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Sony Providing Refunds to Settle Misleading PS Vita Ads FTC Charges

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3w ago - Today the FTC announced that Sony Computer Entertainment America will provide consumer refunds to settle FTC charges over misleading ads for their PlayStation Vita gaming console for those who bought a PS Vita before June 1, 2012.

Below is the Press Release, as follows: Sony Computer Entertainment America To Provide Consumer Refunds To Settle FTC Charges Over Misleading Ads For PlayStation Vita Gaming Console

FTC Also Charges Los Angeles Ad Agency with Promoting Console through Deceptive Twitter Endorsements

Note: A conference call for media with FTC Western Region Director Tom Dahdouh will occur as follows:

Date: November 25, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET; 10:00 a.m. PT
Call-in: U.S.: (800) 230-1085; confirmation number 345384

Call-in lines, which are for media only, will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the call. Director Dahdouh and FTC staff will be available to take questions from the media about the case.

Sony Computer Entertainment America ( “Sony” ) has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with false advertising claims about the “game changing” technological features of its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console during its U.S. launch campaign in late 2011 and early...
 

Digital Reality Announces Black Knight Sword Charges to PSN Today

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105w ago - Digital Reality Product Services Manager Gergely Szilagyi has announced that Black Knight Sword charges onto PSN today!

Below are the details, to quote: Fighting with the strength of many men, The Black Knight must battle through a dark and unusual fairy tale world to rid it of an unexpected evil.

Black Knight Sword is an unusual game for unusual gamers. The idea is to send ourselves back to the 90's, lock the door, forget the outer world and enjoy the pure gameplay.

This traditional side-scrolling action game will provide us with uncountable trials, failures and the joy of beating the unbeatable. It is not hard to lay back on the couch and get lost in the world of the Black Knight.

Suda51 and [Register or Login to view links] did a lot with the look and feel of the game. If you still want more, turn up the speakers and be enchanted by Akira Yamaoka's composing and sound design.

Not many contemporary titles have such a unique world like Black Knight Sword. We are sitting in a theatre and living the fairy tale of the Black Knight, fighting his battles, suffering from his wounds... and surely rejoicing in his victory.

Wherever we are, whatever we face, we'll repeatedly ask one question: "What...
 

Publishers Unhappy with Policy Shift & PSN Download Charges

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300w ago - According to MTV Multiplayer (linked above), Sony's previously un-reported new "PlayStation Network Bandwidth Fee" is forcing publishers to think twice about what content they offer to PS3 gamers for download.

To quote: Until October 1 2008, video game publishers who wanted to offer downloadable content on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 didn't have to worry about getting a bill from Microsoft and Sony.

The million-plus downloads that a popular demo or map pack might receive could delight gamers, but rack up some expensive bandwidth costs. No problem: the publishers, who already pay a licensing fee to get their games on the two big platforms, could count on the platform holders – Microsoft and Sony – to pay the cost of piping that digital content to gamers.

That situation changed with the PS3 on October 1 of last year, when Sony implemented a 16 cents per Gigabyte fee to publishers for paid and free downloadable content, according to publishing sources familiar with Sony's policy.

Game publishers are not happy about it.

MTV Multiplayer has verified that a letter sent to publishers last fall detailed the policy. It applies a 16-cent charge to every Gigabyte of content downloaded from the PS3's PSN online store. For free content, like demos, those charges...
 
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