Brotaku West Starts Now!

Just kidding. Well, kinda.

Dave Oshry here. You may remember me from when I filled in for Owen back in January or you may have seen me hanging around the likes of VG24/7, PC Gamer, Gameranx or my old homestead, RipTen. Perhaps you know me from Twitter? Or maybe you have absolutely no idea who the hell I am, and that's perfectly understandable if not downright normal.

I had a great time guest editing Kotaku on the last go around and you all seemed to not hate me or the stories I posted, so the gang was more than happy to have me back and I hope that you are too.

Last time I was here I told you what Remedy thought of what Rockstar did with Max Payne 3, recounted the sad tale of a Wikia founder who'd been outcast, showed you how to play Skyrim on a tablet and sat down with the CEO of Razer who was "sick and tired" of the lack of innovation in the PC industry.

This time I've got what I think are some pretty cool features lined up for the weekend as well. Some interviews, some impressions, but you tell me! What do you want to see this weekend? Want me to round up the news we missed? Want me to focus on developer interviews? Want to hear my opinions? (probably not) How about gameplay videos? PC benchmarks? Kotaku Melodic? Total Recall? Tentacle porn?!

Have at me! I'm all ears and I'll be here for 36 hours straight - much to the chagrin of my beagle who is probably just beginning to realize that he won't be going to the park this weekend.

Brotaku West Starts Now!

So let's get to it. How horribly wrong can this possibly go? I mean, it's not as if they introduced a rage-inducing new commenting system just before I got here, right? Right?!


Image by Chad Lakkis & Chris Carlson


The Best of Kotaku, This WeekWelcome to the Best of Kotaku, where I round up all of this week's best content.

First up is the image above, which was drawn just a few hours after the Pyro trailer was released. You can find more of Kovah's work over on the dedicated deviantART page.

Moving on to our Best Of content this week, we kick things off as usual with a comment from the community.

If you want to see the list of nominations (and other random conversations) you can head to my most recent nomination post that goes up every Friday here.

The Best Comment From The Community

This week's best comment comes to you from Beastard:

The Best of Kotaku, This WeekThe Sora.....the Sora.

The Wii U's Power Problem

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Stephen Totilo reveals a potential problem in the Wii U's future. More »

This Man's Making a Game About His Native Iran. So, Of Course, They Branded Him a Spy.

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Evan Narcisse explains the social/political struggles of Iranian developer's upcoming 1979 game. More »

I Found Mass Effect 3's Best Ending

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Patricia Hernandez doesn't want Mass Effect 3 to end. More »

Why Video Game Characters Say Such Ridiculous Things

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Kirk Hamilton takes an in-depth look at the uniquely challenging process of writing video game dialogue, and the many humorous ways it can go wrong.

Lego: Batman 2: DC Super Heroes: The Kotaku Review

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Stephen is let down by an exciting feature in his review of Lego: Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. More »

Yeah, It's Probably Time to Put the Resistance Series to Bed

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Luke Plunkett says it's time to let go of the Resistance series. More »

Playing A Vampire In Skyrim: Dawnguard

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Jason Schreier gives us his impressions on Skyrim's first expansion. More »

Spec Ops: The Line: The Kotaku Review

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Kirk finds Spec Ops: The Line simultaneously interesting, yet flawed. More »

Side-By-Side Comparison of an Old Mass Effect 3 Ending and a New One

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Chris Person compares the old and new Mass Effect 3 endings in a side-by-side video. More »

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3: The Kotaku Review

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Kate Cox enjoys the sometimes-niche RPG qualities of Penny Arcade's latest game. More »

I Really Didn't Need Those New Mass Effect 3 Endings

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Evan wished BioWare left the Mass Effect 3 ending alone. More »

Signs of a PlayStation 4 Shooter We May Never Play and a Vita One Made Too Quickly

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Superannuation digs up information online to reveal some new secrets. More »

Why Don't Video Game Characters Get More Excited About The Amazing Stuff They Do?

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Kirk wonders why video game characters aren't a bit more enthusiastic about the mind-blowing stunts they pull off every day.

Wonder What Your First Wii U Experience Might Be Like? This Was Mine.

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I tell you about what my first Wii U experience was like. More »

The Video Game Roger Ebert Loved

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Chris tells you about the video game Roger Ebert loved. More »

Nintendo Seems Ready To Give Up On 3D. And That's A Good Thing.

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Jason notices that Nintendo isn't emphasizing 3D anymore. And he's happy about that. More »

The Most Important Character in Mass Effect 3 Never Even Showed Up Until After the Credits

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Kate reminisces about a character in Mass Effect 3 that's not quite in the spotlight. More »

I like the Wii U. I like it a lot.

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Stephen has high hopes for the Wii U. More »

The Family That Built A Video Game Together

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Mark Serrels tells the story of a family who changed their lives to make a video game. More »

Skyrim: Dawnguard: The Kotaku Review

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Jason is let down by Skyrim's Dawnguard. More »

The Amazing Spider-Man: The Kotaku Review

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Evan doesn't find much merit in this latest Spider-Man game. More »

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The Best Dad We Can Hope To Have

Patricia Hernandez talks to the president of the team behind OctoDad to learn about father figures. More »

Why Do People Care About JRPGs?

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Jason explains what the hell JRPGs are and why they're so appealing. More »


First revealed last fall with a concept trailer, 3DS title Monster Hunter 4 is roaring out spring 2013 in Japan.

