The Week In Review: 'Twas The Week Before Christmas

Slowly but surely, we are finishing up another trip around the sun. With next Friday seeing Christmas eve, this was likely the last week before the news cycle enters a 14-day hibernation.

A story of giving led the original report - sweetened with syrup and served atop a Belgian Liege waffle. Previews of Killzone 3, Uncharted 3 and Crysis 2 more than stand in place of new releases. The Daily Mail of London ripped off one of McWhertor's posts, and Totilo said goodbye, for good, to the 20 Most Loved Wii Games.

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Top Stories

Prepare for Kotaku's Game of the Year Debates
Kotaku's Guide to Kotaku's Gift Guides
The End Of Brotherhood And The Future Of Assassin's Creed
The Waffle Game That Changed Their Lives
Anti-Defamation League Slams 'Fun" Holocaust Video Game As Horrific And Inappropriate

Columns

Stick Jockey: The 2011 Video Game Bowl - And Playoff - Spectacular

Reviews, Previews, Hands-On and Impressions

Review: PS3 Wireless Headset Kills Two Birds With a Half-Ounce Stone
How Uncharted 3 Will Improve Upon A 'Game Of The Year'
Killzone 3 And One Very Large Flea
Crysis 2 Is For Future-Soldiers Who Want To Think
This Is What 2011's Year In Video Games Looks Like Right Now

News

The Ever-Evolving Rooftop Races of Motorstorm Apocalypse
This Game Is Totally Not Copying Professor Layton At All
World Of Warcraft Is A Pusher, Targeting Lapsed, Weak Gamers
This Cat Is Going Stealth, Metal Gear Stealth
Movie Company Goes Sequel Crazy, Thinks It's A Game Studio
Watch the Eyes, See Them Lie in L.A. Noire
Designer Makes An American Fighting Stick For An American Fighting Game
The Fastest Way To Make Six Mass Effect Decisions, On The PlayStation 3
Magic The Gathering Tactics Adds Depth To Classic Strategy Game
Massive Metal Gear Figure, Or Tiny Hands?
Things Might Suck For Final Fantasy Studio
New Deus Ex Delayed, Not Ready For Revolution
Which Platform Has The Most Pirated Games On The Internet?
Gran Turismo 5 Trading In Crummy Cars For Premium Models
New Tales Game Ready To Tell A Story
The Tester 2: Episode 7: "Trouble With Trivia" Liveblog: Smoochies
The Biggest Game Of The Year May Well Be...
Pac-Man Creator Wants To Pump You Up
Monday Night Combat Smashes Keyboards, Releasing On Steam
First Uncharted 3 Gameplay Footage Sets A House On Fire
Celebrate Christmas With A Mass Effect 2 Demo
All The News, All The Trailers From The Spike VGAs

Numbers

The 20 Most-Loved Wii Games, For The Last Time
iTunes Chart Toppers: It Slices, It Dices

Perspectives

Lest We Forget Toy Soldiers
The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Memories of a Forgotten Street Fighter Tournament
Please, Enough With The Tomb Raider Reboots Already!

Reactions

What's The Worst Thing About Video Games?
A Week In Comments
Why Do The Spike VGAs Even Bother With "Awards" Part?

Press Play

New 3rd Birthday Trailer Is Heavy On Blood, Short On Clothes
The Year's Most Popular Gaming YouTube Videos
The Bulletstorm Nutcracker (is) Suite
Let's Unbox A PC Game From 1993!
On My iPad, An Ambitious Tower Defense Game In World of Warcraft Clothing
Turn Your Phone Into A Game Rating Encyclopaedia
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm MMO Log Part One: The Dog And Pony Show
Microsoft Imagines a World Without iPhones, PS3s, Wii
North Korean Dictator's Real Son Ready To Spawn Homefront Attack [Update]
Hope Crytek's Korean Shooter Plays As Good As It Looks
Dungeon Hunter 2 Scratches Your Diablo Itch

Screengrabs

This De Blob Cake Better Not Taste Like Ink
An Insomniac's Holiday Greeting
Gotta Cup 'Em All
Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Work Stoppage Winners

iGame of the Day

Angry Birds Season's Greedings Is Short On Holiday Cheer
Backbreaker 2's Vengeance Is A Dish Served Hot
This Is What The iPad Adds To Pocket God
Technically, This Is Not Final Fantasy XIII On The iPad

Culture Smash

Japan's Biggest Pop Diva Returns To Video Games
Doves, Pistols And Video Games
You're One To Talk, Japan!

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