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Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Review

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371w ago - Though past Hawk games have tried to bring all of its skating together using a story, Proving Ground compartmentalizes its story by breaking it up into three distinct "lifestyles." You've got the career path, where pro skaters like Arto Saari take you around and shoot skate videos with you. Then there's the hardcore path, where guys like Mike Vallely and Dustin Dollin teach you the fine arts of wearing jean jackets and how to properly knock over pedestrians.

Lastly there's the "rigger" path, where guys like Jeff King and Daewon Song turn Proving Ground into a puzzle game and have you place or modify pieces around the environment and rig up some new trick lines. On top of all that, there are plenty of other nondenominational chalk challenge goals, where you'll see marks around the world that ask you to grind, manual, wallride, or leap from one mark to the next. Most of the goals can be completed in three ways for three different difficulties, ranging once again from amateur to sick.

From the three lifestyles, things are even further broken down into episodes, which usually focus on one specific skater giving you a handful of different goals. Bob Burnquist's set of goals has you learning some new tricks, then taking on competition skating. Bam Margera's goals focus more on climbing than on actual skating,...
 

Sony Denies Surge Protector Voided PS3 Warranty

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371w ago - This post in the PlayStation forums claims that Sony Customer Service told the owner of a bricked PS3 that plugging his console into a surge protector had voided his warranty, and that he'd have to pay $150 to have the unit repaired.

This sounded pretty unlikely to us, so we contacted Sony and were told that, no, plugging your PS3 into a surge protector does not void your warranty. Duh. Ok, they didn't actually say "Duh," but it was clearly implied.

Sony will be contacting the customer with the bricked PS3 to resolve the matter and sort out any misunderstandings.
 

Sony unveils interactive sitcom game for PS3

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371w ago - Like Office Space or The Office? Sony's newest episodic content game may be your brand of java.

Rat Race, as described by Sony, "is a PS3 exclusive comedy/adventure game... to give you the feeling of 'playing' inside an episode of your favorite TV show."

Starting this winter, Sony will begin releasing game episodes via the PlayStation Network for an undisclosed, periodic price.

The game is set in an "extremely dysfunctional" office environment where players are required to endure the nine to five as you interact with a PR hottie, a pompous jerk (aka a Dwight Schrute knock-off), and an eccentric lab scientist in addition to others.

Rat Race is being written by persons involved on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, My Name Is Earl, Saturday Night Live, South Park, and Comedy Central sketches says Sony.

While heavy focus is given to comedic interaction, the game also promises the ability to solve puzzles, eavesdrop, and steal a co-partner's Streamline stapler.
 

Astrophysicist Replaces Supercomputer with Eight PlayStation 3s

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371w ago - Suffering from its exorbitant price point and a dearth of titles, Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't exactly the most popular gaming platform on the block. But while the console flounders in the commercial space, the PS3 may be finding a new calling in the realm of science and research.

Right now, a cluster of eight interlinked PS3s is busy solving a celestial mystery involving gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, about a million times the mass of our own sun, swallows up a star.
 

Capcom: You've seen one announcement, more are coming

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371w ago - Over at the official Capcom boards, the senior director of strategy Christian Svensson has commented that we've seen one announcement at Gamespot and another announcement will be revealed at the countdown time on Wednesday. Moreover a 'slew' of other announcements will be revealed after the media 'embargo' dies down a bit towards the end of the week.

To quote: You saw one announcement today at Gamespot.

You will see another announcement at the countdown timer on Wednesday.

You'll see a slew of other announcements/updates after the media embargo lifts on Thursday/Friday or so.
 
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