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The Scariest Video Game Costume Is… Yoshi?

October 19, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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This week on Kotaku XP, Tim and I asked you to show us your video game Halloween costumes. In the process, we discovered something very spooky.

We saw a lot of excellent Halloween costumes, most of them hand made. As a point of comparison, I provided Tim with some pictures of officially licensed Halloween costumes. They’re a doozy. Gaze upon this adult size Yoshi costume:

There’s something truly unsettling about this adult man wearing a Yoshi costume. Is it the soulless look in his eyes? His serial killer-esque smile? The fact that he is wearing Timberlands? Who can say. All I know is, the thought of it keeps me up at night.

But wait, there’s more:

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Frankly, if I saw someone wearing this Toad costume, I would run. No questions asked. I’d just bolt out the door. He’s wearing a nude colored shirt instead of just taking his shirt off, and that’s horrifying.

Is this guy the same guy who was wearing the Yoshi costume, by the way? It looks like it is. How does he feel about where his modeling career has taken him? His smile looks excited about it. But his eyes tell a different story.

I’ve saved the best for last, though:

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Hot Topic, sincerely: what the fuck? What is even going on here. The fact that you can see this model’s eyes through the mask only makes me believe that he is up to no good. I feel like this is the last thing you see before you die. Just a soulless, glowering cartoon cup mask, with a dead-eyed man staring out from inside.

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Red Dead Redemption Recapped, For Those Requiring A Refresher

October 17, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Red Dead Redemption is one of my favorite video games of this decade. As its sequel looms on the horizon, I replayed Red Dead Redemption. I wrote, narrated, and edited this 32-minute short film which summarizes the game’s story with period-appropriate narration.

Warning: This video spoils all of the main story missions of the first Red Dead Redemption. There is barely a story element that escapes spoiling in this video.

On the one hand, this video will refresh your memory on all the characters and story situations of Red Dead Redemption (or show you them if you never played). On the other hand, Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place 12 years before Red Dead Redemption, so you probably don’t need to have played the first game to play the second one.

On the third hand, you could watch this video because it is the result of a bizarre experiment I have been itching to perpetrate upon this website.

Aside from helping people be ready for the new game, my thought behind the experiment is this: “If I summarize an open-world game’s story exactly, beat for beat, and treat every single molecular element of even the most mundane mission as a valuable plot point, and if I write this summary with a disciplined aspiration toward literary detail, would the result resemble nonsense?”

I chose Red Dead Redemption for this experiment because I love it, and I felt like it would work as a short film.

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Maybe I love Red Dead Redemption because I love cowboy fiction in general. You may not know this about me, though I have written over two dozen unpublished cowboy novels. I never show them to anybody. The writing in this video, while admittedly a little bit jokey and over the top, is the closest I’ve come to publishing cowboy fiction. I tried my hardest to only use period-appropriate vocabulary and slang. In gloriously coincidental fitting with my personal brand, “heck” and “tarnation” were in fact considered profanity in the time that Red Dead Redemption is set, so if you were born around about 1870 and it’s only 1886 in your time zone, this video might be what you call “for mature audiences.”

Also peppered throughout this video are allusions to western films and fiction that I love—the films Unforgiven and Johnny Guitar and books like Forty Lashes Less One or Blood Meridian. I lost count of how many allusions are in there. Maybe there’s more than a hundred.

There’s also an ending I’m proud of, so I hope you’ll watch to the end.

Whatever you do, please don’t comment that you’d want this video’s script in this post.

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Red Dead Redemption Recapped, For Those Requiring A Refresher

October 17, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Red Dead Redemption is one of my favorite video games of this decade. As its sequel looms on the horizon, I replayed Red Dead Redemption. I wrote, narrated, and edited this 32-minute short film which summarizes the game’s story with period-appropriate narration.

Warning: This video spoils all of the main story missions of the first Red Dead Redemption. There is barely a story element that escapes spoiling in this video.

On the one hand, this video will refresh your memory on all the characters and story situations of Red Dead Redemption (or show you them if you never played). On the other hand, Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place 12 years before Red Dead Redemption, so you probably don’t need to have played the first game to play the second one.

On the third hand, you could watch this video because it is the result of a bizarre experiment I have been itching to perpetrate upon this website.

Aside from helping people be ready for the new game, my thought behind the experiment is this: “If I summarize an open-world game’s story exactly, beat for beat, and treat every single molecular element of even the most mundane mission as a valuable plot point, and if I write this summary with a disciplined aspiration toward literary detail, would the result resemble nonsense?”

I chose Red Dead Redemption for this experiment because I love it, and I felt like it would work as a short film.

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Maybe I love Red Dead Redemption because I love cowboy fiction in general. You may not know this about me, though I have written over two dozen unpublished cowboy novels. I never show them to anybody. The writing in this video, while admittedly a little bit jokey and over the top, is the closest I’ve come to publishing cowboy fiction. I tried my hardest to only use period-appropriate vocabulary and slang. In gloriously coincidental fitting with my personal brand, “heck” and “tarnation” were in fact considered profanity in the time that Red Dead Redemption is set, so if you were born around about 1870 and it’s only 1886 in your time zone, this video might be what you call “for mature audiences.”

