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We Debate The Best And Worst Super Smash Bros. Games

We Debate The Best And Worst Super Smash Bros. Games

Among the greatest video game debates—should hard games lower their difficulties ? What’s the best controller ?—is one that can make even the most docile Nintendo fan into a belligerent shit: Which Super Smash Bros. games are the very best and the very worst?

In the Nintendo series’ 20-year run, Smash has had some major bumps in the road (tripping, anyone?) and some revelatory successes, like...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 18:56.

Current And Former Employees Sue Riot Games For Gender Discrimination

Current And Former Employees Sue Riot Games For Gender Discrimination

Yesterday, one current and one former employee of Riot Games filed a class action lawsuit against the League of Legends publisher, accusing it of endemic gender-based discrimination and fostering a “men-first” environment. The lawsuit comes three months after a Kotaku investigation into the sexist culture at Riot Games.

The lawsuit alleges that, “like many of Riot Games’ female employees,...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 18:53.

The Best Part Of Yoshi's Crafted World Is The Scenery

The Best Part Of <i>Yoshi's Crafted World</i> Is The Scenery
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Games traditionally propel us forward with any one of these methods: increasingly tough bosses, collectable outfits, competitive skill points, unlocking new abilities, and, of course, story beats. Yoshi’s Crafted World is not like those games. For me, the paper carrot at the end of its fuzzy pipecleaner stick...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 18:20.

The Underground, Activist Gaming Scene In Communist Czechoslovakia

The Underground, Activist Gaming Scene In Communist Czechoslovakia

In the ’80s in Czechoslovakia, a Soviet-dominated state under a communist regime, a small contingent of gamers were cannibalizing ping pong balls, drawer handles and calculator keys to use as track balls, joysticks and buttons.

At that time, video games were “the least censored media in the country,” according to Jaroslav Švelch, author of Gaming The Iron Curtain, who explained all of this to...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 17:25.

Super Smash Bros. Still Can't Get Online Right [UPDATE]

<i>Super Smash Bros. </i>Still Can't Get Online Right [UPDATE]

Ten years after Nintendo released its first online Smash game, it still hasn’t gotten the online experience right.

Marketed as the most complete Smash experience, with the most fighters, the best graphics, and the greatest quality-of-life updates, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Switch appears at face to be a no-holds-barred improvement on the series as a whole. Over the weekend, however, fans...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 17:23.

Smash Ultimate Online Won't Let You Taunt, So Everyone's Teabagging Instead

<i>Smash Ultimate</i> Online Won't Let You Taunt, So Everyone's Teabagging Instead

Nintendo’s removal of the “taunt” option in Smash Ultimate online play has sparked an outbreak of one of gaming’s most notorious behaviors: teabagging.

In Nintendo’s latest Smash game, players can’t use their fighters’ taunts when they’re playing online in Quick Play mode. In all other modes, the taunt move is typically mapped to the D-pad, and deploys custom animations for each fighter:...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 16:03.

What It Means When We Dream About Video Games

What It Means When We Dream About Video Games

The optimal system for chopping, arranging, and serving cucumber sushi in Overcooked 2 exists only in my dreams. Lately, I’ve had those dreams a lot.

Even if I’ve only played an hour of the strategy cooking game before bed, by the time I get into REM sleep I’m frantically dumping my sous-chef’s hot rice on a plate and rolling digital maki. Sometimes, accomplishing these dream tasks is...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 15:32.

Pokémon Go Is Getting Monsters From Diamond, Pearl And Platinum

<i>Pokémon Go </i>Is Getting Monsters From <i>Diamond</i>,<i> Pearl </i>And<i> Platinum</i>

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 available in-game now!]

Pokémon like Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 15:23.

Neo Cab is an upcoming narrative game about the ride-share gig economy in the far future where drive

Neo Cab is an upcoming narrative game about the ride-share gig economy in the far future where drive

Neo Cab is an upcoming narrative game about the ride-share gig economy in the far future where drivers compete with self-driving cars. The player must regulate protagonist Lena’s mood, displayed on her biofeed bracelet, while also balancing her Neo Cab driver rating—two things that might come in conflict when a passenger’s throwing a fit in her backseat.

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 15:16.

Hooray!

Hooray!

Hooray! Just now, beloved ESPer anime Mob Psycho 100's second season launched on Crunchyroll. It’s a hilarious, psychedelic twist on shonen anime tropes centered on an innocuous kid who happens to be a powerful psychic. You can read our review of the first season here .

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 14:16.

Team Kotaku will be taking new Symmetra for a spin on Overwatch’s test server at 8:30 p.m. ET tonigh

Team Kotaku will be taking new Symmetra for a spin on Overwatch’s test server at 8:30 p.m. ET tonigh

Team Kotaku will be takingnew Symmetra for a spin on Overwatch’s test server at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight! Say hello and namaste on our Twitch channel.

