Twitch Star Amouranth Is Still NSFW For A Surprising Reason

When 29-year-old Kaitlyn Siragusa—Twitch streamer Amouranth—said that if it weren’t for her allegedly abusive husband’s threats, she wouldn’t post as much NSFW content, some self-decided experts online expressed skepticism instead of compassion. They sustained their bad attitudes through Siragusa’s October announcement that she was filing for divorce, and continue to scrutinize her output for still being smutty. But in a recent Twitter thread, Siragusa says that an empire, even one covered in thorns like hers, needs time to change.

“The MOST ignorant take I run into is when people say ‘LOL you didn’t change your content— you liar,” she said in her thread. But “it would be selfish and irresponsible to do a 180 at a moment notice.”

Siragusa explained that she directly employs nearly 20 people, and then hires another nine for editing and other services. About 15 of those employees were dedicated wholly to “spicy adjacent content,” she said, and have since been reassigned either to Siragusa’s creator management company Real Work or upcoming special projects. “I gave 60 days notice to my ‘lewd’ content staff letting them know they could find other employment but that their positions would be locked in for two months,” she said in the thread. Kotaku reached out to Siragusa for comment.

“Non-content creators in the peanut gallery think I’m supposed to just lay off everyone and instantly change my content,” she said on Twitter. But “doing all this in a deliberately measured way is the compassionate approach. I ultimately was able to find new positions for EVERY SINGLE STAFF MEMBER.”

I won’t step too deep in the mud about why pressuring Siragusa after disclosing domestic abuse sucks and is not grounded in reality, but be assured that doubting and sneering at victims sucks really hard and no one likes when you do it.

And anyway, a month after announcing her divorce, Siragusa shared statistics that revealed her content was changing. Hot tub streams used to take about 50 percent of her time on Twitch, she reported, but at the end of November 2022, that percentage dropped down to 10 percent of her broadcast time. At the time, she said she had been playing more Overwatch 2 than performing the lewd content she claimed her ex had been pressuring her to do prior to their split, something that otherwise would have “never happened.”

“At this point Anyone who says I’m not in control is down a parasocial rabbit hole,” Siragusa said in her recent thread. I do what I want now, and although many seem to relish in misconstruing my original words—it’s always been about having personal agency. […] Casting doubt about my autonomy is their new cope.”

 

Last Of Us Star Was Afraid This N64 Classic Would Ruin His Life

Nick Offerman, the actor who portrayed survivalist Bill in the knockout third episode of HBO’s post-apocalyptic drama The Last of Us, has revealed that not only has he not played the game the show is based on, he also hasn’t played any video game in a quarter century because he “lost a couple of weeks” to a particular one, all those years ago.

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Offerman sat down with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel last night to discuss the show, his performance on the latest episode, and how well some of his on-screen characters (such as Bill and Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson) would survive in an apocalypse, among other things. Of course, since he’s starring in a show based on a video game, Kimmel asked Offerman if he’s played Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic action-adventure The Last of Us. Well, he hasn’t. Not only that, the last game he played was Rare’s 1998 Nintendo 64 platformer-collectathon Banjo-Kazooie.

“25 years ago, I played my last video game and I’m very indulgent. I lost a couple of weeks to a video game called Banjo-Kazooie,” Offerman said to audience cheers. “Two weeks went by and, you know, I was like, ‘Oh my god, the slow dopamine drip is so delicious.’ Then it’s over and you’re like, ‘Yes, I won!’ And immediately, I’m like, ‘What have I done with my life?’ And so, I decided I’m never going to do that again. And so thankfully, because games have gotten so good, like The Last of Us, that I think I’d be in a basement and I wouldn’t even be going to audition for shows like this.”

Banjo-Kazooie is Rare’s Mario-like platformer starring the titular brown honey bear and red-crested breegull duo. Released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, the game saw you running around a bevy of non-linear locations to collect stuff, beat enemies up, and solve a few puzzles. It spawned a direct sequel in 2000’s Banjo-Tooie, and the 2008 vehicle construction game Nuts & Bolts for Xbox 360. Thanks to 2015’s Xbox-exclusive classic compilation Rare Replay, all three games are playable on Xbox today, but whether the bear and bird will ever get another game of their own or are just relegated to appearances in series like Smash Bros. (where they are menaces to deal with) remains to be seen.

