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PlayStation Store Update for May 22, 2008

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335w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store):

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Add-on Game Content:
Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

"Beetlebum" - Blur ($1.99)
"Countdown to Insanity" - H-BlockX ($1.99)
"Hier Kommt Alex" - Die Toten Hosen ($1.99)
"Hysteria" - Muse ($1.99)
"Manu Chao" - Les Wampas ($1.99)
"Monsoon" - Tokio Hotel ($1.99)
"New Wave" - Pleymo ($1.99)
"Perfekte Welle" - Juli ($1.99)
"Rock 'N' Roll Star" - Oasis ($1.99)
File sizes: 16.8 MB - 45.4 MB (singles)

Rock Band price promotion: "We Care a Lot" - Epic and "All the Small Things" - Blink 182 are reduced to $0.99 until May 29th.

Game Music:
PixelJunk Monsters Album ($2.99)
The PixelJunk Monsters Album is the original game soundtrack to the popular and addictive tower defense game, PixelJunk Monsters. This charming and distinctive soundtrack includes 24 music tracks by Japanese ambient techno group Otograph. Download the album today!
File size: 62.2 MB

Game Videos (free):
Siren: Blood Curse...
 

PlayStation Home Preview

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335w ago - While it may have been delayed almost to the point of silliness, anticipation is still quite high for PlayStation Home, Sony's trump card in the online gaming stakes.

Offering much more of a community approach than it's counter-parts, Home is full of different levels of customization which will allow you to live with your friends in a virtual world of sorts, where you'll be able to hang out and easily launch into the game of your choice with the mere touch of a button, among other things.

At our recent trip to PlayStation Day, we got a chance to play the game for a bit, and we have to say that the amount of detail is impressive. What we found during our short time with Home is that on one level, it's very simple as to not scare off the casual folk, but has many elements that will take some exploration to really get a grasp on.

Wandering around and chatting is certainly easy enough to do, but the experience is really a 'you get out of it what you put in' type of scenario, where people who really spend a lot of time with the product will find many intricacies that others may not notice.

Is an emphasis on community going to change the way we play online?

We sat down for a brief chat with Creative Director Ron Festejo, and Lead Artist John Venables about how everything...
 

What In-Game Communication Really Means?

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335w ago - In-Game communication has become an important feature to console gamers. The expansion of online gameplay is a huge part of it. When the PS3 was first announced, many wondered if it would come with features such as in-game communication and custom soundtracks.

To the sadness of many, it did not. Why? Because Sony did something that the other console did not, leave it in the hands of the Developers. This will not be an article bashing developers or cursing Sony. It will simply explain my views on the subject.

Let me start off first by saying that I have no need for in-game communication or custom soundtracks. Why? Because I can simply mute my television to hear the music that I want or send a text message to someone that I really want to talk to. The majority of the individuals on my friend list are people that I have never spoken to or even played a game with.

Amazing? No, I seem to find that to be quite common with many gamers. I also enjoy the game music for the most part. Currently, I have a hard time thinking of a game that has music that I absolutely detest. This is just my opinion of course.

When it was leaked/announced months ago that in-game communication would be coming in update 2.4 this summer, Playstation fans went crazy. It not only gave them a feature that so many...
 

PSN holds charity auction to raise funds for Sichuan quake victims

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336w 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 PLAYSTATIONŽNetwork prepaid cards and expansion packs signed by popular game producers, model, singer, actress and special gifts.

Press Release: PLAYSTATIONŽNetwork 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 PLAYSTATIONŽNetwork prepaid cards and expansion packs signed by popular game producers, model, singer, actress and special gifts, which include:

* PLAYSTATIONŽNetwork prepaid card signed by Kazunori Yamauchi, producer of "Gran Turismo 5 Prologue" and a special gift
* PLAYSTATIONŽNetwork 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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336w 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!
 
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