The Best Lord Of The Rings Video Games

Tolkien’s influence on video games stretches back decades. Fans have been playing games based on The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) for almost as long as there have been video games, and for every misguided flop there has been a game that has been surprisingly OK for a licensed product. And in some cases much…

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Source: Kotaku – The Best Lord Of The Rings Video Games

Mass Shooting Apparently Planned On Discord, Streamed On Twitch, Investigated As Hate Crime

Tragedy struck New York on May 14 as an 18-year-old white male shot and killed at least 10 people in the city of Buffalo, police said. The shooter, whose online username is reportedly “jimboboiii”, has been taken into custody after livestreaming the whole thing on gaming platform Twitch, the company confirmed on…

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Source: Kotaku – Mass Shooting Apparently Planned On Discord, Streamed On Twitch, Investigated As Hate Crime

New Cloud Technology Warns You When Not To Play Kingdom Hearts

Once, long ago, buying and playing a video game was pretty easy. You bought the disc or cart, stuck it in the console, and hit play. Not so much anymore. Case in point: The not-so-great cloud-streaming-only versions of Kingdom Hearts released on Switch earlier this year recently got an update, and now feature a…

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Source: Kotaku – New Cloud Technology Warns You When Not To Play Kingdom Hearts

Activision Blizzard's New Diversity Game Tool Comes Across Terribly

Today Activision Blizzard fulfilled its daily oopsie quota by blogging about how the publisher’s subsidiaries have apparently been using a special tool to help develop more “diverse” characters. It apparently thinks it can accomplish this without, I don’t know, actually talking to or hiring marginalized developers.…

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Source: Kotaku – Activision Blizzard’s New Diversity Game Tool Comes Across Terribly

13 Killer Strategies For Dead By Daylight

If life were a Scream movie, I would likely have already been trapped under a garage door by now. It would have been punishment for spending $62 on a skort one time and watching Friday the 13th after eating a weed-infused chocolate chip cookie. It really enhanced the ki, ki, ki, ma, ma, ma of hockey mask killer Jason…

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Source: Kotaku – 13 Killer Strategies For Dead By Daylight

The Super Mario Daisy Fandom Is Ready To Riot Against Nintendo

Nintendo fans are currently up in arms, but not over graphical downgrades or Pokédex revamps. Nope, this time, it’s over a shunned character in an upcoming game, and not even an A-lister at that: Princess Daisy isn’t in Mario Strikers: Battle League.

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Source: Kotaku – The Super Mario Daisy Fandom Is Ready To Riot Against Nintendo

Lego Star Wars Becomes First Non-Nintendo Game To Top Switch Charts In Over A Year

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga did something very few games have done over the last few years: It topped April’s NPD Switch sales chart, becoming the first non-Nintendo published game to do so in over a year. And Skywalker Saga not only topped the Switch sales charts last month, but the charts of all other…

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Source: Kotaku – Lego Star Wars Becomes First Non-Nintendo Game To Top Switch Charts In Over A Year

Skyrocketing Retro Game Price 'Manipulation' Controversy Goes To Court

The market frenzy leading to record-breaking prices for retro games appears to have slowed since last year, but frustration over the collectible grading firm at the center of the spike hasn’t. Earlier this week a number of Wata Games customers filed a class action lawsuit attempting to put an end to some of the…

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Source: Kotaku – Skyrocketing Retro Game Price ‘Manipulation’ Controversy Goes To Court

Elden Ring Officially Mainstream As Sales Top Call of Duty

Recent NPD figures reveal that FromSoftware’s latest grueling action-RPG, Elden Ring, is toppling over literal titans as it outsells Call of Duty: Vanguard, challenges Cyberpunk 2077, and, as Forbes’ Paul Tassi highlights, has shipped up to “half the lifetime sales of the entire Dark Souls trilogy’’ while leaving its…

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Source: Kotaku – Elden Ring Officially Mainstream As Sales Top Call of Duty

Leaker Says Konami Pulled Silent Hill Pics It Apparently Doesn't Want You To See

A well-known leaker who goes by the username Dusk Golem has obtained and shared several images from a supposed in-development Silent Hill game on Thursday. The screens, posted to Dusk Golem’s Twitter account, weren’t up for long. According to the leaker, Konami swiftly swooped in to take those images down, though the…

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Source: Kotaku – Leaker Says Konami Pulled Silent Hill Pics It Apparently Doesn’t Want You To See

PS5, Xbox Delays Are Setting Switch Up To Dominate The Rest Of 2022

Following yesterday’s delay of Redfall and Starfield, Microsoft’s two big blockbusters for the year, the release slate for the back half of 2022 might seem especially barren. Pop quiz: Have you been paying attention to the Switch?

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Source: Kotaku – PS5, Xbox Delays Are Setting Switch Up To Dominate The Rest Of 2022

Crypto Pokémon Clone’s Currency Plunges To Less Than A Penny

Crypto markets are bottoming out and nothing’s immune, not even the potions critters use to breed in the Pokémon-style collectathon Axie Infinity. Called Smooth Love Potions, the currency has been trending down for some time now as players flood the market with it. For the first time in its history, however, it’s now…

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Source: Kotaku – Crypto Pokémon Clone’s Currency Plunges To Less Than A Penny

Six Months Later, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Still Needs Some Work

When Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition launched last year, it was a disaster. Three of the most beloved video games of all time had been officially re-released on modern hardware and not only looked like shit, but ran like it too. Things were so bad, in fact, that Rockstar had to offer fans some free…

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Source: Kotaku – Six Months Later, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Still Needs Some Work

Skyrim Player Recreates Themselves Perfectly In-Game

The very first time I played Skyrim back in 2011 I rushed through the character creation and made a guy that ended up looking like Matt Pike, which ruled. The second time, though, I spent an age trying to put myself in the game and couldn’t get anywhere near it.

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Source: Kotaku – Skyrim Player Recreates Themselves Perfectly In-Game

PlayStation Boss Asks Staff To Respect All Abortion Opinions In Email About Cats

An internal email from PlayStation president Jim Ryan contains several paragraphs about cats, but doesn’t contain a hard stance in support of his staff’s reproductive rights, and even asks employees to “respect” anti-abortion views and opinions, leaving many PlayStation staff angry and upset.

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Source: Kotaku – PlayStation Boss Asks Staff To Respect All Abortion Opinions In Email About Cats

Nintendo Still Silent On Workplace Allegations Despite Acknowledging Them Internally

It’s been nearly a month since a former employee filed a National Labor Relations Board complaint against Nintendo alleging surveillance, coercion, and retaliation. Outside of an initial statement denying the company engaged in union-busting, the house of Mario has remained publicly silent in the face of an increasing…

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Source: Kotaku – Nintendo Still Silent On Workplace Allegations Despite Acknowledging Them Internally

Alan Wake Is Coming To Switch And Also TV Via AMC Show

Today, in honor of the 12-year anniversary of Alan Wake’s original release this week, Remedy provided some fresh news about the franchise. Included was the announcement that the remastered Alan Wake is coming to Switch this year, as well as some more details about the barely-talked about TV show adaptation, first…

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Source: Kotaku – Alan Wake Is Coming To Switch And Also TV Via AMC Show