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PlayStation Blog: Show Us Your Gaming Costume… And Win!

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326w ago - Today the PlayStation Blog's PR Manager Jill Webber shared the following contest for those interested:

The PlayStation.Blog is getting into the Halloween spirit. We're currently digging into our "spooky" catalog of games such as SIREN: Blood Curse, the "Skate to Victory" ghost level in LittleBigPlanet, the new All Hallow's Eve ball pack and downloadable costumes in High Velocity Bowling, and the newly-released BUZZ! Quiz TV Horror Pack full of over 500 horror movie trivia questions. Check out a few of them below:

WHAT WAS THE SURNAME OF THE FAMILY WHO MOVED INTO THE HAUNTED HOUSE IN 'THE AMITYVILLE HORROR'?

* LUTZ
* JONES
* MICHAELS
* WILLARD

WHO DIRECTED THE ORIGINAL 2004 'SAW' FILM?

* JAMES WAN
* DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN
* DAVID HACKL
* LEIGH WHANNELL

IN 'THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT', THE FILMMAKERS BECOME LOST AFTER MIKE DOES WHAT TO THE MAP?

* KICKS IT INTO THE RIVER
* EATS IT
* RIPS IT UP
* THROWS IT ON THE FIRE

Just to provide a little added incentive to get you into the spirit, we're announcing a costume contest. The rules are simple: dress up as one of your favorite Sony Computer Entertainment characters (e.g. BUZZ!, the game show host from the...
 

Even Better 'Dump Your Old Electronics' Trade-up Program

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326w ago - Expanding on the previously published Radio Shack trade-in program, Best Buy offers a similar program, albeit online only (linked above, you can't bring your old stuff to a retail location).

Box up your stuff and send it with their postage, get it approved, and receive back a Best Buy gift card. I dumped a working 1st gen touch wheel 20GB iPod for ~$40.

I also dumped an old cell phone for ~$20 Decision... recycle at municipal collection for nothing or let Best Buy recycle it and pay me for it?

A working 40GB PS3 with one controller and all connections gets you $102. Hey, that's better than $23 from RadioShack, right?
 

Speed up your PlayStation Network Downloads with Auto-Installs!

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327w ago - Tonight I was downloading some content I had been missing out on the last week due to band rehersals and some light work here and there...

Now normally I would've just background-downloaded all of my stuff and walked away from it until it was done - I'm glad I didn't.

A big complaint with the PSN is the fact when you download something of the store you then have to install it. This means the long process becomes longer...

Well, tonight I found out that if you que up all you want to download and individually download it from the store menu or your drop down download list, without doing a background download, it not only increased my speed from an average of 1MB every 4 seconds to 1MB every 1 second to 2 seconds, but it also pre-installs your content for you. So you don't have to go back out and manually do it from your PlayStation 3 XMB.

Now, I have a fast connection and I often average 1MB per second anyways, but a lot of times it's not a constant 1MB per second... Sometimes it drops down to where I am only getting 1mb every 3 to 4 seconds - With this method it was much faster than just putting them all on the background and letting it do it for me.

It might not be as convenient, but it sure went a lot faster. I got over 1.4GB of downloads in under 7 minutes flat...
 

Knit your own Celebrity into LittleBigPlanet SackGirls

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327w ago - According to ladies fashion magazine Marie Claire, Sony has teamed up with the Shoreditch Sisterhood Women's Institute to produce a range of LittleBigPlanet celebrity SackGirl knitting kits.

Do you remember when knitting was the latest celebrity craze? Well, in any case now you can have the chance to knit your own celebrity.

The kits come with everything you need to create the following celebrity SackGirls: Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, Madonna, Beth Ditto and The Queen.

The kits will be available at Sony's LittleBigPlanet creative workshop in London's Covent Garden this Sunday.

The event will have live entertainment, music, arts and crafts.
 

PS3Eye Camera SDK for Use in Your Own Applications Available!

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328w ago - Just under a month ago we reported on the Sony PlayStation 3 EYE Camera running under Windows courtesy of AlexP.

Well since then, Alex Popovich has made significant progress which can be seen at his Web site (linked above). To quote from the most recent update:

Many of you asked me how can you use this camera in your applications. Besides the existing implementation of PS3Eye DirectShow filter, I developed the PS3EyeLib as well. This SDK library lets you get full access to the PS3Eye camera and allows you to configure the camera and grab video frames.

Download: PS3EyeSetup (2.0b81019, includes SDK) / PSEye TouchLib (Rev 400)

The latest setup file, besides the PS3Eye driver, DirectShow filter and test app, includes the following files in the SDK directory:

• IPS3EyeLib.h - Camera API include file
• PS3EyeLib.lib - Camera API library file
• PS3EyeLib.dll - Camera API dynamic library file

List of fixes/additions in the current release:

- Created DirectShow camera...
 
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