iGoogle's new gaming themes

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 talks to panelists

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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iGoogle cups

These all-white cups glow when the lights go down.
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Lazy Susan

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 theme

Scrabble is one of iGoogle's new themes.
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iGoogle event

Partygoers mingle with some of Obscura Digital's techno toys as the new iGoogle themes are projected onto the walls.
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Game lamps

Video game titles are projected onto the outside of these lamps.
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Arcade rewards

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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iGoogle eggs

What lies hidden inside these mysterious iGoogle party favor eggs? We never found out.
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iGoogle shirts

iGoogle T-shirts were just one of many prizes attendees could earn.
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Obscura game tent

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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