The Week in Review: What Goes Around Comes AroundS

With just seven days left on the calendar, we'll soon begin the retrospectives on 2010, but let's start first with a week in which the news took no holiday.

Totilo kicked things off with two profiles of those who drove the games discussion of in ways you may not have noticed: Greg LoPiccolo, of Harmonix, and Kellee Santiago, whose address on games' artistic potential from 2009 touched off one of the more spirited debates of 2010.

A roundup of the big releases in the first three months of 2011 provided a look ahead, and Fahey's review of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm closed out the major games criticism of 2010. The week that was in Kotaku's original reporting:

Top Stories


He Kept His Faith In Music Games This Year - And In Kinect
The Year She Stopped Arguing Whether Video Games Are Art
What Was Your Favorite Trailer From 2010?
The Kotaku Guide To Winter Video Games

Columns

Well Played: A Gift Guide to Father and Son Gaming
Stick Jockey: The Undiscovered Country of Sports Games

Reviews, Previews, Hands-On and Impressions

Review: World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm Shatters Expectations
Review: XtendPlay Works For Extended Gaming Sessions
Stacking, An Adventure Game Of Class Struggle, Doll Collecting & Fart Skills
Review: The Game Boat Is Not The Inflatable Gaming Raft You've Been Waiting For
Review: Fluidity Is Fun When I'm Not Yelling At It
Review: X-Men Reopens A Classic Six-Pack

Features

What Ever Happened To The Christmas Video Game?
How To Turn Someone Into A Gamer

Press Play

The Legend Of Minecraft: A Link To The Past
There Are No Silent Nights When Santa Rides A Tank
Xbox Live Indie Clips: Aphelion 2 Flies On The Wings Of Omega
Take A Walk On Warhammer 40K's Wild Side
Gran Turismo 5 Wishes You A Merry Christmas
World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm MMO Log Part Two: For The Alliance!
This Final Fantasy IV Trailer Is Complete
Dragon Age II On PC Doesn't Look THAT Different

iGame of the Day

iPhone's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Is a Spectacular Action Shooter
Lame Castle Is Not Nearly As Lame As Sony Advertised
What's The Poop On Dirty Diapers?
Your Choice Of Giant Killer Worm Games
Risk: The Official Game Is Great Board Game Fun

News

Super Meat Boy's WiiWare Release Canceled; Disc Release 'Looking Grim'
Call of Duty Publisher's Accusations Are 'Deliberate Misdirection," Rival Says
Charity Game Bundle Makes Over $1 Million [Update]
Minecraft's Music Video Debut Scores Over 9000!
Final Fantasy Rap Levels Up
The Modern Warfare Fight: Your Guide to Activision Vs. Infinity Ward
The Tester 2 Episode 8: "Season Finale" Liveblog: End Of Line
Get Some Of The iPhone's Best Games For Under A Buck
Next Valentine's Day, Dragon Quest VI Beats Chocolate
The Fellowship Of The Zelda Tattoos
Capcom's Quickest Hit...Ever?

Perspectives

Giving your loved one a Wii this holiday season? A piece of Congo's war zone may be inside

Culture Smash

Did Nintendo Just Copyright A Goddess?
Japanese Supermarkets Overrun With Game Crap
How The Wife Of Japan's Beloved RPG Maker Challenged Nudity Censorship
Huge Robot Marks Enormous Events In City's History

Reactions

What Presents Are You Getting?
What's The Worst Christmas Game You Ever Got?
Do Video Games Really Need To Be Immersive?
A Week (Or So) In Comments
Is It Wrong To Hate Shadow Of The Colossus?
Drinking And Gaming Can Kill A Man's Best Friendship

Screengrabs

A Video Gamers' Christmas
Why Some People Don't Make Games Based On Real Wars
Ten Years Of Threadless, Ten Years Of Video Game T-Shirts
Kotaku 'Shop Contest: NPH WTF Winners

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