* This week, the country elected Barack Obama as the new President of the United States. We pondered what his win means for gamers. Does it mean World War III, as "EndWar" suggests? Patrick also reflected on the election in his weekly column and found the candidates in "Spore."
* We also asked you to vote in another important election: the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games.
* Speaking of "Gears of War 2," whose reviews are harsher? Users or pro game reviewers? And despite MetaCritic's fix, users are still panning the game. The third-person shooter also brought up a discussion about the absurdity of the game industry's secrecy.
* We received confirmation from Ubisoft that the company is no longer publishing a game based on the TV show "Heroes," which is currently suffering from low ratings.
* It's less than week until the new "World of Warcraft" expansion "Wrath of the Lich King" comes out. Are you ready? Here's a handy to-do list.
* Patrick talked about what it was like to see his current hometown of San Francisco destroyed in "Resistance 2."
* Gamers complained about the text of "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts" on SDTVs. We took some comparison photos so you can judge for yourself.
* Stephen proposed an idea on how to stop used game purchases.
* We announced our guest blogger, snowboarder/gamer Michelle Zeller, who's going to cover the "Shaun White Snowboarding" launch event next week.
* In our monthly Wii software stats update, we learned that "Rock Band" passed "Mario Kart."
* Did you finish "Fable II"? Stephen talked about beating the game, what ending he chose (there are three) and how he felt about it. (Hint: regret.)
* The maker of Christian "Guitar Hero" spin-off "Guitar Praise" explained why they made the game and pondered the possibility of a full band title.
* Patrick noticed that "Mario" and "Zelda" user-created songs were removed from "Guitar Hero"'s music sharing service.
* To kill or not to kill? Stephen raised the question while discussing "Mirror's Edge" in his game diary.
* We discovered that "Tetris" inventor Alexey Pajitnov is still involved in "Tetris" titles.
* "Bioshock"'s DLC was priced allowing Patrick to update our exclusive content chart.
* Atlus clarified why they're releasing "Persona 4" on the odd date of December 9.
* The publisher of PC RPG "Sacred 2" explained why they're allowing their game to be shared.
* In our new "Mystery Mail" feature, Stephen got a suspicious package and cried foul.
* We looked at the latest violent video game study and pulled out a few key excerpts.
* Do you prefer old-school or HD graphics for "Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection"?
* We spotted a classic video game logo hidden in some MTV show's advertising.
* Remember the original Xbox robot? It lives on in NXE.