Kotaku Originals: Lawsuits, PETA and the NPDs

I used to have this nightmare all the time where I forgot to show up for my Spanish finals in college and couldn't graduate.

See, I was a semester away from graduating when they discovered I needed to take one Spanish class to be able to earn both my degrees. I took the class, but then on the day of finals I had to tell the professor that I had to leave to go cover the gubernatorial election. The candidate, who went on to win, was a professor at University of Maryland who had granted me quite a bit of access to his campaign.

The professor, a backer of the candidate, said no problem and let me make up the final. Despite that, I went years having nightmares about missing that final and not graduating.

That's kinda like today, when I woke up this morning and suddenly remembered Owen was off today. Whoops. So here are you (late) originals. Sorry... don't fail me!

E3
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What's Tecmo Bringing To E3? Ninja Gaiden Models, For One
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Video
A Short But Sweet Modern Warfare 2 Tease

Screens
See The Future Right Now
Even More Duke Nukem Forever Art Showcases Duke, Strippers And MILFs
Paul McCartney's Rock Band Bass Replica Looks Like This

Musings
What Is Capcom's "13th" Title?
When Game Announcements Go Bad: Thief 4
The King of Fighters XII ESRB Rating All But Rules Out Mai Shiranui
A Reporter's Memories Of Factor 5

One More than Damn Lies
One In Five Japanese People Now Own A Nintendo DS
How Long People Play M-Rated Wii Games

Preview
DC Universe Online Preview: Doomsday Smack Down
Dragon Age: Origins Preview: Violence, Lust and Betrayal
Kung Fu Hustle Preview: Do The Hustle
Fight Night Round 4 Preview: No More Rocky
Killing Floor Preview: Holy Co-Op Survival Horror
Brutal Legend: Battle of the Bands... With Axes... Real Axes
Red Faction: Guerrilla Multiplayer Preview: Wrecking Crew Jazzes Things Up
Guitar Hero 5: Four of Anything
MX VS. ATV Re-re-reflex First Look

Reviews
Fable II See The Future Review: Wear Shades
Velvet Assassin Review: Lie Back And Think Of England
Burnout Paradise Cops And Robbers Micro-Review
Top Gun Micro-Review: Affirmative, Ghost Rider
Plants vs Zombies Micro-Review: The Seeds Of Success

Features
The Last of The Great Arcade Fighters
Making A Game Out Of Today's War

In nollo est erratum
Top Gun Devs Upgraded Jets, Added Cole Trickle
GTA Chinatown Wars Completists Exceed 4000
White DualShock 3 Pads Arrive In The US
Street Fighter Mighty Muggs Will Punch You In The Shins
Capcom's Next Wii Original Learning From Mistake Of Last One
Scratch DJ, Activision Set to Do Cash For Code Swap
Lisa Kudrow Might Be Better Than A Price Drop
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Dated For America
Those Real, Free Sackboys Were Pretty Decent!
Take-Two, Circus Defend Against PETA Game Criticism
Dark Void Devs Wary Of Jetpack Neglect
About That Possible Fable 3 Tease...
inFamous Is Definitely Done, A Little Early
Cooking Mama Dishes Dirt On Science Papa
The Club: No Hit, But Constantly Name-Checked
Post-Lawsuit, Old Teams Absent From Next Maddens

Industry
Jerry Bruckheimer Gets Halo, Ubi Execs To Craft Unannounced Games
Blizzard Hires Casual Games Guru From PopCap
In 2008, Sony's Total Hardware Sales Were Down
PS3 Software Sales Spiked Almost 80 Percent
NCsoft Shifts NC West Leadership to Korea
Punch-Out Balance Board Controls Work Like This

NPD
Nintendo DSi Helps Nintendo Win April Hardware Sales Contest, Industry Still Down
Nintendo And Wii Fit Top Unhealthy April Game Sales
Nintendo Sold Over A Million DS Handhelds In America Last Month