Why Is It So Hard To Make Video Games For Kids?

“Daddy? DADDY!” I look up from my laptop. This video game was supposed to give me a precious 15 minute respite from the endless drudgery of parenthood. What the hell’s gone wrong now? Advertisement “DADDY WHAT I DO? “WHAT I DOOOOOO?” Advertisement It must be really hard to make a good video game for kids. I know this because to date, I have only played one good console game made for kids. That game is Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. Super Mario 3D World. I’ll never forget introducing it to my 3-year-old. In the beginning it was frustrating as hell. He couldn’t do anything, kept throwing himself off the edge, shrieking like a deranged hyena. I walked away then. It hurt to watch. I made myself a nice cup of tea. A couple of weeks later, sipping a different cup of tea, my son had mastered the game with literally zero input from me, his father who writes about video games for a living. I still have no idea how he did it. Actually that’s an exaggeration. I have a rough READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Zelda's Sword Breakage Is Some Bullshit

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a damn good video game, but still. Here is a bad thing about it: I don’t like that for the first 10-20 hours of the game its weapons disintegrate just by looking at them. Like most other aspects of the game, the way you own and use weapons in BotW is very different to older Zelda games. In Wind Waker, you get two swords, and the second replaces the first. In BotW, you have an entire melee weapon inventory, meaning you can pick up, use and drop weapons as you see fit. Advertisement Advertisement On paper, it’s a cool idea! Liberating, even, as you can run around grabbing any old lance, sword, boomerang or club you find and just…use them. But the way it’s been implemented, at least early on in the game, is a nightmare. See, every weapon (even the bows!) in BotW degrade, and when they’re done, they shatter and they’re gone. Some might take an hour or two, some might only last a few swings. How long they READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Switch’s underrated feature: The Capture button

The Nintendo Switch may have a dedicated Capture button (for screenshots) on the left Joy-Con and on the Pro Controller, but you don’t really hear many people talking about it. It wasn’t until last week that Nintendo really did anything beyond its announcement to promote the feature. Now that I’ve gotten my hands on the Switch and have had ample time to test it out, I’ve realised that the capture feature is the best thing about the Switch. Coming from a PS Vita and PS4, I expect a few things from a screenshot feature: it needs to be quick and there needs to be an easy way to export the screenshots for whatever I need them for. The PS Vita does this pretty well. Taking a screenshot is as simple as pressing the PlayStation and start buttons at the same time. A camera shutter and flash of the screen indicates that the screenshot was successfully taken. You’ll need to wait a few seconds before you take another, though. That’s important here. Exporting the screenshot can be done by posting it to Twitter or going through the content manager app to send the file to your PC. With some slight configuration,…


Brooding White Male Video Game Protagonists, Ranked

Video games are amazing, because you can be anyone or anything in the universe: a blue hedgehog! A ghost! A unicorn with rocket launchers! About 80% of the time, though, you get to be a brooding white guy. There are so many of them that it’s hard to keep track. And they all seem to have dead wives. Advertisement This post originally appeared on Kotaku UK, on March 2, 2016. As a fan of Brooding White Guys since I first started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer at age 12 (Angel was my first love—I am an especial fan of the subgenre Brooding White Guy With A Tortured Past), I thought I would put together this definitive ranking. From worst to best: 10. Desmond Miles Desmond is absolutely the worst. He is a whiny, incredibly boring dude who isn’t even hot, and isn’t anywhere near as interesting as any of his ancestors. He has literally nothing to brood over and yet he complains all the damn time. Fuck off, Desmond. Advertisement Wife status: Desmond is so lame that he does not READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

I Cannot Play Horror Games, But I Wish I Could

Are you enjoying Resident Evil 7? Are you thrilling at the scares, reveling in the fear, shivering at the spooks? If yes, then know that I envy you. I tried playing Resident Evil 7 last week. I didn’t really play Res 5 or 6, but remember loving Resident Evil 4, so was looking forward to it! Advertisement Advertisement Yet I can’t play it. Well, I tried, for a little while, walking around an empty house picking up stuff and grossing out at some very gross food. Once the horror stuff kicked in, though, I was done. This is nothing new for me. I’ve been a video game “coward” for as long as I can remember. From Half-Life’s underwater sequence (I HATE SHARKS) to PT’s, well, everything, I’ve struggled through some of the biggest games, and in some cases I’ve been unable to even get started on them. I’m the same way with some horror movies. The Ring, Evil Dead, I can manage, but the really creepy stuff, no thank you. I wish I wasn’t! I look around me, at my colleagues and my friends, and how they find enjoyment in terror. They obviously go through the standard response to such…


15 Of The Strangest Dystopias In Gaming

The future is scary and, according to these 15 dystopias in video games, it’s going to get a lot stranger before things get better. Advertisement This post originally appeared on Kotaku on January 1, 2015. Remember Me Paris, the city of lights and memories. But what about memories that can be shared and erased? Neo-Paris has a facelift with bright lights, huge corporations, and rebels called Errorists. Dystopias reach another level when they can shift the fabric of the collective memory, a Jungian unconsciousness subverted in favor of the state. Erasing regrets has its allure, and this mix of science fiction, action, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a reminder that even the worst memories are better than none. Half-Life 2 What does half a life amount to? In City 17, the Combine is sucking the life out of humanity. Our Benefactors were inspired by the works of Frank Herbert and Ken Kessey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a police state ruthlessly stamping out dissent—a plot behind a plot behind a plot. I’m trying to imagine a world run by Jack Nicholson and Kyle McLaughlin. Chrono Trigger READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


