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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Leipzig is dead, according to Gamescom organiser

Ever heard of Gamescom? Well, you do now. Some rather shocking news have made their appearance the last few hours. According to a statement released by the organiser of the new BIU-backed show, the Cologne based event (Gamescom) will "replace" Leipzig Games Convention. I used quotation marks on the word replace, because both events are probably going to take place. The organiser just says that Gamescom is going to be the next key European event in 2009.

Even though Leipzig was a huge success -attracting more than 200,000 people-, BIU (aka German Publisher Association) has decided to support economically only Gamescom for the year 2009.

But, let's see what Oliver P.Kuhrt (managing director of Gamescom's organizer Koelnmesse) had to say in his statement:

"It was to be expected that the Leipzig trade fair would try to keep the topic in its 2009 programme as well by announcing its date. But they will have to do it without the industry for the most part. The lead trade fair will take place in Cologne in 2009 and beyond."

"From Leipzig we are bringing the clear message that the games industry will be exhibiting in 2009 in Cologne at Gamescom. We have met with broad approval, and the industry is looking forward to gathering in Cologne. Whatever happens in Germany in 2009 outside of Cologne cannot claim to represent this sector."


Koelnmesse, has even confirmed the date that the event will take place. It's opening date is September 9th and the "new European games platform for the international games community" -as Koelnmesse termed it- will remain open until the 13th of September.

Mr. Kuhrt continued with the statement: "The trade visitors area in Halls 4 and 5 at the Cologne exhibition centre is the new communication and trading platform for the international games industry."

"Designed as a compact unit, the area offers the participants from trade and industry, media and development optimal conditions that will allow them to enter into dialogue with one another."



What do you guys think? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Will having two rival shows taking place at roughly the same time eventually result in what happened in UK a few years back?

[Source: MCV]

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Sunday, 24 August 2008

PS3 Attitude's Comprehensive Leipzig Review, Part 2

Part dos of our Leipzig review:

SingStar Vol. 3 Party Edition
With 2.2 million downloads to date, no wonder SingStar is getting a big push. SingStar's PS2-PS3 compatibility was announced and later explained for the PS3 version. Vol. 3 artists includes: Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, The Ting Tings, Lionel Richie, Queen, Katrina and the Waves, among others. Officially announced tracks are:
  • Barry Manilow, Copacabana
  • David Bowie, Space Oddity
  • Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney, Ebony & Ivory
  • Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson, The Way I Are
  • Coldplay, Viva La Vida

Wish upon a SingStar
PS2's SingStar Singalong with Disney was announced for PAL territories only. Songs from Aladdin, Toy Story, Pinocchio, The Lion King, The Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, The Little Mermaid, and more will be made available in local languages across PAL territories.

Introducing EyePet
Read our recent post of this promising PlayStation Eye game. I wonder which pet will try to hump the other first...


Heavy Rain
This is a game I'm truly looking forward to. Actually this is the only game I'm looking forward to. And not just because of the graphics...that's just a bonus. A demo was confirmed by Quantic Dream's founder David Cage, a gameplay trailer was released, and the developers are touting an immersive and emotionally-engaging experience. Yum, yum. Normally I would scoff at all this fancy talk from a game developer, but this is Quantic Dream. The people responsible for Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit are not to be taken lightly.

New PSP Hardware
The rumors were (somewhat) true, a new PSP was officially announced. The PSP-3000 improves the LCD allowing for higher image quality and more definition when in sunlight. This new PSP also comes with a built-in microphone, perfect for you Skypers out there. Available in PAL territories (Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand) from 15th October 2008 as a bundle, including one software title valued at €199. For NTSC regions the PSP-3000 will also be offered as the Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters bundle (including a 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack) for $199.99, while a core pack will be available later this year at $169.99.


Will there be a part tres? Come back and find out.

