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The Weekly Recap (June 5th-11th)


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For being a week that’s supposed to be full of news pieces and articles, this E3 seemed rather uneventful. Personally, I think there’s been a lot of missed opportunities, and we haven’t had enough writers around to really keep up with what was going on. Maybe the guys who went to E3 will write up some hands-on reports?

Anyway, with that said, we did get a lot of contacts from the event, so, in theory, we should have more chances for giveaways and contests (or even press events for detailed hands-on reports). Remember, to have your chance at going to such events, you’ll want to be an active writer, but normally, your activity directly affects your chances of doing so, so the more active you are, the better.

So, what big news did we get this week? Well, for one, the NGP/PSP2 is now officially called the PlayStation Vita (Latin for “Life”), and will retail for $250 ($300 for 3G), making the base model the same price as the competition. We’ve also posted a number of trailers, and even a hands-on of the device by Oly.

A number of trailers also sprung up during the event, which is no surprise at all, and is actually expected. The Team Ico collection has gotten a release date, and the God of War Collection Volume II will also be coming to the PS3 (which consists of the two titles on the PSP).

And the two last standouts: The MMO persistent shooter, DUST 514, has been announced to be a PS3 exclusive (due to the system’s openness), and more details of its integration with players on EVE Online (though a lot of it is still a mystery). And finally, three of Anonymous’ members (linked to the PSN security breach, among other things) have been arrested in Spain, which drives home the point no one can ever really be truly anonymous.


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Nothing much new, but we did have some live blogging taking place at E3. If you wanted to watch the event live, you could have done so here.

And don’t forget, we still currently have Double Points going on for comments and posts (10 and 90, respectively; you also get double points for logging in as well), which should last until tomorrow morning. Too bad not too many people took advantage of it when it went live last week.

Sinlock managed to win the PS3Blogcast sound bite contest, with Grondimn coming in at a close second. Although Sinlock won the 150 points, since Grondimn was just seconds off, he had also received 100 points, so congratulations to you guys.

We also had a facebook and Twitter contest for Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Escalation map pack, so congratulations to those winners as well!


19 Articles // 11 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Jay – 8 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Jay – 6 Entries

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E3 2011: Twisted Metal ‘Revenge’ Trailer
Ace on June 5th, 2011 9 Comments

FIFA 12 Ultimate Edition – It’s Definitely In The Game!
Madagasca on June 6th, 2011 5 Comments

Dead Island E3 Trailer
Pedro on June 6th, 2011 1 Comment

[E3 2011] Battlefield 3 Launches October 25th
Ace on June 6th, 2011 5 Comments

[E3 2011] Insomniac Multiplatform IP: Overstrike
Ace on June 6th, 2011 2 Comments

[E3 2011] NGP Named PSVita, Confirmed for Holiday 2011, Price Revealed
Jay on June 6th, 2011 8 Comments

[E3 2011] Uncharted 3, Oh My!
Ace on June 6th, 2011 6 Comments

[E3 2011] LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers on Vita: Perfect Match
Jay on June 6th, 2011 6 Comments

PlayStation Vita Hands On and a Couple New Trailers
Oly on June 7th, 2011 16 Comments

[E3 2011] New 3D Display and Accessories for PS3
Jay on June 7th, 2011 8 Comments

[E3 2011] Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest Announced
Jay on June 7th, 2011 4 Comments

[E3 2011] My Bioshocks, let me show (and mention) them!
EdEN on June 7th, 2011 6 Comments

[E3 2011] DUST 514 Makes an Appearance
Jay on June 7th, 2011 7 Comments

[E3 2011] ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection FINALLY has a release date!
EdEN on June 7th, 2011 11 Comments

[E3 2011] God of War: Origins HD Collection
EdEN on June 7th, 2011 10 Comments

[E3 2011] Brothers in Arms: Furious 4
Ace on June 7th, 2011 3 Comments

A Bunch of Trailers for Vita Titles
Jay on June 8th, 2011 10 Comments

Spain Arrests Members of Anonymous
Jay on June 10th, 2011 10 Comments

[E3 2011] NFS: The Run Trailer Shows Game’s Intensity
Jay on June 10th, 2011 2 Comments

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation DLC and Double XP Comes to PS3 June 10
Oly on June 5th, 2011 2 Comments

[E3 2011] Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Trailer
Jay on June 5th, 2011 3 Comments

Growing up with PlayStation.
PAUL FIERCE on June 5th, 2011 3 Comments

Dead Island Gets A Confirmed Release Date
Madagasca on June 6th, 2011 1 Comment

[E3 2011] Sly Cooper Finally Makes a Proper PS3 Appearance
Jay on June 6th, 2011 No Comments

[E3 2011] New Trailer for Resistance 3; Doomsday Edition Announced
Jay on June 7th, 2011 4 Comments

InFamous 2 Releases Today; Kevin Butler says it’s “EPIC”
Jay on June 7th, 2011 4 Comments

Optional PS3 Firmware Update (v3.65) Available
Jay on June 7th, 2011 2 Comments

[E3 2011] Street Fighter X Tekken Announced For Vita, Guest Character Revealed
Sakinah on June 7th, 2011 1 Comment

[E3 2011] Dragon’s Dogma (CAPCOM)
Jason on June 8th, 2011 4 Comments

Vita Likely to be Region Free
Jay on June 11th, 2011 No Comments

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Turnout for this poll was pretty bad. Then again, the site’s traffic wasn’t as much as anticipated, either, but we still had a few people add in some answers. The most anticipated thing, according to this poll, was Uncharted 3 news. However, we did have a few optimistic folks hoping for some PlayStation 4 information (which I would think would be more likely at least next year anyway). That even beat out the NGP pricing and release date.