Also peppered throughout this video are allusions to western films and fiction that I love—the films Unforgiven and Johnny Guitar and books like Forty Lashes Less One or Blood Meridian. I lost count of how many allusions are in there. Maybe there’s more than a hundred.

There’s also an ending I’m proud of, so I hope you’ll watch to the end.

Whatever you do, please don’t comment that you’d want this video’s script in this post.

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By the way! This video is also on YouTube. Why heck, you could subscribe to our YouTube channel, if you like videos like this.

There’s even a playlist of all my other videos. Wow!

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Fake PSN Names Sound Just Like Real Ones

October 12, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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This week Sony finally announced that PlayStation Network users will be able to change their IDs in the near future. To commemorate this occasion, I asked people on Twitter to tweet five online Game Person Names at me, four of which were fake, and one of which was real. On this week’s Kotaku XP, Gita and I sorted through your tweets, and tried our best to guess which names were real.

Everyone has a go-to fake user name they bring up in conversation when they’re talking about some jerk who was behaving like an idiot in a multiplayer game one day way back when.

Here is an example which combines all of the most common tropes that spring instantly to one’s imagination when considering mythological video game player handles: “xX_GokuSephiroth_42069_Xx.”

For the purpose of the grisly quiz gauntlet we’d taken it upon ourselves to endure, I quickly laid down a loose rule: any name you presented us which contained an on-the-nose 420, 69, “xX” and “Xx” as bookends, or the names “Cloud Strife,” “Goku,” or “Sephiroth” were obvious fabrications. This rule served us well, until we reached a Twitter user whose name literally contained a “69.” At that point, all bets were off and we became utterly lost in the impossibility of the contest.

This episode is a little longer than usual. I promised on Twitter that I would address everyone’s tweets, and apparently a lot of you like making up fake Gamertags.

Many of our readers were more than too smart for this weird exercise. Many of you executed multiple circa-2006 meme references with laser precision, making it nearly impossible to separate truth from fiction. At one point this crowdsourced befuddlement required me to yell, “Why is it a ‘meme’ to like Frasier?”

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Of course, we need you to watch the episode and leave a comment telling us if we got your name right. Next week I’ll calculate our score and present it on the show, either with pride or with shame.

At the end of this week’s episode, we address your answers to last week’s question of which book you would most like to see made into a huge-budget video game.

If you’d like a chance to participate in future episodes of this show, you could follow me, Gita, Kotaku, or all three on Twitter, and look out for a poll question of some sort on Thursday mornings!

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Normal Spider-Man, Normal Swing

October 11, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Today on Highlight Reel we have bad swings, dolphin smiles, clustered NPCs, and much more!

Watch the video then talk about your favorite highlight in the comments below. Be sure to check out, like, and share the original videos via the links below. Subscribe to Kotaku on YouTube for more! Catch up on all the episodes on the Highlight Reel Youtube playlist!


Highlight Reel is Kotaku’s regular roundup of great plays, stunts, records and other great moments from around the gaming world. If you record an amazing feat while playing a game (here’s how to record a clip), send it to us with a message confirming that the clip is yours at highlightreel@kotaku.com. Or, if you see a great clip around that isn’t yours, encourage that person to send it in!

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More Books Should Be Made Into Video Games

October 5, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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This week, Harry Potter fans screamed twice: first, upon the leaked video of an apparent open-world Hogwarts game in development, and secondly at JK Rowling, after she once again amended plot details of her series via a reply to someone else’s tweet. Gita loves Harry Potter, and drunk people used to yell “You’re a wizard!” at me on the street because my glasses were black and round, so there might not be two better people in this exact office building to yell about the current conversations surrounding Harry Potter, fandom, and video games on this week’s Kotaku XP. It’s like TV, except I’m on it!

At the end of this episode, we arrive at a question: What film or fiction franchise would you, the reader, most like to see translated into the language of Triple-A Open-World Video Game? I assume for many people younger than me the answer is Harry Potter. Though because I am apparently 800 years old, I personally would go absolutely bonkers for a retelling of the Chinese historical classic The Water Margin in the style of The Witcher 3. Oh! Also I want a The Count of Monte Cristo game, also in the style of The Witcher 3. Also, The Three Musketeers, in the style of The Witcher 3.

Wow. More books should be video games.

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Check Out io9's Video Tour of New York Comic Con

October 5, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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New York Comic Con 2018 is in full swing. But it’s not just about the panels and the special guests, it’s also about the cool stuff on the show floor. I’m joined by our new social editor Klaudia Amenábar to take a look at what Glass, Good Omens, Star Wars Resistance, and others have in store for attendees this weekend. Plus, some cute cosplay, and there might even be a surprise cameo by BB-8 in there!

