I'll admit that I eagerly anticipate the release of Will Wright's new game Spore, which ships today in Europe and Australia, and on Sunday in America. To coin a phrase, Wright has rarely steered rong in his game designs, and even his relative failures, like Sim Ant, were interesting failures. (Strategy gamers should also be aware that Soren Johnson, who took the Brian Reynolds role in the excellent Sid Meier's [in name only] Civilization IV, is on the Spore team.)
But that's me. A number of highly anticipated games which you may care about, like Warhammer Online and Fallout 3, are near release. With that in mind, consider Cracked's 7 Commandments All Video Games Should Obey. I suspect that many of our readers are quite familiar with these rules, and know well the consequences of breaking too many commandments: no sequel and a disbanded development team.
Personal to frequent Popehat commenter Andrew: Peter Molyneux, whose Fable 2 also releases soon and which you highly anticipate, is the single worst breaker of the unwritten 8th Commandment: "Do not promise the moon only to deliver a grain of sand which may or may not be extraterrestrial in origin, you'll just have to take my word for it, and by the way, have I mentioned what exciting features are in store for Black & White 3?"
Be cautious about this one.