Also, I am 90% certain that EdEN added Project Cafe to the list, which only got 3 votes, tying with Metal Gear Solid: Rising.
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This poll comes from the announcement of the price of the Vita, which, for the base model, is the same price as its immediate competition, the 3DS. We’re asking if, because of the announcement of the price (which is really lower than expected), are you more likely going to buy the system? Would be interesting to see the results of this one, because it IS lower than expected and a lot of folks were waiting for that announcement, BUT, on the flip side, not everyone enjoys handheld gaming. We’ll see where this went on the next recap

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Lazy Jay’s Pre-E3 Super Recap Extreme 2.0


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Being backed up with personal life really makes it hard to get things done on here, but I decided to go ahead and do the past 4 missed recaps all in one post. Hopefully once I get things settled, I’ll be able to do these every Saturday night like I originally intended. I decided to get this done in the wee hours of the morning before more E3 news makes it on here and I’ll be too busy being the Editor in Chief to focus on writing a recap, which will be even more ridiculous if I put it off another week.

With that said, May was a pretty busy month with quite a bit of news leading up to E3. First of all, PSN finally came back online, as well as the relaunch of the store. Some of you may have already noticed that the password change server for PSN is still down. I had forgotten what my new PSN password was; I needed to change credit card info and since the password change servers are still down, I couldn’t change it again.

Anyway, enough of that. One of the coolest things to announce is that we finally launched our weekly Podcast, called the PS3BlogCast! Each one is about an hour or so long, but because of time constraints, yours truly was only in there on the first episode. Hopefully that can change soon. Click these links for episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, and episode 4.

Now, as far as news items themselves go, I’ll leave that to you to check out, as there is a lot of articles to go through (141, including QuickNews)!


[tab:Community News]

In case you haven’t noticed, the chat system currently has a new look, and has also been updated to the latest version. This will actually make it easier for people like me who use the pop-out chat, which didn’t allow you to click a name to send a PM, to be able to do so, as you can now open multiple instances of the chatrooms.

Madagasca, one of our main reviewers from across the pond is also interested in knowing what kinds of things you’d like us to change/cover in reviews, so if you have any input on that, be sure to respond here.

Over the past 4 weeks, we’ve also gotten some new, hidden site trophies, as well as a referral system for those who want to earn points for inviting friends.

Ace also gave us a countdown to E3, and a list of confirmed games to be at the show, so if you want to check that out before the event officially kicks off tomorrow, check it out here.

We did have one contest/giveaway over the past month, and that was for a Roxio game capture unit (thanks to Roxio for providing us with a review unit, as well as a unit to give away). Congratulations goes out to jwhyrock for winning that one!


May 8th-14th


17 Articles // 11 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Jay – 4 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Jay – 4 Entries

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May 15th-21st


22 Articles // 9 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 7 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 5 Entries

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Most Comments


May 22nd-28th


23 Articles // 22 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 6 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 10 Entries

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Most Comments


May 29th – June 4th


22 Articles // 15 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 6 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 7 Entries

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Though currently we don’t have a game night set up or going on, I still plan on having a GT5 tournament, so know that I still haven’t forgotten about that!

We did have a Game Night for Uncharted 2 on the Uncharted 2 Game Night | May 26th”>26th of May, as well as an impromptu one on the 27th, which I guess was also abruptly canceled due to a blu-ray drive failure on Tosh’s part. That sucks.
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Do you (Your Name Here) take the PlayStation as your lawfully…
PAUL FIERCE on May 9th, 2011 23 Comments

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
FooBear408 on May 9th, 2011 11 Comments

PSN Outage Update: “A few more days”
Ace on May 10th, 2011 12 Comments

New Dark Souls Trailer Confirms October Release
Sakinah on May 10th, 2011 10 Comments

Are Developers To Be Compensated By Sony?
Madagasca on May 11th, 2011 8 Comments

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Gets Release Date/New Trailer
Jay on May 11th, 2011 2 Comments

The Soul Will Burn In 2012
Sakinah on May 11th, 2011 4 Comments

Rumor: Modern Warfare 3 Boxart Exposed?!
Ace on May 11th, 2011 17 Comments

NEA Arts in Media Guidelines Now Accepting Games/Other Forms of Media
Jay on May 11th, 2011 2 Comments

Sony’s Job hotline is blossoming with positions; mostly network security.
PAUL FIERCE on May 11th, 2011 6 Comments

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Update
Pedro on May 12th, 2011 6 Comments

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection soon on PSN
EdEN on May 12th, 2011 9 Comments

Rumor: Starkhawk to be Announced Tomorrow!! (Update!)
Ace on May 12th, 2011 4 Comments

