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GT Academy Starts Today, New Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Features

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197w ago - Sony Senior Product Marketing Manager Stephanie Yoshimoto has confirmed that GT Academy starts today alongside an announcement of some new expansion features for Gran Tusismo 5 PS3.

To quote: Round 1 of [Register or Login to view links], the ground-breaking competition that will turn one [Register or Login to view links] player into a professional race car driver, is now open!

If you haven't heard about GT Academy, it's an online competition within GT5 that takes the top 32 players in the United States, based on time trial events, to a national finals event where they will compete for one of 16 spots in the GT Academy boot camp.

At the boot camp, the finalists' strength, stamina, mental agility, and driving skills will be pushed to the limits and beyond. Only one champion will ultimately go on to train to become a professional race driver and compete in a real endurance race.

This unique competition will be documented in a GT Academy reality show that will air on the [Register or Login to view links] and PlayStation Network.

Round 1 is now open and runs through January 23, 2011. To enter, register at the [Register or Login to view links], then...
 

New GT5 Goodies, Plus GT Academy Registration Starts Today!

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199w 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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247w 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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249w 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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250w 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...
 
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