The ongoing lawsuit against Activision Blizzard has made public some truly terrible and horrendous behavior that occurred across multiple studios and offices. Many women were allegedly sexually harassed, assaulted, and psychologically traumatized while the folks in power at the companies involved seemingly did little to stop or limit this behavior.
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As employees at Activision Blizzard prepare for today’s Walkout for Equality, streamers, developers, and gamers from around the world are showing their support through charitable donations, game boycotts, and by signal-boosting the event.
Are you allowed to call yourself a real one? No, I would argue, you are not. That pretty much immediately disqualifies you from being a real one, so I’m already off to a rough start here. But today’s my last day at Kotaku, so I consider it my solemn duty to close out my award-wanting “RIP To A Real One” article series by eulogizing an NPC who’s very important to me: myself.
It’s past midnight on a Tuesday. Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa stands in her bedroom, which emanates a soothing purple glow. Clad in a fire engine-red top and a choker with a heart-shaped clasp, she appears neither bored nor tired, nor does her tongue seem to be pulsating in agony. This is pertinent information because, for 12 of the past 24 hours, Siragusa has been licking a microphone.
I’ve often said the best video game challenges are the ones we make up ourselves. Here’s YouTuber Ross “RubberNinja” O’Donovan to prove me wrong. Last year the streamer made odd headlines by eating an entire stack of 999 eggs in Final Fantasy XIV. Now he’s eating 140 times that, an entire inventory’s worth. That’s nearly 140,000 eggs. He’s streaming the whole thing live, and he’s only eating real life egg dishes until he’s done. My stomach aches just thinking about it.
A few people said it was cursed. Others simply had no idea what they were supposed to be making. “Nobody knew what the fuck they were doing,” said one former developer.Skull & Bones development began back in 2013, as a multiplayer expansion to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag that would release as a post-launch update, three sources with knowledge of the project’s origins said. The expansion soon took on a life of its own, however, morphing into a full blown MMO-like spin-off with the working title Black Flag Infinite, and later a brand new pirate game called Skull & Bones.The…
Despite unprecedented growth and burgeoning mainstream acceptance—or perhaps, in part, because of them—Twitch’s past year and change has been defined by DMCA woes. While it doesn’t seem like they’re going to abate anytime soon, a developer has created an intriguing workaround.
Vertagear, a self-proclaimed “top gamer chair brand trusted by many esports teams,” is now under fire by everyone else for trying to turn a sexist joke into an edgy meme.
Call of Duty Warzone devs Raven Software confirmed yesterday afternoon that more than 50,000 players were banned in the last week across two waves of bans hitting the popular online shooter.
Folks who have been waiting nearly a decade for the follow-up to The World Ends With You got a nice, little surprise in their inbox this morning: A full digital copy of the NEO: The World Ends With You.
Though his time in the role as the Marvel cinematic universe’s Black Panther was tragically cut short by colon cancer, actor Chadwick Boseman embodied the role of T’Challa so fully that it’s hard to imagine anyone else providing the character’s voice. Though initially reluctant, Christopher Judge, Stargate alum and the voice of God of War’s Kratos, has stepped into the role for Marvel’s Avengers upcoming Black Panther DLC.
Obscenely famous rapper Snoop Dogg streams on Twitch pretty regularly these days, because he beat the game that is life a long time ago, and now he’s just doing side quests. His most recent push for existence’s Platinum trophy, regrettably, did not go so well.
Final Fantasy XIV is having its best month ever.
This year, fans of EA Sports titles like FIFA and Madden who play on PC—and there are more of us than you think!—are upset that those games will be ports of the last-gen versions, and not of the fancier editions appearing on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Eurogamer published a story earlier today collecting some of this disappointment and frustration, from game forums to Reddit, following the reminder this week that the PC versions of Madden 22 and FIFA 22 will once again be based on the PS4 and Xbox One versions.FIFA fans were particularly upset, because EA Sports…
Yesterday, Charlie “MuTeX” Saouma, a Call of Duty Twitch streamer with over 600k followers, ran an unusual livestream. While he played Call of Duty Warzone, as he often does, this time he had set up five different camera angles, each one pointed at different parts of his gaming setup. All of this was done to combat recent rumors and accusations that Saouma has been cheating in Call of Duty.
Trends come and go on Twitch, but the Blood God is forever. Or at least, that’s the impression I get from a cult dedicated to this imaginary deity is one of the central throughlines between Rust role-playing’s first popularity explosion late last year and its latest, which is happening right now. This time, though, the cult has a living, breathing soundtrack, and it is sensational.
Exciting times lie ahead at Kotaku, and we’re looking to fill three positions that will help us try to redefine what a video game website can be. Two of these roles are staff writer positions, ideal for hungry reporters and critics who want to blog daily about what matters most in the world of video games and beyond. The other position, meanwhile, is a senior role that operates more behind the scenes, helping us keep Kotaku up and running.
What does it mean to be authentic on Twitch? Who is real and who is fake on a platform where everybody is a brand, but also where a cornerstone of that brand is the appearance of down-to-earth chillness? This is the implicit question of the week on Twitch, and it’s all thanks to Imane “Pokimane” Anys.
During last month’s E3/Summer Game Fest announcement bonanza, Sony was one of the many conspicuously absent companies. However, if you were expecting big, E3-style announcements out of the PlayStation maker’s July showcase, prepare to be disappointed. In a blog post today, Sony Interactive Entertainment senior director of content communications Sid Shuman said that the much-anticipated July 8 “State of Play” event will mostly focus on Deathloop and other third-party games.“In this extended gameplay sequence, we’ll see Cole use his abilities to stealthily skulk across rooftops…or go in guns blazing to create a whole lot of mayhem,” Shuman wrote of Deathloop….
Dead By Daylight is an online asymmetrical multiplayer game released back in 2016. Yet, the game is more popular than ever in 2021. And for the first time, Dead By Daylight just hit over 100k concurrent players on Steam, setting a new record for the online horror game.