SHIFT 2 DLC Incoming; Standing Mile and Drag + More
Jay on May 12th, 2011 1 Comment

Starhawk Gameplay at last! [Update: More Videos]
Tosh on May 13th, 2011 15 Comments

Modern Warfare 3 Teaser Trailers Released
Jay on May 13th, 2011 13 Comments

PSN Re-launch Announcement “Up Date”
Jason on May 14th, 2011 45 Comments

Members of Beyond3D Show PSN Servers Were Patched Up to Date Prior to being Hacked
Eddie on May 8th, 2011 5 Comments

Deals Galore: Brink for $39, Among Other Specials
Jason on May 8th, 2011 No Comments

Clearing Up The Confusion: PSN Online Play Should Be Up This Week
Eddie on May 9th, 2011 19 Comments

Microsoft Bought Skype for 8.5 Billion Dollars. What Does that Mean for PSP/NGP?
Eddie on May 10th, 2011 6 Comments

Hitman: Absolution Officially Announced
Jay on May 10th, 2011 4 Comments

Tekken: Blood Vengeance Announced
Sakinah on May 11th, 2011 6 Comments

Dark Souls Collectors Edition $59.99
Jason on May 12th, 2011 5 Comments

Jeremy McGrath’s ‘Offroad’ Coming to PSN This Summer
Jay on May 13th, 2011 2 Comments

WWE Games to Promote New SVR Features/Info With Social Media
Jay on May 13th, 2011 1 Comment

Playstation Move Sale!
Jason on May 13th, 2011 2 Comments

InFAMOUS 2 Graphic Novel Intro
Jay on May 13th, 2011 1 Comment

[tab:May 15th-21st]

Motorstorm Apocalypse Impressions
Darrin on May 16th, 2011 6 Comments

PSN Questions Answered
Jason on May 16th, 2011 6 Comments

Sony Announces Customer Appreciation
EdEN on May 16th, 2011 20 Comments

PlayStation Network Status Map – Then & Now
PAUL FIERCE on May 16th, 2011 3 Comments

Lost L.A. Noire PAX East 2011 Voice Cast
Luke on May 16th, 2011 4 Comments

Dead Island Teaser “Part 1: Tragedy Hits Paradise”
Oly on May 17th, 2011 10 Comments

Hunted: Demon’s Forge ‘At War with Monsters’
Oly on May 17th, 2011 6 Comments

Interview with Dylan Jobe on Starhawk
Jay on May 17th, 2011 No Comments

New Risen 2 Screens Have Just Been Released
Oly on May 17th, 2011 5 Comments

Rumor: PSN Password Change Could Be Exploited (Update: It Was a URL Exploit and Has Been Fixed)
Pedro on May 18th, 2011 23 Comments

RAGE “The Shrouded” Official Gameplay
Oly on May 18th, 2011 7 Comments

Honest Hearts add-on pack for Fallout: New Vegas is Now Available (Sort Of)
Oly on May 18th, 2011 5 Comments

Asura’s Wrath Coming in 2012
Jason on May 18th, 2011 3 Comments

Rumor: Modern Warfare 3 Menus Leaked?!
Ace on May 18th, 2011 13 Comments

PlayStation Store Returning May 24th
Sakinah on May 19th, 2011 16 Comments

New BF3 Concept Art Shows Wake Island
Jay on May 19th, 2011 6 Comments

Skyrim Has Unlimited Dragons; Might Support Riding Them
Jay on May 19th, 2011 13 Comments

Hunted “Around Dark Corners” Trailer Shows More Behind the Scenes
Oly on May 20th, 2011 1 Comment

Release Date, Box Art and Pre-Order Incentives Announced for Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
PAUL FIERCE on May 20th, 2011 2 Comments

Uncharted 3 amazing Mo-cap
Jason on May 20th, 2011 5 Comments

FIFA 12 Amazing Screen Shots
Jason on May 20th, 2011 6 Comments

Blake Griffin Wants to be in Rage
Oly on May 20th, 2011 6 Comments

Call Of Duty MW3 Poster Get It Early
Jason on May 17th, 2011 4 Comments

Resistance 3 Box Art is here
Jason on May 18th, 2011 8 Comments

Jaffe on Twisted Metal
Jason on May 18th, 2011 3 Comments

Rockstar Games and Sony Released a Joint Statement on L.A. Noire Regarding Overheating
Oly on May 19th, 2011 8 Comments

Some New Dead Island 2 Images Have Just Raised From the Dead
Oly on May 19th, 2011 2 Comments

Double XP Weekend for COD: Black Ops
Oly on May 19th, 2011 No Comments

LBP2 and a Camera Exploit: The Possible Future of LBP?
Jay on May 19th, 2011 5 Comments

Dragon Age 3 on its Way?
Oly on May 20th, 2011 9 Comments

Killzone 3 Double XP Weekend Starting Now!
Oly on May 20th, 2011 6 Comments

[tab:May 22nd-28th]

PSP Games Coming to PS3 with HD Visuals and Extra Content
Eddie on May 22nd, 2011 25 Comments

Marston or Phelps? A Comparison of L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption
MAINEiac4434 on May 22nd, 2011 14 Comments

