196w ago - Similar to what was done with PSN titles including Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, a recent patent filing by Sony has been found for a new demo system that slowly degrades the game as it is played.
Essentially this means the more hours you put into a downloaded PSP or PS3 demo, the more the demo's gameplay diminishes.
For example, as you continue to play a video game demo, your weapons might decrease in value (size, quality, etc.). It's essentially a system that adds a time limit to a demo.
This new system is reportedly going to help people make the decision to buy the actual game instead of continuously playing the demo. Whether that will work or not is questionable.
To quote: "In one scenario your weapon is weakened or replaced with a less powerful one after so many hours playing the game. Think of it as a timed level down.
Another idea Sony has is to remove levels, race tracks in this example, after you reach a certain number of plays. When you finally buy the game (bottom right) you can use all of the tracks again."
198w ago - Update: To add more fuel to the fire, ScrawlFX.com has now uncovered a listing for Splinter Cell: Conviction in the Ubisoft Support center.
Since last year Ubisoft has been stating that they have no plans for a PS3 version of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, but now contradictory images are turning up in a Blockbuster Video ad and from Swedish retailer Game giving fans hope the XBox 360 exclusive is no more.
To quote: "Look at the scan below, although could be a typo, it shows a number of games and movies with the dates and times they'll be available, but what caught my attention was the Splinter Cell: Conviction listing that also lists PS3 as one of the platforms.
198w ago - Sony's recent patent filing indicates that a universal video game console controller may be joining the trend of such devices including universal TV remotes.
The Sony patent, which was filed in August 2008 but appeared online on February 18 of this year, reads to quote:
"Just like remote controls, game consoles, and thus game controllers, are becoming widespread. It is not surprising to find more than one game consoles in a household, especially when competing game console manufacturers attempt to attract unconventional consumer groups in the gaming industry.
As understood herein, it would be useful to have a universal controller that would be able to work with a variety of game consoles."
This controller would feature a touch sensitive liquid crystal display that would display various button layouts depending on the consoles. For example, a Nintendo console would pull up a Nintendo controller layout, a Microsoft console would pull up a Microsoft controller layout and a PlayStation console would pull up a PS controller layout.
The patent also notes that this controller will have...
201w ago - Today Atlus' Manager of Public Relations and Sales Aram Jabbari has shared a 3D Dot Game Heroes PS3 video dubbed 'Your One-Stop Shop for Natural Sword Enhancement.'
To quote: No one wants it to be them: the King tasks you with slaying evil and saving the kingdom and suddenly you're unable to get the job done. You come up short. You can't perform.
So why sit around wondering if you'll be up to the challenge of rescuing Dotnia? It's time to take some action and make sure that when you need to make with the hero-ness, you're ready for whatever comes your way.
Introducing the Blacksmith, your one-stop shop for natural sword enhancement! You don't have to be shy about it; every hero wonders at some point: Is that hero in a neighboring kingdom going into battle with better equipment than I am? Do all the land's denizens look down on me for having a smaller blade in my scabbard?
Worry no longer, adventurers! One trip to the Blacksmith and a few well-spent coins will make you prouder, braver, and more dangerous than ever before. Get yourself a big heaping of good ole' respect with some upgrades from the man with the metal mallet - the Blacksmith!
This is just one in a series of video vignettes we have...
201w ago - Today a new Heavy Rain PS3 gameplay trailer video is available which includes all in-game engine footage.
The video comes courtesy of Vamatt99218 via GameTrailers.com and according to the caption was created using solely real-time in-game engine footage.
Also below is a leaked Heavy Rain gameplay video of Madison from Famitsu, which comes courtesy of SolidSnakeRD via YouTube.
To quote from the video's caption: "A new video of the Japanese version of the highly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavy Rain has emerged online. It shows a level of the game which involves Madison Paige."