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Sony caught violating GPL

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352w ago - Maker of exploding batteries, Sony has been illegally dipping its toe into Open Sauce code libraries to build a PS2 game.

Open sourcer, Alexander Strange was snuffling around the European release of the game ICO when he noticed new files SRCFILE.TXT and TRFILE.TXT and had a look at them.

In amongst the tangled code were bits of the GPL library libarc for compressed data handling.

Sony, which is a big champion of protecting creative rights, has failed to credit the code's author or mention libarc or the GPL.

Strange said that there was not a lot of code there, just two files from libarc and they add up to about 1500 lines put together. But a GPL violation is still a GPL violation and Sony is pretty nasty when someone violates its copyrights.

He said that Shadow of the Colossus, the sequel to ICO, doesn't seem to use any other code.

Strange has tried to get hold of libarc's creator Masanao Izumo but he has not been able to contact him.

On some of the boards there is talk that if Sony are caught breaking the GLP it might have to open sauce the whole game.

More here in text form.
 

Holiday Presence: Sony – The Peter Dille Interview

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352w ago - PS3 to live 10 years: Sony's Dille on firmware updates, Competition & More

With the holiday shopping season about to be in full swing, we sit down with the big three console makers, get their thoughts on their 2007 year, why consumers should want their respective console this year, plans for after the new year and much more.

We wrap up our series with an interview with Sony's senior vice president of marketing, Peter Dille. While Sony may be in third place in the console horse race, behind Nintendo and Microsoft, don't count it out yet. As Dille is quick to point out, the PlayStation
3 is holding its own when it comes to core features and exclusive titles. While Microsoft grabbed headlines after grabbing previously exclusive PS3 titles like Assassin's Creed and Virtua Fighter 5, you're still only going to be playing games like Heavenly Sword, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Ratchet & Clank Future on Sony's machine. We talked with Dille about exclusivity, the embattled Blu-ray format and the company's plans for 2008.

Note: We originally intended this story to run Nov. 21, and after several delays and false starts, we finally got our questions answered. We apologize for the tardiness, Sony fans.

Game Informer: You face some serious competition this holiday season...
 

New Killzone 2 Screenshots available

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352w ago - New screenshots of Killzone 2, including a helgast droid, and more.

Many more screenshots at the link up top!
 

Assassin's Creed PS3 issues still exist, despite patch

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352w ago - Ubisoft may have released a patch for the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed, but unfortunately a number of gamers are reporting that the patch did nothing for them and the game is still freezing in various places.

To quote from the link above:

LOL - dont expect too much guys.

I was skeptic - and rightfully so. I downloaded the 25 MB update. Game launched and I tried to continue my game.

Altair froze on the blue loading screen - AS USUAL.

THIS UPDATE DID NOTHING FOR ME....
 

Japan PlayStation 3 sales beat Wii

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352w ago - Monthly sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console in Japan have overtaken those of rival Nintendo Wii for the first time.

Boosted by price cuts and the introduction of a cheaper version, PS3 sales totalled 183,217 in November, compared with 159,193 for the Wii.

The closely-watched figures from game magazine publisher Enterbrain will come as a welcome boost for Sony.

But analysts predict that the Wii will continue to dominate globally.

Sustainable trend?

"Overseas, I don't really see the PS3 doing that much at Christmas time primarily because it's still more expensive than the other machines and has less software," said KBC Securities analyst Hiroshi Kamide.

Both the PS3 and the Wii were launched towards the end of last year.

Since then there have been some months in which five or six times as many Wii consoles have been sold in Japan.

"It's nice to see the PS3 selling much better than six months ago," added Mr Kamide.

"But is it a sustainable trend? Is it going to really escalate from here? I'm not so sure."

The Wii has benefited from a much lower price compared with both the PS3 and Microsoft's XBox, but also from the novelty of its handset, which is fitted with a motion sensor.
 
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