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Banned Gamer Alleges Sony Violated Free Speech & Stole Money

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289w ago - A PlayStation 3 gamer has [Register or Login to view links] (PDF) in U.S. District Court in California, alleging that SCEA suppressed his free speech rights and caused him pain and suffering by banning his account on the PlayStation Network.

In a complaint filed on July 6th, Erik Estavillo of San Jose writes that he is disabled by a variety of disorders; among these are agoraphobia, a fear of crowds, to quote:

The pain and suffering was caused by the defendant, Sony, banning the plaintiff's account on the PlayStation 3 Network, in which the plaintiff relies on to socialize with other people, since it's the only way the plaintiff can truly socialize since he also suffers from Agoraphobia...

Estavillo's issues with SCEA apparently stem from his play of the PS3 hit Resistance: Fall of Man:

The ban is supposedly due to the behavior of the plaintiff when he plays the video game "Resistance: Fall of Man," which Sony owns and employs moderators for its online play. These moderators kick and ban players that they feel are deserving; though their biases to a player seem to be what determines the kick or ban...

The plaintiff was exercising his First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech in the game's public forum when he...
 

Sony's New PS3 Motion Controller is 'Army Accurate'

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289w ago - In an [Register or Login to view links] with Eurogamer following the Develop Conference, Kish Hirani and SCEE's vice president of research and development, Paul Holman, shared just how accurate the upcoming PS3 Motion Controller is.

To quote: The controller, reports Sony, is incredibly accurate.

"What most people are really surprised about is the precision," Sony's Kish Hirani, head of developer services, tells game site Eurogamer.

"It's scarily good. The army has had this sort of technology for a long time, so a lot of academians have seen these things, but when you see a consumer space device with this level of accuracy – that's when developers say, 'Wow.'"

Something else that might make developers say "wow"? It's possible to set the color of the controller's light up ball.

"I'm not a games designer, but if I was I might use it as a muzzle flash if you're using a gun, or use it as a paintbrush you can use to dip in and pick up different colors," Hirani adds.
 

Realview Innovations to Release 3D Technology for Sony PSP

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289w ago - RealView Innovations Ltd., a developer of optical technology located in Ireland, has announced that it will launch its V-Screen for the Sony PSP handheld video game console in time for the Q4 Christmas buying season.

The V-Screen is a consumer-friendly attachment that enhances the perceived depth of the 2D screen image on the PSP.

To quote: Founded in 2001, RealView Innovations (RVI) has developed a unique 3 dimensional screen technology that enhances the perceived depth of 2 dimensional screen images. Currently the company is focused on providing this technology to the personal entertainment and video game accessory market.

RVI has developed optical technology that does not rely on software or electronics, but rather offers a simple attachment that renders a fully 3 dimensional experience from the PSP screen.

"The innovation uses special optical components in unconventional ways," states Eamonn Ansbro, an Optical Engineer who is co-Executive Director of RVI. "No software, electronics or headgear is required. Nonetheless, the optical results are astonishing." Continued Ansbro: "The video game industry is a perfect fit for our technology. The V-Screen offers consumers a tremendous leap forward in optical enhancement."

RVI has been working with a variety...
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for July 16, 2009

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289w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen is back with another PSN update today, as follows:

Hi Everyone - It's time for the weekly PlayStation Store Update.

First, you'll want to check out the sale of select PlayStation Network favorites. The PlayStation Network sale is for a limited time only and lasts only until next week's update on July 23.

•WipEout HD (was $19.99, now $14.99!)
• Flock! (was $14.99, now $7.49!)
• Savage Moon (was $9.99, now $4.99!)
• Crash Commando (was $9.99, $4.99!)
• PixelJunk Eden (was $9.99, now $4.99!)
• Brain Challenge (was $9.99, now $4.99!)
• 3 on 3 NHL Arcade (was $9.99, now $4.99!)

Downloadable Games
Namco Museum Essentials ($9.99)
Namco Museum Essentials brings the arcades to your living room with five classic games and a brand new arranged Xevious title. Challenge your friends' high scores and unlock NM Stamps, PlayStation Home rewards and trophies as you re-live the sights and sounds of the 80's.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 449 MB

PSone Classics PS3 / PSP
Spec Ops: Ranger Elite ($5.99)
Immerse yourself in one of the first realistic military tactical combat simulators to be released. Choose your two-man team from...
 

Confirmed: Sony is Developing PSEye Facial Recognition Software

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289w ago - Just a week ago it was reported that new 3D technology may put your face in Sony's PlayStation Home.

Today, it has been confirmed at Develop '09 that Sony is developing PSEye facial recognition software.

To quote: Some of the advantages boasted by Microsoft's Natal controller are already in the PSEye, Sony said today.

The firm has developed new facial recognition software for the PSEye camera which has been put together after many experiments by both the excellent SCEE R&D team and work with other developers.

"We've got a wealth of libraries available," explained head of developer services Kish Hirani.

He admitted that "it's a lot of fun in the office" and has been tested extensively.

The facial tech can see the position and direction of a player's head and can work out the gender and age of the face, and detects different parts of the face including nose, mouth, eyes, eyebrows, shape of the mouth - and even glasses.
 
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