Sources [us.playstation.com, uk.playstation.com, PS3fanboy, EuroGamer]

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Saturday, 23 August 2008

PS3 Attitude's Comprehensive Leipzig Review, Part 1

Another year, another Leipzig. It's time to re-visit our on-site coverage by our guest writer Alexander Chalkidis with some new info from the Leipzig aftermath. Let's begin with part uno:

New 160 GB PS3 SKU
The new SKU comes as a bundle for North America this November for $499.99. The Uncharted: Drake's Fortune PS3 bundle includes:
  • 160GB PS3 system (same specs as the current 80GB model)
  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
  • PAIN PLAYSTATION Network voucher
  • DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless controller
Europeans will enjoy this SKU the 31st of October for €449. Exactly the same specs as the current 80GB offering but will include €70 of PLAYSTATION Network content (expected to vary by territory).

PlayTV launch Dated
As we reported earlier, 19th of September is the date you lucky Europeans can (finally) enjoy PlayTV. You may want to check out this recent unboxing for more info.




Little Big Planet
Launching on the 29th of October for Europe and in the mysterious date of "October 2008" for America. Join us in our longing for all things LBP here, here, here and of course here.



PS3 Wireless Keypad
Great potential that both first and third party developers will surely overlook (*cough* Touch pad mode*cough*). I hope someone notices. Key features include:
  • QWERTY keypad designed for fast, thumbs-only typing.
  • Touch pad mode turns the main key area into a touch pad. When touch pad button is pressed, user can not use the keys for character input but can slide her finger on this area to select something on the screen. On the internet browser, user can see a cursor when this mode is set on.
  • Dedicated short cut keys provide instant access to text-based communication applications on the PLAYSTATION®Network.
  • Automatic pairing with the PS3™ system via a USB cable.
  • Charges by connecting it directly to the PS3™ system using a USB cable.
  • Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Up to 33 feet (10 meters) operating range
  • USB 2.0 full speed (for battery charging and Bluetooth® pairing only)
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery (Capacity – 610mAh)
  • Approx Weight: 60g

Free Streaming Music from VidZone
VidZone will deliver free streaming music videos to the PlayStation 3. A trial service is scheduled for launch in early 2009 for Europe, Australia and New Zealand (no yankee love). You will be able to stream VidZone’s music videos for free on your PS3 or your PSP via Remote Play. You can even make your own playlists from their vast library. Apparently all of VidZone's features (maybe even more) will be available for PS3 users. There will be a small fee if you want to download songs, music videos or ringtones to your mobile phone though.


Sources [us.playstation.com, uk.playstation.com, Engadget, Stuff.tv]

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Friday, 22 August 2008

Demo and DLC material for Heavy Rain

While Quantic Dream denies to unveil any details about the scenario of Heavy Rain, they kindly decided to let us know some other details about the game (you devils!).

The announcements were made during Sony's press conference at Games Convention 2008 (Leipzig). David Cage (founder of Quantic) stated that there will be a demo before the release of the final version of the game. But that's not all. Cage went a little further by saying that DLC for Heavy Rain will be available via the PlayStation Network.

Despite the tempting questions (most of them about the storyline) he was asked, none of them were answered. All he said was that Quantic Dream has spent an enormous amount of time in the sector of the scenario, with many Hollywood scriptwriters contributing in the development.

[Thanks to George for the tip]

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Thursday, 21 August 2008

A new trailer of Valkyria Chronicles

God bless Leipzig! Since the convention opened its doors, we've been bombarded with news about games (and not only)! But, let's cut to the chase. A new trailer for Sega's upcoming title Valkyria Chronicles, has made its appearance.

As I've mentioned before, Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical JRPG, which successfully manages to mix real time combat with RPG elements. It's also a PS3 exclusive; no kidding. It seems Microsoft didn't get the chance to "time-exclusive" it (stop it, James!).

For those who are really interested in this game, you can watch the embed video and -in case you missed it- read some more details about Valkyria Chronicles, here.

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Friday, 15 August 2008

Expectations for Leipzig 2008

What has Sony got in store for us in Leipzig?

As you all know, the biggest game convention in Europe is starting shortly and I thought it would be interesting to write a short piece on what I expect (and don't expect) from Sony during this outing.