The clip has, inevitably, made its way to gaming Twitter, with some folks “fully [falling] in love” with Offerman. Others seem to find his sentiment “relatable.” There’s also an interesting discussion around the phrasing of “lost time” when it comes to playing games for long stretches of time. My two cents is, as long as you find enjoyment in the time you spend, then there’s nothing wrong with devoting time to games. This can be tenuous, as some live-service games are practically designed to monopolize your time, and can function as de facto second jobs. But if you glean something helpful or meaningful, even if that’s simply joy from beating a game you like, then that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

Kotaku reached out to Offerman for comment.

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The Last of Us has been a pretty successful HBO show thus far, with Episode 3 (which aired last Sunday) reaching 6.4 million people. That seems to be, in part, because of the moving performance Offerman gave as Bill, a gruff survivalist who, in the show, shares a deeply moving love story with a man named Frank (played by Murray Bartlett of The White Lotus). Some fans are already advocating for an Emmy nomination for Offerman. If he does get one, at least he’ll be able to attend the ceremony rather than being stuck at home playing video games.

 

NBA Star Is Releasing A Naruto-Themed Pair Of Air Jordans

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While we’ve known for a while that New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson loved anime, things are about to get a little more serious with the release of an upcoming pair of sneakers.

Nike have announced that Williamson, who has his own signature shoe with the company (the Zion 1), will soon be lending his name as part of a collaboration to an anime-themed pair of sneakers from a different line, with a pair of Air Jordan 37s to be released in a “Rasengan” colourway.

A rasengan is the name of the “spinning ball of chakra formed and held in the palm of the user’s hand” in Naruto, a series Williamson loves so much he spoke about it in depth during an interview with GQ last year, calling it his “north star”:

Williamson talks about Naruto with the same reverence with which other NBA players talk about the Bible—it brings comfort and clarity in equal parts. Over the course of this past year—an unusually tumultuous one in his otherwise starry career—Naruto was his north star.

The shoe is full of little nods to the series, as Sneaker Freaker point out:

Featuring spiky yellow on the tongues (an allusion to Naruto’s signature hairstyle), the Air Jordan 37 includes monochromatic serene blue uppers. Claw marks strike the ankle pads, while the tongues are emblazoned with metallic silver – inspired by Naruto’s forehead armour. Naruto’s catchphrase だってばよ! (‘believe it!’) is inscribed on both tongues, and the Rasengan chakra orbs adorn the insoles.

The Rasengan Zion x Naruto x Jordan 37s will be releasing on February 20, and being a general release model of Jordan might actually be fairly easy to get your hands on. I’d expect Zion will also be wearing them on the court around the same time as well.

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Steven Spielberg Has A Star Wars Arcade Cabinet In 2023

In a recent, wide-ranging interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert, uber-successful director Steven Spielberg talked about his family, his long career, and his love of films. But we aren’t here to talk about that. Instead, what’s that over there behind you Stephen and Steven? Is that…oh yup. It’s a Star Wars arcade cabinet.

Steven Spielberg is the director behind hit films like Jurassic Park, Jaws, and Schindler’s List. He’s been making films for over 50 years now and is often cited as one of the greatest and most successful directors in history. And as part of the ongoing awards season, Spielberg sat down with Stephen Colbert on the March 2nd episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to chat about many things, but also to specifically talk about his recent, Oscar-nominated film The Fabelmans. And it’s a great film. I loved it. However, I was distracted during the interview by an Atari Star Wars arcade cabinet hanging out in Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment headquarters.

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A little research reveals the cabinet seen in the video isn’t original. Instead, based on the shape and artwork, it appears to be the 1up Star Wars Arcade cabinet that went on sale in 2019. It’s not a full-sized cabinet, at only four feet tall, but it does include a riser that makes it taller and easier to play. (You can see the riser underneath the cabinet in the video.) This 1up cabinet collects all three Atari Star Wars arcade games into a playable collection, letting you easily swap between the three via a menu. Today, these games—especially the original Star Wars arcade release—are considered all-time classics. Fun fact: Atari’s Empire Strikes Back arcade game came out after its Return of The Jedi game and years after Empire had premiered.

Steven Spielberg’s history with video games

Interestingly, because this came out in 2019, it means that this isn’t some old cabinet he bought when he was younger, but likely something he bought (or asked someone to buy) recently. That might seem surprising, but Spielberg has long had a connection to video games, even before directing 2018’s okay-but-not-great Ready Player One adaptation.

