Voting Starts Today for PlayStation's 17 VGA Nominees

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230w ago - Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has announced today that PlayStation voting for the 2009 Video Game Awards has commenced.

To quote: As the saying goes, "It's an honor just to be nominated." If that's the case, then we here at PlayStation are pretty well honored; The 2009 Video Game Awards nominees have just been announced, and Sony Computer Entertainment is up for 17 awards, more than any other publisher!

UNCHARTED 2 leads all games with a record eight nominations, including GAME OF THE YEAR. See below for the full list of SCE titles and what award they're up for.

But going back to that saying - being honored is nice, but winning is better. Fortunately, the decision isn't left up to a shadowy cabal of Illuminati; for the first time ever, gamers from around the world get to vote for the victors between now and Saturday, December 12th.

Hat in hand, we kindly ask you to vote for your favorite PlayStation games on Spike's VGAs site.

In honor of our record number of VGA nominations, we're currently planning a viewing party near the LA studios where the VGAs will be broadcast live to the world.

We might even be able to get some...
 

Sony Confirms Release of PS3 Firmware Update 3.10 for Today

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230w ago - Shortly following the video preview of the upcoming PS3 Firmware Update 3.10 comes the official Press Release (below) and confirmation that it will indeed arrive today.

According to 1Up.com, Sony will be releasing the 3.10 update today.

To quote: They've apparently been planning this for some time now, but network operation director Eric Lempel wouldn't say how long.

"I'll just say that it's been in the works for quite some time," he said in an interview with 1UP.

"It's never been easy to just integrate new content into the PlayStation Network. We've had this planned for a while now."

Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. to Offer Richer Online Social Experience to PlayStation 3 Computer Entertainment System Owners with Facebook Integration

Next Firmware Update (v3.10) Enables PlayStation 3 system Gamers to Share Their Experiences with Friends on Facebook, Including Trophies Won In-Game, PlayStation(R)Network Game Purchases, and Game Events

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Nov. 18 - Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. ("SCEA") today announced an integration with Facebook...
 

Video: God of War Collection Launches Today for PS3

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230w ago - Today John Hight, Director of Product Development at Santa Monica Studio, has announced the launch of God of War Collection for Sony's PS3 console.

To quote: Kratos has finally come to the PS3! Just in time for the holidays, fans can now enjoy the award-winning God of War and God of War II in stunning HD.

To give you a refresher on specifics, God of War Collection includes both critically acclaimed games remastered in full HD resolution complete with 2X anti-aliased graphics running at 60 frames per second – all on a single Blu-ray disc.

And if this ultra smooth gameplay wasn't enough, we've also added PlayStation Network (PSN) PS3 trophy support to the franchise for the first time (included for both games).

Our team did an exceptional job supporting the release of God of War Collection while at the same time tending their work on God of War III. It's inspirational for us to see the critical acclaim and the overall positive reception we're receiving for this package.

We take pride in everything we do and it's cool to see that our fans appreciate the effort. An Olympic-sized thank you goes out to the entire Santa Monica Studio, as well as Bluepoint Games,...
 

Video: Pinball Heroes Out Today on PSN for PSP

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231w ago - Today SCEA Producer Jason Coker has announced that Pinball Heroes is available on PSN for PSP, and has shared a video of it in action.

To quote: Jason Coker here, Producer of the new downloadable PSP title, Pinball Heroes, which is available beginning TODAY for download onto your PSP from the PlayStation Store for $3.99 each. So, what is Pinball Heroes?

Well, the Pinball Heroes team loves pinball - go figure - and we also love the games that Sony Computer Entertainment publishes, so we figured, "Hey, what if we were to make pinball tables based on SCE titles?"

We approached some of the internal teams here at Sony, made the magic happen, and we've put together a really fun mix of tables, both in the range of pinball game play types and in the titles we're representing. Please take a look at the trailer below to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:





There are four different tables available to download, which are based on High Velocity Bowling, Hot Shots Golf, PAIN, and UNCHARTED. For me, the coolest thing about Pinball Heroes is that if you dig pinball, you'll really like any of the tables because of the diverse set of challenges that each one features, including an in-game trophy shelf, in-game trophies,...
 

Braid for PS3 is Available Today on PlayStation Network

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231w ago - Update: It's now out in Europe as of today too!

Today Joel DeYoung of Hothead Games has announced that Braid for PS3 is available on Sony's PlayStation Network.

To quote: On behalf of Hothead Games, I'm excited to be able to present you with Braid, available today for $14.99 on PSN in North America.

At Hothead, we work diligently to support developers throughout the indie community, and Jonathan Blow, the original creator of the game, has been a particularly great partner (we also worked with him on a Mac version earlier this year).

When Braid first came out, we were really blown away by its combination of unique art style and clever puzzle gameplay, but there was just one problem - it was only on one platform!

At Hothead, we really believe strongly in being platform-agnostic (we even ship our games on Linux!), so we thought it only right for PS3 players to have access to Braid too. We got in touch with Jon and suggested working together on realizing his vision on additional platforms.

As we collaborated on the project, there were two big things that we always kept in mind - the first was preserving that original impactful moment when...
 







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