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 13:59.

What We Like (And Don't Like) About Unlocking Smash Ultimate's Fighters

What We Like (And Don't Like) About Unlocking <i>Smash Ultimate</i>'s Fighters

Since Smash Ultimate’s launch, a debate has been brewing among fans new and old: Is the fighter-unlocking system in Smash Ultimate bullshit, or actually super fun?

Kotaku has gathered four Smash players, also new and old, to talk through their thinking on the issue.

Cecilia D’Anastasio: “Everyone’s here” in Smash Ultimate. Wooooo. Wooo!

Smash Ultimate’s gargantuan roster is one of the game’s...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 13:35.

Smash Ultimate's Joker Is A True-To-Form Tightrope Act

<i>Smash Ultimate</i>'s Joker Is A True-To-Form Tightrope Act

The highly anticipated Joker from Persona 5 has finally been added to the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a platform fighter that’s rapidly reaching Wrestlemania levels of “everybody is here—even, somehow, that guy.” Thankfully, with Joker, Smash Ultimate continues to hit it out of the park with newly designed fighters who continue to be both faithful to their source material and full...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 13:35.

Smash Ultimate's Piranha Plant Is Sluggish But Fun

<i>Smash Ultimate's </i>Piranha Plant Is Sluggish But Fun

Last night, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got Mario’s Piranha Plant, the platform fighter’s first downloadable fighter, and it’s a doozy. Piranha Plant’s moveset is a radical departure from what we’ve seen in prior Smash games, but thankfully, unlike those games’ downloadable fighters, this one isn’t overpowered.

Smash Ultimate players can get Piranha Plant by following our instructions here ....

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 13:27.

A Filmmaker Thinks He Can Turn Clicker Universal Paperclips Into A Movie

A Filmmaker Thinks He Can Turn Clicker <i>Universal Paperclips </i>Into A Movie

Clicker-ish game Universal Paperclips may be getting a feature-length film treatment, the New Yorker first reported yesterday. Intrigued and a little confused, Kotaku spoke with the filmmaker over e-mail this morning to get more details.

When the average person thinks of a video game movie, they might recall Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Resident Evil, or Mortal Kombat. Universal...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 13:23.

YouTuber Etika Reported Missing Following Mental Health Struggles

YouTuber Etika Reported Missing Following Mental Health Struggles

Gaming YouTuber Desmond “Etika” Amofah has been missing for over 36 hours, the New York Police Department reports. His disappearance comes at the end of a long and public battle with mental health that, on Wednesday night, culminated in an eight-minute video in which Amofah discusses his struggles with suicidal ideation.

Walking down the street, Amofah says, “It was a fun life. I had a great...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 13:12.

Ladykiller in a Bind creator Christine Love gives a talk at GDC about sex as a reward in games

Ladykiller in a Bind creator Christine Love gives a talk at GDC about sex as a reward in games

Ladykiller in a Bind creator Christine Love gives a talk at GDC about sex as a reward in games. “The problem with ‘the chase’ is that it’s one-sided,” Love explained to a room of Sexy Microtalks attendees. Love instead suggests making sex a crucial and indispensible aspect of gameplay, not just a reward. When sex is an end in itself, that opens opportunities for character development, both...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 11:55.

11 Fans Who Love Overwatch So Much, They Got Tattoos

11 Fans Who Love <i>Overwatch </i>So Much, They Got Tattoos

It’s no news that Overwatch is in vogue, but for some fans, the game is more than just the flavor of the week. Overwatch heroes’ elaborate backstories and compelling character design has led some players to identify with them on a deep, personal level. And what happens when people really, really like something? They get a tattoo of it!

Check out these Overwatch tattoos below. Surprisingly, I...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 11:48.

Yesterday’s episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Reply All, was all about how a 13-year-old girl

Yesterday’s episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Reply All, was all about how a 13-year-old girl

Yesterday’s episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Reply All, was all about how a 13-year-old girl brought her deceased grandmother back to life in The Sims and what that means for her mourning process. It was brilliant and touching. Give it a listen here.

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 15, 2019 at 11:21.

KeyForge Is A Whole New Kind Of Card Game

<i>KeyForge</i> Is A Whole New Kind Of Card Game

KeyForge is a card game for people who would love Magic: The Gathering, but who run screaming into Mommy’s arms upon hearing the words “deck building.” It’s a game for the most doe-eyed of card-game beginners and the most seasoned fans alike, in part because of its winning gimmick: There’s no booster packs, drafting, or deck building. Players purchase whole decks, each of which is completely...

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