Watch Me Change

Posted in Funny, Games, Marketing, TV

No, I don’t mean me!
On Travis‘ blog I found this game/ad: Watch Me Change

It is an interactive advertising for the Gap where you get to create an avatar (male or female), change it’s appearance, choose an outfit and then watch the avatar perform a striptease and then change into the outfit you selected.

The 3D animation is really well made and fun to watch. I don’t know if it will make me buy more clothes, but it certainly is really fun to play with. Below you can see one of the avatars at various points of (un)dress.

Watch Me Change

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Monopoly Card Game

Posted in Games

Something cool I came across when shopping for Ianiv for Christmas. Monopoly: The Card Game

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Eager for a game of Monopoly, but don’t have a few hours handy? Pick up the Monopoly Card Game and get your land-baron fix in under an hour. Game play is fast and fun. Try to build up a color set of properties and lay down your hand first with as many houses, hotels, and other beneficial cards as possible. You’ll need to exchange cards with other players to win, which adds new levels of strategy and recalls the wheeling and dealing of the board game. Keep score after each hand with Monopoly money; make it to $10,000, and you’re the big winner!

We haven’t tried it yet, but will soon.

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Outsourcing your game play

Posted in Games

This article on the NY Times really reminded me of Cory Doctorow’s Anda’s Game where people run sweatshops full of kids playing games in order to make money in MMORPGs.

This article talks about companies who make money by charging people to play for them in the early stages of a game. In many games it takes many hours of running around killing monsters in order to advance to levels where things get more interesting. Some people don’t want to have to go through all that and prefer to pay someone to do it for them, and when their character reaches a certain level they take over again.

Because some of this games have a virtual economy that can be converted into real cash these companies can also make money but finding gold and other valuable in-game items.

The people working at this clandestine locale are “gold farmers.” Every day, in 12-hour shifts, they “play” computer games by killing onscreen monsters and winning battles, harvesting artificial gold coins and other virtual goods as rewards that, as it turns out, can be transformed into real cash.

it is not all fun and games. These workers have strict quotas and are supervised by bosses who equip them with computers, software and Internet connections to thrash online trolls, gnomes and ogres.

Worst Toys of 2005

Posted in Gadgets & Gizmos, Games

Always good to know what kind of crap is out there. Especially for kids. Here are the 10 worst toys of 2005.

W.A.T.C.H.’s annual “10 Worst Toys” list nominates representative toys with the potential to cause childhood injuries, or even death.

1. Baby Serena – Baby I’m Yours

2. Camouflage Water Bomb Fun Kit

3. Splatmatic Pistol Splat Paintball Shooter

4. Animal Alley – Ponies

5. The Lord Of The Rings – Return Of The King Uruk-Hai Crossbow Set Including Electronic Light ‘n’ Sound Sting Sword

6. Air Kicks Kickaroos Anti-Gravity Boots

7. Fisher Price’s Little Mommy Bath Baby Doll

8. Fantastic 4 Electronic Thing Hands

9. Star Wars – Revenge Of The Sith Energy Beam Blaster

10. City Blocks

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Via J-Walk

Destroy your blog

Posted in Funny, Games

Well, don’t actually destroy it. Did you think I’d give you crazy advice like that? But, if you ever have one of those days when you think your blog needs a good kick in the ass, send it over to net disaster where you can have if flooded, attacked by dinosaurs, peed on, nuked, paintballed or even have a dog crap on it, like I just did to Blogaholics:

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Quite funny. Lots of destructions to choose from.

Via cartoonist

Disney’s Haunted Mansion

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Games

I just came by a link to a page with the history of the Haunted Mansion at Disney. Interesting information, cool pictures and sound loops. Very appropriate considering we’ll be there in one week.

Go to Haunted Mansion Secrets

Furby is back

Posted in Funny, Gadgets & Gizmos, Games

The New York Times has the scoop: Furby is back.

Furby2005.jpgOver 40 million Furby toys were sold worldwide in 1998. It was announced a few months ago but now we get the details: the horrible plush monster is back with 500 kilobytes of memory and voice recognition to respond to its owner.

It can laugh, smile, frown, gasp, yawn and express fear or boredom. If you ask Furby to tell you a joke, it will obey and really, I don’t want to think about what kind of joke can come from that disgusting gadget.

Its back, mouth and stomach sensors respond to petting, feeding and tickling. A communication sensor in its belly can detect the presence of companion Furbies.

Available in the next few weeks for $39.99.Popgadget

Via Popgadget



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