The Biggest Disappointments of 2014

2014 was a weird, wooly year for video games. The big new consoles were finding their feet, and most of the games we were expecting to play got pushed back to next year. Some of the ones that did come out were great, but others, well… weren't as great. » 12/18/14 5:22pm 6 minutes ago

This Dying Star Is The Center Of The Coldest Place In The Universe

Until NASA's Cold Lab comes online in 2016, the coldest place in the universe is a faint scattering of gas and dust 5,000 light years away in the Centaurus constellation. The Boomerang Nebula is just 1 degree above absolute zero, colder than the natural background temperature of space. » 12/18/14 5:02pm 26 minutes ago

Forget Spidey, When Will Movies Give Us a Decent Peter Parker?

The recent Sony hack has given some insight into just how unsure Sony is about its Spider-Man franchise, but whatever happens next, here's hoping they know how to show Peter Parker and Spider-Man on the big screen. » 12/18/14 3:53pm Today 3:53pm

Game Of Thrones' Arya Will Be Unrecognizable In Her Season 5 Outfit

We're used to seeing Game of Thrones' Arya Stark in her functional, rugged clothes, often disguised as a boy. But next season, Arya will be getting a very different look—so different, in fact, that many people didn't recognize actress Maisie Williams the first time she wore it on set. Mild spoilers ahead. » 12/18/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

The Best Last-Minute Geeky Gifts That You Can Get For Under $10

It's December 18? How did that happen? If the holidays got away from you this year — and you're feeling the pinch of the most wonderful … and freakin' expensive ... time of the year — we've got you covered in the last-minute affordable gift department. Here are the best last-minute gifts for under a ten-spot.
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​The Most Miserable Princess Ever: Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Earlier this month, fashion's fanciest gathered in Salzburg for the annual Chanel Métiers d'Art collection. The runway show, meant to showcase the brand's couture bona fides, was held in a palace, featured Alpine-inspired looks and models looped around a centerpiece laden with fruits and sweets. To launch the… » 12/18/14 1:52pm Today 1:52pm

A Planet In The Dreaded "Rotisserie" Alignment Could Still Support Life

One of the criteria for the habitability of exoplanets is their obliquity—the angle of the axis relative to the orbit around a star. Current thinking holds that the more extreme the tilt, the less likely the possibility of life. But MIT researchers suggest one notable exception: a world completely covered by water. » 12/18/14 10:40am Today 10:40am

10 Ways To Turn Your Real Life Experiences Into Science Fiction

Unless you've commanded a starship, fought off an alien invasion or survived a global disaster, your life experiences probably aren't too science-fictional. But still, the most powerful stories are often rooted in things that actually happened. Here are 10 tricks for turning your personal true stories into science… » 12/18/14 10:08am Today 10:08am

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This awesome Sons of Anarchy boxed set is at its lowest price ever today, and those who grab it "will receive an emailed coupon code for a credit to complete the collection with Sons of Anarchy: Season 7". [Sons of Anarchy, $100] » 12/18/14 9:45am Today 9:45am

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Comic Cartel is about to be your new favorite comic book shop. Subscribe to all your favorite comics online and get them delivered right to your door. With the exclusive promo code GAWKER10 you'll receive 10% off every comic you subscribe to. Even better, your monthly shipping fee is just $3.99 (regularly $6.99,… » 12/16/14 5:32pm Tuesday 5:32pm

Get a Free Month of Crunchyroll Anime: Stream the Full Catalog Ad-Free

Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free month-long trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released… » 12/13/14 3:09pm Saturday 3:09pm

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As a budding trainee UI designer of no note whatsoever, I can vouch for how much knowledge you must cram into your skull to become a great pixel-artist. To help get you started, we've teamed up with Train Simple, an Adobe-authorized training center, to give you over 4,300 hours of tutorials for $79 — that's 84% off. » 12/17/14 4:07pm Yesterday 4:07pm