Jem Alexander: How does Lego Harry Potter differ from previous Lego games?
Jonathan Smith: With every new game we make we try to raise the bar and there are lots of technical innovations in Lego Harry Potter. The new layer of physics makes the world more realistic and enable us to build with Lego using magic in a way you've never been able to do before.
And taking advantage of this wonderful setting of Hogwarts and the magical characters within it, we can use magic to create a new kind of lego gameplay as well, with characters that learn new spells over a long period of time, so that they're always progressing over what is a very sizeable adventure...
167w ago - Sony's PlayStation 2 console turns ten years old today (yesterday in some parts of the world) and was first shown at a Japanese event in 1999.
Launch titles were limited, with Ridge Racer 5 and Street Fighter EX3 standing out. The machine went on to launch later that year in both the US and EU, hitting on October 26 and November 24 respectively.
To quote: "Ten years ago today on March 5th, 2000, Sony released the first version of the PlayStation 2 in Japan, which means the game-console is essentially turning 10 years old today.
The PS2 was later released in North America on October 26, 2000. With more than 140 million units sold as of September 2009, the PlayStation 2 has become the best-selling video game-console of all time and sales are surprsingly still going strong.
Believe it or not, several new games are scheduled to be released for the platform this year.
It's definitely a great milestone for such a revolutionary and innovative game-console that really changed the way we played video games. Happy 10th birthday to the PlayStation 2!"
177w ago - Sony will be celebrating New Year's Eve on PS3 in PlayStation Home this year, complete with a 2010 ball drop in the Central Plaza at 11:59PM on December 31, 2009 and special party items available.
To quote from Sony's Tweet: "Grab special New Year's Eve items in PlayStation Home and watch the ball drop in Central Plaza at 11:59pm on 12.31."
Finally, the PlayStation Home Community Management Team of CydoniaX, Locust_Star and GlassWalls offered the following message of the day for PlayStation Home:
"Forget Times Square - Central Plaza is the place to be this New Year's Eve. Join us on Thursday evening and watch the PlayStation Home ball drop right at the stroke of midnight.
Be sure to load up on the New Year's Eve party items - now available in the Mall - so that you can ring in the 2010 in style."
183w ago - My how time flies... it seems like only yesterday that Sony's beloved PlayStation 3 console turned two years old.
Happy third birthday PS3 and PSN!! Here's looking forward to the next PS3 Firmware Update 3.10 that will arrive later this week.
To quote: "Sony has made all the right moves for this holiday season including, cutting the price of the standard PS3 SKU, and releasing quality games that showcase the power of the very expensive cell processor.
The 2009 holiday rush begins soon, let the competition begin."
186w ago - The PS2 turns nine years old this week, which Sony originally launched in the US sporting a $299 price tag.
The slimline PlayStation 2 console, introduced in 2004, still remains available on store shelves for a retail price of $99.
According to Sony Computer Entertainment America, the console has a worldwide installed base of nearly 140 million, with a library approaching 10,000 games having sold more than 500 million copies combined.
Although Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's original Xbox ceased production years ago, Sony today declared that the PS2 "shows no signs of slowing down" at the tail end of its 10-year life span.
According to the NPD Group, the PS2 sold 146,000 last month, down from 173,500 in September 2008 and 215,000 in September of 2007.
To quote from Sony's Senior Public Relations Specialist Abby Reyes:
"There's no set date for when the life cycle of PlayStation 2 will end. As long as people keep playing, and publishers keep putting out great new titles, the console's life cycle will continue.
The longevity of the PlayStation 2 can be directly attributed to its versatility. Because it's not only a game console, but a home entertainment hub, it has found its place in one out of every three U.S. households....