Why Excellent Video Game Voice Actors Can't—or Shouldn't—Be Stars

I recently asked writer Tom Bissell whether voice actors might ever become celebrities in the video game world. I wondered whether they would ever be featured as headliners who could single-handedly amplify sales and excite major curiosity. » 7/15/11 12:00pm 7/15/11 12:00pm

Help Teach A Fellow How To Play The World Ends With You

Reader SecretMoblin has turned back the clock to 2008 in order to play The World Ends With You. And what better time to try this unconventional gem than what could easily be the twilight days of the DS's lifespan? He's got one problem: the combat's driving him nuts. Think you could lend him a hand? » 6/21/11 11:20am 6/21/11 11:20am

What Games Do You Play When You Need to Relax?

Not all of us play video games in order to relax. No. Some of us play games in order to plan, to strategize and to conquer. Some of us grind. But reader DocSeuss needs to relax, and badly. The guy's sore, tired and grouchy, and his quest for a game to balm his nerves is the subject of today's Speak Up On Kotaku. » 6/20/11 3:20pm 6/20/11 3:20pm

Heroes of Ruin Is Rich With Ideas, Shorter on Atmosphere

Heroes of Ruin is a deft, well-implemented multiplayer-RPG—but right now it's lacking in distinctive character. The title, published by Square Enix and developed by n-Space, the team behind the GameCube action-adventure title Geist, is due to launch on the Nintendo 3DS in early 2012. So far, our exposure to the Heroes » 6/13/11 9:00pm 6/13/11 9:00pm

In Defense of Duke Nukem Forever

Who is Duke Nukem, and why—after all of these years—are we still talking about him? One of our readers has described him as a "character that people actually love or hate. Or feel something about. As opposed to military personnel (1) and (1a)." In a sea of "blandness," according to the reader, the Duke is something… » 6/13/11 5:00pm 6/13/11 5:00pm

Rise of Nightmares is the E3 Floor Show Funhouse

Sega's Kinect title Rise of Nightmares was displayed for E3 visitors within a spooky, cage-like structure on the floor show. Wandering past it on multiple occasions, I had the impression of visiting a traveling carnival. Our own Brian Crecente took a moment to capture the attraction, and explain what we can expect… » 6/09/11 8:30pm 6/09/11 8:30pm