6 reasons we’re not thrilled with the Nintendo Switch

Now that Nintendo has showcased what it plans to offer with the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd, 2017, we’re weighing the pros and cons and deciding whether or not we’ll be taking the pre-order plunge. Amazon has already sold out of pre-orders twice now, but we’re not exactly sure we’re convinced that Nintendo has learned its lesson from the Wii U. We’re afraid of history repeating itself and these are the reasons why.1. Nintendo Switch will feature paid online multiplayer.One of the new things that’s coming in with the Nintendo Switch isn’t a new concept in the industry. Nintendo will begin charging for online multiplayer with the Nintendo Switch. The company was quick to note that during the launch period until Fall 2017, online multiplayer will be free. After that period, it will cost money to play with your friends online.That’s not so different from what Sony and Microsoft are doing with their respective consoles, but there’s a very important difference here. Both Sony and Microsoft have platforms that are easy to use. Login with your PSN or Xbox Live handle and you have your friends list instantly available. You can create parties and jump in games and voice chat…


Our Favorite Games From December

Video game releases tend to slow down in December, but there were still plenty of ones to love. Here are our favorite games from December. Steep It’s been ages since we got a big winter sports sim, and Steep scratched that itch nicely. Advertisement You can get the game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Hearthstone Mean Streets of Gadgetzan We enjoyed the distinct style and mood of Heathstone’s latest expansion. Advertisement You can get the expansion for PC. The Last Guardian We thought it would never come out, but then it did come out, and you can watch Trico poop. We loved this beautiful tale of camaraderie between two unlikely companions. You can get the game for PS4. Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun This game was an unexpected stealth gem where the most fun comes from making your characters work together. Advertisement You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux. Frog Fractions 2 After READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Playstations Trophy Rarity System Is Pointless

I was recently looking through the trophies for a game and thought that the rarity indicators seemed a bit weird. First of all I think the titles alone are a bit weird. Something that 25% of people have is definitely not rare, but these titles are irrelevant for the moment. My main issue with them was the percentage of people that have or have not obtained a particular trophy. I know some people don’t like trophies, but there are some trophies that are pretty much impossible to not unlock. If you even play the game for a few minutes you are bound to unlock a trophy or 2 in some games. I decided to check some of the easiest trophies I can remember to see what the ratios were and it doesn’t seem quite right, the trophy rarity system seems to be a bit off. Eat Lead has some of the easiest trophies I have ever seen. There are 2 trophies that are super easy, 1 of which is pretty much impossible to miss. The easiest trophy is to literally start the game. As soon as you start the game you get the trophy “It’s HAZARD TIME!”, there is no way you can miss…


Minervas Den Just Blew Me Away

I consider myself a big Bioshock fan, but I will admit that I have never played Minervas Den before. Back when Bioshock 2 released I didn’t have the money to pay for the DLC when it came out. As time went by, I eventually forgot about the game and any DLC. After getting the HD collection I no longer have an excuse for not playing every piece of Bioshock content that has been released to date. I knew very little about the plot (intentionally), so the plot was a complete mystery to me. After tearing through the game, I must say that I am completely blown away. It isn’t often that you get value for money when it comes to DLC. Most of the time it isn’t even worth it when it comes with a GOTY edition. In the case of Minervas Den, this is very much untrue. In fact, I would be inclined to say that Minervas Den was better than Bioshock 2. Bioshock 2 was a pretty good game. It was not as good as Bioshock 1, but I still enjoyed the game. One thing I didn’t like about it was the fact that it felt more like Gotham City…


Bioshock 1 Vs Bioshock 2

I have always looked back a lot more positively on Bioshock 1 over Bioshock 2, but it has been a long time since I played both. It was also quite a gap between playing the first Bioshock over the second. Nostalgia has always altered my opinions when it comes to games, so this is never a subject I could accurately speak about before now. After purchasing Bioshock The Collection I have had a nice opportunity to play both games back to back with an equal visual standing. Now is no better time than any to compare both games by putting Bioshock 1 vs Bioshock 2. The Story Rapture is such an unusual location. The story is what makes this game so special and is most definitely the reason I loved the first 2 games so much. Bioshock 1 definitely had a lot more mystery to it, but of course it would, it was the first time we visited the city. I think Bioshock 2 did a very good job at providing a new an interesting story in a world we have already visited. While both stories were good, Bioshock 2 fell short when it came to filling the shoes of Andrew Ryan and Frank…

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Our Favorite Games From September

Happy fall, readers! The weather’s getting colder, which means it’s the perfect time to curl up inside and play video games. Here’s all the new games the Kotaku staff enjoyed in September. Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander We enjoyed our time with this indie game, which is a mix of FTL and XCOM. Advertisement You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux. Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice Spirit of Justice, the sixth mainline game in the Ace Attorney series, takes us on yet another trip to a world where the good guys always win. We especially enjoyed the writing. Advertisement You can get the game for 3DS. Feral Rites Insomniac’s brawler for VR may just be a new perspective on a familiar genre, but it works. You can get the game for the Oculus Rift. The Curious Expedition This exploration game came out of Early Access in September, and we enjoyed the opportunity to see the world, meet new people, and steal their stuff. Advertisement You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux. Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor This indie game lets you relish the futility of late space-capitalism in all of its bright, low-poly glory. Advertisement…