PSN holds charity auction to raise funds for Sichuan quake victims

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309w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited (SCEH) announced today that a charity auction will be held on Hong Kong eBay (www.ebay.com.hk) from 19 May, 2008 and all the money received from the auction will go to World Vision Hong Kong to help the victims in Sichuan quake.

Items to be auctioned are PLAYSTATION®Network prepaid cards and expansion packs signed by popular game producers, model, singer, actress and special gifts.

Press Release: PLAYSTATION®Network to hold charity auction
to raise funds for Sichuan quake victims

Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited (SCEH) announced today that a charity auction will be held on Hong Kong eBay (www.ebay.com.hk) from 19 May, 2008 and all the money received from the auction will go to World Vision Hong Kong to help the victims in Sichuan quake. Items to be auctioned are PLAYSTATION®Network prepaid cards and expansion packs signed by popular game producers, model, singer, actress and special gifts, which include:

* PLAYSTATION®Network prepaid card signed by Kazunori Yamauchi, producer of "Gran Turismo 5 Prologue" and a special gift
* PLAYSTATION®Network prepaid card signed by Katsuhiro Harada, producer of "Tekken" and a special gift
* "Eye of Judgement Biolith Rebellion Set 2.0 Expansion Pack"...
 

Haze PSN Demo Has In-Game Friends List

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309w ago - Update: Apparently this isn't anything 'new' as PS3 online users are also reporting Army of Two, Burnout Paradise, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 have an In-Game Friends List as well as Resistance for well over a year now.

Watchful reader StevieK08 has alerted us to the fact that the new Haze Demo has an in games friend list. To see it, get to the main menu, hit triangle once, triangle a second time, and voila!, up pops the friends list.

We have not had a chance to verify but Steve attached a screen shot that appears to confirm his story. If you have the demo, please give it a try and let us know. Thanks!
 

PS3 Trophies coming via PSN as soon as June?

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309w ago - What with the continual delay for Sony's Playstation Home, the latest rumblings from the industry, and a mysterious report from Sony's inner circle confirms that we may be about to see a new PSN update for the inclusion of Xbox style achievements, through the form of Trophies.

According to this report, 2D trophies located on the PS3's XMB may launch this June with firmware version 2.4 (which should also introduce in-game XMB access). These trophies are reportedly different to the 3D ones set to feature in Home later this year.

Another report over on Kotaku substantiates the claim somewhat. It points to a Sony fact sheet about upcoming PSN title PixelJunk Eden, which shows that one of the game's "key features" will be "Trophy Support", although it's unclear exactly what this is.

This news may be of certain interest to many consumers interested in the rise of MGS4 next month, to coincide with a new update perhaps for in-game achievements. We will have to wait for June 12th to find out.
 

PixelJunk Eden for PSN certainly is different

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309w ago - The PSN's conquest to be home of the quirkiest downloadable titles continues. flow may have mesmerized audiences, but Q-Games is trying their own hand at something really new.

PixelJunk Eden, the next title in the PSN downloadable collection, is a rather strange platformer to describe. Players control a small creature called a "Grimp" (formed from the combination of "grip" and "jump") to explore a variety of constantly changing scenes.

By smashing into enemies, players release pollen that can help the plants grow and transform. As players develop, they'll be able to leap, swing, jump and soar higher than ever, trying to get all the energy and light from a level before time runs out.

There will be ten stages in all, rendered in full 1080p HD graphics. Music will come from an award-winning Japanese artist, Baiyon. Both rumble and tilt will be supported in the DualShock 3 controller, and online trophies and leaderboards will be available.

Finally, PSP Remote Play will also be included, a feature also found in PixelJunk Monsters.




 

Rumor: PSN to charge for PS3 Themes?

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309w ago - To quote from Sam Fletcher: Browsing my Hong Kong PSN account today, I noticed that the Dark Mist theme cost money to download. $7.00 HKD, translates to $0.89 USD (or £0.45) but thats still a lot more than downloading the themes for free.

X-Box 360 users already pay a dollar or two for themes, and maybe now Sony are following suit.

Whether this will become a trend followed by the other stores is yet to be seen, but maybe all official themes from now on will come with a price.

Oh well, I'll stick to the classic XMB wave, or failing that, a user made theme. :P
 







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