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DrinkBox Studios Detail About a Blob Co-op Play & PSN Exclusivity

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220w ago - DrinkBox Studios CTO & Designer Chris Harvey has detailed About a Blob co-op play and PSN exclusivity today, as follows:

If you don't already know, in Tales from Space: About a Blob you take on the role of a tiny space blob that lands on Earth.

What's special about this particular creature is that he can eat anything smaller than him, which in turn allows him to grow. As the blob grows he can eat larger and larger objects. The player's goal is to find their way through all the levels and eventually eat the world.

We recently came back from the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) where lots of people got a chance to play the game for the first time. The feedback was great, and we were extremely happy to see friends and couples have so much fun playing together in co-op.

In Tales from Space: About a Blob, two players can play simultaneously and interact by climbing or jumping off one another. Although the goal is for the blobs to work together, players can choose to attack or push each other around if they want, and can compete to see which player is better at destroying the world.

Around the office, people usually ping-pong back and forth between working together to solve puzzles, then messing each other up near obstacles or enemies.

Many people asked...
 

Naughty Dog Detail Uncharted 2 PS3 Title Update v1.07

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243w ago - Today Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 title update version 1.07 arrives, and Arne of Naughty Dog has detailed the changes, as follows:

Title Update 1.07 will be released worldwide today, April 21, 2010, at about 11:00 AM PDT / 6:00 PM GMT.

Some regions may receive the update slightly earlier or later than this time, but every region will receive Title Update 1.07 today.

Title Update 1.07 includes the following:

• Players can now select a Hero skin through their online profile for Co-op Arena matches only
• Additional spawn system changes to enhance spawn point update effectiveness
• Gameplay changes to prevent "airwalk" exploit by players
• Updates to map geometry collision detection to improve prevention of players attempting to leave normal multiplayer map boundaries

Additionally, the [Register or Login to view links] has noted that the UNCHARTED 2 Siege Expansion Pack is coming this Thursday alongside a double cash weekend!

To quote: "The day is nearly here for our UNCHARTED fans and the multitudes who have been awaiting a new co-op game type – The UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves Siege Expansion...
 

Toshiba is Set to Detail Its Cell-based TV in Early October

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273w ago - According to PCWorld (linked above), Toshiba will soon unveil its first television based on the Cell processor, the same multimedia chip that sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3 games console.

Toshiba has been showing prototypes of the television and Cell technology for the last couple of years and its unveiling on Oct. 5 will come just before its first public showing at the upcoming Ceatec electronics show.

While a launch date has not yet been announced, the timing of the unveiling suggests it should be on sale in Japan before the end of this year.

To quote: "The Cell chip was developed by Toshiba, IBM and Sony and each chip contains a single Power PC core and eight co-processors. Together the chips make heavy-duty processing of video a breeze.

During previous demonstrations of Cell TV prototypes, Toshiba has put the chip to use providing real-time upscaling of standard definition to a quality closer to that of high definition.

It has also been shown streaming multiple chapters from a recorded TV show to make navigating to a desired part of a program easy. It's similar to the multiscreen menus on some DVDs.

But for all the neat tricks it can do with video there's one thing it almost certainly won't do: run PlayStation 3 games. Toshiba has said several...
 

SCEE to Detail PS3 Motion Controller at Develop Conference

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286w ago - SCEE's head of developer services Kish Hirani will be giving the coding keynote at this year's Develop conference, and he'll be giving much more detail on Sony's new PS3 Motion Controller debuted at E3.

To quote: He'll also be talking about new vision processing and advanced graphical techniques in the PS3 libraries, using real-world examples from recent and soon-to-be-released PS3 and PSP titles.

Also appearing at the conference will be Intel's Dr. Doug Binks, who'll present the coding session 'Preparing for Larabee', which will explore how developers can leverage their existing codebase while still exploiting the power of the new chip.

The Develop Conference takes place at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton from July 14th to 16th.
 
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