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Blade Kitten for PS3: Behind The Code with Krome Studios

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201w ago - Senior Game Designer Sean Edwards at Krome Studios has shared some 'behind the code' details on Blade Kitten for PS3 today.

To quote: I hope to give some interesting and candid insights into the process the team went through to build the levels for Blade Kitten.

Building the World - Level Design for Blade Kitten

Initially we went through several approaches to building the levels, but with a small team we needed a method that allowed fast experimentation and changes. Rather than model large areas of the levels which would require going back into 3DS Max and re-exporting to make changes, the method chosen was to build lots of smaller objects to allow for fast changes and experimentation.

This required all the pieces to be built to very specific dimensions so that everything would snap together nicely. The final levels were assembled using those pieces in Krome's in-house level editor 'Merktools' which allowed quick iteration and real time editing of the level as the game is running!

The actual process of taking the level from concept through to completion involved several steps. First the Creative Director, Steve Stamatiadis, would conceptualize the level in a very high level "mud map" format. This map included locations for all the key story...
 

PS3 Firmware 3.50 is Released, Includes Blu-ray 3D Disc Playback

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201w ago - Sony's Network Operations Americas VP Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware 3.50 is released, and as expected it includes Blu-ray 3D disc playback.

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To quote: Additional new features in the 3.50 update include:

• Facebook Integration: Developers will be able to create PS3 games that have more interaction with Facebook. Once compatible PS3 titles are available, PS3 users can choose to access public information on Facebook - including user name, profile, uploaded photos and friends list - to enhance their gameplay experience.

• Grief Reporting Function: Users can send claim reports directly from the XMB for any inappropriate messages they receive from other PlayStation Network users. This feature is accessible from the option menu of the messages list in the FRIENDS category.

For more details and instructions...
 

F1 2010 is the First PS3 Game to Require 3.42 Firmware?

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201w ago - According to PSGroove (linked above) and DJLO at [Register or Login to view links], F1 2010 is the first PS3 Game to require updating to PlayStation 3 Firmware version 3.42 which blocks both PSJailBreak and the PS3 Proxy Methods.

I was on IRC and the news broke, apparently it requires you to update and if you cancel, it takes you back to the PS3 XMB. The war has just began and Sony made the first move: User 0 vs Sony 1.

For those curious about other PS3 game compatibility with PSJailBreak, PSGroove and PSFreedom be sure to check out the PS3 JailBreak Game Compatibility List and add to it if possible.

To quote: "If you ignore the game's warnings, it throws you back to the XMB. Technically this should just require some editing to the PARAM.SFO's version, in order to get the game to boot on 3.41. However, time will tell."
 

PS3 USB Custom Firmware Loader v0.2 Released by JaicraB!

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201w ago - Just over a week ago SKFU reported on PS3 Custom Firmware, and today Spanish PS3 developer JaicraB has made it a reality and released a PS3 PS3 USB Custom Firmware Loader!

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To quote from his site (linked above), roughly translated:

"This program allows to simulate the dev_flash from USB. Allowing a Custom Firmware. We may modify the files of our new dev_flash (USB) as we please, without running the risk of throwing away the PS3.

It is a beta version, probably find bugs. I will continue working on it when time permits me. Remember that suffers no risk to the console. All that is changed the new dev_flash'll be doing really USB.

Requirements:

• Syscall PEEK and POKE.

Installation:

1. Copy the "FTP server" the entire contents of the / dev_flash the USB (the root).
2. Copy the JaiC_USB_FIRM_LOADER.pkg also the root of the USB.
3. Install the package.

Use:

1. Insert the USB into the PS3.
2. Run USB LOADER FIRM. After a few seconds will return to the XMB. The new firmare is loaded.
 

Project Dark by FromSoftware Unveiled at Tokyo Game Show 2010

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202w ago - If you are a Demon's Souls fan you will be pleased to know that PS3-exclusive title Project Dark was unveiled by FromSoftware today at Tokyo Game Show 2010 and is slated for a 2011 release.

During its media briefing at TGS 2010 FromSoftware director Hidetaka Miyazaki said the game is for those who enjoyed Demon's Souls and those who like dark fantasy video games.

The game will be released in 2011. Demon's Souls, released in 2009, today became part of Sony's Greatest Hits lineup in North America with a new price point of $29.99.

To quote from JoyStiq (linked above): "To complement the announcement of the Kinect-exclusive Steel Batallion sequel is the reveal of the PS3-exclusive Project Dark. Coming in 2011, it's from the team responsible for Demon's Souls.




While very few details were made available, it appears to have some kind of cooperative element. It's also probably really difficult."
 
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