By: iorilamia Jun 3, 2011 | 15 Comments
The long awaited Welcome Back Program is here, a long with some FAQ.
A while back Sony announced we would get free stuff in the Welcome Back Program This was a bunch of stuff from PS Home, 2 free games for PS3 and PSP and 30 days free of PS+. Also, they have lame free movies for the weekend and tons of bonuses for PS+ people. This is good and all but there are CONSTANT errors going on within the Store, I don't think many people can get a hold of these games at the moment. Some people can't get inside the store, others booted out, some download the game but it isn't showing up and a few other problems that need to be kinked out.Read full story...
My journey with the PS3 ups and downs
So for Christmas I got a PS3! I got 4 games with it(Heavy Rain, Metal Gear Solid 4, Little Big Planet, and Uncharted) So far everything is going good. I watched a ton of movies made a PSN and what not. But what pisses me off the most are the updates for games. Right now I wanted to play Heavy Rain for the first time and I have to sit for 183 minutes waiting for the update. Is that why PS3's memory is so big? To store all these updates? What's the point of installing every game ever made. It just wastes so much time and I decided to write this story because I have nothing better to do while Heavy Rain is updating. I've already taken a shit and made a meal. So what do you guys think of the PS3? I was actually blown away on how good it can look when set up right. They have good exclusives, and its just a nice sleek console and a change from my xbox. The only con for me right now I guess is the updates. :(
By: BatRastered Jul 2, 2012 | 2 Comments
Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement on June 30, 2012 (Japan Time) to acquire Gaikai Inc., the world's leading interactive cloud-based gaming company, what will this mean for the PS4?
I'm not sold on network powered gaming yet. Having the processing power in the cloud means you don't have to buy hardware, and it means the operating company can upgrade the hardware at any time without bothering you, but the input and display lag has to kill certain genres of games. Would you play an FPS or a fighting game with noticeable lag, for instance? For a single-player cinematic experience, this system would be tough to beat (like Uncharted's campaign) though I think even some action games would need to be tweaked to be a bit more forgiving of timing based actions.
Sure, the internet is getting faster all the time, but that's just download and upload speed... bandwidth. The real issue is latency, which is how long it takes your signal to go from your computer (or device) to the servers and for information (in this case a screen image) to come back again. This is limited by how far away you are from the servers and the speed of light. There's not much Gaikai can do about the later, so they solve this problem by co-locating servers closer to population areas... having East coast and West coast datacenters is common as is having European and Asian area datacenters. That said, I wouldn't expect there to be datacenters all over the U.S.A. If you live in the middle of nowhere, you're probably out of luck as far as latency goes. Your only option is to move to New York or San Francisco (or somewhere closer to them).
Anyway, what does all this have to do with the PS4? Well, for starters, you may already have the hardware in your house now:
"By combining Gaikai's resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE's extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "SCE will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices." - Source: Sony Press Release
Hey, you know what's an "internet-connected device"? The PS3! What else? Most Sony TV's sold today. Sony could easily put a Gaikai app on the PS3 dashboard... they probably will do this whether or not they release an actual hardware PS4. Not having to release new system hardware would save the company a ton of money. More than enough to cover the $380 million (USD) they spent on Gaikai. It's hard to say why Sonly would have purchased Gaikai if they didn't plan to integrate it into the Playstation brand, though I guess stranger things have happened.
What do you think? Is cloud gaming in your future or will they have to pry physical hardware from your cold, dead hands?
By: iorilamia May 19, 2011 | 7 Comments
Handful of games coming up in the next couple of months and I've been thinking about which will truly be worth my money.
Video games are expensive now a days and the cool swag you get from special editions costs even more. Also basically every game that comes out markets pre-order bonuses, coursing you to spend that $60+ first day even more. I am not a fan of renting because I take my time with games. Also I hate returning them for a lower price than I paid for, sometimes feel like I might as well keep it and try to make the best out of it. So what has always been the biggest importance to me was Replay Value. The ability to play a game more than once and enjoy it, to want to play through it again and the options to experience new things (besides mere achievement hunting ; boring) is what I enjoy. The lack of that in many games has driven me to play only games with multi payer features the last few years.
Here is what I think of the four games I have been keeping my eye out on coming out in the next couple of months, and how my feelings have changed for them overtime leading to how I ultimately think / what I'm waiting to see.
