Tuesday, September 27

This Deluxe Steam Deck Kickstand Makes A Huge Difference

Photo: KotakuWhile the Steam Deck, Valve’s souped-up mini PC, offers a wealth of gaming experiences in a portable format, the lack of a kickstand has been a sore spot. Enter the Deckmate: A simple, plastic bracket that lets you attach not just a very handy kickstand, but also several other specialized mounting solutions to the back of the Deck.The Deckmate is the brainchild of product design engineer Siri Ramos. Ramos has described how the Steam Deck community’s enthusiasm and support has helped them grow what was once a fun personal project into a fully featured product. To be sure, the community’s love for small maker-style projects is evident just from scrolling through r/SteamDeck. The Deckmate evolved from a series of prototypes and early 3D-printed parts to a professional-feeling fin...

Chess Champion Breaks Silence On ‘Anal Bead’ Cheating Controversy

Photo: Arun Sankar (Getty Images)After nearly a month of anal bead memes and chess drama, world champion Magnus Carlsen has finally opened up about his stunning defeat to 19-year-old grandmaster Hans Niemann and his shocking stunts that followed in the aftermath. Long story short: He thinks Niemann is a cheater, over the board and online, and he refuses to ever compete against him again.“I believe that Niemann has cheated more—and more recently—than he has publicly admitted,” Carlsen wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “His over-the-board progress has been unusual, and throughout our game in the Sinquefield Cup I had the impression that he wasn’t tense or even fully [concentrating] on the game in critical positions, while outplaying me as black in a way I think only a handful of player...

Tinykin Review – Little Big Fun – Game Informer

Tinykin smartly blends platforming and puzzle-solving with the minion management of Nintendo's Pikmin series. Players control a flea-sized astronaut who travels from his home planet to Earth to trace humanity’s true origins. The explorer’s journey takes him to an ordinary home occupied by sentient insects who worship a mysterious deity. To return home, the astronaut must assemble a rocket by gathering ordinary household objects with the help of small, adorable aliens called Tinykin. As a fan of “little person in a big world” experiences, Tinykin’s premise and world drew me in, and its gameplay satisfied me until its conclusion. The best, though perhaps reductive, way to describe Tinykin’s gameplay would be “Pikmin as a platformer.” Each room in the house offers large, smartly laid-out pla...

Ubisoft Boss Clarifies His Controversial Remarks About Toxicity

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images)In a new interview with La Presse, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot appeared to say that toxicity in the games industry comes from necessary “friction” in the creative process. The implication was that it was almost inescapable. Two years into a workplace reckoning over sexual harassment, misconduct, and browbeating at the publisher behind Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, it sounded at best tone deaf, and at worst like an endorsement of infighting among development teams. When asked to clarify his remarks, Ubisoft provided Kotaku with a more detailed explanation from the CEO.“I want to be clear, as I have said before there is absolutely no place for toxicity at Ubisoft or in our industry,” Guillemot wrote in a statement. “When I spoke of there sometimes being...

Overwatch 2 Devs Spent A Year Making Genji’s Customizable Mythic Skin – Exclusive Interview

Overwatch 2 introduces a bevy of new characters, maps, and modes when it launches early next week. However, the most significant change arriving alongside the sequel's new free-to-play format is a Battle Pass. The pass' free track allows players to unlock a new support character named Kiriko, while its premium track – which costs $10 or 1,000 Overwatch Coins – offers unique cyberpunk-themed cosmetics like weapon charms, souvenirs, and legendary skins. Players who complete the 80-tier premium Battle Pass receive Cyber Demon Genji, the first of Overwatch's new class of customizable cosmetics called Mythic Skins.  We recently interviewed Overwatch 2's leadership group to learn about their philosophy while developing the Battle Pass and Mythic Skins' role in the sequel's revamped monetization...

Walmart Is Joining The Metaverse, Targets ‘Younger Audiences’

Image: Roblox / WalmartIt’s 2022, which means that at least one company is announcing some new thing that is connected to NFTs or the metaverse in an attempt to stay relevant in our rapidly collapsing capitalist hellscape. Today’s wheel spins landed on Walmart, Roblox, and “The Metaverse.”Retail giant and horrible company Walmart is launching two different virtual worlds in the uber-popular online game Roblox. According to CNBC, these virtual Walmart worlds will include things that totally don’t exist at any actual Walmart in the world, like a blimp that drops toys, music festivals featuring popular artists, and free-to-play mini-games and activities. Oh, and there’s a virtual store where people can buy virtual merchandise apparently called “Verch.” I’ve learned this word has been around f...

E3 2023 Is Happening In Los Angeles And Will Be Open To Fans

Photo: ESADespite the cancellations of prior years and the general uncertainty about its future, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) just announced that the E3 games expo will be returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center as a live event next year. So if you want to brave crowds of sweaty gamers to get a glimpse of upcoming releases, you’ll finally be able to do so. The show will take place from June 13 to 16. Digital events will also run starting from June 11 to the end of the convention. E3 2023 will start with several press- and industry-only days, after which the doors will open to fans looking to have a good time trying all the latest games. The convention’s industry attendees will meet from June 13-15, while June 15-16 are the “Gamer Days” for fans. This is similar to ho...

We Finally Got A Look At The Nier: Automata Anime Coming Next Year

2B continues to carry the weight of the world on her hips.Gif: A-1 Pictures/ PlatinumGames / KotakuWe’ve been waiting since February, when a cryptic teaser went up hinting at an anime adaptation for the popular Japanese action-RPG Nier: Automata, for more details on the promising project. This weekend, we finally got not one, but two character trailers and some info on the upcoming anime.During Aniplex Online Fest 2022, we finally got a look at the Nier: Automata anime, named NieR:Automata Ver1.1a. The broadcast showcased two short character trailers for the video game’s central characters, 2B and 9S, which mirrored their original gameplay trailers. The anime is slated to release sometime in January 2023. You can watch the full NieR:Automata Ver1.1a broadcast below:Aniplex / アニプレックス YouTub...

Cyberpunk 2077 Fans Are Dying To Take Revenge On Edgerunners’ Cruelest Villain

You look like a cut of shootable meat, Adam Smasher.Image: CD Projekt RedIf you’ve spent any time on the internet this past weekend, whether Reddit or Twitter or YouTube, you’ve undoubtedly seen Cyberpunk 2077 all over the timeline again—and for good reason. With the recent debut of Studio Trigger’s excellent anime adaptation, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, fans the internet over have flocked back to CDPR’s Night City in the literal millions to stroll the neon streets and shoot some goons. And a surprising number are gunning for one asshole in particular.Read More: Netflix’s Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Tells The Story I Wished For In Cyberpunk 2077Massive spoilers for Edgerunners followSet about a year before Cyberpunk 2077, Edgerunners follows a reckless yet talented street kid named David “Dee” Mart...