Archive for February, 2010

WRC Real-Time Positioning in Future WRC Game(s)?

[tab:News]In my opinion, this is actually one of the coolest ideas for a racing game in quite some time. North One Sport, promoter for FIA WRC (World Rally Championship) has agreed to running a cooperative effort with Black Bean Games and iOpener Media to try to implement real-time positioning into WRC games.

Basically the premise of the concept is to allow users the ability to race their rally cars on the race track in the game as the streaming of the actual race with actual racers will be coinciding with it. In other words, players can essentially race against the actual rally car drivers on the same track, at the same time. If they could actually get it to work, it would be awesome, and a big bridge between real life and gaming. Here’s what Simon Long of North One Sport has said:

This study should take us a step closer to our goal of allowing WRC fans anywhere in the world the opportunity to become part of the action. Using the internet they would be able to compete in the rally on the same stages against some of the best drivers in the world. If this test is successful then we hope in the future to crown our first virtual rally champion.

iOpener’s CEO, Andy Lürling, also stated:

Together we aim to configure North One Sport’s systems and iOpener’s patented technology to capture high accuracy live action GPS which can then be integrated into the next generation of WRC video games. These games will allow fans to drive, co-drive, manage or simply watch the WRC from the heart of the action.

This is actually a pretty big concept. If it can come to fruition, it would definitely be something very cool. Be sure to read the entire press release in the tab!
[tab:Press Release]
26 February 2010
WRC TO BE THE SUBJECT OF INNOVATIVE VIDEO GAME CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

North One Sport, global Promoter for the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), has agreed a technical cooperation to investigate the feasibility of real-time rally gaming. The consortium, including iOpener Media and Black Bean Games, will explore a new interactive gaming concept for the WRC based on real-time positioning data.

iOpener has been developing real-time high-accuracy positioning data in interactive applications since 2007 and, in conjunction with North One Sport, has secured the cooperation of Gulf Horizon Group. Black Bean Games, publisher of the upcoming official WRC console game, will also support the project with further technical expertise provided by their in-house production studio Milestone.

The partners will work together to collect a continuous stream of positioning and telemetry data from the cars competing on WRC rallies. This data will then be applied and tested in a step-by-step plan aiming to deliver a gaming experience that is consistent, reliable and accurate.

“This study should take us a step closer to our goal of allowing WRC fans anywhere in the world the opportunity to become part of the action,” commented Simon Long, CEO of North One Sport Ltd. “Using the internet they would be able to compete in the rally on the same stages against some of the best drivers in the world. If this test is successful then we hope in the future to crown our first virtual rally champion.”

iOpener CEO Andy Lürling added, “Together we aim to configure North One Sport’s systems and iOpener’s patented technology to capture high accuracy live action GPS which can then be integrated into the next generation of WRC video games. These games will allow fans to drive, co-drive, manage or simply watch the WRC from the heart of the action.”

“At Black Bean Games, there is always a great motivation to be at the forefront of innovation so we can change the shape of gaming. We choose revolution over evolution and believe this strategic partnership will allow us to set a new benchmark in the future of the motorsports gaming genre. We will be able to deliver a unique and realistic gaming experience featuring exclusive opportunities and a technological breakthrough. This is definitely part of our medium-term development program that could become an integral part of the WRC games,” commented Virgilio Bixio, CEO at Black Bean Games.[tab:END]

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PlayStation Store Global Update 02/25/10

PlayStation Store Global Update 02/25/10

[tab:Highlights]
Biggest thing this week would probably have to be the public release of the God of War III demo. I downloaded it last night (it comes in at over 2.5GB), and, apart from a few sound glitches, the gameplay is still silky smooth (sound glitches aren’t surprising, taking into consideration the demo is almost a year old). The MAG dynamic themes are also available, as is the PSOne Classic, Grandia, which you can get in the US store.

