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PlayStation Plus Update: Discount on Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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91w ago - PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager Morgan Haro is here with this week's PS Plus updates below, which include a pre-launch discount on Need for Speed: Most Wanted!

Below are the details, to quote: What a month it's been for PlayStation Plus in October. With NFL Blitz, King of Fighters XIII and PAYDAY: The Heist all free to download for Plus members, there's a lot to play.

You also got early access to The Unfinished Swan as well as an exclusive PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale Beta on PS3 and PS Vita, and an assortment of discounts to boot.

This week, we want to remind you of some of the great perks you'll see in Plus, along with a bit of news on additional discounts.

October 23rd PlayStation Plus Update





Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Pre-Launch Week Discount (Regular price: $59.99, PS Plus Price: $53.99)

It's not often you get to save some cash on new releases, but with your Plus membership you can nab Need for Speed: Most Wanted for $53.99, as opposed to the usual new release price point.

The discount is only applicable on preorders for Plus members, so get ready for its release on 10/30 next week and make sure your preorder...
 

Videos: Need for Speed Most Wanted Detailed for PS3 and PS Vita

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92w ago - Criterion Games Community Manager Jeremy Chubb has shared details today alongside some video footage on Need for Speed Most Wanted for the PS3 and PS Vita consoles.

To quote: We've been working hard on Need for Speed Most Wanted, our second Need for Speed game after 2011's Hot Pursuit.

I'm pleased to tell you that we've just put the finishing touches on the game, and we're winding up the online servers to take a beating from you guys come launch day - October 30th.

It's a pretty exciting time for PlayStation fans, and we're really excited to be able to talk not just about the PS3 game, but also our first for PS Vita. If you don't know anything about Most Wanted, here's the deal.

[Register or Login to view links] was our favorite Need for Speed game. We loved the epic cop chases, hot cars, and most of all that unbeatable sensation of fast, reckless driving while on the run from the law.

So after finishing Hot Pursuit, we set out to create a game that brought you all these great elements, but fresh for 2012 and with a little [Register or Login to view links] DNA running through it. That means it had to be about online, friends and competition, with a Most Wanted twist.
 

Activision Boss Wants Video Game Consoles Replaced by PCs

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211w ago - Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has spoken out against dedicated videogame consoles, claiming that his company could be making significantly more money on open platforms like the PC.

To quote: Speaking to the [Register or Login to view links], Kotick claims that 60 percent of Xbox Live users are there "principally because of Call of Duty," and that Activision doesn't see a fair share of the money from it.

Kotick described closed console networks as "walled gardens," and said that his company would "very aggressively" support PC manufacturers such as Dell and HP in any efforts to produce gamer-friendly PCs that plug directly into televisions, creating the opportunity for Activision to open an online network of its own.

Kotick made similar statements to The Wall Street Journal last month, claiming at the time that only 30 percent of the company's profits come from console games.
 

Kotick Earned $15M in 2008 Yet Wants Higher Video Game Prices

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258w ago - If everyone had salaries like Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, then we could afford the astronomical prices Activision charges for games.

However, this is reality, a reality where Bobby Kotick wants to raise game prices. Prices that are already at an expensive price point for video games, and during an economic crisis.

To quote: Attention Bobby Kotick - It's 2009, the global economy has crashed, in large part due to corporate greed. Maybe you haven't noticed the hit to the economy, since in 2008 you made a staggering (said in Dr. Evil voice) $15 million dollars.

Every day it seems as though 'poor' Mr. Kotick is headed toward being the most hated man in the gaming industry. And the more the guy opens his yapper, the more hate he deservedly gets.
 

Wanted: Computer Hackers to Help the US Government

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274w ago - Federal authorities aren't looking to prosecute them, but to pay them to secure the nation's networks.

To quote: General Dynamics Information Technology put out an ad last month on behalf of the Homeland Security Department seeking someone who could "think like the bad guy."

Applicants, it said, must understand hackers' tactics and be able to analyze Internet traffic and identify vulnerabilities in the federal systems.

In the Pentagon's budget request submitted last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon will increase the number of cyberexperts it can train each year from 80 to 250 by 2011.

With warnings that the U.S. is ill-prepared for a cyberattack, the White House conducted a 60-day study of how it can better manage and use technology to protect everything from the electrical grid and stock markets to tax data, airline flight systems, and nuclear launch codes.

President Barack Obama appointed a former Bush administration aide, Melissa Hathaway, to head the effort, and her report was delivered Friday, the White House said.

While the country had detailed plans for floods, fires or errant planes drifting into protected airspace, there is no similar response etched out for a major computer attack.

David...
 
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