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Here's Where The Oblivious Anime Man Joke Comes From Here's Where The Oblivious Anime Man Joke Comes From

An image of a young man mistaking a butterfly for the completely wrong thing has become one of the hottest joke formats lately. And as incredulous as the actual moment is, it isn’t the first time it’s been in the spotlight.

What's So Great About Mechanical Keyboards

There’s been a lot of talk on Kotaku about mechanical keyboards over the past six months, talking about customizing them, building them and making them pretty. We put together a little video to explain why many of us are so smitten with those clicky keys.

Pokémon's Famous Missingno Glitch, Explained Pokémon's Famous Missingno Glitch, Explained

Over the years, people have battled and captured hundreds of Pokémon. And while everyone has their favorite, no pocket monster is as infamous as “Missingno.” That’s because Missingno isn’t quite a Pokémon at all.

The Massive World of Steins;Gate, Explained  The Massive World of Steins;Gate, Explained 

If you are into visual novels at all, you’ve probably already played Steins;Gate (and if you haven’t, you should). But Steins;Gate is only one in a series of games tied together by their excellent sci-fi tales—and improper semicolon use.

Steven Universe, Explained

With various mature-themed series and the growing number of over-their-heads kids shows, it has never been a better time to be an adult fan of animation. Steven Universe is one of the best shows currently airing, but you might not know that at first glance. S0, let’s talk about this wonderful gem of a show.

Why You Should Play Suikoden II, One Of The Best RPGs Ever Made Why You Should Play Suikoden II, One Of The Best RPGs Ever Made

For a certain subset of gamers, last December was big. Really big. Like, the biggest month in years.

Attack on Titan, Explained Attack on Titan, Explained

One of the most depressing shows I have watched is also one of the greatest. Attack on Titan is many things at once: an anime, a look at human nature, a horrifying tale of defeat.

What You Need to Know Before Playing the New Sword Art Online Game What You Need to Know Before Playing the New Sword Art Online Game

Love it or hate it, there is no avoiding the fact that Sword Art Online is one of the most popular anime of the past few years. However, before you jump into the newest game tie-in, Sword Art Online: Lost Song, there’s more than a bit of lore to get caught up on first.

Adventure Time, Explained Adventure Time, Explained

Adventure Time is the source of much of my happiness. Considering the rabid fans out there, you’d think I wouldn’t even have to explain Adventure Time.

Dragon Age: Inquisition's Ending, Explained

After dozens of hours of closing rifts, destroying red lyrium veins, and maybe even defeating some dragons, you finally beat Dragon Age Inquisition. Congrats! You may now be asking yourself: what the hell just happened?

​A Beginner's Guide To All Things Dragon Age ​A Beginner's Guide To All Things Dragon Age

Good news: Dragon Age: Inquisition is pretty great. Less-good news: Being a story-heavy role-playing game, it relies heavily on a familiarity with the Dragon Age series’ dense lore. Newcomers might be a bit lost at times.

Why Super Smash Bros Players Are So Obsessed With Ridley Why Super Smash Bros Players Are So Obsessed With Ridley

I mean, this character isn't even playable. What's the deal?

How A Successful Kickstarter Lost Half A Million Dollars How A Successful Kickstarter Lost Half A Million Dollars

The world of crowdfunding is full of projects that never quite deliver what they've promised, but how often does a half-million-dollar Kickstarter simply disappear?

Game Of Thrones' Most Enduring Fan Theory, Explained Game Of Thrones' Most Enduring Fan Theory, Explained

Some fan theories wilt and die while others linger and persist. One Game of Thrones theory—you probably already know which one—just seems too good not to be true.

Your Guide To Evo 2014, The Year's Biggest Fighting Game Tournament Your Guide To Evo 2014, The Year's Biggest Fighting Game Tournament

We're coming up on Evo, the biggest fighting game tournament in America. It will run Friday to Sunday from Las Vegas and be streamed online for the world to see. It'll be the biggest Evo yet. But maybe you aren't prepared—there are eight completely different games at this one event, after all, and what makes them…

Why AMD And Nvidia Are Fighting Why AMD And Nvidia Are Fighting

AMD and Nvidia are at it again. The two reigning champs in the market for video game graphics have been fighting since late last month when some performance issues on the PC version of Watch Dogs kicked up a fresh controversy. And given that AMD is still talking about the issue publicly, it doesn't look like things…

Why Phantom Dust's Xbox Comeback Matters

Most folks never got a chance to play Phantom Dust the first time around when it came out for the original Xbox in 2005. So, when Microsoft announced it was getting a remake at E3, a lot of people were confused. "What is Phantom Dust?," I heard a lot of people say. Well, wonder no more.

How The Internet Was Created, Told In Six Minutes How The Internet Was Created, Told In Six Minutes

Maybe you've heard that the Internet was created by the United States, so that they'd have a communication channel that would survive a nuclear attack. Or maybe you've heard that Al Gore invented the Internet. Neither of these theories are the whole picture—not quite.

What The Heck Is Oculus Rift? A Guide To Facebook's $2 Billion Deal

Yesterday, Facebook bought a virtual reality company called Oculus VR. Shortly afterward, the internet exploded.

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