Heads up, all your Scrooges out there. You might be stuck at home this Christmas, stranded by flooding or stuck with your in-laws, but all hope is not lost -- as long as you have an internet connection and a browser, you can celebrate Christmas in true festive style with these FREE console games you can play in your browser FOR FREE. Did I mention that it's free?

Beta service Core Online has a couple of slightly older console games (courtesy of Eidos) that you can play in your browser, free of charge. Notables include Tomb Raider: Underworld and Hitman: Blood Money, both decidedly stellar games which seemed to run pretty quickly when I skived off work to play them conducted thorough testing.

An added bonus is that the service downloads the game to a local cache, meaning that even those of us crippled with terrible internet in holiday hideaways can still merrily shoot people up all Christmas long.

The only catch? It's an ad-supported service, meaning you have to sit through one teensy ad every 20 minutes. Is that such a chore? No, not really. Use the opportunity to take a break and check on the turkey, or go reassure the relatives that you still exist. Merry Christmas y'all. [Core Online via UberGizmo]