The above trailer provides a look at what 3DS owners can expect (hint: hunting monsters). Remember to bring those extra Circle Pad Pros—large and regular sized!

3DS「モンスターハンター4(フォー)」は2013年春に発売。カプコンサマージャムのステージイベントで明らかに【写真追加】 [4Gamer]

Let's Settle This Once and For All: Genesis Aladdin or Super NES Aladdin?It's time. It's time to settle this.

A while back, I got into a HEATED EXCHANGE with Kotaku columnist Lisa Foiles about her flagrant proclamation that the Super Nintendo version of Aladdin was superior to the Genesis version of Aladdin.

I did not remember this to be the case—from my recollection, the Genesis version was much better looking, and had better animation. Hadn't they used real Disney animators on the game or something? Wikipedia backs me up, so I'm not misremembering that. And you had a sword! No wicked cool sword in the wussy SNES version.

But maybe I'm wrong. Enough people seem certain that the SNES version was indeed the better game that I thought we should put it to the ultimate test: An Informal Kotaku Poll.

So, here goes:

I am so curious to see who wins.

Oh, where to begin with this bit of gaming nostalgia. This commercial for the Atari 5200 is just all kinds of amazing, featuring the beach, surfing, hot girls in bikinis, and some hot! Joystick! Action!

Seriously, I kind of wish video game commercials were still this joyfully dorky. I ALSO wish I could play video games at the beach, projected against the sky. Maybe one day.

Last week, I wrote about the 72 Pins collection of amazing custom NES art, done in a classic style and affixed to real NES cartridges. They looked plenty cool in pictures on the 72 Pins site, but I didn't anticipate that they'd be so cool-looking in real life.

The people behind 72 Pins were kind enough to send me the four pieces that were my favorites— The Life Aquatic by Cody Walton, Sword & Sworcery by Matej Jan, Adventure Time by Gabriel Leoni, and the total best one, Game of Thrones by Drew Wise.

I was surprised at just how great the cartridges look when you're holding one-I'm probably going to order a few more (including that amazing Ron Swanson one) and come up with a cool way to mount them. There aren't many pieces of video game-related art that I'd really want to hang on my wall, but these are the exception. I made this video to give you guys a closer look, and to show some of the fun hidden gags on each one.

You can browse the collection over at Yetee Gallery, and order any that you like. The "Thrones" one in this video, however, is only available from 72Pins.com, along with a bunch more. These would make a fantastic gift for any of your geekier friends!


The Not-So-Legendary Legend of KorraGreetings, Kotaku, and welcome to Friday night's off-topic thread. You know what I want to talk about for the off-topic? I want to talk for just a second about The Legend of Korra.

I'm a serious fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I think it's one of the best TV shows I've ever seen, and I've seen pretty much every good TV show. Avatar was a thing of beauty, an organically grown show that took three seasons to slowly, surely build a complex, beautiful world that I understood almost intuitively, all the while filling it with characters that I grew to love. It was funny, cathartic, emotional, astonishing, and entirely unexpected. Before I first watched Avatar, I knew that a lot of people loved it, but I honestly wasn't expecting it to be as flat-out good as it was.

So I was pumped for The Legend of Korra, the recent not-so-mini miniseries that just wrapped up its first season on Nickelodeon. Unfortunately, with the exception of one very good episode (that would be episode 10, "Turning the Tides"), the show was something of a mess. Unfocused, rushed, weird love triangles and not enough time spent on world-building or character development. What a bummer, right?

Legend of Korra had a tough row to hoe, since it was a show that had grown more adult than its predecessor but was still saddled with a Saturday-morning half-hour requirement and even fewer episodes per season than The Last Airbender. I don't know how likely it is, but I would love for the showrunners to acknowledge that Korra has outgrown its cartoon roots (just as Avatar eventually transcended them), and let the show have hour-long episodes.

Okay, them's my thoughts. Some of them, anyway. Anyone agree? Disagree? Anyone out there not yet watched Avatar, and wondering what all the hype's about? (If so, you have got a treat in store.)

Feel free to discuss that, or anything else. Have a lovely weekend, everyone.


Outgoing Sony Games Exec Gets The Rarest PS3 of All as Going-Away Present Kaz Hirai helped usher in the PS3 to a hungry, sometimes skeptical audience. He's gone off to run the whole damn corporation at Sony, leaving the Sony Computer Entertainment division behind. The PlayStation folks presented him with a special thank-you gift, though. You need to work for Sony for years—presumably making millions of dollars while you're at it—to score this one-of-a-kind PS3.

I just don't understand why the words Ridge Racer aren't laser-etched on it.


Note: the language here is a bit NSFW, so proceed with caution.

Personally I think dating a Jedi would be pretty damn cool. I'd tell my Jedi boyfriend to play pranks on people all day. But we're through if he ever force chokes a teddy bear. There are some lines people just should not cross.

Just Before Dark (YOMYOMF Short List) [YouTube via Reddit]


This Collection of Mass Effect Prints Makes For Fancy WallpaperI'm always on the hunt for awesome new desktop and/or phone wallpaper (until recently when I settled on forever having it be of my cat). And I imagine you all find yourselves in a similar position, too.

If you fit that description and are also a Mass Effect fan, I believe I have some wallpaper suggestions for you. Go ahead. Kick back, browse through the gallery of lagota's awesome art, make your selections. As always, be sure to expand the images.

lagota [deviantART via fabiocs]

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