Friday, December 2

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Overwatch 2 Kiriko Players Discover Exploit To Block Headshots

This left arm of mine? Yeah, it’s indestructible.Screenshot: BlizzardOverwatch 2 continues to incur issue after issue, with the latest problem leaving the icy damage dealer Mei totally unplayable due to a “critical issue” with her Ice Wall ability. Well, Blizzard may also want to investigate the hero shooter’s newest support character, Kiriko, as it appears she can block headshot damage by simply [checks notes] staring up at the sky.Kiriko is a kunai-wielding ninja healer who leaked at the beginning of September. Previously locked behind Overwatch 2's battle pass, Blizzard has since opted to give the kunoichi away for free following some rather uproarious criticism of the developer’s initial decision. Though she’s a pretty squishy hero, with only 200 health points, she can deal some solid ...
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Streamer Who Broke Back At TwitchCon Shows Off Surgery Scar

Screenshot: TwitchAdriana Chechik, who made headlines earlier this month after she broke her back in two places at TwitchCon, has returned to streaming with some updates—and a close look—at how her recovery has been going.If you haven’t seen the incident, Chechik broke her back at TwitchCon after jumping into a foam pit, a seemingly-innocuous move that, thanks to the reported shallowness of the pit, resulted in her smashing her tailbone on the floor so hard that her “bones completely crushed”, fusing multiple verterbrae together and suffering “nerve damage to [her] bladder”. Her recovery process has been rough. Here’s what she wrote on October 13 after a physical therapy session: Tried sitting up today in PT, I would rather die than do that again. I hate this my whole body hates it. I don’...
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What To Know To Earn Exclusives

Image: Blizzard / KotakuUPDATE 10:05 a.m. ET, Tuesday October 11: A number of players have reported issues redeeming either Kiriko’s voice line or skin (or sometimes both). Kotaku has reached out to Blizzard for comment on this. For now, we recommend double-checking that your Twitch and Battle.net accounts have been relinked, that you’re following all the steps outlined below, and that you wait at least 24 hours after claiming the items from your Drop Inventory. Additionally, you may want to be sure that you’re watching a stream with Drops enabled. Check the title of a stream, the text chat, or ask a streamer if they’ve done so. Overwatch 2 landed this week with a bunch of changes compared to the first game, not the least of which were its new heroes. And if you’re looking to kit out the g...
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Megan Thee Stallion Twerks With Master Chief At TwitchCon

Photo: Robin L Marshall (Getty Images)We’ve seen a bad news story coming out of TwitchCon, now let’s instead turn our attention towards something else.As part of the con’s musical celebrations last night, Megan Thee Stallion played a set. And for whatever reason, it featured Master Chief—complete with accreditation lanyard, because this is TwitchCon, not the United Nations Space Command—living their best life on stage alongside her, at some points dancing in a way that I have seen best described as “gettin ass” (NSFW warning for some of the language in these vids):That is not just dancing. John 117 is not up there side-shuffling in the background, gently bopping along to the beat on his own. Whoever is in that suit is amongst it. Here’s another shot:And another:And another, this one a bit ...
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Entire Call Of Duty Community Got Punked Over Nadia ‘Cheating’

Screenshot: Censor / YouTubeI am now convinced that “female Call of Duty streamer” is the hardest job in the world. Nadia Amine is one of the fastest growing Call of Duty: Warzone streamers on Twitch, and there’s been a ton of controversy on social media about her meteoric rise. If you search her name on YouTube or Tiktok, the videos are filled with cheating accusations against her. Seemingly joining in on the train, last week, Call of Duty professional Doug “Censor” Martin, who is the number one ranked Vanguard player in the world right now, tweeted that he was going to start unmasking cheaters in the popular shooter. Immediately, eyes turned toward Amine.. Prior to the most recent events, people primarily accused Amine of competing in easier matches by artificially matching with “bot” pl...
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Cyberpunk 2077’s First Expansion Out Next Year, Keanu Returning

Screenshot: CDPR / KotakuBetter late than never, Cyberpunk 2077 is getting its first major expansion, CD Projekt Red announced in a Twitch livestream today. It’s called Phantom Liberty, it’s out next year, and it will feature the return of Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Silverhand. It won’t, however, be available on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.That last snippet shouldn’t be too much of a shock, seeing as an intergenerational launch was perhaps most responsible for Cyberpunk 2077's well-documented-woes. Following three delays, the open-world shooter finally hit PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in December 2020. On next-gen consoles and high-end PCs, it worked (mostly) as intended. But on last-gen consoles, it was a buggy, subpar disaster. CD Projekt Red spent much of the following year getting Cyberpunk 2077 ...
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Twitch Isn’t ‘Fulfilling’ Anymore, Will Stream Less

Screenshot: Pokimane / YouTubeAfter a more than one-month-long (and seemingly healthy) break from social media and content creation, Twitch star Imane “Pokimane” Anys has returned to uploading content. But things will be different now. Pokimane dropped a new YouTube video today detailing her time away from the internet, talking about what she learned and what her viewers can expect from her going forward. Overall, it serves to illustrate how “creatively unfulfilling” Twitch’s second-biggest female broadcaster has found the business of livestreaming as of late.Pokimane has become a household name on Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform. With 9.2 million followers there, Pokimane is second only to Amouranth. However, she’s been broadcasting herself playing games for almost a decad...
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8 Fantastic Back-To-School Video Games To Close Out Your Summer

Image: Don’t NodThe episodic game Life is Strange, uses high schooler Max Caulfield’s ability to rewind time to comment on friendship and consequence and the fact that, hey, life is strange. The game reminds me of the everyman character in the story, the Gossip Girl Dans of the world, the Bilbo Baggins-es, who are meant to represent us as the audience. Life is strange, we all think.Strange, too, is Max’s seniors-only boarding school Blackwell Academy, which players can explore, gossip in, and uncover secrets in as part of gameplay. But in addition to intentional weirdness, the fictional school suffers from an unfortunate developer oversight—it’s incredibly white-centric.In a 2015 article for Vice, games journalist and writer Shonté Murray-Daniels describes how Life is Strange is “a fairly ...
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The Internet Kicks Toxic Jerk Andrew Tate Off Funniest Places

This is fine.Image: EA / CmrTV Music / KotakuAndrew Tate, a former kickboxer-turned-misogynistic-internet-guru-for-incels, was recently kicked off every major website you could think of for being a piece of shit. But his legacy now lives on as the butt of everyone’s memes.In case you’re not terminally online like the rest of us and are wondering why you’re hearing about this dumbass in a Kotaku article, allow me to explain. Despite claiming he’s not an “internet guy,” Tate rose to prominence because, among other things, his connection with Twitch streamers who helped platform him on their streams. Why would these streamers platform him? He’s good content. Not in the sense of being “good” but because having him on their streams helps farm the controversy machine, which in turn drove up enga...
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10 Tips For Your First The Quarry Playthrough

Image: Supermassive GamesEven years after my last unalloyed school break, as soon as June hits, everything seems to go slower, softer. Daytime stretches into late, mirthful sunsets like it did when I was a kid at camp. But I’ve realized that these hot months no longer mark that idyllic time in childhood when it’s okay to let my guard down. Mosquitoes hover over their lazy targets until they land for one long, bloody drink. No one is coming to smack them away and protect you, especially not in the interactive drama horror The Quarry, Supermassive Games’ new summertime successor to Until Dawn.The Quarry has you play from the alternating point-of-view of nine camp counselors as they’re pushed into a long night of danger, gore, and paranoia on their last night at Hackett’s Quarry Summer Camp. ...