Black Iron Tarkus is one of the most badass characters in Dark Souls, but how would he fare in the modern dating world? We signed him up to Tinder to find out — it would be his toughest challenge to date. Advertisement There exists a perilous land mortals are ever drawn to, only to experience pain and hardship. A humbling journey to find the Chosen, and rekindle a flame. I speak, of course, of the land of dating. These are the adventures of Black Iron Tarkus on Tinder. This story originally appeared on Kotaku Australia. Advertisement Anyone who’s played Dark Souls – one of the best, most influential games of this era – remembers Black Iron Tarkus. By the time you meet him in game, you’ve already been introduced to the hardiness of the knights of Berenike — but only one of them had what it took to ring both legendary bells, and best the challenges that waited beyond. Tarkus is a solid guy — and I mean that both figuratively and literally. Anyone who’s braved the traps and treasures of Sen’s Fortress will know READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
We’re a few years past laughing at media’s reporting on video games, partly because we just don’t care anymore, partly because they’ve (for the most part) improved their game. This hilarious story from Australia’s Channel 7, though, is just too good/terrible to ignore. To get an idea of what we’re dealing with here, while they at least explain (eventually) that is a Grand Theft Auto V mod, and not a standalone game, they explain to the handful of pensioners watching that the mod is the work of “underground computer geeks”, and that “the online world is virtually lawless”. Advertisement Advertisement Cue interviews with a psychologist and the New South Wales Police Minister that could have been lifted from Tipper Gore’s playbook, followed by a vague threat the NSW Police plan to “take action against the designers”. For reference, commercial (ie, non-cable) television in Australia is circling the drain, hence this kind of sensationalized “current affairs” style hyperbole appearing in an actual news program broadcast. Oh, and if you’re wondering about the mod itself, it appears to be LSPDFR—using Australian vehicle and uniform skins—which lets READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Here’s the thing about most Australian characters in video games: their stereotypical depiction would be almost offensive, if Australians ever gave enough of a shit to be offended in the first place. Advertisement Most big games are still made in the US, and in America a particular stereotype of Australia exists that has lingered since the 1980s. You see it everywhere from Crocodile Dundee to that Simpsons episode to Junkrat’s depiction in Overwatch. An emphasis on tattered clothing, on hailing from the middle of nowhere, of having a drawl so strong it sounds like it’s an Australian accent layered over the top of two other Australian accents (that is, if the game bothered getting an actual Australian to do the voice at all). STREWTH MATE BLIMEY OL’ COBBER I’LL HAVE IT FOR ‘YA IN TWO SHAKES OF A BLOODY LAMB’S TAIL. Advertisement There’s nothing wrong with this. Indeed, you’d find many Australians who revel in the image, whether because it speaks to some kind of lingering national ethos of being the rugged outdoors type, or because they see the humour in it. My problem is that it’s lazy, and it’s done a lot. It’s the equivalent of sticking a guy…
Leap. Indian Ocean off the coast of Busselton, Western Australia. By Charlez Chong. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!