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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey 3 hours 28 minutes ago. 4 comments

Playing PC Building Simulator On My Switch Feels Weird

Playing PC Building Simulator On My Switch Feels Weird
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

I’ve been installing motherboards, CPUs, memory sticks, hard drives, power supplies, and video cards into computer cases for nearly three decades. With last week’s console release of PC Building Simulator, now I’m putting together gaming rigs on my Nintendo Switch. It’s surreal.

Demoed in 2017 and released in...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 17, 2019 at 02:00.

Mortal Kombat 11 Is Letting A DJ Voice Sub-Zero And, Bless Him, He's Trying

Mortal Kombat 11 Is Letting A DJ Voice Sub-Zero And, Bless Him, He's Trying

Renowned Belgian DJ Dimitri Vegas did the music for Mortal Kombat 11’s launch trailer. Next week, developer NetherRealm Studios is releasing a Sub-Zero skin featuring Vegas’ likeness, which is great. It also features Vegas’ voice, and that’s not so great.

Mortal Kombat 11’s voice cast consists of proper professional voice actors with a firm handle on what they are doing (and also Ronda Rousey...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 16, 2019 at 02:30. 5 comments

It's Like Old-School LucasArts Made A Game About Cthulhu With A Talking Cat

It's Like Old-School LucasArts Made A Game About Cthulhu With A Talking Cat

The Necronomicon is a legendary book of unspeakable evil and immeasurable power, capable of summoning creatures of mind-melting horror into existence or bringing about the end of all things. In the new PC game Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure, the abominable tome turns a perfectly normal cat into a talking one, and she’s not happy about it at all.

Combining the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 15, 2019 at 21:35.

Silly boulder-rolling racing defense game Rock of Ages is getting a threequel

Silly boulder-rolling racing defense game Rock of Ages is getting a threequel

Silly boulder-rolling racing defense game Rock of Ages is getting a threequel. Coming to the Switch, PS4, and Xbox One in eary 2020, Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break gives players the ability to create as well as destroy, building custom levels and sharing them online. 

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 15, 2019 at 20:00. 1 comments

Even The Non-Fighting Parts Of The New Switch Game Astral Chain Are Excellent

Even The Non-Fighting Parts Of The New Switch Game Astral Chain Are Excellent

Developer PlatinumGames does fast and stylish action incredibly well, and the Nintendo Switch exclusive Astral Chain is a continuation of that trend. But what I love best about the quirky new action adventure is the puzzle solving, world-building, and general goofing around that occurs between battles.

In Astral Chain, the few survivors of a global disaster huddle together behind the walls of...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 13, 2019 at 21:00. 7 comments

It’s Not Looking Good For Hasbro’s $4.6 Million Transformer Crowdfunding Campaign

It’s Not Looking Good For Hasbro’s $4.6 Million Transformer Crowdfunding Campaign
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In mid-July, Hasbro launched a crowdfunding campaign seeking $575 from 8,000 backers each to produce a two-foot-tall action figure of Transformers: The Movie villain Unicron. With the August 31 deadline rapidly approaching and less than a third of the campaign goal reached, things are looking grim for the planet...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 13, 2019 at 20:00. 9 comments

Lego's Motorized Disney Train Set Looks Like It Just Pulled Out Of The Park

Lego's Motorized Disney Train Set Looks Like It Just Pulled Out Of The Park

Chugging onto store shelves on September 1, the Lego Disney Train and Station set is more than just a $330 piece of buildable Disney memorabilia. It’s a working train set made up of 2,925 Lego bits and controllable via a smartphone app.

The Lego Disney Train and Station are part of Lego’s “Powered Up” line of building sets, which use motors, sensors, and other electronic bits to bring...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 13, 2019 at 19:31. 2 comments

11 bit studios’ chilly survival city-builder Frostpunk arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Octo

11 bit studios’ chilly survival city-builder Frostpunk arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Octo

11 bit studios’ chilly survival city-builder Frostpunk arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in October. The digital version of the port will release on October 11 for $29.99, with a $34.99 physical version of the port from Merge Games coming to North America October 24. Port, port, port.  

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 13, 2019 at 05:00. 9 comments

I Found A Portable Monitor That's Perfect For My Limited Desk Space

I Found A Portable Monitor That's Perfect For My Limited Desk Space

Since I became paralyzed last year, I’ve spent a lot of effort figuring out how to reconcile my need for quick access to game consoles with my limited mobility. Viotek’s new LinQ portable 15.6-inch touchscreen monitor appears to have ended my quest. It’s exactly what I needed to get all my gaming hardware in one compact space.

There is no shortage of screens in my home. Between my collection...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 13, 2019 at 03:00. 14 comments

New Free Steam Demo Is A Modern-Day Superman Game

New Free Steam Demo Is A Modern-Day Superman Game
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The problem with making a game about a superhero like Superman is figuring out ways to impose limits on the character to make sure he’s not overpowered. Undefeated, a free superhero PC game created by a trio of students from Japan’s Vantan Game Academy, demonstrates just how unnecessary those limits might be.

