Destiny And Spider-Man Studios Respond To Court Overturning Roe

Image: Insomniac Games / Sony On Friday the US Supreme Court made good on a longstanding right-wing threat to overturn Roe v. Wadeand with it eradicate the constitutional right to abortion that had existed for nearly 50 years. Now some of gaming’s most well known studios, which had previously been silent, are speaking up about … Read more

Pokémon GO’s Remote Raid Passes Feel Under Threat By Niantic

Image: Niantic Of all the many excellent changes Niantic made to Pokémon GO in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic, remote raiding seemed to be the one that was most likely to survive long-term. So of course, every new move the developer makes seems to be threatening its future. Time was, when you wanted … Read more

Pokémon GO’s Remote Raid Passes Feel Under Threat By Niantic

Image: Niantic Of all the many excellent changes Niantic made to Pokémon GO in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic, remote raiding seemed to be the one that was most likely to survive long-term. So of course, every new move the developer makes seems to be threatening its future. Time was, when you wanted … Read more

Developers Share Tricks And Secret Hacks That Make Games Work

Image: Kotaku / Tortoon / Alexander_P (Shutterstock) Did you know all the horses in Assassin’s Creed 1 are built using really fucked up human skeletons? Or that Titan Quest used invisible squirrels as in-game timers? All of this is true and is more proof that games are mostly wild collections of code and hope that … Read more

Destiny 2 DMCA Revenge Plot Now A $ 7.6 Million Bungie Lawsuit

Image: Bungie A spree of rogue DMCA takedown notices for Destiny 2 content on YouTube earlier this year has now ballooned into a $ 7.6 million lawsuit, as Bungie goes after the alleged perpetrator in court. In addition, some Destiny 2 content creators now say they feel “betrayed” after the person who was seemingly responsible … Read more

Three Hopes Reviews Are Divided

Image: Nintendo The embargo just lifted on Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopesthe musou-based follow-up to Nintendo’s critically acclaimed strategy game, Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Most reviewers seem to agree that Three Hopes is a worthwhile successor to Three Houses, though many seemed to burn out on the repetitive-feeling combat. Some critics welcome the return of … Read more

Krafton’s Latest ‘AI’ Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Image: Krafton When I first saw Ana, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds publisher Krafton’s attempt to put a face on its artificial “virtual human” technology, I was disappointed to see that this supposed Web 3.0 innovation was really just another pretty, pale girl. She’s airbrushed, but still tangible. She’s biting her tongue, looking at you. And I fear … Read more

Krafton’s Latest ‘AI’ Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Image: Krafton When I first saw Ana, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds publisher Krafton’s attempt to put a face on its artificial “virtual human” technology, I was disappointed to see that this supposed Web 3.0 innovation was really just another pretty, pale girl. She’s airbrushed, but still tangible. She’s biting her tongue, looking at you. And I fear … Read more

A Cult-Hit TTRPG Gets An Open License For Creators

Image: Monte Cook Games Indie tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) designers will have some new rules to play with soon. Monte Cook Games announced last week that its core set of tabletop roleplaying game rules, known as the Cypher System, is switching to an open license that will allow anyone to design and sell content using … Read more

Steelrising Combines Snappy Souls Combat And French Weirdness

Gif: Spiders / Nacon / Kotaku Genre has been on my mind a lot ever since I had a chance to get some hands-on time with a preview build of Steelrising, an upcoming soulslike action-RPG from French developer Spiders. In this stab at the infectiously popular and notoriously challenging genre, Spiders hopes to send us … Read more