A lot of people were disappointed when it was announced that Half-Life 2 would substitute Counter-Strike: Source in lieu of providing a multiplayer mode of its own especially after seeing footage of the gravity-gun in action. Some were upset enough that they promised to take it upon themselves to start developing their own HL2 multiplayer mod as soon as the SDK was released, but Valve has beaten them to the punch with a surprise announcement of their release of Half-Life 2: Deathmatch. This is a free add-on for owners of HL2 available for download via the Steam client.
For those of you hopelessly addicted to The Sims 2 you’ll want to take the time to download and apply the first official patch for the game as it fixes a number of bugs both major and minor in the game. One of the more amusing, if frustrating, bugs squashed in this release is the one that allowed visitors to kidnap babies or toddlers they happened to be holding by leaving the lot. There’s a list of around 20 or 30 bug fixes listed on the update page, but it looks like you’ll want to grab it if you play the game at all.