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EA Support Confirms No Game Bans Resulting from Forum Bans

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299w ago - Recently it was reported that if you were banned from the EA Forums you were also going to be banned from playing their games online.

Today EA Apoc has confirmed this initial statement was inaccurate and a mistake, to quote:

Hey everyone,

If you didn't notice, your C&C Community Manager, me, had a bit of a run-in with the video game blogging media today in reference to a direct quote I made on our forums here a few days ago in regards to how we handle bans and suspensions on the forums and in-game.

You all know how we are greatly trying to protect and serve you from those who wish to disrupt our C&C community by breaking ToS on our forums or in-game, and I know everyone appreciates when we take action on those that are the worst.

That said, the previous statement I made recently (that's being quoted on the blogs) was inaccurate and a mistake on my part. I had a misunderstanding with regards to our new upcoming forums and website and never meant to infer that if we ban or suspend you on the forums, you would be banned in-game as well. This is not correct, my mistake, my bad.

If we suspend or ban you from the forums, that does not affect your...
 

Media Molecule Confirms New LittleBigPlanet Levels in the Works

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299w ago - In addition to today's earlier LittleBigPlanet DLC announcement, Associate Producer Eric Fong has confirmed that it will continue to add to the LittleBigPlanet experience by bringing out new levels, costumes, materials and a variety of other content.

To quote:

GamePro: Will Media Molecule continue to release new levels?

Eric Fong: Yes, Media Molecule is continuing to add to the player experience with new levels, costumes, materials, and a host of other content.

How will you ensure that players find the best user-created levels?

There is a slew of metrics we monitor to help point players in the right direction, including how many people have "Hearted" a level and/or creator, how often a level is played, user comments, "tagging" etc. The cream will literally rise to the top as popular levels take up more real-estate in the game.
 

Sony Confirms LittleBigPlanet Early Copies, Updates Coming Soon

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300w ago - Recently it was reported that LittleBigPlanet early copies were available from various retailers ahead of the street date, including GameStop and both WalMart and Target.

Today, SCEA's Marketing Manager Mark Valledor had the following comments to say regarding them:

Looks like a lucky few LittleBigPlanet fans have started to receive their copies over the weekend. We wanted to provide a quick update for the those eager to get online.

Looks like our production line churned out new copies quicker than our original schedule, and a few of our retailers did what they could to take care of the fans who pre-ordered ASAP.

Whether you want to start playing with your friends, sharing your creations online or getting your mitts on the pre-order goodies... hold tight.

If you're one of those, take advantage of the headstart by unlocking all the goodies...
 

Microsoft Confirms XBox 360 Price Cut in Europe

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306w ago - Microsoft confirmed today that the XBox 360 will receive a price cut in Europe, with the Premium unit selling for £169.99 / €239.99, the Arcade unit selling for £129.99 / €179.99 and the Xbox 360 Elite unit selling for £229.99 / €299.99.

"Xbox 360 has now sold over 20 million consoles worldwide and due to its unprecedented success, we are now able to pass on the rewards of that success to the consumer with a new retail pricing from £129.99," said Neil Thompson, senior regional director for Microsoft UK.

"With more games, more entertainment with XBox Live and now even more value, we are looking forward to welcoming more customers into the leading next generation console, Bbox 360."

These price cuts will come into effect on the 19th September.
 

SCE Dev confirms limited LittleBigPlanet BETA in September

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308w ago - Sam_Protagonist, an SCE developer has just posted up at the Official PlayStation forums (linked above) that:

"There will be a limited public BETA test for LittleBigPlanet in September. If it will be possible to "sign up" for this test, full information on how to do so will be made public in advance of the test. Similarly if the test is going to be conducted in an invitation-only we will let you know ahead of time."

To quote in full: Hi all, here's your guide to what a beta test is, why it happens in the first place and what the different is between internal, external, public, private, open and closed.

A beta test takes place in order to test aspects of a game that cannot be checked using internal testing and QA staff. This is usually because of the number of people required to adequately test the game is far beyond the size of internal test departments. Often these tests are looking to ensure that balance, stability and various online functionality is working as planned, being conducted with enough time to make changes should the test indicate that work needs to be done.

Beta tests are described in a variety of ways, so here's a quick breakdown of what these various descriptions mean :

Internal - a test conducted only with people who work for the company (beyond...
 
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