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GDC '09: Insomniac Makes Available PS3 Water Tech for Devs

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288w ago - Insomniac Games Engine Director Mike Acton announced today that the PS3 Water Tech code is now freely available for developers to use:

Hello from GDC 09! My name is Mike Acton and I'm the Engine Director at [Register or Login to view links]. Last year at GDC we announced our [Register or Login to view links] and how we were going to use that to share some of the source code and research that happens here at Insomniac Games with the industry as a whole.

I'm really pleased to say that over the last year we've seen a lot of good responses to that initiative. From individual students, to large studios and publishers, and even companies outside the industry, we've seen that people are interested in using what we have offered and contributing back ideas and changes.





Nocturnal is really about giving back to the industry. We know that we're here because we learned from those that came before us and we have a responsibility to give back in turn.

We take that responsibility very seriously and so we've worked hard to make sure we've added regularly to both our research documentation and source code over the last year. Just about every two weeks...
 

What Makes Red Alert 3 for PS3 the Ultimate Edition?

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295w ago - Senior Development Director David Seeholzer shared just what makes Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 for PS3 the Ultimate Edition today as follows:

Hi all, my name is David Seeholzer and I am the Senior Development Director for Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Ultimate Edition. You might be asking yourself why we are calling it the 'Ultimate Edition' of Red Alert 3.

I wanted to share some insight into the cool extras and bonus content we are making exclusive for you guys, as well as shed a little light on the development process and our future plans for the title on PS3.

Check out the Red Alert 3 page on the PS Store for the Ultimate Edition Theme and our first sneak peak trailer of the PS3 version.





Red Alert found its humble beginnings over a decade ago on PC and has since seen 2 sequels, several expansion packs, and now, is making its debut on the PS3 console. Fortunately the power of the PS3 and the Blu-ray medium has afforded us some extra luxuries that weren't available to us previously.

The most noticeable difference you'll see in the Ultimate Edition on PS3 is an increase the visual quality of the game so that it truly stands up to HD Blu-ray definition. A perfect example of this is what you will see in...
 

GameStop Employee Confession: Corporate Makes Me Do It

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297w ago - According to Loot-Ninja, an employee of GameStop apparently told a shopper that "I know it's shady, but corporate makes me push the cheaper knockoffs because they make more money off of them" as he attempted to offer them a Logitech PS3 controller instead of an official one.

To quote: When my buddy asked for a PS3 controller, the clerk said "no problem" and moved toward the controllers section. He first showed us the Logitech version of a PS3 controller to which I responded, "I thought we were friends?"

The clerk laughed and looked at me and then pulled down an official PS3 controller. He then told me that he felt bad even offering the Logitech controller, which he admitted was cheaper in quality and would probably not last as long. I knew that already, but what he said next was interesting.

"I know it's shady, but corporate makes me push the cheaper knockoffs because they make more money off of them." Pretty messed up since if I wasn't with my friend, he may have been lead to buy an inferior controller just to save a few bucks and then regretted it in the long run.

How many parents fall into this trap on a daily basis just so that GameStop can make more cash? Sad that the employees are forced to do this as well. What do you think?
 

Sony to Advance as PS3 Makes Money, 2009 is Year of Big Titles

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299w ago - SCEE president David Reeves indicated on an article on the UK PlayStation site (linked above) that the PS3 should start making money soon, and move forward quickly with the system.

Additionally, the president of SCEE worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida commented that 2009 will be the year of big, exclusive PS3 titles, and for PSP new titles and innovations will connect and expand the PlayStation experiences.

To quote: The most important thing for us as a company in the very short term is for us to start making money. This is a pledge that was made last March and is something that we are still very much on target to achieve.

Once we have achieved this, I think it will be a very exciting time for PlayStation. Once we have alleviated that specific pressure, we can move forward at a rate of knots.
 

God of War 3 for PS3 Potential Makes Fallout 3 Dev Feel Faint

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299w ago - We're all looking forward to God of War III on PS3, and are especially excited by the prospect of taking Kratos on a Cell processor powered adventure through Hell.

But it seems there's one person in the world who's more excited than everyone else, and that's Fallout 3 lead producer Gavin Carter.

Speaking on the official [Register or Login to view links], Carter said he was most looking forward to upcoming instalments of PlayStation series that haven't seen a true next generation debut, and chief among these is God of War and Final Fantasy.

He said: "Everything I've seen on the new Final Fantasy games has looked fantastic, and I feel faint when I think of the potential of a PS3 God of War game."

High praise indeed, especially when you consider it's coming from the lead producer of a game that for many was the best of 2008.

How does God of War 3 on PS3 make you feel? Let us know in the comments section below!
 
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