Wired News has a good round-up of the details surrounding the strange case of James Bragg, who has just filed suit against Linden Labs for shutting down his Second Life account. Bragg was shut down for exploiting a flaw in the Second Life land auctions system and purchasing large amounts of land far under normal cost. The issue at hand stems from the fact that Second Life is one of the few games that allows users to retain ownership over anything they purchase or create within the game, and these in-game items have real-world values. According to Wired News’ estimate, Bragg’s in-game cash holdings alone value approximately $3200 in US currency. Bragg, however, is suing for $8000, factoring his in-game land holdings into the lawsuit. Read the full story on Wired News.
Plasma Pong is a completely tripped-out version of regular Pong that incorporates fluid dynamics. In addition to deflecting the ball with your paddle, you can now use jets and vortices of fluid pressure to help guide the ball. And all of this is rendered in a super-colorful “plasma” style. If you love the visual style of games like Geometry Wars, Mutant Storm, and Darwinia, then you need to check this one out. Click here to download Plasma Pong, free for Windows PCs.
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