This weekend the database of online game Second Life got hacked, exposing usernames, passwords and addresses of thousands of players. If you play and use the same password anywhere else, make sure you change it ASAP (Second Life will require you change it next time you log in). The press release from Linden Labs can be found here. Despite hiccups like this it's definitely making headway into the mainstream; there was an article on BBC breakfast news featuring Second Life only yesterday.
In happier news now I'm back in the country for a bit I've got a chance to play around with the beta of XNA Game Studio Express. For those who've missed it this is a new framework aimed at developing games for Windows and the XBox 360, and the express edition is free! So anyway, watch this space :-)