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Sony Announces PlayStation 3 Game Production Training Camp

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307w ago - Cyberport and Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited (SCEH) are jointly organizing the first PS3 game production program in Hong Kong, the "Digital Content Creation Camp" (DCCC).

The program provides training opportunities for young people and professionals in Hong Kong, especially targeting at game programmers, designers and producers. DCCC level 3 courses will start on November 1, 2008.

Press Release: The Asia's First PLAYSTATION(R)3 Game Training Program Out of Japan To Develop Hong Kong Young Game Masters

'Tokyo Game Show Delegation' Opens up Students' Minds & Visions

HONG KONG, Oct. 13 Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) and Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited (SCEH) are jointly organizing the first PS3 game production program in Hong Kong, the "Digital Content Creation Camp" (DCCC). The program provides training opportunities for young people and professionals in Hong Kong, especially targeting at game programmers, designers and producers. DCCC level 3 courses will start on November 1, 2008. Enrollment now begins.

Besides classroom study, a group of 12 DCCC students have initiated a "Tokyo Game Show Delegation" under the support of Cyberport IncuTrain Centre. The delegation took a trip on October 7 to Tokyo and visited...
 

Why PlayStation Home Should Not be Shown at Game Shows

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307w ago - Home should not be shown at trade shows. Absolutely not. Not under any circumstances. Why? Because it is boring. Home is not a game. It's not even a user interface. It's a... thing.

Once Sony get around to deciding what that actually is will probably be the time they decide to release it, but until then - and especially in the state it was in for my TGS demonstration - it should be kept as far from prying eyes (and hands) as possible.

TGS is a games show. It's for games. Loud, exciting, playable things. But Home? So not a game. The build I was treated to yesterday went a little like this: I log on as "Ricky". Who was a girl, but hey, who am I to question someone else's naming conventions. Then I move around a bit. And I find, about three seconds into the experience, that I'm running around a near-perfect recreation of Sony's TGS booth.

Great! I think. Yeah, I'm already at TGS, and can play all these demos, but wouldn't it be awesome if people at home could be doing this, and seeing the trailers I'm seeing, and playing the demos I'm playing? It would. But in this build? No way. Not a single demo pod was active. Not a single booth was running a trailer. The main Sony theater screen (the in-Home one) was showing a short, looped trailer, but it wasn't the same stuff I could see with my real eyes...
 

How Sony Messed Up its Tokyo Game Show Presence!

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307w ago - For years, the Tokyo Game Show has been the one show on the calendar you can bet Sony is going to put on a performance.

Okay, they may have had a few issues in the past (overheating PS3s) but in general, TGS is their best show of the year. They nearly always headline the keynote and usually announce something or other.

This year, however, I can't help but feel that Sony isn't trying. Firstly, conceding the keynote to Microsoft is bad news, especially on home soil. With no major announcements from Sony, it was up to the publishers to deliver. At Square Enix, they had a closed cinema screening showing a trailer of their upcoming titles.

Problem was, the queue took forever and the film was too long (around 20 minutes). They showed all their development projects, of which half I'm sure most were uninterested in. There were no playable next-gen titles outside of the 360 area and the Square Enix booth was right next to Microsoft's.

Also, Microsoft had huge displays of The Last Remnant and Star Ocean, illustrating the close bond between the two companies. Sony on the other hand, was in a completely different hall.

I hear you, you're saying that's not Sony's fault. Fine, let's take a look at the PlayStation area. Despite not a single other booth having an age restriction...
 

Has Microsoft Stolen Sony's Tokyo Game Show Crown?

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307w ago - Tokyo Game Show is all about Sony... or at least it was. The annual event is in full swing now and that table has turned. Microsoft is usually as quiet as a mouse wearing slippers while the Japanese based Sony enjoys the love-in, but to date it has been Microsoft dropping bombs. Let us elaborate...

Back in the good ol' days (or not so good ol' days, depending on which side of the line you're on) at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony would come in first, Nintendo second, and Microsoft would be a distant afterthought.

Indeed prior to this year's TGS, the Japanese convention was dominated by Sony, plain and simple. Their booth was the size of a football field, they gave interview access to everyone who was anyone and, best yet, they delivered top notch treatment to game journalists.

Such was Sony's dominance of TGS that they would fly upwards of 10 Aussie journos to Japan and put them up in the most pimping of pimped out hotel suites to ensure coverage. We're talking the kind of hotel that doesn't start until floor 60, has a view that would leave God breathless, and includes features such a giant LCD and a glass-walled bathroom that allows you to watch said TV from the comfort of the bath... oh yeah.

Back in these Sony dominated times, Microsoft rarely even managed to register...
 

Tretton: Gamers Coming back to us, People are Choosing the PS3

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307w ago - The President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA), Jack Tretton, has told the Financial Times that he has no qualms about Sony meeting their corporate goals and selling every PS3 they manufacture.

Tretton was also asked whether the consoles stands now after a shaky first years. "Gamers are coming back to us, we are selling a higher percentage of games such as Madden NFL and Grand Theft Auto, because people are choosing the PS3 [over the Xbox].

Sales are up over 100 per cent and we are tracking well ahead of what we expected." Tretton replied.

To quote: Where do you stand right now in the console wars after a somewhat shaky first year?

Gamers are coming back to us, we are selling a higher percentage of games such as Madden NFL and Grand Theft Auto, because people are choosing the PS3 [over the Xbox].

Sales are up over 100 per cent and we are tracking well ahead of what we expected. We are having success in multiple markets and, coming up to the second anniversary of the PS3, we are right where we wanted to be.
 
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