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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 19, 2019 at 04:30.

Permadeath Doesn't Matter If You Have Enough Save Files

Permadeath Doesn't Matter If You Have Enough Save Files

From XCOM to Fire Emblem, it feels bad to watch your team die in a tactical game. It’s way better to save a million times so that you can re-do part of a battle to keep everyone alive. On this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen, Kirk and I brought on Gita Jackson to talk about Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which has a time travel mechanic that will make the game a lot less grueling for players who can’t...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 16, 2019 at 23:00.

I Love Games About Bluffing (Or Do I?)

I Love Games About Bluffing (Or Do I?)
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

I love games that involve bluffing, even though I can never tell when any of my friends are lying. This past weekend, my poker night buddies and I played a tabletop game called Skull, which involves bluffing. I didn’t win, perhaps because I have too much faith in my friends.

The apocryphal origin story of Skull...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 15, 2019 at 14:28.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving here in the States, a.k.a

It’s the day after Thanksgiving here in the States, a.k.a

It’s the day after Thanksgiving here in the States, a.k.a. Black Friday, and I, Kotaku editor Maddy Myers, will be your shepherd on this holiday. Prepare yourself a plate of delicious leftovers and enjoy reading about video games (and maybe some other stuff).

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 15, 2019 at 14:26.

Personality Has Become A Vital Esports Skill

Personality Has Become A Vital Esports Skill

Esports commentator and host Alex “Golden Boy” Mendez started out hosting Call of Duty tournaments in hotel ballrooms in 2011 and covering esports for websites like Kotaku. Now, he hosts esports events in stadiums for thousands, as well as esports matches for TV broadcasts. On this bonus episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, I interviewed Mendez on the E3 show floor about how much esports has...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 15, 2019 at 14:18.

Watch Out For Smash Balls In This Weekend's Nintendo-Sanctioned Tournament

Watch Out For Smash Balls In This Weekend's Nintendo-Sanctioned Tournament

The finals for the Smash Ultimate North America Open kick off at 1 p.m. ET, live at PAX East in Boston and streaming on Nintendo’s YouTube. This is a Nintendo-sanctioned Smash tournament, so the rules are less strict than your typical competitive Smash tournament. Items will be on (albeit set to “low”), and so will the Smash Ball. The event will be made up of 5-minute rounds instead of...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 15, 2019 at 11:33.

A Newcomer's Take On Disney World

A Newcomer's Take On Disney World

Until this past month, I had never been to Disney World, nor any major theme park. I went to Six Flags as a young child, but I barely remember it. Going to Disney World for the first time as an adult, I can’t experience it from the perspective of a child who has the capacity to fall for the park’s illusion that its magic has been created specifically for you. So, instead, I enjoyed it by...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 22:59.

The Magic Of Muscle Memory For Games

The Magic Of Muscle Memory For Games

I’ve been practicing my Street Fighter V combos lately, and I’ve found that the less I think about them, the easier it is to do them. On this week’s episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, my co-host Kirk Hamilton and I talked about muscle memory in games, and also music. Our third host Jason Schreier is on vacation, so Kirk and I got to put on our musician hats and spend the entire rest of the...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 22:46.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Developers Are Still Deciding How Disturbing To Get

<i>Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare</i>'s Developers Are Still Deciding How Disturbing To Get
E3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

In a hotel suite at E3 2019, Infinity Ward studio art director Joel Emslie and single-player design director Jacob Minkoff showed off two levels from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign. They showed these same two levels to the press this past May, but the...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 20:43.

Astral Chain Director Says It Actually Can Be Two-Player, But It Makes The Game Harder

<i>Astral Chain</i> Director Says It Actually Can Be Two-Player, But It Makes The Game Harder
E3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

Platinum Games’ upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive, Astral Chain, involves controlling two characters at the same time during combat. The game is not necessarily designed to be played by two people at once, but according to Astral Chain director Takahisa Taura, there is...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 20:05.

Maddy's Top 10 Games Of 2018

Maddy's Top 10 Games Of 2018
Year In ReviewWe look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year.  

In 2018, I enjoyed playing some excellent games from, uh, 2017. It’s too bad that 2017 Maddy didn’t play Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Hollow Knight when they came out; if she had, they would have been on her 2017 best-of list . Luckily for current-day me, 2018 also had several great...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 18:42.

