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Friday, 16 May 2008

Jump 2008; PS3 Attitude Charity Fund and GamesAid

It's going to be a week of big announcements at PS3 Attitude, what with Haze Week starting from Monday, but we're going to get the ball rolling right now with our most important news yet.

You may have seen the news that GamesAid, the new UK video game industry charity, launches today. This new charity will focus on raising funds for children's charities, putting much needed funds into health, housing and social welfare projects.

PS3 Attitude are pleased to announce that we are one of the first industry websites that will raise money for this worthwhile cause.

Taking our inspiration from one of the PlayStation Store's downloadable games, on August 31st 2008 the people behind PS3 Attitude, plus a carefully selected crew of gamers and gaming industry contacts, will leap out of a plane at around 13,000 feet.

Fortunately, each person will be connected to one of the Royal Marines at Aldershot that have graciously offered their time and experience to the cause.

Starting today, PS3 Attitude will be running a 'call for jumpers' that will decide the final group taking part in the event. We, and the entire Jump crew, will then be running fund raising activities across June, July and August until the day of the event, which will be recorded for you to enjoy in the following weeks.

If that wasn't exciting enough, here's the fun part - YOU could be jumping with us!
Yes - we are offering PS3 Attitude readers an opportunity to join the crew for Jump 2008.

If you fit the bill, you can help raise money for GamesAid and tick off one of those 'things to do before you reach 50' achievements off your list. So how do you take part?

You need to be fit and healthy, and because it is a tandem sky-dive you need to weigh less than 14 stone. We will require every potential member of the crew to have a British Parachute Association form completed by their Doctor (who may charge for the service of filling it in; a cost you will have to bear).

You need to have a good network of friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances, because we will be targeting each crew member with the job of raising at least £1,000.

You need to be free on August 31st and be able to get to Aldershot.

Finally, you must be at least 18 years old.

If you feel you can commit to the fund raising target, that you are up for the challenge and that you're happy to invest a little money with your Doctor, send us an email with your full name, your address, your age and a paragraph or two about why you want to get involved.

We can only take a few people - spaces are limited - and if you are not chosen we will not be able to refund any money spent gaining your Doctor's go-ahead.

Send your details to jump2008 [at] ps3attitude [dot] com.

Look out for more Jump 2008 news soon, including details of how you can sponsor the crew and a range of widgets you can use with your website or social network profile to support the cause.

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Thursday, 15 May 2008

GamesAid charity launches tomorrow

New industry charity GamesAid launches tomorrow (May 16th), looking to replace the Entertainment Software Charity (ESC), which seems likely to disappear.

GamesAid arrives without specific fiscal targets or a rigid manifesto, but with an over-arching desire to include everyone from developers to retailers – and even consumers.

It has been established with seven trustees: Greg Ingham, chairman (MediaClash), Andy Payne, vice chairman (Mastertronic), Andrew Eades (Relentless), Paul Gardner (Osbourne Clarke), Sarah Seaby (GameCock), Rupert Loman (Eurogamer) and Miles Jacobson (Sports Interactive).

It is likely that the majority of monies will go to UK children’s charities – although, again, the trustees will look to the industry for guidance.

Look out for more GamesAid news tomrrow.

“It’s important to note that this is ‘an’ industry charity, not ‘the’ industry charity. We won’t be dictating, it’s about creating a broad-based membership which comes up with ideas and inspires each other.” - Andy Payne, GamesAid vide chairman.

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European PS Store update for 15th May

What an update!

SCEE have certainly been putting things right since the new store came our way, but it looks like this could be one of the biggest updates we have ever seen.

Not only do we get to finally play Dark Mist (and for less than a fiver), but today's update also sees the arrival of the PixelJunk Monsters expansion.

There is also a downloadable version of WipEout Pure for your PSP (in case you didn't pick it up on UMD), another classic PS1 game that will have RTS fans cheering and an Overlord demo.

Not to mention two additional characters for one of our recent Big Three titles, Everybody's Golf: World Tour.

Throw in a bunch of videos, themes and wallpapers, and you're done.

Here's the full list:

Games

Dark Mist (£4.99)
C&C Red Alert - PS1 game for PS3/PSP (£3.49)
WipEout Pure - PSP game (£14.99)

Demos (all free)

Overlord

Add-ons

PixelJunk Monsters: Encore expansion (£1.99)
Everybody's Golf: World Tour - 'Alex' character (£0.69)
Everybody's Golf: World Tour - 'Gloria' character (£0.69)

Videos (all free)

Dark Sector launch trailer
Burnout Paradise trailers (2 of them)
Brothers In Arms trailer 2
Haze 'TV Ad' trailer

Themes and Wallpapers (all free)

Overlord wallpapers (5 of them)
Overlord theme
Warhawk themes (2 of them)
Eye of Judgment themes (2 of them)
PAIN themes (10 of them)

Don't forget it is Haze Week at PS3 Attitude starting Monday, including our biggest competition yet. Find out more and download the Tiny Trooper wallpapers now.