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 10, 2019. 9 comments

I Love Mad Catz's Bizarre Gaming Mice

I Love Mad Catz's Bizarre Gaming Mice

Look at this piece of gaming hardware, all panels and buttons and weird pokey bits. This is the Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ 1,000, a limited edition mouse celebrating the company’s 30 year anniversary. It’s emblematic of the odd but oddly-satisfying design choices made by one of the biggest names in computer peripherals. I love it as if it were my own cyborg son.

To think we nearly lost Mad Catz. Back...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 10, 2019. 1 comments

Hamsterdam Is The Perfect Name For This Bite-Sized Brawler

Hamsterdam Is The Perfect Name For This Bite-Sized Brawler
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Which came first, the name Hamsterdam or the game Hamsterdam? However Muse Games came up with the name for this charming tap-and-swipe beat-em up, it fits. Once little Pimm starts doling out the beatdowns, it’s like, “Damn, hamster.”

Released earlier this month for iOS, Android, Switch, and PC, Hamsterdam is a story...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 09, 2019. 2 comments

Origin PC's EVO16-S Is A Wonderful Little Laptop And Mine Has A Unicorn On It

Origin PC's EVO16-S Is A Wonderful Little Laptop And Mine Has A Unicorn On It

When Origin PC approached me about reviewing its EVO16-S gaming laptop, the representative asked me if I wanted anything printed on the top laptop panel. “A pink unicorn,” I said. “Like a majestic unicorn on the side of a van.” A few weeks later arrived the most beautiful laptop I’ve ever used.

The EVO16-S is the smallest of the Florida-based boutique PC maker’s EVO line of thin gaming...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 09, 2019. 1 comments

The next chapter in the ARK: Survival Evolved saga is ARK: Genesis

The next chapter in the ARK: Survival Evolved saga is ARK: Genesis

The next chapter in the ARK: Survival Evolved saga is ARK: Genesis. It’s a story-driven expansion being delivered in two parts, one in December and the second in winter 2020. The trailer shows off new areas and new critters, including little shapeshifting cuties. Players can pre-purchase an ARK: Genesis season pass to receive an in-game holographic companion pet.

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 08, 2019. 9 comments

Lego’s Friends Central Perk Set Is An Impressive Collection Of Tiny White People

Lego’s Friends Central Perk Set Is An Impressive Collection Of Tiny White People

Not only is there an official Lego set based on classic sitcom Friends hitting stores on September 1, the set comes with the actual actors from the show. Oh wait, no. Those are generic Lego minifigures. Honest mistake.

This set is the latest from the Lego Ideas program. Fan creators submit their builds to the Lego Ideas website. If they receive 10,000 votes from the community, Lego officials...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 08, 2019. 4 comments

Action role-playing game Indivisible, crowdfunded in 2015 by the makers of Skullgirls, launches on P

Action role-playing game Indivisible, crowdfunded in 2015 by the makers of Skullgirls, launches on P

Action role-playing game Indivisible, crowdfunded in 2015 by the makers of Skullgirls, launches on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 8 in North America, with a Switch release later in 2019. I playedthe prototype back in 2015 and can’t wait to get my hands on the whole shebang.

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 07, 2019. 6 comments

What Mixer Has That Twitch Doesn’t (Besides Ninja)

What Mixer Has That Twitch Doesn’t (Besides Ninja)

Microsoft recently put their streaming service Mixer back in the spotlight by securing exclusive rights to Tyler “Ninja” Blevins , who had been one of the top streamers on Twitch. Exclusive streamers aside, there are several compelling reasons to stream and watch streams on Microsoft’s platform instead of Amazon-owned Twitch.

Mixer started life as Beam, an independent streaming service...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 06, 2019. 7 comments

Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 Takes The Intense Restaurant Sim On The Road

Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 Takes The Intense Restaurant Sim On The Road

The first two Cook, Serve, Delicious games cast players as the head chef and principle operator of small restaurants, cooking and managing their way to foodie fame. Announced today for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 sends players on a journey across war-torn America in a food truck with a trusty robot crew. Gotta love a sequel that switches things...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 06, 2019. 16 comments

The Samurai Shodown Limited Edition Neo Geo Mini Is Clearly Superior

The Samurai Shodown Limited Edition Neo Geo Mini Is Clearly Superior

Our original review called the Neo Geo Mini arcade-style retro console “cute, but an imperfect nostalgia trip.” The Samurai Shodown limited edition, released this week to celebrate the latest entry in the long-running fighting game series, is exactly that, but it comes with more stuff and looks so much nicer.

I firmly believe that translucent plastic makes everything better. Game consoles ....

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 06, 2019. 12 comments

The Star Ocean Mobile Game Is Shutting Down

The Star Ocean Mobile Game Is Shutting Down

Barely a year after launching in the West, free-to-play mobile RPG Star Ocean: Anamnesis is shutting down. Players have until November 5 to finish collecting characters before Square Enix pulls the plug.

Star Ocean V was not good. Instead of Star Ocean VI, we got Star Ocean: Anamnesis, a mobile gacha game in which players collect characters and form fighting squads. Switching focus to mobile...

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