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What Was The First Game You Ever Paid Money For?

I love asking questions almost as much as I love listening to answers. Last week at E3, I got to do both! I asked E3 attendees three little questions (about video games), hoping to get three big answers out of each and every body. In this video right here, you can witness some of the fun we all had. The first question was this: what was the first game you ever bought with your own money? Many people provided great answers — for example, “the original Legend of Zelda”. Ah, how I wish that was the first game I myself bought. No, I did not buy the original Legend of Zelda with Grandma’s Christmas Money in 1988, the fateful year our regular answer of “Nintendo is The Real Videogames” finally defeated our mom’s argument of “Youse boys already got an Atari, and all those Atari tapes I got youse at the garage sales.” The Original Legend of Zelda was far too beauteous and coveted to be in stock at the toystores of Wichita, Kansas. Instead, that particular Boxing Day, I purchased Double Dragon for the Nintendo Entertainment System, because other fourth-graders were fools, liars, or both: they READ FULL STORY…


How Many Of You Started Playing Games This Generation?

Screenshot from a video by Stephen Totilo Back in the ancient days of 2012, pundits and analysts across the world put on their soothsayer hats and predicted that iPhones and iPads would kill console gaming. Then, the PS4 came out and sold roughly 40 billion units, proving them all wrong. Which raises the question: How many people started gaming this generation? As someone who has been playing video games pretty consistently for the past three decades, I always find it fascinating to hear about people who started gaming in, say, 2014. Or people who played games as a kid and then rediscovered them this generation. Between the PS4’s monstrous success, the Xbox One’s great backwards compatibility, and the Switch launching with one of the best games ever made, there are a lot of reasons one might have started playing video games in the past three to four years. So I’m curious, dear readers: Did any of you start playing games during this generation of consoles? Did you discover Kotaku after the PS4 and Xbox One? Did you start playing new games with the Switch? Tell me your stories in the comments, and if there are enough good ones, READ FULL…


What's Your E3 Dream Announcement?

With E3 less than a week away it’s hard to stop one’s mind from fantasizing about what lies in store. Every major developer and publisher probably has a surprise up their sleeve, but what’s the one E3 announcement you’ve always dreamed of? Will we finally see the reveal of a true Metroid title? Federation Force didn’t count. What games will Microsoft unveil alongside their souped up Project Scorpio? Gears of Halo Horizons 2, probably. Will Sony actually acknowledge the Vita’s existence? Doubtful. Personally, I’m hoping for two announcements. The first being a true console sequel to Okami. Though Okamiden for the DS was decent, it just didn’t capture the grandeur of the original. Then again, seeing how Capcom treats Mega Man I’ll be lucky if they even announce Amaterasu for the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinity roster. Secondly, and on a much more realistic note, I want Nintendo to announce a new Animal Crossing game for the Switch. I mean, come on. That system is perfect for Animal Crossing, and we haven’t gotten a main series entry in five years. We’re about due for some new friendly animal neighbors and fishing tournaments. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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What Are Your Summer Gaming Plans?

Staring into the abyss known as the videogame backlog and having it stare right back—that seems like the perfect way to spend a summer, don’t you think? That time will soon be upon us once more. The days will be longer, we may have more time to get together with friends, and we may actually play more games. As my backlog has no end in sight, I’ll be spending some time trying to finish at least two games from this awesome year for games we call 2017. Yakuza 0 and Persona 5 are the ones I need to finish. Yo-kai Watch 2, as well. I’m looking forward to nightly multiplayer rituals with my sister as we battle it out in Puyo Puyo Tetris. Maybe I’ll also play Ever Oasis. “But that’s not a backlogged title!” I can hear some of you exclaim. You’d be right. I have no follow up for that. Also, no shame. Advertisement Anyway, those are my plans for summer, Kotakuites. What are your tentative gaming plans looking like for the next three months? Looking forward to Splatoon 2, Arms, or some other game that’s on the horizon? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for having a three day weekend, the perfect length of weekend for doing the requisite weekend tasks of social stuff, chores, and doing absolutely nothing. (All weekends should be three days weekends. Just saying.) Also, video games. I’ve been playing Impact Winter, which is a survival game with a lot of snow, i.e., my favorite thing. In addition to your usual solo survival stuff, there’s an aspect of managing a team along the lines of This War of Mine. I’ve been liking it a lot so far, and I’m excited to spend more time with it this weekend. Look for my thoughts next week. What about you? What are you playing? 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!


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!


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!