Friday, May 30, 2008

What I'm playing this weekend.

Well,the 360 made it into the repair station in Texas yesterday,so probably two more weeks of no Xbox :(..So,I'm gonna play the PS3 as much as I can.I just picked up Devil May Cry 4 the other day and I have Dark Sector sitting here,so I'm going to try to play through those this weekend.I might also download PixelJunk Monsters,it gets a lot of good reviews btw.

2.4 PS3 Firmware in Action

Click on the link in the title or below

Cellphone pics of the trophy screen,clock,etc.
Apparently,2.4 is getting even closer.I reported on this earlier in the month(yes before a few websites said they did)

2.4 is shaping up to offer PS3 users in game XMB,music,clock,multiple user log ins on the same PS3 and more.The pdf file indicating 2.4 is floating around to devs now and Insomniac has hinted at it also.
Will it make it before June 12th and will we starting seeing trophy patches?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

PSN update 5/29/08:Come back next week.

This weeks update was terrible,nothing really to download at all for the US.I had to go to the UK store to even find anything to look at.In other news,some websites are starting to pick up on the news of firmware 2.4,so that's good.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ubisoft to broadcast in Home today!

Looks like Ubisoft will be the first to take advantage of Sony's new Media event setup in Home.A email was sent out to all Beta testers to be on the look out for this today.Ubisoft will be showing their newest games coming out.

Click the link in the title for the details.Thanks to

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pre-order Secret Agent Clank..get a cool little figurine

You can download the demo from the store,but if you pre-order now
from a gamestop,then you can get a neat little Secret Agent Clank figure.

Youtube to have direct PS3 uploading of video

See below..and great news.The capability to do this was first made aware in the 2.35 Firmware update

Back in March, we launched the new YouTube APIs and Tools, with the goal of making YouTube an open video services platform and available for use by any website, desktop application, or consumer device. Today, we are announcing a new partnership that takes advantage of the YouTube APIs in a new and interesting way.

We are happy to announce that PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3TM) has integrated the YouTube APIs to allow game developers to create games that enable direct upload of in-game video captures to YouTube. This YouTube upload functionality can be incorporated not only into new PS3 game titles, but also existing PS3 titles that have the ability to receive network updates. Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has added YouTube functionality to Mainichi Issho, a popular game with PS3 users in Japan. Gamers will now be able to upload their in-game video captures to YouTube. We're excited at the opportunity this presents and look forward to more and more games to be enhanced with YouTube.

The YouTube APIs are available to all developers and we hope that game developers everywhere will use the YouTube APIs to make video an integral part of their game experience. Whether it's showing off that fantastic touchdown pass, car slide, or karaoke sing-along, we hope that more user-generated content from games will make their way to YouTube and connect with the gamer communities.

Let the games begin!

* PS3 system software must be updated to the latest version.
* “PLAYSTATION” is a registered trademark and “PS3” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Kotaku user has pics of PSN cards in the wild


So a reader named "Josh" from Kotaku has taken some photos of a setup for PSN cards at his local Meijers.This is pretty good news.Although,some PSN cards have been available at Military bases for quite a while.The reason for this is that the AVS certification in the PSN does not accept P.O.Boxes or APO boxes. When I talked to Sony in January,they told me they were beta testing them and they would be released soon.Can't wait myself,due to the fact that I have a PO box myself. Let's get it going Sony!!

Memorial Weekend:Not much time for games!

Well,this weekend was pretty busy with family and doing stuff with the girlfriend.We went out and got some things for the baby coming in October. I did go by Gamestop and checked on my stepdaughters Pink Nintendo DS.I'm just going to wait a few days before her birthday and pick it up.I almost picked up a Nintendo Wii,but I feel like I'll just wait a little longer.I did pick up Devil May Cry 4,which looks beautiful.It plays just like the original versions I played on PS2,but looks much better. I also put down my preorder for Metal Gear Solid 4,so I can't wait for that and I'm not the biggest Metal Gear fan.Other than that,it's been a pretty lax weekend for the games.So,hopefully next week it'll pick up! See ya soon.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Star Trek Conquest PS2 gameplay

Some of the first video ever for Bethesda's Star Trek Conquest.Got it last year and just setup youtube for the blog.

Pixel Junk Eden Gameplay

Check out Jeff Rubenstein showing how Pixel Junk Eden works.
A very unusual game.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

SCEE store update for May 22nd,2008

Here's the list of what SCEE is putting up.

