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In Game XMB Is Almost Here. by Anthony Barlow
May 31, 2008, 11:17 pm
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It has been one of the major things PS3 users have wanted since the console launched and now we’ve almost got it. Gaming Age posted yesterday that the long awaited in game XMB will be featured in the latest PS3 firmware 2.40. This firmware will apparently be released “sometime in June”. I’m guessing the 12th.

As well as this report a video has surfaced on YouTube apparently of this feature working. Not only that but it is an apparent leak from 2K Games the developers of BioShock. The video clearly shows the XMB over the BioShock start screen with the person clicking on a disc icon on the XMB which returns him/her to the game.

Gaming Age have stated that the update will feature universal friends lists and in-game messaging along with “surprises”. I personally have wanted custom soundtracks for a while now so I’m hoping they’re in.

The video is at the top of this page, go ahead take a look.



‘Intelligence’ Group Mistakes Fall Out 3 For Terrorism by Anthony Barlow
May 30, 2008, 9:59 pm
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Yep, according to UK newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ an intelligence services contractor called SITE had come accross screens of a desroyed Washington D.C. from Bethesda’s highly anticipated ‘Fallout 3’ believing them to be images created by terrorists. According to the newspaper the group did find the images on an Al-Queda afilliated website. It has now emerged that SITE new the images were from a video game. I’m calling B.S. on that one.

However it is ironic that SITE are based in Bethesda, MD



Gun Metal PS3 – Not Just A Paint Job? by Anthony Barlow
May 30, 2008, 9:49 pm
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Konami have said that the new limited edition ‘Gun metal’ PS3 is not just a PS3 with a new paintjob. Apparently the body is different on both the console and the controller to give it that gun metal matte look.



PSN Update 29/05/08 by Anthony Barlow
May 30, 2008, 9:32 pm
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U.K./Europe

Games & Demos

  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix – £6.99
  • Rayman (Classic) – £3.49
  • MediEvil Resurrection (PSP) – £14.99

Expansions & Add-Ons

  • Army Of Two Veteran – Free!

Game Videos

  • MGS4 E3 2006 Trailer – Free!
  • Overlord: Raising Hell Trailer – Free!
  • Super Stardust HD New Content Trailer – Free!

Themes & Wallpapers

  • Prince Of Persia Prodigy Arabesque Wallpaper
  • Prince Of Persia Prodigy New Prince Wallpaper
  • PixelJunk Monsters Wallpaper

U.S.

Games & Demos

  • Nothing

Expansions & Add-Ons

  • Rock Band Album – The Cars – $14.99 *
  • Rock Band Sale Tracks
  • Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd – $0.99
  • Dirty Little Secret – All American Rejects – $0.99

* Tracks from ‘The Cars’ album are also available for $1.99 each.

Game Videos

  • Top Spin 3 Debut Trailer – Free!
  • Battlefield: BC Dev Diary – Characters – Free!
  • Battlefield: BC – Sweetwaters Blog – Free!
  • Dead Space Animated Comic Issue #1 – Free!
  • Project Origin Teaser Trailer – Free!
  • Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars – Projectile Dysfunction – Free!
  • Enemy Territory QUAKE Wars – The Human Juicer Video – Free!

Movie & TV Trailers

  • Enchanted – Free!
  • No Country For Old Men – Free!

Themes & Wallpapers

  • Prince Of Persia Prodigy Arabesque Wallpaper – Free!
  • Prince Of Persia Prodigy New Prince Wallpaper – Free!

The UK had a bit of a crap week this week but the U.S. didn’t exactly have a good one. I’m not a fan of ‘The Cars’ and i’ve got the two budget Rock Band tracks so that saves me a few quid. I’ll be checking out some of the trailers but other than that a pretty crappy week. Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo HD Remix did show up this week almost One Year after it debuted on the U.S. store. It’s pretty good, but i doubt i’ll pick it up at that price.



I’ve Decided Not To Buy Guitar Hero 4 (In Full) by Anthony Barlow
May 30, 2008, 8:01 pm
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After looking over the Guitar Hero World Tour coverage i’ve actually decided NOT to buy it. Surprising as it is I don’t want to buy that game at least not the bundle. I don’t want another microphone and especially not another drum kit. It definitely looks like GH4 won’t let the Rock Band drums work with it, not good for Activision. I might buy the disc and just play guitar and let my brother do vocals but I don’t want another drum kit frankly getting dusty in the corner.

I can see this being another big issue for Activision and I can see them cracking under the pressure. I hope they do ‘cos I want to get the most out of the game.



The PS3 Is Back (Again) by Anthony Barlow
May 30, 2008, 2:56 pm
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Yeah my ‘new’ PS3 has just been delivered and is currently downloading/installing Firmware 2.35. I’ve got the feeling that i’ll loose all of my stuff again which ain’t good. Glad to get it back I really want to beat GTA IV before Metal Gear Solid 4 comes out (June 12th). Good to be able to watch blu-ray’s again too.



Is Echochrome Racist? by Anthony Barlow
May 29, 2008, 11:47 pm
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I’ve been mulling this over for a couple of days now. After playing the brilliance that is Echochrome on the PS3 i got this super mad idea that the game could be deemed racist. I doubt that it is, but if you look at my points you’ll get why I thought this. Before I do this I will say that I like the game and do not think it’s racist i’m just surprised that no one has jumped on this game the way they did RE5. I do concede that this game is much less mainstream and is not an established brand name which could be why but whatever.

  1. Echochrome is set in an all white universe with a white ‘manakin’ as the protagonist.
  2. You make progress in the game by solving puzzles involving walking up to black ‘manakins’ and making them dissapear. This is seen as an accomplishment.

It might just be me with my analytical media student head on but when you look deeper into this game it’s surprising what you find.

The rational explanation for Echochrome (like it needs one) is that white and black are complete opposites and these colors fit the simplistic and stylized feel of the game.

So yeah there’s to ways to look at the game hopefully most people see the rational explanation as the right one. We don’t need people shouting about a racist PSN title.

DISCLAIMER – This post was a parody of today’s ultra politically correct society. I DO NOT believe this game is racist or that anyone involved with the project is racist. This is just a parody of the many news articles seen within other publications.