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

Asia Innovations Group, a Leading Mobile Social Platform in Emerging Markets, to Become a Publicly Listed Company Through Merger with Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited (NYSE: OPA)

Largest Consumer Internet SPAC Merger announced YTD in 2022 SINGAPORE and NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Asia Innovations Group Limited (“ASIG” or the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) with Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited (NYSE: OPA) (“OPA”), a special purpose acquisition company. The proposed … Read more

‘Your Name’ Director’s New Anime Has A Girl Romancing A Chair

Lewd.Screenshot: CoMix Wave Films / 東宝MOVIEチャンネル / Kotaku While most anime have a muscle-bound hunk or an aloof loner as a protagonist’s romantic partner, the new film from the director of international box-office hit Your Name goes a slightly different route. Suzume, the film’s leading lady, romances a wooden chair. This isn’t an Onion article, … Read more

Netflix to open video game studio in Finland, looks to boost audience

Netflix gift cards are seen in a shop in Krakow, Poland on June 13, 2022. Jakub Porzycki | Nurphoto | Getty Images Netflix said Monday it will be opening an internal game studio in Finland. The development marks the company’s first of its kind since the streaming giant entered the mobile gaming space in November … 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

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

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

Trombone Champ Is A Very Bonkers Top 10 Selling Game On Steam

Screenshot: Holy Wow It just simply could not be better that one of the top 10 selling games on Steam right now is Trombone Champ, the utterly ridiculous and hilarious trombone sim-cum-Guitar Hero game from one of the funniest developers in the industry. But it’s also astonishing, given the daft obscurity of the game’s themes. … Read more

Allison Janney Attains Action Star Status

(From left) Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett in Anna Foerster’s LouPhoto: Netflix In Lou, it’s flat-out fun to see Allison Janney get to make her own version of Taken and Nobody. And she plays the vengeful, flawed savior role with just as much no-nonsense determination, rigorous gusto, and grizzled grit as Liam Neeson and Bob … Read more