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Video: Unit 13 Takes Shooters Social on PlayStation Vita

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149w ago - Sony Senior Media Specialist Sid Shuman has shared an interview and video tour of Unit 13 today, which takes shooters social on PlayStation Vita!

To quote: There's no sense mincing words: The next game from SOCOM creator Zipper Interactive represents a fairly radical rethinking of the competitive shooter genre.

The game doesn't include a traditional single-player story or a conventional multiplayer battleground, instead focusing squarely on bite-sized, highly replayable scenarios that can be played alone or with a friend.

In dropping the well-worn ways of the past, Unit 13 is positioning itself to be on the forefront of an entirely new way to think about multiplayer. The game will track and report your virtual exploits and broadcast them to friends both far (via PSN) and near (via...Near).

To get a handle on this brazen new approach to shooter design, we asked Creative Director Seth Luisi to outline Unit 13's feature set and functionality in a video tour.





Afterwards, we looped in with SCEA Producer Ara Demirjian to get answers to our burning questions. If you have any burning questions of your own, be sure to leave them in the comments!

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Uncharted 2 Takes Game of the Year at VGAs, Evan Wells Chats

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253w ago - Today Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells has shared his experience from this year's VGAs, where Uncharted 2 for PS3 won Game of the Year, as follows:

So the [Register or Login to view links] Video Game Awards were this Saturday, and in case you hadn't heard, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves walked away with [Register or Login to view links]!

It's a huge honor and the team is still basking in the glow of that moment. While it's still fresh in my mind, I wanted to share a little behind the scenes recap of how it all went down.

I arrived at the show with Christophe, Amy and Bruce and we walked the red carpet, which was a pretty cool way to start the evening off. There were tons of media lined up with cameras and microphones ready for interviews. We stopped for a few interviews and Christophe even played a game of Wii Resort Table Tennis against one of our interviewers (he let her win... so he says).

Continuing down the carpet, we ran into a bunch of people arriving at the same time as us like Marty O'Donnell from [Register or Login to view links] (who walked away with the award for Best Score for Halo: ODST... congrats!), our friends from [Register or Login to view links]
 

Sony's PS3 Takes Home Five Awards at SpikeTV's VGA 2009

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254w ago - Sony's PS3 has won five different awards at last night's SpikeTV Video Game Awards show.

Along with the actual awards, the PS3 also had nine nominations and multiple multiplatform game wins.

The winner of the VGA's Action/Adventure Award was not Uncharted 2 like many anticipated, but rather UbiSoft's Assassin's Creed 2.

Check out the details below, as follows:

Sony PS3 Awards:
• Best PS3 Game - Uncharted 2
• Best Graphics - Uncharted 2
• Best Independent Game - Flower
• Most Anticipated Title 2010 - God of War 3
• Game of the Year - Uncharted 2

Sony PS3 Nominations:
• Best Voice Actor - Claudia Black (Chloe Frazer)
• Best Voice Actor - Nolan North (Nathan Drake)
• Best Action Adventure Game - Uncharted 2
• Studio of the Year - Naughty Dog
• Best Role Playing Game - Demon's Souls
• Best Downloadable Game - Fat Princess
• Best Shooter - Killzone 2
• Best Original Score - Uncharted 2
• Best Graphics - Killzone 2

Remainder of VGA 2009 Winners:
• Best Voice in a Video Game: Jack Black as Eddie Riggs in Brutal Legend
• Best Cast: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
• Best Performance by a Human Male: Hugh...
 

Duke Nukem Forever Legal Drama Takes a New Twist

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279w ago - Take Two's [Register or Login to view links] have been aired in public, giving a better view of what is happening behind the scenes at Duke Nukem Forever HQ.

Right now, Take Two wants 3D realms to cooperate so it can complete the Xbox 360 version, recover the $12 million invested and block any leaks of the code and artwork.

To quote: The court document claims: "Upon information and belief, Apogee has title to a substantial amount of funds deposited in an off-shore account, which Take-Two believes Apogee can use to fund its outstanding obligations."

Now Take-Two essentially wants to compel Apogee / 3D Realms to cooperate with the publisher so that it can complete the Xbox 360 version, as well as recovering the alleged $12m it has invested (looks like that's the original $2.9m invested, plus interest) and to block former members of the Duke Nukem Forever from leaking any more of the game's existing code and artwork.

We expect some fairly dramatic scenes when this case makes it to court. There's even the possibility that Duke Nukem Forever could still see the light of day, but we're...
 

Howard Stringer Takes Over as President of Sony Corporation

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295w ago - Howard Stringer, Chief Executive Officer of the Sony Corporation, just received a promotion. He is now going to be taking over as President of the main electronics business, as the former holder of that position, Ryoji Chubachi, will become Vice Chairman in charge of product safety, quality and environmental issues.

From [Register or Login to view links]: "The Japanese can't take decisive actions toward their comrades during hardship," said Yuuki Sakurai, general manager of financial and investment planning at Tokyo-based Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co., which manages $54 billion in assets.

"As a non-Japanese without such loyalties, Stringer is better positioned to conduct the large-scale restructuring that Sony has to do."

It is hoped that the reassignment of the 32-year Sony veteran Chubachi will help clear the way for Stringer to reorganize the company amidst losses, cutbacks, and global recession.

Press Release: Tokyo, February 27, 2009 - Sony Corporation ("Sony" or the "Company") today announced a major reorganization and a new management team. The changes, effective April 1, 2009, will fundamentally reorganize the company's electronics and game businesses to improve profitability and...
 
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