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Interview with Noby Noby Boy PS3 Creator Keita Takahashi

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298w ago - Today Sony's Social Media Senior Specialist Chris Morell shared the following interview via PS Blog:

During GDC last week, our friends at [Register or Login to view links] invited us to chat with Keita Takahashi, Noby Noby Boy and Katamari series creator, and you should know him well by now.

Of course, I jumped at the chance to talk to Mr. Takahashi, as his always-entertaining posts have made me quite a fan.

It's a really cool interview, as he gives insight in to the influences behind Noby Noy Boy, how the multiplayer works, and even dishes about working on a music game! Enjoy.




 

Smash Bros. Creator And Nintendo Announce Project Sora

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305w ago - Masahiro Sakurai, creator of Nintendo character Kirby and designer of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, is creating a new title for Nintendo the company announced today.

To quote: On January 22 of this year, Sakurai's company Sora Ltd., a first party Nintendo developer, created a new company with Nintendo called [Register or Login to view links]. Sakurai is serving as director for this new project.

Nintendo is the principal investor, owning up to 72 percent of the company.

About this project the new company is working on, Satoru Iwata assured that it's not another Smash Bros. game, saying, "It's not Smash Bros. I asked for." Sakurai added, "I can promise an experience that's different from anything [you've played] up until now."

Project Sora currently has 30 employees and is currently looking for "talented individuals."
 

PS3 Theme Creator 2.0 Available with 2.5 Icon & Sound Support!

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312w ago - Just as we fell behind on the [Register or Login to view links] updates over the holidays, we also received word today that A.R.K.'s PS3 Theme Creator 2.0 is now available.

It was released last week, and offers PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.5 Icon and Sound Support among other changes detailed below.

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Changelog:

1. Support for FW2.5 icons.
2. Support for sounds.
3. Includes tool to convert audio file to vag format.
4. Drag and Drop images directly to the icons and backgrounds.
5. New preview mode.
6. Notification of missing icons on screen.
7. Double clicking on p3t files will launch them directly in PS3ThemeCreator.
8. Bug fixes.
 

Devil May Cry Creator Not Interested in Ninja Gaiden

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329w ago - The September issue of EGM brought our editors face-to-face with some of Japan's most celebrated game developers, including PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya. Previously responsible for Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, and Okami, the former Capcom designer talked at length about his upcoming action game Bayonetta -- as well as his feelings about his competition. You can check out the full, extended interview in all its sexy glory right here.

You might recall our other big interview with former Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki, where the Ninja Gaiden creator unceremoniously rocked a Ninpo on Okami. In case you were wondering, here's why:

"I've never played Ninja Gaiden, and to be honest, I'm not that interested.

"The quality that gets you interested in something is that you feel something for them. Like on TV, or a movie, or a song, or whatever. You just feel something, and you get pulled into it, and then that's how you pick something up. But Ninja Gaiden just didn't have that power, so that's why I wasn't interested in it.

Kamiya also explained his opinion that the industry has failed to exceed the groundwork he laid with original Devil May Cry, complaining, "I don't know why the baton was dropped, but it is very true that I don't feel...
 

PS3 Theme Builder, PS3 Theme Creator, Xross Media Simulator out!

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329w ago - Before the month's end, a few updates we missed are from earlier this month as follows:

Lili-Chan has updated to PS3 Theme Builder v2.3 followed by PS3 Theme Builder v2.3a (changelogs below). He also released PS3 Xross Media Simulator v1.0 recently.

In related news, A.R.K. has updated to PS3 Theme Creator v1.7 (FW 2.4 Patch) which includes support for 2.4 FW Themes, and gets patch-updated to PS3 Theme Creator v1.6.

PS3 Theme Builder v2.3a Changelog:

- Sounds Effects will now work in conjunction with the new icons.
- Fixed a bug that was causing some themes to fail to compile
- Bundled the Xross Media Simulator into the application. The Xross Media Simulator replaces the existing 'Test Drive' Functionality.

I have also made the first release of Xross Media Simulator. This can be downloaded as part of the PS3 Theme Builder or it can downloaded as a standalone application. This tool allows you to preview theme in 720p resolution....
 
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