"Don't worry, you're in good hands." No, these were not the words that Mark (the Scottish, fake-tanned editor of our hearts) left with the Kotaku community before he departed for the motherland. They were words he left for me, and so far I believe him.
I was excited when Mark asked me to look after the site while he goes on holiday, but I was also incredibly apprehensive. I knew the Kotaku community was a wonderful one, built up from the days when Seamus Byrne, Logan Booker, then David Wildgoose (and more recently Serrels himself) moderated every individual comment to weed out the trolls and attract some of the most level-headed people on the internet. But I also knew that people don't like change, and boy would it be a change having a non-kilt-wearing, non-Pepsi Max drinking editor take over for the month. Well, I haven't accidentally deleted the whole site yet, and no Kotaku readers have turned up at the office wielding pitch-forks... so I guess I am doing okay so far! (And if I'm not, I want to hear your feedback. I can be reached at Tracey [dot]lien [at]alluremedia [dot]com [dot]au)
So let's get on with it!
The first nom comes from Jamesmag, who has nominated the always delightful NotoriousR for gifting him with Jetpack Joyride for iOS. Jamesmag found himself bored at work but also too broke to buy any games, so NotoriousR bought it for him as a birthday present. Hooray for generosity!
Bish nominated Jo for contributing some quality comments to posts, and I'm nominating everyone in TAY who used the \o/ STEVE HOLT emoticon this week. I seriously cannot believe I did not know about it sooner, and now I will use it at all times in all correspondences.
Despite the awesomeness of everyone, there can only be one winner, and that person is Strange! The lovely Strange was nominated by Bish and Anonymous Pessimist for the jerkin she made and sent to Mr. Pessimist. To be honest, I accidentally misread "jerkin" as "gherkin" and was wondering why Anonymous Pessimist was so pleased about receiving preserved cucumber in the mail. The above photos show that he was, in fact, gifted with an amazing piece of craft by a much-loved member of the Kotaku community. So congratulations, Strange! You are the winner of this week's community kudos!
Chris Hastings is the creator of the image used above – you can check out his site, Dr McNinja, here.