These Rage 2 Characters Have Amazing Names But No Backstories, So I Made Some Up

I’ve met some real characters during my time playing Rage 2. And by characters, I mean glorified quest dispensers. There’s old guy, cool lady, and of course—who could forget?—third main story person. These folks get functional speaking parts, but I honestly can’t remember a word they’ve said. They’re bland potato…

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Source: Kotaku – These Rage 2 Characters Have Amazing Names But No Backstories, So I Made Some Up

Dauntless Struggled With Online Issues In Its First Week, But Things Are Finally Improving

Dauntless, an online multiplayer game inspired by Monster Hunter that officially released earlier this week, has been slammed with matchmaking issues and server problems in its opening days, but its developers say things will get better.

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Source: Kotaku – Dauntless Struggled With Online Issues In Its First Week, But Things Are Finally Improving

Our Gameplay Data Should Be Harder To Sell

Video game developers can collect our data, and for now, they can sell it to advertisers. But that may not be as easy in the future due to California’s new data privacy law. On this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen, we do a follow-up episode after last week’s analysis of the state of gameplay data and privacy.

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Source: Kotaku – Our Gameplay Data Should Be Harder To Sell

Black Ops 4's Long-Promised Zombies 'Factions' Feature Is Still Missing

Black Ops 4’s Zombies still doesn’t have all the content that Activision promised prior to its launch last year. In fact, the undead survival mode hasn’t really seen a proper content flow or substantial rewards. Seven months since Black Ops 4’s launch, and the Zombies community is still left speculating about the…

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Source: Kotaku – Black Ops 4’s Long-Promised Zombies ‘Factions’ Feature Is Still Missing

Adorable Little Discord Bot Is Actually A Devious Game In Disguise

When my Discord server first added Smilebot, everything seemed normal. It was a little widget that spewed emojis and told you what your mood was. When I returned to my Discord after a plane flight, competing corporate factions in our sever were at war with each other in a competition to craft materials and please…

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Source: Kotaku – Adorable Little Discord Bot Is Actually A Devious Game In Disguise

Reigns: Game Of Thrones Is Giving Me New And Better Ways To Kill Everyone

After the end of Game of Thrones, I was mostly OK with how things went down. Like many fans, though, I still had complaints. After I’d run my course tweeting about them, I decided to open up Reigns: Game of Thrones and try my hand at sitting on the Iron Throne.

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Source: Kotaku – Reigns: Game Of Thrones Is Giving Me New And Better Ways To Kill Everyone

Missing Game Dead Island 2 Is Still In Development, Publisher Says

In the zombie apocalypse, no corpse is ever truly lifeless, and the same is apparently true of zombie video games. Dead Island 2, the long-missing sequel to Polish studio Techland’s 2011 zombie survival game, has seemingly stumbled back to its decayed, undead feet.

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Source: Kotaku – Missing Game Dead Island 2 Is Still In Development, Publisher Says

Anti-Trump Resistance Scammers Who Got Banned From Twitter Were Also Big Ouya Advocates

Yesterday, prolific tweeters Brian and Ed Krassenstein were banned for life from the platform for allegedly operating fake accounts and trying to buy clout. The two brothers then took to The Hill Reporter to plead their innocence and mount a defense, which relied in part on their past enthusiasm for the Ouya.

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Source: Kotaku – Anti-Trump Resistance Scammers Who Got Banned From Twitter Were Also Big Ouya Advocates

I Both Love And Feel Embarrassed About All The Video Game Music On My Phone

An eight-hour road trip I recently took with a friend quickly turned into a musical deep dive. As we flew through conversations about bachata, gospel, R&B, soul, house, and more, my friend mentioned that ’90s music made up a significant portion of his palate. “You know, there’s a lot of anime and video game music…

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Source: Kotaku – I Both Love And Feel Embarrassed About All The Video Game Music On My Phone

Put Your Right Hand on Red and Get Twister for Only $12

Twister is one of those classic party games that everyone has played. It is a game where people get up close and personal. Everyone’s gotten a butt to the face while playing Twister. Still, it is a fun game to play when you’ve got your friends or the whole family together. You can get Winning Moves Games Classic…

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Source: Kotaku – Put Your Right Hand on Red and Get Twister for Only

Watch Me Translate The Japanese Version of Judgment While I Play It

Judgment, the new game by the creators of the Yakuza series, came out in Japan on December 18 last year. On June 25, the English version of the game will swoop in with its subtitles and optional English voiceover. So I have only one more month to impress you, dear viewer, with my skill at translating Japanese legalese…

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Source: Kotaku – Watch Me Translate The Japanese Version of Judgment While I Play It

Grey Sweatshirts are Cool and Comfy, So Why Don’t You Own a Nice One Yet?

Fashion is fleeting, and by that I mean exhausting. Which is why it’s often easier to reach for clothes that are easy to wear season after season, knowing they’ll outlive whatever the trend du jour may be. At first brush, a grey crewneck sweatshirt fits in that “always a classic” bucket, but in the past few years, the…

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Source: Kotaku – Grey Sweatshirts are Cool and Comfy, So Why Don’t You Own a Nice One Yet?

Zappos' Memorial Day Sale Features Over 70,000 Deals on Footwear From Nike, Cole Haan, Ugg, and More

Zappos sales don’t come around too often, but right now, this one-stop shoe shop is marking down over 70,000 items—I swear, that’s not a typo!—with their Memorial Day Sale. The best way to sort through a sale of this size is to filter by brand, and as you’ve probably guessed by now, select styles from a slew of your…

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Source: Kotaku – Zappos’ Memorial Day Sale Features Over 70,000 Deals on Footwear From Nike, Cole Haan, Ugg, and More

To All The Boys and Netflix reminded the world why it’s smitten with rom-coms

Sitting around chatting with some friends after dinner recently, I mentioned there were a handful of Netflix original rom-coms I was planning to catch up on before writing this piece. It turns out everyone else in the group—people who aren’t paid to follow pop culture for a living—had already seen them all, and were…

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Source: Kotaku – To All The Boys and Netflix reminded the world why it’s smitten with rom-coms

McDonald's Japan Fined For Its Fake Roast Beef Burgers

Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency has fined McDonald’s after breaking the law and misrepresenting the Tokyo Roast Beef Burger sold in summer 2017. According to NicoNico, the fine is 21.7 million yen (nearly $200,000) and must be paid by December 25 of this year.

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Source: Kotaku – McDonald’s Japan Fined For Its Fake Roast Beef Burgers