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Branching Out
The company’s also trying to build a little love with partner organizations like Facebook and Wikia, helping them to craft their own specific widgets for the service. Part of PXP’s revenue stream will be in allowing groups like these to pay a premium to have their widgets added to the default dock, though they’re as easily removed as any other widget you might install yourself.



Those of you already trembling with rage at the thought of having to regularly delete “Punch the Monkey” widgets can take heart, according to Manning.

“We’ve been very successful at staying focused on not letting garbage come in,” he said. “We’re very concerned about just putting garbage into the dock and sacrificing the user experience for revenue.”

Though the program itself will be free, the long-term plan is to offer some premium widgets. Manning used the example of charging for a voice-modulation feature in PXP’s VOIP widget.

Though Manning realizes that the possibility exists for these premium widgets to be outdone by homebrewed ones, he says he’s not concerned. In the end, as with all of PXP’s features, the future is in the hands of the individual.

“Eventually, we would rather not be in the widget development business, we want the community to be our arm of widget development,” Manning told us. “We think that’s at the heart of innovation.”

5 Slick Widgets
From walkthroughs you read within the game to quick wiki lookups, here’s a peek at what PlayXpert widgets can do for you.

WOWHEAD
PARTNER: Wowhead
STATUS: Widget is available with PlayXpert download as a “default”
DESCRIPTION: The Wowhead widget provides access to the service without having to leave World of Warcraft. Players can research quests, items, characters, and use the Wowhead talent calculator all within the game.

VIVOX
PARTNER: Vivox
STATUS: Widget is available with PlayXpert download as a “default”
DESCRIPTION: The Vivox widget brings free voice chat to any game. It supports voice communication in channels and rooms, allows for custom rooms to be created for clans/guilds, and allows players to call each other whether or not they’re in the same game.

GOOGLE GADGET
PARTNER: Google
STATUS: Widget is available in the PlayXpert Widget Gallery
DESCRIPTION: The Google Gadget widget allows any Google Gadget to be automatically transformed into a widget that works in-game through PlayXpert. This widget makes over 43,000 Google Gadgets available for in-game use.



FACEBOOK
PARTNER: Facebook
STATUS: Widget is available in the PlayXpert Widget Gallery
DESCRIPTION: The Facebook widget allows players to stay connected to their community without leaving the game. Everything a player can do normally on Facebook is possible in this widget.

EVERQUESTII PLAYERS
PARTNER: Sony Online Entertainment
STATUS: Widget is available in the PlayXpert Widget Gallery
DESCRIPTION: The EverQuestII Players widget brings information about characters, quests, items, and clans to your finger tips without having to leave the game.

July 14, 2008

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