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Sony is out for blood, hackers beware

By: DragonKiss83 Feb 24, 2011 | 18 Comments

We made jokes about the Capcops coming after the leaks, Sony is doing it for real.

Holy Shit! http://ps3.gamespy.com/articles/115/1151840p1.html

Apparently a guy in Germany had the cops come in his house and take his gear.  Sony is going all out to try and catch these hackers and they want you to know it's comming.

I'm glad to see that the people hacking the games and cheating are being targeted, but I'm not sure that it will work.  There are different laws around the world so some people will find ways around it.  Plus hackers can be pretty fucking sneaky, so this could cost Sony a decent chunk of money.  Does it out weigh what they are losing because of the hacks?

Don't be a Jimmy let's hear you thoughts.

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Fan-made PS3 comercial "Kids"

By: iorilamia Feb 10, 2011 | 10 Comments

If someone didn't tell me it was fan-made, I would have thought Sony made it.

TreeFortProduction has uploaded a video that is amazing to say the least, called "Kids". It's a comercial for PS3 gaming involving children and teens being one with the game ; football player, soldier, person who can do flips etc. What makes the comercial so win is the fact that it looks like an official Sony comercial. The TreeFortProduction people did an outstanding job. check it out and leave a comment on what you think about it. Would you have thought of it to be fan-made?

Youtube account - http://www.youtube.com/user/TreeFortProduction

Director: Ben McCambridge
Producer: Jacob Kuehl
DP: Jeff Powers
Editor: Jacob Kuehl
VFX: Justin Winkler

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PS3 and XBox 360 price drops, who wins?

By: BatRastered Sep 12, 2009 | 9 Comments

A brief discussion on the recent price drops and what it means for us, the gamers.

Price cuts, I love price cuts!

Recently Sony announced the new PS3 slim model priced at $299. A few weeks later Microsoft reduced the price of the XBox 360 elite to $299 as well. Both represent a $100 cut off their earlier prices. So who wins this round?

For Sony, a price cut was long overdue. They had third party game developers screaming for it and threatening to stop publishing PS3 games. Now the PS3 slim represents a great value, including a Blu-Ray player and internet browser with their game system which comes fully equipped with Wi-Fi built in. The new unit does not, however, include backwards compatibility with PS2 games. This is a bit of a problem due to the lack of quality exclusive titles for the system (I count about 4).

Microsoft, on the other hand, already had a $299 system, and this "price cut" really represents nothing more than a minor hardware upgrade (from a 60GB hard drive to 120GB). The 360 runs off of standard DVDs, but has Netflix streaming to back that up. It also has backwards compatibility but doesn't really need it. The elite unit still does not have Wi-Fi built in and Microsoft wants an absurd $99 (MSRP) for the add on. This is dumb considering you have to pay a subscription for XBox live and the online features of the system are what really keeps it ahead of the PS3 in my opinion.

Wouldn't it be great if Sony and Microsoft would exchange strategies on these units? Microsoft would pack in Wi-Fi and ditch backwards compatibility, whereas Sony would cut out the Wi-Fi chip and replace it with the PS2's emotion engine for full compatibility. What a wonderful world that would be, playing to both systems strengths. (The 360's online system and Sony's huge back catalog.) Oh well, it was a thought.

I'd have to say, that if you don't own either system, the PS3 represents a better value right now. The problem for me is that I already own a 360 and there's no reason to play a game available for both systems on the PS3, whereas on the 360 I get achievements. For most people, I think the choice will come down to "what system do most of your friends have?", for the simple reason of wanting to play online with them.

Let's hear your thoughts on these price cuts in the comments you bucnh of Jimmys!

Playstation 3 Slim 120GB System

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If you don't have a PS3, start with this sweet-ass deal!

By: iorilamia Feb 18, 2011 | 7 Comments

Buy a New PS3 and basically get one of its most anticipated games free? Jump on it!

Have you have been contemplating buying a PS3? Soon is the time to buy it. Tuesday Feb 22nd is the release of Killzone3 ...and the ps3/killzone 3 bundle! You get 160GB PS3 for the regular $299.99 a long with a brand new Killzone 3, that's pretty hard to say no too. Also if you are not familiar with the other 2 Killzone games http://www.youtube.com/user/IGNentertainment has uploaded a video explaning Killzone 1-2 in a few minutes.

source: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/02/15/new-ps3-160gb-killzone-3-bundle-available-february-22nd/

Buy one?!

Don't like waiting for emails when your Sony gaming product is on the fritz? New Customer service via Twitter is maybe what you needed.

Sony is stepping its customer service UP ! "Ask At Playstaion"  http://twitter.com/AskPlayStation   is a new way to get help on Sony gaming products. The Twitter times will be  9:30AM – 5:00PM PST Monday through Friday with real-time responses between 2PM – 5PM PST.