Amenábar’s is walking the floor all weekend, sharing the cool sights, sounds, and (of course) cosplay from New York Comic Con 2018. For example, right after we finished taping our show floor tour, Star Wars Resistance stars Bobby Moynihan and Donald Faison showed up to take some impromptu selfies with the X-wing. You never know what you’re going to see at NYCC!

Here are just a few of the things we caught on Thursday. You can find all of this, and more, on our brand-new Instagram (@io9dotcom):

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And our Deputy Editor Jill Pantozzi joined none other than io9 co-founder Charlie Jane Anders on a panel…

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Keep checking io9 for more news from New York Comic Con—and for live NYCC coverage from the floor, make sure you’re following us on Instagram: @io9dotcom.

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Which Bowsette Is Best?

September 28, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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As far as Gita and I were concerned, only one video game news story happened this week: Bowsette. We declared on Twitter earlier this week that we’d do a whole episode of Kotaku XP devoted to her. We didn’t realize until yesterday that we needed a full hour to talk about her. If you’d like, you can call this week’s episode of Kotaku XP “The Bowsette Gazette.”

Yesterday, Japanese news website J-Cast News reported that Nintendo had replied to their request for a comment on Bowsette. Nintendo’s reply was ice cold: “We refrain from commenting about internet posts.”

While discussing Bowsette for an hour with Gita, I decided that it would be utterly ridiculous for Nintendo to ignore this character any longer.

As I say in our discussion, I’ve been on the internet for a long time. I had a LiveJournal in the 1990s. I had a MySpace and a Friendster. I’ve used AIM and ICQ. I was already an adult back when nobody without a PhD in anthropology had ever used the word “meme” in a sentence.

I’ve seen a lot of internet.

I’ve never seen internet like Bowsette.

The stampede of love for this character is surreal. The explosion of creativity we’ve witnessed this week is phenomenal. Creators are riffing on and revising each other’s work. Almost everyone is attributing each other. Artists are disagreeing with other artists’ interpretations in wonderfully cordial ways. Famous Japanese manga artists are drawing her. The guy who drew One Punch Man drew her. Thousands of artists have turned her into a character I personally now consider as real as any official Nintendo character.

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To most efficiently bottle this zeitgeist, we broke from our usual discussion format. I searched “Bowsette OR クッパ姫 min_faves:5000″ on Twitter. This returned only tweets with more than 5,000 likes, which reference the character’s English or Japanese names.

Click play and hang out with us for one hour as we scroll through every single Bowsette tweet with more than 5,000 likes. There’s a lot of them. Our conversation takes a lot of twists and turns. We only have to yell at two haters.

I remain hopeful that if this avalanche continues, Nintendo will pay the original artist and bring the character into the canon. If that sounds impossible to you, behold this one word: Waluigi. Nintendo let Camelot make Waluigi simply because Wario needed a doubles partner for tennis. Shigeru Miyamoto did not stop Waluigi from existing. That has to count for something.

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Forza Horizon 4 Is Amazing

September 27, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

I have played 40 hours of Forza Horizon 4. I love it. I made a 22-minute video about how much I love it.

In Forza Horizon 4, players experience all four seasons of a fictionalized British Isle, which includes one Scottish city (I won’t spoil which one). In keeping with this theme of four seasons, I divided my video into four chapters. Each of these chapters focuses on one wish I found myself making while playing Forza Horizon 4.

I wished this game had existed when I was nine years old. I loved cars then, though back in 1988 a kid could only get so far loving cars through Hot Wheels. I would have played no other game than this if it had come out when I was a kid.

Forza Horizon 4 is the Rolex watch of Hot Wheels playsets.

I wished that I could convince some of my friends to play this game with me. They’re all so busy, or they’ve fallen off of video games, though I know for a fact they would love this one and we would have an incredible amount of fun.

I wished I had a car again. I moved from a suburb in Northern California to New York City a year and a half ago, and I spend a lot of time on the subway fondly thinking of my old Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. I tried as hard as I could to unlock that same car in Forza Horizon 4 so as to include an overly detailed 45-minute segment about it in my video. Unfortunately, the car is exclusive to the game’s prize wheel spins, so I’d be better off buying a lottery ticket.

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The last wish was pretty much just an excuse to talk about the graphics. Oh my god: the graphics. I want to eat this game.

So come along and hang out with me. You’ll get to see me drive a Skyline, a GT-R, a 1998 Subaru WRX, a ridiculous Ken Block Hoonigan, a couple of Lambos, a Ferrari, and a hilarious Jeep Trailcat. It’s all my favorite cars!

Except Toyota cars, because Toyota apparently decided they don’t like putting their cars in racing games anymore. Is a racing game without a Toyota Supra even really a racing game? (Mitsubishi is absent as well, though I’m not as upset about that.)

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There is the awkward presence of a handful of Toyota trucks. They look so lonely, representing their brand without their famous car siblings anywhere in sight.

Much to my overjoyed surprise, one of those Toyota trucks is a 1993 Toyota Baja Trophy Truck, done up with the sponsorship worn by none other than Ivan “Ironman” Stewart. I paid 500,000 credits for it, and I gotta say: that right there is definitely the Toyota Supra of trucks.

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