There have been intense rumours going about, especially after the less than stellar showing at E3 this year which gave us little news apart from MAG and a God of War 3 we already knew had to come. SCEE (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) themselves with David Reeves at the head have teased us further by promising "lots of announcements" at GC '08.

There are a few things that I expect, and some I don’t expect but wish for. I will detail them all below. And please remember that these are all my very personal expectations for the show, I am basing it simply on my gut feeling.

Things I would expect

SingStar announcement

Since David Reeves has stated this himself I would expect some form of announcement regarding the "next generation" of SingStar, when I first heard this I must say I was a bit frightened...I thought I just spent almost 200 euros so far on the "next generation" of SingStar. But I’m looking forward to whatever announcement it will be, I’m sure it won’t be something that will wreck the SingStar franchise as it stands now as that would be a social gaming suicide for Sony.

Perhaps wireless microphones, perhaps the possibility to use your mp3player or files in SingStar but I doubt the latter. The functionality would be too limited in my opinion, it would be like singing in the shower...but in your living room. Not as fun without the video and the lyrics on screen (or the water running down you for that matter...)

LittleBigPlanet

Of course there will be LittleBigPlanet stuff going on at Leipzig, what did you think? Since Alex Evans (Media Molecule developer) chat with Eurogamer last week when he said he’d "like to make another announcement", I think everyone is keen to know if he’s just being nostalgic about GDC 2007 or if he actually has an announcement up his sleeve, and if so, can the world handle anymore LittleBigPlanet announcements?

Resistance 2 & Killzone 2

I’d expect these two too square off yet again for the title of best shooter on the PS3, a title that was firmly held by Killzone 2 but has slipped more and more in the favour of Resistance 2, I still think Killzone 2 will come out on top in the end. Since the public has access to the Leipzig convention it should be interesting to find out what the public at large thinks about these two competing titles.

Heavy Rain

Could Leipzig be the venue Quantic Dream have chosen for unveiling their upcoming Heavy Rain, little is known about the title, except universal acknowledgement that it will look great. It would be very interesting to get more information on the game and to see if this was the game that so amazed a BBC reporter when he was shown a "secret game in production". Since Quantic Dream is based in Paris we could all hope that SCEE has saved them for Leipzig instead of going full out at E3.

Twisted Metal PS3

This classic needs a remake and we’re more than certain that it will have one on the PS3; the only question is when…I think Sony might shed more light on Twisted Metal PS3 during the convention in Leipzig.

Home

Of course they’re going to be talking about Home, but what will they say…a release date? An open beta date? Your guess is as god as mine. There will be Home, but what will it be about.

New gadgets

I think there will be at least one new gadget announcement, or an announcement regarding something new you can use your PS3 for, such as the PlayTV hardware expansion we saw last year.

Life with PlayStation

Since Life with PlayStation should go live roughly around the time of the Leipzig convention I would expect some form of announcement regarding it, perhaps even a repeat of the E3 announcement of the video store a´la "it is available right now on your PS3".

Things I would not expect, but wish for!

Team ICO announcement

I know everyone is clamouring for an announcement on the new Team ICO game. I personally don’t think we’ll hear anything about it for one big reason; Sony Japan will want to keep any Team ICO announcement until the Tokyo Game Show later this year.

Uncharted 2

There has been at least a semi-confirmation from Naughty Dog that Uncharted 2 is in development(as if we didn’t know already), but what is it about, are the old protagonists still there, what environment will we get to hunt treasures in this time, what does it look like? Feel like? Play like? Yes I’m excited, I love Uncharted.

God of War 3 in-game video / playable

I think we might get another GoW3 trailer but I don’t think there will be any in-game video or playable material this time around.

MAG

I think what Zipper showed at E3 is basically what we get from MAG right now, hopefully a name change will come around soon, probably something involving SOCOM, but we’ll see when the time comes.

Syphon Filter PS3

I’d love to see a Syphon Filter game on the PS3, I played them all on PS, PS2 and PSP and enjoyed them immensely, the story, the characters, everything was great in those games; it needs to be on the PS3 as well. But…I don’t think we’ll get an announcement on it this time around.

