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Sony Announces the Official PlayStation Credit Card

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299w ago - Sony's Hardware Marketing Director Posted by John Koller announced the following today via PS Blog:

You may have seen the mailers, and it's true. We've introduced our very own PlayStation credit card to offer fans a new way to show off their PlayStation pride and earn reward points towards the purchase of PlayStation and SONY products.

We've even sweetened the pot with a special introductory offer. Starting today until December 31, 2008, you could save $150 on the purchase of a PLAYSTATION 3 this holiday. There are a couple ways to do this. You can go to to www.sony.com/newpscard to get instant approval for your card, and an immediate $150 credit when you purchase a PS3 directly through the Web site.

Or you can go www.sony.com/getpscard to apply for the card and upon receipt of the card, use it at any authorized PlayStation retailer to purchase a PS3. The $150 credit will show up on your billing statement.

The holidays just got merrier. Happy shopping.
 

Sony: PlayStation Portable Piracy is Trending Down Right Now

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299w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment of America's head of hardware marketing, John Koller, recently spoke to MTV about PSP piracy.

Koller stated that PSP piracy is trending down right now, and that it has not be as prevalent in the last one to two months.

To quote: "We've made really no secret [that there] certainly has been some piracy on the PSP," said Koller in a phone interview last week. "We've seen that as a significant issue – it's trending down right now, we've seen the piracy not be as such prevalent in the last month to two months. But it has been a problem for us."

"We've noticed there's kind of a 'good vs. evil' battle that we track on many of the forums and many of the pirated Web sites," laughed Koller. "There's certainly people that are standing up and fighting for what we consider the good side, the rights of developers and publishers to make money on their IP.

And then there's certainly the other side that believes that they can take as warranted. It's kind of been nice to see other consumers going and help and fight the battle for us."
 

Video: Ask the Developer: Prince of Persia for PlayStation 3

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299w ago - Prince of Persia Producer Ben Mattes shared the following today via PS Blog:

Hi all, my name is Ben Mattes and I'm the producer for Ubisoft's Prince of Persia video game.

We're just about a week from the launch of Prince of Persia and all of us on the team are anxiously awaiting player feedback, monitoring all of the message boards and blogs we know of - we stay on top of the thoughts and questions going through the minds of the fans.





To that end we wanted to extend a special invitation to all of you readers here at the PlayStation.Blog. We know there might be things about the game you are interested in knowing more about or having explained in more detail, and we're going to give you the chance to have those questions answered direct from the development team.

Any subject is open for discussion but of course we may not have the time to answer them all. Questions about Elika? The art style? Lessons learned during production? What sort of food we ate in the closing weeks on the project? Fire away in the comments below, and we'll answer as many as we can in a follow-up post next week.

And, of course, pick up your copy of Prince of Persia on launch day and let us know your first and lasting impressions. There is...
 

Will PlayStation Network Finally Get Custom Avatars?

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299w ago - Now that the "new" PlayStation.com has launched, and with the PlayStation Network fully integrated into the site and forums, there is one thing that is blatantly missing... That one thing is avatars.

Avatars are defined as a "user's representations of himself/herself or alter ego". Part of what makes the Internet so special, is that things such as "avatars" let users basically be anything they want to be.

So why on the PlayStation Network are we forced to choose from a set of 200+ avatars, most of which are horrible and no one would actually want to use? The offering Sony has given us certainly doesn't represent us gamers, or PlayStation fans at all.

Sure there are some bearable avatars out there, like the Motorstorm avatar, or a Nathan Hale avatar, but since they are the only decent avatars, it's not uncommon for 15 of your PSN friends to have the same exact avatar as you.

The old PlayStation.com forums allowed you to upload your own avatar (after a certain post count), now that the PlayStation Network has merged with the PlayStation.com forums, will that mean we will get to upload our own avatars soon?

No word yet from Sony, but lets hope...
 

PlayStation.com Redesigned, Includes PlayStation Home Blog

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299w ago - If you've dropped by Sony's official PlayStation.com page lately you will see it's been overhauled, and now sports a new look and promos including LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, and Resistance 2 for PlayStation 3.

In addition, Sony has updated their official PlayStation Network page showcasing new PSN Store content and including official PSN Blog posts.

Finally, as pictured below, Sony has added an official PlayStation Home page which also includes posts from the official PSN Blog, videos, and screenshots.

To quote on PlayStation Home: Expand the depth of your gaming experience through dedicated game spaces, mini-games, game launching features and themed items in this immersive 3D world.
 
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