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Sony Combats PSP Piracy with Online Registration Requirements

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253w ago - Sony is testing out a new anti-piracy system with the recently released title SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 for the PSP console.

Those seeking to go online with the game have to be validated via registration before doing so, therefore, pirated copies of the game will not be able to go online without the special voucher code.

To quote: "Any hopes today marks the beginning of the end of the rampant piracy seen on its PSP platform. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3, released today, is Sony's first test at discouraging pirates from downloading PSP software.

Those who purchase SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 are now required to register the title through PlayStation Network before given access to online gameplay. UMD copies of the game will come with a voucher code that must be redeemed online, while digital copies will automatically register in the background. Those who buy a used copy of the UMD can purchase a PSN entitlement voucher for $20 to play online.

We spoke recently with John Koller, director of hardware marketing at SCEA, about this new initiative to combat piracy on PSP and when we may see it appear on other titles and platforms.

For SOCOM Fireteam...
 

Video: SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 Launches Today for PSP

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253w ago - SCEA Senior Producer Mark Rogers has announced that SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 launches today for PSP and has shared a video below, as follows:

We're happy to announce that SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 is available today for purchase on the PlayStation Network and UMD.

SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 features a comprehensive single-player campaign with nine campaign missions and a number of new gameplay features. The single-player campaign is supported by a brand new cooperative mode.

For the first time in series history, SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 lets you call your friends to duty with a new 4-player co-op mode available in both ad-hoc and infrastructure. With all campaign missions accessible, players can choose which missions to attempt and tackle with tactical teamwork and firepower.

And of course, [Register or Login to view links] wouldn't be SOCOM without a robust competitive multiplayer component. Continuing the franchise's tradition of unparalleled multiplayer gaming, SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 supports up to 16 players in both ad-hoc and infrastructure modes.

Players will be immersed in five classic and objective based game modes across eight diverse custom maps based on the single-player campaign. If you haven't already pre-ordered...
 

NIS America PSP Game Title Changes from Badman to Lord

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254w ago - Today European Product and Development Manager Allison Walter at NIS America has announced that PSP title "The Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman" will immediately be referred to as "What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!?" due to an unintentional IP conflict.

To quote: I have a few bits of important news to announce!

The first is, Badman has decided to change his bad image, or at least his name. Let it be known: The Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman series will immediately be referred to as [Register or Login to view links] The original title had a conflict of interest with an existing IP and it was not [Register or Login to view links] intention to create any conflict.

This new title is intended to better represent the game's whacky retro dungeon world and connect the player's awareness with the overall theme of the game. Phil, give us a drumroll to introduce the new game cover...

Due to the name change the game, Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman!: What did I do to deserve this? will be temporarily unavailable from the PlayStation Store. The game will return as soon as the new name process has been completed.

The second bit of news is that What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2 will be released...
 

PSP PSARDumper for PSP Firmware 6.00, 6.10 and 6.20 Arrives

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254w ago - Today bbtgp has updated PSP PSARDumper to support PlayStation Portable Firmware versions 6.00, 6.10 and 6.20.

For those unaware, PSARDumper is a PSP homebrew utility which allows you to dump and decrypt PSP Firmware updates.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Developer's note, to quote: Here is the psardumper for 6.00 6.10 and 6.20. It supports 01g and 02g kernel decryption.

Luckily the keys where the same for all the eboots so I only had the crack the 6.20 keys. If anything is wrong or I uploaded the wrong files please tell. Tested and cracked on slim.

Enjoy.

PS: should make finding those exploits easier... and if someone already uploaded something like this forgive me. guess I wasted 2 months of my life cracking these damn keys.
 

Sony PSP Digital Comics Store Update for February 11, 2010

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254w ago - SCEE Designer Pete Stott of Sony's Digital Comics Team has posted this week's PSP Digital Comics Store update today, as follows:

Love is in the air, and so is the sweet smell of fresh braaaiinns. Show your deadication and buy the complete Marvel Zombies mini series which is available this week [Register or Login to view links]! Other highlights include:

From IDW we have the highly entertaining (and adult) Tank Girl: The Gifting where co-creator Alan C. Martin teams up with Ashley Wood to offer redemption to anyone who sat through the Tank Girl movie.

We also reach the conclusion of the wonderful [Register or Login to view links] which comes with audio commentary. Honestly you need to buy this series! Locke & Key also starts a new story arc this week called Head Games.

Insomnia release the 2nd chapter of the innovative [Register or Login to view links]of which Sci-Fi Pulse wrote "Cancertown leaps out of the page at you, grabs you by the jugular and doesn't let you go.

Simply...
 
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