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New MLB 09: The Show & Quantum of Solace Blu-ray PS3 Bundle?

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285w ago - While the much anticipated price drop announcement never actually came to fruition at this year's E3, PlayStation 3 holdouts still might want to keep watch for a new bundle arriving at their local Walmart sometime this year.

To quote: According to photos (via [Register or Login to view links]) taken by a tipster working at the mega-retailer, you'll soon be able to pick up the 80GB model of the PS3, plus MLB 09 The Show and Quantum of Solace on Blu-ray for just $399.99 - the standard price for the console on its own.

There's no official word on the bundle from Sony at this point, and it's also unclear whether or not it's being planned for multiple retailers or as a Walmart exclusive.

The photos appear legit, though, and let's hope so; Quantum of Solace and MLB 09 would certainly put to shame the Talladega Nights Blu-ray pack-in that early PS3 adopters were subjected to.
 

Video: MLB 09 The Show for PS3 Hits Store Shelves Today

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299w ago - Product Manager Troy Mack announced that MLB 09 The Show hits stores today, and in celebration has shared a video and details as follows:

If you're a baseball fan, you don't want to miss Opening Day on PlayStation. From Road To The Show to Franchise Mode to Online Leagues, there is something for everyone in MLB 09 The Show.

Regardless of which PlayStation is your platform of choice, the MLB franchise dubbed "best sports game of the year" for the last two seasons hits PS3, PS2 and PSP today in the bid for a three-peat.

So get yourself some peanuts and Cracker Jack and take yourself out to the ballgame.




 

MLB 09 The Show - Saving Interactive Replays as Movies on PS3

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300w ago - Today MLB 09 The Show Designer Greg Batalucco focuses on the new feature that many have been calling for, saving interactive replays out as movies. To quote:

We know that everyone likes to show off great plays or even funny ones to their friends. Well, now you have the capability to create your own movie from within our replay system and do just that. Now it is easy and fun to make movies and let everyone see your specific highlights.

And to get you ready for the game's release on Tuesday, here's a nice chunk of MLB 09 The Show gameplay to drool over:





Have you ever hit a home run to win a game or made a diving catch in the field and wanted to make a movie to show off to everyone? In MLB 09 The Show, it's possible and very simple. Here's how it works.

In the game, select a replay you would like to record as a movie. You can either use the regular instant replay or our replay vault (As a side note, replay vault allows you to go back to any inning or player at any time to get the exact play you want). Now that you have selected the specific replay you want to record, you can get started.

On the replay screen, you will notice a notification in the upper left-hand corner that lets you know that pressing the L3...
 

MLB 09 The Show PS3 Online Season Leagues & Improvements

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300w ago - Producer Jason Villa shared some information on new features and improvements to the Online/SportsConnect area of MLB 09 The Show today via PS Blog as follows:

Along with improving the league system and layout, this year we focused on two major components of the Online League System...A) Draft System; B) Flex Schedules (with new Schedule screen).

We truly believe that the additions of these two components are what the Online Leagues needed. The goal is to allow users to customize as much as possible and to ensure that these league games get played!

Online League Draft System:
While online leagues are fun, there's nothing like hand picking the team of your team. And taking it one step further than Fantasy Sports, you can actually take your team on the field and play with them yourself.

The draft system rivals that of any fantasy sports system. It allows from 6-30 players to hold a FULL LIVE Draft, with the ability to set your draft day/time, pick timer/length, chat (and harass), view the Player Card/stats of available players, view the Player Card stats of other users in your league drafting.

Another integral part of the draft system is the ability to set you draft queue. No matter how much planning you do, there's always a chance you can't...
 

MLB 09 The Show for PlayStation 3 - Lighting Explained

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301w ago - Senior Graphics Programmer for MLB 09 The Show Patrick Hager provided some more details on the lighting in MLB 09 The Show for Sony's PS3 console today as follows:

Lighting was a major focus for us this year, and we implemented a Global Lighting model. What does that mean? It means that objects are lit by their surroundings.

It means that when players are in shadow, they can still get light from the sunlight hitting the dirt just beyond the shadow's edge, or a bright wall behind them. It means that in stadiums, red floors cast red light on neighboring objects. It is another step towards that realism we all want in our baseball game.

How do we do all this? Well, I can't give away our secrets, but I can give you an overview of our lighting model. There are several steps we take to make each image, and we make 60 of these images every second.

Starting with the stadium:

•We begin by tracing direct sunlight into the scene, with detailed shadows.
• We render a sky (without a sun), then use this sky to add the indirect sky light to the scene.
• We then trace the sunlight's path as it bounces off the ground and stadium. When sunlight hits a surface, it takes on that surface color, bounces off, and lights objects around it. We add that indirect...
 
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