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Magic Commentator Opens A Black Lotus During Broadcast (Sort Of)

Rich Hagon, the shining light of the Magic: The Gathering coverage desk, pulled a black Lotus out of a bag on-air at Grand Prix Las Vegas this weekend. It was not the $5,000+ card; it was a Hot Wheels car.

There Are Some Obscure Mechanics In Dark Souls There Are Some Obscure Mechanics In Dark Souls

Dark Souls is a game that’s celebrated for its oblique narrative and skillful combat, but it also has some complicated and obscure mechanics that don’t make much sense. Now someone is finally explaining them all in a useful video format.

Gex Makes For A Weird Speedrun Gex Makes For A Weird Speedrun

While we were all screaming about E3, a speedrunner by the name of Mysticore was setting the world record for completing Gex: Enter The Gecko for the Playstation in 48:51. Golly, that game is weird.

'Shop Contest: Even More Smash Bros. 'Shop Contest: Even More Smash Bros.

The new Smash Bros. game has a lot of characters, but it doesn’t have every character ever created, so our ‘Shop Contest this week is all about cramming more weird stuff into this game.

How Rare Hopes To Keep Up With Demand For New Sea Of Thieves Stuff How Rare Hopes To Keep Up With Demand For New Sea Of Thieves Stuff

At Microsoft’s E3 press conference on Sunday, Sea of Thieves studio Rare showed off some of the latest DLC coming to its piratey Xbox One/PC game. Later at the show, we talked with the game’s executive producer about how the studio plans to keep that pace up over the months to come.

Sunday Comics: Big Circle Sunday Comics: Big Circle

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.

I Love This Disaster Film Made With Cities: Skylines

An intrepid filmmaker going by the name of TDB Games has created a rousing 24-minute movie called “Yoko” about the destruction of a small city. It’s very good.

The Creator Of Assassin’s Creed Thinks The Film’s Version Of The Animus Is Cool

The 2016 Assassin’s Creed film is not good. However, it does have a really cool take on the series’s memory-reliving technology called the Animus. Even Patrice Désilets, the creative lead on the first three Assassin’s Creed games before leaving Ubisoft in 2010, liked it.

Bloodborne Modders Discover Cut Boss Rush Mode

Bloodborne’s Chalice Dungeons are a lot to dig through, and people have discovered some strange things in their game files. Now data digger Lance McDonald has found several boss rush arenas that never made it into the final game.

This Week In The Business: Fortnite Has E3's Number  This Week In The Business: Fortnite Has E3's Number 

STAT | 125 million - Total number of Fortnite players since the game’s original launch less than a year ago.

The Surge 2 Doubles Down On Limb Severing  The Surge 2 Doubles Down On Limb Severing 

I’ve never been a Dark Souls fanatic, but I appreciate the vibrant new mini-genre of Souls-likes it’s helped inspire. The Surge is one of those, and from what I saw at E3 2018, The Surge 2 looks like it’ll be a big improvement with some new ideas of its own.

We’ve been running special E3 episodes of Kotaku Splitscreen all week. Some have gotten their own Kotaku articles, and some haven’t yet. You can listen to them all on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or directly on our feed. We’ll be back to regular programming next week. Thanks for listening!

EVE Online and Star Citizen Fans Trade Barbs Over Spaceship Design  EVE Online and Star Citizen Fans Trade Barbs Over Spaceship Design 

Fans of the still-in-development space game Star Citizen have been able to piece together scattered images of a brand new ship design from social media clues. This first look at the newly designed salvaging and utility ship, the Vulture, has many of them very excited—and many EVE Online players a bit perturbed.

What Are You Playing This Weekend? What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for doing all those things you didn’t have time to do during E3, like sleeping, cleaning the house, and calling your family. It’s also for playing some video games instead of hearing about ones you can’t play yet.

Valve Adds Limits To Steam Achievements To Fight Rise Of ‘Fake Games’ Valve Adds Limits To Steam Achievements To Fight Rise Of ‘Fake Games’

Last year, Valve put limitations on Steam trading cards to stop sketchy developers from makinge a living leeching money from the user-powered trading card economy. Now it’s doing something similar with Steam achievements.

Lego DC Super-Villains' Custom Characters Have A Lot Of Potential

At Lego DC Super-Villains’ E3 Demo, I spent a little too much time in the character select screen. The game is all about you creating a ne’er-do-well of your own and I thought... do they have a purple hat and black overalls in this thing? Could I really be any bad guy I could dream of?

Seeing The Resident Evil 2 Remake In Action Soothes My Skeptical Heart Seeing The Resident Evil 2 Remake In Action Soothes My Skeptical Heart

When Resident Evil 2 released in 1998, it had to follow up on a game that defined a new genre of horror. Not only did it manage to improve the formula, it went on to be what many people consider the best game in the series. After a long stretch with no new information besides “it’s coming,” we’ve finally seen Resident…

Jump Force, Soulcalibur And Everything Else At Bandai Namco's E3 Booth

Jump Force has been a surprising hit at E3. Who knew? Our own Tim Rogers went and investigated the Bandai Namco booth at E3. What did he learn about Goku and friends?

Do Squid Kids Eat Squid? Splatoon’s Producer Explains Do Squid Kids Eat Squid? Splatoon’s Producer Explains

Splatoon 2 is a game about squid-kids waging war with neon ink. It’s not an easy one to explain to grandma. And it takes place in a freaky world that raises a lot of questions—What did squid kids evolve from? How do they get so much ink in those little ink guns? Where are these kids’ parents?

Castle Sieges Bring A New Level Of Strategy To For Honor's Multiplayer Castle Sieges Bring A New Level Of Strategy To For Honor's Multiplayer

For Honor is getting a free new mode on October 16 as part of the game’s Marching Fire update, and after getting a chance to try it at E3 it’s the only For Honor mode I want play. Inspired by games like Dota 2 and League of Legends, Breach is an asymmetrical siege mode with a bunch of little wrinkles that completely…

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