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09 Jul 13:51

Japan's Video Game Bars Are In Danger

by Brian Ashcraft

I press record. “Just by doing this interview,” I say, “to a certain degree you’re really putting a target on your back.” It’s important Matt Bloch understands this before we proceed, especially after the recent video game bar arrests in Japan.

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05 Jun 16:17

An Enormous Upgrade For A Game Boy Camera

by Alex Walker

Bastiaan Ekeler is the founder of Ekeler Design, and to date his professional work has been with equipment well beyond the capabilities of the Game Boy Camera. But inspired by Tim Binnion, who recently shot an F1 race on the Nintendo camera, Ekeler wanted to “get some serious glass involved”.

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01 Jun 16:39

Japan Baffled By These Men's Pants

by Brian Ashcraft

Famed British designer Kim Jones is collaborating with budget-priced Japanese clothing chain GU on a line of menswear. Much of it looks fine, but these pants are baffling folks in Japan.

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31 May 16:35

How World of Warcraft's Quest Chains Came To Be

by Jason Schreier

Back before World of Warcraft launched, in 2004, the template for quests in an MMORPG was a little dry. Games like EverQuest were primarily inspired by text-based MUDs, where you didn’t need much incentive to go out and kill things. For World of Warcraft, that wasn’t going to work.

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31 May 14:30

The Man Who Inspired Snorlax

by Brian Ashcraft

One of the most beloved Pokémon is Snorlax. Meet the man who inspired the character.

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31 May 14:29

As previously reported, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is coming to smartphones.

by Brian Ashcraft
Dsider

Sweet, we can finally watch the cutscenes without artifacts!

As previously reported, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is coming to smartphones. Here is the debut trailer. The app will be released on iOS and Android next month in Japan. No word yet on an international release.

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11 May 18:00

Valve Is Paying Hackers To Discover Security Flaws In Steam

by Nathan Grayson on Steamed, shared by Nathan Grayson to Kotaku

Even Steam, the biggest PC gaming platform in the world, isn’t immune to hacks and other issues that have in previous years rendered private information woefully public. That’s where Valve’s new bug bounty program comes in.

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09 May 19:47

Nintendo Fans Campaign For Switch Backup Saves 

by Jason Schreier

If you want to back up your saves on the PlayStation 4, all you need is a USB stick. On the Xbox, you can just use online storage without paying extra. But if you’re a Switch owner who just wants some comfort over the 200 hours you’ve spent saving Hyrule, you only have one option—wait for September, then pay for it.

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04 May 19:26

Bayonetta Dance-Off Backfires During Crucial Super Smash Bros. Match

by Ian Walker on Compete, shared by Dennis Young to Kotaku

Bayonetta might be too strong to live forever as a Super Smash Bros. character, but she’s been a fantastic addition to the cast for at least one reason: players have a ton of fun with her, sometimes even at their own expense.

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30 Apr 18:06

Nintendo Releasing All-New RPG For Phones

by Luke Plunkett
Dsider

Wondering if I should be worried about this

Nintendo just announced that it’s working with Cygames on an all-new RPG for mobile devices. The game is called Dragalia Lost.

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30 Apr 18:03

The Internet Reacts To Hogwarts Mystery’s Microtransactions

by Gita Jackson

Hogwarts Mystery, a new mobile game based on the popular fantasy books, can be fun, but a lot of its content is gated behind some gnarly microtransactions. Harry Potter fans are not pleased.

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26 Apr 21:37

How to Limit YouTube Kids to Play Only Human-Approved Channels 

by Michelle Woo on Offspring, shared by Riley MacLeod to Kotaku

YouTube Kids has had some, um, problems with inappropriate, disturbing and sometimes downright gruesome content slipping past the algorithms created to keep young viewers safe. Videos of Peppa Pig drinking bleach. Mickey snipping off girls’ bikini tops at the beach. Conspiracy theories claiming the moon landing was a…

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26 Apr 21:36

Rockstar Pulls David Bowie And More From GTA IV

by Ethan Gach
Dsider

stupid

As reported previously by our sister site in the UK, Rockstar is removing a number of songs in Grand Theft Auto IV due to licensing issues. A sizable patch for the game went live today cutting lots of songs across all the radio stations, including some classics, while only adding a few back by way of some lesser known…

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25 Apr 18:27

One Paris Street Has A Dozen Video Game Stores

by Jason Schreier

If you ever go to Paris, there are a few things you absolutely must see. There’s the Louvre, where the Mona Lisa hangs. There’s the Eiffel Tower, hulking and iconic. And then there’s the street full of video game stores.

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25 Apr 17:01

Belgium Says Loot Boxes In Games Like Overwatch Are Illegal

by Ethan Gach

Loot boxes in FIFA 18, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are now illegal in Belgium, with the country’s legislators declaring today that if the games’ publishers don’t remove the offending microtransactions, people behind the games could face fines and even time behind bars.

