My First Few Weeks With League Of Legends Were Nothing Like I Expected

"I'm very new to this," I typed, "just to warn y'all." A second later, someone responded: "You're a smurf, aren't you?" "What's a smurf?" I asked. "Yep," another wrote, "definitely a smurf." This was a few weeks ago, right before the fifth, maybe sixth game of League of Legends I had ever played. » 2/27/15 11:10am Friday 11:10am

Riot Just Changed League Of Legends' Jungle And Players Are Furious

Riot put out a new patch for League of Legends this week—an occasion that the game's legions of fans always await with bated breath. Anticipation curdled into disappointment once players realized the developer had made some unwelcome changes that could have a profound impact on one of the competitive multiplayer… » 2/26/15 1:45pm Thursday 1:45pm

Shadow Of Mordor: The Bright Lord: The Kotaku Review

The Bright Lord, Shadow of Mordor's new DLC campaign, promises an epic showdown with Lord of the Rings head honcho Sauron. It was designed in part to address a common fan complaint about the original game's anticlimactic ending. But while it does give players a chance to fight Sauron, I'd hardly call it an epic battle. » 2/24/15 9:00am Tuesday 9:00am

"I think this is a great opportunity to reiterate [...] the importance of not trusting anyone online, even if you think they are your friends." Game Informer spoke to the mother of a young Destiny player whose progress was deleted after he shared his account with a fellow player. Remember to be careful, gamers. » 2/20/15 3:15pm 2/20/15 3:15pm

How 'Reading' Works In Smash Bros.

"Reading" isn't just the provenance of drag queens. Not anymore, at least. The partly-psychological, partly-social practice of "reading" another person is an essential piece of playing fighting games like Super Smash Bros. effectively. So how does it work? An excellent new tutorial by Rush Hour Smash spells it out. » 2/20/15 12:15pm 2/20/15 12:15pm

Sounds like there are a bunch of interesting changes incoming for League of Legends. In the past few days, developers at Riot have mentioned buffing "a number of tanks in the jungle," completely reworking the nerfed-to-hell trashcan that is Urgot, and adding a mysterious new champion. Hmmmmm…. » 2/20/15 11:40am 2/20/15 11:40am

Smash Bros. Player Discovers Potentially Game-Breaking Exploit

Amongst the panoply of Super Smash Bros. characters, Captain Olimar is often considered one of the most peculiar figures in the game. The Pikmin star is tricky to use effectively, particularly for beginners. Now, he's developing a new reputation thanks to a ridiculously powerful exploit one player discovered this week. » 2/18/15 2:15pm 2/18/15 2:15pm

Heads up: The Sims 4 is now out for Mac. If you own the PC game, you can get the new version for free. If you're just starting out, make sure to check out our tips for how to improve your Sims experience. Or how to kill your Sims once you start to get bored. System requirements are listed on the game's FAQ page. » 2/17/15 5:45pm 2/17/15 5:45pm

One Of League Of Legends' Best Players Gets Benched

When the North American League of Legends pro team Team Curse picked up Korean player Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin last year, they thought they'd signed one of the best players in the world. Now just four months later, Piglet's coach announced that he's been replaced by a relative rookie in the starting line-up. The sudden… » 2/17/15 4:10pm 2/17/15 4:10pm