Author Archives: Kotaku

Poker Game Kept Gabe Newell From Naming Valve "Gearbox" [Names]

We know how large rodents helped determine the name of game companies. We now also know that Randy Pitchford vanquished Gabe Newell in a poker match on a riverboat to win the name of the house of Borderlands. So reports Joystiq, in a new series that looks at the secrets behind the names of video…

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Earthworm Jim Coming To Wii, PS3, and 360 [Interplay]

Seems like your vote for the 20th anniversary Sega Genesis title to hit Xbox Live might not matter much, as Gameloft and Interplay announce Earthworm Jim for WiiWare, Xbox Live Arcade, and the PlayStation Network. Interplay has granted Gameloft exclusive rights to develop, distribute, and publish Earthworm Jim as a downloadable title across the current…

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Bayonetta Still Turning On Game Reporters [Sex Symbols]

Before beating up a towering boss, Sega’s new hard-bodied heroine told the monstrosity to save the pillow talk for later. The games reporter sitting next to me, watching this cutscene, then said something. “She’s a bitch!” the reporter exclaimed. Then he paused and re-phrased that: “A sexy bitch.” I’ve been to two demos of the…

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Academy Of Champions Got Moves [Gamescom 09]

Check out Altair performing his Eagle Strike and the Rabbids’ Plunger Shot in this batch of Gamescom clips and screens of Ubisoft’s Academy of Champions. Ubisoft’s magical cartoon soccer academy game basically does what Nintendo did with Mario Strikers and gives it an Ubisoft spin, with characters from your favorite titles appearing amongst generic children…

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Celebrate EverQuest’s 10th With A Coffee Table Book [Sony Online Entertainment]

First announced at CES earlier this year, The 10th Anniversary EverQuest Collector’s Edition coffee table book is now available for purchase at Sony Online Entertainment’s store, or on my recliner. More than just an art book, this large, hard-bound special edition tome is filled from cover-to-cover with the history of the EverQuest franchise, from the…

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Howard: Five Was Enough For Fallout 3 DLC [QuakeCon 09]

“I think we’ve put enough content out there for this game,” Fallout 3′s Todd Howard told Kotaku in Dallas last week, having finished offering gamers an unprecedented amount of content fot a single-player game. The August release of the fifth downloadable mission-pack for Fallout 3 wrapped up a hefty mid-year helping of new content for…

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DiRT 2 Is Rally Rally Good [Clips]

Don’t blame us for the horribly punny headline. Responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of Codemasters’ marketing and PR department. This DiRT 2 vid features the hottest cars on the hottest tracks, with real-life and in-game footage mixed together in an inspirational music video format that rally fans just can’t resist. Can you tell the…

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Swine Flu: The Video Game [Hot Flashes]

While it might not actually be Swine Flu: The Video Game, a flash game created by Dutch researches aims to raise the awareness of similar outbreaks by having the player control the deadly Gamers Flu. The Great Flu casts the player as the head of the fictional World Pandemic Control. Pick a strain of flu…

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