Crecente went on vacation; Totilo talked with Electronic Arts' top man, but let's not forget Luke's eloquent and comprehensive breakdown of Australia's games classification, and the political climate influencing it, in the roster of this week's biggest stories.

Kotaku Talk Radio

Hey, Stop Blaming The Australian Government/People For "Banning" Games
Aliens vs Predator "Banned" In, Yes, Australia

A Talk with EA
Fewer Games, Better Games Is EA's Stated Goal
One Of Pandemic's Biggest Problems Was Being In California
EA: Command & Conquer, RTS Genre Needs Innovation, Not Just "Cooler Graphics"
EA CEO: Mirror's Edge "Deserves To Come Back," Design At Crossroads
EA Chief Talks War: Battlefield, Medal Of Honor And Getting Ahead Of Activision

The 2009 PlayStation Award Winners Are...
Happy 15th Birthday, PlayStation!

Reviewing A Game On Their Terms: The Increasingly Prominent "Review Event"

This Treasure Chest Made No Sound

Mass Effect 2 Will Be Incredibly Emotionally Engaging
The iPhone's Online Identity Crisis
Saboteur's 11th Hour Butt Censorship
The Saboteur Offers Day-One Free Nudity DLC
Mario? There's An App For That
ECA President Blames Exploiters For Cancellation Concerns
The 10 Most Avidly-Played Wii Games In America (As Of Dec 1)
EA Executive Designs Jet-Engined Supercar
What Marketing Can And Can't Do With Microsoft's Avatars
Changing Video Game Cases Go For The Green
No Loading Time Problems For DS Sequel
An Early Look At The Warhammer 40K MMO
Japan Gets Limited Edition Pro Evo PlayStation Portable
PC Download Stores Arguing Over Who Comes After Steam
PS3 Sales Reach Weekly All Time High
Ubisoft Plans 10 Games For Natal Next Year, 4-5 For PS3 Motion Controller
Testing Out DSi XL's "Multiplayer" Aspect
iPhone Chart Toppers: All-In-1 List
How Modern Can Zelda Get?
Cover Athletes: Putting More Than a Name Into a Game

Reviews, Previews, Hands-On and Impressions
Small Worlds Micro-Review: A Fine 20 Minutes
Frankenreview: Tony Hawk Ride
Tropico 3 Review: Go Bananas For El Presidente
Geforce 3D Vision Glasses Review: I Can See Forever
Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned Micro-Review: Brains Optional
Tony Hawk: Ride Review: Time To Bail