The Best of Kotaku, This Week

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Welcome to the Best of Kotaku, where I round up all of this week's best content.

First up is the image above. The recent Team Fortress 2 excitement following the release of Valve's Filmmaker and the introduction to the Pyro class still hasn't died down, as evidenced by Donc-Désolé's creation you see above.

Moving on to our Best Of content this week, we kick things off as usual with a comment from the community.


If you want to see the list of nominations (and other random conversations) you can head over to the official forum here.

The Best Comment From The Community

This week's best comment is a special one. It's not even from this week! And it's not the best, but it's by popular demand. The new Kinja discussion system is continuing to evolve, but as you all know, we won't be reverting back to the old system.

How about revert back to the old comment system!

In Tomb Raider, Hell Is Always Other People


Evan Narcisse enjoys being alone in Tomb Raider. More »

Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure: The Kotaku Review


Kirk Hamilton enjoys the rhythm and music of Rhythm Thief. More »

I Was Looking For a Game That Starred Empathy. I Found it Behind All the Zombies.


Kate is pleasantly surprised by the compassion shown in The Walking Dead. More »

Here's How The Creator Of Gears of War Would Make A Firefly Video Game


Jason Schreier asks Cliff Bleszinski how he'd make a Firefly game. More »

I'm Finally Going to Play Mass Effect 3's New Multiplayer. Because I Want to Be a Space Ninja.


Evan is finally enticed to play Mass Effect 3's multiplayer. More »

Why Stressed-Out Final Fantasy Characters Probably Love Theatrhythm


Zac Gorman designs yet another awesome and hilarious motion comic for us. More »

Dyad: The Kotaku Review


Chris person trips out over Dyad in this video review. More »

Bad Romance: The Terrible World of Video Game Dating Sites


Stephen Totilo signed up for a bunch of dating websites for gamers to see if any were worthwhile. More »

Why We Should All Care Less


Mark Serrels thinks we should all care a little less about the media we love. More »

Criticism Does Not Actually Stifle Creativity


Kate defends the notion of criticism, explaining that it's essential to cultural change and discussion. More »

Google's Nexus 7 Tablet is the Best Way to Play Android Games


Mike Fahey has a good time gaming on Google's Nexus 7 tablet. More »

The Bad Guys Are Making Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. I'm Suddenly Much More Interested.


Stephen finds out Abstergo Industries has a big hand in Liberation. More »

The Secret World, Log Three: The Good, The Bad, and the Buggy


Kate fights through bugs and yet still enjoys The Secret World. More »

Geek Rap Star Kicks Fan Out Of Concert Over Tweet


Kirk Hamilton relays the tale of a concert goer who got kicked out by the artist he came to see over a sarcastic tweet. More »

The Joy Of Playing Video Games Without Actually Playing Them


Jason explains the benefits of watching someone else play a game that you don't have time to get around to. More »

Tony Hawk HD: The Kotaku Review


Evan enjoys the Frankenstein that is Tony Hawk HD, even its buggy flaws considered. More »

God of War: Ascension Is Different Than the Other God of Wars, In Subtle Ways


Stephen gives a screenshot play-by-play of what's new with Kratos. More »

The Dark Knight Rises: The Kotaku Review


Evan gives us a very spoiler-free review of The Dark Knight Rises. More »

Forget Mystic Quest. This Is The Worst Final Fantasy Game.


Jason explains the hazards of rehashing. More »

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Dyram - The Emerald Blade

I'm just going to put this out there. Kinja isn't as terrible as my initial impressions lead me to believe. There are only four major flaws that I've found:

1) Because the comments are lateral, it's very difficult to see all the comments

2) Getting images to upload can be a real pain in the ass

3) Does not play well with Internet Explorer (had to download Firefox at work to even log in)

4) The inbox doesn't always work. Some problems I've had:

a. Telling me to log in, even though I'm already logged in

b. Not always telling me when I have replies (may have been fixed)

c. Not allowing me to star new friends

Other than that, the branching discussion system actually works pretty well. I think what would work best would be a blended kinja/old system. All the comments would go down, but you can expand all the replies in the same manner that you can now read replies in Kinja.

Also, give the option to sort posts in date order or based on Kinja's "best comment algorithm". I think this would solve most of the problems and complaints that people have with Kinja without killing Denton's new baby, because let's be honest, only the posts that appear before the ">>" ever get read and replied to because browsing beyond that can be a huge pain in the ass.

Also, fix the inbox and allow us to be friends with each other again.