Archive for November, 2009
What do you get, when you take Kevin Butler, and a BestBuy employee? You get the power of BOOM! Check out the latest “Dear Playstation” ad campaign commercial and save up to $1,100 when you purchase a PS3, Bravia HDTV, and a choice of a new game and a Blu-Ray movie. It seems like the promotion only runs from November 29th until December 12th across BestBuy stores nationwide, but don’t despair , the nice folks of BestBuy promise to do the basic installation for free.
Last year, the Air Force acquired at least 300 PS3s for test purposes of the Cell Broadband Engine. The systems, now numbering at 336 PS3 units, are at Air Force Research Laboratory’s information directorate in Rome, N.Y.Now the Air Force wishes to at another 2,200 consoles to the mix, which presumably means that the initial test batch yielded pleasing results.
After inspecting the document on the Federal Business Opportunities site, it appears that the Air Force is not interested in the new, cheaper slim model. Rather, it is after the 160 GB model (CECHP01 or 989038) that was available in limited quantities before the 120 GB slim model arrived.
The Air Force has used the PS3 cluster to stitch multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images, video processing, and building computers with brain-like properties.
Brain-like properties? Can anyone say..SkyNet?
Improvements from Tools of Destruction
Positives that aren’t new to the series
If you aren’t familiar with the series, it’s really fun: The core fun is the combat and managing all your different weapons and powers and figuring out how to tackle all the different zany and very well balanced levels and battle scenes and then getting awesome Pixar-like production values on top of that.
If you are familiar with the series this is definitely a high point: lots of little improvements and enhancements and polishes to the Ratchet experience. Also, this is a full blown sequel with all new levels, monsters, story, gameplay adjustments, etc.
This week, LittleBigPlanet will be patched with support for Online Create Mode (multiple players connected across the Internet create a level together), as well as netcode improvements, and save/export improvements.
Online create mode sounds great. I hope we get more features, modes, and levels like this that are exciting. Looking back at the DLC for 2009, most of that is just filler stickers and costumes.
The two previously announced, upcoming, DLC enhancements that sound really exciting:
- Web Level Queue: There are so many really amazing community levels, but it’s hard to find them in the in-game tool. With this system, web sites can post a link that will add the level to your in-game level queue so it’s all ready to play when you boot your PS3.
The Uncharted 2 1.02 update should be arriving in about 1 hour. The update includes a new map and double cash weekend. Plus the Uncharted 2 characters are fat from thanksgiving, lol. [Update: Now live!]