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Will PlayStation Network Finally Get Custom Avatars?

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295w ago - Now that the "new" PlayStation.com has launched, and with the PlayStation Network fully integrated into the site and forums, there is one thing that is blatantly missing... That one thing is avatars.

Avatars are defined as a "user's representations of himself/herself or alter ego". Part of what makes the Internet so special, is that things such as "avatars" let users basically be anything they want to be.

So why on the PlayStation Network are we forced to choose from a set of 200+ avatars, most of which are horrible and no one would actually want to use? The offering Sony has given us certainly doesn't represent us gamers, or PlayStation fans at all.

Sure there are some bearable avatars out there, like the Motorstorm avatar, or a Nathan Hale avatar, but since they are the only decent avatars, it's not uncommon for 15 of your PSN friends to have the same exact avatar as you.

The old PlayStation.com forums allowed you to upload your own avatar (after a certain post count), now that the PlayStation Network has merged with the PlayStation.com forums, will that mean we will get to upload our own avatars soon?

No word yet from Sony, but lets hope...
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for November 21, 2008

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296w ago - Another weekend is upon us, and as such PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen shared the following video PSN updates today:

Hi again! The weekend's here - time for your weekly update of new movie & TV shows on the PlayStation Network.

This week we've added new video content from the following television series:

• American Dad, Season 4
• Ax Men, Season 1
• Bones, Season 4
• Chuck, Season 2
• Fringe, Season 1
• Ice Road Truckers, Season 2
• Prison Break, Season 4
• Rumbling Hearts, Season 1
• Sons of Anarchy, Season 1
• Xam'd: Lost Memories, Season 2

We've also added the following feature films:

• A Christmas Story
• A Knight's Tale
• A Very Long Engagement
• Analyze That
• Bad Company
• Ballad of Cable Hogue
• Batman: Gotham Knight
• Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
• Calendar Girls
• Casualties of War
• Clean and Sober
• Cliffhanger
• Conspiracy Theory
• Contact
• Deliver Us From Evil
• Diner
• Dog Day Afternoon
• Elf
• First Knight
• Four Minutes
• Freddy Vs. Jason
•...
 

Sony Says More PSOne Games on PlayStation Network Soon

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296w ago - Sony's director of hardware marketing, John Koller, has stated that they working on further PSOne additions to the US PlayStation Store and they should be arriving shortly.

To quote: There are many classic PS One games available to download through PlayStation Network in Japan, but we've seen barely any here in the United States (does anyone want to play "2 Xtreme," anyway?)

I didn't ask John Koller, the head of hardware marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, whether this was changing when we spoke earlier this week. My bad, readers.

But he did follow-up over e-mail last night.

"Yes, we are working on further PSone additions to the PS Store and should see those launch shortly," he said.
 

Sony Clarifies 14 Million User PlayStation Network Milestone

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296w ago - Sony confirms its recently announced network numbers include accounts from both the PlayStation 3 and PSP, but no duplicates; analyst estimates 50 percent of PS3s have gone online.

On Tuesday, Sony made a stir when it announced that its free PlayStation Network had attained 14 million "active users."

The number, revealed to celebrate the PlayStation 3's second birthday, was remarkable, as it appeared to match the 14-million-strong subscriber base for the pay-to-play Xbox Live. Microsoft's online service launched in 2002 and has been a central pillar of its strategy since the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, one year before the PS3.

Three days later, Sony has now clarified what exactly it counts as an active PlayStation Network user. "Seeing as PlayStation Portable does include PlayStation Network services (i.e. games store natively on PSP), yes those numbers do include all PlayStation Network registrations," said a Sony representative.

The rep also said, to guard against duplication, Sony does not count a registration made on the PS3 and then used on the PSP (or vice versa) as two accounts. Like with Xbox Live, the figure also includes multiple accounts used on the same console or in the same household.

So how many PSN users are logging on via the PS3? Sony declined to...
 

GTi Club+ on Grid for December 4th PlayStation Network Launch

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296w ago - Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH will release a completely updated and enhanced version of its popular GTi Club arcade game for PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Store on December 4th.

Priced just 14,99 Euro, GTi Club+ Rally Cote D'Azur boasts all-new HD visuals and widely expanded gameplay elements.

Press Release: Classic Konami coin-op heads to PLAYSTATIONNetwork in all-new HD livery

Available exclusively via the PlayStation Store, the 335Mb download is one of the fastest road racers imaginable. A classic race against the clock, GTi Club+ recreates the beauty of its French locale within a giant game map that is gradually opened as the player breaks certain records.

Boasting 720p graphics and running at 60fps, the game offers five distinctly different licensed cars- Austin Mini Cooper, Renault 5, Fiat A112 Abarth, Lancia Delta and the VW Golf GTi- and invites players to compete via the solo mode or against up to seven other people online.

Using timing, hidden short cuts and handbrake turns, GTi Club+ comes into its own when played online. Three difficulty settings can be selected, adjusting the severity of the course in the process, while a Bomb Tag game sees players attempting to eradicate their rivals in an explosive chase mode. The PLAYSTATIONEye peripheral...
 
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