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Office Space: Idle Profits asks what you would do with a million dollars

Hot off of the heels of Beavis and Butt-Head's success, writer and director Mike Judge created a little film you might have heard of called Office Space. It was written to lampoon the Silicon Valley lifestyle Judge had experienced working there in the 80's. Office Space is of course now considered a cult classic, and is one of the most quotable movies in existence. Today I will be taking a quick look at an effort by FoxNext Games and Kongregate to recreate some of this film's magic with their release of an idle tapping game titled Office Space: Idle Profits.

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Noodlecake Studios brings us Lumino City, an award winning handcrafted puzzle adventure game

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Quirky platformer MouseBot is Vector Unit's latest offering for the casual and hardcore alike

Vector Unit has enjoyed a pretty good reputation on Android for a good while now. Not only have they released some pretty popular titles but they have also gone out of their way to support the Android platform more than most. Things like Play Games achievements, leaderboards, and cloud saving have all been a standard for the studio since their inception. Making sure to provide HID controller and Android TV support is also a big plus for them. When you take all of this into consideration, it is no surprise that they have gone on to perform exceedingly well, and deservedly so.

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Achievements, Leaderboards, And Multiplayer Show Up More Prominently In Search Results And Lists On The Android Play Store

An interesting design change has been spotted on the Android client side of the Google Play Store. Usually, when you're scrolling through a list of apps and games, whether it's a search result or the Store's own top lists, you see the app's icon, name, developer, star rating, price, and the quick options button. However, the star rating seems to be getting bounced back to second-class citizen state when more appealing features are available, like Achievements, Leaderboards, and Multiplayer.

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Left: new. Right: old (screenshot courtesy of ryanspoon)

Only one option of the game is deemed worthy of the spotlight, with a hierarchy system determining which one that is.

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[APK Teardown] Google Play Services 6.1.71 Adds Some Finishing Touches To Nearby Players, Renames Personal Unlocking To Smart Lock

As evidence mounts that the official release of Android L may be days away, Google began rolling out yet another update to Play services, just one week after the previous update. As it turns out, there's a bit more than just a new icon, a few UI tweaks, and the usual bug fixes. This version brings some finishing touches to a couple of features, no doubt getting them ready to launch alongside the next version of Android. There aren't strictly any new features here, but there's some interesting progression on some things we already knew about.

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Nearby Players

About a month ago, another teardown revealed a new matchmaking component called Nearby Players.

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[New App] Team Red Cross Gamifies Local Volunteer Activities, Schools Other Apps With Impeccable Holo Design

You've got to respect the American Red Cross: they're just a bunch of people who love to help people. As a recipient of their assistance through multiple emergencies (hey forest fires, you suck) I've been delighted to see their various disaster apps pop up on the Play Store. But their latest tops them all: Team Read Cross gives you a ton of information on volunteer opportunities in your area, then "gamifies" the act of completing them, sort of like a Foursquare that actually encourages you to do meaningful stuff.

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Sign in to the app with your Facebook account or a separate Red Cross account, and it will let you know about opportunities in your area.

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OpenFeint Co-Founder's OpenKit Launches In Private Beta Today, Promises Ubiquitous Game Save And Backup Services

If you've spent any time gaming on Android, you probably remember OpenFeint. Nearly every major game integrated it in some way, usually allowing players to log in with a single username, collect achievements, and post scores to a global leaderboard. It was handy for what it did, but if you didn't care about competing, it felt a lot like obnoxious spamware. Unsurprisingly, it closed down in December of last year. Today, however, it's being sort of reborn as OpenKit, a project headed by one of the co-founders of the original service. Only this time, the idea is much cooler.

For starters, OpenKit will provide one of the most desperately needed features in mobile gaming: cloud backup of game state and save data.

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Google Working On Its Own Version Of Game Center, Says Business Insider

In a continued attempt to make Android more viable as an entertainment platform, Google is working on a social gaming app in the same vein as Apple's Game Center, if Business Insider's sources are to be believed. The app would be a huge boon for social gaming on Android. As the platform grows, and gaming along with it, Google risks losing a golden opportunity to be even more deeply embedded within one of the biggest growth markets in mobile.

The usual features are expected: social achievements, awards/trophies, and player leaderboards. What's unclear is whether or not Google will try to integrate Plus into the mix.

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