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How To Fix Your Switch Pro Controller’s D-Pad

Over the last year, the Nintendo Switch has built up an impressive collection of 2D side-scrollers and classic arcade games. Unfortunately, those games rely heavily the D-Pad, and the D-Pad on the Switch Pro Controller can be frustratingly unreliable. Last weekend I fixed mine, and you can, too. I’ve been obsessively playing Hollow Knight overcontinue…

Call Overwatch’s Hamster Hammond, You Cowards

Hammond is one of the better hamster names in history, miles ahead of Squeaks, Furball, or whatever else children name their pets. Despite this, the Overwatch team insists on officially calling the game’s newest hero “Wrecking Ball,” a name that sounds more befitting of a GI Joe action figure or a good (fight me) butcontinue…

I’m Glad I Started Playing The Witcher 1 Last

Screenshot: CD Projekt Red (The Witcher: Enhanced Edition) The Witcher came out on PC in 2007. That feels like a lifetime ago. The series is now easily one of my favorites, but a decade ago I, like a lot of people, had no idea it even existed. That’s created a weird dynamic as I playcontinue…

Final Fantasy VI Speedrun Is A Seven-Hour Master Class

If you think you know just about everything there is to know about the seminal role-playing game Final Fantasy VI, watch this beautiful speedrun and prepare to be proven wrong. I didn’t have much time to watch last week’s Summer Games Done Quick, but I did carve out a chunk of yesterday for the finale, whichcontinue…

Finally Appreciating Pokémon Snap

Video game fans can be an entitled bunch. When they latch onto a popular series or genre it isn’t long before they begin demanding the next iteration meet certain criteria and levels of excellence. But game companies don’t always give fans what they want, and many times the most invested players can have a difficultcontinue…

The Warped Expectations Surrounding Video Game Classics

Screenshot: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc It’s easy to pass over a great game. Not everybody has the time, money, or means to play every critically acclaimed title, and as the years go by, games considered to be “the best” can fall by the wayside. By the time I was old enough to afford my owncontinue…

Splatoon 2’s Octo Expansion Gets Surprisingly Dark

Screenshot: Nintendo Hidden under Splatoon 2‘s fresh gear and multiplayer madness is an outrageous backstory. Nintendo has done a fantastic job of releasing free content for the games’ online offerings, but their newest DLC is all about the single player struggle and adding some ridiculous plot twists to the colorful franchise. The original Splatoon usedcontinue…

Celebrate the 4th Of July With Video Gaming’s Finest Fireworks!

The evening sky is overrated. Don’t go there for awesome fireworks. Look at these clips of video gaming’s best fireworks. We’ve got to start with Mario. This post originally appeared July 4, 2015. It’s been edited to include Monster Hunter: World and Far Cry 5. Fantavision, the PlayStation 2’s fireworks-gaming classic. Final Fantasy XIII: Fireworkscontinue…

System Shock Gets Its First Fan-Made Campaign Mod, 24 Years Later

Image: Nightdive Studios (System Shock: Enhanced Edition) A remake of the 1994 game System Shock by Night Dive Studios is due out sometime in the next few years, but fans who don’t want to wait can revisit the space horror game now in System Shock: ReWired, the first ever total campaign mod for the classiccontinue…

Why We Play Tough Games

What makes people want to play nails-tough games? When do they risk feeling like a waste of time? On this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss. First, Kirk and I talk about GDQ and hot dog eating contests before getting into all sorts of video game topics like Cyberpunk’s E3 demo audio leaking, Google’s plans forcontinue…

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