The Best of Kotaku, This Week

Another week survived! It's particularly momentous because it was the Game Developers Conference all week, during which we brought you the most interesting segments, speeches, panels and news.

First up, though, is the picture above which is a mashup of adorable Pokémon characters drawn by Olly Moss. Taken individually, they're perfect for you phone background.

Below you'll find a summary of this week's best content—including a hefty stack of the GDC content—as well as a return of Comment of the Week.

We'll be continuing to ask for you input and nominations on the best community activity week to week, so thanks to everyone who participated. And for those of you who didn't, no hard feelings.

Want to suggest an article, comment, tweet, or any other content on Kotaku to be featured for a weekly Best Of nomination? Drop me a line at tina@kotaku.com with the subject line of "Best Of Nomination." Or any other subject line that will help me sort through and search for them. I'm not too picky.


The Best Comment From The Community

Krism responds to a Pokémon team getting kicked out of a hotel for throwing human feces.

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You'll have to forgive them. They're from Barcelona.


The Best In Brain Functions and Memories

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Patricia Hernandez considers the value of memories and experiences in her evaluation of To The Moon. More »


The Best Mari0 Video

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What kind of crazy, pointless things can you do with the new Mario/Portal mashup? Our video producer, Chris Person, spends some time with the game to show you. More »


The Best Animated Video

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I found a very adorable and funny video that pokes fun at SWTOR. More »


The Best PS Vita Hack

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You knew this day would come. Toshi Nakamura interviews the hacker that cracked the Vita. More »


The Best Reasoning For Peter Molyneux Leaving Microsoft

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After news of Peter Molyneux's departure from Microsoft arrived, Luke Plunkett dove into the idea of why this is a good thing. More »


The Best Game Developers Conference Intrusion

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Luke Plunkett tells us a hilarious Game Developers Conference story in which Suda meets an...unexpected guest. More »


The Best Use of Gamers' Nitpicking in Game Development

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Evan Narcisse explains Sid Meier's takeaway from gamers' nit-picky play styles. More »


The Best Gardening Game Turned Bastion

The Best of Kotaku, This Week

Did you know that Bastion was originally a gardening game? Kirk Hamilton explains the story behind this odd beginning. More »


The Best Case For Love Games

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Former first-person shooter creator wants to see more love games, not war games. More »


The Best (Worst) Jab At Japanese Games

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Brian Ashcraft interviews Phil Fish about his negative comment toward Japanese games. More »


The Best Changes in the Assassin's Creed Franchise

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Luke Plunkett explores just how deep the rabbit hole of changes in Assassin's Creed III will go. More »


The Best Tips Before Playing Mass Effect 3

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Kate Cox offers some expert advice before you start playing Mass Effect 3. More »


The Best Sci-Fi Trilogy Review

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Kate Cox goes on an impossible journey to save the world from Reapers in Mass Effect 3. More »


The Best Post-Apocalyptic Review

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I survived the apocalypse, and then traveled in the dust-filled city of Haventon. More »


The Best Fighting Review

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Mike Fahey takes two separate fighting worlds head on. More »


The Best Borderlands Memories

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How do you ensure that Borderlands 2 has the same amount of "whoa" that the first title did? Owen Good interviews the Gearbox devs to find out. More »


The Best Discussion With Ken Levine

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Jason Schreier talks storyline and characters with Ken Levine. More »


The Best Musing Over A Potential "Steam Box"

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Owen Good contemplates what the potential of a "Steam Box" would mean. More »


The Best (Worst) Crushing Of Your Hopes

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Stephen Totilo rains on your parade when he finds out that the "Steam Box" was just a hopeful rumor. More »


The Best Not-For-Xbox-Gamers iPad Story

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The new iPad will undoubtedly be great, but Jason Schreier isn't convinced that it will win the hearts of console gamers. More »


(Top photo credit | Olly Moss)