Sony Patents Degradable Video Game Demos Like PSN Titles

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215w ago - Similar to what was done with PSN titles including Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, a recent patent filing by Sony has been found for a new demo system that slowly degrades the game as it is played.

Essentially this means the more hours you put into a downloaded PSP or PS3 demo, the more the demo's gameplay diminishes.

For example, as you continue to play a video game demo, your weapons might decrease in value (size, quality, etc.). It's essentially a system that adds a time limit to a demo.

This new system is reportedly going to help people make the decision to buy the actual game instead of continuously playing the demo. Whether that will work or not is questionable.

To quote: "In one scenario your weapon is weakened or replaced with a less powerful one after so many hours playing the game. Think of it as a timed level down.

Another idea Sony has is to remove levels, race tracks in this example, after you reach a certain number of plays. When you finally buy the game (bottom right) you can use all of the tracks again."
 

IW Hints of New Callsign Titles Coming in Modern Warfare 2 DLC

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223w ago - Just before the weekend Infinity Ward's FourZeroTwo aka Robert Bowling hinted that upcoming Modern Warfare 2 DLC may contain new callsign titles in addition to the usual maps.

He also tweeted this weekend of another MW2 playlist update to prevent the spread of the recent "ice skating" / speed hack (video below).

Below are the related Twitter tweets:

"Leads meeting @infinityward this morning; Lots of #MW2 DLC discussion got me wondering, what would YOU suggest as some new callsign titles?"

"Another #MW2 playlist update to prevent the spread of the "ice skating" / speed hack. Will prevent matchmaking into modded games."

"@fourzerotwo so it was a hack?" via @xblfan2001 - Yes. These aren't bugs in game code but game files being changed by users on modded kits."




 

TGS 2009: PS3 Motion Controller & Launch Titles Detailed

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238w ago - Sony didn't unveil many details on the upcoming PlayStation Motion Controller at the Tokyo Game Show, however, Kaz Hirai did show off the updated design (pictured below) for the controller.

Additionally, Sony revealed that Biohazard 5: Alternative Edition will support the new Motion Controllers and is due out in Spring 2010.

LittleBigPlanet will also be updated with motion controls, providing a Super Mario Galaxy style second controller option, as well as (hopefully) speeding up the level creation process.

From the Press Release: Motion Controller* for PlayStation 3 to Become Available in Spring 2010

Motion Controller (Unofficial Name) Equipped with High-Precision Motion Sensors, Combined With PlayStation Eye Camera, Delivers Whole New Entertainment Experience on PlayStation 3

TOKYO, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it will release a new Motion Controller (unofficial name) for PlayStation┬«3 (PS3┬«) computer entertainment system in Spring 2010.

The new controller, equipped with high-precision, highly accurate motion sensors, can deliver a whole new entertainment experience on PS3 when combined together with the PlayStation®Eye camera(*1). Capable of recognizing and tracking a user's face and voice...
 

Big Titles Are Heading to Sony's PSP Console This Autumn

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238w ago - Sony's PSP and PSPGo are preparing to welcome some new titles that will mark the return of the consoles in front of the stage.

Below is the Autumn PlayStation Portable release list, as follows:

October 2009:

01/10: Fieldrunners (NHP English): a port directly from the iPhone, fans of Warcraft III are familiar with the principle of this game that will ask you decimate waves of enemies across a field where you positioned the elements responsible for the defense of the land. A simple and catchy that should a disaster thanks to its low price, requires Minis!

01/10: Gran Turismo PSP: four years of waiting for the arrival of simulation racing final. If it welcomes the technical title, the majority of testing it as a pretty shell, in case of total lack of career mode. Remember to take your information before buying under penalty of huge disappointment.

01/10 Hero of Sparta: another port directly from the iPhone. This beat'em all Gameloft walking on the ground of God of War, suggesting the non-stop action and sequences of QTE to complete its enemies.

02/10: Beaterator: become the king of the sample loop and through this game of musical creation chaperoned by Timbaland himself. The program, a challenge mode, mini-games and an impressive collection of samples....
 

EA Announces Diverse Lineup of Nintendo DSiWare Titles

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238w ago - According to Rod Humble, Head of the EA Play Label, EA has now fully embraced the Wii and the Nintendo DS by adding words, pictures, pets and more.

Press Release: Words, Pictures, Pets And More! - EA Announces Diverse Lineup Of DSiWare Titles

SCRABBLE, MySims Camera and LITTLEST PET SHOP Amongst EA Titles Coming This Fall

Redwood City, Calif., - September 21, 2009 - DSi owners get ready to download. EA today announced MySims Camera and SUDOKU are available for download from the Nintendo DSi Shop. LITTLEST PET SHOP and SCRABBLE (in the U.S. and Canada) licensed by Hasbro, along with original EA titles are also in development and will release later this fall.

"Bringing custom-built DSiWare games to the Nintendo consumer is an exciting opportunity for us to reach DSi owners with easy to play games that they can download and play whenever they want," said Rod Humble, Head of the EA Play Label.

"The lineup of games we have in development will appeal across the diverse DSi consumer base so whether players want to showcase their creativity and humor using MySims Camera or sharpen their math and word skills with SUDOKU or SCRABBLE - our first games in the DSi Shop will deliver a quick and fun experience."

MySims Camera is a camera application that utilizes...
 







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