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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.

Yahoo Better Than Google At Unimportant Games

This article has nothing to do with market share, revenue, or even brand recognition.  But in search-related news, Yahoo representatives beat Google in both slot car racing and cricket.

AdSense for Games Coming “Soon”

Google’s Bernie Stolar and Greg Schaffer spoke at the Casual Connect game convention this week and shared details of Google’s plans to bring AdWords to video games via “AdSense for Games.”

Microsoft Partners With Games For Change

Microsoft announced it is partnering with Games for Change to examine new ways to promote social awareness on issues through digital gaming.

Will Users Kongregate At The YouTube For Games?

It’s spelled as if it comes straight from the Kaiser, or the Kremlin, and red like the Cold War (which Putin, apparently, is looking to put back in the cooler), and maybe, since it’s somewhat communal, this online sharing thing, it’s appropriate – Kongregate is being touted as "the YouTube for games."

Gartner: Five Laws For The Virtual World
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Virtual worlds are set to take off and by 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users will have a presence in a virtual world according to Gartner.

Gartner analysts are studying the buzz surrounding virtual worlds and the role businesses will have in using them. They recommend that clients research and experiment with virtual worlds but should refrain from pouring large sums of money into them until the environment is stable.

Googler Games Google; Cutts Goes Silent
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A week after Google’s Matt Cutts set the SEO world ablaze by asking webmasters to report cases of link-buying, his area of the Googleplex is decidedly silent – and so is the media relations department regarding a double-dipping Google executive’s association with a questionable made-for-AdSense company.

NIN Using ARG To Market New Album
I think the concept of marketing using “big games” or ARG’s is one of the most exciting marketing concepts that has emerged in recent years. The way it combines customer experience, co-creation, word of mouth, and customer engagement and lets not forget FUN, makes it a very powerful tool in a marketers repertoire. As Trent says though this is not just about marketing but a new form of entertainment.

Localization Troubles

I have a website with a couple of games, presented in a couple of languages. What’s the best technical way to go about structuring such a multi-language site?* Some of the goals are:

Kids Do More Than Play Games Online
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For children ages 6-11 the most common online activity is playing games with 48 percent saying they had done so at least once in the last month according to new data from Experian Simmons. While that is not a major revelation what is surprising is that 21 percent said they had used the Internet to do homework and research.

Google’s Got Game. Advertising, That Is

A long rumored deal has finally been hashed out between Google and in-game advertising technology firm Adscape Media, with Google giving up $23 million for the company.

Google Plots On E-Books And Games

The new year finally seems to be on track, as new rumors about Google merrily bounced around the Internet, bringing tales of e-book distribution and in-game advertising with them.

Interesting Discussion About Linkbait Games

The concept of linkbait exploded during the Las Vegas PubCon, thanks in large part to the drinkbait game. While it’s true there were a number of sessions devoted to concept, seeing it in action in the form of game based on getting your picture taken hammered the whole idea home.

Fantasy Games Online

On Friday last week, there was a great piece by Julia Beizer in the Washington Post Express about a different category of fantasy games that offer an alternative to Fantasy Football.

Want Free Games? Have Some Porn Too
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No one in their right mind would offer free game downloads for kids that comes with porno-popping adware right? And surely another right-minded entity wouldn’t allow such a proprietor to sponsor their kid-targeted webpage right? Wrong on both counts. Warner Brothers and Zango, what were you thinking?

MTV Playing Games With Xfire
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Viacom has decided to pick up gaming tool developer Xfire for $102 million, and place it under the MTV Networks division.

Cool Stuff for Developers Over on Scotts Blog

Scott Guthrie is a general manager at Microsoft. One thing I like is his blog. It’s been getting more and more popular with developers over the past few months.

Nintendo Plays Mind Games With Old Folks
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Like Rock N Roll in its infancy, video games have drawn traditionalist ire as the societal ruin de jour. The more progressive of us, however, have noted that any exercise in creative fantasy is healthy-we’ve even theorized that they help sharpen some very important parts of the brain. As illustrated in Japan, Nintendo thinks so too.

Online Games Soon To Be Spectator Sport

Don’t call me a prophet. No, not yet. But in 20 years remember this article and how you were told it would happen. Imagine sitting down to catch a pay-per-view soccer match. The team: Manchester United. So what? The team is digital and controlled by a Simon, a 16-year-old kid in Santa Fe. He’s playing against Kim’s Peruvian All Stars in Seoul. You paid $18 to watch a video game soccer match.

Visa Blogs Torino Games from Canada

David Jones reminds me via email that Visa also has a blog program going in Canada called Visa Olympics of the Imagination.

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