March 26, 2009

iGoogle: Videogame-Themed Wallpapers For Your Home Page

Google launched its videogame-themed wallpaper for customized home pages on Wednesday, which many say could lead to online play making its way to the Google homepage, the AFP reported.

Google homepage users can now choose from a variety of scenes from blockbuster videogame titles as backdrops to personalize their iGoogle home pages.

Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience at Google, showed off the new themes during the opening night of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Mayer told the crowd that iGoogle was about allowing people to express their personalities.

"And there is no better way for that than videogames," she said. "Not only is the artwork unbelievably good, there is a real emotional connection with people."

iGoogle has received contributions from nine major videogame studios with themes ranging from popular titles like "Zelda," "World of Warcraft," "Spore," and "Guitar Hero."

Third-party software developers are working on games that users can install on their iGoogle pages and play with other users.

So far, demonstrations have included applications for iGoogle versions of "Mafia Wars" and Chess.com, many of which have become popular on social networking websites.

"We are looking at putting games into iGoogle pages," said Mayer.

Outside game developers are hoping to see their applications added to the Google's custom home pages by the end of the year.

The works of renowned artists and "causes" such as Conservation International and Doctors Without Borders make up just a few of the themes included on iGoogle home pages.


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