When Nintendo released the bongo drum controllers used with the Donkey Konga games and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, the company probably didn’t envision them being used in a Call of Duty game. To be fair, neither did I. But in a recent Call of Duty: Vanguard match, Twitch streamer DeanoBeano managed to amass 105 kills and assists on a pair of DK Bongos.
Forza Horizon 5, the open-world racer from developer Playground Games, has a plethora of accessibility options. This includes text size adjustments and color blindness modes, as well as on-screen sign language interpreters coming soon. But did you know there’s also a setting to change reaction time? Or rather, there’s an option to slow the game down to do such a thing.
If nothing else, you’ve gotta respect the bit. Billy Mitchell, the so-called “video game player of the century,” appears to have let ownership over his old website, perfectpacman.com, lapse some years ago. Now someone else has commandeered the domain, and is using it to publish a multipart investigation into the oft-questioned legitimacy of Mitchell’s world-record Pac-Man scores.
Over the past few days, you might have seen the #TwitchDoBetter hashtag pick up steam on social media networks like Twitter. You might’ve further wondered why it’s popping now, and what it’s all about. Twitch is a company, after all, and companies can always, always do better. But this recent campaign is specifically meant to shine a light on how the platform continually lets its marginalized creators down.
The Ascent is a pretty dang good twin-stick shooter, but some Korean-speaking players have taken issue with the cyberpunk game’s liberal (and sometimes downright incorrect) use of the language.
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.
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…
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.
Every week dozens of streamers get banned and unbanned from Twitch for infractions that range from the ridiculous to the extremely what-the-fuck-were-you-thinking? Streamerbans tracks the highest profile ones, and has become a go-to source for staying on top of who’s in internet time-out, sort of like Dead or Alive? but for one particular ilk of social media celebrity.
On an internet obsessed with reactions, events like E3 are a goldmine. Content creators of all stripes co-stream big announcements as they happen, adding some flavor to otherwise pristinely packaged proceedings. Today, however, E3 told creators that might not be such a great idea this year.
Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest Kickoff! Marked the unofficial start of E3 2021 season Thursday with trailers, teasers, announcements, and celebrity appearances.Elden Ring, a collaboration between Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin and developer FromSoftware easily stole the show. FromSoftware is the team behind the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice so the gameplay expectation has an extremely high bar to meet. And as for Martin, well, people really loved Game of Thrones for a while there.Not to be shown up were Metal Slug Tactics, Death Stranding Director’s Cut, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands and a ton…
On the wall in Mike Lawton’s classroom rests a cardboard cut-out of a Black man. It’s not Martin Luther King Jr. or any other famous Black figure from history—it’s a mage—dark skinned and powerful-looking as a spell shoots from his fingertips. It’s Teferi, one of Magic: The Gathering’s most powerful main characters known as Planeswalkers, and he’s Lawton’s students’ favorite.
As of last month, the age of NFTs was officially upon us. As of this month, it might be on its way out. Average prices have declined by as much as 70% since a peak in February, according to Bloomberg. That, however, has not stopped big-name streaming and esports figures from announcing their own NFT collections.
Many Twitch streamers have YouTube channels, and vice versa. They also have Twitter pages, Instagrams, TikToks, SnapChats, and basically every other kind of account under the sun. For years, Twitch has taken activity on other platforms into account when deciding to suspend or ban streamers, albeit inconsistently—and typically only when an infraction had also happened on Twitch or to another Twitch streamer. Now it’s trying to turn off-platform activity into a cornerstone of its moderation approach, partnering with a third-party law firm to investigate off-platform threats, sexual assault, and other forms of harassment and violence.
Twitch trends come and go, but one thing remains constant: the endless debate around what women should be allowed to wear on the platform. Now it comes in a summery new flavor: hot tub streams. Recently, streamers have declared these broadcasts the new “meta,” outraging the usual suspects—but also leading some female streamers to voice skepticism as well.