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11 Signs you're no longer a Hard-core Gamer!

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326w ago - And that middle-age is fast setting in... You used to play videogames all night. Your Quake prowess was unmatched; your skills at Command & Conquer unparalleled. You have a gaming history that stretches back beyond the PlayStation generation to the SNES, Megadrive, Amiga and ZX Spectrum. You were there at the dawn of gaming.

Tick-tock... Time passes. You've quietly come to realize that you're not the hard-core gamer you used to be. Even your Xbox 360 Gamertag seems far too 'sensible'. How do you know that a mid-life gaming crisis is setting in? Watch out for these warning signs:

You prefer playing against the computer

Online gaming against real people has become depressing - it exposes your faded, spoon-sharp reflexes and you abhor the trash-talk from 12-year old fanboys. You prefer playing offline against the computer because a game's algorithms are slightly more predictable. And, once you master the scripted patterns of play, you stand a real chance of being good... of actually winning. And that feels great, doesn't it? Ranking second-bottom on a multiplayer leader board doesn't.

You only play when your girlfriend is out

Because you only have one high-def TV and to play videogames on it while she's at home is 'selfish' and not something the two of...
 

Guide: Signing Up for Japanese MGO Open BETA for PS3

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329w ago - Those who didn't pre-order MGS4 and as a result can't get into the MGS4 BETA are not left out in the cold anymore...

Thanks to shhhoff at GameTrailers, he has devised a way that users may be able to sneak into the BETA through the use of finding your away around the Japanese entry portal.

The complete guide can be viewed HERE, and good luck!
 

Deaf call for better phone access

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329w ago - Deaf people are lobbying politicians in the UK for greater access to technology that helps them use the phone.

A mass lobby of MPs is being carried out using the same technology to which deaf people want improved access. These systems use different means to turn sign language or text into speech to support a phone conversation.

"We want to keep pace with technology," said Ruth Myers, chair of the TAG consortium that is co-ordinating the day of protests.

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The TAG consortium includes the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, the British Deaf Association, Hearing Concern, Sense, and many others.

Added Ms Myers: "We want equality in education, training, the workplace and as consumers and citizens in the information society."

The mass lobby takes place on 3 April and aims to get politicians thinking about ways to help deaf people get at the technology.

Ms Myers said many deaf people still struggled to make good use of the telephone.

She said: "They are bereft of key telephone services that could help them gain equality with the rest of society, educationally and professionally."

There are several different ways that technology can help deaf people chat via the phone:

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New PlayStation Store Design Coming Soon, Says Sony

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330w ago - Following confirmation from SCEA director of product development John Hight that the PlayStation Store would receive a visual revamp in April, Sony today updated the store with a fairly large banner advertising that a "Great new look is coming soon."

We already knew that, but further confirmation is always welcome.

Yet to be revealed, the new design is said to sport a sleek, clean look with simplified navigation that will make the store easier to browse and find the items you're looking for.
 

Confirmed: PlayStation Store Redesign Coming In April

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334w ago - The PlayStation Store will be receiving a makeover this April, according to SCEA's director of product development John Hight.

Hight notes that numerous changes will be made to the client interface of the store, based largely on customer feedback. Expect a more clean-cut, simplified look.

We give them a lot of feedback based on how our customers are reacting to things, and I think you will see a pretty big change in the PlayStation Network in the early part of April, where we roll out some new interface stuff largely based on customer feedback.

Simplification, cutting down on the number of mouse clicks, making it easier to find stuff that you want to find... that's kind of an outgrowth of us having more content now, so we have to make sure that you can get at it easily.

On a side note, Hight mentioned that we could see Japanese PSOne titles on PSN in the near future, similar to how Nintendo offers foreign games through its Wii Virtual Console service.
 
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