PlayStation 3 Version 2.0

Posted on November 7, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, PSP.

PS3 Updates iconSony announced that PS3 Firmware version 2.0 will be releasing soon. There are several new features and little additions to the PS3.

One of the new features is the ability to turn and turn off the PS3 wirelessly with the PSP using the Remote Play function. Besides the ability to simply turn on and off the machine using the PSP as a remote, you can also listen to music, look at photos and watch videos that are saved on the PS3 Hard Disk Drive, anywhere in the world. A global connection. Another new feature, which you think Sony wouldn’t alert you on, but now they will is like a Updates feed of the PS3. The icon on the top right of this article will be added, the icon, called the Information Board, will display news on games, PS Store updates, hardware, accessories and more (in other words, ads) in the upper right hand corner. Each item displayed will be able to be clicked on for more details.

Also, Sony has finally allowed customization of the XMB (Cross Media Bar [for those who are bad with acronyms or just really don’t care]). With version 2.0 you can change the color and brightness of the bar (oooooh la la), or you can go totally stylin’ with a custom theme (with more available on the Store in the future). Music and Photos can now be managed in personalized playlists.

Lastly, though not really important, Sony has added Trend Micro Web Security to the update. Why it’s needed, I don’t know but it is supposed to be free*.

*not really a free full version. Free means a no price trial version until the end of April, 2008. Some restrictions apply.

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skate. delayed two days

Posted on September 9, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, Xbox360.

EA’s upcoming skating game, aptly named “skate.”, looks to finally put up a good fight against Activision’s Tony Hawk series- and from the gameplay that’s been shown and the demo, they’ve done a pretty good job!
Anyway, the game was scheduled for release on September 12 (on the 360), but was pushed back until Friday, September 14 for…well, whatever reason. They didn’t give one.
skate. is scheduled for release on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 on September 14 and 24, respectively.

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EA announces a new game to its Need for Speed franchise

Posted on August 29, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, PC, Phone/PDA, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox360.

Need For Speed: ProStreetEA announced their newest title in the Need for Speed series, ProStreet. ProStreet, which releases on October 31st, is supposed to be EA games’ interpretation of Street Racing Culture in the next 5 years (in otherwords, exactly the same as it is now). You start as you normally start in NFS games, a person who is a nobody who then enters street racing to become somebody. No new news here. According to the Executive Producer, Larry LaPierre: “This is a next-gen game, packed with the raw intensity and visceral aggression that defines street racing at the highest level.” Yeah, Need for Speed games have never really done it as well as the Burnout series, in my opinion.

Apparently for the “first time ever” you can design and build your car, a feature that has been in NFS since Underground. Not much of the story has been revealed but knowing EA it will probably have to do with you competing against some rival or something. And new in NFS: ProStreet is the Show Down mode, which sounds a lot like a race.

EA will probably not surprise me at all with ProStreet.

Portal Facts from interview with Jeep Barnett

Posted on August 13, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PC, PS3, Xbox360.

Today, I got the most awesome opportunity to talk to Jeep Barnett, a programmer (one of the original 7 on the Narbucular Drop team) of Valve’s new game called Portal. The talk was mainly about the latest game Portal and about the Digipen game, Narbucular Drop. Please be warned, that thecakeisalie. And there might be a few cool things you might not know yet about Portal.

After introducing some of his work to me and a group of others, he went on to talk a bit about Portal and how it really works (which I won’t discuss how the game works from a code aspect [that would spoil everything, and no one likes spoilers]).

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Reminder: Madden 08 tomorrow, launch parties tonight

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GCN, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

Yup, today’s the day: August…13. You know, the day before Madden 08 comes out. If you want to preorder, today’s your last day to do it- and preorders are selling like hotcakes for the 08 installment. If you already have it preordered, your store probably has a launch party, so I suggest calling them.

I don’t know what else I can say. Uh, buy Madden?

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Unreal Tournament 3 (PS3) adds keyboard and mouse support

Posted on August 4, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, PS3.

Apparently Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 is adding support for both the keyboard and mouse as a control scheme in the game. The console itself already supports it, but UT3 will actually allow you to use it in-game as opposed to the SixAxis. Epic’s VP Mark Rein had previously stated that he didn’t want it to be unbalanced (having one control scheme be superior than the other), but something must’ve happened to get him to change his mind.