1. inFAMOUS 2 - Jun 7 2011
I only played a little of the first game but I did definitely enjoy it. Luckily the video and previews on this sequel have been very informative. The single player (like the first) has 2 paths to go through, good side fighting bad guys and saving/ protecting the public and bad side, where you destroy the shit out of everything. Alright, that is already 2 play throughs, but what makes the game worth it? The fighting is absolutely epic. The main character Cole of course has many creative electrical super-powers (and even more with pre-orders / special edition). Besides flying around and making cool explosions, he has a melee weapon that involves very brutal combat. Besides playing through the story twice with wicked ass-kickings, what makes the game really shine is the Mission Editor. This time around you can create your own missions, or play other persons missions online! The possibilities are endless from what ive seen, turning the game into a shooter, plat former or basically whatever you can think of.
Now the pre-order bonus isn't necessary, but since i am already sold on the game i might as well. Gold Melee weapon from Amazon, Bad guy skin from BestBuy, Lightning Hook (basically the Bulletstorm Leash, go fuck yourself gimmick game) from Gamestop, which is where I'm getting it and Electric Grenade from Wallmart. The $100 Hero edition adds in a bag, belt and a comic ; lame. Also they all get Uncharted 3 Beta. Long Story short, this game 2-sided play through mixed with epic combat and a flexible mission editor will keep it far from boring.
All of your inFAMOUS2 info in one place http://gouki.com/Catalog/Details/infamous-2
2. Alice: Madness Returns- Jun 14
Alice Madness Returns is another sequel game. The original was a PC mind-fuck action adventure horror game that not many people played. What brings a lot of hype to this sequel is the amazing story behind it and the feel/ style. This single player game is filled with bloody combat as Alice fights twisted figures in her once again Demented Wonderland. The downside is that it looks extremely repetitive. I was very excited following this game until they simply just wasn't showing enough, but then it seemed like the game didn't have much at all. The slicing, dicing and shooting with ridiculous amounts of blood spurting around is cool, but how long does that last? Ok, there are some plat forming elements, that look really pretty and Wonderland-ish, involving invisible things and fairy-tale esque powers Alice has.
A great sale point is when you buy the game, you also get the original as DLC! But that still doesn't convince me to drop $60+. Also the pre-order bonus is weak-sauce. Cd's are cool, but it isn't even real, it's a digital download Cd. Upside is that the music is pretty sweet in this game. In the end, cool visuals and a creepy-sick story is awesome, but that just makes it a rental :P The gameplay has some eerie effects but is basic for the most part. I still keep my eye on this game but at the moment, it has been taken off of my "Buy" list. I wish they would show us a reason to play it more than once besides enjoying the story and increased difficulty.
Get in on the madness here http://gouki.com/Catalog/Details/alice-madness-returns
3. SSF4 AE- Jun 28
Well this is a given. I'm a big fan of SSF4. Playing AE at the mall has given me the incentive to buy the AE dlc (I was going to regardless ;p) This newer version of SF4 personally is awesome for two amazing reasons. My characters got buffed overall (the nerfs were minor) and the top tier charge characters that dominated got nerfed pretty hard (except Bison). There isn't much to say here. Unless you don't own SSF4 and you are wondering "what cool stuff do I get for pre-ordering?" you get a lame Oni Bobble Head Doll thing, might even just be a plush. SF4 series has done a great job being one of the most simple / technical fighting games with great fundamentals that lead into many advanced techniques. The AE versions brings 4 new characters and all the old characters have been changed in some way, either buffs, nerfs or both, a definite must buy for fighting game fans.
SSF4 Arcade Edition News and Details http://gouki.com/Catalog/Details/super-street-fighter-iv-arcade-edition
4. Catherine -July 26
Catherine is a adult mystery plat forming rpg. Interesting genre mix isn't it? I've been following this game since the Japan release and have been extremely back and fourth whether to buy it. The story obviously is the main feature. You play as Vincent, a dude who has bros and a girlfriend, then he wakes up with another chick, starts having crazy dreams and people start dying in the real world with relationship problems. the action part of the game is the dream world where Vincent frantically climbs blocks, it isn't as boring as you think. The game is rather difficult and makes you use your head. He gets points and power ups a long the way as well. What makes the game playable multiple times is that there are several endings. The game is supposed to take around 20 hours to complete the first time around and the higher difficulties are absolutely insane (in the original JP version they had to send out a patch because the game was too hard on the first setting, this will be the default in our version). Besides trying to escape gnarly monsters eating you in the dream world, you also interact in the real world. How you answer texts or not answering them at all, talk to your friends and comunciate with others around you shapes the story to one of its many endings to keep you interested there is a little multiplayer as well. Basically a head to head tower climbing mode to see who reaches the top first or survives the longest.
