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Folding at Home / Life With PlayStation PS3 Research - Take 1

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234w ago - I just started to take a look at Folding@Home / Life with PlayStation as part of my PS3 research. There are several little details which are pretty interesting...

One thing which got me interested, is that the "game" has more permissions than any other game or application. Normal games do not have access to the root of /dev_hdd0/ but F@H has.

It can read, write and execute which was found out as it creates a folder called /cntlnk/ in /dev_hdd0/.

There it caches several music files you play while running the application. This is handled via a SQL Lite Format 3 DB (db1.1.sqlite) in /NPIA00002/USRDIR/data/wlop/.

Another thing is, that F@H/LWP can override the PARAM.SFO. Normally the option window when u press triangle in XMB on a game just reads the data, PARAM.SFO passes to it.

But here, the automatic start option is not loaded via the .sfo. It seems it comes from an external XML file in the game directory.

The last I want to write about now is, that older F@H versions were able to control the SPU's partly. For example it was possible to define how many SPU's are used at all.

These are just some points that came up so far. I will keep you updated when there is more!

-SKFU
 

Uncharted 2 Takes Game of the Year at VGAs, Evan Wells Chats

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240w ago - Today Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells has shared his experience from this year's VGAs, where Uncharted 2 for PS3 won Game of the Year, as follows:

So the [Register or Login to view links] Video Game Awards were this Saturday, and in case you hadn't heard, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves walked away with [Register or Login to view links]!

It's a huge honor and the team is still basking in the glow of that moment. While it's still fresh in my mind, I wanted to share a little behind the scenes recap of how it all went down.

I arrived at the show with Christophe, Amy and Bruce and we walked the red carpet, which was a pretty cool way to start the evening off. There were tons of media lined up with cameras and microphones ready for interviews. We stopped for a few interviews and Christophe even played a game of Wii Resort Table Tennis against one of our interviewers (he let her win... so he says).

Continuing down the carpet, we ran into a bunch of people arriving at the same time as us like Marty O'Donnell from [Register or Login to view links] (who walked away with the award for Best Score for Halo: ODST... congrats!), our friends from [Register or Login to view links]
 

Sony's PS3 Takes Home Five Awards at SpikeTV's VGA 2009

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241w ago - Sony's PS3 has won five different awards at last night's SpikeTV Video Game Awards show.

Along with the actual awards, the PS3 also had nine nominations and multiple multiplatform game wins.

The winner of the VGA's Action/Adventure Award was not Uncharted 2 like many anticipated, but rather UbiSoft's Assassin's Creed 2.

Check out the details below, as follows:

Sony PS3 Awards:
• Best PS3 Game - Uncharted 2
• Best Graphics - Uncharted 2
• Best Independent Game - Flower
• Most Anticipated Title 2010 - God of War 3
• Game of the Year - Uncharted 2

Sony PS3 Nominations:
• Best Voice Actor - Claudia Black (Chloe Frazer)
• Best Voice Actor - Nolan North (Nathan Drake)
• Best Action Adventure Game - Uncharted 2
• Studio of the Year - Naughty Dog
• Best Role Playing Game - Demon's Souls
• Best Downloadable Game - Fat Princess
• Best Shooter - Killzone 2
• Best Original Score - Uncharted 2
• Best Graphics - Killzone 2

Remainder of VGA 2009 Winners:
• Best Voice in a Video Game: Jack Black as Eddie Riggs in Brutal Legend
• Best Cast: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
• Best Performance by a Human Male: Hugh...
 

God of War Collection Spartan Army Sweepstakes Announced

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243w ago - Today Associate Producer William Weissbaum has announced news of a God of War Collection 'Spartan Army' Sweepstakes on the PlaySTation Blog, as follows:

In celebration of the recently released God of War Collection, and to show our continued support of true God of War fans, we've put together an incredible sweepstakes exclusively for the God of War Spartan Army.

After all, it was the fans that convinced us to offer the God of War and God of War II experience in stunning HD on the PS3.

Now onto the prizes!

One Grand Prize: The Grand Prize winner will receive an autographed "Gold" disc (a first pressing of the game created when the assets were finalized and reached "Gold" status. These copies rarely reach the public.), exclusive artwork created and signed by a God of War team member, a Limited Edition Kratos T-shirt, and a never before released Limited Edition 10" Figurine!

Five First Place Prizes: A copy of God of War Collection signed by the Development Team

To enter the sweepstakes simply go to the 'Sign Up' page within [Register or Login to view links] and enter your email address and date of birth – that's it!

If you're already a Spartan Army member, don't worry, you're...
 

Activision Hires Online Detective to Take Down Warfare 2 Pirate

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246w ago - Just over a week ago it was reported that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for XBox 360 was leaked early to the Internet.

Since then, a pirate who advertised his services of Modern Warfare 2 and an XBox 360 before the street launch of the game has been busted by Activision with the help of an online detective they hired.

Apparently the whole process took less than a week for him to be located and busted, according to Rob Holmes, owner of IPCybercrime.

To quote from VentureBeat.com (linked above): "This kid was in a position to sell thousands of these," Holmes said.

Police interrogated the runner, who led them to Christian Del Amo's home. They then arrested Del Amo yesterday. Del Amo's attorney has not returned a call for comment.

The whole process, from finding the first tip to the bust, took less than a week. While the operation snagged a perpetrator, it didn't move fast enough to prevent the massive copying of the game on the torrents on the Internet.

"Hopefully it is a lesson," said Holmes. "If you try to do piracy on a large scale, you will get caught. When you use the Internet, you always leave tracks somewhere."
 
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