Dead Island, 11 Min Gameplay Video
Eddie on May 23rd, 2011 13 Comments

Ready to party with Konami? Pre-E3 locations announced.
PAUL FIERCE on May 23rd, 2011 7 Comments

White Knight Chronicles 2 Q&A
Jason on May 23rd, 2011 9 Comments

Back To The Future Episode 2 Review
EdEN on May 23rd, 2011 4 Comments

UK Gets Battlefield 3 Limited Edition Pack
Ace on May 23rd, 2011 4 Comments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Reveal Trailer
Oly on May 23rd, 2011 25 Comments

Roxio Game Capture Official Review
Oly on May 23rd, 2011 3 Comments

PlayStation Blog’s Jeff Rubenstein Fights by way of Mortal Kombat
PAUL FIERCE on May 24th, 2011 2 Comments

PSN Will be down today & PS Store?
Jason on May 24th, 2011 17 Comments

Duke Nukem Forever has “Gone Gold”, but What Does “Going Gold” Actually Mean?
Oly on May 24th, 2011 8 Comments

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will buy you a drink if you play Lord of the Rings
PAUL FIERCE on May 24th, 2011 7 Comments

The Darkness II Release Date Trailer
Oly on May 24th, 2011 4 Comments

InFamous 2 “The Beast” Trailer
Jason on May 24th, 2011 9 Comments

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker confirmed for a HD remaster.
PAUL FIERCE on May 25th, 2011 11 Comments

Deathspank 3: The Baconing
Oly on May 25th, 2011 9 Comments

The 2011 Into The Pixel Collection Winners
Oly on May 25th, 2011 5 Comments

Battlefield 3 | FPS Voice Over Record?!
Ace on May 26th, 2011 2 Comments

Sony Confirms PlayStation 4
Ace on May 26th, 2011 17 Comments

First Ever Konami E3 Pre-Party Promises to be “Memorable”
PAUL FIERCE on May 26th, 2011 3 Comments

Monster Hunter 3rd Import Review – PSP
Jason on May 26th, 2011 8 Comments

New Battlefield 3 Footage!
Ace on May 27th, 2011 5 Comments

Resistance Bundle is coming
Jason on May 23rd, 2011 3 Comments

Modern Warfare 3 Gameplay Trailer Premiering Tonight
Oly on May 23rd, 2011 5 Comments

B:LA Resistance 3 Demo Details
Oly on May 23rd, 2011 7 Comments

Free Maps Coming for Dead Space 2 Multiplayer
Oly on May 23rd, 2011 3 Comments

Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition Coming Soon
Jason on May 23rd, 2011 12 Comments

PS3 and PSP Bundles incoming
Jason on May 25th, 2011 5 Comments

Sony Reports Yet Another Security Breach.
PAUL FIERCE on May 25th, 2011 5 Comments

Sony Begins Sending AllClear ID PLUS Codes
Jay on May 25th, 2011 5 Comments

Assassin’s Creed Revelations Teaser Trailer
Oly on May 26th, 2011 1 Comment

Red Dead Redemption Triple XP Thursday, May 26th from 4-7PM Est
Oly on May 26th, 2011 No Comments

Resistance 3 Pre-order Incentives Announced
PAUL FIERCE on May 26th, 2011 6 Comments

Portal 2 Soundtrack and Ringtones Now Available for Free
Oly on May 26th, 2011 3 Comments

BloodRayne: Betrayal Coming this Summer to PSN
Oly on May 26th, 2011 4 Comments

Free Alice: Madness Returns Storybook App From iTunes
Oly on May 26th, 2011 1 Comment

L.A. Noire Pre-Order Cases, New Cases, and Rockstar Pass Coming
Oly on May 27th, 2011 No Comments

Mortal Kombat DLC: Klassic Skins Pack
Oly on May 27th, 2011 1 Comment

InFamous 2 Save Data Import
Jason on May 27th, 2011 5 Comments

Sony Announces A New Wireless Headset
Jason on May 27th, 2011 10 Comments

SCEA E3 2011 Press Conference Schedule Released
PAUL FIERCE on May 27th, 2011 No Comments

Hideo Kojima E3 2011 “No Show”
Jason on May 27th, 2011 3 Comments

Gamestop Dad’s and Grads Sale
Jason on May 28th, 2011 7 Comments

New PS3 Slim Accessory Announced from Duracell
Jason on May 28th, 2011 12 Comments

[tab:May 29th – June 4th]

Sony’s SmartAR Technology NGP Bound?
Jay on May 30th, 2011 7 Comments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to get a Subscription Service
Baba0Booey on May 31st, 2011 22 Comments

Call of Duty Elite Info, and Beta Testing Sign-up
Oly on May 31st, 2011 8 Comments

Rockstar Pass and DLC Details for L.A. Noire
Oly on May 31st, 2011 5 Comments

Watch E3 on your PS3!
Jason on May 31st, 2011 8 Comments

WWE ’12 Announced
Jay on May 31st, 2011 5 Comments

How Long Can You Go Without Playing On Your PS3?
Madagasca on June 1st, 2011 12 Comments

Aliens: Colonial Marines Official Announcement and Teaser Trailer
Oly on June 1st, 2011 4 Comments

