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Sony Denies Surge Protector Voided PS3 Warranty

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374w 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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374w 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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374w 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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374w 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.
 

Gran Turismo TV Revealed!

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374w ago - By now you've already read our news on GT 5 Prologue Release Date and Free Demo. Just as we expected, more and more information the new Gran Turismo for PS3 is slowly leaving Sony HQ. We've learned even more about the upcoming downloadable demo, but more importantly, what will make it into the final game.

Sony's production team has been making the rounds at different automakers, that's nothing too earth-shaking, but the big news is that Gran Turismo 5 will finally inject some personality into the series. We confirmed that the team is hitting carmakers and interviewing key individuals at Ford, Audi, Nissan and other firms for on-camera footage. These interviews will be used in Gran Turismo 5 as bonus footage about the world of cars. Think of it like Special Features or Deleted Scenes you'd find in a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc. This is without-a-doubt, what Sony has been touting as Gran Turismo TV.

How do we know this? We caught 2007 Formula D Champion, Tanner Foust, being interviewed on-camera by a production crew with Gran Turismo 5, in HD, running in attract mode. It's a bit strange seeing the GT camp breaking out of its shell and diving into a more tuner-ish world, but we're positive that this isn't the last drifter Sony plans on interviewing. From the sounds of it, Sony is busy breaking out of the stale mold...
 
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