Reporting Error Leads To Speculation That Terrorists Used PS4s To Plan Paris Attacks

Last Friday, Islamic State terrorists attacked several locations in Paris, France, killing more than 120 people and injuring hundreds more. Over the weekend, as more information emerged, reporters and analysts began to speculate that the terrorists used an unlikely tool for coordination: the PlayStation 4. As it turns… »11/16/15 1:15pm11/16/15 1:15pm


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 6:00pm9/04/15 6:00pm

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 2:29pm9/01/15 2:29pm

Three Things That Make Fallout 3 Special


“I don’t want to set the world on fire,” the Ink Spots croon, but the truth is, I’ve just arrived outside Galaxy News Radio headquarters with every intention of detonating a nuclear warhead. When the Super Mutant Behemoth charges through the wreckage, bellowing, I’m ready. I take aim, then pull the trigger, letting… »7/31/15 6:24pm7/31/15 6:24pm

30 More Hours With Fallout 3, Which Is Still Damn Good

Seeing the reveal of Fallout 4 at E3, I found myself compelled to return to Bethesda’s first entry in the series, Fallout 3. There’s just something about it, a special kind of magic that few games have. Initially, I didn’t plan to spend much time with Fallout 3, but it sucked me in. Within two weeks, I’ve put more… »7/27/15 1:31pm7/27/15 1:31pm

God of War III Reveals Kratos For What He Is

Midway through God of War III, the buff and surly protagonist Kratos is scaling along the outside face of a building when he happens upon a man. He’s perched precariously next to a window, crying out for help. Saying nothing more than a grunt, Kratos bashes his head against the wall and pitches him off the ledge. »7/14/15 2:45pm7/14/15 2:45pm

Is This a Long-Lost Prototype of the "Nintendo PlayStation?"

At the summer Consumer Electronics Show in 1991, Sony announced that it was jumping into the video game hardware market for the first time, partnering with Nintendo to release something called a “PlayStation.” The device never made it to market—for reasons I’ll explain shortly—but someone on reddit may have come… »7/03/15 6:30pm7/03/15 6:30pm

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Isn't As Great As I Remembered It

Everyone has that one game they still remember playing for the first time. For me, it was Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Looking back, it seems weird—other games occupy my personal best-of list, but something about Human Revolution struck a distinct chord with me. It is a game I love. With the recent announcement of a new »4/28/15 6:40pm4/28/15 6:40pm