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For example, in 1982, he talked about how much he loved playing games like Donkey Kong and Tempest, explaining that these games “massage” his ego and gave him a thrill instantly, unlike making movies. And in 2005, Spielberg was working with EA on a game with the working title of LMNO about an alien woman that you save and help hide during a road trip across the United States. Spielberg requested the game have no gunplay and instead focus on puzzles. That game would eventually get canned in 2010. However, in 2008, Spielberg and EA released Boom Blox, a physics-based party game for all ages that the director created because he wanted more games he could play with his kids.

It’s fun to see that, even at 76 years old, Spielberg is still playing video games and likes to have them around. Or maybe he keeps that arcade machine in his office to remind himself of all the money he’s made off a silly bet between him and George Lucas.

New Star Wars Book Expands Fallen Order’s Saltiest Cutscene

In the recently released book, Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars, Cal Kestis and his crew are together again, completing missions and having fun fighting the Empire. But one small moment early on in the book reveals that your alien pilot, Greez, didn’t put all that salt on his food by accident. Instead, it seems like he or his species are just really into our most abundant condiment.

In EA and Respawn’s 2019 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, we are introduced to former Jedi Cal and his crew of misfits, which includes a short and gruff alien named Greez. He’s the crew’s pilot and also, from time to time, acts as the ship’s chef. And in one infamous cutscene—while former Jedi Cal has an intense discussion with Jedi Master Cere—Greez can be seen pouring salt onto his meal for a solid minute. This unassuming background gag is one of the funniest bits in the entire game. But now, in a new book set after the events of Fallen Order (and before next month’s sequel, Survivor) we learn that Greez is always going to spend a full minute salting his blue goop.

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Early in the new book, Cal is sneaking into an out-of-the-way space pirate base. To reach the base undetected he puts on a spacesuit and hops across floating rocks and asteroids to reach an energy barrier protecting the base. He presses his head and body through the shield, which is only designed to keep oxygen in the base and not keep Jedi out.

As he pushes his way through, he compares the feeling to pushing a fork into Greez’s “Gelatin Surprise” in that the shield—and that meal—“pushed back” a bit. More importantly for all you Star Wars condiment trivia lovers out there is that the “surprise”—according to Cal—is just the large amount of salt in Greez’s gelatin dish. In fact, Cal’s exact thoughts are it’s “full of salt,” emphasis his.

Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars is filled with fun Easter Eggs

It’s a nice touch by author Sam Maggs to connect the book to the original game in a way that rewards fans who played the first and also builds out the relationship between the crew. I can imagine Cal sitting at the table while poking and prodding at some odd gelatin filled with salt that seems inedible. But he’s nice and likes Greez so he endures.

The rest of the book, which I’m about halfway through right now, is filled with little moments that connect back to the game, including more information about how Cal and his droid communicate and how everybody is impressed by all the cool jumping and wall-running Cal does. Guess they don’t meet many video game protags.

Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars is out now and available wherever you buy books or ebooks. And Star Wars Jedi: Survivor launches on April 28 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

NBA Star Luka Doncic Is A Grandmaster Overwatch Player

An Overwatch 2 Twitch streamer got a big surprise when NBA star and Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic randomly ended up on his team. Doncic, an out and proud Overwatch player and, concerningly, Hanzo/Genji main, was playing Zarya in the grandmaster match, which streamer M0xy was beaming live to the Twitch masses.

“You got any hobbies, Donatello?” he asks as they guard the first point on Numbani, referring to the Zarya player in question by his gamer tag. “Yeah I play basketball,” Donatello answers after hitting the emote that makes Zarya say “privyet.” “Okay, like you go to a gym or you play on a team?” the streamer asks.

Donatello’s answer is so simple and said with such an astonishing lack of emotion and the perfect Slovenian accent that we have no choice but to stan: “Dallas Mavericks.” This immediately causes two of the players in the match to ask if he means “varsity” or like, the real thing. “No, no, real,” Donatello says. The clip cuts to a later point in the match, where it seems like the squad has been grilling him for quite some time about his identity. “When’s your birthday?” they ask. “28th of February,” he responds.

