E3 2011: Yoostar Playground puts you in the movies on Facebook

If you're a console gamer, you might have heard of a little game called Yoostar 2: In the Movies for Xbox 360 and PS3. The game's name is a play on "you star" and it does just that - makes you the star in 80 scenes taken straight from some of the most iconic or popular TV shows and movies. Whether using the Xbox 360 Kinect or the PlayStation Eye, the object of the game is to view and then reenact these scenes, quoting a particular character's lines, and then being judges on your performance based on how well you recited the lines, and how you copied the character's body position while playing.

While this might be fun enough in parties or other social settings (like right here at E3 2011), the real fun can begin when you take your experience online to the Yoostar Playground. The Yoostar Playground is a Facebook application that serves as a social utility of sorts, allowing you to do all things from simply upload your favorite acting clips (that is, those of you performing) to Twitter, Facebook or Youtube, but also edit those clips into full movies or just something more entertaining for your friends to watch.

Each of your actions on the Yoostar Playground, whether it be simply watching and rating other players' videos or uploading your own, earns you points in an overall experience level. You can track your experience versus other players on both weekly and life-to-date boards. We were told that a Facebook-friends or Yoostar-friends only leaderboard is soon on the way as well.

With Yoostar Playground, you're really given the opportunity for your 15 minutes of fame, as the company routinely holds contests over the best videos uploaded to the service. For instance, a current eight-week contest will see eight players walk away with $1,000 with the final prize being a whopping $50,000! To enter, you'll need to upload a video and then promote that via every social channel you can think of, including your Facebook wall. The top 20 videos of the week go on to be judged by an outside service to decide the winner.

While of course owning a copy of Yoostar 2 on a home console will help you further flesh our your experience, you can still view videos and interact with the Yoostar Playground without actually owning the game. For instance, you can become a fan of different users and then mark them as your idols, similar to subscribing to someone's channel on YouTube. From there, their activity will be more prominently displayed each time you're on the Playground, allowing you to keep track of their actions. You can even earn a series of Badges based on connecting your different social networks to the Playground or completing various other (increasingly time consuming) activities on the service.

Yoostar Playground is currently available on Facebook, so why not take your shot at winning 50k?

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Have you tried Yoostar Playground, or do you stick to the console versions of the game only? Let us know in the comments.
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