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First there was the Amazon sale, then GameStop in Spain went loco and sold off PS3 bundles at a fantastic promotional price. Now it’s Australia’s turn to jump in to the PS3 price slashing drama with news surfacing on Gamerzink that local Target stores, in what we must condemn as a shocking disregard for public safety, dropped the price of all remaining PS3s (40GB) to $199 (USD$159 / Â£97 / â‚¬114).
There’s no doubt about it. We love our post apocalyptic and alien monsters just as much as the rest of you. That’s why we are pleased to hear that the creators of Fallout 3 and the upcoming Brink, Bethesda, have purchased id Software who are most known for the creation of Doom and Quake.
From the sound of things, it looks like this merger will be beneficial to those that matter most; the gamers. Not much is going to change in terms of employment or upcoming releases committed to other publishers. So what exactly is going to change you ask?
Posting up a job advertisement for a Gameplay Programmer over at Edge-Online, it appears that LittleBigPlanet creators Media Molecule are not resting on their laurels and are currently ramping up development on another game.
The keywords in the ad that immediately jump out at us are: “ground-breaking”, “AAA” and “PS3 title for Sony Computer Entertainment”.
With unemployment queues around the block, studios closing their doors and whole countries going bankrupt, you may be aware that we’re at the nadir of a global recession.
Contrary to popular myth, the gaming industry is not immune to these economic shifts with Sony’s announcement last month revealing the company’s first loss in 14 years. And we’re not talking about a mere bump in the road here. We’re talking a 1 billion dollar pot-hole that could consume an entire bus.
Determined to address their financial woes however, it would appear that all signs point towards a Sony recovery.
Kotaku have apparently come across some new and interesting details regarding Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Eye plus new motion controller technology.
Demoed at this year’s E3 to much aplomb, hordes of people are intrigued about just what the device is capable of, and with the technology already in the hands of developers, it’s no surprise that certain aspects of the exciting concept are now coming out.
With a puffed out chest and his fingers secretly crossed behind his back, Activision CEO Robert Kotick has come out and suggested that, unless Sony lower the price of the PS3, the super-publisher might have no option but to pull support for Sony’s platforms.
The statement, resounding around the internet yesterday like a wrecking ball, has caused many people to weigh in with their opinions on why such an eminent figure in the gaming industry would come out with such a bold and, let’s face it, totally incredulous statement.
Exclusive to GameStop (and only in Spain), the PS3 is now available for â‚¬299.98 with two games. The bundles on offer include Gran Turismo 5 Prologue + MotorStorm, Resistance + Uncharted, GTA4 + Midnight Club Los Angeles, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue + GTA or, if you’d rather just one newer title, the console along with Killzone 2 for the same price.
We don’t know how long the offer lasts so, if you’re in Spain, RÃ¡pido! RÃ¡pido! Get them while you can.
Andrew House, the SCEE boss believes that consumers will duplicate their behaviour from previous console cycles and invest into the PlayStation 3 as a means of ‘upgrading’ from a lower powered machine later on in the hardware timeline.
We’ve known for some time now that, just like a bunch of grandmothers who like to meet up and swap knitting patterns and complain how young people “just don’t listen anymore”, the talented and creative folk from a number of Sony’s studios also like to get together and share their stories and experiences.
Now we’ve learned of an integral clique of developers who are diligently working away on core development tools and sharing them with the wider Sony creative circle.
With Sony and Microsoft about to enter “Motion-Wars”, a domain previously dominated by the sole presence of Nintendo; a lot of internet chatter at the moment is focused on two important points: whose technology is better, and who will be first to market?
The first question is almost impossible to answer with industry mavens and arm-chair commentators alike only able to opine personal viewpoints. (We like Sony’s more – just for the record).
As for the second question concerning timings, though no dates have been locked down at the moment, it does look like Sony could beat Microsoft for once and have their technology in your hands sooner rather than later.
When the lights went down in the Shrine Auditorium we admit one simple thought crossed our minds: how are Sony going to top Microsoft’s killer presentation from the day before.
From the new NATAL technology to Milo to the Modern Warfare 2 timed exclusive content, we admit to thinking Sony were going to stumble and let us down a little.
How wrong we were. Sit back and forgive us the staccato nature of its presentation but here’s all the big announcements Jack Tretton and friends bestowed upon us at Sony’s 2009 E3 conference.
After reporting its first loss in 14 years, Sony are now pulling out all the stops in an effort to make their business more efficient, including looking at new and inventive ways of cutting a dollar here and not spending a euro there.
One fairly obvious way of driving down costs is to work with fewer companies and negotiate lower prices based on the pretext that, as preferred suppliers, Sony will send more business their way.
Today PS3 Attitude is pleased to announce that not only will we actually be at E3 2009, but we’re also hosting our own charity shindig.
Yes, this is your chance to meet us in person in Los Angeles and have a drink with us and our friends and contacts from the video game industry.
And if that wasn’t enough, as well as helping us raise some serious cash for our Charity Fund, you’ll get the chance to win some cool prizes too.
UK merchant site The Hut are having a “Supernova Sale – Everything Must Go! (Or go on fire)” with what they’re calling their May Madness event. We call it: “An opportunity that every cash strapped PS3 owner who likes great games should not miss out on.”
We’ve never liked EA Redshore Studios.
Don’t get us wrong, we really enjoyed Dead Space (one of us more than others) and we’re keen to see how Dante’s Inferno pans out but, and we freely admit this is a terribly weak excuse, the studio’s name has always annoyed us.
Reflecting their “intense action-oriented” titles, the California based studio will now be known as “Visceral Games”.
Yes, you read that title correctly. Capcom is supposedly planning on releasing between 20 and 40 classics from their PS1 and PSP collection on the PSN. We’re already drooling at the mouth just thinking about what games could be on the magical list.
From the Mega Mans and Resident Evils to the Street Fighters and Breath of Fires, there is a list, about as big as a certain database, that is worthy to grace our PS3s.
In just a few short weeks, we are going to have one of the biggest E3’s in quite some time. Sony are limbering up for a showdown of epic proportions, and doubtless the competition are taking a similar stance.
What do we reckon is lurking up the longest sleeves of the highest SCE bigwig?
At the MI6 Games Marketing Summit in San Francisco yesterday, SCEA’s John Koller dropped a small bombshell when the question of Facebook integration came up. On the subject of PS3 being able to ‘spit out something to Facebook’, Koller responded with a rather interesting comment…
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has appointed Target Entertainment to take the job of transferring some of PlayStationâ€™s biggest brands into consumer products.
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