Video Games Should Be Weirder

I’ve been thinking a lot about yesterday’s surprise announcement of Playdate, the new handheld games experiment from Firewatch publisher Panic. More than anything, it’s weird: A small, single-purpose handheld with a set 12-week program of mystery games is the sort of thing that demands your attention. And yes, it has…

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Source: Kotaku – Video Games Should Be Weirder

More Telltale Games Are Disappearing From Digital Storefronts

Valve recently removed the option to buy the Telltale-developed series Tales From The Borderlands on Steam, and Good Old Games has announced it will no longer be selling any of Telltale’s games starting May 27. Nobody seems to know why.

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Source: Kotaku – More Telltale Games Are Disappearing From Digital Storefronts

Mortal Kombat 11, One Month Later

It’s been one month since the release of Mortal Kombat 11. One month of arguing over microtransactions. One month of nightmare-inducing violence. One month of cringing every time Sonya Blade opens her mouth. The first month of what’s sure to be years of very good fighting. Here’s what happened in that month.

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Source: Kotaku – Mortal Kombat 11, One Month Later

Daigo’s New Controller Causes A Stir In The Fighting Game Community

Daigo Umehara is arguably the most popular fighting game player of all time. As such, eyes will always be on him when it comes to high-level play. The legendary Japanese competitor caused a stir recently by announcing his plans to try out an unconventional hit box controller instead of his traditional arcade stick at…

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Source: Kotaku – Daigo’s New Controller Causes A Stir In The Fighting Game Community

Pokémon T-Shirt Contest Winner Disqualified, Design Pulled From Upcoming Game

Earlier this week, Japanese clothing company Uniqlo announced Chinese artist Li Wen Pei had won its UT Grand Prix contest for designing Pokémon T-shirts. He was set to win $10,000 and have his design featured in Pokémon Sword and Shield, set to come to Switch later this year. Uniqlo now says Wen Pei has been…

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Source: Kotaku – Pokémon T-Shirt Contest Winner Disqualified, Design Pulled From Upcoming Game

My Strange Year In A Strictly-Regimented Day Of Defeat Troop

As I was growing up, I hated sports. When I was nine, I quit football after two weeks to my dad’s disappointment. By the time I got to high school, I wasn’t playing any sports or in any clubs. I was a happy person with dear friends, but I had never been a part of a team. I had never felt the satisfaction of a group of…

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Source: Kotaku – My Strange Year In A Strictly-Regimented Day Of Defeat Troop

Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble

The mainstream narrative of esports has been lovingly crafted by those who benefit from its success. There’s big money in esports, they say. You’ve heard the stories. Teenaged gamers flown overseas to sunny mansions with live-in chefs. The erection of $50 million arenas for Enders Game-esque sci-fi battles. League of

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Source: Kotaku – Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble

You Can Now Read The Proposed Senate Bill That Would Ban Loot Boxes In Games Aimed At Kids

As expected, Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri has introduced a bill that would ban the inclusion of “pay-to-win microtransactions and sales of loot boxes in minor-oriented games.” It would not affect cosmetic items and also has a long way to go before it could become law.

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Source: Kotaku – You Can Now Read The Proposed Senate Bill That Would Ban Loot Boxes In Games Aimed At Kids

Battlefield V's Getting More Generous With Ammo

Since launch, Battlefield V’s been stingy with ammo and supplies. The game has a controversial “Attrition” system that limits the available resources for players in an attempt to force team cooperation, but also can lead to players getting trapped without resources. The latest patch adds changes to make resupplying…

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Source: Kotaku – Battlefield V’s Getting More Generous With Ammo

The Eyes In Days Gone Look Good Because They’re Full Of Tears

On Wednesday afternoon, Days Gone developer Bend Studios held a Reddit Ask Me Anything. The team’s responses provided a brief but in-depth look at some of the more technical work that went into making Days Gone, including their rendering of eyes—something that the game does so well it’s easy to completely miss.…

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Source: Kotaku – The Eyes In Days Gone Look Good Because They’re Full Of Tears

Some Of EVE Online's Most Powerful Groups Are Heading For War

EVE Online is infamous for many things: scams that leave their victims devastated, player-created empires that span the stars, and perhaps most for war. The wars of EVE involve thousands of players across the globe, all focused on singular goals. The next great conflict may be starting now.

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Source: Kotaku – Some Of EVE Online’s Most Powerful Groups Are Heading For War

Warframe’s Gas City Is Now Stalked By A Giant Robotic Bird

The Ropalolyst stalks the Corpus Gas City on Jupiter occasionally feasting on the metropolis’ machinery as if the place were made of worms. Part of Warframe’s latest update, the Jovian Concord, the gigantic bird comes from an ancient race of AI terraformers called the Sentient. It’s also one of the game’s best new…

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Source: Kotaku – Warframe’s Gas City Is Now Stalked By A Giant Robotic Bird

Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein on becoming real-life BFFs on the set of Booksmart

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, is one of the best teen comedies to come along in years. The film is all-around excellent, but none of it would work without the core duo of Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, who star as overachieving, politically minded, codependent high school BFFs Amy and Molly. Dever…

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Source: Kotaku – Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein on becoming real-life BFFs on the set of Booksmart

Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: Endgame’s Resolution Of Black Wido

Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: Endgame’s Resolution Of Black Widow Was A Disservice To Both Her, And Hawkeye Japanese Cookbook 101 – Pt. 1: Dashi, Misoshiru, Furikake TAY Retro: Colecovision – Colecovision’s Atari 2600 Expansion Module [TV Commercial, NA]

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Source: Kotaku – Today’s selection of articles from Kotaku’s reader-run community: Endgame’s Resolution Of Black Wido