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PixelJunk Shooter 2 Free Online Battle Stage GET Hits PSN

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179w ago - Q-Games Limited President and Executive Producer Dylan Cuthbert has announced today PixelJunk Shooter 2 free online battle stage GET is hitting Sony's PlayStation Network.

To quote: PixelJunk Shooter 2 is unleashing its FREE online battle demo via PSN now. Go start the download! Go on. It'll be done by the time you finish reading this.

We're putting big bounties on the heads of higher-ranked players (especially those in our Sun League), and PixelJunk Shooter 2 staff will be in the mix. Join in the assault on our Veteran players this weekend.

So what's in it for the Veterans? The PixelJunk team would like present you with a new battleground. From July 15th, we will be uncovering a hidden stage for [Register or Login to view links] online battles.

This stage will be made available to all players for FREE as a salute to your battling prowess. I should advise you though that while dredging up this ancient stage, a few blocks might have come loose. You've been warned...

As an extra hat tip to our online battling brethren (both seasoned and fresh), we're going to share some data with you on current popular item trends. From our statistics, we've calculated your expected "chance of winning" when equipping certain items:
 

Sony Announces PSN and PlayStation Store Are Returning Today

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185w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment has officially [Register or Login to view links] that PSN and the PlayStation Store are returning today- June 2, 2011!

From the Press Release, to quote: Tokyo, June 2, 2011 - Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced today that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) will fully restore all PlayStation Network services today June 2, 2011, in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

The company will also resume Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PlayStation 3 (PS3), PSP (PlayStation Portable), VAIO and other PCs.

Details of "Welcome Back" package program offered to all registered PlayStation Network* and Qriocity account services will be announced from each region.

Announcement for restoration in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea as well as for the remaining services on Qriocity will be made as they become available.

* Only available for those countries and regions with access to PlayStation Store.
 

PS3Index Now Includes PS3, PSP and PSN Games in Database

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187w ago - Huge update today making [Register or Login to view links] imho look less crappy. You can now view a large database of PS3, PSP and PSN games, including these fields:

  • Title ID
  • Title
  • PSP System Version
  • Release Name
  • Release Number
  • ISO Size
  • ISO CRC

Still looking for people to submit PS3 games (I was having a problem with it recently). You can use the online submission [Register or Login to view links] ([Register or Login to view links]) or use the windows application [Register or Login to view links] to do so.

A dedicated page lists every update published for PS3 games ([Register or Login to view links]) and you can search for the games title id that you need updates for.

Game updates are also available directly from the PS3 database viewer itself.

I'm looking at getting a devkit soon so that I can start making PS3 based applications. One that I would be looking forward to is the dumping of verification data from retail disks. The idea would be that the verification data could be retrieved from online, and used to ensure backups are 100% the same as the original - kind of like abgx does for certain parts...
 

Sony Details SNEE and SCEE's Identity Theft Protection Program

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188w ago - SCEE's Head of Communications Nick Caplin is here today with some new details on SNEE and SCEE's Identity Theft Protection Program available now [Register or Login to view links], as follows:

Last week we informed you that we would be liaising with providers of identity theft protection plans following the malicious attack on PlayStation Network throughout our region.

We are now in a position to provide you with actual details of the programme for current PlayStation Network and Qriocity consumers in UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

As I have explained previously, identifying such programmes for the many countries within the SCEE region is a very complicated process.

Each country has a different way of handling identity theft; whilst some offer relatively sophisticated services, others may not. Therefore, we must stress that this is an ongoing process which will see new identity theft protection programmes identified where possible.

That said, we are pleased to advise that [Register or Login to view links], a leader in identity protection products in Europe, will be offering a comprehensive service that covers a significant proportion of PSN users free...
 

PS3 Firmware (System Software) Update 3.61 is Released!

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188w ago - Today VP of Sony Network Entertainment Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware (System Software) update 3.61 is now released!

The PS3 3.61 update uses the same keys as 3.60, which can be [Register or Login to view links] by dumping the PlayStation 3 RAM when lv0 puts them into lv1 space.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / Guide on How to Change Your PSN Password

Additionally, [Register or Login to view links] has confirmed that PSN is scheduled to go live at 1AM (GMT) and Kazuo Hirai has [Register or Login to view links] an official PlayStation Network restoration announcement video (below).

To quote: We have been working on a new PS3 system software update...
 
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