Here’s a roundup of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:
Champions Online: Free For All goes live (Eurogamer) - Atari's Champions Online MMO relaunches as free-to-play today, the publisher has announced.
Three unusual custom StarCraft maps up for beta (vg247) - Feel like a little zombie survival? Some match-three action? A cook-off? Hit up the multiplayer tab in StarCraft II today and you’ll have something to do besides curse other players’ unit spam. Blizzard has made three of its Blizzcon-revealed custom maps available as an opt-in beta.
Halo's Effect On The Human Heart (Kotaku) - The ups and downs of Halo: Reach multiplayer... how do they affect the human heart? One player decided to monitor his heartbeat during a six minute game session to track the effects of Xbox Live on the old ticker.
Magicka cast on PC digital retail today, demo summoned on Steam (Joystiq) - Paradox Interactive has narrowly upheld its promise to release the PC version of Magicka this month, as the publisher's "self-deprecating" action-misadventure -- "which pokes fun of other games just to feel better about itself" -- is today available from digital distribution retailers, including Steam, GamersGate and Amazon Digital Services. (A demo version is also available through Steam.)