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No minors allowed on South Korea PSN

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Last year South Korea decided that any child under the age of 16 should have their online gaming privileges restricted. This new decision lead to the “Shutdown Law,” this new law now made it illegal for children under the age of 16 to play games between the hours of midnight and 6 A.M. – this put services like PSN in a sort of bind. In response SONY pulled the PlayStation Network from South Korea, making sure they avoided any possible violation of this new law.

Now, SONY is back and ready to put the PlayStation Network back up and running in South Korea. Their new plan is to only allow those who are 18 and older on the service, requiring you to have a credit card to prove your age. As an added bonus, they [SONY] will also be giving a free month of PlayStation Plus to those who already had an active account a year ago when the service went down.

Although the credit card thing may be able to keep people from creating under age accounts, we’re not completely sure that will keep kids offline or off the service. Many children under the age of 16, in many countries, use other peoples accounts because they don’t have their own online account for one reason or another. What is to stop that from happening here, how will they know when a minor child gets on, say, their big brother or parents account. Do you believe that children under the age of 16 will be on the PlayStation Network come May 16 when it relaunches, let us know what you think in the comments section.

Source: Game Politics

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What does it mean to be an “indie dev”? Candygun Games Interview

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Over the past 7 years, the prominence of the independent developer or “indie dev” in the home console space has grown exponentially. From small beginnings with the likes of James Silva and The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai and Johnathan Blow with his critical hit Braid, the common denominator of all indie games that seems to shine through is the creator’s iron will to express an idea. These developers, whether they be individuals crafting away for 5 years on a single title or a small team of college friends combining their skills and taking to Kickstarter, all want the same thing – to send the  industry a message of what they’re about, a message of what they want to accomplish.

Toiling away in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, the tiny team at Candygun Games has been bringing to life a title they feel epitomizes their very mission and culture. Something that represents their message , which is “producing entertaining gameplay focused titles with fantastic visuals”.

Roger Joswig, Managing Director of the independent developer, puts it succinctly: “When we prototype our games we start without any visual design and modify the game until it’s fun to play. The visual design is then added on top to support the game design.” It’s this focus on ‘entertainment first, beauty second’ that looks to set their next title Dollar Dash apart from the rest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Darkstalkers Resurrection hits PSN March 12

Fans of 1995′s Night Warriors: Darkstalker’ Revenge & 1997′s Darkstalkers 3, can look forward to their re-release on the PlayStation Network very soon on March 12 in North America in the form of compilation Darkstalkers Resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

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PlayStation Store Update: Week of February 18

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This week the PlayStation Store sees a rather large update, with new games coming at us from all directions. For all you AAA FPS fans Crysis 3 hits the digital shelf ready and waiting for your purchase. We also see two PSN titles this week, the fast paced, challenging Urban Trial Freestyle and the retro filled Capcom Arcade Cabinet which comes with two free games and many more ready for purchase. If you are more of the handheld kind of gamer – SONY didn’t forget about you. On top of receiving Urban Trial Freestyle, Vita owners get Patapon 3 and Generation of Chaos: Pandora’s Reflection (GoC:PR). Are you still holding on to your super awesome PSP, you can also grab up GoC:PR or just go grab OMG Zombies (free) for PS Mobile. Pretty heavy week, got a little bit for every one including PS+ members. Check out the full list of new releases, prices included and don’t forget to let us know what you will be picking up this week in the comments section.

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Half-priced sale on select ATLUS titles

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ATLUS, the great minds behind series like King of Fighters and Sherlock Holmes, have drastically slashed prices on four of their best selling PSN games. The four titles on sale are Droplitz, Rock of Ages, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona and Trine 2. All of them are great games and are well worth their full price, but you don’t have to pay that, if you hurry. From now until the rapidly approaching date of February 1, you can pick up anyone of these titles for 50% off their normal price.