Brand New Starhawk Multiplayer Footage.
PAUL FIERCE on June 1st, 2011 5 Comments

PlayStation Store is Live and Updated
Jay on June 1st, 2011 25 Comments

Things To Look Forward To
Abkanis on June 1st, 2011 3 Comments

[Live Blog] Konami “Pre-E3 2011 Show”
PAUL FIERCE on June 2nd, 2011 4 Comments

E3 2011: Konami Press Conference [Replay]
Tosh on June 2nd, 2011 7 Comments

New E3 Trailers For Soul Calibur V, Tomb Raider, Dark Souls & SSX
Sakinah on June 3rd, 2011 4 Comments

Rage “The Well” 8min Game Trailer
Oly on June 3rd, 2011 2 Comments

Prey 2 “Bounty” E3 Trailer
Oly on June 3rd, 2011 1 Comment

Interested in the NGP? Check this stuff out!
Jay on June 3rd, 2011 8 Comments

Dead Island Special Pre-Order Edition and DLC Revealed
Oly on June 3rd, 2011 5 Comments

Welcome Back!!
Ace on June 3rd, 2011 22 Comments

Activision Thanks EA
Ace on June 4th, 2011 6 Comments

Awesome Uncharted 3 Goodies!!
Ace on June 4th, 2011 7 Comments

Hideo Kojima E3 2011 Site Now Up & Running
PAUL FIERCE on June 4th, 2011 4 Comments

Further Down The Rabbit Hole
Jason on May 29th, 2011 4 Comments

Assassin’s Creed Revelations – The Road to E3 Part 1
Oly on May 30th, 2011 8 Comments

Dead Island Box Art
Oly on May 30th, 2011 5 Comments

One Epic Shooter PS3 Exclusive
Jason on May 30th, 2011 4 Comments

inFamous 2 for $20 With Game Trade In at Gamestop
Jason on May 30th, 2011 3 Comments

PlayStation Store to be fully restored this week.
PAUL FIERCE on May 31st, 2011 9 Comments

PSN Will Be Down For Maintenance Today
Jason on June 1st, 2011 12 Comments

Ninja Gaiden 3 Screenshots Released
Jason on June 1st, 2011 2 Comments

Full Restoration Of PlayStation Network Services Begins Today
Madagasca on June 2nd, 2011 No Comments

The Darkness II Gameplay Trailer
Oly on June 2nd, 2011 3 Comments

New Images Of Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Sakinah on June 2nd, 2011 6 Comments

The War of the Worlds Coming to PSN
Oly on June 2nd, 2011 2 Comments

Dance Battle VS is Coming for PlayStation 3
Oly on June 3rd, 2011 No Comments

New Skrim Wallpaper and Screens Have Been Released
Oly on June 3rd, 2011 3 Comments

Prototype 2 E3 Trailer
Oly on June 3rd, 2011 3 Comments

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What have you done since the PSN outage started?

This poll was live for quite some time, and has garnered a lot of votes during that period. Going by the results, we don’t have too many responsible people. In fact, people with 360s who only came on here to troll the site exceeded the number of people who actually took the time to study or to even go outside. The true dominating force is all of those people who spent that PSN downtime to collect trophies. Those who haven’t been doing much gaming weren’t really trailing that far behind, though, but since that exceeded studying and going outside (and discovering life), I could only assume that those people stared at a blank TV screen until PSN resumed service (or have been watching the newest episodes of fine TV programming like River Monsters and Swamp People).

And then there’s the folks who didn’t even know PSN had an outage.

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With E3 happening this week, the current poll focuses on that and what you want to see announced or what games you hope there is a focus on. Remember, you can also add answers!

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The (Bi)Weekly Recap (April 24th-May 7th)


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Well, this recap is on-time for last week, but a week late for the week before. Go figure. It has been another busy week for me, and being one of the only editors active this past week (it was mainly just Eddie and I), I tried getting posts approved and interacting with the community (there were a couple bad apple guests that tried to start problems, though).

Anyway, what were some highlights this week, besides the flood of outage posts? Well, semi-having-to-do-with-that, we had a few opinion pieces on greed, impatience and the general feelings of how people are reacting to the news. Darrin posted his most anticipated games of the year, which helped stray attention away from the outage at least. EA announced the newest addition to the Need for Speed franchise, which appears to focus more on action and story than ever before.

Redbox announced its plans to provide games for locations across the country (a service that has been tested in a few places, including southern California, since August 2009 or so). We saw some more gameplay for Twisted Metal, and I gotta say, that game seems to look better and better, and more fun, the more they show of it. Another game has been announced, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, though, no real trailer for that.

We have also had our fair share of reviews over the past couple weeks, including a SOCOM 4 single player review (thanks to the outage), PlayStation Move Heroes, and Mortal Kombat. Speaking of reviews, last week was our first week of keeping the “Official Review” title reserved for staff, so as to better show off how many of our reviews are actually by regular contributors. Remember, you can sign up to post articles, too, if you’d like! Just click the “Write for Us” button in the image below.


[tab:Community News & Game Nights]

Not a whole lot of Community news over the past couple weeks, besides the points system update, which includes notifications and an easier way to see how many points you’ve donated to a lottery, etc.

