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How Did You Decide Upon Your Next-Gen Console Purchase?

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319w ago - Too often, analysts and journalists forget that with the sheer amount of information available these days, it can be difficult for a consumer to make a decision.

I can distinctly recall working down at EB during the launch of the PS2 (yes, I'm that old; just shut up), and it became painfully clear that most consumers, even some who considered themselves gamers, were dazed and confused.

"Just too many conflicting reports," or something to that affect, is a commonly heard comment. So, how did you decide upon your console purchase?

Bear in mind I'm only talking about this new generation, so if you've purchased a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii, I want to know why. How did you arrive at the conclusion? None of these, even the relatively inexpensive Wii, is cheap enough to be considered an "impulse buy," so obviously, one would assume a great deal of thought went into your purchase decision.

I am well aware of the fanboys who plunked down their money without doing any research whatsoever, but if they bothered with responsible research, they wouldn't be embarrassingly biased, now would they? Anywho, I suppose I'll start; I own a PS3 and a 360, and here's why-

The Xbox 360 Purchase

I had an Xbox, and although it turned out to be a far less reliable machine...
 

MLB 09 The Show - Franchise Mode Enhancements for PS3

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320w ago - Senior Designer Kolbe Launchbaugh shared some details today that have gone into the Franchise mode enhancements of MLB 09 The Show. To quote:

When we set out this year's plan, one of our goals was to blow out the personnel aspects of the Franchise experience.

Starting with the beginning of spring training, the rosters you will carry into spring will be those of their real-life counterpart, the long awaited 40-man rosters. Now you will have to manage your Spring Training roster a little more carefully to ensure your young players get the looks they need.

Moving on to the regular season, you will now be dealing with many of the various roster-related items all GMs have to deal with. You will be in control of designating players for assignment, waiver transactions, handling Minor League options, and managing your 40-man roster.

Once in June, you will have the Amateur Draft to participate in. Along with drafting players, the Amateur Draft also includes Supplemental picks for those teams that failed to re-sign Type A or Type B free agents in the offseason.

Once your season hits September, your 25-man roster will expand to the full 40-man where you will then have to decide who get's the call and who doesn't. If your Franchise is successful enough to make the...
 

The MLB 09 The Show PS3 Cover Athlete is Dustin Pedroia!

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320w ago - Public Relations Manager Alex Armour shared the following today via PS Blog:

We wanted to follow up our recent announcement of MLB 09 The Show with a note to introduce the newest cover athlete for the game. This year's spokesperson is Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox.

He's the latest star athlete to grace the cover of our MLB franchise following in the footsteps of his teammate David Ortiz as well as recent players such as David Wright of the NY Mets, and Ryan Howard of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Not only is Pedroia a Gold Glove second baseman and 2008 AL MVP, his work ethic, intensity, and overall game skills make him a perfect fit for our best-selling MLB game.

We're excited to have Pedroia become part of the SCEA baseball family and look forward to his participation in all facets of our campaign. In the meantime, please check out the sweet box art for MLB 09 The Show and we'll check back in with more for you soon.
 

PlayStation 3 Guide: How to Use the PS3 Visualizer

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321w ago - SCEA Associate Product Manager Kristin Neirinckx has shared her sixth how-to PlayStation 3 guide as follows today:

Last but not least, today's "How To" video will teach you how to use the Visualizer on the PLAYSTATION 3. The Visualizer provides a great background to your favorite music on your TV screen.

There are a variety of designs to choose from so pick your favorite and use it next time you listen to your music on your console.

Let us know if there are other videos you would be interested in seeing, and I hope you are all off to a great 2009!



 

PlayStation 3 Guide: Creating and Viewing a PS3 Photo Slideshow

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322w ago - SCEA Associate Product Manager Kristin Neirinckx shared the following how-to guide today via PS Blog:

As you recover from food comas and setting up all of your shiny new toys, you might realize there is a lot you don't know about the latest addition to your living room. So for those of you new to the PLAYSTATION 3 family (or for you old timers who want to learn more), we've put together a series of "How To" videos for a few of the key product features.

These instructional videos take you through each feature, step by step. New videos will be posted each day next week, so you should all be experts by the end.




And we're launching the first video right now – how to create and view a photo slideshow.

So sit back, take a look and let us know how the slideshows come out!
 
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