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Video: ModNation Racers PS3 Beta Starts December 18 and More

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247w ago - United Front Games Art Director Rob Oliveira announced today that the ModNation Racers PS3 Beta starts December 18, 2009 and also shared a video below.

To quote: I'm taking a quick break from work to talk to you about some more character creation features in ModNation Racers.

But first, here's a date you're going to want to mark down on your calendars. December 18. That's the day we open up the ModNation Racers Beta to you.

The Beta runs through January 10, and you'll have the chance to score a Beta voucher right here on the PlayStation Blog! Stay tuned very soon for details on the Beta giveaway. Of course, those of you who picked up LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year Edition already have a voucher, so you're good to go!

In today's video I'm going to give you a very brief walkthrough of our sticker and layering system. I'm going to create something using one simple shape, several layers, and some color changes.





Once you've seen what I do with one shape and a couple of layers, you can easily imagine what can be done with hundreds of stickers, and hundreds layers at your disposal. Our system allows you to move, scale, skew, rotate, flip and change the height and transparency of all these stickers....
 

Abington IP Starts Banned XBox Live Class Action Investigation

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249w ago - Update: As expected, according to [Register or Login to view links] Microsoft stated, to quote: "Piracy is illegal and modifying an XBox 360 is a violation of the XBox Live Terms of Use. Microsoft is well within its legal rights to ban these users from XBox Live."

Today IncGamers.com (linked above) have reported that Abington IP, a law firm specializing in consumer class actions, has started an investigation into the recent XBox Live bans.

Users who were banned from the service may wish to fill out the [Register or Login to view links] available and take part in a Class Action Lawsuit against Microsoft if you were not refunded a prorated sum for the time left on your subscription.

To quote: "An investigation is currently being conducted regarding business practices of Microsoft with respect to its recent cancellation of certain modified Xbox consoles for use with Xbox Live.

As has been reported widely in the media, tens of thousands of Xbox owners have had their modified Xbox consoles banned from Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live. Although modification...
 

Voting Starts Today for PlayStation's 17 VGA Nominees

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249w ago - Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has announced today that PlayStation voting for the 2009 Video Game Awards has commenced.

To quote: As the saying goes, "It's an honor just to be nominated." If that's the case, then we here at PlayStation are pretty well honored; The [Register or Login to view links] nominees have just been announced, and Sony Computer Entertainment is up for 17 awards, more than any other publisher!

UNCHARTED 2 leads all games with a record eight nominations, including GAME OF THE YEAR. See below for the full list of SCE titles and what award they're up for.

But going back to that saying - being honored is nice, but winning is better. Fortunately, the decision isn't left up to a shadowy cabal of Illuminati; for the first time ever, gamers from around the world get to vote for the victors between now and Saturday, December 12th.

Hat in hand, we kindly ask you to vote for your favorite PlayStation games on [Register or Login to view links].

In honor of our record number of VGA nominations, we're currently planning a viewing party near the LA studios where the VGAs will be broadcast live to the world.

We might even be able to get some...
 

Massive Action Game (MAG) Beta 4 for Sony's PS3 Starts Today

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251w ago - Zipper Interactive Sr. Community Manager Jeremy Dunham has officially announced today that their Massive Action Game (MAG) Beta 4 for Sony's PS3 console starts today.

To quote: I wanted to share some news regarding our latest MAG beta program that we're kicking off right now. Starting today, we've officially moved into our next Beta phase - Beta 4.

We've made more than 6,000 changes from our last phase to Beta 4, not the least of which include an increased level cap from 40 to 60, a retooled skill tree and experience curve, and an improved ranking system - all based on the feedback from our diligent testing crew.

We've also introduced two new major features to Beta 4. We've implemented the oft-asked about "proximity chat" feature that allows you to hear enemies communicating as you get closer, or trash talk them yourself as you punch 'em full of lead.

We've also introduced Shadow War bonuses. Depending on which PMCs are leading in the number of contracts owned, the entire PMC will earn different bonuses based on gametype. Leading in Sabotage adds experience points, leading in Acquisition increases leadership aura distance, and leading in Domination decreases tactical strike cooldown time.

Other new additions to Beta 4 include improvements...
 

Pirate Bay Acquisition by Global Gaming Factory Starts to Sink

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265w ago - Not long ago it was reported that The Pirate Bay was sold for approximately $8 million USD to the Global Gaming Factory.

According to FastCompany.com (linked above), Global Gaming Factory has failed to acquire the millions of dollars in funding necessary.

Furthermore, [Register or Login to view links] is reporting that Wayne Rosso, the former CEO of Grokster who was involved with Global Gaming Factory recently, said it's unlikely to happen and as a result The Pirate Bay is giving them a week before cancelling the deal.

To quote: "I don't think there's going to be any money raised with GGF's current (lack of) plans," Rosso told TorrentFreak. Besides Rosso and his partners, the people who were supposed to finance the acquisition were also misinformed.

When confronted with the news, a Pirate Bay insider said they would give GGF a week to get insurance from the investors, otherwise the deal is off. Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde told us that he doesn't know what will happen to the Pirate Bay in the future, when the deal is off the table.
 
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