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Sony: PlayStation Home Open Beta Launches Tomorrow

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293w ago - To solidify earlier confirmations, PlayStation Home Director Jack Buser stated the following via PS Blog today:

The day we've been waiting for is here! And this is just the beginning...

Today we announced that PlayStation Home will enter into open beta, and will be available to everyone tomorrow. This milestone represents the very beginning of a long journey together, as PlayStation Home is an ever evolving, always changing, organic experience – full of new friends to meet, new events to enjoy, and new content to explore.





If this will be your first time in PlayStation Home, be sure to talk to folks that have been around for a while, as they can show you the ropes. We also have a tutorial built in that will get you started with the controls, as well as help menus for you to reference in the Menu Pad. If you don't have a USB keyboard or Bluetooth headset paired with your PlayStation 3, now is the time to do so - either option will allow you to easily talk and meet everyone.

One of the first things that you'll notice that there are always things going on - parties, tournaments, events - some of which will be announced, and...
 

Confirmed: PlayStation Home Open Beta Launches Thursday

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293w ago - Talk about down to the wire, what I speculated yesterday might happen in weeks if not days is in fact happening tomorrow.

When you turn on your PlayStation 3 consoles on Thursday, you'll have the option to freely download the 3GB PlayStation Home client, dash off an avatar, then dip your toes into Sony's shiny, neo-industrial digital preserve.

So much for speculation by some that the way you get the client "isn't going to be via a mere firmware update or PlayStation Store download."

Nearly two years of work's gone into creating this collage of areas which include bowling alleys, shops, nightclubs, billboards, a central plaza, and bars with game themes like Far Cry 2 and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

There's quite a lot to do, too. You can dance, play pool, chat, collect trophies, hang those trophies on virtual walls, watch videos, dance in front of other people watching videos, be sociable or socially awkward, even launch flying saucers from take-off pads and fly around popping bubbles.

If it sounds surreal, it kind of is. There's even a communal jukebox angle where the most requested song is what plays for everyone. (I don't know about you, but I'm voting for Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.")

Some see this as resembling Second Life, except the...
 

Nintendo Launches North American Club Nintendo Site

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294w ago - Nintendo has launched the official Web site for the North American version of their Club Nintendo promotional service, where gamers can earn bonuses by buying and registering Nintendo games and products.

Unfortunately, there's really nothing to see on the site right now, other than a promise that the service is "coming soon," and a few new details on how it'll actually work. Observe:

* Earn Coins for registering Nintendo products and completing surveys
* Redeem Coins for limited edition Rewards
* Earn a set amount of Coins each year to gain Gold and Platinum status
* Create a Family Account and invite members of your family to join
* Register your newly purchased Wii console or Nintendo DS on Club Nintendo and extend your warranty

It all sounds very similar to the Club Nintendo services that Japanese and European gamers have been privy to for years, so it's about time North American gamers were let in on the fun. No mention has been made about what the rewards will be, but a recent ESRB rating revealed that the Game & Watch Collection for the DS -- a Club Nintendo exclusive in Japan -- will be released in the U.S. soon.

Nintendo announced their intentions to bring Club Nintendo to North America at a press conference back...
 

AOL Launches PlaySavvy.com to Help Parents Buy Kids Games

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295w ago - AOL announced the launch of AOL PlaySavvy.com, a new site that targets parents of children ages 5-17 and helps them decipher the world of games, both PC and console.

PlaySavvy also helps parents stay aware of their kids' entertainment choices including assisting them in making informed decisions about buying games for their children.

Press Release: AOL Launches PlaySavvy.com

The PlaySavvy.com launch is a continuation of AOL's overall programming goal to offer consumers interactive and engaging experiences with relevant sites that target people's passion points.

This year, AOL launched several targeted sites including ParentDish.com, http://www.parentdish.com, Lemondrop.com, http://www.lemondrop.com, WalletPop.com, http://www.walletpop.com, and Holidash.com, http://www.holidash.com.

"Playing video games is one of the top pastimes for children these days, almost more than watching TV. We created AOL PlaySavvy to help parents navigate through all the gaming information out there in order to decide what's appropriate for their children," said Libe Goad, Editor-in-Chief, AOL PlaySavvy. "In addition, PlaySavvy provides advertisers the opportunity to reach this targeted user base by creating appealing campaigns around the...
 

XBox.com Launches Holiday Value Finder

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296w ago - Courtesy of Microsoft's Major Nelson (linked above) today:

Looking for a way to tell those in your life that you want an Xbox 360 for the Holilday? Xbox.com has posted their Holiday Value Finder Guide.

Scroll down and hit the Start Convincing button to answer some questions (Mad Libs style) and the website will kick out a personalized PDF (pictured below is a sample) that you can sent to that special someone in your life to let them know what is on your list this season.

Enjoy guys!
 
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