The Week’s Hottest Takes, From Scott Pilgrim To TLOU 2


Gamers are a passionate bunch, and we’re no exception. These are the week’s most interesting perspectives on the wild, wonderful, and sometimes weird world of video game news.

The Scott Pilgrim Anime Backlash, Explained

Ramona wipes her mirror after it fogs up.

Image: Netflix

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, the new animated series based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels, is out on Netflix. The eight-episode series reunites the voice cast of the 2010 live-action movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and is a hilarious blend of the series’ quick wit and well-measured pop culture references. All of this sounds like a recipe for success, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated. Read More

The New Division Game Has A Feature Every Game Should Steal

An image shows Division characters being fast-forwarded.

Image: Ubisoft / Kotaku

Ubisoft’s new The Division game isn’t even out yet, as it’s still in beta testing and won’t launch officially until 2024. But after trying the beta, I already want one feature from the upcoming game to become standard in every video game I play in the future. Read More

The Future Of ChatGPT Just Became A Circus [Update]

Sam Altman appears at OpenAI Dev conference with a clown emjoi for a face.

Photo: Justin Sullivan / Applle / Kotaku (Getty Images)

OpenAI is the research organization behind ChatGPT, the AI-generated chatbot that took the internet by storm last year for its capacity to have really weird conversations with tech journalists. It’s at the center of Microsoft’s big bet on generative AI tools transforming the world, gaming, and more, and it’s now at risk of imploding after its CEO, Sam Altman, was mysteriously ousted by the OpenAI board of directors and Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear was desperately recruited to replace him. Here’s all you really need to know about OpenAI to appreciate what a clusterfuck the last few days have been. Read More

Kotaku Asks: How Soon Is Too Soon For A Video Game Remaster Or Remake?

A screenshot shows a sad Joel looking at Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.

Screenshot: PlayStation / Naughty Dog

How much time has to pass before it becomes acceptable to remaster or even remake a game? 10 years? 15 years? What about three-ish years? Is that enough time between the original and the remaster? Well, that’s what’s happening early next year as Naughty Dog is remastering 2020’s The Last of Us Part II.  Read More

I’m So Tired Of Crossover ‘Skins’ Cluttering Up Video Games

An image shows a collage of crossover video game skins from Destiny, Payday, and Rainbow Six.

Image: Xbox / Epic Games / Bungie / Overkill Software / Kotaku

Another day, another big video game crossover. This time it’s Bungie’s online looter shooter, Destiny 2, adding Witcher 3-inspired armor to its digital store. Are you excited? I’m not. In reality, I’m just really tired of every brand mixing together, regardless of whether it makes sense or is needed, as if concocting the world’s worst stew. Read More

Admit It, You Don’t Understand Skill-Based Matchmaking (And Neither Do I)

A man and a woman stand, scratching their heads in confusion, in front of a Modern Warfare III scoreboard.

Image: Kotaku / Asier Romero / Luis Molinero (Shutterstock)

Whenever a new blockbuster first-person shooter drops, gamers limber up so they can once again argue over how multiplayer matches get made and the algorithmic systems that determine who plays against whom and when. The recent release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III is no exception—not long after its multiplayer servers booted on November 10, players began flocking to Reddit, X (Twitter), and everywhere in between to complain about the quality (or perceived lack thereof) of Activision’s matchmaking. But, as with so many issues in the gaming industry, there’s a serious lack of nuance and true understanding at play here. Read More

I Can’t Miss The Last Of Us If It Won’t Leave

The key art of The Last of Us Part II Remastered featuring Ellie and Abby.

Image: Naughty Dog

Remember when it took us seven years to get a new The Last of Us game? Remember when there was even a question about whether or not we’d ever get a sequel to Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic action game because the ending was so intentionally ambiguous and thought-provoking?

Now, it seems we can’t go a year without being reminded that Sony thinks as many people should experience this series as possible, while folks associated with the HBO adaptation praise the game in ways that border on the absurd. Now, we’re getting a remaster of The Last of Us Part II, and it feels like we’re reaching peak Last of Us fatigue. Read More

This Modern Warfare 3 Gameplay Feature Spices Up A Weak Campaign

This Modern Warfare 3 Gameplay Feature Spices Up A Weak Campaign

Open Combat Missions are a fresh idea worth carrying over to future Call of Duty games.


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