The Best of Kotaku UK, April 19th

By Keza MacDonald on at

What a week! For us, anyway, it's been insane. I need a sit down.

Every week, I'll be curating the very best things we've published over the previous seven days. Usually I'd say something about what's going on in the world of video games, too, except this week literally nothing has happened. Bungie let Halo composer Marty O'Donnell go, stunning pretty much everyone, but otherwise it's been awfully quiet.

It won't last long. E3 is mere weeks away. E3 is like a gathering storm for people working in video games in the early part of the year; you know it's coming, you can see it on the horizon, and you're trying to hide how terrified you are.

We kicked off the week with a list of the most exciting games coming out of the UK in 2014, from Batman: Arkham Knight to Seabeard to Rust and No Man's Sky. I didn't even know some of these games were British, if I'm honest. It was a pleasant surprise.


Leon found this incredible, intricate video game inspired art from a gallery in New York.

I'd always wondered why it is that fanboys seem compelled to behave like such complete asshats, so I asked a psychologist about the psychological reasons behind fanboy behaviour. The results were really interesting, not least the revelation that on a brain chemistry level, fanboysim is a lot like being in love.

It turns out that Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite was originally mute, and also looked like a Downton Abbey reject. A lot of work went into fixing her.

I really enjoyed this ridiculous Dark Souls erotic fanfiction, largely because I can't resist a good "ceaseless discharge" pun. We also found out that Dark Souls players have died more than 262 MILLION TIMES so far.

Dave Owen talked to some developers looking to bring Islamic art into video games, and looked at how it has already influenced games like Journey.

Mike Rose, meanwhile, went out and hunted down Vlambeer's unreleased games and tell us all about them.

We also discovered that apparently, when it comes to video games and reaction speeds, you're past your peak at 25 years old. God damn it. I'll never beat those shrill American teenagers who keep blowing up my Titan.


Keza MacDonald is Kotaku UK's Editor. Follow her on Twitter, if you're into that.