In Defense of Button Mashing

The first time I played Tekken 3, I was hilariously bad. I was used to 2D fighting games, where the buttons corresponded with attack strength, and tapping 'Up' meant 'Jump.' This new, 3D genre, where each button corresponded with an attacking limb and tapping 'Up' meant 'Sidestep' (pressing 'Up' still meant 'Jump'),… » 10/23/14 12:00pm 10/23/14 12:00pm

It's The Perfect Time To Play Dungeons & Dragons

You might know that the long-awaited new edition of Dungeons & Dragons is upon us. You might be playing it right now, waving an HB pencil around, informing your friends that they're up to their nips in orcs and should roll for initiative. » 9/22/14 12:00pm 9/22/14 12:00pm

15 More Obscure RPGs We Wish Had Sequels

How To Balance An RPG

Editor's note: The following is a guest editorial by Obsidian game designer Josh Sawyer. If you're a professional in the video game industry and you'd like to write about some of your experiences, contact jason@kotaku.com. » 8/22/14 2:00pm 8/22/14 2:00pm

What I Learned Turning The Israel-Palestine Conflict Into A Video Game

In February 2007, one of Israel's renowned major generals had been invited to play a new simulation game of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on prime time Israeli TV. It seemed like a good idea at the time, as he was running for prime minister on behalf of the Labor Party. » 7/28/14 3:00pm 7/28/14 3:00pm

​How To Beat 400 Games In 4.5 Years

In January of 2010, I decided to change my outlook on how I manage my gaming time, how I collect games, and how I contend with the nemesis that so many gamers share: the dreaded backlog. » 7/18/14 3:00pm 7/18/14 3:00pm

Your Guide To Evo 2014, The Year's Biggest Fighting Game Tournament

We're coming up on Evo, the biggest fighting game tournament in America. It will run Friday to Sunday from Las Vegas and be streamed online for the world to see. It'll be the biggest Evo yet. But maybe you aren't prepared—there are eight completely different games at this one event, after all, and what makes them… » 7/10/14 5:00pm 7/10/14 5:00pm

A Brief @!#?ing History of Swearing in Video Games

In December of 1999, at the tender age of eleven, I received Donkey Kong 64. It was a birthday gift from my parents and even came with a shiny yellow controller, though sadly not the limited edition banana one. Regardless, I popped it in my N64 (after inserting the expansion pack, of course) and snapped the power… » 6/25/14 10:00am 6/25/14 10:00am

How We Made The Last of Us's Interface Work So Well

Editor's note: The following is a guest editorial by Naughty Dog UI designer Alexandria Neonakis. If you're a professional in the video game industry and you'd like to write about some of your experiences, contact jason@kotaku.com. » 5/05/14 1:00pm 5/05/14 1:00pm

​What To Do With Prison Architect, A Video Game About Building Prisons?

Is it possible to create a prison management game without trivializing or misrepresenting the issue of mass incarceration? As video games mature and tackle more serious topics, players and developers should be aware of the values embedded in their systems. » 1/20/14 2:30pm 1/20/14 2:30pm

We're Buying More PC Games Than We Can Play

As another Steam Holiday Sale comes to a close, I have spent roughly $100 to purchase 22 games. In the past 2 months I have picked up 3 Humble Bundles. Not a month ago I spent around $50 on 11 games in the Steam Fall Sale. By the time the next Steam Holiday Sale rolls into town I will be lucky if I have played half of… » 3/12/14 11:00am 3/12/14 11:00am

The Best Board Games of 2013

As I've talked about before, board games aren't simply enjoying a resurgence right now. They're in a glittering golden age with fabulous releases every single week, the entire hobby evolving and adapting with Borg-like ease. There's no easier way to prove it than with my favourite releases from 2013. » 12/20/13 10:40am 12/20/13 10:40am