For those who are unsure of Darksiders, there is now a demo available for that as well, to give you a taste of the game. I’ve heard good things about it, but didn’t really follow it. Maybe a bit under-appreciated? Perhaps. I still need to download it myself and check it out. Greed Corp. has also been released, which is a turn-based strategy game revolving around land harvesting and taking out enemies (harvest too much land, and the “tiles” beneath will begin to crumble and deteriorate, which is also a way to use against the opponent as well). It sounds interesting, but I’m not big into strategy games myself.

echoshift has also been released on the PSP (the echo* games are pretty fun puzzle games if you haven’t played them). As far as add-ons go, the Drake’s Fortune map and skin packs have been released for Uncharted 2, LittleBigPlanet has gotten it’s WKC costume pack, the the Secret Armory DLC for Borderlands has been released as well. Of course, you still have your standard releases for Rock Band and Guitar Hero 5, and a few other pieces for a couple other games are there as well.

It’s not a bad update, really, but it definitely could have been better. Be sure to read through the tabs and see what might interest you. Again, sorry on my part for being a bit late. Was out driving most of the day because my sister’s car broke down haha.
[tab:US Store]

United States

USA
Sales

► PS3 (Ends Mar 4th)
o Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood – Old West Map Pack ($5.99)
o Marvel vs. Capcom 2 ($7.49 – Ends next week)
o Shaun White Snowboarding The Glamour Pack Sale ($2.49)
o Shaun White Snowboarding Target Limited Edition The Glamour Pack Sale ($2.49)

► PSP (Ends Mar 4th)
o Brothers in Arms D-Day Sale ($7.49)
o Price of Persia Revelations Sale ($4.99)
o Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) ($9.99)

Demos

► Darksiders
o 1378 MB

► God of War III
o 2671 MB

► Digger HD
o 49 MB

PS3 Games

► Greed Corp
o $9.99

Archives

► Grandia
o $9.99

minis

► Retro Cave Flyer
o $4.99

► The Terminator
o $6.99

► Age of Zombies
o $4.99

PSP Games

► echoshift
o $14.99

► GTI Club Supermini Festa!
o $29.99

Add-ons

► Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
o Drake’s Fortune MP Map Pack (bundle) ($5.99)
o Drake’s Fortune MP Map Pack ($3.99)
o Drake’s Fortune MP Skin Pack ($2.99)

► Little Big Planet
o White Knight Chronicles Costume Pack ($5.99 or $1.99 each)
– White Knight Costume
– Black Knight Costume
– Dragon Knight Costume
– Leonard Costume

► Borderlands
o Secret Armory ($9.99)

► Dante’s Inferno
o Animated Film Dante Costume ($1.99)

► FIFA 10
o Ultimate Team (English, Spanish, French) ($4.99 each)

► Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
o Overwatch Pack ($4.99)

► Valkyria Chronicles
o Challenge of the Edy ($4.99)

► Guitar Hero 5
o Third Eye Blind Track Pack ($5.49 or $1.99 each)
♪ Can You Take Me
♪ Losing A Whole Year
♪ Never Let You Go

► Rock Band
o HIM Track Pack 01 ($5.49 or $1.99 each)
♪ Heartkiller
♪ Ode to Solitude
♪ Wings of a Butterfly
o Singles ($1.99 each)
♪ Distracted by KSM
♪ Just for Tonight by One Night Only
♪ The Dope Show by Marilyn Manson
♪ The Who Super Bowl S-Mashup by The Who
♪ Walking on the Moon by The Police

Videos

► PlayStation 3 TV Commercial
o “Grandma”

► MLB 10 The Show
o Reveal Trailer

► SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3
o Launch Trailer

► MAG
o “Dear PlayStation” Spot
o How To – Leadership Overview
o How To – OIC
o How To – Platoon Leader
o How To – Squad Leader

► Yakuza 3
o Dev Diary 1

► Dragon Age: Origins
o Awakening Trailer

► War Machine
o Trailer

► Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
o All-Star Moves Trailer

Avatars Themes Wallpapers

► PS3 Dynamic Themes
o MAG SVER Dynamic Theme ($2.99)
o MAG Raven Dynamic Theme ($2.99)
o MAG Valor Dynamic Theme ($2.99)

► PS3 Premium Themes
o Abstracted Theme ($1.49)
o Irish Flags Theme ($1.99

► PS3 Themes
o MLB 10: The Show Themes (Diamondbacks, Orioles, Red Sox, Rockies, Dodgers, Yankees, Padres, Giants, Rays, and Blue Jays) (free)

► PS3 Wallpapers
o Madden NFL 11 Contest Wallpapers (x3) (Drew Brees, Jared Allen and Reggie Wayne)

[tab:European Store]