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25 Apr 16:09

Overwatch's Symmetra Mains Agree: The Problem Is Other Players

by Nathan Grayson
Dsider

Great example of the shortcomings of online gaming scenes

Despite striving for order and balance in all things, Symmetra has always been the odd woman out on Overwatch’s hero roster. On the verge of yet another rework, Symmetra mains—often the butt of verbal abuse—say that despite everything, they don’t want her to change all that much.

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24 Apr 21:31

Boy, Read This: The Internet Pokes Fun At Kratos In God of War

by Gita Jackson

For such a grim, serious and violent game, God of War sure is making people on the internet laugh.

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18 Apr 14:44

Iconic Shibuya 109 Building Is Changing Its Logo

by Brian Ashcraft

If you’ve been to Tokyo, you’ve seen Shibuya 109. The building is a symbol of Japanese youth culture. If you’ve played Square Enix’s The World Ends with You, then you also are familiar with it.

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13 Apr 13:45

Game Collector Finds Drugs Hidden Inside NES Cartridges

by Luke Plunkett
Dsider

This guy really got his money's worth

Julian Turner, a collector of retro video games, went to a market earlier this month and bought some old NES games. When he got home, he discovered that he’d got more than he paid for: two of the cartridges were packed with illegal drugs.

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12 Apr 17:26

Twin Galaxies Removes Former Donkey Kong Champ Billy Mitchell's High Scores

by Heather Alexandra

Controversial arcade game player Billy Mitchell’s record scores have been removed from the Twin Galaxies leaderboards following a dispute earlier this year that many were performed using an arcade emulator. The ruling, which comes after a lengthy arbitration process, also bans Mitchell from further participation on…

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12 Apr 14:10

Japan Is Getting Two Cowboy Bebop Cafes

by Brian Ashcraft
Dsider

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Cowboy Bebop is coming back! In cafe form, that is. This May, Cowboy Bebop cafes will open for a limited time in Tokyo and Osaka.

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11 Apr 17:57

Chrono Trigger PC Looks Way Better Now

by Jason Schreier

Are you ready for the feel-good story of the year? Square Enix did a thing, fans didn’t like the thing, and then Square Enix actually addressed and fixed the thing in a way that will make everybody happy.

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16 Mar 15:45

Who Wore It Better, Gundam Or Gucci?

by Brian Ashcraft

Gucci.com has people doing a double take, thinking they’re seeing an outfit that appears inspired by Dozle Zabi from Mobile Suit Gundam.

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14 Mar 14:43

Physicist Stephen Hawking Has Died at the Age of 76

by Tom McKay on Gizmodo, shared by Brian Ashcraft to Kotaku

Renowned British theoretical physicist and Cambridge Professor Stephen Hawking has “died peacefully at his home in Cambridge” at the age of 76, according to a spokesperson for the Hawking family.

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13 Mar 22:25

Ni no Kuni II Lets You Build Your Own Kingdom, And It's Lovely

by Jason Schreier
Dsider

He did it, he said the S word

If you have spent the past decade wishing there was more Suikoden in your life, then oh boy do I have some news for you: Ni no Kuni II is as close as we’ve gotten since 2006, thanks to an elegant kingdom-building system that’s a lot of fun to use.

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13 Mar 21:31

I Cannot Unsee This Cat

by Brian Ashcraft

Mount Shinmoedake, a volcano in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture, has been shooting smoke and volcano ash into the air in eruptions that could go on for months. One snapshot of the billowing smoke is reminding folks, myself included, of a cat.

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09 Mar 21:03

Trump Meets With Game Executives, Watches Clips Of Violent Video Games

by Stephen Totilo
Dsider

It was fucking inevitable. I pray to any god who will listen that he doesn't try and fuck with this before he gets deposed.

President Donald Trump spent an hour today talking to partisans on both sides of the violent video game debate, without any sort of conclusive outcome. The White House also ran a reel of violent video game footage.

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09 Mar 20:51

The Internet Reacts To Smash Bros. For Switch

by Ethan Gach

Super Smash Bros. is finally coming to the Switch and the announcement is blowing minds. We all knew it was inevitable, but still: Smash Bros.! On the Switch! The race to comb through footage for some clue about who will be in the game has begun.

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09 Mar 19:08

You Are Not Looking At A Manga Drawing Of Cars

by Brian Ashcraft

This isn’t an Initial D drawing. It’s not a page from the manga. You are looking at model cars painted like manga or anime art.

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01 Mar 17:13

The Internet Reacts To Brigitte, Overwatch’s New Hero

by Gita Jackson
Dsider

I never thought I'd be able to play what amounts to a paladin in Overwatch. Maybe this will be what gets me fully into the game.

Overwatch fans have totally fallen for Brigitte Lindholme, the game’s latest hero. Fans have known about the character for a while. She was last seen in the November 2017 Overwatch short, “Honor and Glory,” and were hoping she’d end up as the next hero. They’re already making fanart, jokes, and realizing they’ve been…

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