Kotaku Originals: Hardened Prestige Edition

This week you can take in the originals roundup with our free giveaway: Day-Vision goggles. Just go get a rubber band and a couple TP tubes, strap them to your face, and read the following:

Reviews, Previews, Hands-On and Impressions
Battlefield 1943 Review: Battling In The Pacific
Taking Tony Hawk For Another Ride
Droplitz Micro-Review: Dripping With Strategy
Rolando 2 Micro Review: Rolando Keeps On Rolling
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Review: Rebel Yell
Dragon Age: Origins Preview: About Those Xbox 360 Controls...
Waterway Micro-Review: A Little Wet Behind The Ears


Video Game Summer

And Now For The Games Inspired By Summer Blockbusters...
Thanks, Hollywood, For These "Summer Blockbusters"
They Remember Jedi, Jaws and Indiana Jones
Turning Summer Movies Into Games: Dos and Don'ts

From the Editor-Mans

Tapping Into the Power of Collective Gaming
Notebook Dump: Key Modern Warfare 2 Ratio, Dragon-Free Chatpad, More

Coming "Soon"
MAG Reloading For Release In 2010?
The Thinning Video Game Fall Of 2009
Fallout 3 Mothership Zeta Details Enter Orbit
T2 Pubbing Next 4 Heavyweights In First Half 2010

News
Harmonix, Msoft Will Filter Artist Music Uploads
At Least Sega's Monkey Ball Countdown Is Interactive
Microsoft Closes Game Development Program
The PSP's Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines in Action
TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine) On The Japanese PSN
PSPgo Bound To Make Customers Re-Think Game Prices?
Mecho Wars Adds More Challenges, An Entire Second Campaign For Free
Midway: Newcastle Shut Down, Entire Staff Laid Off
Check Out These Club Nintendo Member Platinum And Gold Member Rewards

The Numbers Game
NPD Instant Analysis: Things You Should Note [UPDATE]


Self-Reference and Self-Reverence

How Nintendo Has Described Itself From '87 To '09
How Sega Has Described Itself From '89 To '09


Modern Warfare 2

The French Won't Be Blocked From Enjoying Modern Warfare 2's Goggles
Infinity Ward Talks Modern Warfare 2, 43 Stories Up


Spoilers

New Star Wars: The Force Unleashed DLC Spoiled By New Achievements
IMDB Lists More Characters For Arkham Asylum

Cool

Unbound Saga's Lori and Rick In The Plastic Flesh
Building Your Ultimate Game Room
This Guy Makes A Mean Kratos Statue
Helping Jimmy: Video Game Ideas We'd Like to See on the Fallon Show [Update]

Not Cool
How To Stuff A Wii Nunchuk Into A Fishing Rod
FTC Calls Out Video Game Reviewers in Proposed Endorsement Rule Changes