Kotaku Originals: Five-Second Drop

This week the editor-mans went on the teevee and repeatedly stumbled over the 5-second pause. Filthy-mouth Kotakus need one, y'know. Hell, if I did X-Play, they'd tape delay me like the 1981 NBA Finals.

Elsewhere in original reportage, the studios might be a-firing, but we're a-hiring — at least in the free labor sense, with our be-an-editor for a day (for free) contest. And if that's not a Tom Sawyer paint-the-fence bargain, I've never heard one. Hey, it's a shitbag economy, we all gotta chip in.

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