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God of War III is so Brutal Some Scenes Won't Hit the Internet

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306w ago - While the God of War franchise has traditionally been a particularly brutal series, the developers claim God of War III will push the boundaries to the limit.

When showing off the game most recently, the developers over at Santa Monica's studio told viewers that "Some of these scenes are so violent, they are never going on the internet - at least, not by us. They're just not appropriate for some audiences."

Sony Santa Monica recently showed off God of War III's new 'Zipper Technology', a feature the developers had long wanted to include but never had the power to do so - until they had the PS3. The feature allows enemies' skin to slice open realistically, allowing for internal organs to spill out depending on the severity of the cut.

The Official PlayStation Magazine talks explicitly about seeing Kratos gutting a centaur, with the stomach, guts, and internal intestines oozing out of the wailing beast.

Just hearing that makes me squeamish. Has God of War III gone to far? Is that even possible? God of War III is due out in the fiscal year of 2009, exclusively for the PS3.
 

Microsoft Wants Refund From Some Laid-Off Workers

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310w ago - Microsoft says it made an accounting error when it laid off some employees last month and now feels the best way to correct the error is with what will likely add up to a public relations blunder. To quote:

The software giant, which recently laid off 1,400 employees, sent letters (see image below) this week to some of those former workers letting them know that their severance payouts were a bit too "generous" and respectfully requested that the former employees pay back that money, according to a report Saturday on [Register or Login to view links].

"An inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an overpayment in severance pay by Microsoft," the letter states. "We ask that you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to you."

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the authenticity of a letter posted on TechCrunch, but declined further comment, saying it was "a private matter between the company and the affected people."

The company declined to specify how many of these letters were sent out, and it's unknown how much the overpayments total, but it did indicate that some laid off employees were also undercompensated.

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PlayStation Expands to Latin America, PSN Hits Some Countries

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310w ago - SCEA Director and General Manager for Latin America Mark Stanley made the following announcement today:

I'm thrilled to announce that today PlayStation is officially expanding into Latin America!

So this means that you can now purchase any of the three PlayStation platforms, our library of software titles - such as Resistance 2 - and even the latest peripherals, including our Bluetooth Headset, in 13 countries across Latin America. We're also working on providing access to PlayStation Network in select countries.

This is such an exciting opportunity and we're looking forward to providing social entertainment and gaming experiences you can share among your friends and family around the world. This expansion is the direct result of feedback we received from you and we're proud to deliver PlayStation products and services to enable you to easily connect, play and communicate with one another.

As a native of Costa Rica with many years working directly in the region, I know Latin America holds much promise of growth for SCEA. Muchas gracias to all of you in Latin America and around the world for your support!

Viva PlayStation!
 

Customized 'Homicide' PS3 Case Mod is Bloody Awesome

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310w ago - This brutal PS3 Mod is entitled 'Homicide' and rightly so, for it has blood stains all over its clean white cover and simply looks like it was a witness to some awfully ruthless crime.

To quote: It is a wonderful addition to all the different PS3 Mods we have seen before and bloody awesome.

The creative mod for the PlayStation 3 was created by Jerry Thampan, and he goes on to explain its development:

...my ps3 that i customized. airbrushed white, blood done w/ red paint put into a spoon and drawn in, then clear coated twice...

I salute Jerry for his imagination and creativity. He also mentioned that some PS3 accessories and peripherals with the same blood stained design will be coming soon.

I guess this kind of mod brings the violence we see in the video games of today outside as well... but no harm done.
 

GameStop Exec Defends Used Game Sales & Somewhat Succeeds

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315w ago - In a recent interview with [Register or Login to view links], GameStop Chief Marketing Officer Mike Hogan tried to defend his company's stance on the used game market by comparing it to the used car market.

He argued that without trade money from used cars, the owners wouldn't be able to afford a new car. Although some people will try to flaw his argument by noting that games aren't that expensive in relation to people's disposable income.

To quote: Starting his argument, he compared the games industry to the car industry saying: "If you couldn't sell your old car - would the industry sell more cars?" He argues that without the trade-in money From The used car, owners wouldn't be able to afford a new car.

He then claimed that 90% of trade-ins take place over 90 days after the release of a game. He said, "We track this fairly closely. We believe we're extending the life-cycles of users."

He continued, "I realize there are other perspectives, but ours is: trades and used fuel growth in the category."
 
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