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LittleBigPlanet Offends Qur'an? Some Clarifications

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318w ago - LittleBigPlanet, going by its popularity, is Sony Computer Entertainment or SCE's biggest release this year for the PS3.

Inevitably, it hasn't had a conflict-free travel down its release path (the beta key frenzy, for instance) but plucky Sackboy and his platforming marvel has never included any controversy. So when SCEE declares its delaying LBP by a few days because:

"During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence this may have caused"

You have to wonder whether this speaks of a plain old misunderstanding or honest-to-goodness fear arising from ignorance.

According to tradition, desecration of the sacred book of Qur'an is considered an offense, one punishable by jailing in some countries and death in others. This includes physically man-handling or defiling the book, along with touching it if one is not in the prayer phase.

Islam takes the text itself to be sacred, so much so that pulping, recycling or discarding worn-out copies without the proper respect (like,...
 

Reeves: Sometimes it's an Advantage to be Last in Europe

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326w ago - European folks: You know the deal, enduring the agonizing wait for a new game release to be localized in a dozen or so languages for PAL territories can be frustrating at times. Or so it seems. Outspoken Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head David Reeves believes the wait is a clear advantage for Europe at times:

To quote: People say, 'Well, why do we always get things last? Why can't we say things?' Well, I've said this many times before: sometimes it's an advantage to be last in Europe, you know, when everything's ironed out.

"This time, we do have things to say in the European [market]. We have the music service, and we're doing great things on SingStar and there's more to come. These are global announcements.

"They recognize that the [Games Convention] in Europe, whether it's in Leipzig, Cologne or London: we can do the announcements wherever. So they said to us in Tokyo, 'Do you want to do it here?' And we said, 'Yeah, we'd love to do it here.

Is the assurance of a bug-free title worth waiting up to six months? Half the time there are no differences and not to mention, those living in Europe sometimes have to wait longer for the same game patches that are released in North America and Japan. All in all, not a very significant advantage.
 

GC 2008: Some LittleBigPlanet Trophies revealed?

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326w ago - The following video reveals some of the LBP trophies, and they go as follows, Bronze: Forager, Sticky Fingers, Treasure Hunter and 2 X Multiplier. For Silver it's the Booty Master...

The video is available below, and comes courtesy of GameTrailers.

The caption reads: "Things heat up for Media Molecule and their new German friend."

Enjoy!




 

Some more secret PSN friend names revealed

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327w ago - Last week it was revealed that if you tried to add Hideo Kojima on PSN, the name turned into Old Snake.

And now two more 'secret names' have been found, the first is hal_emmerich which turns into Tiagra and the second is Rosemary which turns into Queen.

To quote: In a news story last week we told you about that guy on YouTube who discovered that if you send a PSN friend request to Hideo Kojima the name turns into Old Snake.

Just discovered early this morning by our own Bonemantour are two other names which also change into something interesting.

If you want to try to send them friend requests you'd better hurry. Hideo Kojima's PSN friend list filled up within minutes of the breaking news story. The names are, hal_emmerich which turns into Tiagra, and rosemary, which turns into Queen.
 

GameSpy: PS3 is definitely beating 360 in some areas of online

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328w ago - It used to be the console war was a question of getting out the sliderule and measuring comparative polygon thoroughput. Now, however, gamers - and even developers - are much more likely to try to measure the relative performance of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo by the online features their consoles offer.

Few have as good a viewpoint on that particular battle as Todd Northcutt, GameSpy's director of technology. Thanks to the company's position as the exclusive online partner for the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, as well as its middleware licensing agreements with Sony and Microsoft, Northcutt works closely with each manufacturer.

"I don't think you've seen the same pace of innovation from Microsoft as you have from Sony recently," he told Develop in a pre-E3 briefing. "It's been steadily improving the PlayStation 3 as an online gaming device and an entertainment device while the Xbox 360 has had its half yearly updates but there's nothing groundbreaking that's been released, other than a couple of changes to the marketplace."

"We have a really good relationship with Sony and it's great to see the evolution of the platform.

I think it's experienced a lot of evolution and in some places PlayStation 3 is definitely beating out Xbox."

As for the conventional...
 
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