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Tetris: The Kotaku Review

Like the delightful and oppressive mobile-game galaxy that it summoned, Tetris is both seductive and dispiriting. Alexey Pajitnov’s falling-block puzzler captures the pleasure and the vacuousness of virtual labor. Each game of Tetris contains an interactive “Ozymandias,” a fruitless quest to build something that will… » 7/16/15 5:15pm 7/16/15 5:15pm

Batman: Arkham Knight: The Kotaku Review

If you are so into the Arkham games that you are going to be wounded by learning anything at all about Batman: Arkham Knight—what characters may or may not be in it, for example—please don’t read this review. Go play the game! You will like it, mostly. The spoilers in this review are minor, in my view, but they are… » 6/22/15 1:18pm 6/22/15 1:18pm

It's So Compelling To Watch Strange & Norrell's Moral Ambiguity Unfold

For a show with an ampersand in its title — the very implicit acknowledgement of unity between two entities — this week’s Strange & Norrell is all about relationships crumbling in spectacular manners. And yet, it’s completely compelling to watch, because even in the aftermath it’s hard to see who is doing the right… » 6/08/15 1:53pm 6/08/15 1:53pm

Minna Limon, A Fucking Adorable — And Versatile — Vibrator

If Crave’s Flex is the Linux of vibrators, with its long menu of settings and programmable waveforms, Minna Life’s Limon is more like a slimmed down iPhone app. It lets you change just one variable – the strength of the buzz – with an equally simple and intuitive method: how hard you squeeze. » 6/02/15 8:01pm 6/02/15 8:01pm

Hatred: The Kotaku Review

Last fall, a producer for CBS This Morning called me to talk about the video game Hatred. I had been on CBS a year earlier to teach co-anchor Gayle King how to play Grand Theft Auto V, the biggest entertainment property in the human-discovered universe. This time, instead of talking about a game made by some of the… » 6/02/15 6:40pm 6/02/15 6:40pm

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell's Magical Spectacle Holds Tragic Secrets

The second episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is full of gorgeous spectacle and unbelievable displays of magic. But it also does a great job of showing that even the most fabulous magic has a dark side: a darkness than can bring out the worst in people, or even deliver great tragedies. » 5/25/15 1:30pm 5/25/15 1:30pm

In Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Power Lies With Politics, Not Magic

What if a world of mysticism and magic stood alongside Regency high society? Susanna Clarke’s break-out novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — the BBC’s adaptation of which began in the U.K last night — asks just that. But as the first episode shows, even in a world with magic, the real power is in politics. » 5/18/15 9:00am 5/18/15 9:00am

Sid Meier's Starships Puts You in Command of a Small Space Fleet

We all dream of sitting in the captain's chair, issuing commands and sending our spaceships to explore new worlds or making brilliant tactical maneuvers to destroy the space pirates. Sid Meier's Starships sets out to fulfill those dreams, and it does succeed, but on a smaller scale than I was hoping for. » 3/12/15 8:00am 3/12/15 8:00am

Destiny Review Update: Four Months Later

Four months into its existence, Destiny is a better, more frustrating, more expansive—and ultimately, expensive—game than it was at launch. It's also very different, because after months of tweaks, it has become clearer than ever who we're really playing against: the people who made it. The player's greatest adversary… » 1/07/15 2:19pm 1/07/15 2:19pm

Black Mirror's Christmas Special: A Yuletide Nightmare You Have To See

The idea of Black Mirror, the twisted British dystopian series, having a Christmas special might seem odd. But while White Christmas does give us a dark near future that's not all tinsel and lights, its trio of tales is really all about a truly Christmassy message of compassion and empathy. Spoilers ahead... » 12/17/14 3:51pm 12/17/14 3:51pm