Particle tab is empty

I’m wondering why my particles tab is blank, all the other tabs are fine, just my particles tab, I’m using version 2.57.
I’ve been googling “blender particles” and the tutorials always just go into the particles tab and start editing right away, but is there anything I need to activate before I make a particle (and I want one that can work in the game engine).
I will attach a picture showing what I mean by “blank”.


Thanks in advance.

I’ll try it out, thanks.