I also gave Tosh some other input on a few other things, but for now, until he responds, it’s just an idea. A couple of you might know about it already, but just in case it doesn’t go through, it’s not worth mentioning.

Given the fact that many of our staff was away for the past week, and activity fell short as a whole, we currently do not have any contests available to enter. And then there’s also the outage, and if you won a couple codes for games to download, it would be kind of crappy to have to wait until the outage is over with :P.

April 24th-30th
19 Articles // 8 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 7 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Jay & Jason – 3 Entries

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May 1st-7th
11 Articles // 13 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Jason – 2 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Jason – 5 Entries

Most Liked

Most Comments

[tab:April 24th-30th]

Star Ocean Developers Show Off Pretty New Tech Demo
Sakinah on April 24th, 2011 11 Comments

PSN Down? Time to Get Greedy
Blackstaffer on April 25th, 2011 96 Comments

SONY Reveals 2 PlayStation Certified Tablets
Luke on April 26th, 2011 12 Comments

Newest PSN Update and What You Need to be Wary Of
Jay on April 26th, 2011 29 Comments

L.A. Noire Trailer #3 Pop-Up Edition
Oly on April 26th, 2011 2 Comments

Senator Richard Blumenthal Demands Answers from Sony over Playstation Data Breach (Update from Sony’s Jim Reilly)
Oly on April 26th, 2011 13 Comments

Update on PSN Service Outages FAQ
Oly on April 26th, 2011 7 Comments

Call of the Dead will be Arriving to Black Ops via the Escalation DLC
Oly on April 26th, 2011 10 Comments

Brink’s ‘Get SMART Series’ Starts Here
Oly on April 26th, 2011 8 Comments

PSN Intrusion: More Q&A
Oly on April 27th, 2011 12 Comments

Behind the Scenes with Hunted and Lucy Lawless
Oly on April 28th, 2011 2 Comments

Any Legal Issues Aside, PSN Outage Will Cost Sony
Jay on April 28th, 2011 14 Comments

Need for Speed: The Run Coming This November
Jay on April 28th, 2011 5 Comments

Rental Service ‘Redbox’ to Provide Game Rentals Starting June
Jay on April 28th, 2011 7 Comments

Banks on PSN: No Mass Breach of Credit Card Information
Ace on April 28th, 2011 10 Comments

New Twisted Metal Gameplay Videos & Sweet Tooth Riding Axel’s Two-Wheeled Vehicle
Tosh on April 29th, 2011 10 Comments

Official Review: Mortal Kombat
Baba0Booey on April 29th, 2011 31 Comments

More PSN Q&A: Sony talks Trophies, PS3 MMOs and Possible Compensation
Ace on April 29th, 2011 19 Comments

Sony: Services to be Available This Week
Jay on April 30th, 2011 48 Comments

inFamous 2 Beta Will Be Extended
Oly on April 25th, 2011 2 Comments

Netflix Workaround While PSN is Down
Jay on April 25th, 2011 40 Comments

Get LA Noire for $10
Jason on April 25th, 2011 6 Comments

New info on Live-Action Red Faction movie
kennygk on April 26th, 2011 2 Comments

Jurassic Park: The Game Gameplay
Jay on April 28th, 2011 3 Comments

Driver: San Francisco Comeback Trailer Released
Jay on April 28th, 2011 3 Comments

Sony to hold press conference Sunday
Jason on April 30th, 2011 10 Comments

Amazon Holding Huge Clearance Sale!
Jason on April 30th, 2011 4 Comments

[tab:May 1st-7th]

PSN Security Update | Password Not Stored in Clear Text
Tosh on May 2nd, 2011 7 Comments

26 Million SOE Accounts Info Compromised
Jason on May 2nd, 2011 13 Comments

Darrin’s Most Anticipated 2011 PS3 Games
Darrin on May 2nd, 2011 32 Comments

Congress to Question Sony-Updated
Jason on May 3rd, 2011 57 Comments

PlayStation Network Outage: FooBear408 Weighs In
FooBear408 on May 4th, 2011 41 Comments

SOCOM 4 (a.k.a SOCOM Special Forces) Single Player Review
Madagasca on May 4th, 2011 6 Comments

How Gaming Made Us Impatient
Pedro on May 4th, 2011 21 Comments

FooBear408 Reviews PlayStation Move Heroes
FooBear408 on May 4th, 2011 4 Comments

PSN Service Almost Ready; AllClear ID Plus Offered for Free [UPDATE: Letter From Stringer]
Jay on May 5th, 2011 44 Comments

MW3 to be Featured in Next Months OPM!?
Ace on May 7th, 2011 14 Comments

The Dead Block Shall Soon Rise from the Dead!
EdEN on May 7th, 2011 5 Comments

Portal 2 DLC Coming for FREE!
Oly on May 1st, 2011 5 Comments

New Games Tuesday
Jason on May 2nd, 2011 6 Comments

New Assassin’s Creed to be Revealed
Oly on May 2nd, 2011 4 Comments

Uncharted 3 a Step Back?
Jason on May 2nd, 2011 8 Comments

Buy Battle: Los Angeles, Get Resistance 3 Single Player Demo
Sakinah on May 3rd, 2011 2 Comments

