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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 24, 2020. 14 comments

Suspended Hearthstone Player Blitzchung Doesn't Regret Speaking Out About Hong Kong

Suspended Hearthstone Player Blitzchung Doesn't Regret Speaking Out About Hong Kong

Last October, Hearthstone pro Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai decided, during an official stream of the Asia-Pacific Grandmasters, to shoot his shot. “Liberate Hong Kong,” he said while wearing a gas mask. “Revolution of our age!” He wound up getting suspended by Blizzard . Now, in 2020, he says that if he could go back to that moment, he wouldn’t change a thing.

Blitzchung, who is still suspended,...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 23, 2020. 7 comments

Valve Is 'Confident' Half-Life: Alyx Won't Be Delayed

Valve Is 'Confident' Half-Life: Alyx Won't Be Delayed
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Improbably, a new Half-Life game is coming out in just a couple of months. To celebrate, Valve hosted an AMA on Reddit today, audaciously claiming, among other things, that the game won’t be delayed and confirming a truth we already knew in our hearts: all Half-Life games must have at least one train.

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 17, 2020. 16 comments

Disco Elysium's Dialogue Is Like A Good Tweet

Disco Elysium's Dialogue Is Like A Good Tweet

The other day, I tried to recommend Disco Elysium to Kotaku traitor and noted single-player game hater Cecilia D’Anastasio. Spinning an ode to the game’s masterful mixture of character writing and subtle world-building would, I knew, accomplish nothing. Instead, I decided to appeal directly to my target demographic, who tends to prefer competitive multiplayer games like Overwatch. “Talking to...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 15, 2020. 5 comments

Netflix's New Reality Show About Catfishing Is, Itself, A Catfish

Netflix's New Reality Show About Catfishing Is, Itself, A Catfish

A Netflix reality TV show lets contestants “catfish” each other in competition for a $100,000 prize. But just like its catfishing contestants, what The Circle says it is, and what it is really about, are quite different things.

The Circle, which debuted earlier this month, claims to be a show in which “anyone can be anyone,” an environment which social media re-knits the very fabric of human...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 14, 2020. 13 comments

Overwatch League Commentators Are Jumping Ship [UPDATE]

Overwatch League Commentators Are Jumping Ship [UPDATE]

Watching professional Overwatch matches can be chaotic. At times, team fights look less like coherent, role-driven skirmishes and more like cartoon characters punching and kicking inside screen-eclipsing dust clouds. Commentators play a crucial role, making sense of the madness to both esports fans and the uninitiated mainstream audience Blizzard hopes to attract. But with season three just...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 11, 2020. 16 comments

Houston Overwatch League Team Decides To Move After New Neighbors Complain

Houston Overwatch League Team Decides To Move After New Neighbors Complain

Season three of the Overwatch League kicks off next month, and that means teams are finally gearing up to live and operate out of their home cities. The Houston Outlaws, unfortunately, have not received the warmest of welcomes from their neighbors.

Houston Outlaws general manager Matt “Flame” Rodriguez said yesterday on Twitter that his team will be uprooting its base of operations after...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 11, 2020. 5 comments

BioShock Speedrunner Fakes Catastrophic Crash During AGDQ Run

BioShock Speedrunner Fakes Catastrophic Crash During AGDQ Run

BioShock is an especially harrowing game to watch people speedrun, largely because of all the small things that can go wrong. Unpredictable framerate and physics glitches can send otherwise flawless runs careening off the rails, and this instability makes it easy to screw up crucial skips. Speedrunner BloodThunder knows this better than anybody, and last night, he decided to take advantage of...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 09, 2020. 15 comments

People Love To Pee Outside Conan O'Brien's House In Death Stranding

People Love To Pee Outside Conan O'Brien's House In Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima never met a celebrity he didn’t want to include in Death Stranding. As such, his latest game contains all sorts of celebrity cameos. Talk show host Conan O’Brien makes one such appearance, as a prepper slash cosplayer. For reasons that are not entirely clear, players have covered his house in pee.

If you play Death Stranding online and approach the Cosplayer’s shelter, you’ll...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 09, 2020. 11 comments

Twitch Streamers Raise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fight Australian Bushfires

Twitch Streamers Raise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fight Australian Bushfires

Australia is on fire. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, countless people have been displaced, and 24 people have died. More than 15.6 million acres of land have burned. All this, and Australian summer is only just beginning. With the government failing to act against the blisteringly obvious effects of climate change, some streamers are doing their best to help.

In recent days, a handful...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 09, 2020. 12 comments

Annual Steam Release Numbers Used To Climb Every Year, But In 2019, They Held Steady

Annual Steam Release Numbers Used To Climb Every Year, But In 2019, They Held Steady
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I’m fairly certain that I haven’t played 8,400 games in my entire life, but that’s the number of new releases that rolled up their sleeves and threw down for Steam users’ time and money last year. That is, obviously, a lot. But it’s not that much more than the number of games released on Steam in 2018.

