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I Can't Stop Collecting Stuff in Video Games

Here’s something I wish more game designers understood: If you put an interaction in your game, I am going to interact with it. Anytime a game responds to its players, the rats—or at least this rat—are going to press the lever for more cocaine pellets. Jenova Chen, during a talk about the design of Journey a couple… »9/04/15 3:00pmToday 3:00pm

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: The Kotaku Review

There’s a cutscene, late in Metal Gear Solid V, that’s ostensibly serious but contains a musical interlude so awkward it sent me into giggle fits. A dozen missions later, there’s a harrowing sequence that ranks among the best video game scenes I’ve ever played. If you don’t know how to reconcile those two things,… »9/04/15 8:48amToday 8:48am

Mad Max: The Kotaku Review

A little more than 10 years ago, not long after I quit my job to become a freelance writer, a colleague warned me that sometimes the work could be grueling and unrewarding. “I want to talk to you when you’re writing a story only for money,” he said. It took a decade, but I finally found that assignment: reviewing Mad… »9/01/15 11:29amTuesday 11:29am

Disney Infinity 3.0: The Kotaku Review

I played the first Disney Infinity. Hated it. More importantly, my kids hated it too, because it had too many menus, janky controls and some tedious mission design. Yet here we are, having skipped the sequel, for Dadtaku purposes playing our way through Disney Infinity 3.0. Or as most kids will know it, “the Star Wars »8/28/15 11:11am8/28/15 11:11am

What It's Like To Watch League Of Legends At Madison Square Garden

League of Legends descended on Madison Square Garden this past weekend for the North America Championship Series (NA LCS) matches. What does it look like when 11,000 gamers flood into a venue best known for performances by people like Taylor Swift, Elton John, and the New York Knicks? See for yourself. »8/25/15 10:50am8/25/15 10:50am

I've Played 30 Hours Of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain And It's Friggin' Great

For the past few days, I’ve done very little but play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a new video game made by the well-known spa company Konami. I’ve been sneaking and shooting through deserts and forests. I’ve infiltrated bases, crippled soldiers, and taken four showers. It has been wonderful.
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