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Congratulations’ go out to Konami for winning both the Grand Prix and Operator’s Choice Awards at this year’s International Mobile Gaming Awards. Out of nearly 400 entries, Metal Gear Solid Mobile was golden. (That’s the type of solid metal anyone can appreciate.) The mobile game is based on the classic tactical espionage action game fans have come to expect from the Metal Gear Solid series. The 3D art displays and camera work are so great some of the judges passed out in a state of high excitement. The game allows players to use the camera on their phone to sample real world colors for an in-game camouflage system. So if you don’t mind having your gaming world blending into your reality, get a copy and try not to grind too many gears.

Vollee is bringing The Second Life to your mobile phone. The 3D virtual world platform, created by Linden Lab, will soon be available on 3G handsets via Vollee’s streaming mobile games service. The mobile version of The Second Life reformats the online world to fit on mobile phone screens while mapping the keys on the handsets to commands in-world. Existing residents can log-in and people new to Second Life can try out the online world for the first time. I don’t know if Second Life is really a game or not, I’ll let the experts debate that. But if you want to give the beta version a whirl, pre-register at www.vollee.com/secondlife. Try not to let a virtual mortgage foreclosure get you down.

Glu Mobile has revealed which games it is making available for Nokia’s new N-Gage platform. Two of the games are based on movies from Warner Bros. Pictures. The films are Speed Racer and The Dark Knight, and the games will probably have the word Mobile in the title so you don’t get confused. Glu is also offering Super Slam Ping Pong, a title that is in the same spirit as Glu’s hit game, Super K.O. Boxing!.

Nokia has a game that will have you yelling out, “Fish on, fish on,” at inappropriate moments. Hooked On: Creatures of the Deep is a game that will divide people into those who fish and those who cut bait. If you haven’t guessed by now, this title comes right out of an angler’s dream. But this is not a fishing simulator, it is more like a RPG. As you fish, your character gains experience points that can be spent to improve the character’s fish catching ability. Money is won in tournaments and by completing fishing quests, so that equipment can be upgraded. If you are tired of killing goblins and trolls, whip out your pocket fisherman and see if you can reel in a Great White.

If you enjoy dominoes, Digital Chocolate’s latest addition to its DChoc Café may be for you. Café Dominoes is just what it sounds like it is. You play classic dominoes with up to three opponents. In Career mode, match your skills against an assortment of computer controlled opponents of varying skill levels. As you beat these digital baddies, you gain points for your climb up the rankings ladder. You can earn unlocks that let you accessories your avatar and learn real-world hot drink recipes. Don’t you want to know what goes into a Corretto? If you do, get a copy of Café Dominoes and start laying some tile.

That is this week’s mobile gaming news roundup. Remember to exercise those thumbs, recharge the battery and never take your eyes off the screen.

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