THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT

There is a truncated free version of the best-selling game Peggle at the maker’s Web site, PopCap.com or MSN.com. It’s an action-filled pinball game that has been downloaded more than 5 million times. It was voted one of the 100 best games ever by PC Gamer magazine. MSNBC.com featured Peggle among the “Five Most Addictive Video Games of All Time.” It’s so popular you can view YouTube videos that people have posted to show off their high-scoring games.

PeggleIt’s also one of the most addictive games we’ve ever played and so much fun that we normally play it at least once to start the day in the office. If we clear a screen, we get rewarded with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” movement from his Ninth Symphony along with some nice fireworks.

The free version displays in a box on most screens; the full deluxe version is full-screen. The PopCap Web site will prompt you to download the deluxe version for $20 and lets you play an hour of it as a preview for no charge. You can go for it or not, as you choose. We chose.

When Electronic Arts releases its Soccer 08 game in October, players on Xbox or PlayStation 3 will be able to download a free feature that lets 10 people connect at once. They can form into two teams of five each and knock virtual heads. (What about a referee?

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