The Pre-order bonus to Catherine is more than enough. You get a saucey Artbook (meh) and a real Cd. The music to this game is simply amazing and worth it. For $20 more you get the "Love is Over Edition" which consists of a Pizza box from in-game, Vincent's Boxers, a pillow case with Catherine on it and a Empty Hearts shirt (which is what I really want). In the end, with a long and intriguing single player with several possibilities and some fun multiplayer stuff to toy around with, I will be picking up Catherine.
Everything you need to know about Catherine here http://gouki.com/catalog/details/catherine
Any of these games on your radars jimmies, which ones seem worth buying to you? Maybe some of the pre-order bonuses got you sold or Bonus $pecial editions. Leave a comment on what you think.
By: goukijones Sep 11, 2011 | 5 Comments
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket software issues or broadcast issues? Not working on the debut day for PS3. We've contacted DirecTV here's what they told us ..
Widespread issues of NFL Sunday Ticket not working on PS3, To-Go and other HD Receivers. PS3 owners have also posted about slow feeds and terrible picture quality.
From the DirecTV forums:
"Anyone else using the PS3 function and having problems? mine keeps freezing and going back to pregame and then catching up?"
"Have this game going in Hershey, PA on my PS3. It is a TERRIBLE feed. I am seeing 4.1mbs download and 3.4mbs upload.
Please help! It is lagging, and occasionally cutting back to moments from the pre-game show."Read full story...
As you may have seen in the news the past few weeks, PlayStation Network has been down. After some recent attacks on Sony's network, they shut everything down and built the system back up. Here is what users will get for the unfortunate wait...
"Welcome Back" Appreciation Program has been announced to make up for the PSN downtime. Upon PSN's return sometime this week, this is what the program gives us...
- Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon. (AWESOME! Could just be wallpapers though, will update when info comes in)
- All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service. ( YO AWESOME! I'm not a fan of ps+ but free is free! )
- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service. (Never used it and not sure how good it is, but congratulations to you guys who do!)
And it doesnt stop there! More "Welcome Back" content will be released in the coming weeks. I do think the Welcome Back Program is pleasant. Even though you can't keep majority of the PS+ downlaods, free is cool. Also if Sony goes apeshit on PS+ deals and updates, people may like it enough to buy it afterwards ;) What do you guys think of this? Don't be a jimmy, leave a comment.
By: DragonKiss83 May 16, 2011 | 12 Comments
Have you been waiting to see what Sony was going to offer for a month of no psn?
After the disater with PSN Sony said you would get some free games for waiting it out. Here are the lists.
Little Big Planet
Super Stardust HD
Wipeout HD + Fury
Little Big Planet PSP
Mod Nation Racers
You get to pick 2 for each list that applies to you. They will be offered for 30 days and they are the full game no strings attatched. You also get 30 days of Playstation Plus, 60 if you already had it. On Playstation Home you get 100 items, an alien casino, and a free game.
Does this make it all better? I'm not impressed, but it is about what I was expecting.
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
By: BatRastered Aug 19, 2013 | 2 Comments | Updated: Aug 20, 2013
Ever want a PS3 without a hard drive? Me either, but now you can save some cash if you do.
You can now get a PS3 for $199. But it only has 12 GB of storage. Given many of the PS3 games require installation, this won't last you very long. However, if you're just looking for an awesome blu-ray/netflix/hulu etc. box that occasionally plays games, this will save you some cash.
I highly recommend getting one of the 500 GB bundles though, if you're serious about using the PS3 as a gaming system. A full 500 GB plus a full retail game plus 30 days of PSN+ for only 70 bucks more.
This one has GTAV included (will be released on September 17) and you get release date shipping.
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.
By: goukijones Oct 26, 2010 | 6 Comments
Hal Sparks is back for Season 2. No not really. Just this video. Thanks god.
Sony was kind enough to even slip in a little commercial in the front of this video. Gotta love video games advertising. This Preview show goes through some of the Jimmys that didn't make it onto the show. Overheard from a random Jimmy. "I got an Xbox so I can laugh it."
My Money is on Big Fazeek!
Check out this video. Enjoy that super Nubfarm Hal Sparks.
GAMER DRAMA! lolz.
Exclusive Season Premiere
Tuesday November 2, 2010
Only on PSN.
We made jokes about the Capcops coming after the leaks, Sony is doing it for real.
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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