Kotaku Originals: Follow That

Meaty news week here in Kotakopolis. Last week's PS3 Slim announcement fairly forced Microsoft to do two things: 1) Declare there's no 360 Slim following suit and 2) announce a comparable price cut is on the way.

Reviews of Wolfenstein and Batman helped you decide if you want to play 'em. Ditto the news about Halo 3: ODST's waaaaaaaay early sales in France. In other words, don't, if you want to keep your Xbox Live account. And we wrapped our coverage of two major game conventions, with PAX coming up next week. So, there's no such thing as a refractory period around here.

The week in originals:

Kotaku's Blizzcon Coverage

Kotaku's Gamescom Coverage

Kotaku Talk Radio

Top Stories
Microsoft Taking Action Against Those Who Buy and Play Halo 3: ODST Early
Universal Ratings Raises Its Head Again, ESA Responds
Xbox 360 Not Even At Halfway Point, No Slim Planned
PS3 Slim Vs. Xbox 360 Elite: Tale of the Tape
Microsoft Confirms Xbox 360 Price Drop, Denies Slim 360 Rumors
In Moral Debate About Shadow Complex, Both Sides Have Their Say

News
No More Heroes 2 Playable At PAX 09
New Demon Souls Screens Arrive Just In Time
This Time, The Video Game Announcer Won't Repeat Himself So Much
The PS3 "Ultimate Blu-Ray Movie Kit"
You Could Try To Turn Rock Band Into Rap Band (Or Klezmer Band)
Mass Effect, Joker DLC Asterisks: Play Before You Play
Power To The People: How Rock Band Network Expands The Game, Gets Any Song Online
Devil Kings In Snack Food Form
Do You Know Who's Doing The Japanese TV Theme For Bayonetta? We Do
How To Hype A PS3 Game Advantage
Ryu Ga Gotoku 4 Bar Hostess Voting Has Ended
Their Tweets Are Not Real, Neither Are They
Professor Layton And The Diabolical F Train
John Carmack And The Hideo Kojima Sunset

Reviews, Previews, Hands-On and Impressions
Mass Effect: Pinnacle Station Micro-Review: A Curious Experiment
The Wizard of Oz: Beyond The Yellow Brick Road – A Second Look
Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga Preview: Making The Jump To Home Consoles
Ju-on: The Grudge Preview: Hide All But One Of Your Wiimotes
The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces Preview: Guileless, But Not Innocent
Frankenreview: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Wolfenstein Review: Occult Following
Batman: Arkham Asylum Review: The Dark Knight Is A Bright Light
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Preview: Better Than A Blue Shell
Resident Evil 4 Mobile Edition Micro-Review: Learning to Read With Zombies
Elemental: War of Magic Impressions: There's More To Might Than Magic

Rumor
Is EA Holding Back PS3 Cross-Game Voice Chat?
Best Buy Offering Free Games To Prevent PS3 Slim Trade-Ins
Best Buy Ad Also Confirms 360 Price Drops

Features
In Defence Of Sports Games

Columns
Well Played: A Reignited Console War Means A Happy Holiday For Gamers
Well Played: Video Gamers Get Their Woodstock
Stick Jockey: In a League of Your Own, Where Your Word is Law
Notebook Dump: The Wii's Missing Arkham, NBA 2K10, More

Roundups
Old News '97: Sony Forces Nintendo Game Prices Down
This Week In Video Game Comics

Numbers
Charting The Growth Of Nintendo's Hardware Sales
Wii Sports Resort Sells A Million in America, Ditto for Europe
Wii Sports Resort Sells A Million In Japan

Approval Ratings
Approval Ratings: Batman Positive, by 2-to-1
Kotaku Approval Ratings: Batman and Your Game Platforms

The Greatest Depression
Raven Hit By Layoffs, Some Point to Lackluster Wolfenstein Sales

Art
The Mario Scape Pepsi Built