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GameStop Unveils New Facebook Store

GameStop opened a new store today on Facebook. The shop, accessible via GameStop's Facebook page, allows users to purchase games online, read product reviews, watch trailers and find nearby GameStop outlets. Fans of the retailer can also "like" and share specific games on Facebook, and earn points via GameStop's customer loyalty program. Today's launch is just the latest in a series of...

Your New Addiction: 'GIRP'

We don't like this game at all. To make the beleaguered character climb out of what looks like a pretty nasty dungeon, you have to hit different letters (to move his hands) while pounding on the shift or CTRL keys just so (to flex his muscles, of course). To be frank, we hate 'GIRP.' Our puny hand-eye coordination is not up to the task of pressing multiple buttons at once to make the stupid guy...

'Angry Birds' Migrating to Facebook This March

By now, it's pretty clear that no platform is safe from the 'Angry Birds.' According to All Facebook, a new version of the game will debut on Facebook sometime in March. It's unclear exactly what new features the Facebook version of the pig-smashing, flying birds game will have, but Rovio CEO Mikael Hed's use of the word "collaborative" to describe it suggests a new social component. In a...

Become a Virtual '80s Stock Broker in 'American Dream'

As Method Man will readily tell you, cash rules everything around us. While we don't yet live in a world where breaking bricks with our heads yields precious gold coins, we can still indulge in rampant greed in the gaming world. This week we'll be looking at games that revolve around dollar bills, gold medallions and all manner of monetary excitement. 'American Dream' is a simulation that...

'NBA Legend' Brings 'FarmVille'-style Facebook Gaming to Pro Ball

During this, the week leading up to its all-star game in Los Angeles, the NBA has unveiled a new social game for Facebook users. The game, 'NBA Legend,' which was developed by Lionside in partnership with the NBA, is similar to 'FarmVille,' 'Mafia Wars' and other popular social games that clog your News Feed with incessant updates. Users create avatars and purchase points to increase their...

New Digitally Enhanced 'Monopoly Live' Makes the Original Seem Mildly Entertaining

For the small price of $50, you can be the proud owner of your very own 'Monopoly Live' setup -- a new, high-tech version of the classic board game. Traditionalists needn't worry too much. The game's core principles (capitalism, greed, overwhelming monotony) remain firmly intact. The only slight change is the presence of a giant, God-like figure that guarantees you won't be able to have fun...

8-Year-Old Girl Racks Up $1,400 Bill After Playing 'Smurfs' Village' iPad Game

What do you get when you give an iPad to an 8-year-old girl? A bunch of Smurfberries, and a $1,400 bill from iTunes. That's what Stephanie Kay received, after her daughter Madison spent her winter break playing the 'Smurfs' Village' game on her family's iPad. The second-grader from Maryland apparently wasn't aware that the Smurfberries she collected cost real money -- a detail that, according...

Immigration Advocates Upset Over 'Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration' Game

'Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration' is a new game that invites players to smuggle illegal immigrants across the U.S. border. Owlchemy Labs, the Boston-based company that developed the game, is hoping to release 'Smuggle Truck' in March as an app for the iPhone and iPad, but the company's proposed launch is facing stiff resistance from immigrant advocacy groups. The game's objective is...

'Flight' Elevates Paper Airplanes to a Whole New Level

This week, we're taking to the skies with some breezy flying games. We'll thumb our noses at Newton, and defy gravity with rocket ships, helicopters and paper airplanes. Make sure your seat backs are fully upright and your belongings stowed in the overhead bins as we take off for some aerial thrills. Building the perfect paper airplane requires patience, diligence, and a passing knowledge of...

8th Grader's 'Bubble Ball' Unseats 'Angry Birds' on Apple's Top Free Apps List

Thanks to a tween, the avian reign on the iPhone is over. According to All Things Digital, a game created by a 14-year-old boy unseated 'Angry Birds Seasons' from its spot atop the App Store's Top Free Apps list. 'Bubble Ball,' which 8th-grader Robert Nay coded on his own, became the App Store's #1 free game late last week. Nay spent more than a month using Ansca Mobile's Corona SDK to write more...

'POND PONG' and 'PAC-mecium' Games Run on Living Organisms

Most video games offer some sort of escape from reality, but researchers at Stanford University are now working to inject actual life back into the gaming ecosystem -- one single-celled organism at a time. As NBC Bay Area reports, the scientists recently developed a series of games involving microscopic organisms, which players must move around various obstacle courses. Thus far, the team has...

Mighty Eagle Now Available for 'Angry Birds' Players (With iDevices)

Christmas has come early for impatient 'Angry Birds' addicts, because the Mighty Eagle has just landed in the App Store. As expected, the new feathered projectile allows players to skip particularly frustrating levels in one fell swoop, and pick up extra achievements along the way. The catch, however, is that the eagle can only be used once every hour, and it's not free. The basic app update is...

Kobe Bryant to Star in 'Revolutionary' New Facebook Game

It looks like Kobe Bryant is taking his talents to Facebook. According to a press release from social gaming publisher 6waves, the prickly Lakers star is set to star in a "revolutionary" new game from Endemol USA -- although it's still not clear whether said game will involve basketball. 6waves says Bryant will serve as the "inspiration and focus" behind the new game, and that he'll have a hand...

The Cake Is Not a Lie in Flash Puzzler 'R.I.F.T.'

This week, we've got a need for speed. Just as games of yore were all about accumulating high scores, these are all about quick reflexes and the shortest laps. You'll be pushed to the limit trying to achieve the unthinkably fast, so get ready for a true test of digital dexterity. Slowpokes need not apply. 'R.I.F.T.' takes robots and cake, two of our favorite things in the world, and somehow...

'CityVille,' Zynga's Next Click-Happy Time-Suck, Launching Soon

Mark Pincus admits that his ego is larger than a tycoon's. "I want to create something that will matter in a hundred years," the CEO of Zynga and creator of time-suck games like 'FarmVille,' said on Nightline last night. Parading his innocently vainglorious vision of the Internet and gaming, Pincus dismissed worries about the millions of users who funnel real money into unreal products as part of...