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Surprisingly, the Snake game Easter Egg that was revealed on YouTube this week isn’t the first example of a playable game on the online video service. On the contrary, for the last two years YouTube’s video annotation feature has let users add a measure of interactivity to their videos, in the form of clickable buttons that lead down different paths.
While a lot of the “interactive videos” to be uploaded in that time come across as lazy, cheesy or generally unwatchable, there are a few that actually take the idea in some interesting directions.

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Zynga’s newly released iPhone version of FarmVille is a passable if flawed miniaturization of its popular PC cousin. But the move to Apple’s popular mobile phone brings with it the opportunity to add some rather unique new gameplay to the familiar farming experience. Here are just a few ideas for how Zynga can take full advantage of the iPhone hardware to make a better (or at least a fresher) overall game.

Geo-location: Visiting your virtual neighbors in FarmVille is all well and good, but sometimes you want to see what’s going on with your actual neighbors. With the iPhone’s built-in GPS (and IP-based geo-location for iPod users), this should be easy enough to implement. Simply let players opt-in to share their locations, then let them visit other farms are being shared in a set radius (anywhere from a few feet to a few hundred miles should be available). In addition to helping people discover new FarmVille freaks in their area, this feature could also let businesses and attractions set up virtual farms that are only accessible by visiting their real-world locations.

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