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I Braved A Heat Wave For A Desolate Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Event

I Braved A Heat Wave For A Desolate Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Event
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite had its first Community Day this past Saturday. There was a heat wave in my area, but I headed out to play the game anyway. Ever since Wizards Unite came out, I haven’t run into anybody else playing it, and I figured the Community Day would be the chance to finally see how popular...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 18, 2019 at 07:00.

Dota Underlords' Meta Is In An Awkward Spot

Dota Underlords' Meta Is In An Awkward Spot
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Ideally, Dota Underlords, like its auto-battler kin, plays out as a game of slow-build strategy in which you amass an army of heroes based on synergies between them. Maybe that means a chanting brood of surprisingly survivable warlocks. Maybe that means a beefy team of brawny boys who are even beefier together...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 15, 2019 at 10:10.

A Guide To Auto Chess, 2019’s Most Popular New Game Genre

A Guide To Auto Chess, 2019’s Most Popular New Game Genre

Over the weekend, Dota Underlords lured 200,000 concurrent players onto its checkered battlefield of swords, sorcery, and slot machines. Meanwhile, Riot’s Teamfight Tactics continued to duel with Fortnite for the Twitch throne. Also, I played Dota Underlords like it was my dang job. If it feels like these Auto Chess games have taken over the world overnight, that’s because they kinda...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 14, 2019.

Nintendo Is Reportedly Toning Down Micro-Transactions In Its Mobile Games

Nintendo Is Reportedly Toning Down Micro-Transactions In Its Mobile Games

Developers behind some of the free-to-play mobile games Nintendo has published in recent years say the company has told them not to be too aggressive with the microtransactions that these games tend to rely on to make money, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Where individual studios Nintendo partners with are looking to profit off of the games, the paper reports, a source...

Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 14, 2019.

This Phone Game Is All About Summoning Sexy Anime Versions Of Food

This Phone Game Is All About Summoning Sexy Anime Versions Of Food

One day I was scrolling through various cat videos on Instagram and was advertised a game featuring what appeared to be a hot dog personified as a sexy lady. Despite being patently ridiculous, this game is entertaining as heck.

Gacha games like Fate Grand Order and Otogi Spirit Agents are a little bit silly. In order to keep coming up with new characters to summon, so as to entice players to...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 14, 2019.

Google Now Requires App Makers To Disclose Loot Box Odds

Google Now Requires App Makers To Disclose Loot Box Odds

Google rolled out a new Play Store policy requiring game makers to show players what the chances are of getting any items that might be contained in a paid random-chance scenario.

Spotted by the website Android Police, the new requirement, listed in the monetization section of Google’s Development Policy Center, states: “Apps offering mechanisms to receive randomized virtual items from a...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 14, 2019.

Valve's Auto Chess Game Is Called Dota Underlords, Open Beta Next Week

Valve's <i>Auto Chess </i>Game Is Called <i>Dota Underlords</i>, Open Beta Next Week
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A few weeks ago, Valve announced that it’d be making its own version of the massively popular Dota 2 mod Auto Chess. Today, it revealed that it’s called Dota Underlords, and it’ll go into open beta in “approximately” one week. And if you’ve purchased the Dota 2 International Battle Pass, you can already start...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 13, 2019.

Bad North Strips RTS Gaming To The Bone

<i>Bad North</i> Strips RTS Gaming To The Bone

Real-time strategy games have grown into vast, complex affairs over the years, but Bad North isn’t interested in adding to the genre. Instead, it just wants to strip everything back until there’s barely an RTS at all.

Out now on the Nintendo Switch, and coming soon to PS4, XB1, PC and mobile, Bad North is a very light tactical roguelike, where you take control of a small band of Vikings and...

Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jul 13, 2019.

Pokémon GO Lawsuit Settlement Might Lead To Some Pokéstops And Gyms Being Removed

<i>Pokémon GO</i> Lawsuit Settlement Might Lead To Some Pokéstops And Gyms Being Removed

Pokémon GO creator Niantic is looking to end a lawsuit that was first started back in 2016, during the height of Pokémon GO’s popularity. The suit was filed by numerous homeowners who believed the company had caused players to trespass onto their property to catch Pokémon or activate Pokéstops.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, The homeowners are proposing a settlement, which if accepted...

Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jul 12, 2019.

Pokémon Go Doesn't Want You Playing Outside During Typhoons

<i>Pokémon Go</i> Doesn't Want You Playing Outside During Typhoons

This weekend, a typhoon hit Japan. Pokémon Go players noticed something: a warning system.

Players were alerted of rain and strong winds. These warnings, however, aren’t new and have been appearing over the past few months. Guess some folks are just noticing!

The above Tweet pointing out the warning system this weekend went viral.

Here is the warning message in English.

In-game, it was raining...

Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 11, 2019.

To Beat This Game, You Need To Use... The Actual Moon

To Beat This Game, You Need To Use... The Actual Moon

Some games have secret endings that people don't uncover until days, weeks, or even months after they've come out. Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is trying to one-up them all. You won't be able to beat it unless the real moon—yes, the one in the sky—is glowing just right.

