Kotaku

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Kotaku
KotakuLogo.jpg
Web address www.kotaku.com
Slogan The Gamer's Guide
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Gaming blog
Owner Gawker Media
Created by Brian Crecente
Editor Stephen Totilo
Alexa rank Decrease 1,800 (July 2013)

Kotaku is a video game–focused blog and part of Gawker Media's "Gawker" network of sites.

History[edit]

Kotaku was first launched in October 2004,[1] and since then, the site has launched several country-specific sites for Australia, Japan, and Brazil. Kotaku is currently headed by Stephen Totilo, who took over after Brian Crecente and Joel Johnson left in 2012.[2] Previous contributors to the site include Luke Smith.[3] The site has made CNET's "Blog 100" list[4] and was ranked 50th on PC Magazine's "Top 100 Classic Web Sites" list.[5] In 2009, Business Insider reported that Hearst Corporation sought to buy Kotaku from Gawker Media.[6]

Controversies[edit]

In 2007, attorney Jack Thompson sued Gawker Media over concerns that Kotaku declined to remove threatening user comments,[7] but the lawsuit was dismissed the next day.[8] That same year, Kotaku ran a story about rumored upcoming features on the PlayStation 3 and Sony responded by temporarily blacklisting the website.[9] In 2010, Kotaku criticized a Japanese magazine's glowing endorsement of a Konami game as a conflict of interest; Konami subsequently revoked Kotaku's invitation to the game's launch party.[10] In 2011, Kotaku spoiled the plot of Batman: Arkham City,[11] which Venture Beat criticized as tabloid-style sensationalism.[12] In 2013, Forbes criticized Kotaku over what they called an inflammatory headline in a story about Hideki Kamiya; Kotaku rewrote the headline.[13] Hardcore Gamer has also criticized Kotaku's inflammatory and sensationalistic headlines.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carr, David (October 4, 2004). "At These Web Sites, It's a Man's World". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ Caoili, Eric (January 3, 2012). "Consumer gaming blog Kotaku loses key staff". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "GAMING’S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS". Edge. October 17, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "CNET News.com'S Blog 100". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Top 100 Classic Web Sites". PC Magazine. Retrieved January 2014. 
  6. ^ Carlson, Nicholas (November 13, 2009). "Hearst Eyed Videogame Blog Kotaku For Acquisition". Business Insider. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (April 26, 2007). "Gaming foe Jack Thompson sues Gawker Media". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (April 27, 2007). "Judge tosses out Jack Thompson's lawsuit against Gawker Media". CNET. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Kohler, Chris (March 1, 2007). "Sony and Kotaku In Blacklist Flap". Wired.com. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ Quillen, Dustin (April 26, 2010). "Konami Shuns Blog Over Metal Gear Review Controversy". 1up. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kuchera, Brian (September 30, 2011). "Are game spoilers headline-worthy “news”?". Ars Technica. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ Heilig, Jeff (September 30, 2011). "Kotaku’s in Trouble… Major Spoiler for Arkham City". Venture Beat. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Kain, Erik (January 9, 2013). "Kotaku And The Problem With Inflammatory Headlines In Video Game Blogging". Forbes. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ Sawyer, Steve Tom (May 9, 2013). "Kotaku: Pop Journalism and Hypocrisy Strikes Again!". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 

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