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…Working for Google can be fun?

Google Image Labeler

Google is trying to add keywords to images in its image search results through the use of a game called Google Image Labeler. Based on Luis von Ahn’s ESP Game, two players are paired up and attempt to label the matching image they see with the same label to earn points (though only bragging points, they don’t actually earn you anything). From Google:
“You’ll be randomly paired with a partner who’s online and using the feature. Over a 90-second period, you and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner’s label, you’ll earn some points and move on to the next image until time runs out. After time expires, you can explore the images you’ve seen and the websites where those images were found. And we’ll show you the points you’ve earned throughout the session.”
Sounds like a fun and interesting way for Google to add labels to its photos, and the game is addictive in a “I don’t know why, but I can’t stop playing” sort of way.

[Google Image Labeler]

[The ESP Game]

[Via: TechCrunch]

…You can play your favorite classics on an Atari keychain?

Atari Keychains

If you love retro gaming, nothing beats the original Atari joystick and spinning Pong paddle. Now, Atari has come out with keychains that not only recreate your classic controller of choice, but also come preloaded with Pong (with Breakout & Warlords), Asteroids (with Millipede) or Centipede (with Yar’s Revenge). Each comes with a six-foot cord with RCA jacks to plug directly into your TV and get your plug ‘n play retro game on.

[Atari Keychains]

[Via: Uber-Review]

…Squishing tomatoes can be fun?

Domino Pressure

Domino Pressure is a fun flash game where you knock over one domino that sets off a chain that in the end squishes a tomato (no idea why it’s a tomato but it is). The object of each round is to find the one domino that will knock over a chain that includes every other domino. Get it right, and you gain time, but get it wrong, and you loose one second for every domino that is left on the board. The game is very fun but very difficult. Prepared to be addicted.

[Domino Pressure]