With a click of the mouse, gamers can transport themselves into futuristic worlds, realistic battle scenes and a virtual life of organized crime. Although there they face extensive competition from console-makers such as Nintendo and Sony, PC software games continue to flourish, as each year hundreds of titles vie for consumers' attention, loyalty and dollars. Here's a dozen of the all time best.
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Valve Corp.'s first game, Half-Life received more than 50 Game of the Year awards and tops the list of many players' best ever game rankings, in part due to its combination of action battles and puzzle scenarios. After the success of the debut first-person shooter game, Valve expanded its Half-Life universe, adding titles such as Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2 to the series.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.