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Slimmer PSP Vita Set For Spring; Borderlands 2 Packed-In

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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SAN MATEO, Calif. – Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC (SCEA) today announced a new slimmer, lighter PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) Wi-Fi model (PCH-2000 series) will be available in North America this Spring. The system will be available in black as part of the Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PlayStationVita Bundle, which includes the first-person role-playing shooter hit Borderlands 2 with six DLC packs and an 8GB PS Vita memory card, all for $199.99 (MSRP).
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Playstation 3 Tops for Netflix

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Though I wish they talked about “hard numbers” or even percentages when announcements like this are made, it’s interesting to note that “PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system is now the primary development platform for Netflix and is the world’s most popular device for viewing movies and TV shows from Netflix on a television.”

Almost with exaggeration, Netflix is available on just about every electronic device on the market today and has “more than 30 million streaming members globally” so the fact a gaming console can attain “most popular” status is quite an accomplishment.

More from the official release:

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God of War: Origins Arrives for Playstation 3

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Kratos’s outings on the PSP have finally landed on the Playstation 3. Sony announced today that both Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta are now available at retail (combined on a single Blu-Ray) for $39.99US with all the usual 1080p, 60-frames per second, and audio hotness that the Playstation 3 allows.

E3 2011: Shorts

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Point format for this edition of E3 2011: Shorts -

  • Nintendo’s announcement of “Wii U” was only halfway. The handheld controller, which includes a big touchscreen, and full Wii controls was shown but not the console hardware pushing it. A blurry, placeholder image was present in some of the slides. Arrival: 2012.
  • More classic Nintendo franchises on the way for 3DS: Mario Kart, Starfox, and a new Super Mario Bros. title.
  • Sony’s “PSVita” handheld will retail in two forms. The wi-fi version will retail for $249.99 and the 3G version will go for $299.99. Equipped with a camera in front and back, and a back touchscreen, there’s some potential for some interesting gameplay mechanics. And amazing graphics! Launch scheduled for later in 2012, though I think they forgot to say if that was Japan or North America.
  • “Jane’s Addiction” has nothing to do with flight simulators or strategic weapons (unless that includes “sound bombs”).
  • Kobe Bryant can’t play video games.
  • THQ’s “Welcome to Steelport” (Saints Row: The Third) parking lot has some really awesome cars.
  • “Resistance 3″ has an archaic health system. (i.e. health boxes instead of regenerating health) It always takes a little to get used to that again.
  • “Halo 4″ was announced (surprising no one)!
  • I’ve seen some of the fastest thumb-typing at this event…
  • StreetPass continues to rack up visitors.
  • Nintendo didn’t have breakfast at their press conference making me one hungry freeloa– journalist.

- Aaron Simmer

“PlayStation Network” Almost Fully Restored

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Sony Corp. and Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that the company “will fully restore all PlayStation®Network services in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea by the end of this week.” This comes on the heels of the “first phase of PlayStation Network and Qriocity restoration” which began May 15, 2011 and allowed users to “access to some of the services such as online game play, account management, friend lists and chat functionality.”

The release also notes:

The full restoration of PlayStation Network as well as part of services to become available on Qriocity will include:

•        Full functionality on PlayStation®Store

•        In-game commerce

•        Ability to redeem vouchers and codes

•        Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs

•        Full functionality on Media Go

Customers can now purchase and download games and video content from the PlayStation®Store on PS3 or PSP.  In addition, consumers will have full access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity through PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PC’s.  Service restoration of Video on Demand powered by Qriocity™ and Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for a variety of network-enabled Sony devices will be announced later.

The company will be offering customers a “Welcome Back” package of services and premium content to all registered PlayStation Network* and Qriocity account services. The details of this program will continue to be detailed regionally.

So, some good news for Sony and gamers as we head into E3.

Playstation Portable Now $129.99

Friday, February 25th, 2011

As of February 27, 2011 the price of the Playstation Portable (PSP) will be available for $129.99US.

Available since 2005, the system has sold “more than 23 million units in North America and 67.8 million worldwide” with more than 590 titles available and a whole lotta downloadable content from the Playstation Network. SCEA also announced that “13 new games will be added to the PSP “Greatest Hits” and $9.99 “Favorites” software collections.”

has sold “more than 23 million units in North America and 67.8 million worldwide” with more than 590 titles available and a whole lotta downloadable content from the Playstation Network. SCEA also announced that “13 new games will be added to the PSP “Greatest Hits” and $9.99 “Favorites” software collections.”