The net effect of that gameplay element? Nobody will be able to solve the eight-legged freak-quel 's final puzzle,...

Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Jul 10, 2019.

How To Get Around Hearthstone's 10-Card Limit And Hold 12 Cards

How To Get Around <i>Hearthstone</i>'s 10-Card Limit And Hold 12 Cards

The folks over at HearthSim came up with a way to bypass the 10-card hand limit in Hearthstone, and eventually end up holding 12 cards.

In Hearthstone players can only play cards from their deck that are currently in their hands. And the limit of that is 10 cards. Attempting to add a card from the deck to the hand when it’s already full would discard that additional card.

But it looks like...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 10, 2019.

Red Dead's Companion App Is Great, And You Should Definitely Use It

<i>Red Dead's</i> Companion App Is Great, And You Should Definitely Use It

It doesn’t take long with Red Dead Redemption 2 before you run into a Kirk Hamilton-sized conundrum : do you play with the HUD on, and experience the Old West through health meters and radars, or do you turn all that off and do things the pretty/pure/hard way.

We’ve spent years debating the merits of both approaches in other games, for everything from Zelda to Far Cry, but if you’ve got a...

Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 10, 2019. 5 comments

Provocative Jeopardy Champ Says HQ Trivia Owes Him $20,000 In Winnings

Provocative Jeopardy Champ Says HQ Trivia Owes Him $20,000 In Winnings

If you play HQ, a trivia app that supposedly doles out cash prizes, this kind of story might be familiar to you: someone won money from the game but can’t cash out and have access to it. The “someone” in this case is controversial Jeopardy player Alex Jacob, who has been trying to get his $20,000 jackpot for the past month to no avail.

HQ has been going through a lot of changes, most of them...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 08, 2019.

Two Final Fantasy Legends Now Working On A Mobile Strategy Game

Two <i>Final Fantasy</i> Legends Now Working On A Mobile Strategy Game

Yoshitaka Amano is famous for his Final Fantasy art. Nobuo Uematsu is famous for his Final Fantasy music. The two are back working together on a new game, only instead of it being a JRPG, it’s an “an esports-driven mobile title”.

The Beautiful Final Fantasy Art of Yoshitaka Amano

Say the name "Yoshitaka Amano" to a longtime Final Fantasy fan and they may well go all…

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Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Jul 08, 2019.

Combination Of Two Hearthstone Cards Results In 16-Minute-Long Turn

Combination Of Two <i>Hearthstone </i>Cards Results In 16-Minute-Long Turn

Hearthstone turns shouldn’t last more than a few seconds. And they rarely do, but there are always exceptions. Using Dreadsteed cards with Knife Jugglers is one of them, and this particular moment almost created a never-ending turn.

Dreadsteed is a new card, added in The Grand Tournament expansion. It has only one HP, but it’ll respawn on death. The other card, Knife Juggler, deals 1 damage...

Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Jul 08, 2019.

Hearthstone Effects In Slow Motion Are Hypnotic

<i>Hearthstone </i>Effects In Slow Motion Are Hypnotic
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Playing Hearthstone in slow mo would be the most masochistic thing ever known to man, and Legend Stuff’s clip is luckily not about that.

It’s compilation of some of the coolest in-game animations with their speed lowered a bit, and it really shows how easy it is to overlook things like this in the middle of an intense...

Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Jul 06, 2019.

Honest Trailers Nails Everything About Hearthstone And Its Community

Honest Trailers Nails Everything About <i>Hearthstone </i>And Its Community

They certainly did their research on Hearthstone streamers.

Here's Smosh's honest trailer, full of truth about deck building, luck and Magic: The Gathering. Deep down we probably all knew these, but they won't stop us playing the game.

Copying powerful decks is mentioned in the clip, but we really shouldn't feel guilty about that. Just change one or two cards and it's all good.

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Patrick Klepek Patrick Klepek Jul 03, 2019.

Annoying Free-To-Play Pokemon Game Is Coming To Mobile

Annoying Free-To-Play <i>Pokemon</i> Game Is Coming To Mobile

Nintendo’s mobile efforts won’t get underway until later this year, but that’s not stopping The Pokemon Company, which operates independently, from continuing to experiment.

It’s headed to iOS and Google Play sometime this year, but there’s not much to look forward to. Patricia Hernandez, Kotaku’s resident Pokemon expert, hated the game.

The question then became: would I be willing...

Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Jun 29, 2019.

Five Cool Hidden Dialogues In Hearthstone's League of Explorers

Five Cool Hidden Dialogues In <i>Hearthstone</i>'s <i>League of Explorers</i>

It’s not a Blizzard game without all the hidden things, and Hearthstone’s third adventure is no exception.

YouTuber DisguisedToast collected some of the dialogue between the characters that only occurs when certain conditions are met.

Brann greets his brother, Magni
Giantfin greets old Murk-Eye
Rafaam and Magma Rager
Rafaam faces a full golden deck
Funny dialogues from minions

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