GameStop Pre-Orders Are A Major Mess Right Now, Staff Say

Photo: SOPA Images (Getty Images) “Is there anything you want to pre-order?” Almost nobody walks in and out of a GameStop without hearing those words. Employees are measured against how many pre-orders they can rack up while GameStop rakes in the cash months ahead of a game’s actual release. But lately, the strategy has been … Read more

Square Enix Is Drowning 2022 With RPGs, And We’re Here For It

Image: Square Enix / Kotaku 2022 is a great year to be an RPG fan, particularly of Japanese games. The holiday season is usually crowded with new game releases, but this year Square Enix appears to be releasing games like it’s Christmas all year round. With so many out already, and so many more to … Read more

‘GameStop Daycare’ Is A Thing & Staff Are Tired Of Babysitting

Photo: Michael M. Santiago / Nintendo / Kotaku (Getty Images) Gamers of a certain age have fond memories of that first time they played Super Mario 64 or another Nintendo classic at the demo station in the mall. It felt like you were touching a piece of the future. Maybe you played for hours. What … Read more

PS5 Game Flopped So Hard Even GameStop Is Getting Rid Of It Now

Screenshot: PlatinumGames Babylon’s Fall, the live-service role-playing game Kotaku writer Ethan Gach named the PlayStation 5’s “new worst game,” has been made so valueless, some GameStops are giving physical copies away for free. It’s not only because the game “controls like Jell-O and combat is often a mess, while everything in-between ranges from feeling unpolished … Read more

GameStop Reportedly Ending Sales of 2022’s Biggest PS5 and PS4 Flop

GameStop is reportedly now refusing to sell any new copies of what is likely the biggest video game flop that has been released on PlayStation platforms in 2022. While GameStop is often known for being a storefront where customers can look to buy both new titles and older ones, sometimes, the retail chain looks to … Read more

Square Enix Switch Game Literally Just Called ‘Various Daylife’

Image: Square Enix Octopath Traveler. Triangle Strategy. Forspoken. These are just a few of Square Enix’s weirder game titles. But today, the Final Fantasy publisher reminded the world of one of its all-time-greats: Various Daylife. The iOS JRPG now has a Switch port. It came out today and it’s still called, well, that. I’m not … Read more

GameStop Will Start Paying Some Employees With Meme Stock

Photo: Michael M. Santiago (Getty Images) GameStop, a very coherent and logical company that sells physical video games but also fluffy toys, worthless NFTs and the promise of a get-rich-quick scheme, just announced an “improved compensation” scheme for the most senior employees of its bricks-and-mortar video game stores. In a memo sent to employees earlier … Read more

GameStop Sold NFT Games Without ‘Consent,’ Dev Claims

Image: Gamestop / Krystian Majewski / Kotaku GameStop has once again proven with their NFT shenanigans that an unregulated market built on planet-destroying technology is, and this may shock you, not a terribly great idea. In a thorough report from Ars Technica, the GameStop NFT marketplace is yet again the topic of controversy as an … Read more

GameStop Launches NFT Marketplace After Laying Off Employees

Image: GameStop GameStop celebrated the launch of its NFT marketplace on Monday. Its Ethereum-based depot for virtually autographed JPEGs arrived just days after the meme stock giant ruthlessly laid off more employees, and based on my short tour through its website, it’s also still a little broken in places. No one can quite seem to … Read more