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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 18, 2020. 16 comments

Dying Like An Idiot In Disco Elysium Just Makes Success More Satisfying

Dying Like An Idiot In Disco Elysium Just Makes Success More Satisfying

I died 40 minutes into Disco Elysium. Tired, I had left my hotel room and interviewed a cafeteria manager downstairs. I ran away when he said I owed money on a bill. I tripped, crashed into a woman in a wheelchair, and fell to the floor, where I had a fatal heart attack. I was a complete and utter failure, which was fine.

You might think I’d be frustrated, to play Disco Elysium and die because...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 17, 2020. 21 comments

Speedrunners Shatter Ocarina of Time World Record By Warping Into The Credits

Speedrunners Shatter Ocarina of Time World Record By Warping Into The Credits

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has always been a hotbed of speedrunning activity, shifting and warping with new glitches. Whenever it seems there’s no more time to save, another trick is found. The latest involved manipulating the game’s memory itself and has led to a substantial new record.

Yesterday, a new Any% record was set by North American runner Lozoots, clocking in at 13 minutes,...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 16, 2020. 16 comments

We Keep Having The Same Video Game Arguments And It's Driving Me Bonkers

We Keep Having The Same Video Game Arguments And It's Driving Me Bonkers

In a 2016 interview, Escape From Tarkov designer Pavel Dyatlov said women weren’t in the game because they ”can’t handle that amount of stress.” After renewed scrutiny of the comments last week, studio Battlestate Games took to Twitter to distance themselves from Dyatlov’s statements. They noted that “game lore” and the extra production needed to implement women were what actually prevented...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 11, 2020. 11 comments

Jedi: Fallen Order's Glitches Hold It Back From Greatness

Jedi: Fallen Order's Glitches Hold It Back From Greatness

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order combines the DNA of various games into its own unique blend of action and exploration. When it comes to combat, that means pulling lessons from games like Dark Souls, like pattern heavy bosses and resting points for upgrading abilities. As I explore distant planets there’s a sense that something feels off.

Dark Souls and games that have followed in its footsteps...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 08, 2020. 15 comments

Start Your Day To The Soothing Sounds Of These Astounding Final Fantasy XIV Bards

Start Your Day To The Soothing Sounds Of These Astounding Final Fantasy XIV Bards

It’s not uncommon to hear bards play a tune or two in Final Fantasy XIV. Sometimes that’s a light twiddling song on a flute, sometimes that means playing “Megalovania” in the middle of a crowded bar. Last night, I ran into a fantastic impromptu concert. The real world’s a disaster right now. Lighten the load with some music.

Bards have been able to play music for

a few years now , to the...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 04, 2020. 5 comments

Blendo Games Has Been At It For 10 Years, And Has Consistently Kicked Ass

Blendo Games Has Been At It For 10 Years, And Has Consistently Kicked Ass

A decade can feel short, but it’s still plenty of time to build out an artistic catalogue. As AAA studios labored towards creating bigger and more expensive games in the 2010s, one indie developer helped shape how we think of video games stories, using narrative subversion, clever editing, and an overall sense of playfulness. The developer is Brendon Chung and his independent studio, Blendo...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 03, 2020. 8 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Leaks Online, Dataminers Unveil More Details

Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Leaks Online, Dataminers Unveil More Details

Apparently the Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to release a demo soon, because some very credible leaks of a demo for the game have popped up online. After initial reports from tracking sites that a listing for a Final Fantasy VII Remake demo had been sneakily added to the Playstation Network, it appears that full copies of the demo itself have been ripped and made playable. This has...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 31, 2019. 20 comments

The Greatest Game Trailers Of The Decade

The Greatest Game Trailers Of The Decade
Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year.


The decade ends, history’s book turns another page, and you’ve still not finished playing The Witcher 3 for some reason. While the games of the past decade have left their marks, we can also remember the flashier side of things: trailers. Here are the best of the decade.

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 30, 2019. 18 comments

How To Get Into The Witcher In 2019

How To Get Into The Witcher In 2019

Maybe you’ve heard of this thing called The Witcher. It’s a book series, three video games, soon-to-be a Netflix show, and a hallmark of Polish culture. Maybe you’ve heard about it but never really tried to figure out what the fuss is. Now that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to Switch, you say: “Well, I wish I knew what was going on.” Don’t worry, friends, I am here to help you.

This piece...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 28, 2019. 15 comments

A Programmer Lost A Game He Made As A Kid, Until Someone Streamed It On Twitch

A Programmer Lost A Game He Made As A Kid, Until Someone Streamed It On Twitch

If you’re interested in game design, you’ve probably made a few side projects or prototypes. If you were lucky, you might have had the means to start early in life and made a few games as a kid. These usually end up deleted or lost on rotting hard drives. You definitely don’t expect them to show up twenty years later on a random live stream.

