Kotaku Originals: Weekend Edition

Some Saturdays I feel like I should start my shift with NPR's Weekend Edition theme and the dulcet vocals of its host, Mr. Scott Simon (pictured). We weekend shift guys need to stick together, you know.

This weekend after Thanksgiving might find you indulging in a long breakfast or a colossal mug of overpriced coffee, which go with Weekend Edition like the Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Anyway, we've got a shortened report today and tomorrow to account for the holiday. Here's the deal: All standing weekend features will run at their normal times, beginning with this one, with the remainder of the posts spread out through the day on the hour, concluding by 8 p.m. There'll be eight items today and tomorrow.

Then, we're back to normal when Luke and Bash resume their regular shifts Sunday night our time. On Monday, I'll show up in the evening with my Kai Ryssdal voice. I swear, that guy reads the news like he's hitting on someone. And by the way, Simon looks nothing like I expected him to. Nor does Cory Flintoff, who I imagined as a cross between Willem Dafoe and Crecente's old nemesis assignment editor at the Rocky Mountain News. OK, now I'm just rambling. Here's the week in original coverage:

Top Stories
MTV: Rock Band Network To Be Fully Launched In Early 2010
ESA: Today Is A "Very, Very Good Day" For The Gaming Industry
IBM: We'll Keep Making Cell Processors As Long As Sony Needs Them

Kotaku Talk Radio

News
Red Dead Redemption Gets A Proper Release Date
Zelda Developer Was Stumped By New Zelda Game's Puzzles
Nintendo Boasts 9 Million Player Advantage Among Female Console Gamers
Is The DSi LL Bigger Than Uncharted 2, Nolan Ryan's Autograph, A Can of Beer?
DSi LL Unboxing
LittleBigPlanet PSP Now Available Digitally
Beat A Man Into A Urinal, Consider Buying Deodorant
iPhone Chart Toppers: Monopoly Times Two

Features
Turning The Beautiful Game Into A Video Game

Sports
Tampa Bay's Longoria is - Officially - MLB 2K10's Cover Man

Columns
Well Played: Gaming For Good
Hindsight: Seeking A Game That Can Trick Me
Well Played: Wii Fitness Shares Store With Dumbbells, Treadmills
Stick Jockey: No Less of a Memory - The Human Drama of Video Game Sports

Gift Guides
The PlayStation 3 Buyer's Guide
The Xbox 360 Buyer's Guide
The PC Buyer's Guide
The Wii Buyer's Guide
The PlayStation Portable Buyer's Guide
The iPhone Gamer's Gift Guide
What Games You Should Give and Get For the Holidays

Warcraft Turns Five
The MMOs That Rose Or Fell During World of Warcraft's Reign
Why I Don't Play World of Warcraft
Why I Play World of Warcraft

Reviews, Previews, Hands-On and Impressions
Sound Blaster Arena Surround Gaming Headset Review: Who's That Sneaking Up On Me?
Assassin's Creed Bloodlines Review: Thicker Than Water?
PSPgo Cradle Review: Dock and Go
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles Review: Three's A Welcome Trend
Excitebike: World Rally Micro-Review: Race back to 1985
Astro Gaming A40 Audio System Review: Sound Advice
Wii Energizer 4X Charging Station Review: Induction Into the Hall of Fame
NCAA Basketball 10 Review: Some Shining Moments

Outreach
We Came, We Partied, We Raised ...