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Haze Week preview; new Tiny Trooper wallpapers

Next week is Haze Week at PS3 Attitude - 5 days of exclusive interviews and content for you to enjoy that celebrate the release of one of our favourite PS3 exclusives to date.

To get you warmed up for the big event, here are four fun Tiny Trooper wallpapers for you to download. Just click the gallery icon below...

Check back every day next week for much more honey-coated goodness, including news of our biggest competition yet!

Haze Tiny Trooper

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Firmware 2.35 goes live; no new features

Firmware 2.35 has gone live on the PS3.

Supposedly, this fix is not due to the GTA: IV freezing issues, but when the only update information we can find is "improves the stability of some PS3 titles", you have to assume this is in response to those problems.

According to most people, the GTA issues are limited to 60Gb consoles that ave the hardware PS2 compatiblity, which explains why there are no widespread reports of problems in Europe, since have a 60Gb version that uses software backwards compatibility instead.

We've searched high and low, but if you find a new feature hidden away, drop it in the comments.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2008

MGS4: the first ten minutes

Yesterday, Konami threw a 'it's done and dusted' party for the press in Tokyo where Hideo Kojima played around 40 minutes of MGS4.

Here's the first ten minutes for your delectation, courtesy of GameVideos.

I don't need to add any witty prose - the video speaks for itself.

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Tuesday, 13 May 2008

D+PAD Editor speaks - PS3 flak, Italian food and Wii worries

We managed to get some time between issues to quiz David Scammell, Editor-in-Chief at D+PAD magazine, on all things gaming.

For those of you that don't know, D+PAD is a PDF-based web magazine that is frankly so well put together it makes us feel mildly envious. This month's edition alone had a great review of GTA: IV and some exclusive Motorstorm: Pacific Rift screens that made us sit up and take notice.

Here's the interview in full:

[PS3A] What is your background and why did you start D+PAD magazine?

[DS] Video games have always been one of my greatest passions, and as a kid growing up in the late 80s/90s when gaming really started to take off in the mainstream, it was hard to avoid them.

Back in the day when the internet wasn’t readily available, I remember picking up heaps of gaming magazines at a time to get my fix, and I was even an avid reader of ‘Sonic The Comic’ if anyone out there can remember that!

As a result I always wanted to be a part of the gaming press and found myself writing for a few websites before wanting something I could call my own. I thought about starting my own fansite (albeit with an added twist) but felt the market was saturated and that it would struggle to gain a decent following.

With the industry leaning towards digital distribution, the idea of D+PAD came along with the plan to give consumers a free digital publication with high quality content and a design comparable to that of equivalent print magazines.

[PS3A] How long does it take to put together each edition?

[DS] D+PAD’s a monthly publication so we generally turnaround the magazine from start to finish within four to five weeks. However, with D+PAD being digital we can be a lot more flexible with dates than print magazines could ever be.

So, if postponing the publishing date for a few days allows us to fit in a review of the next big title, we’re able to do so. An example of this would be way back in Issue 3. We were just about to hit the upload button when review code for Call of Duty 4 landed on our desk.

Delaying the issue by a few days allowed us to provide one of the world’s first reviews of the multi-million selling title.

[PS3A] What does a PDF-based magazine offer that you can't find at the newsagent?

[DS] Well, not only is D+PAD completely free and available without having to trek down to your local newsagent, being PDF-based allows us to experiment with other ways to deliver content to our readers.

We’ve introduced video streaming into the latest issue of D+PAD so our readers can check out gameplay footage and trailers on the same page as reading the review.

There are also some other exciting features that we’re currently working on implementing into future issues...

[PS3A] When you're not putting D+PAD together, what do you enjoy doing instead?

[DS] I’d be lying if I said I didn’t play a lot of videogames, but there’s plenty more I get up to besides. I’ve recently put a lot of time into GTA IV in a desperate attempt to gain membership to Rockstar’s 100% Club. And with that 19th May date looming there’s not that long left to achieve it!

But of course, with summer approaching, I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time out in the sun with my fantastic girlfriend and our little puppy dog.

[PS3A] Where do you stand on the 'console wars' debate?

