Rafael B. Ortiz

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Mars could have developed life more quickly than Earth

Nobody is sure how life emerged from the primordial chemistry of Earth. But now we have more evidence that Earthlike life could have evolved on</i> …

Epic's Jim Brown on why games should ditch the three-act structure

Epic Games' Jim Brown delivered a talk at GDC Europe last week about a largely untapped narrative force available to games writers: giving players control over the story rather than giving it to the writers themselves.<p>In an interview with Polygon before his talk, Brown posited that most game …

Even the Deer Are Polite in Japan. (You're Kidding, Right?)

Just look how this cute critter bows. This Japanese deer must be so polite. <i>All</i> Japanese deer must be so polite. Ha. Ha, ha! Um, no.<p>In Nara, Japan's …

Japan

Quite a smart Mass Effect and Bioshock Infinite crossover from digital artist Charles Wilcher, starr

<b>Quite a smart Mass Effect and Bioshock Infinite crossover</b> from digital artist Charles Wilcher, starring the two Commander Shepards, <i>Mass Effect 3</i>'s …

Bioshock

Who Wins When The Avengers and Mortal Kombat Have a Hoops Showdown?

When you have Sub-Zero wearing #23 for the Chicago Bulls, coach only needs to say one thing during a fourth-quarter timeout: Finish Him!<p>This mod for …

Mortal Kombat

Woman Joins A Game. Things Immediately Get Ridiculous.

If you've played a multiplayer game, maybe you've watched a scene like the one from this episode of Battlefield Friends by Hank and Jed unfold—one …

Flirting

Show Us Your Favorite Fighting Game Ultras and Supers

One thing I can't help but admire about fighting games is how well the genre uses moves and kinetics for characterization: sure, not every game has a …

supers

Final Fantasy XIV (2010 Release): The Kotaku Review

<i>On this, the eve of the official launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, let's take a look back at the original release of Square Enix's second</i> …

Final Fantasy

The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Inca Empire was the largest South America had ever known. Rich in foodstuffs, textiles, gold, and coca, …

South America

This is not why you are fat

People are getting fatter because they lack willpower and eat lots of sugary, fatty foods. Right? Actually, according to many scientists, it's wrong. …

This Game Sold 144 Copies and Was Pirated 50,000 Times

<i>Gentlemen!</i> is, in the words of its creator "a 2-player head-to-head Victorian dueling game for tablets." There is no singleplayer mode and its …

Selling

An MMO That Promises The World. Let's See If It Actually Delivers.

Black Desert is an upcoming MMO from Korean developers Pearl Abyss. It sounds almost too good to be true.<p>A preview of the game on MMOCast says it's a …

MMOGs

China's Military Says Pacific Rim Is American Propaganda

<i>Pacific Rim</i> is doing very well in China, despite some tiny subtitle problems, proving again that the Chinese love giant robots. However, even with …

China

Guy Hilariously Replaces Minecraft's Sound Effects With His Voice

Now, modding the audio in a game like <i>Minecraft</i> isn't so rare. But R2Bl3nd's custom sound effects—all of which are his own voice—are too fantastic not …

Minecraft