Real times reponses from 2-5 guys! Sometimes it is pretty hard finding an answer throught he self help center , having someone directly reply is epic. Hope this helps out you fellow PS users ;) Don't forget to follow !

Source: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/03/09/askplaystation-introducing-playstation-customer-service-via-twitter/

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Sucker Punch acquired by Sony

By: BatRastered Aug 2, 2011 | 5 Comments

The maker of Infamous and Sly Cooper officially joins the SCE family.

Straight from the "I thought they were already part of Sony" department comes the news that Sucker Punch Productions, makers of Playstation exclusives such as the inFAMOUS series and the Sly Cooper series, has now been acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide. They become the sixteenth studio in SCE's stable.

Brian Flemming of Sucker Punch says:

We’ve enjoyed an incredible relationship with Sony that has allowed us to combine our creative design capabilities with their guidance to make some of the best franchises to hit the PlayStation platforms. Equally important, the relationship with SCE has provided us the flexibility and trust to take creative risks and invent new properties. And best of all, we get to keep doing what we do — pushing ourselves to make more innovative games and more exciting experiences for PlayStation gamers!

While SCE officially says:

We’ve worked closely with Sucker Punch for more than 12 years, bringing fan favorites like Sly Cooper series and, of course, the inFAMOUS storyline to life on PlayStation platforms. On behalf of our executive team and Worldwide Studios, I’d like to take just a moment to welcome this immensely talented group of individuals to our team. I look forward to seeing what kind of gaming magic we can make happen in the months and years ahead!

Source: Official US Playstation blog

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Donate to Japan Relief Fund via PSN and receive a Theme

By: iorilamia Mar 18, 2011 | 9 Comments

President and CEO of Sony US, Jack Tretton is giving you the option to donate from your PS3.

From your PSN Wallet you can make donations as $2, $5, $10, $25 and $50. These donations go directly to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. In order to do this, look for " Aid Japan" in the new release section of PS Store.

Doing so will give you this incredibly cute theme:

It's awesome to say the least.

From the blog-

"Every penny donated will go to the fund, which supports emergency relief and recovery efforts, including deploying personnel, sending relief supplies and providing financial resources."

Many companies are doing donations, ofcourse Sony US is helping out aswell, leave your comments below.

 

Source: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/03/18/japan-tsunami-appeal-on-psn/

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My Offline Experience with PS3

By: iorilamia May 5, 2011 | 20 Comments

Playstation Network has been offline for about 2 weeks and that simply sucks. See how it has affected my play-styles and view of offline gaming. What have you been doing with your PS3 the last two weeks?

Oh How I should have traded it in for a PRAYstation while I had the chance; joking.  PSN has been down a while as all of you may know, and it sucks. Right before PSN went down, I bought PS cards to download ArcanaHeart 3, MoonDiver dlc pack 1, and Steel Rain Map Pack for Killzone3. What has really bummed me out was the ArcanaHeart part , no rhyme intended. Could have been learning a new game while PSN was offline. Whch leads me too the off-line gaming I've been doing ever since.

Been buying Odin's Beer offline in Marvel Vs.Capcom 3. For the first time, I've been using training mode as a vs. match (taking away health regenerations and treating it like a real match). Most people I know have been busy with finals week, so not being able to get together to play and not have the option to play online is a double whammy. Playing certain CPU teams on highest difficulty over and over again has made me realize a few things. Fist, I am impatient and screw up pretty badly when people have great defense ; do some unsafe stuff. Second, I don't push block physical attacks at the right situation too often and last, CPU's have the stupidest (and by stupid I mean amazingly beastly) hit-confirms ever. But why does this matter? CPUs aren't as good as high level people that i for sure, but it has definitely stepped up by game. Knowing one mistake leads into a ridiculous combo that won't be missed and will most likely be maximized, knowing as soon as I press a button the game reads it and reacts ridiculously fast to what I do has definitely made me improve. 

Bulletstorm....hooooooooly sh*t I put you in my PS3 again?! Yea, even though MVC3 has taken up most of my offline time, I played a little Echo Mode. Echo was the "multiplayer" game mode where you play parts of the single player and post your highscore on leaderboards. So basically it is only part of a full level, and no cutscenes ; lame. But I didn't care to go through the story again and this was actually fun. Just nonsense violence and remembering how fun it was when i first got the game, messing around with Skillshots. I just had to take a break from the game after how disappointed it made me, and come back to it realizing how much i enjoyed it ; like a bad spouse. The best part was the ultimate eyegazm of the game. When i first bought it, and played on my supr old half-assed TV, I was blown away by the graphics. Last week I got my first HDMI tv with the HD cables... Breathetaking.