RUMOR: Security Breach an Internal Job After SOE Lay-Offs?
Jason on May 3rd, 2011 11 Comments

Sony Registers “Wipeout Trinity” and “Wipeout 2048″
Eddie on May 4th, 2011 1 Comment

NGP Could Hit This Year Outside of Japan!!!
Eddie on May 4th, 2011 15 Comments

Mass Effect 3 Delayed
Pedro on May 4th, 2011 11 Comments

Great Deals In-bound; Portal 2! MK!
Jason on May 5th, 2011 8 Comments

Konami Holding Pre-E3 Global Event
Sakinah on May 5th, 2011 4 Comments

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Officially Announced
kennygk on May 6th, 2011 3 Comments

Trade Your Old PS3 for $200 Towards a New One at GameStop
Jason on May 7th, 2011 4 Comments

[tab:Poll Results]

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Total Votes: 84

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These results were pretty surprising when you take into account that we have had a lot of worried people commenting on posts over the past couple weeks pertaining to the outage. At least we know that most of the people who voted in the poll aren’t too worried about the outage, and are probably why they haven’t really left any input on the site.
[tab:New Poll]

Well, here’s the new poll, asking what you have done since the outage started. If you feel that there could be another answer, please let me know and I will add it! And yes, this poll is open to some funny ones, as evident by the choices.

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{democracy:133}

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The Weekly Recap – Double Time (April 10th-23rd)


[tab:Recap]

Man it has been a busy 2 and a half weeks for me. With that said, I was almost 3 weeks late with this recap, and I apologize for the wait. I know Oly wanted me to get it done so I can give him a ton of points from the recognitions. I think I should ban him for a while instead. Or dock a hundred points from him every time he posts something.

Anyway, it was a slow news period for both weeks in terms of news posted itself, although there was one really big news event last week that sent shockwaves through the blogosphere. The PSN outage and the compromisation of personal data and, possibly, credit cards. Yeah, it has garnered the attention of national news, and even the government, but at least Sony is using that downtime to make the PSN connection more secure (and hopefully more stable).

So, what about other news? We’ve had a collection of reviews a couple weeks ago, including games and hardware. EA released the extended version of the Fault Line series trailer (clocking in at around 12 minutes in length). Eddie compiled a list of all the free stuff PlayStation Plus users have gotten the 9 months it has been around so far.

Also, given the fear a lot of people have putting credit card info on PSN, Amazon now allows you to buy PSN cards online and get the codes instantly, so you don’t have to go to a retailer to pick them up. I can see that being a boost for Amazon now.


[tab:Community News & Game Nights]

As far as the Community goes, before this week, there wasn’t much new in terms of features and the like (though, this week, we did get our points system upgraded!) With that said, I did make a walkthrough video to show you how to open your site chat into it’s own window. You can watch that video here.

We had a few giveaway updates over the past couple weeks. First of all, our Portal 2 winners have been selected! And for those who entered the Swarm giveaway, the top two in points should have gotten their download codes. Congratulations to the winners of both giveaways!

April 10th-16th

19 Articles // 17 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 6 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 5 Entries

Most Liked

Most Comments

April 17th-23rd

14 Articles // 9 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 7 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 5 Entries

Most Liked

  • Oly – Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Multiplayer Preview12 Likes

Most Comments

Since the PlayStation Network has been down for a while (namely since last week), we’ve only had one Game Night, for Killzone 3, on the 14th. Once PSN comes back up, we’ll start re-scheduling game nights!

[tab:April 10th – 16th]

It’s Time For Another NGP News Round Up!!!
Eddie on April 10th, 2011 17 Comments

Official Review: Dynasty Warriors 7
Sakinah on April 10th, 2011 5 Comments

Sony Vs Hotz – It’s All Over
Madagasca on April 11th, 2011 23 Comments

InFamous 2 Shows Off Some More
Eddie on April 12th, 2011 13 Comments

Capcom Announces Dragon’s Dogma
Sakinah on April 12th, 2011 5 Comments

Portal 2 Fourth and Final Aperture video.
Oly on April 12th, 2011 6 Comments

Risen 2 Cinematic Trailer Looks Great
Oly on April 12th, 2011 7 Comments

Steam Details for Portal 2 on PS3 Revealed
Jay on April 13th, 2011 2 Comments

R&C: All 4 One Info and Terawatt Forest Gameplay
Jay on April 13th, 2011 4 Comments

Resistance 3: The Dark Woods of Pennsylvania
Luke on April 13th, 2011 8 Comments

Outland Coming April 26th
Jay on April 13th, 2011 7 Comments

Dragon Age II Review
premiersoupir on April 14th, 2011 10 Comments

The VP of Silent But Deadly Talks SOCOM 4
Jay on April 15th, 2011 9 Comments

MotorStorm Apocalypse Will Be Releasing on May 3
Oly on April 15th, 2011 3 Comments

Two Worlds Two: Pirates of the Flying Fortress Expansion Coming
Oly on April 15th, 2011 7 Comments

Puzzle Agent Coming to PSN April 19th
Oly on April 15th, 2011 5 Comments

Battlefield 3 – “My Life” Trailer
Ace on April 15th, 2011 1 Comment

LittleBigPlanet Levels Surpass Four Million & New Costumes!!
Oly on April 15th, 2011 8 Comments

