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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been a whirlwind month for Anne Atomic. The streamer saw her star suddenly begin to rocket into the stratosphere in late May when Twitch introduced both a hot tub section and hundreds of new tags, including a particularly long-requested option: “transgender.” For Anne Atomic, these proved a potent combo; in June, her regular audience went from single digits to hundreds of concurrent viewers. But increased attention meant that she also got brigaded by transphobes from 4chan, who bombarded her chat with ugly, invasive comments. And now, a few weeks later, Twitch has indefinitely suspended her channel.
Last weekend, Sarah Perkins, the 17-year-old daughter of Twitch streamer Mikey “MikeyPerk” Perkins, went missing. This sparked off a huge community effort to find her, led by Mikey himself. Late last night, he was finally able to deliver some good news: Sarah has been found.
Authorities in Carlisle, Ohio are looking for information regarding the whereabouts of Sarah Nicole Perkins, daughter of Twitch streamer Michael “MikeyPerk” Perkins. The teen went missing on the evening of June 25.
With the recent apology from CI Games, the studio creating Sniper Ghost Warrior: Contracts 2 who organized a particularly offensive press event, it’s cast my mind back a couple of decades, to the era when I would often go on such trips. It got me thinking about how easily games journalists can get caught up, and how hard it can be to say anything in the moment. In particular, one astonishingly inappropriate trip to Poland that featured Nazis, World War 2 jeeps, and Hitler’s bunker.
When playing around with the relaunched Xbox Design Lab, to create the colorful Xbox Series controller of my dreams, I was delighted to notice I could add a little 16 character engraving on the front to really make it my own. But then realized my ideal choice was deemed “not a valid engraving” according to The Man. Dashed were my dreams of a controller boasting the words, “Lovely Bumhole”. So I decided to see what else Microsoft forbids.