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Atlus Unleashes Hammerin' Hero on Sony's PlayStation Portable

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310w ago - Atlus U.S.A., Inc. announced that it has secured the North American publishing rights for Hammerin' Hero, an arcade-style, old school, side-scrolling beat 'em up for PSP.

Forget everything your parents told you about violence only being a last resort. In Hammerin' Hero, if it moves, hammer it. Pummel your way through 12 distinct levels, including city streets, an amusement park, a TV studio, a baseball stadium, and more.

Ever wonder what happens if you hammer something over the head in deep space? Underwater? The only way to find out is to pick up a copy of Hammerin' Hero for PSP on March 3. This is one hero you don't want to mess with! (hint: because he has a hammer.)

Hammerin' Hero is scheduled for release on March 3, 2009, with an MSRP of $29.99.
 

Sony: Interest in PlayStation Home has Been Off of the Charts

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310w ago - PlayStation Home's director Jack Buser has told MSNBC that the interest in PlayStation Home has simply been off the charts.

However, Buser himself failed to give out any specific numbers but added the whole point of Home is to help people form deep relationships.

To quote: "The interest in PlayStation Home has been off the charts," Jack Buser, Sony's director of Home, told me earlier this week, though he declined to reveal any specific numbers.

A visit to Home during this, its first week open to the public, certainly reveals a place bustling with visitors - even into the wee hours of the morning.

What Buser will say is that, "Home was born out of this Need for a social network for gamers. The idea was that we could provide this extremely realistic, immersive environment that would allow people to get to know one another.

When you meet someone in Home, and you hang out with them... you really start to feel like you know this person. And that was our hope - to enable people to form deep relationships.
 

Rumor: Sony to Invite Third-party Developers in PlayStation Home

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310w ago - Although only a rumor thus far, Telegraph speculates that Sony may eventually and legitimately open up the PlayStation Home platform to third-party developers in order to build and create extra features.

It is rumored that having an official area for hacks and teaks may prevent damaging hacking attempts.

To quote: Developers have found a way to exploit vulnerabilities within the software's code to allow them to customize their PlayStation Home experience beyond the options provided by Sony.

PlayStation Home, a Second Life-like virtual world that providea PS3 users with a three-dimensional social gaming space in which to interact and communicate with other players, was launched on Dec 11.

One hack uses a combination of the Apache web server and DNS re-direction to allow users of PlayStation Home to watch their own movies on display screens within the game, and change text and music to whatever they choose.

A second hack enables players to download any file they want from PlayStation Home's servers, such as a fellow user's profile or avatar, the cartoon-like representation of themselves they create to appear in the virtual world.

But the most worrying...
 

Rant: Why all the Sony PlayStation 3 Console Hate Recently?

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310w ago - If there's one thing I've noticed this past couple of weeks, it's the increased amount of disdain for Sony's PlayStation 3.

It's almost as if the whole industry has something against Sony for winning the last two generations. First Time Magazine, then Alleyinsider and now Kotaku. There's a name for this and it's called media sabotage.

Who would have thought that after the NPD results were posted that sites like Kotaku would start kicking Sony while their down? Sony isn't down though. Their performing well considering the cost of the system. Of course many wouldn't know this if they took some time to read some of the headlines on N4FB (News 4 Fanboys), Alleyinsider or Time Magazine.

Since when is Time magazine experts on video games? Isn't that our territory? Time Magazine made a huge mistake in a story they wrote about Home last week. They quoted the PS3 as having sold only 200,000 units in the US.

Starting today, owners of the pricey PlayStation 3 – there are nearly 17 million of them worldwide, a scant 200,000 of whom live in the U.S. – can download the software for free via Sony's PlayStation Network

How is it that such a respected magazine as Time, messes up so hard on the numbers? I was happy to see that Gamezine.co.uk...
 

PlayStation Home to Continue on Future Sony Platforms

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310w ago - Sony has suggested that it's recently released PlayStation Home will be present on future platforms, although right now the team is just focused on making the service as good as possible.

To quote: In an interview with CVG, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) Home service manager Dan Hill answers that question, stating that Home's potential is almost limitless and Sony sees it having a very long life.

"Home is a brand-new service and no-one else is doing anything of this scale or ambition," said Hill. "Its potential is almost limitless in terms of where it could go. We see it as having a very long and fruitful life."

As for immediate cross-platform plans and making the service available on the PSP, Hill left that prospect open to speculation, though hinted it is something the company is looking into.

"We're looking at possible future directions for the service, but at the moment we're focusing on making Home as good as it can be, and getting content, activities and spaces into the service that are genuinely going to add something to the PlayStation experience, and make it a very special place for our community."
 
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