Europe

Europe
Sales
► PS3 (Until Mar. 4th)
o Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood – Old West Map Pack (£3.99 | €4.99)
o Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (£5.49 | €6.99)
o Shaun White Snowboarding The Glamour Pack (£2.39 | €2.99)
o Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD (£5.49 | €6.99)
o Tom Clancy’s End War Faction Elite Pack (£1.59 | €1.99)

► PSP (Until Mar. 4th)
o Brothers In Arms D-Day (£7.99 | €9.99)
o Prince of Persia: Revelations (£7.99 | €9.99)
o Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PSP) (£7.99 | €9.99)

► PSone (Until Mar. 4th)
o Lilo and Stitch: Trouble in Paradise (£3.19 | €3.99)
o Bug’s Life (£3.19 | €3.99)

► minis (Until Mar. 4th)
o Bowling 3D (£3.49 | €3.99)
o Let’s Golf (£2.49 | €2.99)
o Red Bull X-Fighters (£3.49 | €3.99)
o Spot the Differences (£1.24 | €1.49)
o Stand O’Food (£3.49 | €3.99)
o Sudoku (£3.49 | €3.99)
o Tetris (£3.49 | €3.99)
o Yetisports Pengu Throw (£1.74 | €1.99)

Demos

► Darksiders
o 1378 MB

► God of War III
o 2671 MB

► The Eye of Judgment Legends (PSP)
o 397 MB

PS3 Games

► Greed Corp
o £7.99 | €9.99

minis

► Age of Zombies
o £3.99 | €4.99

PSP Games

► Dante’s Inferno
o (£31.99 | €39.99

► Desi Adda: Games of India
o £7.99

► Dungeon Explorer
o £8.69 | €10.99

► Echoshift
o £11.99 | €16.99

► Pro Cycling 2009 – Tour De France
o £23.99 | €29.99

► Valhalla Knights 2
o £15.99

Add-ons

► Blue Toad Murder Files
o Episode 3: The Mystery of the Concealing Flame

► Borderlands
o The Secret Armory of General Knoxx (£5.49 | €6.99)

► BUZZ! Quiz World
o Comedy Movies Quiz (£3.19 | €3.99)

► Dante’s Inferno
o Animated Feature Dante Costume (£1.59 | €1.99)

► Echoshift
o Desert Level Pack

► EyePet
o Fairy Styling Pack (£2.39 | €2.99)

► Ferrari Challenge
o Riviera + 5 Car Pack (£4.79 | €5.99)
– Riviera Track (£3.19 | €3.99)
– Additional Car – GTO (£1.59 | €1.99)
– Additional Car – Ferrari 365 GTS (£1.59 | €1.99)
– Additional Car – Ferrari 430 Spider (£1.59 | €1.99)
– Additional Car – Ferrari 512m 94 (£1.59 | €1.99)
– Additional Car – F50 GT (£1.59 | €1.99)

► FIFA 10
o FIFA Ultimate Team 10 Trial
o FIFA Ultimate Team 10 (£3.99 | €4.99)

► Guitar Hero 5
o Third Eye Blind Track Pack (£4.39 | €5.49 or £1.59 | €1.99 each)
♪ Can You Take Me
♪ Losing A Whole Year
♪ Never Let You Go

► LittleBigPlanet
o White Knight Chronicles Costume Kit (£4.79 | €5.99 or (£1.59 | €1.99 each)
– White Knight Costume
– Leonard Costume
– Black Knight Costume
– Dragon Knight Costume

► Rock Band
o HIM Track Pack 01 (£2.49 | €3.99 or £0.99 | €1.49 each)
♪ Heartkiller
♪ Ode to Solitude
♪ Wings of a Butterfly
o Singles (£0.99 | €1.49 each)
♪ Distracted by KSM
♪ Just for Tonight by One Night Only
♪ The Dope Show by Marilyn Manson
♪ The Who Super Bowl S-Mashup by The Who
♪ Walking on the Moon by The Police

► Valkyria Chronicles
o Challenge of the Edy Detachment (£3.19 | €3.99)

► Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
o Add-on Pack 2 – Map and Skins Bundle (£3.99 | €4.99)

Videos

► Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West
o Announcement Trailer

