Controversial Executive Steps Down From Call Of Duty Publisher

Screenshot: CBS Viacom / Kotaku In a past life, Frances Townsend defended the legal basis for the torture method called waterboarding during George W. Bush’s war on terror. In a more recent one, she helped lead Activision Blizzard’s initially tone-deaf response to a major sexual harassment lawsuit by the state of California. Now she’s stepping … Read more

Use This Site to See How Long It’ll Take to Finish a Video Game

Photo: Gorodenkoff (Shutterstock) It’s easy to check how long it takes to watch a movie or a TV show, so why shouldn’t it be the same for video games? No one wants to spend $70 on a game that’s too short, or accidentally start a 200-hour JRPG when time is limited and precious. The next … Read more

Google Killing Stadia, Refunding All Purchases

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) Google is shutting down its video game streaming service, Stadia, on January 18th, 2023, the company announced today. All purchases will be refunded and the technology will still be used for YouTube and other parts of its business, but the consumer-facing app and storefront will be shuttered for good less … Read more

Gotham Knights PC Port Trailer Looks Better Than 2015’s Misfire

Gif: Warner Bros. / Kotaku Warner Bros. just released a new trailer to tell you how beautiful Gotham Knights will be on your PC, as if to reassure everyone that this time, it’s getting the PC version right. Back in 2015, the publisher’s PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight was so famously bad that it … Read more

Microsoft Has a New Trick for Keeping Your Password Safe

Photo: Wachiwit (Shutterstock) Your PC’s password is not something to be shared lightly. It’s the keys to your kingdom: From work, to social media, to banking, your whole world is likely accessible from your Windows machine. Consequently, Microsoft is begging us to not be idiots who will hand our passwords over to anyone who asks. … Read more

How Bungie’s 15 Year Old Shooter Defined Triple-A Games

Image: Microsoft/Bungie These days, the Blockbuster Game, a release from a major publisher that’s hoping to be an Event that occupies everyone’s attention and Game of the Year discussions, is an institution. It’s easy to tell what such a game is in its current state, as it’s typically about fathers trying to connect with their … Read more

Modern Warfare II’ PC And Xbox Beta Starts And How To Play Early

Modern Warfare II Credit: Infinity Ward The first weekend of the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II beta has come and gone and the second weekend is about to begin. Weekend #1 was all about PlayStation. Despite the ongoing acquisition of Activision by Microsoft, the PlayStation/Call Of Duty deal remains in place—for now. If Microsoft’s … Read more

17-Year-Old Suspected GTA 6 Leaker Has Been Arrested

Image: Rockstar Games Today, London City Police announced they had arrested a 17-year-old from Oxfordshire Thursday evening. While the police have yet to confirm why, it’s been reported that the teen was arrested in connection with the recent Uber and Grand Theft Auto VI leaks. The suspect remains in City Police custody at this time. … Read more

PS Plus Should Be For Old Games, Not New Game Releases

God of War Sony If you wanted even more clear evidence that Sony has zero plans to follow Microsoft’s example of day one launches of exclusives on Game Pass, here’s PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida, making it very clear how he sees PS Plus in the lifecycle of games on PlayStation: “For Extra, our approach is we … Read more

Microsoft’s ‘Let Us Have Competition’ Sony Jab Feels Extremely Ironic

Modern Warfare 2 Activision Every new development in the Sony versus Microsoft spat over Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard makes me roll my eyes a little harder. Previously, I’ve addressed Jim Ryan’s increasingly whiny comments about the situation, which sound like sour grapes coming from the far and away clear gaming industry market leader. … Read more