207w ago - Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is pleased to announce that, as of December 17, 2009, SOE will no longer charge for access to Station Players premium features for EverQuest, EverQuest II and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes for the PC.
According to the Press Release, access to premium Station Players features will be included at no additional cost for each respective game for subscribers with active, paid subscriptions in good standing.
Station Access subscribers with active, paid subscriptions in good standing will continue to have access to all Station Players premium features.
As SOE continues to demonstrate a commitment to its player community, each of the Station Players sites will be upgraded with new art, improved navigation and features requested by players, including a new integrated chat bar and streamlined profile pages.
Players will also benefit from new game update pages featuring up-to-date community news for improved communication. Additionally, for the first time, users will be able to access the new Station CashTM Marketplace catalog for the latest in-game items.
From December 23, 2009 to January 3, 2010, SOE will also give players an opportunity to double the value of all Free Realms Station Cash retail game cards (excluding Free Realms Starter Cards) purchased...
254w ago - Excited for Halo Wars? Well we've got some good news: Microsoft has given Major League Gaming some codes for early access to the Halo Wars demo.
MLG is planning to give them out to 25 random people who reply to a forum post made just for that purpose. So if you are interested, here are the rules:
"This thread is for submissions to our Halo Wars demo code giveaway. In order to be eligible to win a Halo Wars Early Demo Access code you must post in this thread before Wednesday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Out of all entrees, MLG will randomly select 25 people as winners. These winners will receive their codes shortly following the end of the submission period.
1. One post per person.
2. Any users attempting to manipulate the contest (posting multiple times, using alternate accounts, etc.) will be dealt with accordingly. We will be checking posts for validity. You have been warned."
Let us know if you are one of the lucky ones to get a code!
260w ago - The Home Public beta went live today opening up the Uncharted: Sully Bar Room. The bar has a jungle setting with a small side room with a few chairs and tables set up.
The main room includes a bar, three arcade machines, a jukebox, and several portraits of the Uncharted characters along with several "paintings" of specific scenes from the game.
On the first floor there is a door that leads to the "Smuggler's Den." To Access the door enter the code is 1024 then turn the dial to 1577383. Inside the Smuggler's Den is a number of large chairs, tables, animal heads, painting, and artifacts.
On the opposite wall to the fireplace is an Artifact Viewer "game" that lets you see close ups of all the artifacts from the game.
Upstairs there is two doors that require keypads to enter the rooms on the other side.
The room on the left is the Film Room, which gives access to how the game was made including early art of Drake. The access code is 41675.
The room on the right is the Artifact Room, filled with painting of the island from Uncharted along with all the treasures that be received. The access code is 24312.
Feel free to share any more codes discovered in the comments below!
277w ago - PS3Fanboy writes: With the release of the new Home beta, we now have a much clearer idea of how these region restrictions, that we discovered at E3, are being implemented. It seems that the client reacts to your console's native region, locking you out of any Home servers that don't match it. That means that if you're a UK gamer who imported from the US, you'll be spending all of your time with Americans inside Home. If you imported from Japan ... well, you can guess where that's headed.
What we find bizarre is that it's such a strict lock-out, and that you're not given any degree of choice in the matter. It seems so weird that anyone can access any region's PSN Store, but not the online social networking hub. We can only assume that similar restrictions as on the store will be made for purchasing within Home. That is to say, if you're a UK credit card owner you won't be able to spend anything in the US Home without some jiggery pokery.
Obviously, this all makes sense to Sony. Home is meant to be a big income generator for them; mostly through advertising. They want the most appropriate eyes to see these adverts in order to maximise the "click through" rate. There's no point advertising Mountain Dew to a UK citizen, for example. But console-specific region locking is not the answer. At the very least,...