They were planning on having the beta last week, but there was a serious bug they had to fix, so they are supposedly going to open up a beta today (May 23rd) at 9am EST. Check the official site for info on how to get into the open beta.
Console gaming will never die. Playing games on your phone or on a tablet is a totally different experience. If you look at how much money the industry has made in the last few years and how successful the consoles have been, there is no way that the industry is even in trouble, let alone dying. Angry Birds is a fun game for short spurts, which makes it good for people who like to play every once in a while. You cant get an experience like Mass Effect, Fallout, or even Madden on a phone or tablet. Vesterbacka made a good "game", but he is pretty far off base with his quote.
As long as you have a hard drive and are connected online, you should be able to play a lot of the games from Xbox. You can find a list of games that are playable by region here...
The funniest quotes of this generation have to begin and end with GlaDOS from Portal. Here are a few of them...
You are not a good person. You know that, right? Good people don't get up here
Remember, the Aperture Science Bring Your Daughter to Work Day is the perfect time to have her tested
Please note that we have added a consequence for failure. Any contact with the chamber floor will result in an unsatisfactory mark on your official testing record, followed by death.
Cake, and grief counseling, will be available at the end of the testing period
A lot of companies do this to verify that the account is working. The charge should disappear after a day or two. This happens to me sometimes when I get gas or when I pay some bills. Check back in a couple days to your account and the dollar charge should be gone.
There absolutely is going to be many more Halo games. Microsoft's in-house studio, 343 Industries, is going to be making the next one now that Bungie is finished with the series. Besides "Halo 4", it is is well rumored that they are overseeing a remake of the original "Halo: Combat Evolved". Id say look for the remake this fall and the new one possibly next Fall in 2012.