Source: Worthplaying

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PlayStation Store update: Week of December 17

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Holy whacky Wednesday Batman, we have a huge release this week. To start off we have two new titles up for pre-order: DMC: Devil May Cry and Metro: Last Light. Zombie Driver HD finally hits PSN along with the spiritual remake of Karateka, that’s not all for PSN, we also see the release of Labyrinth Legends and Knytt Underground. If PSN games are not your cup of tea, no worries, we also see the digital release of Batman: Arkham Asylum and the newly released LEGO: the Lord of the Rings. Vita owners finally get to take the HD re-release of Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath on the go with them, as well as, they can finally play the previously mobile only, highly acclaimed Burn the Rope. That’s not all, the PlayStation Store also see several bundles, apps and amazing PS2 Classics hit their virtual shelves, so check everything out in this weeks PS Store update.

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Hackers beware, Sony may ban you for life

Recently a group of hackers have found a way to exploit the Ps3 firmware. This new hack allows users to play pirated games on the PlayStation Network right along side those who bought the retail release. Sony warns that “use of such software violates the terms of the ‘System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation®3 System’ and the ‘Terms of Services and User Agreement’ for the PlayStation®Network/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.”

As a result to this violation, Sony is reminding the public, that if caught, you could be permanently banned from the PlayStation Network and all of its features. If you have already used this hack, but have not been caught, Sony is still offering a chance to not get banned. All you have to do is stop using and remove all ‘illegal’ software from your PlayStation 3 and you will be fine.

Source: Eurogamer

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New PlayStation update starts to move things around

A new PlayStation Update (version 4.30) was released yesterday, Tuesday, October 23. This updated effects a few things, one of them being the trophies. They will now be displayed by reallocating them to the networking portion of the XMB. So, when you want to view your trophies, you will have to go under network and your trophies list will be there.

Over the past few months many PlayStation 3 owners have been very upset that they couldn’t view there vita trophies from there PlayStation 3 but yet they could view there PlayStation 3 trophies from there vita. Sony listened to the feedback of the community, and starting this Tuesday for the first time you will be able to view your vita trophies from your PlayStation 3.  In addition you wont have to go all the way to your friends list to see your gamer card anymore. Now to view your gamer card  you will just have to go to your trophies and it’ll be displayed at the top of the page.

By the beginning of November the application known as Life With PlayStation will no longer be available to new users with the 4.30 update and, all applications will be gone including Stanford University’s Folding@home. This application helped Stanford University try to find a cure for Alzheimer.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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Arkedo Series Review (PSN)

Arkedo Series was developed by Arkedo Studio and published by Sanuk Games. It was released on October 16, 2012 for $5.99. A copy of the game was provided for review purposes.

The Arkedo Series, an anthology of games by Arkedo Studio, is a throwback to times long past. When games were more about the intense challenge that came through hard and sometimes frustrating game design than they were about technical breakthroughs. A time when games didn’t hold the player’s hand as much and respected them as a player.

The download comes with three of the games previously released on the PlayStation Network, including JUMP!, a collect-a-thon game where the player must grab bombs and escape before time runs out. SWAP!, a puzzle game where the player must match four or more blocks of the same color in a row by swapping them around. Last, but not least, PIXEL!, an action-adventure style platformer where the player takes control of a cat and navigates through treacherous worlds.

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Worms: Revolution ‘Funfair Pack’ DLC coming soon

Wriggling its way onto the PlayStation Network comes the Worms: Revolution ‘Funfair Pack’ DLC. Courtesy of the folks at Team17, players can look forward to a mountain of new content, including:

  • Five new single-player puzzle missions narrated by fan favorite voice over talent Matt Berry as Don Keystone
  • The returning Armageddon, Skunk and Napalm Strike weapons and brand new Knock-Out weapon
  • Many new customisation items such as trinkets and accessories, and;
  • A new Funfair-themed backdrop for use in local and online multiplayer matches.

You won’t have to wait long to dig into the ‘Funfair Pack’. Look for it on the PlayStation Network on October 24.

Source: Joystiq

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