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We Preview: Dragon Age Legends

It seems like a good many games coming out these days have a related Facebook game to try and get the fans excited about the coming blockbuster. Dragon Age: Legends is the companion game to the up-and-coming Dragon Age 2. Legends is still in closed beta, but here’s a preview of what you can expect when the game opens to the public after the jump.

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The Many Faces of Tal Spiegel

Israeli graphic designer, Tal Spiegel, spent quite some time photoshopping a set of fantastic Facebook profile pictures, one for each day of the year. Starting with a photograph of himself, he has created a myriad of profile pictures that reference popular characters from cartoons, comic books, TV, film, music, and current affairs. Have a look at some of his illustrations after the jump.

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Socially Networked

In February 2004 the Internet was irreparably changed, and depending on which side of the fence you sit, it was either a good thing or the ruin of basic human interaction. I fall squarely in the latter group, as I feel Facebook has skewed the basic principles of what defines a friend and how we communicate.  It is a phenomenon which has taken the most ardent critic by surprise, me included. Although it would be foolish to ignore the 500 million odd users that would instantly vaporise should anything happen to their lives profiles.

So like all things popular and fashionable, a movie just had to be made about Facebook. My initial reaction was one of trepidation, as the idea of watching some varsity student plugging away at his code holed up in a dingy dorm room isn’t appealing. Guns, explosions, and gratuitous nudity are always surefire winners. The Social Network, by the looks of the trailer, will actually be a good watch despite it’s lack of mindless douchebaggery.

The Social Network is a movie which follows the birth of Facebook and the trials and tribulations that moulded it to what it presently is. The protagonist Mark Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg, who has lent his talents to off-beat movies such as Adventureland, Zombieland, and The Village. Justin Timberlake also appears in the movie as Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, which I must admit I am curious that he was cast in such a role. He is not exactly the first typecast that comes to mind in context of all things webbified. As long as he doesn’t sing or dance, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Some interesting and some not-so-interesting facts about Facebook after the jump.

  • People spend over 700 billion minutes a month on Facebook.
  • Of the 500 million users, 150 million access it via their mobile device.
  • Mobile Facebook users are twice as active as their desktop counterparts.
  • 50% of Facebookers are logged onto their accounts in any given day.
  • The average user has 130 friends.
  • 100% of Facebook users waste 2 gazillion man hours a year (Ok, I made that one up).

On a side note, Mark Zuckerberg was involved in some dubious shenanigans, which does make me question Facebook’s privacy policies. Wikipedia gives the low-down.

Whether one likes it or not, Facebook has changed the way people interact digitally, and probably for generations to come. Whatever happened to plain old email correspondence?

The Social Network releases in South African cinemas on November 5th.

[reference: Facebook facts]

Cautionary Tales

Worker Calls Boss Serial Masturbator, Gets the Sack

At one time or another in our working careers, we’ve all slagged off our bosses in words we wouldn’t necessarily say in front of our mothers. A 23-year-old administration clerk at a clothing factory south of Durban took things to a new level (or should I say platform) when he posted on Facebook that his boss was a serial masturbator!

The company found out when a co-worker reported the issue, took umbrage, and fired the clerk.

Wits Law Clinic Professor Willem de Klerk said the South African constitution promotes freedom of expression “provided that what is expressed is based on fact”. I doubt anyone would actually admit to furiously jerking off 10 times a day so the malicious Facebook comment could (and was) considered as illegal as a verbal defamatory statement.

Considering the disdain some companies have for Facebook I certainly wouldn’t use it to air my grievances; I’d probably call them a See-You-Next-Thursday under my breath and leave it at that ;-)

Read the full story at IOL.

[via afairweather on Twitter]

Cautionary Tales

Facebook Boob Fondler Busted!

The Sun reports that as useful as Facebook may be, it can also bit you on the ass and a dumbass philanderer Antonio M. felt the pain as his fiancee uncovered a photo of him nestled between the naked breasts of another woman! To make it worse, the fiancee named only as Valeria A found the incriminating photo on Antonio’s Facebook profile just a few days before the intended wedding. Justifiably upset, Valeria printed and stuck up hundreds of posters around the area of the city where Antonio and their friends work. Her message to him reads:

Thank goodness there’s Facebook! At least I’ve discovered you’re a traitor pig before the wedding! Signed, your former betrothed bride and the 548 guests of our wedding.

I’m sure Antonio had a perfectly valid reason for that shit-eating grin but the boobies are a tad difficult to explain –  those mammaries could have belonged to his sister and he was inspecting them for lumps; perhaps it could have been a badly exposed self-portrait; an art class project maybe. If you have any plausible excuses, drop us a comment and let us know.