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Outside of seasonal events in massive multiplayer online role-playing games, video games don't milk the holidays nearly enough. Once Thanksgiving is over, we're all listening to holiday songs on the radio, watching holiday episodes of television shows, and going to the theater to see holiday movies. We're just fiending for Santa crap around this time of year so why don't more game companies take advantage of our sentimentality with special DLC? Here's five pieces of downloadable content we'd love to see next December:


5. Very special holiday episode of Fallout 3
The Fallout series is at its funniest when it juxtaposes the nuclear wasteland of its setting with the campy, optimistic 1950s-ish culture that existed before the bombs dropped. Who doesn't get a chuckle out of fighting a band of super mutants while listening to showtunes? It'd be great to see a new downloadable episode for Fallout 3 that pays tribute to the mostly idealized day in American culture: Christmas. Maybe the player could be hired to break into a feral ghoul-infested mall to find the perfect gift for a local child? There's a huge amount of possibilities there. Even if Bethesda doesn't make it, maybe some gamer will now that the level editor's been released for the PC version.


4. Adam Sandler's "Hannukah Song"
How has this song never been turned into DLC for Rock Band or Guitar Hero? If you ask music game fans what holiday song they crave the most, most will probably mention Adam Sandler's hilarious musical tribute to the eight days of Hanukkah. You know it'd sell well - shit, Sandler made a movie about the guy who serves water to football players and it raked in over $150 million. If Activision or MTV Games can't get their hands on the rights to the song, though, I'd settle for "Christmas in Hollis" by Run DMC.


3. Mirror's Edge Santa Run
'Twas the night before Christmas and not a creature was stirring, not even an acrobatic courier in a futuristic dystopia. In the single-player campaign of Mirror's Edge, we don't see much of Faith doing her normal job: the covert delivery of illegal packages. EA's planning on adding a number of time trial maps to the game but a new story-based mission would be great. How about having Faith do a special delivery run on Christmas Eve? She'll be just like Santa, except she's delivering contraband instead of presents and helicopters filled with storm troopers are trying to kill her.


2. Left 4 Dead Christmas Day Massacre
Okay, you know what? This DLC doesn't even need to have a holiday theme. Left 4 Dead shipped with four campaigns and it could really use another one...or two. Given Valve's usual pace, it wouldn't be surprising if new content didn't come out until the end of 2008 so why not make it a holiday campaign? A shopping mall would be an obvious setting (especially for a zombie movie) but a snowbound city adorned with Christmas decorations and filled with zombies would work too. Just place some Christmas trees and mistletoe around and voila, it's a holiday map.


1. A festive new boss for Mega Man 9
Capcom always struggles to think of new boss ideas for its Mega Man 9 - seriously, Concrete Man? They've overlooked an obvious freebie for years: create a Robot Master that resembles Santa? He can shoot crying toy dolls out of his hands or something. Just give him a name that sounds like it was badly translated from Japanese (Celebrate Man, Jubilee Man, Christmas Happy God Man) and you'll be set. If history's any indication, it doesn't matter how ridiculous the boss concept is. It's pretty much impossible to screw up classic Mega Man.

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