Kotaku Originals: Enhanced Bar Dissment

Big newsy week round these here parts of Kotakopolis. Lucasarts celebrated Lego Indiana Jones by pinkslipping a shitload of coders. Jack Thompson stomped out of his big parent-teacher conference and missed hearing a judge read the preamble to his professional obituary. Crecente and ESA's head rapped about the trade org's problems, namely big-name members walking out. Also developments in the big "Will and For Whom Will Take-Two Put Out?" saga. In all, a lot of stuff that had Kotaku's crack staff - special hat tip to News Editor Leigh Alexander - making phone calls, pulling docs and getting it all put together fast against the deadline. The week in Kotaku original reporting, with more after the jump, because there was lots.

Edit: Yes I changed the headline. I agonized for hours over how to pun that one, and it just now came to me. Carry on.

Analyst: LucasArts Layoffs About EA, Studio Politics

LucasArts Confirms Layoffs, Says The Dev Is Still Healthy

Zelnick: We're "Actively Engaged" In Talking To Potential Acquirers

Breaking: First GTA IV Episodic DLC To Come To Xbox 360 In Q1 09

ESA Talks Problems, Perceptions, Promises

Jack Thompson Walks Out On Hearing, Court Recommends Enhanced Disbarment



Turnin' Around: Highlights From THQ's Press Event


The Olympic Gamers

Why My GRID Review Is Late

Rumor: Ex-Lucasarts Staffer Talks KOTOR 3, More Indy, Wii Lightsaber Game

Rumor: LucasArts Sees Massive Layoffs, Outsources Jobs

Eww, Cool! Deadly Creatures Impressions

Awwwww, Look At Him: Checking Out Wall-E

SpongeBob Drawn To Life Like Drawn To Life, But With SpongeBob

First Impressions Of Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise

Strong Bad's Cool Game Slips To July

Zelnick: Expect BioShock Film Alongside BioShock 3

GTA IV Sold 8.5 Million, Shipped 11 Million So Far

Rainbow Connection: Hands On With De Blob

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Review: Whip it, Whip it Good

Impressions: Lock's Quest Mixes Old-School With Innovative Ideas

So What's Our Metal Gear Solid 4 Surprise?

Kojima Productions Responds to MGS4 NDA Complaints

Kojima Productions Says "No MGS4 90 Minute Cutscenes"

Fishy Copies Of MGS4 Already In British Hands

EA, FTC Agree On Take-Two Bid Deadline, Another Extension Likely

Frankenreview, Lego Indiana Jones (Xbox 360)

TECMO: Itagaki's Last Day is July 1, Team NINJA Still Developing

Sony Make In-Game Ad Deal Official

Tecmo Responds To Itagaki

Guitar Hero: Metallica Doesn't Affect Rock Band's Plans

Resident Evil 5 Not Redesigned After Race Criticism, Says Producer

In "Creatively Dead" Industry, Change Comes From The Outside

About Kotaku Reviews

Interview: Halo Designer Leaves Bungie For Academia

Microsoft Thanks Itagaki For Years of Support

Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness Review

Hands-On With Street Fighter IV: The Final Arcade Version

Why You Should Comment On Kotaku

Dark Void Gameplay Impressions

Bionic Commando Hands-On Impressions

First Resident Evil 5 Gameplay Impressions

Japan Gets The Blue PSP As Well

Japan Gets A New, Red PS2

Itagaki Leaving Tecmo, Suing Tecmo

Missed Darkrai? You Might Have Another Shot

Hands On With Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

Metal Gear Solid 4 Shibuya Billboards

The Video Game Defense That Wasn't