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What Are You Playing This Weekend? 

The weekend is for having a friend stay with you and debating between actually cleaning the house/buying food or just kicking your dirty laundry under the bed/ordering pizza. Also, video games. Advertisement I have an upcoming game to play, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for more Witcher 3. I’ve definitely been taking my time with Blood and Wine. I don’t want it to end! Overwatch’s new PvE event has also gotten me picking up the game a bit more than usual lately, so I’ll probably play that a bit too. Advertisement What about you? What are you playing? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Show Us Your Ugliest Video Game Outfits

You did it. You finally got that sweet armor set you’ve been assembling for days. You look like a million bucks. Time to parade around town being shiny AF and… oh no. You found a new chest plate with slightly better stats. Have fun being a damn circus clown for the next 20 hours. Advertisement I’ve been playing a lot of Zelda: Breath of the Wild lately, and I have to admit: my Link has been the victim of more than a few fashion crimes. This outfit almost works, until you realize that the Blood Mohawk Helm Of Genghis Khan looks goofy as heck on beautiful boy-man Link Zeldanson, the tunic is a patchwork quilt torn from the loving hands of somebody’s grandmother, and the greaves belong in a different fantasy universe altogether. But the helm grants me an attack bonus! And I’ve got a fairy power-up on my tunic! It’s like my grandmother always used to say: “Form comes second to function when giants won’t stop stomping on you.” Advertisement This is hardly the only ugly outfit my Link has spent hours running around READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Weekends are for reminding yourself that even though the workout routine you just started isn’t super impressive, you gotta start somewhere, and getting some exercise will make you happier than lounging around. Also, video games. Advertisement I am so excited for the PS4 Gwent beta this weekend I can’t even tell you. Playing Gwent against real people is going to be a disaster. I can’t wait for all the cool ways I’m gonna lose. I’m also going to play some Overwatch, because my roommate told me I’ve been playing too much The Witcher 3 and she misses me. She also just bought The Witcher 3 on Steam sale, though. Please check back in a few weeks to see if The Witcher has ruined my household. Advertisement What about you? What are you playing this weekend? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Tell Us About Your Video Game Pets

We often get attached to animals in video games. Yesterday I wrote about my sweetest, most darling friend: Raincloud, my horse in Breath of the Wild. She’s precious, I love her, and if anything bad ever happens to her I will murder everyone in Hyrule. Advertisement You all seem just as obsessed with your horses as I am. In fact, many of you couldn’t wait to tell me about them. While I love hearing about all these pretty ponies, plenty of other video games have fuzzy friends to love, too. What are the other video game animals you’ve gotten irrationally attached to? Sound off in the comments. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Tell Us Your Best Stories Of When Somebody Rescued You In A Video Game

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!

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What Are Your Best StreetPass Stories?

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!

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What Are Your Character Creation Bad Habits?

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!

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Help Me Finish The Witcher 3

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!

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What Are Your 2017 New Year's Resolutions?

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!