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iGoogle's new gaming themes

Marissa Mayer talks to panelists

iGoogle cups

Lazy Susan

Scrabble theme

iGoogle event

Game lamps

Arcade rewards

iGoogle eggs

iGoogle shirts

Obscura game tent

Multitouching

At a party in San Francisco Wednesday night, Google unveiled the latest addition to its iGoogle start page service: a collection of themes designed by video game publishers. As pictured, Google offers a directory of the new gaming themes.

Like others produced through the iGoogle themes API, the new ones will change throughout the day.

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Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience (far left), announced the gaming themes as part of this week's Game Developers Conference. Here, she chats with game industry personalities.
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These all-white cups glow when the lights go down.
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San Francisco's Obscura Digital, where the event was held, is a funhouse of technological goodies, including this serving bar that keeps snacks rotating.
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Scrabble is one of iGoogle's new themes.
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Partygoers mingle with some of Obscura Digital's techno toys as the new iGoogle themes are projected onto the walls.
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Video game titles are projected onto the outside of these lamps.
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Attendees who won at arcade games got to turn in their tickets for iGoogle swag like these ping pong ball rings and Rubik's Cubes.
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What lies hidden inside these mysterious iGoogle party favor eggs? We never found out.
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iGoogle T-shirts were just one of many prizes attendees could earn.
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New game releases could be played inside of Obscura Digital's media dome, just not using the projector that put images up on its giant, rounded screen.
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Obscura Digital's multitouch display was around before Microsoft's Surface. Here it's set up with video game media.
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