They call it "sekuhara"

It's all over the web: here,check Game|Life. 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?

Get Wiiding

So much info you can't stand it - that's what you'll get when you check out Nintendo Europe'sload of interviewswith the minds behind the Wii. From the hardware to the channels to theLegend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, 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. 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.

And the winner is...

Time magazine has put together a list - theGadget of 2006- 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. And Nintendo might just win.

New screens

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

New video

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

November 7, 2006