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Video: Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet Tips Special - Switches

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276w ago - Tonight SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared a video courtesy of preshaa via YouTube and more with PlayStation Blog fans.

To quote: Today we got a few cool news nuggets from the world of LittleBigPlanet including tips from MM, in-depth GDC interviews, and some relaxing musical numbers. Have a great week!

LBP TIPS SPECIAL- Switchers
Danny and Mark present the second episode of [Register or Login to view links]'s official Tips and Tricks series. This time - switches! The video includes one shot switch mechanisms, counting mechanisms, delay mechanisms, multi-task switches and simple logic test mechanisms.





GDC INTERVIEW- Lessons Learned from Creating LittleBigPlanet
[Register or Login to view links] did a cool interview at [Register or Login to view links] with Alex and Mark a few weeks ago. For anyone who is interested in what goes in to creating a game like LBP, it's a great piece to watch.








JAMMIN' LBP STYLE
 

Fifty Seriously Useful PC Tips for Microsoft's Windows 7

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285w ago - They said Windows 7 was just a cosmetic upgrade, a more polished version of Vista with little to offer beyond the new wallpaper.. They couldn't have been more wrong.

Look beyond the headlines about interface tweaks and you'll find Windows 7 is crammed with lesser known, but still important, new and enhanced features, which taken together deliver improved performance and productivity, better troubleshooting, stronger security and a whole lot more.

Here are 50 ways/tips in which Windows 7 will make a real difference to your PC.

1. Problem Steps Recorder
As the local PC guru you're probably very used to friends and family asking for help with their computer problems, yet having no idea how to clearly describe what's going on. It's frustrating, but Microsoft feels your pain, and Windows 7 will include an excellent new solution in the Problem Steps Recorder.

When any app starts misbehaving under Windows 7 then all your friends need do is click Start, type PSR and press [Enter], then click Start Record. If they then work through whatever they're doing then the Problem Steps Recorder will record every click and keypress, take screen grabs, and package everything up into a single zipped MHTML file when they're finished, ready for emailing to you. It's quick, easy and effective,...
 

Happy Lunar New Year from LittleBigPlanet, Tips Video Available

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287w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared the following today via PS Blog:

Gong Hei Fat Choi! Light those firecrackers, collect 'lai see', and eat all the 'niangao' you can; you will need all the energy you can get for LBP's latest update.

In case you've missed our update last week, in celebration for the Lunar New Year celebration that officially begins today, 1/26, we've got matching SackBoy and SackGirl Chinese New Year Costumes for FREE on the PS Store.

But don't wait – much like the celebration of the [Register or Login to view links], this seasonal costume is available for 10 days only, and it may never be available again.





Once you have the Chinese New Year Costumes downloaded, and you're looking for a creative way to battle and challenge your friends with the Chinese New Year costume, check out the latest video creation presented by Media Molecule for inspiration. We break down the art of Survival Challenges by giving the ultimate creator some insider's tips, including:

• Ingredients - Recipe for all materials required to make your own Survival Challenge
• Moving Entrance - How to accurately place your Start and Finish entrances...
 

Tips on How to Make Windows Boot Lightening-Fast

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300w ago - Many users live with boot problems or re-install Windows and start again, but there is a better way. If you learn what happens during the boot process then you'll be able to diagnose and fix any issues that might arise.

The BIOS

The boot starts with your PC's BIOS, which grabs its settings from CMOS RAM before initialising your video adaptor and any expansion cards. A Power On Self Test does basic hardware checks, tests your RAM if required and usually delivers a single beep to indicate that everything is working.

If there's a problem at this point then the BIOS will display an error message or issue a number of beeps; check your motherboard manual to figure out what they might mean. If it's accessible, launch your BIOS setup program to confirm that no settings have been changed. If they have, this could mean that your motherboard's CMOS battery has failed, in which case you'll need a replacement.

If you've installed an expansion card recently, try it in a different slot. Other new devices should be removed altogether to see if they are causing a problem. You can also check the support section of your motherboard or your PC manufacturer's site for more advice.

These hardware problems are relatively uncommon, though. It's likely that this first boot stage...
 

Bleszinski Tells All: GoW 3, The Movie, Design Tips, PS3 & More!

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301w ago - This man wants you to know his name. He is the face of Gears of War and its creator Epic Games and is clearly the most gregarious of the new breed of developers that are taking video gaming to the masses.

Call him Cliffy B, call him Dude Huge, or call him Mr. Bleszinski, he has something to say and he want you to hear it. So read on as we discuss everything from the secrets of great game design to the Gears of War movie, chat about the Xbox 720, the PS3, Gears of War 3, Marcus Fenix starring in a platform game and even discover what weapon he uses to pick up chicks!

Chris Stead: We've played the first Act of Gears of War 2 - everything is bigger, meaner and prettier. Does it all come down to the middleware?

Cliff Bleszinski: I think it comes down to having an extraordinary team. It is a combination of that and having the best tools in the business that enable our designers to rapidly prototype. Lee Perry, our senior gameplay designer, had a rough of the shield mauler boomer in like a day and he had the shield swinging around and he just passed that concept straight to the programmers and they just code it up.

So it is a combination of that and thinking quick on our feet and being well managed, as well as having what I believe are the best artists in entertainment....
 
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