/Gaming/ Last Updated: Sun, May 24th, 2015 @ 12:40pm EDT

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Mike Fahey

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Hot Pockets: The Winners!

So many amazingly horrific entries in last week’s “food”-themed ‘Shop Contest, but the winner is a simple, iconic image of Link from The Legend of Zelda playing the lovely “Song of Ass Storms.”

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Mike Fahey

The Perfect Weekend For A Waterslide. Maybe Not This One.

You must be exactly this height and weight to ride this ride, or else.

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Shane Roberts, Commerce Team

Today's Best Deals: Bloodborne for $40, Home Theater Upgrades, More

Bloodborne, one of the better games of 2015 so far , gets a significant discount today. Snap it up while you can, and check out the rest of today’s best deals below. [Bloodborne, $40]

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Polygon

Owen S. Good

Modder brings Just Cause's outrageous grappling hook to Grand Theft Auto 5

About a month into Grand Theft Auto 5's PC debut and we've got what figures to be an all-time great mod: Someone put a grappling hook, a la Just Cause 2, into the game.

See it in action above. It's not a completely polished mod, in that the line frequently disappears but, coupled with the parachute, you can tear through San Andreas as if it was Panau, zooming to the tops of buildings and chaining vehicles together with comical, over-the-top results.

The mod is the work of JulioNIB,...

Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

GTA 5 Mod Adds Just Cause 2's Grappling Hook

If you just can't wait for the release of Just Cause 3, this Grand Theft Auto V mod might scratch that itch.

Created by JulioNIB, the Just Cause 2 grappling mod for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is exactly what it sounds like. It adds a special gun to the game that fires a grappling hook, allowing you to easily pull yourself up to high places, or go flying from car to car. Since GTA V already has a parachute, you can even recreate Just Cause 2's unique means of traveling across the...

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Emanuel Maiberg

Man Says Wii Burned His House Down

Fire investigators in Colorado Springs think that a Wii console is the likely cause of a fire inside a RV home this week, local NBC news channel KOAA 5 reports.

The homeowner Trevor Pellegrin told KOAA 5 that he was not at home when the fire started. Pellegrin said that the fire also had nothing to do with the Wii wires, and that it started inside of the actual console.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Fire Department told KOAA 5 that all other possible sources of ignition were...

Kotaku

Mike Fahey

Sunday Comics: Go Forth In Style

Welcome to Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.

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Emanuel Maiberg

Popular World of Warcraft Bot Creators Planning Comeback

The creators of HonorBuddy, a popular World of Warcraft bot that was recently detected by Blizzard, is planning to bring the service back to life.

HonorBuddy allows players to collect honor in PvP without actually engaging anyone and requires no input from the player.

"We will soon release Honorbuddy again," staff member "Bossland" said in a post on the official Honorbuddy forum. "Again, we will give no guarantee and we have never given a guarantee, that our software is immune to detection...

Polygon

Owen S. Good

Press Start: Stick Saves, the Witcher explained and Destiny's hall of fame

The past week didn't lack for wild news. Nintendo hired Bowser. Literally. The CIA found a GameSpot guide in Osama bin Laden's compound. And a Canadian teenager was finally brought to justice after a SWATting and harrassment spree spanning nearly all of 2014.

There were also news and events of more expected and ordinary origins. Both David Letterman and Mad Men ended their runs with huge numbers tuning in. Frank Gibeau probably thought he'd never be mentioned in the same sentence as...

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Mike Fahey

Til Morning's Light Explores The Softer Side Of Adventure Horror

If Erica Page can’t battle her way through a haunted mansion filled with horrific beasts and break an ancient curse before sunrise her life is forfeit, her soul trapped for all eternity. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

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Polygon

Owen S. Good

Gauntlet reboot's creator promises free overhaul with 'brand new mode'

The studio behind Gauntlet's reboot is promising big changes, but the news is more why they're promising big changes. Basically, they themselves aren't happy with the game they released in September.

"In truth, we were never fully satisfied with how Gauntlet turned out," Emil Englund, the game's director, wrote on Arrowhead Game Studios' site. "So, rather than just fixing little things here and there, we have been working on the core of the game to turn it into what we originally...

Kotaku

Mike Fahey

Bad Lip Reading Assembles The Redneck Avengers

Remember the chilling scene in the first Avengers movie in which Loki tells Black Widow to run to Piggly Wiggly to get him Skittles, cigarettes and Big League Chew? Oh wait, that’s Bad Lip Reading’s Redneck Avengers.

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Polygon

Owen S. Good

Repeated bomb threats against NYC high school done to impress gamers, say investigators

Bomb threats emptied out one high school three times over the past 10 days, and the teen arrested for making them apparently did so to impress friends he met playing games on Xbox Live, reports the Staten Island Advance.

Two other schools in the New York City borough also were evacuated on Tuesday, though authorities aren't yet sure if the same suspect is behind those as well.

The Advance reports that the teenaged suspect, arrested Tuesday, "was egged on by his online friends, whom...

Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

Watch Room-Scale SteamVR Zombie Apocalypse Game Arizona Sunshine

One of the few games announced for the HTC Vive headset, which uses Steam's virtual reality technology, is the zombie apocalypse-themed Arizona Sunshine, developer Vertigo Games has announced.

"Arizona Sunshine is a VR shooter built and optimized for room-scale VR from the ground up," Vertigo Games said. "Step into the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, and defend yourself against enemies close enough to touch. A custom-built physical animation system makes striking...

Kotaku

Mike Fahey

Five Minutes With The Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device

Because Aperture Science would never release something as plebeian as a pinball table.

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Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

Free Gauntlet Update Will Make It What Devs Originally Envisioned

Arrowhead Game Studios is working on a big, free update to its Gauntlet reboot which will significantly improve the original release, the developer has said.

"In truth, we were never fully satisfied with how Gauntlet turned out," Arrowhead's game director Emil Englund said in a post to Arrowhead's official site. "So, rather than just fixing little things here and there, we have been working on the core of the game to turn it into what we originally envisioned."

Englund didn't get into...

Gamespot

Emanuel Maiberg

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Is Finally Out of Early Access

Carmageddon: Reincarnation, which revives the “points for pedestrians” destruction derby-style car game series, is finally out of Steam Early Access. The game was released earlier this week after being delayed from its original April 22 launch date.

"In 1997, a videogame was released that caused establishment scandal and media hysteria around the world," developer Stainless Games said. "Banned in some countries, censored in others, and even condemned by a Pope [not the actual Pope, but...

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Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Kotaku

Today's Best Deals: $2 Summer Reading, Surround Sound Starting at $65

Fill up your Kindle today with books starting at $2, including Water for Elephants. If some of your favorites are on the discount list definitely us know in the comments.

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Polygon

Owen S. Good

In a power fantasy, you're not getting better, the game's making itself easier

Here's a newsflash, courtesy of PBS. In most video games, you're not getting better more than they're making themselves easier for you to play.

That's the latest topic for PBS' Game/Show and host Jamin Warren, who delves into the power fantasy underpinning just about every video game genre there is — yep, sports included (if you're talking about career modes). The leveling-up mechanism seems to have overtaken gaming; nearly every one of them starts you with nothing and then builds...

Kotaku

Mike Fahey

Persona 4: Dancing All Night In Women's Clothing

It’s wouldn’t be a proper Persona 4 spinoff without tons of crazy costumes. Last week Atlus revealed swimwear for the ladies. This week, something much more entertaining.

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