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New GT5 Goodies, Plus GT Academy Registration Starts Today!

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194w ago - Senior Product Marketing Manager Stephanie Yoshimoto has announced today news of new GT5 PS3 goodies and confirmed that GT Academy registration starts today for fans!

To quote: Lots of exciting news in the Gran Turismo world today. First, starting today, you can now register for GT Academy, the ultimate chance to become a real professional race car driver using Gran Turismo 5, now available exclusively on the PlayStation 3.

In case you hadn't heard about this exciting competition, we're not talking about a weekend racing school here. The GT Academy winner will ultimately go on to train with elite race car drivers in actual Nissan vehicles and race as part of a professional team...the ultimate dream.

The actual GT Academy competition, in collaboration with Nissan North America, will start in the US on December 20 and will continue through January 23.

In the case that you just want to have some fun playing Gran Turismo 5 online and don't think you'll win GT Academy, all participants will earn free GT digital content just for playing. But if you do have some serious GT skills, you have a chance to win some cool GT prizing, including [Register or Login to view links], Playseat racing rigs,...
 

MAG - Massive Action Game PS3 Beta Starts Today

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242w ago - Zipper Interactive Sr. Community Manager Jeremy Dunham has announced that the MAG - Massive Action Game PS3 Beta officially starts today, although many have commented (below) that they are currently experiencing server issues.

The good news? Sony say it is working hard to fix the issues, to quote from SCEE's Elliott Martin from the European PlayStation blog:

"We have seen a few connection issues today, which the team are working to resolve, so it's possible you may experience some issues connecting to games for the time being."

Welcome back from the holidays, [Register or Login to view links] fans! As we mentioned before we went on break, today is the day that our 100% free and open MAG Beta program kicks off on the PlayStation Network!

Hopefully, you've taken advantage of the head start we provided a few weeks back and already downloaded all the files you need so you can just log in and start playing the game immediately.

If you didn't get a chance to grab the goods quite yet, however, or are just now learning about the program for the first time, that's okay too - anyone can grab the MAG Beta and its files at any time between now and the end of the testing phase on January 10 at 11:59pm.

Here's a three-step refresher...
 

Uncharted 2 PS3 Double Cash Holiday Week Starts Tomorrow

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244w ago - Naughty Dog's Senior Manager of Marketing Communications Arne Meyer has announced today that starting tomorrow through December 27 Uncharted 2 players will receive double cash for all kills and medals.

To quote: The holidays are all about the giving spirit and we're in a giving mood!

We're holding another Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Double Cash weekend from Thursday, December 24, 2009, at 10:00 AM PST through Sunday, December 27, 2009, at 11:00 AM PST ([Register or Login to view links]) you would earn double for all kills and medals.

Yes, you read that right, you'll be getting Double Cash for medals as well!

Oh, and our characters have gotten into the spirit of the season to celebrate the occasion!
 

The Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Time Trial Challenge Starts This Week!

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245w ago - Today SCEA Producer Taku Imasaki announced that the Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Time Trial Challenge officially starts this week!

To quote: Two weeks ago we announced the Gran Turismo 5 Time Trial Challenge, and I'm here to give you a breakdown of what to expect when the demo hits PSN this coming Thursday.

This demo was specifically designed for the [Register or Login to view links] to challenge racing fans to master every straight-away, corner and bump of the track.

We want to use this demo to find out who are the best racers in both the US and Canada. We also created this demo to showcase the realism of the brand new physics engine which is constantly improving before GT5 releases.

As [Register or Login to view links] fans know, our GT games let you select between standard or professional driving physics and adjust a multitude of driving assists, but to make this a real "challenge" for all you racing fans, the GT5 demo has professional driving physics, and many of the assists are disabled. But don't worry.

Even if this demo seems challenging, you'll be able to turn on some of those extra...
 

DC Universe Online PS3 Animation Contest Starts Today

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246w ago - Sony Online Entertainment's Senior Global Brand Manager Debysue Wolfcale has announced that a DC Universe Online PS3 animation contest starts today, as follows:

The DC Universe Online/Mass Animation - Animation Contest has officially kicked off! Now, budding animators and fans alike can compete by animating shots in a cinematic trailer or animating character gestures for in-game emotes for the upcoming PlayStation 3 game, DC Universe Online.

All of the tools that you will need to enter will be provided including a special edition of Autodesk Maya 3D Animation software, storyboards, designs and fully-rigged 3-D models, along with access through the Mass Animation application on the [Register or Login to view links].

Once your entry is complete, you can upload your submission for viewing, voting and sharing with friends through the Facebook application. Each week voters, and a panel of judges which included members of the DCUO team, will help determine what shots qualify as the "best" and will be eligible for voter prizes.

There will be 60 submissions chosen as runners-up for the game trailer and each will each receive $500.00 and a copy of DCUO when it ships. The 40 runners-up of the Emote animation entries will win $150, the...
 
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