After An Unlikely Tie, Fortnite Summer Skirmish Grand Finalist Got Determined By Coin Flip

After An Unlikely Tie, <i>Fortnite</i> Summer Skirmish Grand Finalist Got Determined By Coin Flip

Yesterday, two Fortnite players tied for the 33rd qualifying spot in today’s Summer Skirmish grand finals: The_Real_Cryohme and SSG Colton. The 33rd slot wins a minimum of $5,000 and the potential to win far more; today’s first prize winner will take home $225,000. Only 33 players could advance to the final stage, though. Epic Games had to determine the true last-place finisher with a coin...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 18:38.

The Human Story Behind Call Of Duty's Zombie Mode

The Human Story Behind <i>Call Of Duty's</i> Zombie Mode

Jesse Snyder, the creator of Call of Duty’s Zombies mode, sacrificed sleep and faced internal pushback when making the now-iconic undead mode for the game. In the process, he also realized he’d rather make less realistic games, not the gritty simulation fare of Call of Duty. Now, he’s the creative director at NantG, and this week at GDC, Jason and I interviewed him about his past and future...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 15:00.

Maybe Anthem Should Have Been An Early Access Game

Maybe <i>Anthem</i> Should Have Been An Early Access Game

BioWare’s Anthem launched with a lot of problems, and even after today’s patch , the game’s still got issues. On this week’s episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss the unpolished, unfinished feel of Anthem, compare its rocky launch to Destiny’s early days, and wonder whether Anthem should have instead entered an official early access period for its first six months.

The full episode starts...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 07:53.

Playing Devil May Cry 5 Is Like Playing A Musical Instrument

Playing <i>Devil May Cry 5 </i>Is Like Playing A Musical Instrument

Learning combos in Devil May Cry 5 is not so different from learning a musical instrument; you start out by practicing the simple building blocks and, eventually, you can chain together a stylish set of button-presses that will blow everybody away. On Kotaku Splitscreen this week, we discuss the ’90s leather-clad aesthetic of Devil May Cry and the rhythms required to master its...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 14, 2019 at 07:12.

Gears 5's New Mode Is A Three-Player Escape Mission From The Heart Of Locust Territory

<i>Gears 5</i>'s New Mode Is A Three-Player Escape Mission From The Heart Of Locust Territory
E3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

Shortly after the Xbox briefing at E3 2019, I sat down to play Gears 5’s new “Escape” mode, a three-player co-operative challenge mode. The three playable characters in the mode, who are named Mac, Lahni and Keegan, are Hivebusters. This means they get captured by the...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 13, 2019 at 23:27.

Street Fighter's Queer Stereotypes Kept Me In The Closet

<i>Street Fighter</i>'s Queer Stereotypes Kept Me In The Closet
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Last year during Pride month, I wrote about my own queer reading of the Street Fighter V tutorial, which features Ken and Ryu fighting and, in my opinion, flirting. In the year since then, I’ve been thinking about the character Juri in Street Fighter, who is the closest the games get to having a canonical...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 13, 2019 at 21:56.

The Washington D.C

The Washington D.C

The Washington D.C. Overwatch League team just announced their new coach, Molly “AVALLA” Kim, former coach of Meta Bellum, an Overwtach Contenders team that made it into play-offs this year. She will be the first female coach in the league.

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 13, 2019 at 18:08.

League of Legends star Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng told his fans he got hacked, lost $200,000 from his

League of Legends star Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng told his fans he got hacked, lost $200,000 from his

League of Legends star Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng told his fans he got hacked, lost $200,000 from his bank account, and lost all of his Coinbase cryptocurrency. He may need to rewrite his infamous catchphrase, “money in the bank / pimpin’ ain’t easy.”

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 13, 2019 at 16:51.

Making Up Lyrics For Instrumental Video Game Music

Making Up Lyrics For Instrumental Video Game Music

Listening to Tetris Effect’s many varied songs has brought back an unexpected memory: the lyrics that I invented as a child for “Korobeiniki,” the original Tetris theme song.

Back then, I knew the song as the Type A music selection on my Game Boy copy of Tetris. I heard the song over and over, and now and then, I would change to Type B and Type C music just so that I could give my brain a...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 13, 2019 at 15:48.

The Division 2 team has now confirmed that killing animals is not supposed to yield special ammuniti

The Division 2 team has now confirmed that killing animals is not supposed to yield special ammuniti

The Division 2 team has now confirmed that killing animals is not supposed to yield special ammunition; it’s “a bug that [they] are actively working on a fix for.” But, until then: animals of The Division 2, watch out!

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