Take Me Out To The (Digital) Ball Game

Take Me Out To The (Digital) Ball Game

Swing batter, batter, swing! You’re out! Other baseball sayings and references! The time has come for the newest entry in the popular MLB The Show franchise. I’m not a big baseball fan, but these games always look so good. If I liked baseball I would play them a lot! Do baseball video games still do Home Run Derby mini-games? I remember older games doing these types of mini-games and modes and I always enjoyed them. It reminds me of when

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Blizzard Says Overwatch Toxicity Is Down 40 Percent

Blizzard Says Overwatch Toxicity Is Down 40 Percent

Not so long ago, Overwatch was a poster child for toxicity run rampant in competitive multiplayer games. People regularly trolled and spewed vitriol while a barebones report system did little to stem the tide. Oh, what a difference a couple years (and a smartly implemented endorsement system) makes. Overwatch, like pretty much all competitive games, still has its fair share of toxicity—or as Blizzard calls it, “disruptive behavior”—but during a talk at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Blizzard

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Tim Schafer Talks Unionization, Streaming, And The Future Of Double Fine

Tim Schafer Talks Unionization, Streaming, And The Future Of Double Fine

After cracking jokes on stage during the Game Developers Choice and IGF awards at GDC last night, Double Fine boss Tim Schafer had almost completely lost his voice, but he still croaked his way through his annual appearance on Kotaku Splitscreen. Jason and I talked to him about the unionization joke he told at the awards show, as well as Double Fine’s newly announced game Rad, the much-anticipated Psychonauts 2, and the idea of a subscription service for games. In

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Hands-On

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Hands-On

If you’re a fan of the Dark Souls series, you’ve probably been keeping an eye out for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the latest FromSoftware title. Well, we got it, and we’re here to break it down. Watch me and Kotaku’s own Tim Rogers put the game through its paces for an hour and a half and answer some basic questions. How Dark Souls-y is it? Will this appeal to Nioh mavens? Will it still kick your butt? Tune in and

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YouTuber Discovers Strange Things Hidden In The Simpsons: Hit & Run 

Boundary Break’s latest video is all about the fan-favorite game The Simpsons: Hit & Run and some of the weird things hiding outside the game world. Like the channel’s previous episode about LEGO Star Wars, this episode also includes a former developer on the game explaining some of the weirder discoveries. The Simpsons: Hit & Run was an open-world game, not unlike Grand Theft Auto, released back in 2003. Using camera hacks, Boundary Break was able to find some really

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Axiom Verge Developer And Distributor Say Its Publisher Owes Them Over $250,000

Axiom Verge Developer And Distributor Say Its Publisher Owes Them Over $250,000

Axiom Verge, the celebrated Metroidvania from developer Tom Happ, is getting a physical release on Wii U this year. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the game’s distributor Limited Run Games and its business manager Dan Adelman have said that its publisher BadLand Games still owes them around a quarter million dollars. In announcing the Wii U physical version of the game, which it will put up for sale later this month, Limited Run said that BadLand

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Five Free Switch Games Worth Playing

Five Free Switch Games Worth Playing

There’s no shortage of great games you could buy on Switch, but there are also a handful that are free. There was a time when a game being free-to-play marked it as subpar in some way. Now, free games can often be every bit as good as the paid ones and sometimes they aren’t even full of intrusive microtransactions. Here are a few of the ones worth checking out on the Nintendo Switch. Warframe Digital Extremes’ online shooter arrived on

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After Cocaine Arrest, Sega Halts Sales of New PS4 Game

After Cocaine Arrest, Sega Halts Sales of New PS4 Game

Image: Sega Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.   Actor and musician Pierre Taki, who voices yakuza Kyohei Hamura in Judgment, has been arrested for alleged illegal drug use. According to the Mainichi News, investigators searched Taki’s car and Tokyo home based on tips they had received. Nippon.com reports that no cocaine was found. However, Taki was arrested

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Devil May Cry 5 Slightly Censored, But Only On PS4

Devil May Cry 5 Slightly Censored, But Only On PS4

Devil May Cry is known for many things: great combat, cheesy one-liners, devils that rarely, if ever, actually cry. But it’s not known for nudity. That’s made the occasional flashes of forbidden flesh all the more noticeable in Devil May Cry 5, especially given that how much nudity you see is determined by the platform you’re playing on. The latest game in the long-running series of instructional tapes on how to use a motorcycle as a sword features a scene

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