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The PSP 3000: Is it Worth Buying now?

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312w ago - When the PSP first launched in North America on March 24, 2005, it revolutionized portable media forever with its ability to play videos, music and display pictures all while being a powerful gaming machine.

Since then, it gained even more functionality with a built-in Web browser, Skype functionality and connectivity with the Playstation 3. When the Playstation Portable (PSP) 2000 or 'Lite' model was released, it had all the quirks of the original model but answered consumer demands with the additional Video-Out socket which allows users to output video to any progressive television.

At the Leipzig Games Convention, Sony officially announced the newest chapter in the life of the PSP by revealing the PSP 3000 (or PSP "Brite", as dubbed in the blogosphere). The PSP Brite is just as thick, weighs the same and even has the same battery life as its predecessor, the PSP Lite. This newer model, however, consists of many ergonomic and aesthetic changes while offering a slew of new functionality features.

The greatest and most notable change in the PSP Brite is the upgraded screen. Sony recognized that the glare made it nearly impossible to view the screen in the outdoors or well lit environments, so they have integrated their new anti-reflective technology. The addition of this new technology should...
 

Project Origin is now F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin by Monolith

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312w ago - It's official. Monolith Productions' Project Origin will no longer be a "spiritual successful" to their own hit shooter F.E.A.R. Instead, it's now a full-blown sequel.

F.E.A.R. fans out there will probably remember that Sierra retained ownership of the F.E.A.R. name while Monolith was left with the rights to the whole F.E.A.R. universe after the latter was acquired by Warner Bros.

This whole situation resulted in the announcement of two F.E.A.R. follow-ups: a "spiritual successor" from Monolith and an "official" sequel Sierra was supposed to make with another developer. For their project, Monolith held a naming contest, where "Project Origin" won out.

Flash forward to 2008. After Sierra's parent company Vivendi merged with Activision, Sierra had to face the cancellation of most of its upcoming games. Warner Bros. and Monolith weren't about to let the opportunity pass by, and so they took the chance to re-acquire the F.E.A.R. brand.

So, what does this leave us with? F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.

The game's also finally been given a release date: February 10, 2009. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin will be available on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3.
 

Novastrike Update Brings Trophies... Right Now!

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312w ago - Per Kevin McCann (President and Creative Director, Tiki Games, Inc.) via PlayStation Blog:

Hey folks - I'll keep this one short - the NOVASTRIKE update is finally out. Again, highlights of the update include trophies, tamed difficulty modes, customizable controls, XMB playlist support, and more.

You can also read about the NOVASTRIKE trophy requirements on PS3 Fanboy's trophy page.

I'd definitely like to thank QA, developer support, and my account manager - they were very responsive in helping us get the update out this week.
 

LittleBigPlanet Manual Now Available for PlayStation 3

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312w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) have made available the LittleBigPlanet manual today for those interested in getting a head start before the upcoming release on October 29, 2008.

Download: LittleBigPlanet English Manual

Game Description: Developed by Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet™ is a new PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system community-based game with a hugely innovative concept behind it. Players meet on a blue and green planet scattered with individual plots - and use their character's amazing abilities to play, create and share what they build with other gamers throughout the world via PLAYSTATION®Network.

The LittleBigPlanet experience starts with players learning about their character's powers to interact physically with the environment. There are places to explore, creative resources to collect and puzzles to solve - all requiring a combination of brains and collaborative teamwork. As soon as players begin their creative skills will grow and they will soon be ready to start creating and modifying their surroundings - the first step to sharing them with the whole community.

Characters have the power to move anything in this glued and stitched-together 3D landscape;...
 

PSP Filer v5.5 Update Now Available

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312w ago - Mediumgauge has updated PSP Filer today, a file management application designed for PSP. For those who don't know, PSP Filer allows users to edit, copy, delete, and transfer files on the memory stick and flash memory.

Download: PSP Filer v5.5 [Right-click, Save As]

Changelog from the included changes.txt file:

filer:
- fixed a bug that time stamp of folders in zipfile was corrupted.
- changed a feature to close window when copying done.
before: pushing cross to close it.
now: pushing either circle or cross to close it.
- changed a feature pushing right arrow:
before: mark all files in folder.
now: mark/unmark all files in folder.
- removed a feature pushing left arrow, to unmark all files in folder.
- added a feature to move to parent folder by pushing left arrow + circle.
- added a feature to save this folder to default (this folder appears in next startup) by pushing left arrow + START.
- added a feature to move to default folder by pushing left arrow + triangle.
- added a feature to restore opened folders in archive files after copying/deleting files.
(note: restoring feature is slow: you have to wait a lot if you open many...
 
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