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Track: Electric Fires | Artist: Black Peaks | Album: All That Divides

Teen Developer Makes Game Inspired By '90s Shooters That Came Out Before He Was Born Teen Developer Makes Game Inspired By '90s Shooters That Came Out Before He Was Born

Jakub Cislo is a game developer who wears his influences on his sleeve. His just-released game, Project Warlock, is a chunky shooter stew made from the gory giblets of classics like Wolfenstein and Doom. It’s a pretty typical palette of influences—until you consider that Cislo is 19, and all those games came out…

Accounting+, a VR collaboration between makers of Rick and Morty and The Stanley Parable, is out. I got to play it last weekend at Indiecade in LA, and it’s the funniest VR game I’ve tried. If you want to get a feel for its sense of humor, watch this trailer, and make sure to stick around for the whole thing.

Dying Genji Obliterates Enemy Team With Their Own Ult 

Tired: Getting a team kill with your own ultimate in Overwatch. Wired: Dying a painful death as Genji, only to posthumously realize that you deflected the other team’s ult right back at them, resulting in a team kill so inevitable that their Bastion didn’t even try to get out of harm’s way.

Controversial Streamer Suspended From Twitch, Barred From TwitchCon After 'Harassment' Controversial Streamer Suspended From Twitch, Barred From TwitchCon After 'Harassment'

Last week, controversial Twitch streamer Ali “Gross Gore” Larsen landed himself in hot water after attendees of official Runescape convention RuneFest alleged that he’d harassed women and gotten into a physical altercation with another streamer. Now he says he’s been suspended from Twitch and forbidden from attending…

The Hex Mashes Up Game Genres, Then Gets Really Weird The Hex Mashes Up Game Genres, Then Gets Really Weird

I’m just gonna cut to the chase: The Hex is this year’s Frog Fractions, Undertale, or—perhaps most aptly, given that it’s from the same creator—Pony Island. It’s a game that makes confetti of genre conventions and reassembles the scraps into a surprising story about how we interact with games.

Twitch's Casino Section Is Full Of Suspicious Channels Twitch's Casino Section Is Full Of Suspicious Channels

On Twitch, if a streamer’s concurrent view count consistently stays above 20,000, it means they’ve probably hit the big time. It’s the culmination of years of hard work, of amassing followers and community building. Even big names like Myth and Summit1g average below 20,000 some months. Yesterday, I watched a casino…

A Look Back At The Odyssey Series, From Mario To Etrian To Assassin's Creed A Look Back At The Odyssey Series, From Mario To Etrian To Assassin's Creed

Triple-A blockbuster season is heating up, which means everybody is now knee-deep in gargantuan games like Black Ops 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. These franchises have long, complicated histories—one more so than all the rest. I speak, of course, of the Odyssey series.

Modder Turns Mario 64 Into Portal

In the bleak, distant future, only one video game will remain: Mario 64, the devourer of all other games.

Star Wars: KOTOR Fan Remake Shutting Down After Cease And Desist From Lucasfilm Star Wars: KOTOR Fan Remake Shutting Down After Cease And Desist From Lucasfilm

Back in 2016, an ambitious group of fans began work on an Unreal Engine 4 “reboot” of role-playing, light-sabering classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic called Apeiron. The project has made impressive progress since then, but it emitted a tragic Wilhelm scream this week when Lucasfilm lawyers zapped it out of…

Brazilian Government Calls For Removal Of Violent Far-Right Game From Steam Brazilian Government Calls For Removal Of Violent Far-Right Game From Steam

Does an overtly low-budget game in which a controversial politician smacks down black and gay people count as “straight up trolling” by Valve’s new anything-goes standards? Is it an effort to “incite and sow discord”—which Valve also recently said can be disqualifying? These are the questions surrounding Bolsomito 2K18…

Cat Sucks At Elite Dangerous Cat Sucks At Elite Dangerous

Among Elite Dangerous’ many player groups, there may be none better known than the unerringly altruistic Fuel Rats. The leaderless collective has one mission and one mission only: to rescue pilots stranded in the ever-ravenous vacuum of space. Recently, one of them completely screwed that up. Because of a cat.

Runescape Developer Cuts Ties With Twitch Streamers After Allegations Of Sexual Harassment, Violence Runescape Developer Cuts Ties With Twitch Streamers After Allegations Of Sexual Harassment, Violence

RuneFest, a convention run by the creators of RuneScape, is supposed to be an annual celebration of the fantasy MMO that came out in 2001 and has stayed improbably relevant in 2018 due to updates, iterations, and an active streaming community. This year, some attendees raised concerns about one streamer in particular,…

Steam Developer's Catastrophic Mistake Has A Sort-Of Happy Ending Steam Developer's Catastrophic Mistake Has A Sort-Of Happy Ending

A little more than a week ago, Steam developer HyperReuts was at rock bottom. The studio had given out 10,000 free keys for its multiplayer arena space game Evolvation, only for scammers to snap up a chunk of them. In response, HyperReuts tried to delete the offending keys, but in the process, it accidentally zapped…

Streamer and speedrunner Trihex has explained the actions that led to his recent Twitch ban to Kotaku. The face of the notorious “Trihard” emote said that he is very aware of how much harm homophobic slurs like the one he dropped over the weekend can cause, but he overdid it during a Super Mario Party stream. He said…

Streamer Trihex Apologizes For Homophobic Slur After Twitch Suspends His Channel [UPDATE] Streamer Trihex Apologizes For Homophobic Slur After Twitch Suspends His Channel [UPDATE]

Even if you haven’t heard of Twitch streamer and speedrunner Trihex, you’ve almost certainly seen him. He’s the face of the near-ubiquitous “Trihard” emote, a chat icon people use both in good fun and, unfortunately, to mock people of color. As of now, while the emote remains on Twitch, Trihex himself has been…

The Games That Inspire Coheed And Cambria's Sci-Fi Saga The Games That Inspire Coheed And Cambria's Sci-Fi Saga

Claudio Sanchez is a rock star. His band, Coheed and Cambria, has millions of fans across the world. His cascading mane of heavy metal hair is the envy of other musicians and prides of lions alike. The secret to Sanchez’s success: being a giant nerd.

Track: A Lesson In Lust | Artist: Hail The Sun | Album: Mental Knife

Windows Will No Longer Interrupt Your Games To Annoy You About Updates Windows Will No Longer Interrupt Your Games To Annoy You About Updates

We’ve all been there: you’re in the zone with a game—so dialed in that you can practically smell the body odor of the man you just kicked off a cliff—but then, suddenly, it’s gone. Windows has decided it’s update time, and also that you can go fuck yourself. Mercifully, that problem is now history.

Blizzard Is Changing Overwatch's Pharah, But Some Players Aren't On Board Blizzard Is Changing Overwatch's Pharah, But Some Players Aren't On Board

Time takes its toll on us all, but especially on fictional heroes who exist in constantly updating video games. Theirs is the greatest plight of all, as exemplified by Overwatch’s master of the skies, Pharah. Pharah is just fine—some might even say perfect, if they are me—but she’s about to be hit with a rocket…

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