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GT5 Prologue agreement missing vital information, can't play offline

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351w ago - To quote west79: Hi, I would like to inform everybody that the European PSN Store version of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue has some serious issues about the terms of service user agreement.

First of all, for playing you need to have your PSN Account connected to the network like Warhawk, yes, it means you can't play it offline.

In other news the game can't be shared between different accounts. It's linked only to the PSN user that bought the game itself, while the license doesn't inform the user about this before buying, unlike Warhawk as you can see in this picture I took.
 

Sony canned Facebook style platform for PSOne

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351w ago - Former Sony Entertainment President Chris Deering has said that a "secret Facebook-style web networking platform was being worked on behind-the-scenes by those responsible for launching PSOne."

The project was code named 'Moccasin 5' and would have allowed the PSone to run a "text-based community chat group with a special box called Net-Station that hooked up PCs to the TV."

He also said that they later worked on a PS2 concept called 'Central Station', which was planned to stream its own PlayStation TV channel back in 2002, but it didn't take off because of slow broadband uptake.

To quote: When asked what the biggest challenge of his career was, Deering said: "Getting Sony to believe that PlayStation could be a community online... We had a secret test program in Europe back in 1997 on PSOne, running a text-based community chat group with a special box called Net-Station that hooked up PCs to the TV.

"The project code name was 'Moccasin 5'. It operated across the major countries of Europe, and had quite a following, even from the US. "At Sony Europe, we later worked on a PS2 concept called 'Central Station', which was planned to stream its own PlayStation TV channel, back in 2002. But uptake in broadband took longer to reach mass market than we expected,...
 

Gran Turismo to feature vehicle deformation in near future

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352w ago - Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has said in an interview that we can expect vehicle deformation "in the near future, very, very soon."

Apparently manufacturers weren't happy with the idea of vehicle deformation but now they're slowly coming around to it. It is unclear if deformation could make it in a GT 5 Prologue update or if it will appear in the full version of GT 5 which is apparently a year away.





To quote: "We've had a lot of discussions with the manufacturers and, although at the beginning they hated the idea of deformation, now they're slowly coming around to it.

"We've still got a few to convince, but we will. Expect deformation in the very near future: very, very soon," he added.
 

The 10 Video Formats HD DVD Will Meet in Heaven

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352w ago - This year is shaping up to be a year of technology battles-Microsoft vs. Google, iPhone vs. Android-but just last month, we saw the end to a momentous tech showdown. On Feb. 19, the high-definition disc format war was finally over. And when the dust settled, Toshiba's HD DVD technology lay beaten on the ground-left for dead by its former friends (Warner Brothers, Amazon, Best Buy) in favor of Sony's Blu-ray format.

HD DVD, someone had to go. Sure, your picture quality was every bit as stunning as Blu-ray's, your price point was mildly more tolerable and your multimedia functionality probably would have been pretty good if it had ever really had a chance to develop. Nevertheless, members of the buying public weren't going to go out and buy two machines, so the world had to pick one-and it just wasn't you.

But take heart. When you reach the sweet hereafter, you'll be in remarkable company, hanging with some of the most promising nonstarters in the history of video technology. Every one of these formats was a brilliantly engineered technological flop–and maybe Toshiba can reap some consolation from the fact that rival Sony's name shows up more than once, proving that for every sip of marketplace success, a company must swallow an ocean of consumer rejection.

10. DIVX DVD (1998, from Digital...
 

Top 10 Great Games That No One Played

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354w ago - While the gaming industry has its success stories and million-sellers like Halo, Call of Duty, and World of Warcraft, there are games out there that stood out just as much with fantastic gameplay and unique concepts that didn't sell anywhere near as well.

While they may have not made mountains of money, here is my top 10 games that should be in every gamer's library (but likely aren't).

10. Okami
by Capcom Entertainment

A case of a game doing extremely well in the ratings and selling quite poorly, Okami is looking to get a new lease on life with the upcoming Wii port.

9. Oddworld Stranger's Wrath
by EA Games

Stranger's Wrath had a fantastically realized world and fun and quirky gameplay, but failed to be a mainstream hit.

8. Conker's Bad Fur Day
by Nintendo

Conker's Bad Fur Day stands as both one of the finest platformer games to date as well as a scathing commentary on the genre, but released too date in the N64's life to strike a chord with mainstream gamers.

7. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
by Atlus USA

Incredibly bizarre story elements and intriguing story elements made Persona 2 worth playing for any RPG fan, but didn't make a huge splash.

6. Shenmue
 
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