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Video: PlayStation Home Mystery 'Xi' Teaser Trailer Available

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301w 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...
 

New Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Announced: Explorers of the Sky

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310w ago - IGN has reported news of a new entry to the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series for Nintendo DS, namely Explorers of the Sky.

Apparently, you can look forward to five new Pokemon to serve as main characters as well as new episodes.

To quote: Scans have [Register or Login to view links] in Japan for a new DS entry in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. Following up on Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Time will be Explorers of the Sky.

Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but it seems that players can look forward to five new Pokemon to serve as main characters, bringing the total up to 19. Partner character types have gone up to 21.

Other new features include brand new episodes, some of which will allow you to take control of guild members outside of the main character.
 

Alan Wake: The Real Mystery in This Thriller is When It'll be Out!

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312w ago - It's hard to remember a game that has been glimpsed so little and yet generated so much discussion. Admittedly, not all of that discussion has been positive.

In fact, mostly talk of Alan Wake is followed by arguments about whether it will ever come out, if it can possibly live up to three years' worth of hype and - whisper it - if it even exists anymore.

Well, after a year of silence, a new trailer landed last month so we know, at least, it exists. But can it live up to expectations - and when will the game actually arrive on shop shelves?

Release date first, then - because there isn't one. As is Remedy's wont, the game will only see the light of day when completed. The Finnish coders have consistently shaken off any vague seasonal release pushed their way by publishers Microsoft, repeating on their website that the game only debuts once it's done.

That said, almost a thousand days into development and they are, at least, prepared to attach the year 2009 to the project. And, if we were to take a bash, we'd say autumn is a good bet.

In a weird way, Remedy have tried their best to downplay expectations, showing little of the game, revealing nothing of the story and never once, in three years, giving anyone a chance to play it. It could be argued the sense of anticipation...
 

Sixteen PlayStation 3 Consoles Help Solve Black Hole Mystery

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313w ago - Scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Alabama have solved a mystery about the speed at which black holes stop vibrating. What's interesting about this discovery is that it was solved exclusively on a 16-strong PS3 cluster.

To quote: Using only the computing power of 16 Sony PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, have solved a mystery about the speed at which vibrating black holes stop vibrating.

It may be the first time this kind of research has been conducted exclusively on a PS3 cluster: A related 2007 UMass Dartmouth/UAHuntsville project using a smaller PS3 cluster also used a "traditional" supercomputer to run its simulations.

The biggest advantage of the console cluster – the PS3 Gravity Grid – at UMass Dartmouth was the cost saving, said Dr. Lior Burko, an assistant physics professor at UAHuntsville.

"If we had rented computing time from a supercomputer center it would have cost us about $5,000 to run our simulation one time. For this project we ran our simulation several dozens of times to test different parameters and circumstances, so you can see how much that would have cost us.

You can build a cluster like this for perhaps $6,000, and then...
 
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