Rick Brewster is a programmer and the author of...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 28, 2019. 8 comments

What Are Your Video Game Resolutions for 2020?

What Are Your Video Game Resolutions for 2020?

The year is ending and a new decade is upon us, which means a chance to reinvent ourselves and embark on new adventures. It also means more video games. As the new year approaches, we ask: what are your video game resolutions?

Resolutions are largely arbitrary, but there’s still fun in setting a goal. Head to the gym, find a new hobby, get your legal name changed, go skydiving. You might also...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 27, 2019. 7 comments

One Year Later, Battlefield V Still Can't Please Fans

One Year Later, Battlefield V Still Can't Please Fans

Battlefield V should have worked out. It’s a return to the World War II setting that Battlefield players love, with a fast pace that tests their reflexes and tactical thinking. Instead, it’s been a rocky ride, even as new content has been added to the game. A continuing controversy over the “time to kill” mechanic has fractured the game’s community, some of whom feel the experience of playing...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 27, 2019. 9 comments

My Favorite Casual Game Became My Hardcore Obsession

My Favorite Casual Game Became My Hardcore Obsession
Kotaku Game DiaryKotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.

We all have games that we play to relax. They’re waiting for us when we get home, with low stakes and a casual atmosphere that invites us to unwind and forget our worries. For my mom, that’s Solitaire. For me, it’s Hearthstone. But its latest expansion has changed how I approach my long-time...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 24, 2019. 7 comments

The Rise Of Skywalker Update Shows How Far Battlefront II Has Come

The Rise Of Skywalker Update Shows How Far Battlefront II Has Come

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is upon us, ending the sequel trilogy and sparking plenty of debate. The final chapter of Rey and Kylo Ren’s story brings new locations and evil goons, some of which have been added to Star Wars Battlefront II. This batch of content rounds out what was initially a troubled game, and it also feels like an end of sorts. Battlefront II’s had a long journey, but...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 20, 2019. 11 comments

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Spoilers

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Spoilers

Pop culture moves at lightning speeds thanks to the internet. We are able to discuss whatever we see as soon as we see it. There are no secrets on the internet. Walk around the block and you might stumble into all kinds of information. For movies and games, that means spoilers. Those dreaded plot point reveals or leaked screenshots can spell disaster for many fans. For me, I’ve embraced a...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 18, 2019. 6 comments

Battlefield V Easter Egg Summons Raucous Crab Rave

Battlefield V Easter Egg Summons Raucous Crab Rave

Battlefield easter eggs have always been a mix of intense secret missions for hidden guns and random nonsense. Locked doors open to

reveal release dates , puddles hide giant sharks . A new easter egg adds some festivity, gathering a collection of crabs into a cheery celebration.

It’s all a part of Battlefield V’s triumphant return to the Pacific Theater, bringing back some of the most famous...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 18, 2019. 13 comments

In Defense Of Final Fantasy XIII

In Defense Of Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIII is ten years old today, which means that 2019 is officially running out of ways to remind us of our mortality. It was a controversial entry in the Final Fantasy series, shifting the series’ usual approach to combat and ditching old traditions to tell a techno-thriller story starring deeply flawed heroes. To this day, fans react dramatically at its very mention. Looking back...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 17, 2019. 10 comments

Final Fantasy XIV Seemingly Nerfs Item That Gives Players 2B's Butt

Final Fantasy XIV Seemingly Nerfs Item That Gives Players 2B's Butt

Final Fantasy XIV’s latest raid event, which pits 24 players against dangerous bosses, is

a Nier-themed crossover complete with stylish gear to collect . A special set of armor mimicking Nier Automata protagonist 2B’s look is among one of the most coveted, partially because wearing it will “enhance” your character’s ass. Now, changes to that piece of gear have led to a spree of concern and...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 17, 2019. 10 comments

Heather Alexandra's Top 10 Games Of 2019

Heather Alexandra's Top 10 Games Of 2019
Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year.

2019 might be the strangest year of my life so far. It felt more like a full decade compressed into 365 days. But there was, as always, video games. So many video games. Many of them were fantastic.

My previous years at Kotaku were defined by a voracious consumption of any...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 14, 2019. 15 comments

Outer Worlds Developer Finds Bug That Caused Companions To Climb Infinite Ladders Until They Died

Outer Worlds Developer Finds Bug That Caused Companions To Climb Infinite Ladders Until They Died

Obsidian Entertainment’s games can tend to be glitchy. The Outer Worlds mostly bucks that trend, but at least one bug proved to be incredibly frustrating: a strange glitch stating that your companions were dead when they were, in actual fact, alive. This could lock players out of completing quests. Figuring out what was causing the issue took time, but the game’s quality assurance lead Taylor...

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