Lots of fun and games

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am


New trend on the web


An addictive feature of Facebook games is that they let you collect coins or points after certain achievements. These rewards can get you hooked on playing more and more towards credits you can earn to unlock fun new features of a game.

WeTopia has taken this strategy and put it to good use in the real world. In the game developed by Sojo Studios, players receive points for building a school or planting a tree in a virtual village. The game allows users to turn their points earned into real donations to such well-known charities as Save the Children and Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Gamers have already helped build schools and pharmacies in Haiti and other developing countries.

Sojo Studios donates 50 per cent of its profits, which come from advertising and gaming fees paid by Facebook users playing the game. The game maker says it will launch further socially responsible games on Facebook.


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Few people are happy with their driver's licence photo so Adam Bard of British Columbia, Canada, made sure he would be happy with his.

The 26-year-old software developer decided to shave off his hair on one side of his head and his full beard on the other side. He duly ended up with completely different looks on either side.

To his surprise, the people at the motor vehicles office had no problem with his new look and agreed to take his picture for a new driver's licence.

Bard chronicled his transformation for his driver's licence on his Reddit account and has received more than 6 million hits.

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 21, Adele

2 Some Nights, Fun.


4 The Best of the Monkees, The Monkees

5 Black Radio, Robert Glasper

6 Making Mirrors, Gotye

7 Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay

8 19, Adele

9 El Camino, The Black Keys

10 Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons


In other news ...

We already have an Oscar-winning film on how Facebook came into being, so here comes one about Twitter.

The social networking tool plays a big part in the Indonesian romantic film Republik Twitter. In the movie, the male lead Sukmo strikes up a romance over Twitter with a beautiful journalist named Hanum. The story explores how Twitter has changed the ways people in Indonesia communicate in all aspects of life from personal relationships to journalism, business and politics.

Indonesia, in case you wonder, has the highest number of Twitter users in the world. The country ranks second in Facebook users, behind the US.

Let's stay tuned for the inevitable silver screen treatment of YouTube.

Top videos on YouTube

Lego race to space

A Romanian man sends a mini Lego space shuttle to the final frontier with a weather balloon.


Joyride invisible

Mercedes Benz covered one of its new fuel-cell vehicles with panels of LED lights and turned it invisible.


Big bad wolf scoop

In a fun new ad, Britain's The Guardian newspaper imagines how it would cover Three Little Pigs in real life.