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Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Gaming blog
Owner Gawker Media
Created by Brian Crecente

Kotaku is a video games focused blog. It is part of Gawker Media's "Gawker" network of sites, which also includes Gizmodo, Deadspin, Lifehacker, io9 and Jezebel.

Named to CNET News' Blog 100,[1] Kotaku is consistently listed in the top 40 of Technorati's Top 100.[2] Kotaku is currently edited by Brian Crecente. Contributing editors include Brian Ashcraft, Michael McWhertor, Luke Plunkett, Michael Fahey and Stephen Totilo. Contract or temporary contributors include AJ Glasser, Leigh Alexander, Tori Floyd, Kim Phu, Maggie Greene, Stuart Houghton, Owen Good, Flynn DeMarco, Mark Wilson, Adam Barenblat, Jim Reilly, and Jason Chen of Gizmodo's writers. Graduates of the site include Bungie Studios' Luke Smith, Adam Barenblat and's John Brownlee (writing as Florian Eckhardt) and Eliza Gauger.

In August 2007, Allure Media launched Kotaku Australia. The site makes use of licensed content from Gawker Media in combination with original stories produced locally.[3]

On July 30, 2009, Kotaku Japan was launched by mediagene INC. The site will contain content from Gawker Media translated into Japanese, as well as Japanese-related gaming news.[4]


Meaning of name

As stated in an early FAQ in Kotaku's archives:

"Otaku is a Japanese word meaning unhealthily obsessed. In Japan, otaku are further sub-classed into being creepy crazy for either video games, anime, manga, or idol singers. In the U.S. it's been mostly associated with fans of anime and manga. We are told that using "ko-" at the beginning of the word instead of "o-" adds an additional connotation of small, but Matt is 5'10", which in Japan is lavishly vertical. So you see, it all makes sense."[5]



  • Brian Crecente: Editor In Chief
  • Stephen Totilo: Deputy Editor
  • Michael McWhertor: Senior Editor
  • Brian Ashcraft: Senior Contributing Editor, Japan
  • Michael Fahey: Contributing Editor, East Coast
  • Luke Plunkett: Contributing Editor, Oceania
  • Owen Good: Contributing Editor, Weekends
  • Tim Rogers: Columnist
  • Leigh Alexander: Columnist (Formerly Associate Editor)


  • Flynn DeMarco: Correspondent, San Francisco
  • Luke Smith: Associate Editor
  • Adam Barenblat: Associate Editor of Video & Imaging
  • Maggie Greene: Associate Editor, Weekends
  • Stuart Houghton: Associate Editor, UK
  • A.J.Glasser: Correspondent, San Francisco


  • Features: Daily features that take a deeper look at different aspects of the video game industry and include multiple sources.
  • Reviews: Heavily-formatted, color-coded reviews that require the writers to complete 100 percent of the game, and pros and cons are used exclusively in lieu of a score.
  • This Day in Gaming: A look back at gaming milestones such as releases of games or game events in previous years.
  • Papercraft: A routine feature exhibiting popular gaming icons being portrayed in a paper origami style.
  • Day/Night Note: The daily recap section. Often detailing with personal information of the writer to another writer.
  • Justify Your Game: A video segment in which a game developer justifies his game, console, or cosplay in 15 seconds, after which he is immediately cut off.
  • Critiques: "Deep" analytical look at a video game, focusing on a single theme found in the game. These include interviews with the developer and a non-gaming expert on the theme's subject matter.
  • Multi-Tap: The weekly round up of comments. Since the introduction of Hyper Multi-tap, commentators have nominated other commentators to appear here. It is posted under the title of A Week in Comments.
  • What Are You Playing This Weekend?: An open thread designed to allow Kotaku commentator to share what they expect to be playing during the upcoming weekend.
  • Tell Us Dammit: A weekly question posed to commentators to answer. The questions are always very general and open to discussion.
  • Talk Amongst Yourselves: An Official Kotaku Forum allowing members to ask and converse about any gaming questions desired.
  • Kotaku Talk Radio: A weekly podcast featuring editors such as Crecente, Totilo, and Fahey speaking with guests about the gaming industry, also allowing listeners to call in and ask questions. Since the pilot episode on August 5, 2009, guests have included 2K Boston president Ken Levine and MTV's Russ Frushtick. Listeners can listen live or download the show via link to Blogtalkradio or subscribe through iTunes podcast. The podcast was relaunched on January 13, 2010 on Chat About an Internet only Talk Radio Station owned by CBS Radio.
  • Approval Ratings: A semi-weekly series of polls asking members their current opinion of games, services, platforms, and other currently popular gaming related topics. Questions are usually asked in a binary fashion, often asking whether the player wants to play a game or not.
  • From Comments: Although not that common, the editors pick exceptional comments from readers and highlight them with a link from their main blog.

Sony blackballing controversy

On March 1, 2007 Kotaku released a rumor to the public from an anonymous source, as a follow up to an interview with the Game Developers Conference 2007 executive director Jamil Moledina, that Sony's Phil Harrison would be announcing that PlayStation 3 owners would be "very happy". This rumor stated that the PlayStation 3 would be releasing "PlayStation Home", an achievement and virtual avatar add-on. Kotaku, after approaching Sony for information, was told "(we) do not comment on rumors or speculation." Sony then asked Kotaku not to publish the story. Kotaku decided to publish the story anyway, resulting in an email from Sony's David Karraker suspending the two parties' professional relationship. Kotaku published Mr. Karraker's email and the response from Kotaku's editor Brian Crecente. Later that day, Dave Karraker and Brian Crecente exchanged phone calls and sorted the matter out, with Sony inviting back Kotaku to their GDC events and meetings.[6][7]


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Commercial? Yes
Type of site Gaming Blog
Owner Gawker Media
Created by Brian Crecente
Launched March 4, 2002
Notes is a blog which focuses on video and computer games, written in a humorous and often snarky tone. Kotaku is one of Gawker Media’s 'Glocker' network of sites, which also includes Gizmodo, and Consumerist

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