Used sales squashing online passes are annoying as hell, but should their utilization affect a game's review score? Commenter Smash Bro thinks they should, and he'll tell you why in today's Speak Up on Kotaku.
If you're anything like Joel and I, you'd really like to get into next month's closed beta for free-to-play online multiplayer shooter Tribes: Ascend. If camping out in front of Hi-Rez Studios until they let you in isn't an option, you can always drop $30 for the beta-guaranteed VIP preorder package.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 joins Infinity Ward's fight against "mapathy" on March 30, unlocking its second set of VIP maps on the same day that Modern Warfare 2's first map pack drops - only Battlefield's maps are free.