[DS] It’s a very touchy subject and admittedly not one that I like to get myself involved in all that often. I’ve never considered myself to be a fanboy of any sorts, and as editor of a multi-format magazine it’s crucial to remain open-minded.

With that said, I think the PS3 took a lot of unnecessary flak early on and I believe we’re really going to see it come into its own later this year with the exciting 08/09 lineup. I recently had the chance to play Killzone 2 at PlayStation Day which has the potential to blow every other FPS out the water should it all come together for February.

Having said that, the Xbox 360 has proven to be a fantastic console with some great exclusive titles, and in my opinion at least, it still houses a superior online experience – even if it does come at a cost.

Wii, as much as I love the little white box, bothers me slightly. It’s home to a few classic titles, but I’m concerned that targeting casuals as much as it has done and being host to some truly awful, yet worryingly popular, ‘casual’ games may harm the industry in the long run.

It’s great that a wider audience is being introduced to gaming, as long as it doesn’t harm the hardcore that the industry has grown on.

But with all that said and done, I always had a huge fondness for the SEGA consoles and was shocked when they pulled out of the console race. Hopefully one day they’ll be back...

[PS3A] What's the best place to eat at in St. Albans?

[DS] There are so many great places to eat in St. Albans it’s unreal! One of my favourite places though has to be Sazio, a lovely little Italian restaurant that offers an all you can eat lunchtime menu. More than enough to fire you up for a productive afternoon back at the office!

[PS3A] We can vouch for that - we've been there and the food is excellent! Bonus question: Was it really necessary to point those things at us on pages 21 and 22 of Issue 7?

[DS] This is going to sound like a horrendous generalisation on my part, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt about the majority of gamers it’s that they love their female leads dressed in revealing outfits. And with assets like that, it would be rude not to.

You can get the latest edition of D+PAD at their website, and add yourself to their subscription list to be notified when the next edition is available.

Our thanks to David and please keep up the good work - D+PAD is truly a great read every month.

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Home open beta in November

In recent articles following the London PlayStation Day, David Reeves of SCEE has talked a lot about the current timeline for PlayStation Home.

He and Kaz Hirai have explained why Home has been pushed back, and Reeves has talked about a renewed focus on games rather than advertisers within Home.

Following all this coverage, we were expecting an expanded closed beta in the Summer followed by an open beta in Autumn.

Ron Festejo, the Creative Director for Home, has now made those broad time slots much narrower, stating the closed beta will be expanded in July and the open beta will arrive in November.

"We have between 8,000 and 10,000 users in this closed beta phase. Around July we’re going to be expanding on the closed beta phase and allowing more people to gradually come in, and then in November this year we’ll be going to the open beta."

So it looks like we'll all get to enjoy a new Home before the end of the year, and help ensure it is as good an experience as we would all like through beta feedback.

[Source: Play.tm]

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Monday, 12 May 2008

EA making SKATE 2 for the PS3

During an announcement regarding 'SKATE It', which is coming out for Nintendo platforms, EA have confirmed that SKATE 2 will be making its way onto the PS3 and Xbox 360.

No other details have become available yet, but this is certainly welcome news.

We had previously commented on 'the skating wars' and how EA's game was giving Tony Hawk a run for his money. There's no doubt that the lean towards realism and a new control mechanism made SKATE a popular title last year.

We'll keep you posted as we find out more.

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Konami confirm UK MGS4 limited edition and pre-order bonus

We had heard about this pack through various sources, but until Konami themselves said it was true, we've held back on reporting it.

But today Konami have confirmed that a limited edition of Metal Gear Solid 4 will hit UK shores. In addition, they have partnered with various UK retail outlets to provide a pre-order bonus.

Consumers that pre-order at certain retailers (list not yet confirmed) will gain the Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2 DVD - a seven-part documentary detailing the origins of previous Metal Gear games and the evolution of Hideo Kojima’s epic series.

The limited edition version of the game includes a soundtrack CD, a 6” 'Old Snake' action figurine, and an exclusive ‘Making Of’ Blu-ray disc. The Blu-ray disc contains two high-definition documentaries which offer a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the development of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, with interviews with series creator Hideo Kojima and key Kojima Productions personnel.

The Limited Edition will carry a £79.99 RRP.

“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is rightly seen as the stand-out title for 2008, and we were determined to come up with something special for its launch. With interest so high, it is only right that we reward fans of the series for pre-ordering the game, and the Metal Gear Saga DVD is a stunning look at how the series has evolved into the phenomenon it has become. Likewise, the Limited Edition is a celebration of all things Metal Gear, and will be prized by those who buy it.” - Martin Schneider, European Marketing Director for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH.

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