► Lego Harry Potter
o Years 1-4 Year One Vignette

Avatars Themes Wallpapers

► PS3 Premium Themes
o 3D Abstracts Theme (£1.19 | €1.49)
o World’s End Theme (£1.19 | €1.49)

► PS3 Themes
o Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Theme 2
[tab:Japan Store]

Japan

Japan
Demos

► Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida 3D (PSP)
o 31 MB

PS3 Games

► GTI Club +
o ¥1500

Game Archives

► PSone (¥600 each)
o Deadheat Road
o Family Diamond
o The Pro Mahjong: Menkyo Kaiden
o Thunderforce V Perfect System
o Tokimeki no Houkago: Ne Quiz Show PS one Books

PSP Games

► Full Games
o Blazblue Portable (¥4500)
o GTI Club World: City Race (¥3800)
o HimeHibi: Princess Days Portable (¥2400)
o Hot Shots Tennis Portable (¥3800)
o Kenka Banchou 4: Ichinen Sensou (¥4200)
o KOEI The Best Taiko Risshiden IV (¥1200)
o KOEI The Best Winning Post 6 2006 (¥1200)
o Koori no Bohyou Ichiyanagi Wa, 3 Dome no Junan (¥4800)
o La Pucelle: Ragnarok (¥3800)
o Let’s Golf (¥600)
o Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Portable 4 (¥4800)
o Powerful Pro Success Legends (¥3500)
o Qix++ (¥2800)
o Rengoku II: The Stairway to H.E.A.V.E.N. (¥1200)
o Romance of the Three Kingdoms 7 (¥1200)

Add-ons

► Dante’s Inferno
o Animated Dante Pack (¥200)

► Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires
o Dynasty Warriors 4 Set 3

► God Eater (PSP)
o Mission Pack Ver. 1.2

► GTI Club +
o Car pack (¥300)

► Idolmaster SP (PSP)
o New Content Added

► Kentoushi: Gladiator Begins (PSP)
o Add-on Character Era

► LittleBigPlanet
o inFamous – Cole Costume (¥200)

► LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
o The Wedding Costume
o The Wedding Theme Pack (¥300)

► Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
o Add-on Pack 2 – Map and Skins Bundle (¥500)
– Add-on Pack 2 – Map Pack (¥400)
– Add-on Pack 2 – Skins Pack (¥200)

► Valkryia Chronicles 2 (PSP)
o Add-on Mission (¥100)

Videos

► PlayStation Home
o LocoIsland Promotional Video

► Red Seeds Profile
o Trailer

► Winter Sports 2010
o Promotional Video

► Yakuza 4
o Game Introduction Movie

Avatars Themes Wallpapers

► PS3 Dynamic Themes
o Heavy Rain (¥200)

► PS3 Themes
o Angel Senki Theme Vol. 6

► PSP Themes
o Kenka Banchou 4: Ichinen Sensou Theme (x2)
o Million Ton Barabara Kikai Theme

► PSP Wallpapers
o Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Kizuna no Tag Battle Wallpaper 6
o Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Kizuna no Tag Battle Wallpaper 7

The Japanese PlayStation Store updates throughout the week at 8:15 pm PST
[tab:Hong Kong Store]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Add-ons

► God Eater (PSP – Japanese Ver.)
o Mission Pack Ver. 1.2

► LittleBigPlanet (English | Chinese | Korean Ver.)
o White Knight Chronicles Costume Kit (HK$ 46.00 orHK$ 15.00 each)
– White Knight Costume
– Leonard Costume
– Black Knight Costume
– Dragon Knight Costume

The Hong Kong PlayStation Store updates throughout the week.
[tab:Video Store]
Updates on Fridays

Video Store Update (US)

FREE NEW ARRIVALS

► She’s Out of My League – Theatrical Trailer
► The Last Airbender – Theatrical Trailer

HD MOVIE NEW ARRIVALS

► Chaos
► Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
► Everybody’s Fine
► Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
► Lake Dead
► Meteor Apocalypse
► Sorority Row
► The Box
► The Hammer
► The Hunting Party
► The Informant!
► The September Issue
► Tooth and Nail
► Who’s Your Caddy

MOVIE NEW ARRIVALS

► Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
► Dynamite Warrior
► Everybody’s Fine
► Great World of Sound
► Happy Tears
► Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
► Meteor Apocalypse
► Pusher
► Sorority Row
► The Box
► The Damned United
► The Hammer
► The Hunting Party
► The Informant!
► The September Issue
► The Vicious Kind
► Who’s Your Caddy