Bourne Conspiracy demo (free)
Iron Man demo (free)
Everybody's Golf 2 "Beginner's demo" for PSP (free)
Everybody's Golf 2 "Intermediate demo" for PSP (free)
Ultimate Board Games Collection demo for PSP (free)

High Stakes: Poker Video Chat pack (free)
8x Go!Explore map packs (£14.99/€19.99 each)

Haze music video

High Stakes: Poker trailer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull trailer

pixel junk monsters:encore wallpaper and theme
echochrome wallpaper

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Uncharted:Drake Fortune..A great thrillride.

How can a game be this good?
Uncharted is one of the few games that I've really enjoyed to the end.It plays
very much like a movie and is just as entertaining.Yes,it does resemble Indiana Jones,Tomb raider,the Mummy and other shows,but is that a bad thing? Some people
will say that the Zombies at the end,doesn't really make much sense.I think that
the entire storyline is great and you really have to play through to the end to
get the entire story.

Uncharted has a great mix of action,puzzle solving and platforming and is well worth a 9-9.5 score.The only problem I have with the game is that weapons seem a little weak except for the grenade launcher.So,if you never played Uncharted,go pick it up and enjoy.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My 360 finally went RROD

I purchased it in 4/26/06 and I never really had issues other than disc read errors till last week.While playing GTA4 it red lighted and I reset it and it went away.Well,today I wanted to play a little GTA4 and it wouldn't come on except for three blinking red lights.I called Microsoft and after having to repeat my address and info several times I think he got it right..Sigh..I usually don't like to give in to the RROD,but Microsoft needs to do better.How about a trade up program for the Elite??
I'm so into my 360 I can't just leave it and forget it..26 Xbox arcade games,over 40 360 titles on it and video,movies,etc plus Rockband.
I guess I won't be playing 360 much for the month of June afterall..

SCEE to start posting in the SCEA blog.

The following comments from Jeff Rubenstein.

"We’re working on some plans to get SCEE contributing to this blog. Stay tuned"

This is basically in line with what I reported the other day from what I heard.I think the SCEE traffic through the SCEA blog might have turned a few heads.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Konami pushing for Trophies before June 12th?

Sev is saying (from his sources) that Konami is pushing Sony to get 2.4 up and running before June 12th.From my sources(it's a decent possiblity) and that the Open beta in November for Home isn't really the final release..hmmm
Also expect something better on the information front for Sony's official blogs in regards to the SCEE reigon.Yes,Threespeech(better spell it the proper way instead of joking or the dorks wont' get isn't pulling it's own. Stay tuned for some more info tomorrow on Sony happenings!

PSN store update for 5/15/08

Sony's official blog has put it up.(Sorry,I didn't put advance of what was coming out as usual)

Hot Shots Golf New Characters
Slip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PLAYSTATION 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds. Rip a 300 yard drive down the middle the fairway or go pin hunting on those tricky par 3s. No mulligans needed as Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds is all about having fun and enjoying the most entertaining and over the top golfing experience imaginable. So come on, step up and give it your best shot.

Gloria - Expert Skill Level ($0.99)
Alex - Intermediate Skill Level ($0.99)
File sizes: 100 KB

Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus!
Saturn is in the clutches of the Legion of Terra and it’s up to YOU to stop them! Continue the story with your original saved characters.
File sizes: 27 MB

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit

“Kool Thing”—Sonic Youth ($1.99)
“Train in Vain (Stand by Me)”—The Clash ($1.99)
“Hanging on the Telephone”—Blondie ($1.99)
File sizes: 20.5 MB - 26.8 MB

Rock Band price promotion: “Shockwave” & “Sugar Magnolia” are reduced to $0.99 for a limited time.

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore Downloadable Songs ($1.49 each)
Plug in the microphone and live out your dream as a singing sensation! Expand your Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore library by purchasing tracks from the in-game store. For music credits, visit the Karaoke Revolution section of Full list of tracks (21) after the jump.