“Well, he actually knows…I Googled that, you’re actually right,” the streamer confirms. “I know, I’m him,” Doncic says. It’s so perfect, so utterly simple and matter-of-fact amidst the colorful explosions and incessant Overwatch sounds, that this clip should be hung in the fucking Louvre.

But what makes all this even more perfect is that Doncic is a grandmaster Overwatch player, which means he’s the highest rank you can possibly get before breaking into the global top 500. This dude is good at Overwatch 2, and the fact that he’s playing tank in the new 5v5 format means he’s rock solid at his role, too. It’s great to see he’s focused on tanking now, as opposed to his 2018 confession that he mains two of the most annoying DPS characters to play against, Hanzo and Genji. That’s on growth, guys.

Kotaku reached out to representatives for both Moxy and Luka Doncic but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Star Citizen’s Alpha 3.18 Update Leads To A Very Bad Week

Star Citizen—a video game first announced when Gangnam Style was top of the charts—is sometimes unfairly labelled as vapourware. It’s usually called that by people who have never actually played it; if they had, they’d know that there is the framework of a game out there, which can be played, but which is also nowhere near being what anyone could fairly describe as “finished”.

You need to know that because this story is about the unfinished game’s playerbase, many of whom paid for Star Citizen when Lebron James was still playing basketball in Miami. Those players, who routinely log into the unfinished game’s various parts and fly/walk around for a bit, found that with the release of Alpha 3.18 last week, they couldn’t get into the game.

The update—which introduced a bunch of stuff, so much that they made a trailer for it—first released last week, and that trailer seemed exciting enough that a lot of people tried logging into the game to try it out. Too many people.

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Developers Roberts Space Industries quickly found that the game couldn’t support that many people trying to login at once, and so the whole thing fell over. “Due to the high volume of traffic related to the launch of Star Citizen Alpha 3.18.0 the RSI Launcher can become non-responsive”, they said on March 11, adding that “The team is already working to mitigate this problem as quickly as possible.

Two days later, however, many players were still locked out. And those who could get in were finding the game full of crippling bugs, prompting RSI to tweet “We’re sorry for the super rough start – our team is all hands on deck working to get things running smoothly as quickly as possible”.

At time of posting the game still isn’t back to normal; Star Citizen’s own status page is showing that several elements of the game, including its persistent universe, are still suffering from a “partial outage”.

Fans are understandably pissed, citing stuff like the fact this game has been in development since FIFA 13 was on shelves, but I think that’s taking a glass-half-empty view. To them, a broken game must seem a disappointment. To everyone else, a broken game shows there’s a game to break!

6 Cool Details In The New Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Trailer

The latest story trailer for Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor drops some new tidbits that have me excited to play Respawn’s upcoming sequel to its fantastic 2019 soulslike action game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, out next month, is set five years after the events of the first game, Fallen Order. As before, Survivor will follow Cal Kestis and his crew of loveable misfits as they outrun, outsmart, and outlast the Empire. Kestis is a Jedi, which makes him a high-priority threat to the Empire. And having survived an encounter with Darth Vader and his Jedi-hunting Inquisitors in the last game, Kestis and his ragtag crew will now have a more surprising villain to deal with: another Jedi.

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Out today, Survivor’s new story trailer isn’t very long, but it’s jam-packed with interesting details and nuggets of information. Here are six cool things we spotted in the trailer that we think you might care about!

Cal will visit the city planet of Coruscant

Remember that big city world from the Star Wars prequels? The same one seen in Andor, too. Well, it seems that Cal will be visiting Coruscant in Survivor. Keep in mind that at this point in the Star Wars timeline, Coruscant is the literal capital of the Empire. It’s the planet the Emperor hangs out on when he’s not out doing evil Sith lord shit, so not the safest place for a Jedi to visit. Must be a very important mission.

One of the Bedlam Raiders is a Gen’dai

Apparently, this was something Respawn confirmed earlier this year, but considering that we get a good look at raider Rayvis in this trailer, I figured it would be worth shouting out. That big alien in the armor? They’re a Bedlam Raider known as Rayvis, and he’s a Gen’dai. What’s that? It’s a very hard-to-kill alien species made up of regenerating, worm-like appendages. Bounty Hunter Durge, from the animated Clone Wars mini-series, is a member of this species. If Cal has to fight Rayvis, expect a tough boss battle.

Merrin and Greez return (and have new looks)

A screenshot shows Cal, Merrin, Greez and droid BD-1 looking at a hologram.

