Ubisoft Pestering Far Cry 6 Players For Not Playing Enough

One of the bleakest things about modern video gaming is the way major publishers are obsessed with not just gaining your attention but keeping it, holding it trapped and exposed to their monetary ecosystems for as long as humanly possible while they do everything they can to bleed you dry.

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Source: Kotaku – Ubisoft Pestering Far Cry 6 Players For Not Playing Enough

House of Ashes: The Kotaku Review

House of Ashes wants you to know that it’s a video game so bad that it sometimes undermines its own cinematic power with gameplay that feels obligatory rather than supportive of its storytelling. Yet it also wants the prestige associated with blockbuster American films with weighty themes, and gets itself into messy…

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Source: Kotaku – House of Ashes: The Kotaku Review

Spirit Halloween’s Video Game Costumes Are Pretty Good, Actually

It’s not too late to pick up a Halloween costume—well, so long as you’re down to go as a character from a popular video game. Kotaku (that is, I) recently visited a local Spirit Halloween (“the world’s #1 Halloween store!”) to get a sense of the gaming-themed costume offerings you can expect at retail. Get this:…

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Source: Kotaku – Spirit Halloween’s Video Game Costumes Are Pretty Good, Actually

Blizzard Cancels Online BlizzCon 2022

It’s been a rocky couple of years for Blizzard’s annual fan celebration, with the 2020 and 2021 shows canceled due to the ongoing covid-19 epidemic. Now, as fallout continues from the California lawsuit over the studio’s culture of abuse, discrimination, and harassment toward women, Blizzard has canceled the BlizzCon…

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Source: Kotaku – Blizzard Cancels Online BlizzCon 2022

Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Ghostly New Pokémon Belong To A Special Club

Earlier today, The Pokémon Company officially unveiled the Hisui-region forms of Zorua and Zoroark, set to appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus next year. Unlike their original Dark typing, however, these regional variants are a dual Normal and Ghost typing, a unique combination that’s never been seen in the Pokémon

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Source: Kotaku – Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Ghostly New Pokémon Belong To A Special Club

Before You Start: Tips For Playing Guardians Of The Galaxy

Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy is out today, and considering how surprisingly good the game is, a lot more of you will probably be playing it than originally intended. The galaxy is a large and sometimes confusing place, especially when you’re guarding it. Don’t worry, we’ve prepared some helpful tips to help…

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Source: Kotaku – Before You Start: Tips For Playing Guardians Of The Galaxy

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Would Be A Terrible Deal, Even If It Worked Properly

As Nintendo’s roll-out of the upgraded Nintendo Switch Online goes so very poorly, there’s a bigger question hovering over it all: even if it had launched with working controllers, functioning control schemes, and no input lag, would it be worth the price? And the answer is, from pretty much any angle, a hard nope.

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Source: Kotaku – Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Would Be A Terrible Deal, Even If It Worked Properly

Players Have A Ton Of Complaints About Nintendo Switch Online’s N64 Games

Nintendo 64 games finally became officially playable on Nintendo Switch Online last night and they run…less than stellar. Almost immediately, social media started filling up with examples of technical shortcomings, emulation woes, and button layouts that prove there is no god. It once again calls into question what…

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Source: Kotaku – Players Have A Ton Of Complaints About Nintendo Switch Online’s N64 Games

You Can Finally (Finally!) Suspend Your Returnal Runs

It only took 179 real-world cycles, but Returnal, history’s glossiest Blue Öyster Cult music video, will finally let you close the game without erasing your progress. Developer Housemarque revealed the news of a “suspend game” option—easily the most-requested feature among fans—in a video detailing a big 2.0 update…

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Source: Kotaku – You Can Finally (Finally!) Suspend Your Returnal Runs

The Scary Theory That Totoro Is The God of Death

My Neighbor Totoro is a family favorite. Kids and adults alike love the story of two sisters in the idyllic Japanese countryside with magical creatures. But for some viewers, there’s darkness seething underneath. Totoro is no cuddly critter. He is a killer.

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Source: Kotaku – The Scary Theory That Totoro Is The God of Death

Faze Clan Going Public In Deal That Is Somehow Worth $1 Billion

Fresh off a big crypto scam involving a number of its members only four months ago, Faze Clan announced today that the group is about to become a publicly traded company, meaning fans will soon be able to buy shares. Their initial valuation? Oh, $1 billion.

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Source: Kotaku – Faze Clan Going Public In Deal That Is Somehow Worth Billion

Metroid Dread Speedrunners Are Beating The Game In 90 Minutes Flat

There comes a time in every game’s life-cycle when speedrunners crack the code, and a baseline time against which to compete reveals itself. Now that we’re a few weeks removed from the release of Metroid Dread, such a benchmark has crystallized: The game’s fastest players are racing from start to finish in about an…

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Source: Kotaku – Metroid Dread Speedrunners Are Beating The Game In 90 Minutes Flat

GTA Trilogy Trailer Removes Confederate Flag

The remastered Grand Theft Auto: Trilogy appears to be leaving the Confederate flag behind based on its recent trailer. Revealed last week, the footage offers a brief glimpse of arms dealer Phil Cassidy, but this time without the symbol of Southern slavery on his shirt.

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Source: Kotaku – GTA Trilogy Trailer Removes Confederate Flag

What It's Like To Voice My Hero Academia From Home, According To The Actors

World Heroes Mission, the third movie to spring from the exceedingly popular shonen anime series My Hero Academia, is about to arrive in theaters. Ahead of the theatrical release, I spoke to the film’s voice actors about the evolution of their characters and how they’ve adjusted to working from home during the…

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Source: Kotaku – What It’s Like To Voice My Hero Academia From Home, According To The Actors