Video Store announcement

David Reeves has stated himself that this will not come to Europe until early next year, so I doubt they will talk much about it during this year’s convention. There could however be some announcements about European TV / Movie makers that have come on board since the E3 announcement (if any)

New pricing schemes

I doubt that Sony would discuss any new pricing schemes right now; they seem to be happy the way things are going, especially with them finally making a profit again from the PlayStation division. If they do decide to lower the price this year, it will probably be closer to the Tokyo Game Show and expect an announcement there in that case.

New colours for PS3

I don’t think there will be any new colour announcements considering it took so long for the PS2 to get a colour remake in Europe and we still only have the PSP in black & silver(also yellow & red if you buy special bundles) but it’s not enough, colour is fun!

Come August 20th, we’ll all see what gets announced and what stays put in Sony’s closet of secrets. I would love to hear what expectations you might have in the comments section!

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Friday, 31 August 2007

PS3 Exclusive - Haze coming to the Playstation 3 only

After rumour and counter-rumour (and we've learnt not to post those any more!) it's now official.

Haze has become a PS3 exclusive and the Xbox 360 version has been dropped completely. The websites of Free Radical and Ubisoft and the official Haze site all now only list the PS3 version of the game.

Another exclusive in the PS3's cap - that makes 16 by my reckoning between now and March 2008.

Bring on the nectar!

Check out this shaky-cam video of the actual gameplay from Leipzig...

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Friday, 24 August 2007

Leipzig GC 07: how clear was our crystal ball?

We've been a bit quite around PS3 Attitude whilst we gather all the nuggets of information from Leipzig and get the lined up. Liveblogging and updating the site around E3 taught us a few lessons about time management...

So, how good were the predictions and what does the future look like for the PS3, especially in the UK and Europe?

Predictions 1 & 2 - "Europe will get a video on demand service for the PS3 and PSP" and "The PS3 will gain Freeview in the UK."

Sony announced PlayTV for the PS3, a twin-tuner Freeview (Digital Terrestrial Television) receiver and software bundle that allows you to turn your PS3 into a full-blown PVR, recording and playing back TV programs. PlayTV allows you to record one program whilst watching something else, and you can control it via Remote Play on your PSP too.

In addition, we heard the official announcement regarding Sky's joint venture with Sony which will bring on-demand programs and video to the PSP platform.

PlayTV launches in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France in 2008. Whether the Sky venture makes it's way to the PS3 is debatable - I can't see why Sky would allow their content on a PS3 that supports Freeview or vice versa.


Prediction Score - 10/10

Prediction 3 - "A 120Gb PS3 model for Europe instead of the 80Gb model they launched in the US."

Sony's David Reeves has said, whilst at Leipzig, that this is possible.

"The difference between 60 and 80GB is very small, we just feel that going up 20GB is not worth it," Reeves told Norwegian website Dagbladet. However, "If you go to double it, it's worth it", he added. "So maybe you'll see something a little bit later."

So whilst they didn't announce it at GC 07, there's a good chance this prediction will come true in the near future.


Prediction Score - 6/10

Prediction 4 - "Sony will announce at least six new exclusives."

David Reeves went on record saying that Sony were not going to launch any further titles at GC 07 because consumers are already anticipating a heavy few months and they can't necessarily afford any more titles right now.

And yet with the PS Eye they announced three new titles exclusive titles that are supported by the device! Operation Creature Feature, Trials of Topoq and Aqua Vita are all coming along soon.

However, they didn't announce the titles we expected and seem to be leaving them until the Tokyo Game Show...


Prediction Score - 2/10

Predictions 5 & 6 - "The PSP will get access to the Playstation Store/PS3 Friends/PS3 Chat" and "The PSP and/or PS3 will get a Skype client"

Whilst Go! Messenger is only for the PSP and it isn't by Skype, the PSP is getting a chat and messenger system that will make use of the Go! Play camera and a headset. In conjunction with BT, the PSP will become a viable VoIP solution.

