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Using Google Maps for a Giant Game of Monopoly
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Update: The day came for the big game, but apparnetly too much interest had been generated because the game’s site has been down most of the day.

Original Article: Tomorrow (September 9), a giant worldwide game of Monopoly will commence, using the real world. That is, the real world on Google Maps. Hasbro, the creators of the classic board game, are launching the game called, "Monopoly City Streets," in which players will fight for the largest empire in the world.

NFL Looking To Tighten Up Social Media Rules

While it’s probably not fair to attach the “No Fun League” tag to the NFL in this instance it certainly makes for a better headline, so there. The league, which earlier this year linked itself to the US Marine Corps and others by limiting social media use by its ‘employees’ has expanded those terms before the start of the regular season.

A Twitter App Just for the World Series of Poker
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The World Series of Poker is now underway, and Twitter is pointing out a Twitter app called PokerRoad Nation, which aggregates tweets from professional players.

With PokerRoad Nation, users can filter the tweets to see updates from specific WSOP players or from specific events. There are over 50 events, and thousands of players (pros and amateurs).

Blockbuster Gets Ready to Test Online Game Rental
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As Blockbuster.com continues its struggle to compete with the much more popular Netflix movie rental service, the company is starting an online video game rental offering to compliment its movie offering.

This was announced a while back, but today’s announcement puts a date to its launch – June 30. It will start in Cleveland, but is planned to go nationwide by the end of the year. The Cleveland pilot test will be open to all Blockbuster Total Access and Blockbuster By Mail subscribers.

Popular Game Themes Come To iGoogle

Never mind money, search, and advertising for a minute.  Whether you go home every evening and power up a PS3 or just have fond memories of early arcade and Nintendo games, Google’s got something to bring a smile to your face as gaming themes for iGoogle have been unveiled.

Google Putting AdSense in Your Games
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It was only a matter of time, but Google is beginning beta testing for in-game advertising, or "AdSense for Games". On Google’s Inside AdSense Blog, Ryan Hayward writes:

Popular Facebook App (fluff)Friends Purchased by SGN

While some Facebook gaming apps are causing users to have their Facebook accounts revoked, others are making their owners some money.

Apple Takes the “Tris” Out of iPhone Tetris
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It’s not been a good week for developers of well-established game knock-offs. Facebook favorite Scrabulous, a Scrabble-like game developed by two brothers in India was just removed in the UK and Australia, after already being forced down from the social network in North America last month.

Popular Facebook App Shut Down

About a month ago, one of the most popular applications on Facebook was yanked in North America. That application would be Scrabulous, a Scrabble-like game developed by the Agarwalla brothers from India who were met with a lawsuit by Hasbro.

Many Yahoo Games Going Free
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You know what they say about work and play, so even as Yahoo gets eyed by Steve Ballmer, interrogated by investors, and generally abused by Carl Icahn, here’s a nice side project: it’s trying to offer a lot of downloadable games for free.

Yahoo's got game – for free!

A deal with two in-game ad publishers allowed Yahoo to make some 400 games free for people to download and play.

Violent Video Games Easy For Kids To Buy

Nearly all stores (94%) say they have policies in place to prevent children under 17 from purchasing M-rated (mature) video games, but close to 50 percent of the time secret shoppers were able to buy such games according to the National Institute on Media and the Family.

Yahoo Search Looks For 2007 Trends

The typical celebrity crises that grab lots of attention in search may have reached a point where Yahoo’s Search team has had far too much Lohan, Hilton, and Spears this year.

China Fights Fake Games Sites

Beijing is working to crack down on the illegal sales of 2008 Olympic merchandise on a number of unauthorized Web sites.

Live.com Plays Referrer Stats Games

While it is common, nowadays, to whine how Google shouldn’t tell people how to make money with their websites (like selling links), this time Microsoft has done the same.

Lately, it’s been noticed that Live.com spams the referrer logs of the websites, claiming that it is only about quality check.

Parents Pass On Playing Video Games With Kids

Eight out of ten children between the ages of 4 and 17 frequently play computer or video games, according to a new poll from AOL Games and the Associated Press.

MLB Picks Off Game Download Buyers

There is no joy in Mudville, as mighty DRM has struck out fans who bought baseball videos from MLB.com.

Google Nearly Ready With In-Game Advertising

You don’t need to worry about pixies hawking Diet Pepsi or having to watch action heroes put on Axe deodorant.  Google intends to address ads in video games in a different way, and according to new reports, it intends to do so starting this month.

Casual Gaming: An Untapped Market

At the first of the year, I wondered if 2007 or 2008 would be the year of the online game.

2007 is nearly gone, and not a peep out of anybody except the Casual Games Association, which says 150 million people play free, casual games online, outpacing game consoles, first-person shooter games, and massively multiplayer games.

Casual Games Association
ESPN To Show NBA Games Online
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If you are a fan of the NBA but do not have cable than you will be glad to know that you can watch ESPN’s NBA games live online starting this season.

MySpace To Launch Gaming Channel

MySpace is partnering with casual gaming company Oberon Media to create a new gaming channel on the social networking site.