Game Demos (free)
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit Demo
The next generation of Dragonball Z fighting. Heroic battles of good versus evil, powered by explosive energy and raw emotion lie ahead.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 477 MB

Overlord Raising Hell Demo
Think evil, breed evil and control all (with lots of laughs along the way) in the PLAYSTATION® 3 demo of Overlord Raising Hell – Codemasters’ twisted Action RPG adventure. In this demo, players don the Overlord’s illustrious armour, assemble a team of fighter minions and head off for a session of serious destruction in the once tranquil area of The Mellow Hills.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 857 MB

Game Videos (free)
NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Storm Announcement Trailer
Experience the stunning Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm announcement trailer! At last, the line between NARUTO Animation and Gaming will truly disappear!
File size: 78 MB (1080)

MK vs. DCU Gamers’ Day Trailer
For the first time ever the Mortal Kombat warriors battle with DC Universe Super Heroes. Choose your side and challenge your opponents with a new fighting system including Freefall Kombat and Klose Kombat along with dynamic multi-tiered environments.
File size: 32 MB (HD)

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)
Pineapple Express Red Band Trailer Next summer, the guys who brought you Superbad reunite for the action-comedy Pineapple Express.
File size: 164 MB (1080)

Having fallen in love at first sight, a shy musician attempts to win the heart of a beautiful young woman, unaware she’s awaiting the return of her own true love.
File size: 71 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes (free)
HAZE Theme
Customize your PS3™ system with a cool HAZE theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 1.69 MB

Overlord Raising Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Overlord Raising Hell theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 4.13 MB

echochrome Themes
Customize your PS3 system with cool echochrome themes. These themes allow you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size:504 KB - 651 KB

PS3 Wallpaper (free)
Overlord Raising Wallpaper (x5)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Overlord Wallpaper.
File size:77.2 KB - 360 KB

Here is this week’s content release for the PLAYSTATION Store for PC. To download these games to your PSP, navigate to There, you’ll find descriptions of the content and directions on how to get started. For more on the PLAYSTATION Store for PC, please click here.

Game Demos (free)
* Secret Agent Clank Demo (also downloadable via PS3)

PSP Themes (free)
* echochrome (File size: 105 KB -81.7 KB) (also downloadable via PS3)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

2.4 firmware sdk to devs in June(trophies?)

Well,apparently the sdk for 2.4 will be going out in late June(the firmware might come sooner).The capability to do 2d trophies on the xmb and some communication upgrades should be available.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Home:Beta extended in July and open beta in Fall

I think we all know that Home will be getting a open Beta in the fall.SCEE will be extending the Beta in July and even opening it up to European Press.Later this month,they are supposed to show off some of the gaming spaces. So,if anybody at SCEE is looking at this.How about a Beta invite :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

PSN Store Update for May 8th

The Bourne Conspiracy [Demo (FREE)
Guitar Hero III DLC - Muse Track Pack ($6.25)
Haze [Demo] (FREE)
PixelJunk Monsters ENCORE! [Add-on] ($5.99)
Race Driver: GRID [Demo] (FREE)
Rock Band DLC ($1.99 each, $5.49 pack)

- Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds [Demo] (FREE)
- SOCOM: Confrontation Theme & Wallpapers (FREE

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Oh Noes!!! LittleBigPlanet delayed one month


Well,LBP is pushed back a month. This is not that big of a deal compared to what many people think about Killzone 2 getting bumped to 2009. From what I understand,Media Molecule is trying to pack in plenty of content for the creation part of the game. The single player game seems to be really up to snuff,with harder obstacles,bosses,enemies and plenty of ways to die.You are timed on your completion of the board.There are checkpoint orbs,so if you do die or get left behind you restart at that point.I'm really excited about this game. I guess it's because I want to build a Mario board(who doesn't right?)

Review of the Haze Demo

First off,the Haze demo is not bad at all. The guns feel a little akward,but I get a very Haloish vibe when playing the game. One thing I noticed and it's a sort of in game XMB. From the profile screen in the game,you can bring up a menu that has friends(that menu is the XMB friends list).So in game XMB should not be a problem.
Not much of a storyline to begin with.Your dropped in the Jungle to fight Rebels.There is a tutorial on using the drug Nectar.Basically,it helps you see your enemies,makes you faster and melee like the Hulk. The graphics aren't bad,either.So,I think this game is definitely going to be worth a look.

Happy Playstation Day!!!!!!

I will have some updated info of all the coverage from the show
today in London. Also,expect a review of the Haze Demo and
some thoughts about what to expect later this year from the PS3/PSN .

Friday, May 2, 2008

SCEE updates PSN store May 6th and May 8th

May 6th
Playable content
Condemned 2 demo
Haze demo
Blast Factor Advanced full game
High Velocity Bowling full game
Street Skater PS1 game
Add-on content
Blast Factor Advanced Research
High Velocity Bowling Character - Mike
Buzz! Quiz TV
Secret Agent Clank
Siren Blood Curse

Playable content
Bourne Conspiracy demo
Race Driver: GRID demo
Add-on content
Army of Two
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Def Leppard Track Pack
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Muse Track Pack
Echochrome Apple trailer
Play Compilation
Press Conference