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 04, 2020. 20 comments

Seven Games That Were Almost My Game Of The Decade

Seven Games That Were Almost My Game Of The Decade
Year In ReviewYear In ReviewWe look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year.

When people ask me to name my game of the decade, I pause. There are so many. I took away hard-won lessons from some of them, but over time, I’ve come to realize that those lessons were probably wrong.

On a more or less annual basis, my game of the decade changes. This is...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 24, 2019. 15 comments

Outer Worlds Vs. Outer Wilds: The Comparison We Had To Make

Outer Worlds Vs. Outer Wilds: The Comparison We Had To Make

2019 was a truly bountiful year for video games. We received countless games of peerless quality, some not falling far from the hoary old tree of Genre, with others inventing new genres all by themselves. It is not difficult to draw lines between some of these standouts: Dota Underlords and Teamfight Tactics, Sekiro and Jedi: Fallen Order, Death Stranding and every other game to come out in...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 24, 2019. 22 comments

Kotaku's Witcher Nerds Talk About The Netflix Series

Kotaku's Witcher Nerds Talk About The Netflix Series

Monsters, sorceresses, ballads, and swords. Netflix’s The Witcher is fun high fantasy pulp, particularly if you’re already a fan. We sit down to talk about what we did and did not like in this latest adaptation of the classic book series.

The Witcher is rough around the edges but it has a lot of heart. Fans of the books will hopefully enjoy how each episode feels like a familiar short story...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 20, 2019. 14 comments

Kind Words, A Game About Sending Nice Letters To Strangers, Is Successfully Resisting Trolls

Kind Words, A Game About Sending Nice Letters To Strangers, Is Successfully Resisting Trolls

I played Kind Words, a game about anonymously sending letters expressing fears, anxieties, and other concerns and receiving kind responses from real people, for 10 minutes today. I was immediately assaulted by a barrage of unironic positivity, I came away feeling immensely better than when I started—after just 10 minutes. Such is the power of a community hell-bent on being kind. What...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 14, 2019. 16 comments

Celebrated Non-Violent Indie Game Is Now A Gun In Rainbow Six Siege [Update]

Celebrated Non-Violent Indie Game Is Now A Gun In Rainbow Six Siege [Update]

Sometimes, two great tastes go great together. Chocolate and peanut butter. Peanut butter and ice cream. Ice cream and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Maybe most of my examples involve peanut butter. Point being, sometimes these things just work. Other times, you try to mash up two cool things, only to come away with a new thing that’s, well, questionable.

This brings us to Rainbow Six Siege’s new...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 14, 2019. 11 comments

Developer On Pranking Game Awards With Golf Balls: 'It's A Boring Show'

Developer On Pranking Game Awards With Golf Balls: 'It's A Boring Show'

Some would tell you that The Game Awards are gaming’s Academy Awards. Those people are hilariously wrong, given that the show largely serves as a vehicle for commercials announcing upcoming games, with the awards themselves coming off as a distant second priority-wise. Still, the event has become increasingly glitzy, glamorous, and long over the years. Members of one game studio in attendance...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 12, 2019. 21 comments

Popular WoW Streamer Hires YouTubers Who Leeched Off His Stream To Run Official Channel

Popular WoW Streamer Hires YouTubers Who Leeched Off His Stream To Run Official Channel

If you search any popular Twitch streamer’s name on YouTube, you’ll find countless videos scraped from their streams. Of these, some will likely come from the streamer, but many are the product of users who upload content that is not, strictly speaking, theirs.

Recent YouTube changes, however, are apparently making that more difficult. Instead of cheering YouTube leeches’ demise, WoW streamer...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 12, 2019. 7 comments

Valve Removes Nazi Steam Profiles After German Complaints

Valve Removes Nazi Steam Profiles After German Complaints
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Far-right groups that often employed Nazi-inspired language have long been able to create ugly little dens on Steam without facing too much resistance. Last year, Valve quietly deleted many hate groups in the wake of sustained reporting from publications like Vice, but Steam’s owners weren’t...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 11, 2019. 17 comments

The First Epic Exclusives Are Now Arriving On Steam

The First Epic Exclusives Are Now Arriving On Steam
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In the annals of holiday lore it said that, every year, after circling the globe on a carpet-sized copy of Death Stranding, Geoff Keighley touches down for the briefest of moments in December to host The Game Awards. Last year, this led to an announcement that was curious indeed: a store, from grumpy old...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 11, 2019. 13 comments

Top streamers Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, Saqib “Lirik” Zahid, and Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar have all

Top streamers Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, Saqib “Lirik” Zahid, and Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar have all

Top streamers Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, Saqib “Lirik” Zahid, and Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar have all signed “multi-year” exclusivity deals with Twitch. Twitch partners are technically exclusive to the platform already, so this is being billed as a “re-signing” in a time that’s seen popular streamers like Ninja , Shroud , and CouRage leave Twitch for platforms like Mixer and YouTube. The...

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