Week in review: The top 10 video games of the year

Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:VentureBeat’s top ten video games of the year (vote for your favorite) — Game publishers aren’t thrilled that video game sales are down 5 percent year to date. But for gamers, it’s been an awesome year because 2010 saw the debut of some of the best games ever made.

Google plans to fix broken Android Market with upcoming update — The Android Market on Google’s Android operating system has been broken for some time. This week, Google said it will fix some of the longstanding problems with an update.

Word Lens iPhone app combines instant text translation with augmented reality — Just when you thought you’ve seen everything mobile apps have to offer, along comes an entry like Word Lens that makes you feel like you’re in the future. The app instantly translates Spanish into English (and vice versa) whenever you point your iPhone’s camera on text.

Starting Monday, WikiLeaks will have a rival in Openleaks — Former WikiLeaks members say they plan to start rival Openleaks as part of an effort to compete for official leaks with WikiLeaks.

Record-breaking World of Warcraft Cataclysm sells 3.3M units in its first day out — World of Warcraft Cataclysm broke all PC game records, selling more than 3.3 million copies on its first day of sales on Dec. 7.

And here are five more stories we think are important, thought-provoking, fun, or all of the above:

noisyDing-ding-ding! Electric cars likely to be required to make noise — The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act suggests that electric cars and hybrids might be a little too quiet.

Google invests in RelayRides to turn your car into a Zipcar — It seems Google is willing to wait a little longer to fulfill CEO Eric Schmidt’s dream of cars that drive themselves.

How GetGlue plans to dominate TV check-ins (and more) — I’ve seen a ton of TV check-in apps in the last few months, so I asked founder and chief executive Alex Iskold how GetGlue will stand out.

Google makes Android Voice Search smarter by learning how you speak — Google is taking a cue from desktop speech recognition software, like the popular Dragon Naturally Speaking program, by bringing personalized voice profiles to Android’s mobile Voice Search app.

Fastest-growing game in history: Zynga’s CityVille hits 26M players in 12 days — Zynga’s CityVille has become the fastest-growing game in history. And based on an interview with a key Zynga executive, that isn’t an accident.

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