PlayStation Network Video Content Update for February 20, 2009

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269w ago - Another weekend is upon us, and PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen has announced the weekly update of new movies and TV shows available on Sony's PlayStation Network as follows:

This week we've added the following new HD videos:

HD:

• American East
• Igor
• Body of Lies
• Saw V
• Saw V (Unrated)
• Baghead
• Strangers on a Train
• The Missing
• Pineapple Express
• The Wackness

And the following feature films:

Movies:

• Body of Lies
• Choke
• Dead Like Me
• I Served the King of England
• Quarantine
• Religulous
• Screamers 2: The Hunting
• Still Waiting (Unrated)
• The Midnight Meat Train
• Against The Ropes
• American East
• Among Giants
• Another 48 Hours
• Buried Alive
• Catch and Release
• Chill out, Scooby Doo
• Drumline
• Emperor's New Clothes
• Foot Fist Way
• Ghost in the Machine
• How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
• Kiss of the Dragon
• Krull
• Lara Croft: the Cradle of Life
• Never Been Kissed
• Office...
 

Sony's PlayStation Store Update for February 19, 2009

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269w ago - Here we go again, courtesy of PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen via PS Blog today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

It's week two of the "PSN Spring Fever" section of the PlayStation Store, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Headlining this week are Zuma and Noby Noby Boy!

Downloadable Games
Noby Noby Boy ($4.99)
Push the boundaries of your imagination in the latest game from the creator of the Katamari Damacy series! Control the main character, BOY, to play, stretch and interact with objects and characters in surreal worlds!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 360 MB

Zuma ($9.99)
Discover the ancient secrets of Zuma! Now available on the PlayStation Network, experience the game that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Choose Adventure mode to explore a series of temples or Gauntlet mode to challenge your skills! With dazzling colors and levels in 1080p, Zuma will excite and mystify you!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 19 MB

Add-on Game Content
LittleBigPlanet WipeOut Mini-Pack ($2.99)
New costumes and stickers to spread some love in LittleBigPlanet!
File size: 1.04 MB

High Velocity Bowling:...
 

MLB 09 The Show for PlayStation 3 - Lighting Explained

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269w ago - Senior Graphics Programmer for MLB 09 The Show Patrick Hager provided some more details on the lighting in MLB 09 The Show for Sony's PS3 console today as follows:

Lighting was a major focus for us this year, and we implemented a Global Lighting model. What does that mean? It means that objects are lit by their surroundings.

It means that when players are in shadow, they can still get light from the sunlight hitting the dirt just beyond the shadow's edge, or a bright wall behind them. It means that in stadiums, red floors cast red light on neighboring objects. It is another step towards that realism we all want in our baseball game.

How do we do all this? Well, I can't give away our secrets, but I can give you an overview of our lighting model. There are several steps we take to make each image, and we make 60 of these images every second.

Starting with the stadium:

• We begin by tracing direct sunlight into the scene, with detailed shadows.
• We render a sky (without a sun), then use this sky to add the indirect sky light to the scene.
• We then trace the sunlight's path as it bounces off the ground and stadium. When sunlight hits a surface, it takes on that surface color, bounces off, and lights objects around it. We add that indirect...
 

Video: Helghast in HD - Killzone 2 for PlayStation 3 Ads Hit TV

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269w ago - VP of Product Marketing Scott Steinberg has announced that Killzone 2 ads are making their way to both TV and PSN later today as follows:

I am confident this game will inspire many of you who've been waiting for the right time to buy a PS3. It is a true testament to what "Only on PlayStation" means.

We're excited the promise of Killzone 2 has been realized and has exceeded expectations due to the tireless efforts and dedication of Guerrilla Games. I can't thank the development team enough for remaining true to the vision and producing one of the most impressive games in recent memory - on any platform. The pre-order numbers only reinforce your great enthusiasm for the game and we're pleased the game reviews show the same.





A group of us flew out to meet with the development team in late 2008 for a product meeting - we had an idea for a fresh way to promote the game. It was to bring the incredible detail in Killzone 2 to life by showcasing the game's technology - only made possible by the power of the PS3.

The idea for the commercial centered on telling the story of war on Helghan - up close and very personal and to use the game's engine to show it. No voodoo,...
 

Zuma Available Today for PS3 on Sony's PlayStation Network

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269w ago - PopCap Games Vice President of Video Game Platforms Greg Canessa announced the next in a multi-title publishing deal with Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) to bring their games to the PS3 via PlayStation Network today:

Today I'm pleased to announce the availability of our next title, the action puzzle smash hit Zuma, on PSN! Zuma is one of our biggest and most popular games of all time, and it's one of those games that truly appeals to hardcore and casual gamers alike.

It's just the right blend of action and strategy, with a healthy dose of skill and a bit of luck as well. I'm very happy with how great the game looks on the PS3 and how well the controls map to the PS3 controller.

And, like the case with Bejeweled 2, Zuma includes an absolute ton of gameplay - 13 temples, more than 50 levels of puzzle fun, Adventure and Gauntlet modes, unlockables and more. The game looks and sounds great in HD with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, and includes exclusive features like Trophy support and PSP remote play, which you'll only find on PSN.

In collaboration with our partners at SOE, the team has worked hard to bring our biggest franchises and most popular games - Bejeweled 2 and Zuma - to you first, for your immediate enjoyment...
 







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