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Google and Facebook Have Gone Star Wars Crazy

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You've seen the whole world getting ready for the new release and now Facebook and Google have really taken to it. You can show off using the newest Facebook profile picture filter: A lightsaber or become a Jedi with the new Google interactive game. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens being released today in cinemas, everyone has gone Star Wars crazy.

Since Monday and the world premiere, users have been able to add a lightsaber to their profile pics and they can even choose the colour. Either Red, colour of the Sith, or blue, colour of the Jedi. You can adjust your already existing picture to fit the screen better and get a more personalised Star Wars effect.

When you go to change the picture, you will find the message 'Awaken the Force within by adding Finn's lightsaber to your profile picture'. Snap Facebook, well done with this one. These filters have really taken off and I'm just waiting for my timeline to be full of them. What will be interesting is to see which colour people choose... And apparently the Red one is even the new three-pronged lightsaber that they introduced in the newest trailers.

You can change your profile picture now by going to the official Star Wars Facebook page and find the picture of Finn and the 'try it' button. Your profile picture will then open in a new window with various options. One to zoom in and out to adjust the size of the picture and drag it, and if you choose the black Star Wars logo on the top right, the Red lightsaber will appear instead of the Blue one. You can also set how long you would like to keep your profile pic with the filter on for from the drop down menu at the bottom. And I've checked, you can decide NEVER to change it back.

Google has also gone all out giving you the chance to become a Jedi. If you head to the Lightsaber Escape page you will then have to follow the link on the screen to sync your smartphone to transform it into a lightsaber. 

Once the site and the phone are calibrated you can begin your journey. You have to hold your phone up to the screen as if you were holding a lightsaber. Sorry, because you ARE holding one, not as if. Then you have to move it from left to right as best you can as you are being attacked by Stormtroopers. If your lightsaber hits and sends back one of the lasers and hit the Stormtroopers, then they fall to the ground. Once you have targetted all of them, you can move to the next level. We gave it a go here at the office, and we were pretty impressed. The only thing is that you don't get very close to the Stormtroopers. But they still went for it. No pity!

So now all you Star Wars fans can extend the experience by becoming a Jedi on Google or showing all your friends on Facebook which side you choose..


So, which one will you choose? Jedi or Sith?




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Google and Facebook Have Gone Star Wars Crazy Reviewed by Sophie Giscard on Thursday, December 17, 2015 Rating: 5

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