I still believe the PSP will access the PS3 Friends system at some point, but it is sensible to make this interface with PlayStation Home for that functionality in the same way Phil Harrison showed use via mobile phone.


Prediction Score - 5/10

Prediction 7 - "Sony will launch a 'LinkedIn' or 'Facebook' style system"

They didn't announce anything like this. This will probably be serviced by the PC web-based interface to PlayStation Home that they announced at E3.


Prediction Score - 1/10

Prediction 8 - "SCEE will announce the SixShock controller. Or RumbleAxis. Or whatever you want to call it"

Also didn't happen. In an interview with GameSpot, David Reeves said that any rumours about this coming along are just that - there are no announcements regarding rumble now or expected any time soon.


Prediction Score - 0/10

Prediction 9 - "Sony will launch a PC client to access and chat with your Friends"

GC 07 was not about Home at all. Sony's strategy, it seems, is to split up announcements between E3, GC and TGS. This means that since all the Home announcements were at E3, we need to wait for any extra details - especially since they're still in beta right now.

However, we know from E3 that a PC web-based service will allow access to Home, and so therefore will allow access to your Friends via PC.


Prediction Score - 4/10

Prediction 10 - "Sony will allow you to live videoblog using a PSP with a GoCam! direct to your PS3 hard drive and consequently to your Playstation Home space"

Again, because of no Home news at GC 07, we're not sure. But since Go! Messenger was launched, it's not such a leap of faith to make it connect to the Internet like Go! Cam and send your stuff up to the PS3. Certainly, Go! Messenger has connectivity to other devices such as PCs build in, so I'm calling this one a fairly accurate prediction!


Prediction Score - 6/10

Not a bad score overall - check back for more GC 07 roundup news soon.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Leipzig; a reminder of our predictions

You may remember we came up with a bunch of predictions to see what would and wouldn't happen at Leipzig. Here's a quick reminder of the items we came up with ready for us to follow up once we have the full reports back from the show:

  1. Europe will get a video on demand service for the PS3 and PSP - we already know there's a new service on the way, so this wouldn't be a big leap of faith.
  2. The PS3 will gain Freeview in the UK. This is one of the main rumours and there ain't smoke without fire. Freeview, for those that don't know, is the UK's digital terrestrial television service. It would turn the PS3 into a PVR with access to over 30 channels for free.
  3. A 120Gb PS3 model for Europe instead of the 80Gb model they launched in the US. This is a popular rumour right now. Personally, I couldn't give a fig - I can already upgrade my PS3 to 160Gb for £65 or so without invalidating the warranty.
  4. Sony will announce at least six new exclusives. In an interview with ThreeSpeech David explains that at their regular quarterly worldwide meetings they usually see just a few great titles. But right now he can "hand on heart, say that there are six or seven such games, coming in the next 18 months, which are absolutely spectacular." I'm guessing that two titles from each of the last three quarterly meetings will have made it through to the launch list by now.
  5. The PSP will get access to the Playstation Store/PS3 Friends/PS3 Chat. When they added PSP Remote Play via the Internet, where you log in using your PS3 email address and password, it was a clear indication that some of the PSN features could be accessed directly on the PSP without having to connect to your PS3 at home.
  6. The PSP and/or PS3 will get a Skype client. We know that the PSP firmware has had a 'notion' of Skype compatibility for a while, so this wouldn't be a great leap.
  7. Sony will launch a 'LinkedIn' or 'Facebook' style system that allows you to connect to new PS3 Friends by using the 'six degrees of separation' rule. Basically, you'll be able to meet new friends by getting introductions through your existing friends. This will expand your network and ensure that the profitable "you MUST get Super Stardust" messages are pushed across the network as fast as possible.
  8. SCEE will announce the SixShock controller. Or RumbleAxis. Or whatever you want to call it. Personally I've not missed rumble at all, so I'm not sure I care as much as everyone else on the 'net seems to about this.
  9. Sony will launch a PC client to access and chat with your Friends. Since the PS3 chat client appears to use Jabber as its basis this wouldn't be a big development issue. In fact I've been trying to figure out how to do this myself anyway using Jabber, but haven't been able to yet.
  10. My last prediction - Sony will allow you to live videoblog using a PSP with a GoCam! direct to your PS3 hard drive and consequently to your Playstation Home space. No basis for this prediction - I just think it would be cool!
Check back over the next few days to see what happens and what doesn't!!

