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PAIN Update for PS3

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355w ago - It's me, Travis, again. You know, the Senior Producer of PAIN. I want to thank everyone for responding so well to my first PLAYSTATION Blog post. It was the first time I had the opportunity to explain PAIN to more than a few people at a time.

It's always hard to describe a game that doesn't play like anything currently on the market. That's a good thing. No, it's a GREAT thing. Now that we are close to releasing the first PAIN Theme (Downtown), I get to sit back and enjoy other PLAYSTATION 3 gamers bringing the PAIN. Wait... no I don't.

PAIN is an evolving game and how it grows will largely depend on what people like you want to see (and play). I wish that I could tell you what plans we have for the next theme, but in the meantime, I can tell you that some of your responses to my first blog post made my arguments to management more "convincing."

Imagine me screaming, "LOOK HOW MANY PEOPLE SAY WE SHOULD SHOOT (THIS PERSON) OUT OF A LAUNCHER! Please go make it happen!"

To know me is to know that this is totally something I would say. I'm really not well, you know. I am 6'3" and Super-Sized - this is sooo not a pretty picture.

ANYWAYS... I digress.

The reason I am posting now is because we made a new trailer for PAIN. We are close...
 

Spike VGAs: Nominees Announced

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355w ago - Yes, the game of the year discussion is already beginning! Spike is hosting its 5th annual Video Game Awards this December in Las Vegas, and this morning the nominees were released on Spike.com. What's in contention for Game of the Year?

Orange Box, Halo 3, BioShock, and Mass Effect. Don't agree with the nominees? Blame Crecente and this here guest editor, who are both part of the judge advisory panel. For all full list of all the nominees, check after the jump. Watch the show Sunday, December 9 at 9 PM to see if this year's host can pronounce my last name correctly.

Game of the Year BioShock Halo 3 Mass Effect The Orange Box

Best Shooter
BioShock
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Halo 3
The Orange Box

Best Action Game
Assassin's Creed
God of War 2
Super Mario Galaxy
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Best Rhythm Game
Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80s
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Jam Sessions
Rock Band

Best RPG
Eternal Sonata
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
Mass Effect
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Best Driving Game
Colin McRae: DiRT
Forza Motorsport 2
Need for Speed ProStreet
Project Gotham Racing 4
 

Mark Rein: PS3 UT3 graphics better than Gears of War

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355w ago - Epic head honcho says "something special" about playing PC shooter on PS3.

PS3 UT3 has better graphics than Gears of War according to Mark Rein, Epic's vice president.

Speaking in an interview with Pro-G at the launch of the PC version of the game, Rein said that he was "really proud" of the PS3 game, which he hoped would be out in the US this year. However, due to certification issues he remained sceptical about a similar release date for the European version, instead suggesting early 2008.

He said: "People are going to be pleasantly surprised. It's a really high end experience that pushes the graphics bar up even higher than Gears of War. There's more polygons, there's more stuff going on, there's more explosions and there's more things happening, so we're just really pleased with the way the game runs on the PS3."

Epic's blockbuster third-person shooter Gears of War has proved a massive hit since its release on the Xbox 360 last year. At the time it wowed audiences with its jaw-dropping graphics and gritty portrayal of war.

When asked about the difficulties some game developers have experienced with Sony's next-gen console, the typically enthusiastic Epic boss said: "Doesn't affect us baby!"

He added: "You know, bringing a game to any new piece of hardware...
 

Hacked2123_XMB (Not Custom Theme) preview for PS3!

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355w ago - To quote from hacked2123's post linked above:

CJPC is the only one to see any of this, and can vouch that this is not "Custom Theme" work. What I am working will not be disclosed fully until its complete though.

"With the recent release of the PS3 Firmware 2.0, I have found myself displeased for my own selfish reasons.

I have been working for more than a week on a project I intended to state about a month ago. Just to emphasizing my creditability as to beginning this project a week before this firmware I am releasing this screen capture of what I am working on. It shows little more than the fact that I am working on something, but when I release my completed work you will understand why this is such a big deal to me.

(This is by far a small reflection of the work, and to negatively judge this would be a poor decision)"

Compliments welcome
 

Blank Discs Inside Call Of Duty 4 At Best Buy? Better Open Them In The Store

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355w ago - Zak writes to tell us that his copy of Call of Duty 4 was blank. Thankfully, he opened it while he was still inside the Best Buy, so exchanging it wasn't a problem. (Though some random Geek Squad guy did accuse him of being a scammer.)
I generally read a few of the network sites, Giz, LH and of course for a chuckle I also read Consumerist. Now I lack photo proof of this as I immediately did an illegal u-turn and took my product back to the store, but I'll let you know anyways.

Yesterday I had exchanged an Xbox 360 game, 'Hour of Victory' as it was the wrong game, I wanted 'Call of Duty 4'. The girl at customer service was happy to oblige me and I was told to walk back and pick up whatever game I wanted to exchange. CoD4 wasn't on he shelf so I asked an associate walking around and she checked stock, where the title showed up in transit. She went into the back as they had just gotten a shipment earlier, and low and behold here she comes with my blessed CoD4!

I take it up front, finish my exchange and head home. Halfway there my buddy opens up this FACTORY SEALED copy and starts laughing followed by a couple choice four lettered words. I look and staring back at us out of the box is a completely virgin (even fingerprintless) disc. U-TURN! We get back to Best Buy and I walk up to the associate who had...
 
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