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LEGO Universe Minifig Mission Underway: Answer the Call

Are you a lifelong LEGO fan? Do you crave for online brick-building amid adventure and social interaction with friends? Do you want to save imagination? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you ought to know that the Great Minifig Mission has begun! LEGO Universe, the upcoming MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) based on the classic LEGO play experience, is calling all creative minds to help defeat the evil Maelstrom. Grab your friends and head on over to the site already! From LEGOUniverse.com: The Great Minifig…

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“Zero” Marketing is the Best Marketing: Dark Void Zero and Instant Nostalgia

[As noted on Giant Bomb, a Zero or “0” in a game’s title establishes that it’s a prequel or remake, ala Resident Evil 0, Perfect Dark Zero and Metroid: Zero Mission.] Dark Void Zero is a little game with huge potential – the lovechild of retro fan-service and innovative marketing has become a very compelling title, and is likely to lead the charge for similar games. Available today for a $5 download on the DSiWare Store, it’s clearly designed to build hype for its full-priced “big brother” Dark Void, ironically released today for Xbox…

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Publishers Clearing House Holding $1,000 Mahjongg Dimensions Tournament

Are you hooked on Mahjongg Dimensions since we warned you it might hook you? Would you like several hours of your life back? You can’t have them, I’m afraid, but the good news is that if you’re willing to spend several more hours, you have a shot at a $1,000 prize. Publishers Clearing House Games has asked us to  inform you that tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20th, they will be holding a Mahjongg Dimensions tournament on their website, PCHGames.com. Sign up, and from midnight to 11:59 p.m., you can submit as many scores as your…

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FarmVille Celebrates Crunchie Award Win with Special Statue, Reaches 10 Million Fans

Zynga is thanking loyal FarmVille fans for their help winning the 2009 Crunchies with a free celebratory gift – the Crunchies Award – a commemorative statue that was placed in each players’ giftbox last week. Plus, Zynga says more special rewards are on the way next week, to celebrate FarmVille’s 10 million fan milestone. Guess Facebook’s hottest farming game just had too much goodness to give out in one week alone! Stay tuned for more details on the 10 million fan prize, and here’s the full pop-up notification from Zynga: “THANKS FARMERS! It’s…

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Zynga Sells Virtual Goods for Haiti Relief

Have you ever wished your FarmVille efforts were actually generating some food? They can, starting tonight: Zynga has issued a press release announcing the start of a Haiti Relief Fund, with limited edition goods available for purchase in FarmVille, and Mafia Wars 100% of proceeds from these virtual sales will be donated towards the World Food Programme, translating into desperately needed food and supplies for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, stated, “The devastation in Haiti is unimaginable, and anything we or our users can do is…

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Traveler’s Quest: Plundering Santa Monica with My iPhone

Social gaming introduces a number of amusing and intriguing factors into one’s daily diversions. Every week, the new Bejeweled Blitz tournament pits me against my friends, and I struggle to beat Kate’s must-be-cheating scores. Conversely, there are games which pit me against users I don’t know, engaging in petty rivalries with other Mobsters. Add a GPS-enabled device into the mix, however, and suddenly the dynamic changes even further: Depending on the places life may take me, I can play against a wholly new community of players on any given day. Enter Traveler’s Quest, a location-based…

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Facebook Credits: Uniform Virtual Currency for Social Games

Are Facebook Credits the next Web Currency? Should PayPal be worried? The social media gurus over at Mashable say yes – it will take a while – but yes. Facebook introduced the Credits system back in April as a way to simply give friends spending money in the virtual gift shop. It’s now also part of the gift marketplace, where you can use Facebook Credits to buy real gifts. Facebook has been pushing for third-party applications to adopt their could-be-universal virtual currency system. Some publishers are reluctant, as they would see…

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