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European PlayStation Store Update for November 6, 2008

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319w ago - Actually, the most exciting thing in the update today (for me at least) is the Theme Park for PS1.

Talking about things that we don't get in the US store... EU store already has the Theme Hospital, C&C and Red Alert and we have nothing in the US store... Come on Sony!

Playable Content

• Spin Jam PS1 game (£3.99/€4.99)
• Theme Park PS1 game (£3.99/€4.99)
• Alone In The Dark: Inferno demo (free)
• Metal Gear Solid 4 demo (free)

Add-on Content

• LittleBigPlanet "Rare Week 1 T-Shirt" costume (£3.99/€4.99 - Available for one week only)
• LittleBigPlanet "MotorStorm" costume (£1.59/&euro
• LittleBigPlanet "Spacesuit" costume (free)
• LittleBigPlanet "Halloween Mask" costume (free)
• Tom Clancy's EndWar "Enlistment pack" (free - Available for one week only)
• Guitar Hero World Tour DLC (listed after the break)
• Rock Band DLC (listed after the break)
• Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm "Storm Pack 1″ (free)

Videos

• Bayonetta trailer
• "Launching the PSP-3000 Series" video
• BioShock launch trailer
• Tomb Raider Underworld "Beneath The Surface 2″ video
• Tom...
 

Circuit City Officially Closing 155 Store Locations

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319w ago - The Consumerist reported over the weekend that electronics retailer Circuit City was closing 155 stores in an effort to cut costs.

Today, the company made it official via the Press Release linked above. Liquidation sales at the affected locations will begin on November 5. Below is the complete list.

Store Location Closings:

Store # / Store Name / Street Address / City / State / ZIP

3280 ANNISTON 704 SOUTH QUINTARD AVE ANNISTON AL 36201
829 TRUSSVILLE 3555 ROOSEVELT BLVD TRUSSVILLE AL 35235
3240 FAYETTEVILLE 744 EAST JOYCE BLVD FAYETTEVILLE AR 72703
441 AVONDALE 10140 W MCDOWELL RD AVONDALE AZ 85392
3330 CHANDLER 3456 WEST CHANDLER BLVD CHANDLER AZ 85226
3580 GILBERT 2817 S MARKET ST GILBERT AZ 85295
3760 GOODYEAR 15433 WEST MCDOWELL RD GOODYEAR AZ 85338
436 MESA 1530 WEST SOUTHERN AVE MESA AZ 85202
3337 SUPERSTITION SPRINGS 1515 S POWER RD MESA AZ 85206
3362 ARROWHEAD 7645 WEST BELL RD PEORIA AZ 85382
435 PHOENIX METRO 9801 N METRO PKWY E PHOENIX AZ 85051
3341 NORTH SCOTTSDALE 7000 EAST MAYO BLVD PHOENIX AZ 85054
3426 CAMELBACK 1670 EAST CAMELBACK RD PHOENIX AZ 85016
 

PlayStation Store (US) Update for October 30, 2008

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320w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PlayStation Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PlayStation Store weekly update.

Price Promotion
SIREN: Blood Curse Halloween 1-week sale (from 10/30 - 11/6)
Full downloadable game for $29.99, or chapter bundles for $10.99/each.

Add-on Game Content
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution Artifact/Wonder Pack: The Mythic ($3.75)
Turn your civilization into a tale for all-time with this mythic wonder and artifact pack. Included are: Ancient Wonder: Lighthouse of Alexandria, Medieval Wonder: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Industrial Wonder: Scotland Yard, Modern Wonder: SETI, Artifact 1: Camelot, Artifact 2: Tower of Babel.
File size: 2.92 MB

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution Artifact/Wonder Pack: The Iconic ($3.75)
Inspire civilizations for ages to come with this Iconic wonder and artifact pack. Includes: Ancient: Coliseum, Medieval: Taj Mahal, Industrial: Statue of Liberty, Modern: Sydney Opera House, Artifact 1: Terracotta Army,Artifact 2: Sphinx.
File size: 3.23 MB

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution Artifact/Wonder Pack: The Eternal ($3.75)
Gain an edge in your quest to rule the world with this Eternal wonder and artifact pack. Includes the following:...
 

First LittleBigPlanet DLC Available on November 6 via PS Store

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320w ago - According to SCEA's Marketing Manager Mark Valledor here is some LBP downloadable content you can expect to see in the near future:

First, we know we've had a bumpy release, and for your patience, we're releasing a handful of free downloadable content on the PlayStation Store (starting 11/6)

- "Launch" Spacesuit (Only available from 11/6 to 11/19)
- Halloween Mask (Only available from 11/6 to 11/19)

In addition to the 'fan appreciation gifts' mentioned above, we wanted to share an overview of the types of DLC headed your way. Check back here every Wednesday to see what new DLC will be available on the PlayStation Store the next day...

One category of downloads will be, no surprise, SackBoy costumes. You've already seen a few of our pre-order announcements and partnerships with PlayStation Alumni, but this is only a snippet of available downloads to come. We're hard at work to provide weekly downloads to keep the community fresh and active. Here are a few items we have in store for you down the line...

Seasonal & Limited Time Only Costumes - FREE
The "launch" SpaceSuit and Halloween mask is a perfect example of this. These types of items will be available for a short amount of time only so look for these around special events and...
 

Sony Talks Firmware: What's in Store for PSP and PlayStation 3

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320w ago - Version 5.0 and Version 2.5 of their respective Firmwares gave the PSP and the PS3 some much asked-for features. So what's in store for Sony's PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 consoles?

For answers, we turn to Munechika Nishida, who posted his latest Random Tracking column to Impress Watch over the weekend.

This time around, the well-connected technology writer managed to get commentary from Naoya Matsui, Koujiro Umemura, Masaki Takase, and Shinji Noda, all high ranking Sony Computer Entertainment employees directly responsible for firmware and network issues regarding the PS3 and PSP.

The column first recapped some of the major points of the recent firwmare updates, with particular attention given to the inclusion of Flash 9 support in the PS3. This was a heavily requested feature, said Matsui, with Japanese fans hoping to view videos from Nico Nico Video, a Japanese version of YouTube.

Sony has actually been working on Flash 9 support for quite some time -- as far back as late last year. To get it running on the PS3, Sony ended up customizing a separate Flash implementation that was provided to it by Adobe.

For a sense of how computationally intensive some areas of Flash 9 can be, you...
 
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