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An Animated History of Dark Souls An Animated History of Dark Souls

One of the best things about Dark Souls is how it handles backstory — which is to say it buries it in the woods upstate and hopes you find it. That is why this (mostly) accurate explainer is so rewarding!

How Players Actually Make Progress in 'Twitch Plays Pokémon' How Players Actually Make Progress in 'Twitch Plays Pokémon'

When more than 80,000 people band together to try to control a single Pokémon trainer via Twitch chat—and then manage to actually make progress—the question that immediately comes to mind is: just how in the world are they accomplishing it?

Welcome To Mobile Gaming, Angry Dungeon Keeper Fans Welcome To Mobile Gaming, Angry Dungeon Keeper Fans

After spending the better part of two years covering the mobile gaming beat for Kotaku, I found myself puzzled over the anger surrounding the free-to-play features and rating policies of EA Mobile's new Dungeon Keeper game. Then it hit me — you guys must be new.

Why You Could Have To Pay More For Online Gaming Soon Why You Could Have To Pay More For Online Gaming Soon

Live in the United States? Enjoy being able to stream and browse the Internet to your cold little heart's content? Don't want your Internet costs to go up? It's time to start thinking about what could be one of this generation's biggest issues for gamers: net neutrality.

Make Your First Video Game Using This Guide Make Your First Video Game Using This Guide

Why not start the new year by learning something new? Like, say, learning how to make a video game?

YouTube's Copyright Crackdown: Everything You Need To Know YouTube's Copyright Crackdown: Everything You Need To Know

We're in the second week of a YouTube copyright enforcement crackdown whose most visible effects have been on the video gaming community. Each day turns up a new example of a video getting thrown in YouTube jail on a ridiculous technicality. The situation seems to defy common sense, but we'll try to explain it in…

​How To Play League of Legends, The Biggest Game In The World ​How To Play League of Legends, The Biggest Game In The World

When people talk League of Legends, they throw around a lot of numbers. 32 million monthly players. 5 million people playing concurrently. Viewers topping 8 million during the Season 3 World Championships. It all adds up to one thing: League of Legends is the most-played video game in the world right now, and not…

What Pokémon Is What Pokémon Is

I write a whole lot about Pokemon here at Kotaku—and every time, at least one person asks what the deal with the franchise is. Why is it so big? Why do people care about it? What's it about, even?

What Is Disgaea? A Beginner's Guide To Tactical Role-Playing Bliss What Is Disgaea? A Beginner's Guide To Tactical Role-Playing Bliss

Years after everyone has caught all the latest Pokemon and the credits roll on Ellen Page, people will still be playing tone of this week's more low-profile release — Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. What is Disgaea, you ask? Let me explain.

The World of Japanese Husband Salaries The World of Japanese Husband Salaries

In Japan, there's the salary you get from your company. And if you are a married man, there's the salary you get from your wife. It's called "okozukai" (お小遣い), which is sometimes translated as "pocket money". Think of it as a husband salary. That's what it is.

What's Up With This 'Xbox Infinity' Stuff? What's Up With This 'Xbox Infinity' Stuff?

Maybe you've seen the name "Xbox Infinity" floating around on the Internet this week. Maybe you've been wondering just what people are talking about. Don't worry: we're here to help.

Why Soldiers Wear Call of Duty-style Masks Why Soldiers Wear Call of Duty-style Masks

Now that Call of Duty: Ghosts is an official thing—and since the only detail we're being given is something to do with masks, I think—it's an interesting time to look back on what the famous and one-time-infamous Call of Duty skull mask even is.

A Beginner's Guide To Making Your First Video Game A Beginner's Guide To Making Your First Video Game

Game development has exploded over the last few years, and now it seems like everyone is making a video game. You've got big studios full of hundreds of people. You've got small teams making incredible games. There are more people in independent game development than ever. This is an amazing thing, because everyone…

Game Changer or Needless Gadget? An In-Depth Analysis of Project Shield. Game Changer or Needless Gadget? An In-Depth Analysis of Project Shield.

So Nvidia has a new gaming handheld on the way, powered by its latest mobile chip and capable of playing Android games and streaming PC games directly from your computer.

Misunderstood Bro Culture And Their Obnoxious First Person Shooter YouTube Videos Misunderstood Bro Culture And Their Obnoxious First Person Shooter YouTube Videos

You press play. A homemade logo or two pop up—maybe a clan, or a made-up studio. You notice the name of the player—tons of X's, maybe a 420 reference, and the rest seems incomprehensible. That's when the top 40 song begins. Then, it happens: a man dies. Cause of death? Headshot, intentionally timed to connect when…

What Are Splatterhouse, Kindergarten Killer and the Other Games the NRA Slammed Today? What Are Splatterhouse, Kindergarten Killer and the Other Games the NRA Slammed Today?

Names such as Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto are longtime punching bags in an often-clueless discussion of violent video games in the mainstream. So it was no surprise to hear Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, invoke them in a rambling attempt to deflect blame from the…

The Herd Outsider's Guide to the Brony Phenomenon The Herd Outsider's Guide to the Brony Phenomenon

Why can't you escape the colorful cartoon ponies? Over the past two years the rising tide of adult male fans of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon have invaded the internet, seeding internet forums, Facebook, YouTube and pop culture conventions with proof of their passion for animated equines. Don't…

College Gaming 101: How I Kept Gaming While Getting A Degree College Gaming 101: How I Kept Gaming While Getting A Degree

College was good for debauchery, "experimenting," and surprisingly, video games. I guess I learned some things too, but, eh. Academics was the least interesting part of college for me.

What In The World Is Final Fantasy? A Beginner's Guide To The Biggest RPG Series On The Planet What In The World Is Final Fantasy? A Beginner's Guide To The Biggest RPG Series On The Planet

Maybe you've heard of Final Fantasy. Maybe you're familiar with some of the basics: shiny crystals, giant swords, dead Aerises. Angry teens.

What The Hell Is Kingdom Hearts? A Beginner's Guide To Square Enix's RPG Series What The Hell Is Kingdom Hearts? A Beginner's Guide To Square Enix's RPG Series

There's a new Kingdom Hearts game out tomorrow. It's called Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and it's the seventh game in a series that now has 250% more spinoffs than main installments.

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