It's the start of a new week, so let's ease the pain with our semi-nightly open thread on Kotaku, a chance to speak up and speak to your fellow video game-loving friends.

I've got some Mortal Kombat to play, some Portal 2 co-op to go hands-on with and some dinner to cook. So I'll get to that while you guys talk about your gaming agenda, your social plans and how you plan on calling in sick to work tomorrow to play the week's big game releases.

Please, talk amongst yourselves about the following items of interest or whatever else is on your mind.