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Sony Closes Studio Liverpool

According to, Sony has closed the doors on the WipEout developer, Studio Liverpool. Reliable sources have told Eurogamer that a new WipEout title was in the works for Sony’s next console, and had been in development for over a year. Another game that focuses around gangsters and stealth, using similar tech to the motion capture of LA Noire, was said to also be in the works. There isn’t word of any layoffs right now, as Sony is trying to move as many staff as possible to other studios internally.

You can read Sony’s official statement after the jump.

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[Opinion] Zipper Interactive Closes its Doors After 17 Years in the Biz

Where do I even begin to describe how disheartening this news is. After 17 years in the business, Zipper Interactive is closing its doors. Zipper, and its SOCOM series for the PlayStation 2, are tied together eternally like Michael Jordan is to the Chicago Bulls.

To me, the SOCOM series is a milestone game that reflected the power of multiplayer on the PlayStation 2. Immersive, challenging, never dull, and will keep you on your toes for a measurable period of time. Dubbed “SO-CRACK” by many in reference to its very addictive multiplayer gameplay.

I would be lost, literally, for hours at a time playing SOCOM 3’s “Convoy” mode. Opposing teams take turns in loading cargo trucks with supplies and ultimately driving them to the extraction zone, while another tries to destroy them. I loved extracting Convoy trucks.

Production value of the SOCOM series progressed in high fashion by the time the 3rd installment was launched. Big names like Michael Clark Duncan and Jennifer Hale had lent their talents. There was even a whole orchestra to accommodate and compose the soundtrack. The game was not just some clone of the previous one. What you have to understand during this time is multiplayer games were just starting to blossom, and words, such as “DLC” or “XP,” did not exist. No one cared about how your character on screen looked, there were no extra reticule colors or XP to harvest. It was just pure team work and fun from the get go.

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2011 GOTY VGA Awards – My Two Cents

Loyal minions! Thought I’d contribute a bit more to this quality website than my weekly effort of our award winning podcast. Get off my rump and type another page-turner of an article for you to read and then tell all your friends about. Something Mr. Andy Rooney would be proud of. Articles usually take me about 10 minutes to write, this one has taken me over a week. Let’s begin!


People have been known to say that it’s the spice of life. Variety is a good thing in many aspects. It can make you grow, life and smile…which is fantastic in itself. People, and even the community you live in – loyal reader -, is made up entirely of variety. Different kinds of people, doing different kinds of things – all of whom are trying to live their lives the way they seem fit.

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PS3BlogCast Episode 23

It’s that time of the week again, and we’re here to help push you through the last few work days left! Tune in and catch Ace, Tosh, and I inform you about upcoming games and discuss all the things we’ve been playing.

There are a ton of giveaways going on the site at the moment, so be sure to listen in to find out what the secret word(s) is/are that way you can get some extra points towards winning more stuff! Also being a guest on the podcast nets you points as well, so don’t be afraid to contact me if you’re interested!

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Enter the secret word(s) mentioned in the PS3BlogCast to earn 75 points. The first 10 people to enter it correctly get double points!

As always, we want to remind you that the PS3BlogCast is listed on iTunes! So please subscribe and rate/review us there.

You can also leave a voicemail for us by calling PS3-888-BLOG or if you want to contact us via email for us you can do so here. We have a dedicated forum for the PS3BlogCast so you can leave your questions and feedback there as well.

Here’s a list of some things (or everything) we discussed:

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