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Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Great stand setup pictures from Leipzig

Take a look at the official blog for the Leipzig GC today. There's a whole bunch of excellent pictures showing the nearly-completed stands for the show including the main PS3 stand, Time Crisis 4, Ratchet & Clank and a PlayStation Network space.

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Friday, 20 July 2007

Sony's David Reeves says 'get ready for war'...

Maybe it's just not 'fanboy' enough for some, but I'm still of the opinion that no one company 'won' at E3. All three main players came with new and exciting developments that mean us gamers are going to be very happy this year.

Now SCEE's David Reeves is popping up in interviews all over the place, MCV and ThreeSpeech to name just two. And his message.

Get ready for war. The real battle starts now.

"There will be absolute fireworks at peak, that I can promise you. We will be doing things no-one has seen yet for both PS3 and PSP."

At the Leipzig show next month (which we'll be covering, naturally) Reeves expects to announce a whole cavalcade of incredible features for the PSP and PS3.

So, let the rumour-mill commence. I'll start you off with my list of ideas, and explain them - it'll be fun to see what really happens:

  1. Europe will get a video on demand service for the PS3 and PSP - we already know there's a new service on the way, so this wouldn't be a big leap of faith.
  2. The PS3 will gain Freeview in the UK. This is one of the main rumours and there ain't smoke without fire. Freeview, for those that don't know, is the UK's digital terrestrial television service. It would turn the PS3 into a PVR with access to over 30 channels for free.
  3. A 120Gb PS3 model for Europe instead of the 80Gb model they launched in the US. This is a popular rumour right now. Personally, I couldn't give a fig - I can already upgrade my PS3 to 160Gb for £65 or so without invalidating the warranty.
  4. Sony will announce at least six new exclusives. In an interview with ThreeSpeech David explains that at their regular quarterly worldwide meetings they usually see just a few great titles. But right now he can "hand on heart, say that there are six or seven such games, coming in the next 18 months, which are absolutely spectacular." I'm guessing that two titles from each of the last three quarterly meetings will have made it through to the launch list by now.
  5. The PSP will get access to the Playstation Store/PS3 Friends/PS3 Chat. When they added PSP Remote Play via the Internet, where you log in using your PS3 email address and password, it was a clear indication that some of the PSN features could be accessed directly on the PSP without having to connect to your PS3 at home.
  6. The PSP and/or PS3 will get a Skype client. We know that the PSP firmware has had a 'notion' of Skype compatibility for a while, so this wouldn't be a great leap.
  7. Sony will launch a 'LinkedIn' or 'Facebook' style system that allows you to connect to new PS3 Friends by using the 'six degrees of separation' rule. Basically, you'll be able to meet new friends by getting introductions through your existing friends. This will expand your network and ensure that the profitable "you MUST get Super Stardust" messages are pushed across the network as fast as possible.
  8. SCEE will announce the SixShock controller. Or RumbleAxis. Or whatever you want to call it. Personally I've not missed rumble at all, so I'm not sure I care as much as everyone else on the 'net seems to about this.
  9. Sony will launch a PC client to access and chat with your Friends. Since the PS3 chat client appears to use Jabber as its basis this wouldn't be a big development issue. In fact I've been trying to figure out how to do this myself anyway using Jabber, but haven't been able to yet.
  10. My last prediction - Sony will allow you to live videoblog using a PSP with a GoCam! direct to your PS3 hard drive and consequently to your Playstation Home space. No basis for this prediction - I just think it would be cool!
So, there you have it. 10 predictions. Let's see how many come true but, more importantly, let's see how many more you can think up (add yours to the comments, and remember to show your 'working out')...

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