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Sony Announces PS Vita Gets Skype Video and Voice Calling Today

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130w ago - Sony Senior Director Manrique Brenes from their Consumer Electronics Group at Skype has announced that PS Vita is getting Skype video and Voice Calling beginning today.

To quote: Hi everyone! My name is Manrique Brenes and I'm the senior director of the consumer electronics group at Skype.

We've very happy to announce that the Skype Video and Voice calling app for PS Vita will be available later today on PlayStation Store.

Starting later today, you can enjoy free [Register or Login to view links] calls on PS Vita. You'll be able to keep in touch with gamers around the globe while you're on the go as Skype is available for both the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi models.

The Skype app includes free Skype-to-Skype voice calling, as well as high-quality video calling that utilizes PS Vita's front and rear cameras.

The Skype app on PS Vita runs in "background mode" while you're gaming or using other applications* – meaning you have the capability to "pause" a game, conduct a call and then return to your previous activity – so you never miss a call. Plus, with a little Skype credit you can make low-cost calls to landlines and mobile directly from your PS Vita.

As you know, PS Vita is equipped with a 5" OLED touchscreen, dual analog sticks, precise rear...
 

MLB 10: The Show for PS3 - Catcher Calling the Game Detailed

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244w ago - Today Senior Designer Eddy Cramm has detailed the catcher calling the game in MLB 10: The Show for PS3.

To quote: I am here today to talk about the new Catcher Calling the Game feature. Catchy name, huh? Road to the Show, since its inception has been a very well received mode because it gives the gamer a very deep, realistic, and fun alternative to the traditional career mode.

The mode allows you to create the guy you want to create, in the position you want him to play. Depending on the position that you choose, you will be asked to do different things in the field that are specific to your position.

Last year, as we looked back on our game, there was one position we wanted to improve upon. That was the catcher.

In MLB 09: The Show, the catcher had the same basic responsibilities as any other fielder: Field balls in your area, cover your base. The only thing unique to the catcher was the task of throwing out base stealers. But as "baseball guys," we know that the catcher is a lot more involved than that.

The catcher is a key part of every single pitch in the game. He is arguably just as responsible for the outcome of a pitch as the pitcher. So when making MLB 10: The Show, we kept that in mind.

This year, we have added "calling pitch selection"...
 

Calling LittleBigPlanet Creators: Winter X Games 13 is Coming!

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300w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor is calling upon LBP creators who live in or around Aspen, Colorado for the LittleBigPlanet Winter X Games 13. To quote:

We are looking for up to 3 talented LittleBigPlanet creators to join us next week for the X-GAMES (1/22-1/25) in Aspen, Colorado to create one of a kind levels side by side with real Winter X Games athletes (Not a bad way to kick off 2009!).

So if you can build some great LBP levels and have a way to meet us in Colorado, this might be up your alley. All you will need to do is meet us in Aspen next Tuesday and dedicate a few hours of your time and LBP creative juices and you will be rewarded.

Selected creators will score the following:

- Upgraded experience at Winter X Games
- A chance to meet and work with a Winter X Games athlete to help them design a LBP level for posting
- Signed Merchandise
- PS prize pack which includes PS backpack, hoodie and more!

Ok, the requirements (see below for official contest rules):

1) You need to be 18 Years or older
2) You will need your own transportation and accommodations
3) You need to be a skilled LittleBigPlanet creator to help make levels with Winter X Games athletes
4) You will need to meet us in Aspen the morning...
 

Subscribe To Qore Online Magazine, Get Calling All Cars Free

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333w ago - It appears Sony is itching to get PS3 owners signed up for its newly launched Qore magazine.

For a limited time only, those who purchase an annual subscription ($24.99) to the online-based magazine can download David Jaffe's debut PSN title Calling All Cars completely free of charge. That's a $10 dollar value.

Most casual online users still are far from sold on Qore, but offering incentives for signing up is always a great move.
 
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