We hope those that celebrated Labor Day today spent their time catching up on some much-deserved gaming. Or maybe making a fantastic Gears of War tribute in LEGO like legohaulic did (via Brothers Brick). Check out the highlights for the weekend:

Joystiquery
Metareview -- Lair (PS3)
Podcast Rodeo for Sept. 2: A jury of your ears
Weekly Webcomic Wrapup, brought to you by the letter W

News
Japanese NiGHTS trailer sort of a nightmare
Gears of War 'Hidden Fronts' map pack free starting Sept. 3
Google Earth now has built-in flight simulator
BioShock designers talk a lot on Bonus Round *spoilers*
Vivendi Games sees 92% increase, gets on knees and thanks Elune for WoW
New games this week: Stranglehold edition
Adventure Island headlines Virtual Console Monday
Wii outsells PS3 three-to-one in Japan, Xbox 360 continues napping
FarCry, Prince of Persia, Rabbids, Ghost Recon for free on PC
Play Lair on PSP with remote play
Warhawk is download-only for Japan
Sid Meier talks about consoles stepping up to strategy
ESA's Gallagher spends time gaming with Washington Post
Marvel vs. Capcom for digital download hopes Marvel exec.

Rumors & Speculation
Rumor: Master Chief getting waxed for Madame Tussauds

Culture & Community
Unexpected hardcore gamer in the family
Master Chief vs. dinosaur, Halo 3 marketing in Korea
Games Convention can't leave Leipzig until 2009 and probably won't
Capcom releases partial TGS lineup

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