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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers May 25, 2019. 7 comments

Our Gameplay Data Should Be Harder To Sell

Our Gameplay Data Should Be Harder To Sell

Video game developers can collect our data, and for now, they can sell it to advertisers. But that may not be as easy in the future due to California’s new data privacy law . On this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen, we do a follow-up episode after last week’s analysis of the state of gameplay data and privacy.

First, we talk about games we’re playing. Jason and I are both playing the Switch port of...

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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers May 17, 2019. 11 comments

Should We Care About Video Game Companies Collecting Our Data?

Should We Care About Video Game Companies Collecting Our Data?

Video games often ask us to share our data with the developers. Sometimes, games and other apps bury this question in a long privacy policy that you have to agree to in order to even load it up. And sometimes, that data gets sold or repurposed for mysterious ends. Kirk and I admitted how anxious we feel about that on this week’s episode of Kotaku Splitscreen.

Jason is recovering from oral...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Feb 01, 2019. 14 comments

Nintendo's Internal Data Shows That Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Pretty Balanced

Nintendo's Internal Data Shows That Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Pretty Balanced

We already suspected that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster was pretty evenly matched, and now we’ve got data from the game’s lead creator to prove it. r. In a new column for the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai shared some data on the wins and losses of many of the game’s 74 fighters.

Take King R. Rool, for example. The big lizard l is regarded by many...

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Patricia Hernandez Patricia Hernandez Sep 06, 2017. 24 comments

What People Google About Sex, According To The Numbers

What People Google About Sex, According To The Numbers

People type their deepest, darkest secrets and fears into Google, all in search for answers. Sex, while a taboo subject, is no different.

The New York Times took a look at the data behind Google searches, and what they've found is mighty interesting.

What do people pair the most with the word "marriage," for example? Sexless marriage, which average 21,090 searches a month. Curiously, according...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Aug 20, 2017. 23 comments

Pokémon Go Spawn Rates In One Convenient Fan Chart

<i>Pokémon Go</i> Spawn Rates In One Convenient Fan Chart

One of Pokémon Go’s many, many mysteries is Pokémon spawn rates. What’s the chance that a Bulbasaur will appear in yonder bushes? How often will I encounter Mr. Mime? (Spoiler: .0031% of the time).

This morning, Pokémon Go Hub published a Pokémon Go spawn rate chart using over 100 million data points from Poké Radar’s “prediction algorithm dataset.” (Update 8/28/16, 5:40pm— This chart was...

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Patricia Hernandez Patricia Hernandez Aug 19, 2017. 19 comments

The Best Pokémon For Each Situation

The Best Pokémon For Each Situation

With over six hundred pocket monsters to choose from, not all Pokémon are made equal. Some Pokémon are better than others. And if you're looking for the very best Pokémon you can own, your choices are limited.

But what do we mean when we say "best Pokémon?" Certainly, there are better designed-Pokémon than others. There are also Pokémon with better stats than others. There are also Pokémon...

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Aug 17, 2017. 16 comments

After My Dad Died, He Left Behind Thousands of Hours of Civilization Save Files

After My Dad Died, He Left Behind Thousands of Hours of <i>Civilization</i> Save Files

Thomas Barber Coberly died, without warning, on May 1st, 2016, at exactly 7:04 in the morning. A heart attack, or maybe an aneurysm. It really doesn’t matter, at this point. The ambulance came promptly, but he died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Unexpected deaths leave behind a mess. Unfinished projects and obligations and all the detritus that life creates are all suddenly without...

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Patricia Hernandez Patricia Hernandez Aug 17, 2017. 24 comments

What Pokémon Players Are Actually Trading, By The Numbers

What <em>Pokémon</em> Players Are Actually Trading, By The Numbers

Thanks to something called "Wonder Trade," Pokémon players regularly put monsters up for trade blindly, without knowing what they'll get in return. Maybe it'll be a garbage Pokémon, or maybe it'll be a legendary. Not knowing what you'll get in exchange for your Pokémon is part of the fun—but even so, hardcore players are compiling data on what people are actually trading through the feature....

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Aug 17, 2017. 24 comments

Study Shows Which Video Game Genres Women Play Most

Study Shows Which Video Game Genres Women Play Most

I’ve often told people that about half of gamers are women, citing an Entertainment Software Association report that puts the number at 41%. The invariable response: “But what games are they playing?”

Yesterday, Nick Yee, the co-founder of game analytics company Quantic Foundry, published a report that spells out which game genres are dominated by women. He surveyed 270,000 gamers about their...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 16, 2017. 23 comments

Stardew Valley Made More Money On Steam Than Most Holiday Blockbusters

<i>Stardew Valley</i> Made More Money On Steam Than Most Holiday Blockbusters

Steam Spy just released a big 2016 data dump, and it’s certainly revealing.

Valve revealed the top 100 most money-making Steam games of 2016 , but they didn’t provide any data beyond vague rankings. Steam Spy, on the other hand, offers data for days, but it’s all estimated, albeit fairly rigorously. Here are their most interesting findings:

About 370 million games got purchased or otherwise...

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