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id Software announces Rage

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Mac OSX, PC, PS3, Xbox360.

The makers of Doom and Quake announced their newest game, Rage yesterday. Rage is set in the time where Players fight against a corrupt and oppressive government in the aftermath of an apocalyptic world. The game will be built with new graphic technology not seen yet in video games. The new technology was made by the co-founder of id Software, John Carmack who showed it off to people at the QuakeCon event yesterday.

The technology behind Rage, named “Tech5”, will allow developers to make games that have better graphics, more realistic extremely easy. Plus it features technology that allows a PC game to be easily changed and ported for the Mac, Xbox 360 and the PS3. CEO Todd Hollenshead stated that “You can have massive outdoor environments and make them look glorious down to pixel level without any performance issues.”

Rage has not been dated for release and the publisher is currently unknown, however it’s most likely going to be Activision as they have been the publisher for id Software for quite awhile.

According to id Software, the game will not be just a regular Doom or Quake, the levels are outdoor and more open, allowing the player to roam in very large areas. However, it will still have bad guys and awesome guns and things that you can shoot at but the Quake developers wanted to provide more of a “surprise”.

We will be watching this Rage project as it continues.

Quake Wars and Heavenly Sword dated

Posted on August 3, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Mac OSX, PC, PS3, Xbox360.

Today at QuakeCon 2007, it was announced by id Software that Enemy Territory: Quake Wars will release on October 2 on the PC, PS3, X360, and the Mac OS X platform.
Also dated today, the upcoming PS3 game Heavenly Sword will release on September 12 of this year in North America, with Europe soon to follow on the 14th of September.

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Eleven new Guitar Hero 3 tracks announced

Posted on August 2, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, Wii, Xbox360.

Via ARSTechnica, Activision has announced eleven new songs to the list of confirmed songs for Guitar Hero 3. Those looking to shred out on their PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wiis can do so on October 29 of this year.

  • Miss Murder (by AFI)
  • Number of the Beast (by Iron Maiden)
  • Through Fire and Flames (by Dragonforce)
  • 3’s and 7’s (by Queens of the Stone Age)
  • Suck My Kiss (by Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Raining Blood (by Slayer)
  • Reptillia (by The Strokes)
  • Paranoid (as made famous by Black Sabbath)
  • Cities on Flame (as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult)
  • Mississippi Queen (as made famous by Mountain)
  • La Grange (as made famous by ZZ Top) 
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    Grand Theft Auto IV Rumors Confirmed: Delayed

    Posted on by Wailord.
    Categories: Gaming, PS3, Xbox360.

    Boo!

    Speculation has long been reporting that Rockstar’s upcoming iteration of its Grand Theft Auto series is likely to be delayed until next year due to financial reasons, and about ten minutes ago, Rockstar confirmed it: GTA IV will hit shelves not in two months, but in eight. April of 2008 is the new target month, and really, that’s not cool. They recently denied a rumor that it’ll be delayed, saying that the game is well on-track for its October goal- they could have at least given us a “we can neither confirm or deny”, instead of leading us in a different direction.

    The game looks to be fantastic, and will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, now in April of 2008.

    Update: Rockstar says that the game was almost entirely delayed due to technical reasons, not financial. Whether or not that’s true, who knows, but that’s the official stance on it.

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    NCAA 08 Football uses real time weather

    Posted on by MASA.
    Categories: Gaming, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox360.

    This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but due a communication error it never appeared. Sorry for the confusion and delay.

    Weather in NCAA 08 FootballEA announced yesterday that NCAA 08 Football can use real-time/world weather stats from The Weather Channel to determine the kind of weather that will be used on the field. So if there is a huge snow storm in NYC, you can go check out how the footballers would play under these conditions. This feature allows games to be played in rainstorms, intense wind or just on a good old sunny day.

    This feature can be turned off, but I really can’t see why you would want to. The option to choose live-time weather is only enabled when the user is online (not necessarily playing online though). EA didn’t specifically mention if all copies of the game have this feature but we would assume so.

    Should make the game much more realistic. I wonder what happens when you play during a hurricane..hm.. The weather doesn’t seem to affect the fans, just the players it seems.

    NCAA 08 Football is currently in stores for the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3 consoles.

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