241w ago - SCEA Associate Producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda is back, with one more Patapon 2 PSP update before the weekend as follows:
Greetings Pata-peoples. It's Friday and as you all prepare for a well deserved weekend, here is another dose of Pata-goodness to share.
On Wednesday we covered Multiplayer Hotness and how you can now battle to the beat with your friends. Now, as promised, we are going to profile the "new recruits" of the Patapon army.
One of the most appealing factors about the first Patapon was building your army up out of nothingness into an unstoppable fighting force.
Picking the right soldiers for battle, setting them up with all the right weapons and equipment, and evolving them to make them stronger was key to victory. This hasn't changed in Patapon 2, but this time players will get a revamped evolution system and some new Pata-faces... presenting:
THE PATA-NEW SCHOOL!
Air support anyone? (Toripon) If you remember the original concept art of Patapon 1 you'll remember the Toripon. These bird-riders didn't...
242w ago - Today U.S. Producer Josh Miller unveiled some new Trash Panic PS3 screens and details as follows via PlayStation Blog:
Happy Earth Day 2009! I'm Josh Miller, the US Producer of the upcoming PS3 PSN downloadable exclusive, Trash Panic.
In celebration of Earth Day 2009, I wanted to talk to you about Trash Panic and give you the low-down on what to be excited about this Spring. As I'm sure you heard, we are giving new meaning to waste management with a brand new puzzle game that combines strategy and action with well...garbage. Here, players are tasked with having to compact as much garbage into a trash can before it overflows AND in the most eco-friendly way as much as possible!
Trash Panic definitely provides a new take on gaming while making players more aware of environmentally friendly ways to dispose of waste.
Throughout each stage, random trash items will be delivered to players who will need to manipulate the speed and direction they fall using the DualShock 3 controller. The trash can will quickly reach full capacity unless the trash is broken down or dealt with by strategically using various elements given throughout each stage.
Items will continue to be dropped until the player successfully compacts a certain number...
242w ago - Speculation has commenced that XBox 360 games have new disc protection.
Recently xorloser noted that when FIFA 09 on the XBox 360 is patched with the latest update, the game is only allowed to boot from an updated version of the original XBox 360 disc type.
To quote: I noticed the other day that when FIFA'09 for Xbox360 is patched with the latest update, the flags that specify what media the game is allowed to run from have changed. Originally it was allowed to boot from a standard original Xbox360 disc, however now it is only allowed to boot from a new media type which is basically an updated version of the original Xbox360 disc type.
Those who have ever looked into the depths of the Xbox360 disc authentication scheme know that a "new" type of disc authentication has been in the works since the Xbox360 was released. It is known as the AntiPiracy v2.5 checks, or AP2.5. Is this FIFA'09 patch a sign that AP2.5 is finally going to see the light of day? If so then the ban hammer is going to come down hard. Don't say I didn't warn you
The original Xbox360 game disc was reffered to as DVD-XGD2, which I presume stands for Xbox Game Disc version 2 (with version 1 being the discs used on Xbox1). This new Xbox360 game disc just seems to be reffered to as an "updated...
243w ago - Too much heat can put laptops and other devices out of action, so manufacturers equip them with metal plates to discharge it.
A new composite can do this better, to quote:
While portable computers were still rather cumbersome several years ago, they now easily fit inside small briefcases. This is because the components on the substrates and microchips are shrinking in size with each successive model.
They are also spaced closer together, allowing more circuits to be accommodated on each chip. All of these components generate radiant heat, much like small power plants. The more components are packed into a limited space, the more difficult it is to dissipate the heat. And too much heat could put the electronics out of action.
The components and connecting elements can only withstand temperatures of 90 to 130 degrees Celsius. Manufacturers therefore mount a small copper or aluminum plate underneath them to conduct the heat away. The plate, in turn, is soldered to ceramic components or silicon (the main constituent of the chip).
If this system heats up, the metal plate expands about three or four times as much as the silicon or the ceramics. This causes tension which can lead to cracks in the soldered joints, so there are limits to how far components can be miniaturized.