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While I assumed Cal’s crew of loveable scamps would show up in the new game, it was nice to finally see them in this story trailer. Since it’s been five years, Nightsister Merrin and salt-loving pilot Greez look different. I personally like their new looks. Merrin in particular looks fantastic. I like her modern take on an emo space witch. Oh and if you’re wondering what happened to Greez’s arm, well…you might want to read Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars, a novel set after Fallen Order but before Survivor. (Or just look it up on Wookieepedia.)

The big bad villain might be a fallen Jedi from the past

Okay, so if you don’t know anything about the High Republic era of Star Wars, here’s a very condensed summary: Its a new era of the franchise created a few years back that exists mostly in books and comics and tells the story of the Jedi at their prime about 200 or so years before the events seen in The Phantom Menace.

Now, in this trailer, we get a good look at the possible Jedi seen in the very first Survivor trailer. Back then he was hanging out in a stasis chamber of some kind. In this new teaser, he’s walking around in his full High Republic Jedi robes and he seems mad that Cal and the other Jedi let the galaxy fall to the Empire. I expect he’s going to be willing to do anything to save the old system, even if it means teaming up with raiders and turning to the dark side of the Force.

Where’s Cal’s Jedi master, Cere?

In this trailer we only get one brief shot of Cere, the Jedi master who helped Cal reconnect with the Force in the last game. She’s sporting a new look, and seems a bit more chill. This ties in with the recent Battle Scars book, in which she’s become focused on reclaiming past relics of the Jedi Order in hopes of passing down its traditions and history to future generations. Maybe she won’t play as big a role in this adventure as last time, but it’s still nice to see her here as she is great and I’d hate for her to be sidelined entirely.

Wait a minute, was that Moraband?

A man walks through a orange dust storm on a weird alien planet.

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At one point in the trailer, we briefly see Cal trekking through a red dust storm on what appears to be a pretty barren world. Now, this could be a brand-new planet. It could be Genosis from the prequels. It could be a planet ripped from a comic I’ve never read. But it also could be Moraband, an ancient planet with deep ties to the evil Sith. It’s appeared in comics and the Clone Wars and it looks an awful lot like what see a glimpse of in the trailer.

Considering the last game let us explore Dathomir, another planet with dark connections to weirder parts of Star Wars, I could see Moraband fulfilling a similar role. And if I was an ancient Jedi seeking to reclaim the galaxy, I might visit some Sith planets to find more power. Just saying!


And that’s the coolest and most interesting bits I picked up from the new trailer. We don’t have long to wait to play Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. The game’s coming out April 28 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

Shazam Star Begs To Be In The Last Of Us After Shazam 2 Bombs

Zachary Levi as Shazam stands near a floating screenshot of his Last of Us tweet.

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods was released in theaters last week to a resounding “meh, okay” from audiences and critics alike. And now its main star and Jordan Peterson admirer, Zachary Levi, is out here on Twitter asking Neil Druckmann to cast him in the next season of the popular HBO Max series, The Last of Us.

Before saying anything else, I liked the first Shazam film a lot! It was a fun, light-hearted superhero action film with some great performances and cool moments. But everything I’ve heard about its recently released sequel has me less enthused. The film currently has a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and had one of the worst opening weekends for a modern DC film. And it’s likely to only get worse as its reputation as a flop grows over the next few weeks. So, perhaps sensing a sinking ship (that might cost him his future in the larger DC film universe) Shazam star Levi has taken to Twitter to angle for a new gig.

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Late last night, Levi posted on his personal Twitter account that he was a big fan of the Last of Us TV show and the PlayStation game it was based on. He even suggested that he loved Naughty Dog’s 2020 The Last of Us Part II even more. Levi’s tweet also explained that he would be “stoked” if he could appear in the series, likely in its upcoming second season. To conclude the tweet he tagged the show’s co-creator and the creative director behind both The Last of Us games, Neil Druckmann.

And as far as I can tell, as of this writing, Druckmann hasn’t responded to Levi’s tweet. Or liked it. And Levi may have just deleted it? So…not great! But hey, it hasn’t been that long. Perhaps Druckmann or someone at HBO Max will see Levi’s attempt to fancast himself in a more successful project and take pity on the actor. Maybe he can be a clicker or a random angry person who kills people. Plenty of those in that wonderfully wicked Last of Us universe.

