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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Gamers impatiently awaited the release of Halo-Reach in September, the fourth episode of the game, developed by Bungie and distributed by Microsoft. The science fiction game revolves around Master Chief, a cybernetically-improved human super-soldier, and Cortana, his artificial intelligence companion. In addition to buying millions of games for PCs and consoles, fans -- known as the Halo Nation -- also snapped up related novels, graphic novels and other licensed products.
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.