The Week’s Best Gaming News, From E3 To Steam Deck Huffing

Despite The Game Awards officially capping off the end of video game news for 2023, we’ve still got stories to share, from GTA 6 controversies to the inglorious end of E3. Here’s your cheat sheet for the week’s most important stories in gaming.

Dev Behind Controversial Shooter The Day Before Shuts Down Days After Massive Steam Launch [Update]

A man stares in disbelief at the biggest Steam heist of the year.

Image: Fntastic

The drama-filled saga behind one of Steam’s most-anticipated games of 2023 just took its weirdest turn yet. The Day Before maker Fntastic announced it will cease operations less than a week after accusations of swindling players with a massive bait-and-switch when it came to the true nature of its The Last of Us-looking survival game. – Ethan Gach Read More

Valve To Steam Deck Owners: Stop Huffing Its Vent Fumes

An image shows a woman inhaling blue fumes from a Steam Deck.

Photo: Valve / Kotaku / Fizkes (Shutterstock)

Valve has a message to all you folks (myself included) who love huffing your Steam Deck exhaust fumes: Stop it. Please.

Have you ever taken a break from playing your Steam Deck to sample the complex fragrances emanating from its exhaust vent? If so, you aren’t alone. Since the release of the handheld PC, many owners have reported that they can’t stop sniffing the fumes that waft out of the Steam Deck during play. It’s become a bit of a meme among Steam Deck owners, with folks often posting online how much they enjoy the distinctive aroma. I’m one of those sickos, sticking my nose right above the exhaust and taking a big whiff each time I play. But someone finally asked Valve about this, and it turns out the company wants you all to knock it off. – Zack Zwiezen Read More

‘Florida Joker’ Demands $2 Million Over GTA 6 Parody, Red Dead 2 Actor Fires Back

Florida Joker compares himself to the GTA 6 parody.

A Florida man is calling on Rockstar Games to pay him $2 million for showing literally one second of a character who looks like him in the reveal trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6. Lawrence Sullivan, AKA “Florida Joker,” accused the studio of stealing his likeness in his latest TikTok video. But a Red Dead Redemption 2 voice actor wasn’t having it. – Ethan Gach Read More

Scarlet And Violet DLC Breaks A Key Part of Pokémon Lore (Again)

Latias, Latios, and three scrubs are shown in Scarlet and Violet.

Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / Kotaku

Remember when finding and capturing a Legendary Pokémon felt special? You would stumble upon these powerful creatures whose stories were woven into the world’s history. The Mewtwo encounter in the original Pokémon Red and Blue is an incredible endgame payoff for a story that’s unfolding in the background the whole time. When you finally find it in the Cerulean Cave during the postgame, you understand how significant it is to stand in front of this all-powerful monster. However, in the time since, the series has increasingly broken its own lore to come up with silly excuses for why these god-like entities are available to be caught in subsequent games, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Indigo Disk DLC seems to be the latest to continue the trend. – Kenneth Shepard Read More

A Decade Later, GTA Online Finally Has Animals Running Around

An image shows a deer crossing a busy street in GTA Online.

Screenshot: Rockstar Games

‘Tis the season, once again, for Rockstar Games to drop another massive (and free) Grand Theft Auto Online update. And this time, not only has the company added a whole new chop shop business, but it’s also added drift races, new cars, and animals, too. Yes, it took a decade and three console generations, but finally, GTA Online will have animals running around its massive map. – Zack Zwiezen Read More

The Day Before Dev Says ‘Shit Happens’ As It Deletes Everything

A woman stares at deleted evidence in the zombie apocalypse.

Image: Fntastic

Everything going on with failed Steam zombie shooter The Day Before continues to shock and amaze. The latest wild development is studio Fntastic’s response to the entire self-inflicted debacle: “shit happens.” – Ethan Gach Read More

[BREAKING] E3 Is Officially Dead, Press ‘F’ To Pay Respects

People walk in front of an E3 sign.

Image: ESA / Kotaku / Frederic J. Brown (Getty Images)

E3, the video game conference that’s taken place annually in Los Angeles since 1995, is officially dead. After several years of struggles and rumors of its demise, its end was confirmed in The Washington Post’s exclusive interview with president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Stanley Pierre-Louis. – Alyssa Mercante Read More

Big Spider-Man 2 Update Coming ‘Early 2024′ Will Add Highly Requested Features

An image shows Spider-Man in a room filled with suits of armor and animal trophies.

Screenshot: Insomniac Games / Marvel

Today, Sony and Insomniac confirmed that the PlayStation-5-exclusive open-world superhero action game, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, will receive a big, free update in “Early 2024” that will add highly requested features. – Zack Zwiezen Read More

God Of War Ragnarök DLC: Spend 19 Minutes In Valhalla

God Of War Ragnarök DLC: Spend 19 Minutes In Valhalla

The free Valhalla DLC for the surly son of Sparta is an epilogue to 2022’s action-adventure epic while tinkering with it’s tied-and-true formula

The Week In Games: What’s Coming Out Beyond Pokémon: The Indigo Disk

What’s Coming Out Beyond Pokémon: The Indigo Disk | The Week In Games

A new Granblue, House Flipper 2, and One-Armed Robber are also dropping this week

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