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SCEA Patents Mystery Science Theater 3000 Style Interactive TV

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246w ago - It appears Sony's recent PS3 Netflix conquest was in the cards after all...

Today Siliconera.com (linked above) have uncovered a [Register or Login to view links] by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. for a Mystery Science Theater 3000 style interactive TV.

To quote: "They recently filed a patent that mixes Netflix Party on Xbox Live and Mystery Science Theater 3000. The document actually mentions Mystery Science Theater 3000 as inspiration for the invention in the background section.

This proposed program puts an overlay on top of a "media presentation" like a TV show or movie and allows players to interact with it while the presentation is playing.

Sony mentions other applications like a Where's Waldo style game where you can hunt for characters and sponsorships like giving players Coca-Cola cans to lob instead of tomatoes."
 

E3 2009: Kojima Twitter Mystery Solved

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268w ago - A Twitter feed seemingly being updated by Kojima Productions is broadcasting coded messages which, we're guessing, may be relevant to the contents of the Konami press conference today at 3pm PST / 11pm BST.

The tweets started a few hours ago and say things like this: "There is a shadow: lw olhv zlwklq xv doo." It's obviously some sort of code. It's also some sort of code that our lead developer has deciphered.

So, if you fancy trying to figure it out for yourselves, pop over to the [Register or Login to view links]. Alternatively, here's the current run of messages translated, starting with the first:

•"There is a shadow: lw olhv zlwklq xv doo." = "it lies within us all."
• "It consumes us. ju efwpvst vt." = "It devours us."
• "We cannot escape it, exlm px wxlmkhr hnklxeoxl." = "lest we destroy ourselves."
• "This shadow makes us who we are. Cn cm qy qbi uly nby gihmnylm." = "It is we who are the monsters."
• "Join me: fasqftqd, Xqgoaftqm, iq omz fgdz ftue iadxp fa pmdwzqee." = "together, Leucothea, we can turn this world to darkness."
• "But I can't! Ymnx btwqi sjjix rj, fsi ny sjjix dtz ytt." = "This world needs me, and it needs you too."
• "Pda odwzks zeooelwpao..." = "The shadow dissipates..."
• "Uif...
 

Sony Community Manager Explains PlayStation Home Xi Mystery

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278w ago - Earlier today, SilentTigeR let us know HERE that PlayStation Home Xi: The Hub is now available for PS3 users.

Now, PlayStation Home Community Manager CydoniaX has officially explained what Xi is on the PS Blog (linked above) as well as on the official [Register or Login to view links] as follows:

The world's first console-based Alternate Reality Game starts today in PlayStation Home.

Called Xi , the adventure takes place in a series of secret areas in Home - and beyond - changing day by day, week by week, in real time. Anyone with a PLAYSTATION 3 can join in the fun for free.

To discover the mystery of Xi, simply log on to PlayStation Home and look for the graffiti on the wall in the main square.

Find that, and all will be revealed...
 

Video: Will the PS3 Xi Mystery be Unveiled Tomorrow for GDC?

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278w ago - Hi guys, I've seen a short clip while chatting in PlayStation Home, mentioning the date 23.03.2009 and the Xi Symbol.

After this and the previous Xi Teaser video, word is the day of GDC 2009 is when it will be unveiled.

Check out the latest Xi mystery PS3 video below, which hints at the date:

Enjoy!




 

Video: PlayStation Home Mystery 'Xi' Teaser Trailer Available

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279w ago - Recently there have been subtle hints in Sony's PlayStation Home including messages like the "Xi is almost ready." It appears Xi is launching imminently in PlayStation Home, but what is it?

Currently nobody knows what 'Xi' is, however, today a mysterious video emerged in PlayStation Home. Those interested can view the video via the European PlayStation Home's Square on the big screen (between the marketplace and in cinema) or via [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: If you can stand watching this minute and a half of annoying flashes, then you just might get an early glimpse of "Xi" for PlayStation Home.

The new teaser trailer features a series of random images meshed together by blurry transitions and it's accompanied by the most painful shutter sound effects ever. Be warned, you might feel dizzy watching it.

We don't learn much from the teaser, though we can spot some clues pointing to what it could be. A symbol (image below) is seen as wall graffiti in Home. Given the distinct, enigmatic nature of the trailer, we're assuming this could be some sort of mystery-thriller/puzzle clue hunting game within Home.

It could also be related to that odd message discovered...
 
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