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Banned Gamer Alleges Sony Violated Free Speech & Stole Money

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265w ago - A PlayStation 3 gamer has [Register or Login to view links] (PDF) in U.S. District Court in California, alleging that SCEA suppressed his free speech rights and caused him pain and suffering by banning his account on the PlayStation Network.

In a complaint filed on July 6th, Erik Estavillo of San Jose writes that he is disabled by a variety of disorders; among these are agoraphobia, a fear of crowds, to quote:

The pain and suffering was caused by the defendant, Sony, banning the plaintiff's account on the PlayStation 3 Network, in which the plaintiff relies on to socialize with other people, since it's the only way the plaintiff can truly socialize since he also suffers from Agoraphobia...

Estavillo's issues with SCEA apparently stem from his play of the PS3 hit Resistance: Fall of Man:

The ban is supposedly due to the behavior of the plaintiff when he plays the video game "Resistance: Fall of Man," which Sony owns and employs moderators for its online play. These moderators kick and ban players that they feel are deserving; though their biases to a player seem to be what determines the kick or ban...

The plaintiff was exercising his First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech in the game's public forum when he...
 

Guide: PlayStation Home Hack - Closed Beta & Other Items Free!

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266w ago - Update #2: Casshern23 has now created an updated guide on How to Get Closed Beta & Other Items Free in PlayStation Home.

Update: For those having issues with the FilePack below, give the PlayStation Home Item Hack FilePack Fix a try with the Updated Guide!

Today we received an e-mail from Leviathan letting us know of a recent PlayStation Home hack that he wishes to share here!

Similar to the PlayStation Home Replacement Posters & Custom Trailer, this basically uses SimpleDNS/PowerDNS, Apache Server and WireShark for HTTP sniffing.

Below is a FilePack and guide for those who wish to give this a try!

Download: PlayStation Home Item Hack FilePack

PlayStation Home Item Hack

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Mirror's Edge DLC for PlayStation 3 is Available for Free

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267w ago - It is unknown whether a glitch is the culprit or not, but currently the Mirror's Edge Pure Time Trials DLC is available free on PSN.

Apparently it isn't just one map, but the entire pack.

To quote: Now whether this is a mistake or not we don't quite know yet, but if you head over to the UK PSN Store and search for the Mirror's Edge DLC entitled Pure, you'll notice that you can download this previously £7 pack for free.

The beautiful time trial levels are a must have for any Mirror's Edge owner.

So what are you waiting for? Get downloading.
 

Unlock Legendary Cars FREE in Burnout Paradise: Big Surf Island

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270w ago - Big Surf Island launched this past Thursday and has been a very fun expansion for Burnout Paradise.

Those who are seeking the Legendary Cars set but don't want to pay for them can get "Toy" versions by completing various tasks around Big Surf Island.

To quote: Don't want to pony up the $8 to download Burnout Paradise's premium "Legendary" cars?

Well, here's a cheaper alternative: buy Big Surf Island for $13, as it includes special toy versions of all four DLC cars.

You can get a cute mini version of the hovering 88 Special, Bootlegger, Manhattan Spirit and GT Nighthawk by completing various tasks around the new Burnout island:

•Toy Hunter Cavalry Bootlegger - Jump from all 15 Island Mega Jumps
•Toy Jansen P12 88 Special - Hit all 45 Island Billboards
•Toy Carson GT Nighthawk - Complete all 24 Island Road Rules (Timed & Showtime)
•Toy Hunter Manhattan Spirit - Hit all 75 Island Smashes
 

Free Resistance 2 Multiplayer Skins Available at PlayStation Store

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273w ago - Insomniac Games Community Manager Bryan Intihar announced news today of some free Resistance 2 Multiplayer Skins hitting the PlayStation Store.

To quote: Dr. Malikov and The Grims didn't just have a part in Resistance 2's campaign–you could also assume the role of these characters on the game's competitive multiplayer battlefields. Well, that's if you pre-ordered R2 at select U.S. retailers and received one of the bonus multiplayer skins.

Over the last few months we've received a number of e-mails from Resistance fans here and around the globe requesting these exclusive skins. So starting today both will be available for download through the PlayStation Store in all territories for free!

And speaking of adding to your Resistance collection, we've also seen quite a few franchise-related items come out since R2's release. Here's a quick refresher for you:

•The comic book series: Wildstorm (a division of DC Comics) has published a six-part miniseries that revealed all-new details about the Resistance universe, which included an in-depth look at the Sentinels and touched upon aspects of the Retribution storyline. Issue #6 just hit store shelves last week.

•The novel: Ever wonder what exactly happened during the two-year gap that separates...
 
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