Sony’s New Portable Codenamed “NGP”

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

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Though it’s not scheduled to see retail until late this year (2011), Sony has announced some details of their upcoming portable, codenamed “NGP.” Right now it’s all words in an email, even if they are impressive, which makes it difficult (for me personally) to get too excited. However, I’ll hold onto hope that Sony has something more to show at E3 Expo in June (and they probably will). Read more of the specifics below, but if you want a very quick summary here it is: front and back cameras, big OLED multi-touchscreen, Six Axis and GPS built-in, dual analog sticks, and electronic compass.

Stunning OLED and Revolutionary User Interface
NGP incorporates a beautiful multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display.  A high-performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system, for both games and other digital entertainment content.  The new system also incorporates a unique multi-touch pad on the rear, and together with the front touch display, NGP offers new game play allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” moves of the fingers.

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Square Enix Announces “Dissidia 0012[duodecim] Final Fantasy” (PSP)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Today Square Enix announced that “Dissidia 0012[duodecim] Final Fantasy” will be available in North America sometime in 2011. It’s being “developed exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation Portable) system” and is a “follow-up to the smash hit DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY marks the return of the ultimate portable fighting experience.”

Check our review of Dissidia Final Fantasy or read a little more about 0012[duodecim], which probably could have just been labeled “Dissidia Final Fantasy 2″:

The battle between good and evil continues: The action-packed world of DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY is back in full-force, now with new game modes, story missions, items, alternate costumes and combat features. Soar through expansive environments and participate in gripping combat, all while enjoying RPG-based character development that adds a rich layer of depth to the story behind the clashing forces. (more…)

“Silicon Sisters Interactive” Forms in Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Though the new Silicon Sisters Interactive “plans to capture and grow” the female the gamer market, Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch, Silicon Sisters’ CEO, isn’t interested in “pinkifying” games.

Frankly, that’s the opposite of my initial response to reading about the new Vancouver, BC based studio Silicon Sisters Interactive with an “all-female design staff” (well, “predominantly female”). And that’s a crummy response on my part but it shows exactly what mainstream game development has ingrained on my gamer psyche. A girl’s game is pink and probably about shopping or decorating.

Gershkovitch continues. “Girls and women game differently than boys and men. Silicon Sisters has studied these differences so we can make games that truly appeal to and resonate with the female audience.” (more…)

E3 2010: Short Notes for Jun.16/10

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

And here’s a quick bulletpoint summary of E3 for June 16, 2010:

  • Rage (from id Software and Bethesda) may be the best looking game I’ve seen this week.
  • Fallout: New Vegas – Did you like Fallout 3? Then you’ll feel right at home here, though with some slight modifications.
  • Nintendo 3DS is a true successor to the DS.
  • Nintendogs + cats looks to make use of all the new functionality of the 3DS, including the inside camera.
  • Pikmin for Wii is still a ways off.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has some mechanics that feel like they were taken from the Rainbow Six series. (i.e. marking targets and calling in help)
  • The hard drive on the new Xbox 360 slim will still be removable though there’s no comment on how big the drives might get.
  • “Kinect” will launch in North America on Nov.14/10. No explanation of the setup procees, but Microsoft insists it will be easy.
  • Microsoft also assured me that the controller isn’t going anywhere.
  • “Douchebags” rebranded as “polarizing fanboys.”
  •  GoldenEye 007 is a re-working on the original N64 title; supports just about every controller input you can think of; and features 4-player split screen multiplayer, with up to 8 players online.
  • I’m much more interested in Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions after getting a demo. Rather than a sprawling open world adventure, it’s a much more directed experience kind of along the lines of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Plus, the art style is great.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Looks great, many explosions and a fully-controllable helicopter. Makes me think Treyarch will finally be able to step out of Infinity Ward’s shadow.
  • I played StarFox 64 3D for a bit. The 3D really does help pick-off targets and the new controler nub is a really good fit.
  • The Metal Gear Solid 3D demo on 3DS was impressive. (It was just an extended cutscene of sorts where you could swing the camera around. Konami’s obviously spending some time experimenting with what the unit can do.

That’s it for Day 2. Today (the last day of the show) I’m headed over to Take 2 and Sony.