Even though I've been obsessed with MVC3 on/offline, I still love SSF4. But the CPU in ssf4 isn't nearly as annoying in Marvel, or good. This lead to me being incredibly bummed out, because the SSF4 players I know work when I am off work, good stuff. Luckily for me, Arcade Edition recently game to Maui (FINALLY!!!!) It was incredibly fun; not really. Was nice seeing first hand how my characters changed and how the new ones felt, but I am a pad player for ssf4. And the only stick I can kind of play on it is the mvc3 from gouki.com ;) 

(Which is constantly used for mvc3, thanks again guys <3)                        

But the arcade parts we received are complete ass. Instead of a ball-type stick, it's the long joystick type and the buttons are old-crappy re-used ones from the old SF4 machine (or so it seems). In all AE was cool, got to play with a friend who was beasting with E.Ryu but I don't like paying $1 a game on a uncomfortable layout.

I was so bored at one point, I played with one character at a time on Moon Diver, slowly leveling them up (so much faster online). Luckily for me, one night some friends weren't busy, and  we hardcore grinded out some Moon Diving. Been a while since we had the chance and simply was loads of fun. Lots of yelling "OH DUDE" and" shi....NOOOOOO" . Plenty of hype over hack n slash craziness. but even with all the levels we gained, still couldn't beat that stupid Firebird boss....

Last but not least...AMMMMMERRRRRIIIICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Red Dead Redemption was another game whos graphics blew me away on my old crap TV. That being said you already know I had a second eyegazm on my new one. Besides that, I went back to Undead Nightmare and tried to make it a bit more challenging. The first time I played through it it felt way too easy after the first few towns are cleared. So this time I only used the first pistol and a shotgun, and walked into the largest hordes of zombies I can find, seeing how long I can last with carefully aimed shots and barrel rolls. It didn't keep my interest for long but was pretty fun anyway. 

For the most part, that concludes my adventures as I get deeper into my finals in school . Also http://blog.us.playstation.com/ said some services will be up this week, seeing that it's Thursday I really hope that PSN will be up before Saturday. I am big on online gaming ever since I got my PS3. I used to play gamecube, and when I got a Wii I rarely went online because of how bad it was. So I used to appreciate off-line gaming then, but when I got a PS3 that changed. I can see how I've been spoiled by always wanting to play other people, and how that is a needed experience for me. PSN being down does suck, but it allowed me to enjoy some simplicities of offline that I've been ignoring. Hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences, have anything similar? Share your downed network experience and leave a comment/ write a story. Don't be a jimmy.

Everyone has seen the Kevin Butler commercials about how "great" the PS3 is. I've never understood them, because when someone tells me the console does everything I just laugh. Now the truth has been freed, and this new commercial tells the truth about PS3

Be sure to grab your PS3 for only $299. Hurry up and experience the greatest console of all time. Don't be a Jimmy!

Source: rickymachinima Youtube channel

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PSN store is back

By: DragonKiss83 Jun 1, 2011 | 9 Comments

But it's glitchy as hell. An error has occurred (80710D36) get used to seeing it for now.

Source 1 http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/06/01/playstation-store-is-available-and-updated-now/

Source 2 I'm on it right now

Sony has got the store back up and running (like crap though) and I'm not seeing anyone else talking about it yet.  For once insomnia turned out to be a good thing.  The page above says that out thanks for putting up with this shit pack isn't in effect yet, "it's in the final stages of testing".  WTF?  As you go through the store expect a lot of error messages, but backing out once or twice will fix it, yes Sony is still screwing you.  The money I added to my wallet was there and ready so hopefully this will be the case for the rest of you.  There are a few demos up, and some wallpapers, plus some other crap.  It's all listed on that site up there.  And on a quick look through Sonic 2 and Abe's Exodus are both free for Playstation Plus members, I'm hoping I can still get these when they activate our free month of the service.  It would be nice to play through them again, and I'ld be done way before the trial is done.

 

So there you have it Jimmys, the PSN store has been resurected and it like any other zombie has some issues.  Are you glad it's back?  Ready to give Sony your hard earned money again?  Pissed that you have to wait longer to get you welcome back stuff?  Will you be able to trust Sony again?  

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Playstation Network Partially Back Online

By: Cinderkin May 14, 2011 | 9 Comments

Playstation 3 users rejoice! PSN is back online after 3 weeks, well sort of. Some users in specific regions are signing into the playstation network and asked to download the 3.61 update. While this is the only option right now PSN should be back up soon,

The restoration of PSN service requires a firmware update on PS3 consoles and requires users to change their passwords. Sony is also offering customers free enrollment in identity theft protection programs in countries where they are available, the company said.

Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kazuo Hirai offered a video statement announcing the restoration of PSN services that began with an apology to users for the outage.

So tell us what you think in the comments. Don't be a Jimmy!

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