California moves to block use of rap lyrics as incriminating evidence in court

California governor Gavin NewsomPhoto: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) Accompanied (virtually) by rappers Killer Mike, Meek Mill, Too $hort, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, E-40, and Tyga, California governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law today, curtailing the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal cases in the state. That’s in contravention of a pretty … Read more

YouTuber Makes Chris Pratt’s Mario Real With Unreal Engine

It’s-a him, Chris Pratt. Screenshot: Re-Imagined Games / Kotaku It feels like it was only yesterday when Shigeru Miyamoto pulled the goomba rug out from under our collective gamer asses with the surprise announcement of the bizarre Hollywood cast of the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie. While the casting of Chris Pratt in the starring … Read more

Gaming Vet April Bowler Weighs in on Racism in the Anime Community

April BowlerPhoto: Courtesy of H.A.G. Entertainment The gaming/anime world has been adopted by Black nerds for decades now, with a few pioneers leading them including streaming gaming veteran April Bowler. She’s the moderator for The Official Hip-Hop/Anime/Gaming Community, growing the Facebook group by over 20,000 members. Yet, navigating the anime/gaming world was accompanied by the … Read more

a video-game show with a hole the size of a bomb crater at its core

Let’s start with a confession: I was a gamer. In my formative years, when I could have been scaling Middlemarch, or developing an ardent enthusiasm for the films of, say, Ken Loach, I was a snarling, square-eyed monster. Video games were my bread and meat; what I thought about when I woke up, and what … Read more

Why is Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters so angry?

What’s eating Roger Waters? No stranger to controversy, the veteran rock star has talked himself into trouble again. Planned concerts in Poland have been cancelled amid outrage over the Pink Floyd co-founder’s stance on the war in Ukraine. Krakow City Councillors scheduled a vote this week to declare Waters persona non grata, ahead of two … Read more

New Last Of Us Meme Gifs Released By Naughty Dog

Screenshot: Naughty Dog / Sony Today, September 26, is the awkwardly titled “The Last Of Us Day.” As part of this annual international day of celebration, developer Naughty Dog has released 10 new animated gifs featuring characters from the game, like Joel and Ellie. In the universe of The Last Of Us, September 26 is … Read more

The Nier Automata Anime Just Got A Trailer And Release Details

2B continues to carry the weight of the world on her hips.Gif: A-1 Pictures/ PlatinumGames / Kotaku We’ve been waiting since February, when a cryptic teaser went up hinting at an anime adaptation for the popular Japanese action-RPG Nier: Automata, for more details on the promising project. This weekend, we finally got not one, but … Read more

If I were a politician, I would pick daily fights with the BBC

I asked her whether she would have gained more support if she had shown some sympathy for the unemployed and underprivileged in society – this at a time when the pain of industrial decline in Britain was being widely felt. She replied by citing Britain’s unemployment as being no worse than in most of the … Read more

Xbox Launches Project Amplify To Support Young Black Game Devs

Image: Xbox To cap off National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, Xbox announced “Project Amplify,” an outreach program to help the next generation of Black game developers begin charting their career paths within the industry. In a blog post from Xbox, the company announced it will have a panel at Revolt Summit 2022, an … Read more

Edgerunners Mods Are Really Popular Right Now

“Looks like a prison from here, a cage of light.”Image: CD Projekt Red / UJB Cyberpunk 2077 might be getting its first major expansion next year, but that hasn’t stopped fans from creating their own mods for the game so they can finally have Netflix’s popular anime series, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, in the game for realsies. … Read more