Oblivion:
If you’ve noticed a slowdown in blogging activity by bloggers around the world, and a catastrophic IT nerd shortage, it’s because 80 percent are currently romping around the forests of Oblivion as wood elves and orcs. The other 19 percent are busy creating mods for it. One of the developers explains his (justified) passion for the game. Oh, and all that foliage in the screenshots above? It moves with the wind. And there are shadows. And the weather and night-day cycle is real-time. No wonder the frame-rates are only just playable. But it gives a flavour of the amazing worlds we (hugely bankrolled studios + the modder fanbase) will be able to create with games by 2010.