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Back on 15 May 2007, Lauren Moores wrote a nice piece, Kids Toy Crazes Go Virtual, on Compete using data from the 2 million plus users of their toolbar to estimate total U.S. traffic levels over the past year at Neopets, Webkinz, and Clubpenguin. They indicate about a tie of 2.75 million unique individuals visiting […]

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On 13 June 2007, a Sparter press release announced the public beta release of their Gamer to Gamer (G2G) site for trading virtual currencies. Several currencies were listed, but we noticed Linden was not on the list. The site includes several features to create “a safe and efficient trading environment” per the press release.

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The buzz surrounding selling virtual items for real dollars is getting hotter. On 20 June 2007 Neopets (purchased by Viacom for $160 million in June 2005) announced it will begin selling virtual items including ruby slippers for pets, wings of flame, and tiaras on June 28th in its NC Mall. They can be purchased using […]

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I just recalled, this Thanksgiving will be the 10th Anniversary of the release of Virtual Pet Secrets magazine back in 1997. I edited it for H&S Media. The first (and only) issue covered keychain virtual pets in depth with articles on collecting, displaying some of the larger collections, trends and developments, FAQ and tips, the […]

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With the industry abuzz about virtual communities, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) leaped in with a 7 March 2007 press release announcing a 3D online community for the Playstation 3 called “Home“. The new game was demonstrated at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on the same date. PS3 users will be able to […]

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Electronic Arts and Endemol announced a creative partnership on 16 April 2007 to build an online community called Virtual Me. VM will debut in Endemol’s TV show, Big Brother. Participants can compete in virtual versions of Endemol’s television talent shows and other Endemol TV offerings using “cutting edge avatars.”

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A one day conference titled, Virtual Goods Summit 2007, was held at Stanford on 22 June 2007 devoted to Virtual Goods. Topics included virtual goods and currencies, users, nurturing virtual economies, impact on social networking and more. Susan Wu, a co-producer of the conference, wrote a nice guest post on Tech Crunch titled Virtual Goods: […]

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Tamagotchi for Wii Ships

Per Video Game Generation, Namco Bandai began shipping Tamagotchi Party On! for Nintendo’s Wii platform on 29 May 2007. The game features a presidential election, Rock Paper Scissors and other games taking advantage the Wii’s motion features.

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A 28 June 2007 Bandai press release reports three Tamagotchi characters (Mametchi, Memetchi, and Kuchipatchi) are out interviewing for jobs this summer as they travel around the country to baseball stadiums, zoos, theme parks and other public places. (Think dressed up mascots traveling in a Tamagotchi van, maybe more than one set of them, like […]

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Tamagotchi Headed to the Movies

On 1 June 2007 Reuters reported from Tokyo an animated film is planned for release this December featuring several Tamagotchi characters befriending a human girl that shows up at their home. The movie will be distributed by Toho Co.

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