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A croc comes to life in LittleBigPlanet

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344w ago - Play. Create. Share. That's the mantra for the LittleBigPlanet team. We know that the "Play" aspect of the game is swell, but what about the creation aspects?

Media Molecule wants to make their creation engine as simple as possible, and they released a few images showing how a deadly crocodile can be constructed using just a few spare parts.

Playing with Legos was always fun, but something of this depth and magnitude has been almost unheard of -- at least for a mainstream audience.

Hopefully, we'll be able to showcase some original creations of our own when we get our hands on with LittleBigPlanet soon.
 

Some Japanese Know of Second Life, Most Don't Play?

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350w ago - Does Second Life show any signs of life in Japan? In late March, goo Research online polled 1,091 folks online about their knowledge of Second Life. Keep in mind: This is an internet poll, and it shouldn't be taken for anything other than that!

Finding include that only 1.3 percent of folks polled are currently playing it. That's not very many! 5.6 percent used to play. Hit the jump for the full number crunching.

Question: Do you know about the 3D online world Second Life? (Sample size=1,091)
Know about it in detail 4.7%
Know about the key features 27.1%
Heard about it in the media, but don't know the key features 32.2%
Don't know anything about it 36.0%

In the 10 months since the first survey in June 2007, awareness of Second Life has grown by 10 percentage points.

Question: Have you actually played Second Life? (Sample size-698)
Currently playing 1.3%
Used to play 5.6%
Visited the web site, but not played 18.9%
Not played it at all 74.2%

Question: Have you ever seen corporate advertising, promotional campaigns, etc within Second Life? (Sample size=48)
Frequently see/saw them 12.5%
Sometimes see/saw them 52.1%
Not seen them much 14.6%
Never seen them at all 20.8%
 

Koller: Ten Year Lifecycle For PSP, Future Iterations Possible

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352w ago - The PS2, released to market in 2000, is still going strong. After all, Sony promised they would support the console for at least ten years, and they've definitely kept true to that promise thus far. The company plans to support its handheld gaming device, the PSP, for just as long, according to marketing head John Koller:

We look at it just like our console business being a 10 year cycle, but we do see iterations as we go along to really adjust to the market.

What we've done is the 2000 series adjusted to the market in terms of making it more portable. What we're seeing now, at least in the near- to mid-term, is going to be firmware updates that add features and other functions that the consumer's asked for.

Not surprising one bit as the PSP still has much untapped potential, which will undoubtedly be further exploited by firmware upgrades and the like. What's interesting, though, is Koller mentioning that we may see future iterations of the handheld. Time will tell...
 

Sony releasing PSP 'extended life' battery compatible with both models

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369w ago - A Dutch PSP site has the scoop that Sony is to launch a brand new battery which is compatible with both the PSP orginal and the new PSP Slim & Lite.

The new 2200mAh should offer 20% more power on older models and 80% more life on the Slim version. However, on the PSP Slim, the battery will bulge out so new battery covers will be included.
 

Ken Kutaragi to receive lifetime achievement award

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369w ago - The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has named former President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Ken Kutaragi, the recipient of the coveted 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. The President of the AIAS said "If it wasn't for Ken and his concept of the original PlayStation, there wouldn't be the billion dollar industry there is today. His contributions have clearly set new standards for developers, publishers and consumers worldwide.". He was also praised for his passion and innovative thinking.

To quote: About Ken Kutaragi:

The "Father of PlayStation" launched his career in 1975 by joining Sony Corporation's research lab, where he earned the reputation as an excellent problem solver and forward-thinking engineer. This same reputation was confirmed over the years by Kutaragi's vision and foresight of the potential of computer entertainment. In the late 1980's, he presented his idea to build new gaming technology. This landmark proposal to Sony allowed Kataragi to bring to the market in 1994, the original PlayStation.

Just five years later, in 1999, on the heels of the PlayStation launch success, Kutaragi was named president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. During his tenure as president, he spearheaded the release of the next-generation PlayStation...
 
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