FTC Trying To Stop Microsoft’s Purchase Of Activision Blizzard

FTC Trying To Stop Microsoft's Purchase Of Activision Blizzard

Image: NurPhoto (Getty Images) Politico are reporting that, “according to three people with knowledge of the matter”, the Federal Trade Commission is “likely to file an antitrust lawsuit to block Microsoft’s $69 billion takeover of video game giant Activision Blizzard”. The FTC, emboldened by their recent success in stopping the merger of book publishers Penguin … Read more

Call Of Duty’s Armor-Piercing Ammo No Longer Pierces Armor

Call Of Duty's Armor-Piercing Ammo No Longer Pierces Armor

Equip armor piercing rounds to…damage vehicles?Image: Activision / Kotaku Yesterday, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0 got their latest patch. Tea notes indicate the usual tweaks and bug fixes one expects of long-term live-service games, but one change to weapon ammo has fans scratching their heads. Armor-piercing ammunition, it seems, no longer … Read more

Everyone’s Playing Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Despite The Bugs

Everyone's Playing Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Despite The Bugs

screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku There are games that are going to sell no matter what. Grand Theft Auto VI could be released in such a broken state that it kills your firstborn, and it’d still sell a billion copies day one. Breath of the Wild 2 could come laced with anthrax, and people would buy … Read more

You Don’t Need To Purchase Modern Warfare II To Play Warzone 2

You Don't Need To Purchase Modern Warfare II To Play Warzone 2

Contrary to what the game’s menus seem to tell you, Warzone 2.0 is free and you don’t need to buy Modern Warfare II.screenshot: Activision / Kotaku Warzone 2.0 has been out for a few days and it’s a damn good time once you get past the most challenging part of the game: Navigating a UI … Read more

You Don’t Need To Purchase Modern Warfare II To Play Warzone 2

You Don't Need To Purchase Modern Warfare II To Play Warzone 2

Contrary to what the game’s menus seem to tell you, Warzone 2.0 is free and you don’t need to buy Modern Warfare II.screenshot: Activision / Kotaku Warzone 2.0 has been out for a few days and it’s a damn good time once you get past the most challenging part of the game: Navigating a UI … Read more

How To Get Shinies In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

How To Get Shinies In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Image: The Pokemon Company Twitter data miner and self-described “efficient” Pokemon player @Sibuna_Switch has shared pokemon scarlet and Purple‘s “shiny” rates, determined for the soon-to-be-released game, and an important decree: “all static encounters, NPC trades, and NPC gifts are shiny-locked.” That means you won’t be immediately getting a shiny starter. NPC gifts this time out … Read more

The Nintendo Switch Can’t Handle Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The Nintendo Switch Can't Handle Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

screenshot: nintendo ace pokemon scarlet and Purple reviews hit the internet one day before the twin games are released, the overriding message has a grim tone: the Switch just can’t handle the game. Despite most effusively praising the game itself, few reviews can ignore that the open-world game struggles to run on the five-year-old handheld … Read more

Warzone 2.0 Proximity Chat Is Unhinged

Warzone 2.0 Proximity Chat Is Unhinged

If you hear a heavy Long Island accent mocking you in Warzone 2.0it’s me.Image: Activision / Kotaku We’ve only had Warzone 2.0 for a few hours, and it’s already clear that proximity chat is an absolutely bonkers new feature. Today, the brand-new battle royale from call of duty launched an hour or so earlier than … Read more

Pokemon Fans Obsessed With Quaxly’s Yassified Final Evolution

Pokemon Fans Obsessed With Quaxly's Yassified Final Evolution

You can’t tell Quaxly nothing.screenshot: Game Freak pokemon scarlet and Purple, Game Freak’s new monster collecting and battling RPG launching on November 18 for Nintendo Switch, has already started leaking online. I mean, someone has been streaming the entire game, so be careful of spoilers if you care about that sort of thing. But one … Read more

Someone Is Livestreaming All Of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Someone Is Livestreaming All Of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

screenshot: Game Freak / Kotaku Sadly, it appears Nintendo is now just utterly helpless to leaks. So many first party games from the last couple of years has found its way online—either being streamed, or even ripped and playable on PC—a week or more ahead of its release. joining them, pokemon scarlet and Purple has … Read more