AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana Initiative: Good mystery, embarrassing baggage

AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana Initiative: Good mystery, embarrassing baggage

AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana InitiativeImage: Spike Chunsoft There’s a good mystery at the heart of Spike Chunsoft’s new (and awkwardly titled) visual novel AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana Initiative, as there is at the core of most of writer Kotaro Uchikoshi’s games. The author of titles like the well-received escape room/visual novel hybrids 9 Hours, Nine … Read more

Diablo Immortal’s China Release Delayed Following Weibo Ban

Diablo Immortal's China Release Delayed Following Weibo Ban

screenshot: Blizzard / Kotaku Diablo Immortal has been one of the most hotly contested releases of 2022, receiving the lowest ever user score on Metacriticwhile simultaneously receiving eight million downloads and making over $24,000,000 in its first two weeks. However, according to a report by Reuters, the announcement of an eleventh-hour delayed launch in China … Read more

Krafton’s Latest ‘AI’ Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Krafton's Latest 'AI' Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Image: Krafton When I first saw Ana, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds publisher Krafton’s attempt to put a face on its artificial “virtual human” technology, I was disappointed to see that this supposed Web 3.0 innovation was really just another pretty, pale girl. She’s airbrushed, but still tangible. She’s biting her tongue, looking at you. And I fear … Read more

Krafton’s Latest ‘AI’ Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Krafton's Latest 'AI' Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Image: Krafton When I first saw Ana, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds publisher Krafton’s attempt to put a face on its artificial “virtual human” technology, I was disappointed to see that this supposed Web 3.0 innovation was really just another pretty, pale girl. She’s airbrushed, but still tangible. She’s biting her tongue, looking at you. And I fear … Read more

Sonic Frontiers ‘Open Zone’ Sounds Like Every Open World Game

Sonic Frontiers 'Open Zone' Sounds Like Every Open World Game

screenshot: Sega Morio Kishimoto, longtime Sonic Team dev and director of Sonic Frontiersrecently did his best to clarify what Sega means when it hypes up the game’s “open zone” mechanics. But his explanation seems to confirm the phrase is just a trumped-up marketing term rather than some sort of indication that Borders is substantially different … Read more

Sonic Frontiers ‘Open Zone’ Sounds Like Every Open World Game

Sonic Frontiers 'Open Zone' Sounds Like Every Open World Game

screenshot: Sega Morio Kishimoto, longtime Sonic Team dev and director of Sonic Frontiersrecently did his best to clarify what Sega means when it hypes up the game’s “open zone” mechanics. But his explanation seems to confirm the phrase is just a trumped-up marketing term rather than some sort of indication that Borders is substantially different … Read more

Kingdom Hearts’ Director Was ‘Picky’ About Sora in Smash Bros.

Kingdom Hearts' Director Was 'Picky' About Sora in Smash Bros.

Sora, the hero of Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts series, was added to Nintendo’s mash-up brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last october, earning the distinction of being the final addition to the game’s massive roster. It was a heartwarming announcement for a fighter who’s actually kinda cool to play. While many thought it surprising that Disney … Read more

Halo Infinite Briefly Names Juneteenth-Themed Cosmetic ‘Bonobo’

Halo Infinite Briefly Names Juneteenth-Themed Cosmetic 'Bonobo'

screenshot: 343 Industries / Kotaku Last night, developer 343 Industries rolled out a Juneteenth-themed cosmetic option for Halo Infinite, its multiplayer shooter. For a moment, the affiliated Pan-African-themed color palette was titled “Bonobo.” HAS bonobosfor those who don’t know, is an endangered species of great ape. I do not need to tell you how abhorrent … Read more

Upcoming Shooter Exoprimal Not Related To Dino Crisis

Upcoming Shooter Exoprimal Not Related To Dino Crisis

screenshot: Capcom / Kotaku Earlier this year, Capcom officially unveiled Exoprimala new Anthem-like online shooter featuring loads of dinosaurs. That dino-filled trailer also featured a woman with red hair, which seemed to be a nod or even a connection to Dino Crisis 1 and 2 lead Regina. Was this new Exoprimal game connected to Dino … Read more

Kingdom Hearts’ Director Was ‘Picky’ About Sora in Smash Bros.

Kingdom Hearts' Director Was 'Picky' About Sora in Smash Bros.

Sora, the hero of Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts series, was added to Nintendo’s mash-up brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last october, earning the distinction of being the final addition to the game’s massive roster. It was a heartwarming announcement for a fighter who’s actually kinda cool to play. While many thought it surprising that Disney … Read more