E3 2010: Short Notes for Jun.15/10

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Though the Exhibits have only been open for less than three hours there are many notables, so here they are in no particular order with the occasional editorial commment thrown in:

  • Nintendo 3DS – no ship date or price mentioned, but the main thing is that top screen really does display is 3D without the aid of glasses. Plus, 3D pictures can be taken with the twin cameras on the lid. Also, boasts more power and there even the announcement of full-length Hollywood movies being made available for the gyroscopic device.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising – Pitt finally returns in a game made exclusively for the 3DS. It’s definitely a step-up from the graphics of the DS.
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Zelda game coming next year with one-to-one control for the sword!
  • Activision is bringing GoldenEye back to the Wii.
  • Though not specifically mentioned, Mario Sports Mix must be in development at Next Level Games. The inclusion of hockey was my smoking gun.
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn has a great style. It shows that Nintendo (once again) knows how to make a game look awesome by creating an art style that isn’t dependent on HD graphics.
  • Some rapid-fire “announcements” for the 3DS included Dead or Alive Extreme and a Metal Gear Solid title.
  • Return of Donkey Kong Country — in development by Retro Studios.
  • Absolutely zero mention of the Vitality Sensor.
  • Dead Rising 2 looks and plays a lot like the original. Don’t know about the “modifcations” to the save system…
  • Prices for Playstation 3′s Move peripheral needs to be sorted out. I heard only part of the press conference (on the show floor) and what I heard made no sense in terms of all the stuff you need to buy to start enjoying yourself.
  • PSP is getting another marketing push.
  • There are a lot of Master Chief wannabes on the show floor. They all look the same…
  • … as do the number of dance and exercise titles that is featured at every other booth.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine — Think C&C Renegade but set in the Warhammer universe. I liked what I saw, even if it showcased yet another armored space dude gunning down monsters.
  • NBA Jam – Can’t wait to play this with my family.
  • Force Unleashed 2 – Being a Jedi has never been so much fun.
  • It’s a very noisy place! It’s about as loud as the last time I was here, but much brighter.

There you have it. A quick look at the first day of E3 2010. Still have appointments with Bethesda this afternoon, which will be followed by a Nintendo Developer Roundtable in the early evening.

- Aaron Simmer

Media Molecule Bought by Sony

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Today Sony announced that the company has bought LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule, which will become “part of SCE’s global development operation, SCE Worldwide Studios.” It doesn’t quite have the same ring as “Media Molecule,” but I’m sure no one is losing sleep over it.

“Since Media Molecule’s inception, we’ve had a uniquely close relationship with SCE.  Over the years they have consistently shown their dedication to Creative Gaming and Media Molecule, not only through their support of the company, but their willingness to take risks and embrace our often unusual approach and ideas,” said Alex Evans, co-founder of Media Molecule.  ”What we’ve achieved already with LittleBigPlanet has proved this to us and we’re excited by this new chapter of innovation and creative gaming, for all involved.”

SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALs FIRETEAM BRAVO 3 Ships (PSP)

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Sony’s premiere tactical shooter makes another appearance on the PSP today with the launch of SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALs FIRETEAM BRAVO 3. Besides the new (up to) 4-player cooperative play, the game has a host of improvements and new features that fans are sure to appreciate: (more…)

EGM Back on Newstands March 2010

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Good news for fans of print media today!  EGM will be back on newsstands beginning March 2010 thanks to a distribution deal with Time/Warner. Even then, it’ll push the online portion too with “a special code included in each newsstand copy that upgrades each reader’s access to the new weekly interactive version of the magazine. This enhanced version of the digital publication, called EGM[i]: The Digital Magazine contains exclusive article extensions and original content throughout each issue.”

This premiere issue will “boast game previews, a new Review Crew featuring the return of Sushi-X, and commentary from a host of columnists including EGM personalities such as Quartermann, Dan “Shoe” Hsu, Sean “Seanbaby” Reiley, and many others.”

This has all the making of a awesome comeback a la Rocky, though maybe with less meat tenderizing.

Releases for Oct.20/09

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

It’s really easy to tell what time of year it is just by the pile of games hitting shelves lately.  Here’s your update for today, Tuesday, October 20, 2009:

  • Borderlands (360, PS3; PC coming October 26)
  • FIFA 10 (360, PS3)
  • Astro Boy:  The Video Game (Wii, PS2, PSP, DS)
  • Lips: Number One Hits (360)
  • Tropico 3 (PC)
  • Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars (PSP)
  • MotorStorm Arctic Edge (PS2)
  • Charm Girls Club (DS)
  • Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo (Wii)