High Score: The Best of Kotaku

After a weekend of heavy drinking, you might be asking yourself "Hey, what happened last week at Kotaku?" This stuff did!

Valve released the trailer for it's first person puzzle game, Portal, causing millions of Half-Life, Day of Defeat, and Counter-Strike fans to uncontrollably evacuate their bowels with glee. We're not sure how you could have possibly missed this last week, as it was everywhere — and for good reason. This game looks to blow off serious numbers of socks.

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And don't miss this brief teaser for the other bonus available with Half-Life 2: Episode II, the extremely sexy Team Fortress 2 trailer.

Senator Hilary Clinton is looking to make video games a violence scapegoat, pushing the issue as part of her campaign platform, according to our sources. Will the "video game tax" become a reality or just another issue dodging talking point?

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Microsoft finally let us know all about their portable entertainment device, the Zune. Err, sort of. It's not going to play games (yet), so don't flush your PSP and DS down the crapper, but will most likely feature that neato Live Anywhere whiz-bang-ery that Bill and crew were touting at E3.

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Nintendo released the "Noble Pink" DS Lite in Japan last week, which prompted Brian "I Swear This Pink DS Is For My Wife" Ashcraft to snag one at the nearby Yodobashi Camera. Watch in awe as Brian queues up with other grown men looking to buy the latest girly portable.

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Speaking of the DS, there have been some rumblings about minor hardware defects in the form of cracked cases. Our readers polled at about 14% affected, while Nintendo claimed it was less than 1%. Regardless of the ratio, Nintendo says they'll fix 'em for free.

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Agenda gaming is hot, hot, hot! We're talking about title such as Christian feel-good RTS Left Behind: Eternal Forces. Brian "Kirk Cameron's #1 Fan" Crecente takes a look at video games that (ewww...) have a message.

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Folks looking forward to the sequel to the best PSP launch game (and still best PSP game), Lumines, got a tiny flick in the nuts this week, as Buena Vista announced what musician's videos will appear in the Miz's next puzzler. For every up (Chemical Brothers - "Star Guitar"), there's a down (Hoobastank - "Born to Lead"). Time to reap, time to sow, etc.

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Finally, we'll try to end on a humorous note. Tired of watching World Cup bully Zidane headbutt Materazzi? Neither are we! And neither are the folks at Ubisoft. Oh, you kids and your headbutting!

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