They call it "sekuhara"

It's all over the web: here,check Game|Life (opens in new tab). Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki - the man responsible for the bathing beauty above - has been busted for sexual harassment. A female coworker has, apparently, sued Tecmo because the company refused to do anything about it, reports Japanese news site Zakzak. There's not much to say, really. Who would have ever thought that the man most guilty of objectifying women in gaming might do it in real life? Hey - maybe he was just doing research, right? Comedy gold. Who's up for someDead or Alive Xtreme 2 (opens in new tab)?

Get Wiiding

So much info you can't stand it - that's what you'll get when you check out Nintendo Europe'sload of interviews (opens in new tab)with the minds behind the Wii. From the hardware to the channels to theLegend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (opens in new tab), these Q&As - conducted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata - reveal the thinking behind the most unusual game console to launch since, well, the Nintendo DS.

Grippy sticky

Some Xbox Live members got a pretty interesting survey in their Inboxes,Xboxic reports (opens in new tab). Two of the more interesting ideas - complete with mockup pics - are a premium controller (with rubber grips and a D-pad that doesn't totally suck ass) and an Xbox Live Arcade joystick for classic games. While you can't actually fill out the survey yourself (unless you were lucky enough to get it in the mail) you can scope the pics by heading over toXboxic (opens in new tab).

And the winner is...

Time magazine has put together a list - theGadget of 2006 (opens in new tab)- and it's your chance to vote? Why are we telling you? Because the Nintendo DS is on the list. Time's description of it isn't going to convince anyone who isn't already converted - and it doesn't even mention any of the awesome games -but you probably already are.So go vote (opens in new tab). And Nintendo might just win.

New screens

Final Fantasy III (DS (opens in new tab))
Elite Beat Agents (DS (opens in new tab))
Lumines Plus (PS2 (opens in new tab))
Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth II - Rise of the Witch-king (PC (opens in new tab))

New video

Final Fantasy III (DS (opens in new tab))
Armored Core 4 (PS3 (opens in new tab),360 (opens in new tab))
Rayman Raving Rabbids (Wii (opens in new tab))
Lumines Plus (PS2 (opens in new tab))
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (PC (opens in new tab))
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (PC (opens in new tab))

November 7, 2006