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Are you at GDC in San Francisco this week? Maddy and I will be doing a Kotaku Splitscreen meet-n-greet in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel at 2pm on Wednesday, March 20. Come say hi, show us your games, and/or make an offer to buy us from Univision?

Here's What We're Hearing About Google's Plans For Gaming Here's What We're Hearing About Google's Plans For Gaming

Tomorrow, the tech giant Google will reveal its newest plans for entering the video game world. What we’re hearing suggests that the main focus isn’t on a console, as has been speculated, but instead a streaming platform with all sorts of bells and whistles. And a fancy new controller that you can use to play it.

The developers of Left 4 Dead are making a spiritual successor. Valve might not make games anymore*, but Turtle Rock still does, and the studio has teamed up with publisher Warner Bros. for Back 4 Blood, a zombie co-op shooter with a not-so-subtle name. More to come on this one later—there isn’t even a screenshot yet,…

Destiny 2's Branching Narrative Is Basic But Has A Lot Of Potential Destiny 2's Branching Narrative Is Basic But Has A Lot Of Potential

Back in 2014, when playing Destiny meant listening to a bored Peter Dinklage rattle off incoherent dialogue and meaningless proper nouns, it was hard to imagine that this game might one day do interesting things with narrative. Four and a half years later, here we are.

Electronic Arts won’t hold an E3 conference this year. The publisher said in a press release today that it will again hold EA Play in Los Angeles during the weekend before E3, but that the focus of the event will be livestreams and hands-on for players. No more soccer memes and disappointing mobile reveals, sadly.

Blizzard is putting out some classic games on GOG, starting with the original Diablo today (for $10). GOG says Warcraft and Warcraft II will follow soon. Warcraft III is getting a remaster later this year, so obviously that won’t be on there, but you know what’s an interesting omission? Diablo II. 👀 

Days Gone Is Basically AAA Video Games: The Video Game Days Gone Is Basically AAA Video Games: The Video Game

I got my hands on the upcoming PS4 game Days Gone a few weeks ago, and if you want to hear more about it, you can listen to this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen. Or you can read this post.

Destiny 2 Now Lets You Level Up Super Fast Destiny 2 Now Lets You Level Up Super Fast

If you, like me, haven’t had the time or patience to keep up with the Destiny 2 grind, here’s some good news on this day full of new Gambit modes: You can now get all the way to 640 power in just an hour or two, as long as you have the game’s year two Annual Pass.

We're Excited To See What Google's Project Stream Can Do We're Excited To See What Google's Project Stream Can Do

Is video game streaming going to change the industry as we know it? On Kotaku Splitscreen we discuss that question and much more.

Destiny 2 Gets Another Injection Of Cool New Stuff Destiny 2 Gets Another Injection Of Cool New Stuff

As fans of loot shooters find themselves wondering which one to play, here’s a reminder that Destiny 2 is as good as it’s ever been, and it’s only getting better.

Nintendo Announces Pokémon Sword And Shield For Switch Nintendo Announces Pokémon Sword And Shield For Switch

Generation eight of Pokémon is officially here, as this morning Nintendo announced Pokémon Sword and Shield, to release this fall on the Switch. The pair of games are three-dimensional and cel-shaded, looking better than any Pokémon we’ve seen before.

Bloodborne Is Ruining Other Games For Me Bloodborne Is Ruining Other Games For Me

Last weekend, I tried to jump into some video games. I spent a couple of minutes with the very flawed Anthem, briefly glanced at the Tales of Vesperia remaster on my Switch, and even started a new file in Final Fantasy IX, one of my favorite classic role-playing games. All of these games had one problem in common:…

Facing Financial Pressures, GOG Quietly Lays Off At Least A Dozen Staff Facing Financial Pressures, GOG Quietly Lays Off At Least A Dozen Staff

Amid a month full of mass layoffs across the video game industry, the digital store GOG quietly let go of what it says was a dozen staff last week. GOG, which is owned by The Witcher 3 publisher CD Projekt, did not say why the layoffs happened, but one laid-off staffer tells Kotaku that the store has been in financial…

Guild Wars 2 Developer ArenaNet Plans For Mass Layoffs Guild Wars 2 Developer ArenaNet Plans For Mass Layoffs

ArenaNet, the studio behind the popular online games Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2, informed employees today that it is planning big layoffs, according to a person who is there. Although ArenaNet did not give out exact numbers, and they may not yet be finalized, rumors floating around the studio signal that a…

Nintendo Of America President Reggie Fils-Aime Is Retiring Nintendo Of America President Reggie Fils-Aime Is Retiring

Reggie Fils-Aime’s body is no longer ready. The longtime president of Nintendo of America is stepping down on April 15, to be replaced by marketing man Doug Bowser, Nintendo said in a press release today.

Anthem's Loading Times Are A Real Problem Anthem's Loading Times Are A Real Problem

On Saturday night, I logged into BioWare’s new game Anthem and loaded up what I thought was a mission called Finding Old Friends. Instead, I got to play an entirely different mission: Finding Old Friends On Facebook While Wondering If Anthem Will Ever Actually Load.

This year’s Game Developers Conference will have a keynote from a new contender in the world of video games: Google. It’ll take place in the Moscone Center in San Francisco on March 19 at 10am PT. “All will be revealed at the Google keynote,” the company says. Get ready for the full unveil of Yeti and Project Stream.

Final Fantasy IX Switch Is The Same Version As PC And Mobile, Bugs And All Final Fantasy IX Switch Is The Same Version As PC And Mobile, Bugs And All

You might think that a publisher with as much prestige as Square Enix would want to preserve its history in as smart a way as possible, allowing new generations of video game fans to discover and fall in love with Final Fantasy. But... nope.

God of War took home Game of the Year at the DICE Awards in Las Vegas last night, along with a whole bunch of other awards. Celeste got best indie, while Florence was voted the best portable game. Interestingly, only one award—Outstanding Technical Achievement—for Red Dead Redemption 2.

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