I was stubborn. I was going to get that fucking strawberry if it was the last thing I did.
In the first Fave This podcast of 2018,Gita Jackson and I discuss the controversy around fans shipping Rey and Kylo Ren as a couple in Star Wars (31:08) what the No Man's Sky community is up to, and where open world games go next.
Breath of the Wild makes you care about Zelda by making her pain palpable. By that measure, Zelda's journey is a good story that accomplishes what it sets out to do. At the same time, the tale at the heart of the game compounds an ongoing frustration felt by some fans: Zelda isn't allowed to be the kind of hero Link is. (SPOILERS AHEAD!)
2017 has changed Mario for me, and not just because he might be mind-controlling poor Goombas. Nintendo has told me too much about Mario, and now I can't look at him the same way again.
In this special holiday episode of the Favecast, we're joined by former game journalist/one-time guest Kotaku weekend editor and Dishonored 2 narrative consultant, Cara Ellison, to talk about the subtle things women notice when men write female characters, primarily through the lens of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
The folks behind EasyAntiCheat, a service that stops people from cheating in video games, deal with one of the messiest issues in the medium. People often feel that anyone caught breaking the rules should be punished severely, but you don't always know why someone cheated. That's where things get dicey.