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Nintendo Blocks User Chat on Social Networking Web site Bebo

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304w ago - According to NewMediaAge magazine, Nintendo has become the first ever consumer brand to disable user communication and feedback on the popular social networking site Bebo.

Nintendo has launched a major campaign for a game on Bebo, but has disabled the wall feature that allows fans to comment across the campaign pages.

EA admitted they were surprised by this move, as talking is what people do one these sites.

To quote: The move to silence users has been met with surprise by brands and agencies, which said it contradicts the very nature of social media as a communications medium.

Nintendo global policy bans all comments, blogs and forums on Official Nintendo online material.

Nintendo said it selected Bebo as it reflected the social aspect of the Animal Crossing game, but it's the first consumer brand to block communication features on the social network.

The campaign, which also includes display advertising linking to the Bebo site, enables users to play games, watch videos, download branded skins and enter a competition, but the comment feature has been removed.

EA, which also runs activity across Bebo and its own forum for users, said banning users from talking about brands online was a surprising move.

Colin Blackwood, CRM...
 

Official European PlayStation Web site Adds PSN Integration

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304w ago - SCEE has now implemented their own PSN integration with EU.PlayStation.com, and based on community feedback thus far it actually appears better than the US version.

To quote: "My PlayStation Network" allows PS3 owners to login with their PSN ID and create a basic "Portable ID". While this is pretty bare right now, with only the ability to set your current mood, favorite game and change your background theme, the site promises that more features will be coming.

This includes online Trophy comparisons, a much-requested feature ever since they were first announced during the Summer. My PlayStation Network also lets you check your friends list and is much more user friendly that the US version, which splits your friends list into pages.
 

SEGA Launches New BETA Online Gaming Web site

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311w ago - SEGA has launched a new online gaming Web site in its BETA stage called Play SEGA today. A full release should be available within the next two months, but for now those interested can enjoy the BETA fun at PlaySEGA.com (linked above).

To quote: We will be frequently adding new games and content to the site so become a PlaySEGA member for FREE to find out the latest news.

To get started you sign up for a PlaySEGA account. It's FREE to register and will only take about 3 minutes.

Once you have confirmed your registration, set up your Avatar by customizing clothing, hair styles, and more! Want to change outfits daily, buy all you want and store it in your Wardrobe and change whenever the mood strikes you.

More details available on their official site!
 

Valkyria Chronicles Web site Live, Demo Available October 9, 2008

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313w ago - Sega's announced that the official Web site for Valkyria Chronicles is now live, however, there doesn't appear to be a link in the press release so HERE is the Sega product page instead.

Additionally, the PS3 RPG's demo will be released on October 9th, with the full game available on November 14, 2008.

Press Release: Valkyria Chronicles Web site Now Live, Demo Available October 9th

LONDON (30th September, 2008) - SEGA® Europe Ltd. proudly announces that the website for Valkyria Chronicles™ is now live. A special gameplay trailer for the title will debut there today.

SEGA is also pleased to announce that a demo for Valkyria Chronicles, featuring 2 playable levels, will be live on PlayStation® Network from October 9th. Players will be able to experience for themselves a taste of the incredible CANVAS graphical engine and the exciting action strategy that Valkyria Chronicles offers before the game launches on the 14th of November.

Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe on the verge of a great war. The game follows Welkin, a heroic commander who leads his small platoon against a merciless invading army. As Welkin's small country of Gallia is engulfed in battle, the emergence of...
 

Microsoft Launches their New XBox Experience Web site

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313w ago - Recently Microsoft detailed the Themes 2.0 and Friends Channel from their new XBox Experience. Today, Microsoft has launched their New XBox Experience Web site (linked above), despite not offering a specific release date for it yet.

The Web site has been modelled in the style of navigation which will be present in the update that is due out later this year.

To quote: Welcome to the New Xbox Experience!

Get a glimpse of what the New Xbox Experience is all about-the destination for social gaming and entertainment.

What is it?
Enter the ultimate social entertainment experience. Connect with your favorite people and enjoy more games and entertainment online than with any other device connected to your TV. Welcome to the New Xbox Experience. Jump in.

How do I get it?
You don't have to do anything, really. The update will download just like a normal system update would. You will see a status bar letting you know how long it will take, and you won't be able to use the console during this time. Once the update finishes the console will reload into the welcome page, and you will be able to begin exploring the new features and experiences on Xbox 360.
 
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