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Three Most Antcipated PS3 games not named MSG4 or GTA IV

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347w ago - Yesterday, I talked about some games that I'll be buying for the 360, that I feel may be a bit overlooked with all of the GTA IV and Gears of War 2 Hype. Today, I want to bring to light three PS3 games that I believe are being overlooked with all of the hype surrounding MGS 4 and GTA IV.

While there's a dearth of PS3 exclusives right now, this fall, Sony is going to be churning out exclusives in their attempt to capture the hearts and minds before Christmas. Let's take a look at three exclusives that should be at the front of the hype train, but are riding in the caboose.

SOCOM: Confrontation Release date 9/18/08

Description: (thanks IGN!)

"SOCOM breaches onto the PS3 in high-definition with the ultimate next-generation online combat experience. SOCOM Confrontation focuses on online play and the global community and clans that support it. With support for Tournaments, Clan Ladders, Leader Boards, this fourth title in the multi-million unit selling franchise is exactly what SOCOM fans have been clamoring for.

Additionally, players will be able to modify their appearance through facial and physical customization. A global-scale experience, SOCOM Confrontation gives players the opportunity to battle against the best and brightest from the U.S., Europe and Asia....
 

25% Off USED PS3 Games from Gamestop/EB Games!

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349w ago - Today hacked2123 let us know of a coupon (below, click to enlarge and print) that allows you to get 25% OFF used PS3 games from Gamestop/EB Games.

To quote: Just click "View Image" and print. Valid 4/11-4/17

Valid on up to 2 games, Limit 1 Per customer.

That means you can pick up games like COD3 for far less than $25!
 

Wanna be a rock icon?

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349w ago - Now you can become a rock icon and be part of an upcoming Guitar Hero game as a playable character. All you need to do is to record a video of yourself playing your favorite air guitar tune or a session of Guitar Hero 3 and send this in before June 13th.

The winner of the competition will be flown to L.A. for a motion capture session where your best moves will be recorded for future use in an upcoming Guitar Hero game.

There are also many other prizes for the runners up including a chance to hang out with the icelandic band "The Answer" during the recording of their next album.

"Simply grab a tennis racket, cricket bat or whatever you have lying around and video yourself rocking out to the track of your choice and upload it for a shot at glory in our weekly video montage. None other than Motorhead legend Lemmy (we're not worthy) will then be selecting the most soul-shattering performance.So strap on your Air-Gibson and show Lemmy what you've got. Extra points will be awarded for mojo and the depth of your gnarlyness, but remember - a true Rock Legend plays it from the heart."

Don't miss your chance to immortality and sign up for the competition through the link at the top.
 

HAWX: Air combat signed Tom Clancy!

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349w ago - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announces the development of Tom Clancy's HAWX (high-altitude warfare), an awe-inspiring game that is primed to revolutionize the way players think about combat in the sky.

Scheduled for release in Fall 2008, Tom Clancy's HAWX turns consumers into elite pilots of the future. The game will appear on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and on Windows-based PC.

"Tom Clancy's HAWX marks the next evolution of warfare set in the Tom Clancy video game universe," said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. "We are thrilled to take to the skies and provide a new environment along with an extension of a familiar storyline from Ubisoft's successful Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2®."

Developed by Ubisoft's Bucharest studio, Tom Clancy's HAWX delivers an intense and authentic aerial combat experience by fully leveraging the benefits of the next-generation platforms. The story begins in the year 2012. As the era of the nation-state draws quickly to a close, the rules of warfare evolve even more rapidly.

More and more nations become increasingly dependent on private military companies (PMCs), elite mercenaries with a lax...
 

Why do some PS3 games require HDD installs?

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350w ago - MTV have found out that some Blu-ray games require installs to the hard drive because Blu-ray drives can only read at one speed.

"When this is combined with the extremely large size of Blu-ray discs, and simply dumping existing DVD data onto a Blu-ray disc will inevitably result in longer load times."

To quote: The issue arises from differences in the reading techniques of DVD and Blu-ray. By nature, the outer and inner parts of a disc move at different speeds while a disc is spinning, regardless of format (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, etc.).

While DVD drives can read data at those differing speeds, Blu-ray reads at one speed. Combine that with the extremely large size of Blu-ray discs, and simply dumping existing DVD data onto a Blu-ray disc will inevitably result in longer load times.

Installations are a way around this issue.

When a publisher asks you to install a game on PS3, it's because they're moving some of the disc data to an area of your console that has much faster read access: the hard drive. You get vastly reduced loading times, but have to sit through an installation.
 
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