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LittleBigPlanet Unveils 'Level Packs' at PlayStation Store Thursday

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310w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared the following news via PS Blog today:

First we introduced an array of costumes for Sackboy, now the PlayStation Store is pleased to introduce exciting new LBP 'Level Packs' to fill your Pop-it with more themed creative items.

Our level packs are filled with several new items including new costumes, cool objects, decorative items and numerous stickers all for you to enjoy creating new levels - all for just $2.99.

Check the store this Thursday and get your hands on our first one: Festive Level Pack (includes):

• Two new Costumes - Christmas Tree headpiece and a Wrapped Sackboy.
• One new Create Material = Wrapping Paper (cardboard w/ giftwrap texture).
• Two new Objects = A Festive Sleigh and holiday themed light.
• Six new Decorations = A Festive Bauble, Bell, Wrapping Bow, Candy Cane, Card and Stocking.
• A ton of new Stickers = holiday themed of course, including a Red Nose Reindeer, Elves, Turkey images and many more... and a partridge in a pear tree (j/k)

This is just the first Level Pack – but with the holidays only around for a few more weeks, the Festive Level Pack is only available for a limited time...
 

PlayStation Home Patch Arrives Thursday, Fixes Connection Issues

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310w ago - Last week Sony's PlayStation Home experienced both Tech Issues and Network Errors.

Today, those still experiencing issues accessing PlayStation Home will be pleased to hear that a patch designed to remedy them will be available this Thursday per SCEE Community Manager TedTheDog.

To quote: We'll be patching Home this Thursday and part of this change will be the first step in tackling the connection issues that you'll know as C-931 errors.

Its just a first step and we'll bring you more information this later this week.
 

Confirmed: PlayStation Home Open Beta Launches Thursday

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311w ago - Talk about down to the wire, what I speculated yesterday might happen in weeks if not days is in fact happening tomorrow.

When you turn on your PlayStation 3 consoles on Thursday, you'll have the option to freely download the 3GB PlayStation Home client, dash off an avatar, then dip your toes into Sony's shiny, neo-industrial digital preserve.

So much for speculation by some that the way you get the client "isn't going to be via a mere firmware update or PlayStation Store download."

Nearly two years of work's gone into creating this collage of areas which include bowling alleys, shops, nightclubs, billboards, a central plaza, and bars with game themes like Far Cry 2 and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

There's quite a lot to do, too. You can dance, play pool, chat, collect trophies, hang those trophies on virtual walls, watch videos, dance in front of other people watching videos, be sociable or socially awkward, even launch flying saucers from take-off pads and fly around popping bubbles.

If it sounds surreal, it kind of is. There's even a communal jukebox angle where the most requested song is what plays for everyone. (I don't know about you, but I'm voting for Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.")

Some see this as resembling Second Life, except the...
 

Qore Episode 07 is Coming to PSN this Thrusday, and it's FREE!

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312w ago - PlayStation Network Executive Producer Kevin Furuichi made the following announcement via PS Blog today:

We have good news for you this month. As our way of saying "Happy Holidays," the PlayStation Network is offering the Single Episode version of Qore Episode 07 (December '08) for FREE* in the PlayStation Store. So, this month is your chance to check out an entire episode of Qore starting this Thursday, December 4th.





Episode 07 begins with an inside look at EA's "Skate 2," the sequel to the game that redefined what it means to ride a virtual board. Then, Audrey Cleo rolls over to Skatefest '08 in San Diego for a spin around the boarding scene.

Next, Veronica Belmont makes her way to Capcom to check out two of their latest projects - "Bionic Commando," the re-imagining of the classic 8-bit franchise, and "Flock," a really cool PlayStation Network game that definitely does not follow the herd.

We also introduce you to the "Steam Punk" sub-culture as we take a look at Codemasters' "Damnation" - a post-modern third person-shooter served with a Jules Verne twist.

Of course, it wouldn't be Qore if we didn't have a few downloadable and playable goodies for you in the form of an exclusive...
 

NovaStrike Makes Its European PSN Store Debut on Thursday

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318w ago - The popular top-down shooter NovaStrike will be hitting the European PSN Store this Thursday priced at 7.99 Euro's. This European version will be enhanced, and comes with both XMB music and trophies.

To quote: Finally, we can exclusively reveal that the great top-down shooter NovaStrike is hitting the European PSN Store this Thursday, priced at 7.99 Euros. The European version will be the enhanced, patched version which comes complete with XMB music and Trophies.

To coincide with this announcement, we've got an exclusive interview and some great looking screenshots of the European version of the game. We do hope all our readers take a look at the game when it launches, indie developers need our support.
 
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