HD TV NEW ARRIVALS

► 24 | Season 8 – Day 8: 12:00am-1:00am
► American Dad | Season 5 – Return of the Bling
► Damages | Season 3 – It’s Not My Birthday
► Legend of the Seeker | Season 2 – Hunger
► Lost | Season 6 – Lighthouse
► Psych | Season 4 – Think Tank
► The Cleveland Show | Season 1 – Buried Pleasures
► The Simpsons | Season 21 – The Color Yellow
► The Tester | Season 1 – Communication Breakdown
► Til Death | Season 4 – Perfect Couple
► Til Death | Season 4 – The Check-Up

TV NEW ARRIVALS

► 24 | Season 8 – Day 8: 12:00am-1:00am
► AAAHH!!! Real Monsters | Season 2
► American Dad | Season 5 – Return of the Bling
► Angry Beavers | Best of, Vol. 2
► Aqua Teen Hunger Force | Season 8 – Eggball
► Bakugan | Season 7 – Avenging Spectra
► Blade of the Immortal | Season 1 – Wind
► Bleach | The Bount – Bleach 84
► Bleach | The Bount – Bleach 85
► Blue Mountain State | Season 1 – LAX
► CC Premium Stand-Up Specials | 2010 – Tony Rock
► CC Premium Stand-Up Specials | 2010 – Doug Williams
► Damages | Season 3 – It’s Not My Birthday
► Doug | S2
► Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood | Season 1 – The First Day
► GT Bonus Round | Season 4 – The State of the Industry Part 3
► Hey Arnold! | Season 2
► Justice League | S2
► Kell on Earth | Season 1 – Off to London
► Legend of the Seeker | Season 2 – Hunger
► Lost | Season 6 – Lighthouse
► MuscleCar | 2010 – Plan Your Next Project!
► Naruto Shippuden Uncut | Season 1, Vol. 2 – Three Minutes Between Life and Death
► Nip/Tuck | Season 7 – Walter & Edith Krieger
► One Tree Hill | Season 7 – The Last Day of Our Aquaintance
► Psych | Season 4 – Think Tank
► Rocko’s Modern Life | Best of, Vol. 2
► Rugrats | Best of, Vol. 2
► Rugrats | Tommy Pickles: Natural Bald Leader!
► Steven Spielberg Presents: Pinky and the Brain | S1
► The Buried Life | Season 1 – #95 Play Basketball with Obama
► The Cleveland Show | Season 1 – Curious Case of Jr. Working at the Stool
► The Crazies Motion Comics | S1
► The O.C. | S2
► The Simpsons | Season 21 – The Color Yellow
► The Tester | Season 1 – Communication Breakdown
► Til Death | Season 4 – Perfect Couple
► Til Death | Season 4 – The Check-Up
► Tool Academy | S3 – Episode 2
► Tower of Druaga | S2
► True Jackson, VP | Season 2 – True Date
► White Collar | S1 – Bottlenecked
► Winter Olympics 2010 Alpine Skiing – Encore: Women’s Super G
► Winter Olympics 2010 Alpine Skiing – Encore: Men’s Super Combined
► Winter Olympics 2010 Freestyle Skiing – Encore: All Ski Cross Races
► Winter Olympics 2010 Freestyle Skiing – Encore: Aerials Run 1
► Winter Olympics 2010 Freestyle Skiing – Encore: Aerials Run 2

The video store update will be made available on Fridays
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Killzone 2 DLC Giveaway Today!!

To celebrate their one year anniversary of Killzone 2, killzone.com is giving away four hundred DLC voucher codes via Twitter.  All the details are on the site here. Good Luck!

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Transformers: War for Cybertron Gameplay Trailer

Tonight on Spike, GTTV revealed the Transformers: War for Cybertron gameplay trailer. The graphics look amazing and seem to have a very sci-fi feel to them. This game tells the history of the Transformers. It takes place before the transformers escaped to earth and is therefore a prequal to the movies, and/or cartoon series. There will be two campaigns in the game. One storyline for the Autobots, and one for the Decepticons. This game will also feature co-op and head to head multiplayer online game modes. It is set to release in May of this year.

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