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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 11:11amFriday 11:11am

Rare Replay: The Kotaku Review

Rare games meant a lot to the people who played them, so a collection of 30 of (most) of their best works should mean a lot to children of the Spectrum ZX, the Nintendo 64 and even the Xbox 360 eras. Combined, they’re part of a new collection on the Xbox One that is one of the most extraordinary bundles to ever hit… »8/03/15 10:37am8/03/15 10:37am

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 2:15pm7/16/15 2:15pm

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 10:18am6/22/15 10:18am

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 1:53pm6/08/15 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 5:01pm6/02/15 5:01pm

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 9:00am5/18/15 9:00am