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PSN Play: Last Chance to Download Some Great Games and More!

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122w ago - Sony Senior Community Specialist Kristine Steimer has announced today that this is the last chance for PSN Play fans to download some great games and get money back!

Below are the details, to quote: The clock is ticking - our summer PSN PLAY promotion is coming to a close very soon, but there's still time to take advantage of it.

Purchase titles from our PLAY lineup through August 27th and you'll be eligible for PSN vouchers of varying amounts, depending on how many you get. Buying two games nets you $3, three games, $6 and if you grab all four titles you get $10 back in your PSN wallet.

The game offerings are quite enticing - there's our new No. 1 selling PSN game for PS Vita, Sound Shapes (which comes with its PS3 version at no additional charge), indie darling Papo & Yo, fan-favorite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the action-packed Expendables 2 Videogame.

As an added bonus, PlayStation Plus members can still nab Counter Strike: Global Offensive for 20% off the retail price. To learn more about PSN PLAY and the rest of the games available on PlayStation Network, click here.

If you want more information on the games included in the promotion, look no further:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PS3)

One of the gaming world's...
 

PSN PLAY Returns This Month with Four Great Games for Summer

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129w ago - Sony Digital Distribution Senior Manager Pierre Gravereau has announced today that PSN PLAY returns this month with four great games for the Summer outlined below.

Top quote: We're very happy to announce the return of PlayStation PLAY, our annual summer program showcasing a diverse lineup of great PSN games and special offers.

PSN PLAY begins July 24 on PSN when the first game in the lineup becomes available for pre-order, and we have all the info on this summer's offering.

You may remember my announcement last summer that PLAY would become an annual program. Guess what? It has returned and we do have a stellar line-up of titles for you this year.

We're again offering 20% off each title for PlayStation Plus members for a limited time, and as a bonus this year, we're giving you cash vouchers to redeemed on PSN for purchasing any two or more of the awesome PSN PLAY titles. Check out what you could get after buying PSN PLAY games:






If you are a fan, you will also appreciate the fact that each of the four PSN PLAY titles in our line-up can be pre-ordered starting a week before they hit the PlayStation Store. Gamers who buy a PSN PLAY game during its pre-order period will receive a...
 

Video: Sony PS3 - It Only Does Great Games

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270w ago - Today Sony's Senior Vice President of Marketing & PlayStation Network Peter Dille has posted a PS3 video dubbed 'It Only Does Great Games' on the PS Blog.

To quote: In just the few weeks since my last post, we've launched the amazing UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, we've unveiled the new 250GB PlayStation 3 and we've welcomed nearly half a million new PS3 owners into our PlayStation family. There is no doubt it has been a busy and exciting few weeks here; and as promised, PlayStation 3's momentum just keeps building.

Since its introduction in 2002, the Ratchet & Clank franchise has become wildly popular, selling more than 16 million units worldwide and finding a permanent home on the "top ten favorites" lists of gamers everywhere. The latest and much anticipated installment, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, promises to deliver more of the signature humor and mind blowing weapons fans have come to expect while exploring the story behind Ratchet and Clank's past and the key to their future.

While the game won't be in stores until next Tuesday, critics are already starting to pour on the praise, touting that the latest Ratchet & Clank adventure looks like the "the best yet." And just in time for its release, Kevin Butler is back to spotlight this incredible...
 

EA: Sony's Got a Lot of Great Games, XBox 360 is Maxed Out

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290w ago - Senior VP of EA Games Europe Patrick Suderland described the Xbox 360 as "Maxed out", in comparison to the PS3.

This comment came in tow of Sony's and Microsoft's presentations at the recently-concluded E3 2009 Expo.

That's not to say he meant it in a bad way, however, to quote:

I like the Natal. That's cool. It's an interesting device, so I'm truly impressed by Xbox. It's my personal favorite console... I think Microsoft is on a roll right now. They're doing really well. If I was Sony, I would have a headache, to be honest.

He did say too, however, that Sony does have a lot of good games this year. "If you go to their booth, there's a very consistent, high-quality product line-up and that will help them." Now this is where the "maxed out" statement comes out.

I do think that we'll see developers inside the organization getting to understand the PS3 better and I think that we're getting more power out of PS3 right now... I think that we've maxed out the 360 but we haven't maxed out the PS3.
 

MIT Professor: Video Games, Piracy are Great Equalizers

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327w ago - MIT professor Henry Jenkins III has weighed in on the piracy problems that the media faces. He views piracy in two ways, firstly that it is the only way for developing markets to get access to materials and another that it is a rebellious way for consumers to battle against the high prices of original material.

So how does he propose we solve this? Well by reaching a moral economy in which the system of belief is that the transactions are deemed fair and producers must know where to take their materials where it is demanded and how to price it attractively enough not to lose out to piracy.

He asserts if consumers are given a proper access point for the content they want, then they will not resort to piracy. Interesting, but how about adding a third view Mr. Professor - that is that people would rather pay ZERO instead of even $10.

To quote: He sees piracy in two ways: that it is the only way for developing markets to get access to materials and another is that it is a rebellious method for consumers against high prices of original material. To balance, this, Jenkins said that both producers and consumers would have to reach a "moral economy" where the system of belief is that transactions are fair.

Producers must know where to take their materials and where it is demanded,...
 
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