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Massive Action Game (MAG) Beta 4 for Sony's PS3 Starts Today

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263w ago - Zipper Interactive Sr. Community Manager Jeremy Dunham has officially announced today that their Massive Action Game (MAG) Beta 4 for Sony's PS3 console starts today.

To quote: I wanted to share some news regarding our latest MAG beta program that we're kicking off right now. Starting today, we've officially moved into our next Beta phase - Beta 4.

We've made more than 6,000 changes from our last phase to Beta 4, not the least of which include an increased level cap from 40 to 60, a retooled skill tree and experience curve, and an improved ranking system - all based on the feedback from our diligent testing crew.

We've also introduced two new major features to Beta 4. We've implemented the oft-asked about "proximity chat" feature that allows you to hear enemies communicating as you get closer, or trash talk them yourself as you punch 'em full of lead.

We've also introduced Shadow War bonuses. Depending on which PMCs are leading in the number of contracts owned, the entire PMC will earn different bonuses based on gametype. Leading in Sabotage adds experience points, leading in Acquisition increases leadership aura distance, and leading in Domination decreases tactical strike cooldown time.

Other new additions to Beta 4 include improvements...
 

Pirate Bay Acquisition by Global Gaming Factory Starts to Sink

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278w ago - Not long ago it was reported that The Pirate Bay was sold for approximately $8 million USD to the Global Gaming Factory.

According to FastCompany.com (linked above), Global Gaming Factory has failed to acquire the millions of dollars in funding necessary.

Furthermore, [Register or Login to view links] is reporting that Wayne Rosso, the former CEO of Grokster who was involved with Global Gaming Factory recently, said it's unlikely to happen and as a result The Pirate Bay is giving them a week before cancelling the deal.

To quote: "I don't think there's going to be any money raised with GGF's current (lack of) plans," Rosso told TorrentFreak. Besides Rosso and his partners, the people who were supposed to finance the acquisition were also misinformed.

When confronted with the news, a Pirate Bay insider said they would give GGF a week to get insurance from the investors, otherwise the deal is off. Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde told us that he doesn't know what will happen to the Pirate Bay in the future, when the deal is off the table.
 

Killzone 2 Double XP Weekend for PlayStation 3 Starts Now!

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279w ago - Guerrilla Games Producer Sebastian Downie has announced on the PlayStation Blog news that the Killzone 2 Double XP weekend starts now!

To quote: It has been a exciting week at [Register or Login to view links] with the release of the third DLC map pack "Napalm & Cordite", the release of patch 1.29, the latest update to [Register or Login to view links], the announcement of the "Map Pack Bundle" and the opening of "Our World" an art exhibition here in the Netherlands based around the visually creative process of making the Killzone 2 universe and those that inhabit it.

So to celebrate all this we have decided to give back to the folks who have supported us through thick and thin since the release of Killzone 2: You. The most attractive and charismatic fans any video-game can have. (Yes, flattery won't get me anywhere) And what better way to thank ones loyal fans than with POINTS!

This weekend from Friday at 17:30 GMT till Monday morning at 09:00, any games created will give extra XP points to let you guys rank up...
 

Sony Starts Official Licensing Program for PlayStation Peripherals

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282w ago - Today Sony Computer Entertainment announced plans to expand its "Official Licensing Program" to further enhance PlayStation peripherals and accessories for the PSP, PS2 and the PS3.

Press Release: TOKYO, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the expansion of the "Official License Program" to peripheral manufacturers in Japan, Asia, North America and Europe/ PAL territories to further enhance the PlayStation peripheral and accessory line-ups and offer richer entertainment experience on the PlayStation platform.

By entering into a license agreement with SCE through this program, peripheral and accessory manufacturers will gain access to technical documentations necessary for designing and creating variety of licensed products for PlayStation platforms including PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

Furthermore, SCE will provide "Official Licensed Product logo" to be used on product packages, proving that the peripherals and accessories have been designed for each respective PlayStation platform, qualifying SCE standards and requirements. Further details on the "Official License Program" are available on the official site (http://www.scei.co.jp/olp/index_e.html)....
 

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 Multiplayer Beta Starts June 3

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286w ago - Today Naughty Dog Multiplayer Designer Justin Richmond has officially announced that the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 Multiplayer Beta starts on June 3, 2009.

To quote: For the past few years, we here at Naughty Dog have been cranking away at creating not only a new single player adventure for Nathan Drake, but an awesome new online experience as well.

It has taken blood, sweat, and possibly even a few tears to get to this point, but on June 3, you can get the first crack at a small slice of the multiplayer modes we'll pack into the full game.

Everything in the Uncharted 2 multiplayer experience has been designed to get you into the game and playing quickly, so you can just skip this blog post if you're really that impatient. Just kidding.

When you boot up the beta you'll find we've included 2 playlists for you to try out: co-op and competitive. If you've got friends, we've made it easy to play together - just hit the triangle button to see your PSN friends list and you can send them an invite, join their party, or just check out their profile. Keep in mind that for the beta, the party size is limited to 5 for competitive and 3 for co-op!

Let's give you a quick rundown of our two playlists so you can be ready day one...

The competitive...
 
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