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Independent Game Shops Told They Won't Get Red Dead Redemption 2 Until November Independent Game Shops Told They Won't Get Red Dead Redemption 2 Until November

In the lead-up to Red Dead Redemption 2’s October 26 release, Zach Gieg spent over $3,300 adorning his small, local chain of Pennsylvania video game stores with billboards, flyers, posters, and other displays touting the the highly-anticipated Western adventure game that his customers began preordering two years ago.…

Call of Duty Blackout Players Are Now Thanking The Bus Driver, Too Call of Duty Blackout Players Are Now Thanking The Bus Driver, Too

Call of Duty’s hardboiled new battle royale mode isn’t a lot like its candy-colored cousin Fortnite except for one thing: players’ gratitude for public transportation. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players have taken to “thanking the bus driver,” a custom in Fortnite, for transporting them to an island of near-inevitable…

Pokémon Go Is Getting Monsters From Diamond, Pearl And Platinum Pokémon Go Is Getting Monsters From Diamond, Pearl And Platinum

Pokémon Go trainers will soon be happening upon monsters from the Sinnoh region, publisher Niantic announced today. Those are the little guys from 2006's Pokémon Pearl and Diamond and 2008's Pokémon Platinum. They should be in-game sometime this week. [Update—11:25 am ET: Some readers are saying these Pokémon are…

Vaulting Kicks Ass In Call Of Duty's New Battle Royale Mode Vaulting Kicks Ass In Call Of Duty's New Battle Royale Mode

If you liked PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but couldn’t stomach its uneven gameplay, you’re going to love the polish that Call of Duty is bringing to the battle royale genre. One thing that adds that waxy shine to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, out today, is how good the game is at letting players…

Overwatch's Boops Have Gotten Out Of Control Overwatch's Boops Have Gotten Out Of Control

Over the last few months, Overwatch has looked less like a team shooter and more like the inside of a microwave bag of popcorn. A popular and beloved crowd control mechanic called the “boop” has become so prevalent that it’s causing anguish from players who would rather compete at a first-person shooter than pop idly…

Top YouTubers Are Taking Heat For Their Deals With A Controversial Mental Health App Top YouTubers Are Taking Heat For Their Deals With A Controversial Mental Health App

Over the last week, some of YouTube’s biggest personalities have become embroiled in a controversy surrounding an app that connects people to mental health counselors. The mental health app has sponsored top YouTubers like Philip DeFranco, Boogie2988 and Shane Dawson and reportedly offers these video makers referral…

The Overwatch League’s second season is starting a little later than expected. On February 14, the league’s 20 teams—eight of which are new—will begin facing off at Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, Blizzard announced this morning. Last year, the season started in January. It’s going to be a weird Valentine’s Day.

We Debate Whether Super Mario Party Is Actually Evil (And Whether That's Bad) We Debate Whether Super Mario Party Is Actually Evil (And Whether That's Bad)

Hello, Mario Partiers and haters alike. Last week, Nintendo released Super Mario Party, a four-player digital board game about playing cute mini-games and destroying your friends. I reviewed the game. I liked it a lot. It was a great take on a classic formula, in my opinion, but it’s certainly not just about me here.…

How The 'NPC' Meme Tries To Dehumanize 'SJWs' How The 'NPC' Meme Tries To Dehumanize 'SJWs'

From time to time, and especially if you’re a fan of science fiction, you may have had the thought that nobody around you is actually real. That sentiment has taken root in anti-progressive parts of the internet as a dehumanizing meme, and it borrows some familiar gaming terminology.

Super Mario Party: The Kotaku Review Super Mario Party: The Kotaku Review

“Who are you rooting for?” I asked my housemate, a non-player heckler watching a full-up game of Super Mario Party. Without missing a beat, he responded gleefully: “Chaos!”

Last month, Bandai Namco revealed that Yu-Gi-Oh’s Yugi Moto will fight alongside Dragon Ball’s Goku and Light from Death Note in upcoming fighting game Jump Force. Today, we saw what Yugi’s fighting style looks like, and it looks bonkers. Yugi can summon monsters—yes, like dragons—to fight on his behalf. The real…

Overwatch's Group-Finder Is Now Mean Girls For Competitive Play Overwatch's Group-Finder Is Now Mean Girls For Competitive Play

In July, Overwatch got a group-finder, and now meeting teammates for the game’s competitive mode often feels less like teaming up with a bunch of random gamers on the internet and more like trying to sit at the popular kids’ high school lunch table.

Club Penguin Island To Shut Down, Marking Final End Of The Beloved Children's MMO Club Penguin Island To Shut Down, Marking Final End Of The Beloved Children's MMO

Club Penguin is shutting down for good. Disney, which owns the long-running franchise, confirmed the news today.

Pro Magic Player Protests World Championships, Hoping To Change The Pro Scene Pro Magic Player Protests World Championships, Hoping To Change The Pro Scene

Magic: The Gathering pro player Gerry Thompson says he is protesting this weekend’s World Championship event, the game’s most prestigious tournament, citing complaints about how Magic publisher Wizards of the Coast is handling its pro scene.

Overwatch Finally Reveals What Torbjorn's Much-needed Overhaul Will Look Like Overwatch Finally Reveals What Torbjorn's Much-needed Overhaul Will Look Like

Overwatch’s feisty dwarf engineer Torbjorn has long been considered a“troll pick.” In my experience, it’s common for teammates’ blood pressure to skyrocket whenever players pick him. We already knew Torbjorn was getting a much-needed overhaul, and today, Overwatch’s game director Jeff Kaplan finally announced what…

How YouTube Fueled The Anti-Social Justice Movement How YouTube Fueled The Anti-Social Justice Movement

There’s a reason why YouTube’s “trending” icon is a flame. Influence on the $100 billion video sharing site grows uncontested, spreads to whatever is closest to it and can destroy whatever it feeds on. 

As Streaming Games Goes Big Money, Debt Collection Comes Along As Streaming Games Goes Big Money, Debt Collection Comes Along

In the lawless, wild west industry that is streaming video games, and the surprising gold rush that has gamers tearing up their I-9s, an time-honored line of work is now arriving on the scene: debt collection.

Adam “Armada” Lindgren, a longtime Super Smash Bros. Melee top player, today announced his retirement from one vs. one Melee tournament matches, the pro’s bread and butter for a decade. Citing “severe motivational issues,” Lindgren said that “If I can’t have fun doing it, then there’s no point in doing it.”

Fortnite's Creators Initially Thought Rocket-Riding Was A Bug Fortnite's Creators Initially Thought Rocket-Riding Was A Bug

When Fortnite developers released the game’s notorious rocket launcher, surely they knew they had designed a fatal long-range weapon. Always crafty, Fortnite players quickly discovered something else about these rockets: They’re nifty ways to get around the map. As it turns out, they’d stumbled upon something Fortnite…

What started out as a typical Weather Channel hurricane report took a turn when the broadcaster submerged himself in nine feet of digital flood water. The hyper-realistic visualization was created with Unreal Engine, which powers video games like Fortnite, Ark: Survival Evolved and Street Fighter V. Yikes, though!

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