Worse still is the commenting system. The editors love to play favorites, and will promote sycophancy with "stars" while censoring anything remotely critical. The commenters usually have nothing but praise for the staff, which is hardly shocking when you learn that they've been handpicked from the outset, having to "audition" in order to post. You'll always see the same handful of "star" commenters making the same brainless posts. Essentially, it's one big circle jerk, and unless you're ready to kiss some ass, you're not invited.
"Kotaku can kiss my ass. Those retards wouldn't know journalism if it smacked them in the face."
Kotaku user: "Durr hurr hurr, I love reading about the editor's kids, toilet habits and food preferences because I'm a loser with no life. I have a gold star and make fifty posts a day on Kotaku but I'll still die alone, durr."
Kotaku users, as well as the bloggers feel the need to justify gaming in some way, such as treating it as a subculture and not a hobby, calling it an art form, or claiming that gaming is the center of American culture. This is most likely due to the cause that Kotaku users are insecure nerds who get laughed at every time they admit they are a gamer, and instead of dealing with the scorn that the gaming hobby has always gotten, they act like pseudo intellectuals and judge BioShock for it's art work and inspiration from a shitty writer (Ayn Rand) instead of the fun value it's supposed to be judged by.
Most entertaining, is the massive butthurt that ensues every time a Kotaku post is made about a celebrity or politician calling out the gaming hobby. Barack Obama admits he doesn't understand gaming, Kotaku posters bitch and moan, prattling on about how they should have voted for McCain. Jimmy Page says he isn't fond of Guitar Hero or other music games, Kotaku users question the legacy of Led Zeppelin and preach how he will fade into obscurity if he doesn't allow a song to be put in the game since Guitar Hero and Rock Band are the new shit (though even after thirty years since the band broke up, they still have a stronger fanbase than most mainstream musicians). Roger Ebert makes his opinion that he thinks video games are inferior to movies when it comes to storytelling, constant Bawwing and comments calling Ebert "a fat cancerous fuck" fly like spit out of Rush Limbaugh's mouth.
Kotaku Poster: BAWWWWW! YOUR PAINTINGS SUCKZORZ
Prince: Why don't these Guitar Hero players just get a real g-
Kotaku Poster: BAAAAAWWWW! MUSIC GAMING IS BECOMING MOAR IMPORTENT TO MAKIGN THE INDUSTRY SURVIVE
11 Year Old Genius: I just think games are a waste of time.
Kotaku Poster: BWAAHHH! U AREN'T CURING CANCER! U NEED TO GET LAID MOAR! EVERYBODY KNOS THAT GAMERS GET MOAR GIRLS THAN SMART PEOPLE
That basically sums it up. The writers are rhetorically challenged, get 99% of their material from other websites (at least they credit the website), and post up information often without double checking their sources.
The commenters have some sort of caste system going on, where commenters that suck the writers' dicks get "starred", making their comments appear first and inflating their ego, but inadvertently also making them defend their star for their lives. The more ballsy star commenters sometimes criticize the shit writing when its too shitty for even them to read, which basically equals them losing their star. The other commenters depend on the political beliefs and humor of the star commenters to even let their comments be seen, since the only comments that can be seen besides the star commenters' are the ones promoted by them.
Kotaku is commonly thought to be a video game news site, and also commonly thought to be a geek/otaku blog, it is neither, it is in fact an internet social experiment on how uninteresting commenters can be if they're all terrified of being banned for not being good little tools.
Kotaku is a mixed bag, with the topic at hand ever changing, but has hard hitting articles such as "Don't be homophobic" and "Look at the gifts Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft sent me" and "Look at this porn I found of Final Fantasy characters" and "Who wants to yiff with me in Second Life?" and "Talk amongst yourselves".
Users can post comments on stories, but the system is ever-changing. As of 2009-10, new posters post invisibly, and editors and "starred" commentors can approve their accounts and posts. Many whine about this system, wishing for 4chan-style anarchy instead. Most don't care enough to be vocal about it.
The random, informal atmosphere sets it apart from other, more focused gaming sites, and lets users get to know the writers for more than their review text, much like 1UP's podcasts do for their editors.
It is part of the Gawker network of blogs.
"Were they mad it was ripped off?"
"Ripped off? Those guys are all buddies anyway... games journalism is one big clique."
"OMG, I can't believe I got banned from Kotaku for telling them their post wasn't news!"
"Why the hell is Kotaku posting about ____? It's supposed to be a game site!"
"Uh, no it's not. It's games and STUFF."
"Dammit, the layout on Kotaku is broken again and I can't post anything! Gawker must be doing some new live code update again..."