Or maybe he can play a once-famous rich person who questions science and any attempt at creating a vaccine to help save the world from a deadly pandemic killing millions. He actually has experience with that role!

Funnily enough, it seems like he might have deleted the original tweet already. Though, it’s hard to tell these days because Twitter is mostly broken and a tweet disappearing could mean it was deleted or Elon Musk fired more people.

Netflix Star Wants to Name Children After Elden Ring Bosses

Love makes you do crazy things. When you feel connected to another person, you feel compelled to go to the ends of the Earth for them. Maybe you’ll take a bullet for your significant other. Maybe you’ll do their taxes and handle their dirty laundry (figuratively and literally). Or maybe, as in the case of two contestants in a dating reality show on Netflix, you’ll take some inspiration for baby names from developer FromSoftware’s mega-popular Soulslike Elden Ring. Love knows no bounds.

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Running since February 2020, Netflix’s Love Is Blind is a dating reality show. Something of a social experiment to test the limits of the question (is love really blind?), Love Is Blind pits a bunch of single people together in the hopes of finding love, their goal to get engaged before actually meeting each other IRL. There are speed-dating segments, resorts where couples get to know each other on a deeper level, and copious beautiful locales that only the budget of Netflix could afford. While there are three seasons already released in full, it’s the currently airing fourth season—and one moment in particular—that has captured the internet’s attention, leaving folks confused, laughing, and smitten all at once.

Love is blind in The Lands Between

In Love Is Blind season four’s fourth episode, “Playing With Fire,” contestants Irina Solomonova and Zack Goytowski are newly engaged. They sit on a beach, finally face-to-face, eating some mouth-watering cheesecake after finishing a scrumptious-looking fish dinner. (I’m hungry, leave me alone.) Irina, an event-planning business owner, hit it off early in the season with the criminal defense attorney Zack. After chatting about what cartoon character Zack reminded Irina of and how Irina “kind of looked like Megan Fox” to Zack, he then broached the baby name conversation, which had briefly surfaced earlier in the season. It was at this point that Zack made his gamer tendencies known by talking about Elden Ring bosses.

“So, before we were talking about names,” Zack says.

“For our kids?” Irina asks.

“Yeah. What about Godfrey?” he questions.

“Eww!” she says, repulsed.

“Godrick?” he inquires.

“No,” she chuckles. “Like Zion or Gid—”

“Zion?”

“I do like Gideon. I like, um, like, really unique names.”

“Me too. You know what’s a really unique one? Goliath.”

For the uninitiated, or just folks who’d rather not remember getting clapped by them, Godfrey, First Elden Lord and Godrick the Grafted are two of Elden Ring’s more challenging boss encounters. While optional, the multi-armed Godrick drops lots of runes, making him a great early-game enemy to take down if you want to get a few quick levels. Meanwhile, the graying Godfrey is a late-game boss you must defeat in order to progress the story. Either way, both jerks play pivotal roles as you make your way toward becoming the Elden Lord. Also, whether she knew it or not, Irina mentioned an Elden Ring name as well: the bibliophile Gideon Ofnir, an NPC you find hanging out at the Roundtable Hold. Maybe Irina and Zack were a match made, um, in The Lands Between?

Imagine picking Godrick up from school

Since Zack revealed his gamer card to Irina, Twitter has been flooded with all kinds of memes about children named after video game characters. One user “always wished” they were named after Gears of War’s Uzil RAAM because “[RAAM] was a badass.” Another imagined their “eldest daughter” Lightseeker Hyetta introducing themselves to their classmates. Someone else thought of the conversation they might have when picking up Astel, Naturalborn of the Void from school. A fourth user joked about naming their kid after the flaming salamander (and the bane of my existence) Magma Wyrm. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg here, as there are a plethora of baby-name jokes going around.

Kotaku reached out to Goytowski and Solomonova for comment.

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A first name like “Gideon,” “Godfrey,” or “Godrick” does sound pretty badass if a bit fantasy author. However, something like “Astel, Naturalborn of the Void” certainly doesn’t roll off the tongue with any ease, especially when paired with multi-syllable last names such as Goytowski or Solomonova. Still, though, if Irina was looking for “unique” in terms of names for her children, I don’t think you could go wrong with picking from Elden Ring. It’s a tad nerdy, sure, but at least it’s unlikely their kid would share a name with a classmate.

 

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