12 Minute Battlefield 3 Trailer Released
Jay on April 16th, 2011 11 Comments

Angry Birds is the best-selling PSN game
kennygk on April 11th, 2011 8 Comments

Brink Release Date Is Moving up!
Oly on April 11th, 2011 9 Comments

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Gameplay Trailer
Pedro on April 11th, 2011 3 Comments

Heavenly Sword Trilogy Intact
Jason on April 11th, 2011 17 Comments

New Street Fighter X Tekken Gameplay + Trailer
Tosh on April 12th, 2011 4 Comments

Red Dead Redemption Triple XP Today 4/12
Oly on April 12th, 2011 2 Comments

Download PlayStation Network Cards Instantly From Amazon
Tosh on April 12th, 2011 8 Comments

Lazard Analyst Group Says They Confirmed NGP Will Launch 2011 in North America
Eddie on April 13th, 2011 1 Comment

L.A. Noire Content Only on PlayStation 3
Jason on April 13th, 2011 6 Comments

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Will NOT Have Multiplayer
Oly on April 13th, 2011 13 Comments

Killzone 3 action figures released
Jason on April 13th, 2011 4 Comments

New Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Trailer
Jason on April 13th, 2011 6 Comments

Unlock the 12 Minute Battlefield 3 Trailer Early!
Ace on April 13th, 2011 2 Comments

Dungeon Hunter Alliance Joining Friends Issue Work Around
Oly on April 13th, 2011 15 Comments

PSM3 Magazine “New HD Collection Based on Popular PS Franchise”
Eddie on April 15th, 2011 17 Comments

Jerry Lawson, Inventer of One of the First Video Game Console, Died
Eddie on April 15th, 2011 10 Comments

EA SPORTS MMA Triple XP Weekend
Oly on April 15th, 2011 2 Comments

[tab:April 17th – 23rd]

9 Months of Playstation Plus – This is What We Got
Eddie on April 17th, 2011 34 Comments

New Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Info
Eddie on April 18th, 2011 14 Comments

Rage “Anarchy” Edition and a New Gameplay Trailer!!
Oly on April 18th, 2011 14 Comments

Red Johnson’s Chronicles Releases for PS+ Today
Oly on April 19th, 2011 2 Comments

Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Multiplayer Preview
Oly on April 19th, 2011 14 Comments

Eight New Screens For Skyrim are Beautiful
Oly on April 19th, 2011 12 Comments

ICO/Shadow of Colossus Collection and The Last Guardian to be Delayed
Eddie on April 20th, 2011 14 Comments

Turtle Beach: Ear Force P11 Review
Luke on April 20th, 2011 12 Comments

Official Review: Moon Diver
EdEN on April 20th, 2011 10 Comments

New Brink Images
Oly on April 21st, 2011 5 Comments

Hunted the Demon’s Forge: Screens & Crucible: Showcasing Dungeon Crawler Customization!!
Oly on April 21st, 2011 3 Comments

Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes Impressions
Darrin on April 22nd, 2011 6 Comments

Anonymous: “We didn’t do it”
Ace on April 22nd, 2011 24 Comments

PSN Outages and Problems | Error 80710A06
Oly on April 22nd, 2011 135 Comments

Alice: Madness Returns Will Include DLC of the Original Game
Oly on April 18th, 2011 6 Comments

Telltale Games to Develop a Law & Order: LA Game
Oly on April 19th, 2011 3 Comments

Red Dead Redemption Triple XP 4/21/11
Oly on April 19th, 2011 2 Comments

God of War 4 September 2012? PSM3 Says Yes
Eddie on April 20th, 2011 17 Comments

Dragon Age II Patch 1.01
premiersoupir on April 20th, 2011 1 Comment

Exclusive Mass Effect 3 Images Over at GameInformer
Oly on April 21st, 2011 6 Comments

PS3/PSN Error Codes
Oly on April 21st, 2011 2 Comments

Get iPad iPhone DVD Video Converter Pack for Mac Free
Tosh on April 22nd, 2011 4 Comments

Fallout: New Vegas Getting Huge Overhaul
Jason on April 22nd, 2011 7 Comments

[tab:Poll Results]


What do you think of the Steam implementation in the PS3 version of Portal 2?

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Revolutionary

  • PS3 Version Now a Must Buy

  • It’s Alright

  • Didn’t Need It

  • Not a Good Decision

  • Total Votes: 50

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    This is probably the first time I ever seen the poll results not switch positions from the time it was posted. It appears that most people find the idea of Steam integration, and all of its features, is revolutionary, and for good reason. Not too many games, if any, allow cross-platform play, let alone letting you have, essentially, 2 copies of a game for the price of one. Of course, thanks to the PSN downtime, many folks have been unable to link their PSN and Steam accounts to be able to play the title on both platforms. At least the PSN will be back up soon enough, eh?
    [tab:New Poll]

    Given the recent outage of PSN, this poll will focus on what people think of it in terms of how they are dealing with the security breach (as in, how they are dealing with the possible compromisation of personal data). I can’t really predict which will come out on top, since I have seen a lot of different opinions on it anyway.

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    {democracy:132}

    [tab:END]

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