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…It’s TGI Friday: Mirror’s Edge 2D?

Mirror's Edge 2D

Considering some of the reviews I’ve read of Mirror’s Edge (See Yahtzee’s Zero Punctuation Review for an example) Mirror’s Edge 2D might just be the first advergame that’s better than the original!

Mirror’s Edge 2D was developed by Borne Games (the same folks that created the Fancy Pants Adventure series) and it borrows and updates heavily from the already fantastic controls to create a fluid experience that will have you running up walls, sliding under bars, and jumping across chasms in no time.

It’s also a very open game, with lots of room to explore, and you can earn achievements along the way that will help you rank on the global leaderboards that they keep updated with the top scores.

[Mirror’s Edge 2D]

…It’s Website Wednesday: ClearlyClosed?

ClearlyClosed

ClearlyClosed is a rather uniquely focused website the “captures storefronts in everyday neighborhoods that leave their ‘open’ sign on long after they’re closed”.

ClearlyClosed Sample

Since it’s a user-driven, collaborative and ongoing community photography project, you’re encouraged to submit your own photos that show buildings around you that are clearly closed, and there are even tips and guidelines for doing so if this is something you’d like to document too.

[Clearly Closed]

[Via: Neatorama]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Wikia Search?

Wikia Search

Wikia Search wants to take down the Google giant with a freely licensed (open source) search engine.

Since Google is now a $200 Billion company, it’s easy to assume that they’re going to be a bit guarded with regard to their search technology; as it is, after all, the driving force behind most of those billions.

However, Wikia Search feels that by putting users in control, they can create a search engine that works faster, is more accurate, and is more informative.

How is it going to do this?

By using the power of a community of users acting together in an open, transparent, and public way.

Their belief is that “search is a fundamental part of the infrastructure of the Internet, and that it can and should therefore be done in an open, objective, accountable way”.

Though it’s currently only an Alpha release (meaning the results are pretty bad because there is no user feedback data), as that data starts to roll in, expect the results to get better at an impressively quick pace. (At least that’s the hope.)

It’s definitely an interesting project, and I hope it’s successful too, because if it can do for search what Wikipedia did for the encyclopedia, then Google definitely needs to keep an eye on this David.

[Wikia Search]

…It’s TGI Friday: Moola?

Moola Logo

What if you could make real money from your online gaming addiction?

What if you could make that money without ever risking any of your own?

Moola, a “massively multiplayer rewards game”, wants to do just that, and will be opening its site (currently in beta) to the masses by the end of today.

(If you’d like to get in, and the site is still not live, click HERE for an invite.)

So how does it work?

Moola WinningsWhen you first join the site, Moola gives you a penny. You then play a game against another player, and you both wager that penny. Before the game starts, you have to watch an ad, and then the winner of the game receives both player’s pennies. Betting continues at higher and higher dollar amounts until you decide to either cash out, or you go broke and have to start all over again. Any time you loose all of your money, Moola gives you another penny and you start all over again.

Since you double up each time you play, if you can win 30 times in a row, you’d walk away with $10.7 million, but considering the fact that both players would be risking $5.35 million (you can cash out at any time), the chances of that ever happening are slim to none.

Regardless, the highest cash out so far has been in the $5,500 range, so there is some serious cash to be made if you play the games right. Plus, when the site goes live, there will be a steam of new players, meaning the pace of play is going to pick up dramatically.

Sound like a deal?

Then head on over and try it out, because other player’s Moola isn’t going to wait around forever.

[Moola]

[Via: Read/Write Web]

…Nokia is not Apple?

Nokia Open

Though it may just be the beneficiary of good timing, I’d like to think that after the whole AdWords incident, there’s a little more behind Nokia’s Open campaign.

By playing off of the recent iPhone lockdown, Nokia has positioned itself as the open platform, encouraging the now abandoned application and widget designers to code for the Nokia wonder phone instead.

We’ll have to wait and see if it works, but at least you can applaud them for quick thinking and a bit of daring creativity.

[Nokia – Open]