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Sony stops work on Eight Days and The Getaway

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347w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that it has cancelled production on two PlayStation 3 titles that were in development at the Sony London Studio - Eight Days and The Getaway.

A statement from the Corporation read as follows: "It has been agreed that production of both Eight Days and The Getaway will cease immediately due to the redistribution of resources and budget.

This decision was made following an internal review of all games and it was deemed that with the incredibly strong list of exclusive first party titles coming up both this year and in the near future, resource should be reallocated to enhance those projects closer to completion.
 

Sony: Qore won't affect availability of great content on PSN

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347w ago - A Qore introduction video is available below, and Sony rep amurphy has already responded to some of the angry comments on its US Blog about its monthly lifestyle gaming program 'Qore'.

One comment asked if demos were going to be exclusive to Qore from now on, or if they will still be free. Sony replied: "If you purchase Qore, you will have access to exclusive content that would not be available otherwise - it does not impact the availability of the great content found on PSN, nor does it change our free play model."

The response probably won't mean much to most people who feel they are basically taking stuff that would have been free normally and charging for it.



 

Sony's This Is Living "talking urinals" Video available

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348w ago - Sony surprised attendees at a recent PlayStation event with talking urinals. The plastic gizmos gave out the following message: "Mate, when the urinal starts talking to you, it's time to call a taxi! Or dance on the bar! Woohoo! This is living!"

To quote: The toilet facilities at the recent PlayStation soiree held in Auckland held a sinister secret. With the harmless-looking plastic objects sporting the "This is living" slogan, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was safe to relieve yourself; until it starts talking.

"Mate, when the urinal starts talking to you, it's time to call a taxi! Or dance on the bar! Woohoo! This is living!"





Experiencing this firsthand was disconcerting enough to reverse the immediate reason for visiting, and creepy enough to encourage me to seek refuge in a cubicle. Kudos to the sick, mad genius in Sony's marketing crew who came up with this one.
 

No Afrika for Europe, says Sony

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348w ago - A Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson has confirmed that it will not publish Rhino Studios' forthcoming "safari-simulator" Afrika in European territories, according to a Eurogamer report.

Initially announced during E3 2006, a coming soon teaser page for Afrika was recently launched on the company's Japanese website. Little is known about the title thus far, but from looking at the released screenshots it does appear to be a photography game in the vein of Pokemon Snap – except with, you know, real wildlife.

Note that this does not rule out another publisher picking up the title for a European release in the future. A North American release has yet to be announced.
 

PlayStation Portable Still King in Slow Sales

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348w ago - Another week has gone by, which means we should take another look at the situation of hardware and software sales in Japan. Research firm Media Create has again posted the numbers for the week that ended on May 23 and we'll be serving up a bit of analysis alongside the figures.

Both hardware and software sales registered a drop in the analyzed interval, but the latter suffered much more than gaming consoles in terms of sales. The PlayStation Portable seems to have an iron grip on the first spot in sales, with a bit over 70,000 consoles sold, which registered as both a win and as a loss, because it sold over 19,000 units less than in the previous week.

The Nintendo Wii dropped even more, somewhere around 41,000 thousand, with over 25,000 units less than in the previous week, but it made it on second place, while the DS came in third, with a smaller drop than any of the top three consoles and sales of around 35,000 units.

The PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 2 from Sony have almost equal sales, of 7,701 for the first console and 7,022 for its last generation cousin. They both sold more than the Xbox 360 from Microsoft, which only managed to move 1,298 units during last week.

The week will be remembered as the moment when the Nintendo Wii managed to cross the 6 million sales barrier,...
 
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