Greetings, Kotaku readers from around the world. Let's put this Friday to bed with some off-topic conversation. That is, if you're feeling up to it after today's roller coaster day.

Reading news reports of the latest developments in northern Japan, it's hard to feel too upbeat going into this weekend. At least I've got some potential jury duty to look forward to next week... Seriously, on the brighter side, it seems that everyone I know in Japan is doing fine, which is all the good news I need today.

Please, talk amongst yourselves and have a safe and happy weekend.