Nothing ever goes according to plan. Maybe you die in the middle of a desert full of horrifying fuck demons, and you think your loot is gone for good. Maybe you find yourself lost in space. Maybe you accidentally punched the wrong person. Regardless, you need help. When have other players come to your rescue in a video game? Advertisement For me, the original EverQuest may as well have been called, “Nathan Bungles Everything, And Well-Meaning Strangers Save Him While Politely Resisting The Urge To Call Him A Stupid Child.” The first time I ever logged in, I unintentionally, uh, assaulted another player in a city area, prompting guards to swarm on me. Recognizing that I was an idiot baby, that very player found me at my spawn point, led me to my corpse, and cooly gave me instructions on how to enable/disable auto-attack so I wouldn’t do that again. There was also the time I got lost in a desert full of sand giants and other nastiness long before I was the proper level for it, and a group took time out of their rigid “killing shit as tall READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
There’s a lot of reasons to love the Nintendo 3DS, but StreetPass will always hold a special place in my heart. This function allows you to swap Miis with other 3DS users who pass you by, and then use them in cute minigames. The anticipation of new passes made a lot of things more tolerable for me, especially one of my boring part time jobs. Advertisement My first job out of college was as a cashier in the cafe for a museum. It wasn’t the most thrilling or interesting job, but it netted me beer money and my coworkers were pretty nice. Still, every day was a struggle against becoming so bored I fell asleep at the register. After about a month I earned enough money to finally buy a 3DS, and I found that StreetPass made it easier to stay awake. Obviously I couldn’t play games at work, but during my hour long bus ride home I’d sort through the passes I’d made that day. I stashed my bag in the cubby hole beneath the register, so everyone who bought a soda or an overpriced salad had the potential READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
I am a creature of habit. I order the same things at restaurants, I drink the same beer. I have television shows that I watch over and over, like comfort food. This becomes a problem in my game of The Sims 4, where all my new sims are using the exact same hair. Advertisement The Sims 4 Vampires came with four new female hairs, and they’re all a little gothy. But my favorite, by far, is this ornamented double bun straight off of Akasha from Queen of the Damned. When I saw it in the trailer I thought I’d never use it, but there’s something so luxurious and tacky about it. The jewels even change color with different hair colors. Of course, this means that there’s four sims in my game who use this hair in at least one outfit. And it keeps showing up on randomly generated “townie” sims. I’m approaching a sims hair singularity, and I don’t know how to stop it. Advertisement What about you, gentle readers? Are there character creator options that you keep returning to, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Have you ever been so pissed off at a video game for wasting your time that you turned off the TV? Threw your controller? Snapped all your disks in half? Advertisement Here’s a quick anecdote: Last night, after a grueling final week of writing and editing, I finished the first draft of my first book. (More news on that to come soon.) Relieved and exhausted, I got in bed and started playing the Dragon Quest VIII remake on 3DS—the first video game I’ve really had time to play in months. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Dragon Quest games. I enjoy almost everything about them—the atmosphere, the humor, the combat—but I’m always frustrated by the sluggish pace and the series’ insistence upon sticking with obsolete features like level-grinding. From what I remembered, though, Dragon Quest VIII was always the best of the bunch. So I expected it to be a nice, relaxing experience. Which is why I nearly broke my 3DS when my main character died to an unlucky critical hit as I was on the third floor of the first dungeon, forcing me to trek all the way back to town because, inexplicably, Dragon Quest VIII doesn’t give you any…
Image credit: Airplane! If you were to ask me, I would say that the worst part about traveling is the actual traveling part. I hate flying. I hate airports and I mostly dislike planes. But if we want to go anywhere in a reasonably short amount of time, flying is the way to do it, I suppose. Advertisement Of course, that doesn’t mean crazy shit can’t happen. In fact, it seems like crazy shit happens to you people all the time! It actually makes me feel better because none of my experiences have even come close to being this insane. Last week, I asked you guys for your most terrible airplane stories. I got a few hundred responses—with many of them involving vomit. Lucky us! Check out these tales. Infants Eat Caesar Salad, Right? (posigrade) Just wait until he’s 16 to start traveling again, man. Vomit Train (GoalieLax) The fish! Bad fish! Thank You, US Airways (SmugAardvark) Actually, this turned out quite well. Vacant (Doodee312) Or… not? Halleluja! (Bill Griffith) If flying makes you feel closer to God, then by all means. Dammit, Bob READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Pretty much says it all. How about those video games, though? Advertisement I’m sure you won’t be shocked to hear I’ll be playing more The Witcher 3. I’ll also be taking a break to play some of the games at one of my local Global Game Jam spots. Good luck if you’re making a game this weekend! What about you? What are you playing? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
