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Microsoft's Game Room: The Arcade, Reborn?

With the Game Room, Microsoft's hoping to capture the old magic of video game arcades, minus the stale air, sugar highs, and wasted quarters.

I got some questions answered on service, which will be available on Windows and Xbox Live this spring. Here are the important details (if you're a retro game nerd):

-30 games will be available at launch, including Centipede, Lunar Lander, and Night Driver (full list here), from arcade systems as well as the Atari 2600 and Intellivision. Microsoft says it'll release 7 new games per week after launch.

Modern Warfare 2 DLC Packs Due in Spring

It seems that Modern Warfare 2 will receive more than one downloadable add-on this spring, based off Microsoft's Consumer Electronics Show 2010 keynote. "This spring, the first content packs for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from Activision will be available, again, exclusively first on Xbox 360," stated Microsoft's Robbie Bach.

PlayStation 3 Sees Record Holiday Sales

A mid-year price cut and a strong lineup of software titles gave Sony's PlayStation 3 a record holiday season, the company said Wednesday. Sales of the console in the last five weeks of the year totaled 3.8 million units worldwide, a 76 percent jump on 2008.

"Last holiday season was the most successful holiday season in the history of PlayStation 3," said Kaz Hirai, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, during a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Why Sony is rethinking the Cell

Over the Christmas holidays the rumour mill started churning out a claim that Sony is considering ditching its Cell chip in favour of something more Intel flavoured. Several news sites picked up the story that Sony had a guts-full of the Cell and wanted to move to a multi-core chip from Intel.

However the move has left many scratching their heads. The Cell is still a good chip with many advantages in performance and creative research this generation. Its reliability has also seen the beast wired up to many DIY supercomputers.

What we'd do (in a perfect world) to fix Steam's problems

Over the holidays, Steam gave gamers quite the present: an ongoing series of sales with big-name games running as low as $2.50. It was hard to resist many of the deals, and many of us snapped up a large variety of games across a series of platforms. Bioshock for $5? Killing Floor for $5? Burnout Paradise for under $10? Who could say no?

COD:MW2 has another claim to fame

The most pirated game of 2009. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has certainly won its share of awards and accolades since release. However, one distinction that isn’t going to make Activision or developer Infinity Ward happy is the news that it was the most pirated game of 2009, and it only took two months to achieve this distinction.

According to reports from various BitTorrent information sources, COD:MW2 has racked up over 4.1+ million illegal downloads for the PC version. The problem continues because of its popularity, and there are just too many seeders to stamp it out.

YouTube may soon host interactive games

Google is trying to patent "a method of providing an interactive game based on a digital video" using services like YouTube or Google Video. A patent application filed in February and released to the public this week reveals Google's attempt to build games on top of digital videos using an interactive annotation system.

'Dragon Age' DLC arrives next week

Developers BioWare will release the first piece of downloadable content for its role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins next week, the studio and publisher Electronic Arts have revealed.

Return to Ostagar will bring players to "the site of the Grey Wardens' darkest hour, to reclaim the honor and learn the secrets of Ferelden's fallen king," says a statement from EA and BioWare.

The DLC arrives January 5 on PC and Xbox 360 for 400 Microsoft Points ($5). The content will be released on PlayStation 3 later that month.

Steam slashes up to 80% for upcoming holidays

We must admit that buying games has never been more attractive in the spirit of this year's holiday season, Steam is slashing anywhere from 25% to as much as 80% off its current offer.

Valve's offer is down by about 25%, and the pricing on Valve Complete Pack bundle is down to €52,49. A month back this money could buy you only Left for Dead and Left for Dead 2, whereas now you can treat yourself to the entire arsenal of Valve's games at the same price. You can check it out here.

Running World of Warcraft in Ubuntu Linux

If you are looking for an operating system that offers the best values, none can compare to Linux.

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