Here are some video trivia game widgets from PopJax.com. The widgets are pretty straight forward and interesting enough to pass the time. They are leveraging YouTube videos and YouTube services for their widgets. This is a smart move as that will significantly lower their overhead.
The widgets have login and registration within the widgets, this is a nice touch. No need to force people back to home base if it’s not needed. Though, there is a Community/Social Network going on.
Here are a couple of contests for you to pass your time. One requires no programming knowledge so anyone can try their hand at being a game designer. The second can be more complicated depending on what you do with it.
Enjoy and good luck…
GALACTIC GAME CHALLENGE
Enter for the chance to win $1,000!
Create a fun game with aliens, spaceships, and robots! The Sims Carnival™ makes it easy for everyone to be a game designer.
Here’s your chance to win these awesome prizes:
Winner will receive the grand prize of $1,000!
2nd and 3rd place entries will each receive a Nintendo® DS
NVIDIA Preface Gadget Development Contest
NVIDIA and Microsoft have come together to allow developers an opportunity to enter a gadget of their creation in the first contest of its kind. What gadget can you create?
Finalists will receive roundtrip airfare to attend NVIDIA’s NVISION event in San Jose, CA (August 25–27) where the winning gadget will be selected by a panel of judges from NVIDIA, Microsoft and Dell. The winner will receive a DELL XPS 420 system and have their gadget featured on the front page of NZONE.com, included in the NVIDIA newsletter, and the Windows SideShow section of Microsoft’s Windows Live Gallery.
[via Widgets Lab]
Activision has released a Guitar Hero III widget for you to play with. There are 3 playable songs ranging from easy to hard: “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour, “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper, and “Metal Heavy Lady” by Lions.
It’s a pretty neat little game. But, be warned, it’s difficult to play since it uses the keyboard.
If you are persistent and continue to play, you may land yourself on the leaderboard. Stay there long enough and you can become eligible to win prizes from Rocket XL and Activision.
This is a great way to use widgets as a marketing tool. Have fun and enjoy!
[via Widgets Lab]
Update (2007.06.02): Epileptic Gaming will be covering the Blizzard US Regional Finals for Warcraft 3 LIVE this weekend so check them out.
We build a custom Stickam player widget for our friends over at Epileptic Gaming. Epileptic Gaming is a live internet show focusing on video games and the gaming culture. They do a great show so if you are into gaming you should definitely check them out. The show airs LIVE every weekday at 7:00 PM Eastern / 4:00 PM Pacific.
Epileptic Gaming utilizes Stickam to do the live video broadcast and chat sessions. We have wrapped the Stickam player in our own custom widget. The custom widget displays the Epileptic Gaming player by default and their list of Stickam friends. If the show is LIVE, the player will auto start. To open the full video chat room, click on “enter chat”. You can check out their friends if you like. Friends who are LIVE on Stickam will have a webcam icon next to their name.
The widget also helps promote CAGcast, another gaming show.
If you like the show and would like to spread the word, click the “i” icon to get the code for the widget.
Currently playing is Critical Hit, “a weekly panelist show where leading members of the industry will get together for honest, frank discussions about the inner workings of the gaming industry and gaming communities.” Critical Hit airs Fridays at 2:30 PM Pacific (on the EG account) before the Epileptic Gaming show.
[update (05/28/2008) - widget removed and discontinued due to lack of Stickam API support]