This is you all talking about your favorite part of The Witcher 3. I’m Geralt, walking away because I haven’t gotten to that part yet. The new year means it’s time for resolutions. This year I’d like to practice my guitar more, be as fit as I was in my 20s, figure out my romantic life—but I probably won’t do any of those things. But I might, with your help, finish The Witcher 3. Advertisement My colleague Patricia and I were talking today about how we’ve both recently (finally) started playing The Witcher 3. I’m only about 10 hours in, and I didn’t get my fellow Kotaku staffers’ flood of screenshots and jokes. I want to finish the game, but it’s just so long, and there are so many sidequests. I have so many games to play, and those stars in Overwatch aren’t going to get themselves… But I want to see The Witcher 3 through. I want to share in the memories and laughter of my colleagues. I want the monsters, the cats, the frying pans, the kisses. I want the haircuts. Oh how I want the haircuts. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
At some point I resolved to stop making New Year’s resolutions because I was so bad at following through on them. But for that very reason, I returned the next year and every year since inspired to recommit myself to any number of goals I’d probably never achieve. Advertisement And even though I try to make it a little bit easier with each subsequent year, in the hopes that maybe, just maybe I’ll make it another 365 days and finally be able to claim with a straight face that it worked for once, success has not exactly been forthcoming. So this year I resolve simply to beat a single game from my backlog. Maybe Lost Odyssey. It’d also be nice to maybe read to completion at least one in five of the books I actually buy. Advertisement What about you? What are your resolutions for 2017? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Last New Year’s I was sick, so I skipped the parties and played through all of Wolfenstein: The New Order. It ruled. I might run outside without a coat and see if I can have a repeat this year. Advertisement I’m going to check out Far Cry Primal this weekend, which several of my colleagues are big fans of. It will be my first Far Cry game! I’m also going to play some more The Long Dark because I am on a pretty great run. What about you? What are you playing this weekend? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
We don’t always play games the way we’re supposed to. We’ve all pulled out that little trick that helps us get through a tough area, beat a boss, or get a higher score. It might not be turning on God Mode in the developer console or using an aimbot, but it’s not quite on the level either. But it’s fine. It’s not cheating. Right? Advertisement Below are some…questionable things I’ve done or seen done in games. Is it cheating? The other night Kotaku’s editor-in-chief and I were riding the subway together, discussing Hitman (like you do). I was explaining the Elusive Targets and how you can’t save during a level; if you kill the target or die, that’s the only chance you get. I told him I’d seen YouTubers play the Targets by scoping them out in advance, quitting the mission, and then using the intel they’d gathered to play it for real and get a higher score. Advertisement “Isn’t that cheating?” he asked me. My verdict: Yes. The ‘one shot’ nature of the Elusive Targets is what makes them so special. Pre-planning runs counter to their spirit. Going in blind and working out a strategy on the fly is…
Izetta When it comes to fan service, we all draw our lines differently. Where are yours? We want to hear from you. Do you seek it out? Avoid it? Advertisement It’s almost impossible to wrap hard moral rules around anime consumption. And we all have our own ways of dealing with it. Bakemonogatari is one of my favorite anime, but in it, an 11-year-old girl is regularly subject to harassment. Despite sirens going off in my head, I keep watching. It’s just such a well-crafted show—from its architecture to its wit. Advertisement But you couldn’t get me to watch Monstser Musume or Keijo!!!!! if you paid me in double dark chocolate cake. That’s because, in their entirety, they feel crafted to turn on straight dudes, of which I am not one. Admittedly, it makes me mad that women’s body parts are plot devices. Commenters on Kotaku have disagreed, arguing that there’s no issue with marketing female sexuality to an audience who wants it. What do you think? What’s your line, if you have one at all? Tell me in the comments. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
What Game Has The Best Original Soundtrack? Most of gaming greatest titles have one thing in common – a fantastic musical score. But with so many classic melodies and signature tracks it can be hard for fans to pin down just which game has the best overall soundtrack. Read more…