Welcome to the Best of Kotaku, where I round up all of this week's best content.
I'm back from vacation (with a slight tan and a cold) and ready to unleash this pretty, wooden Atari 2600 at you. It's currently running for $1.2k on ebay. Or, if that's too much for you, you can always just look at extra pictures of the thing on Ian Brooks' Tumblr, where I found the console, and read about it over on Game Sniped.
Now let's move on to reading this week's best content, courtesy of us.
Can't access SimCity? Lots of people can't. For lots of reasons. Kirk Hamilton takes a look at these. More »
Brian Ashcraft gives us side-by-side comparisons of these Pokémon changes. More »
Evan Narcisse has an interesting chat with Lord British, the man behind Ultima, who is coming back to making games. More »
Jason Schreier lets the numbers do the talking. More »
Superannuation uncovers more secrets about Amazon, Trion Worlds and more. More »
Stephen Totilo wonders how much the PS4 will help (or not) to evolve series like this one. More »
Mike Fahey knows there's plenty to love about SimCity, if only he could get to play more of it. More »
Toshi Nakamura rounds up what Japanese people's concerns and excitements for the PS4 are. More »
Patricia Hernandez explains why "addictive" isn't really all that much of a compliment to a game. More »
Owen Good finds this series holding strong. More »
Kirk reviews this Mass Effect 3 DLC that he considers a great chapter for the most diehard of fans. More »
Skip Cameron is pleasantly surprised by Fallout's treatment of Mormon culture. More »
Fahey gives us some tips before we dive into SimCity (if/when that happens). More »
Kirk, resident The Witcher nut, runs down what he wants to see out of the next title in the series. More »
What In The World Do Video Game Writers Do? The Minds Behind Some Of Last Year's Biggest Games Explain.
Phil Owen interviews some video game writers to see what they do exactly, and how they do it. More »
Christopher Lawton shares his experience of letting go of a favorite hobby to make way for a new, shared life. More »
Evan enjoys the DmC extension, even if Vergil isn't as awesome as Dante in this DLC. More »
Jason enjoys the combat in this Castlevania, even if the game does have a few flaws. More »
Kirk ponders this odd ritual. More »
Patricia introduces her new weekly column. More »
Fahey tries all sorts of flavors. More »
Fahey shares the story of the rise and demise of his city, and how he killed Kotaku boss Stephen Totilo's city, too. More »
Stephen shares all the reasons we have to be excited about a new Assassin's Creed, and all the reasons we should remain skeptical for now. More »
Mike Rougeau tries out different methods of tackling Civ V. More »