LittleBigRipoff: Sony can Sell your LBP User-Created Content

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287w ago - Gamer Dean Longmore reports today that Sony recently made changes to their PSN Terms Of Use, most noticeably amending areas pertaining to user generated content.

The part that has frustrated many is this one - "You also authorize us [Sony] and our affiliated companies, without payment to you, to license, sell and otherwise commercially exploit your User Material."

To quote: Sony have recently made changes to their PSN terms of use, notably adding terms and conditions for user generated content. No doubt, this is a legal precaution leading up to the release of LittleBigPlanet, obviously there needs to be guidelines to allow Sony to define and take action again inappropriate content.

But what really got my attention were some of the rights Sony have concerning your generated content...

You also authorize us [Sony] and our affiliated companies, without payment to you, to license, sell and otherwise commercially exploit your User Material.

The document continues on outlining that Sony may sell subscription services or gain advertising revenue related to your content.
 

Sony Recalls LittleBigPlanet Worldwide Release

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287w ago - Update 2: SCEA has acknowledged the recall on its PlayStation Blog, apologizing to those offended and for the delay. According to the post, SCEA "will begin shipping LittleBigPlanet to retail in North America the week of October 27th."

Update: Impatient gamers may still be able to get their hands on the version of Little Big Planet that contains the Qur'an references. Gaming importer National Console Support said that it has begun shipping US versions of the game to customers who preordered. What's more, the site says that it will ship the game to US customers for Saturday delivery if they order by 4 p.m. Eastern time today.

This is not the first time a game developer has run afoul of the Qur'an. In November of 2002, Microsoft released the Xbox fighter Kakuto Chojin with a piece of background music that sampled passages of the holy book.

An internal Microsoft "geopolitical strategy team" identified the potential problem with the music as soon as the game had gone into duplication. Microsoft had a chance to recall the game before it hit shelves, but decided to release it anyway in the hopes that the music would go unnoticed. Although Kakuto...
 

Will Sackboy Rescue Sony's PlayStation 3?

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287w ago - After struggling to define itself as more than just a top console, the Sony PlayStation 3's "LittleBigPlanet" era is set to begin Oct. 21. It gets era-starting status because the game is... different.

After more than a year of hype, the game's lead character, Sackboy (or Sackgirl), is set to tear down walls for gamers and possibly advertisers and perhaps become as famous as Nintendo's iconic Mario, of "Donkey Kong" and "Mario Bros." fame.

People were "awed" when the game was first teased at a game conference last year, says Eric Fong, associate producer for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

It was "as if they were kids again, watching some Saturday morning cartoon," Fong told IBD. "For me, that was the moment of realization that we had more than just a great game – it became something that the entire industry would look to as game-changing."

Users play as completely customizable sack puppets and compete for in-game prizes in a world designed to appeal to hard-core gamers and preteen girls at the same time.

"This is the most adorable game I'm not embarrassed to play," said Morgan Webb. She co-hosts the gaming cable TV show "X-Play," which is on the G4 Network.

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Besides the "worlds" that come with...
 

Sony Officially Launches PlayStation Channel on YouTube

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287w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) has teamed up with YouTube™, the world's most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, to create a PLAYSTATION®-branded channel that delivers exclusive video content to the worldwide PlayStation community.

Press Release: Launching today, October 14, 2008, and available at www.youtube.com/playstation, the PlayStation channel on YouTube will offer fans a place where they can easily access new trailers and game footage, check out interviews with publishers and developers, share user-generated content, participate in PlayStation promotions and contests, and stay connected to the PlayStation experience.

More than 50 pieces of content will be available at launch, including features for SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, MotorStorm™: Pacific Rift, NBA '09: The Inside, and the PlayStation®Network.

An evolving service, the PlayStation channel on YouTube will initially consist of a primary PlayStation channel with a regularly updated "Featured Video" and an embedded menu bar for specific games that takes users to a playlist page for additional video content. Fans will be able to customize their own YouTube playlists with...
 

Sony Anticipates PlayStation Home to Boost PlayStation 3 Sales

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287w ago - Kaz Hirai has indicated that he expects PlayStation Home to boost sales of the PS3 this Holiday period. Moreover, he added that he expects the gaming division of Sony to be less affected by the current adverse economic conditions.

To quote: A Sony Corp. executive told the Wall Street Journal this month that the company expects the new online universe 'Home' to boost sales of the Playstation 3 this holiday.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Chairman and Group CEO Kaz Hirai told the publication that Home, which will allow PS3 owners to mingle in a virtual world, will be available by the end of the year.

Hirai added that he expects the company's game unit to be less affected by current economic conditions.

Sony in Sept. 2007 delayed the Home online service to spring 2008. It subsequently delayed the project to the end of the year.

Sony will sell a new 160GB PS3 bundle in Nov. next to the current 80GB SKU.
 







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