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Microsoft Begins Banning Homebrew XBox 360s from LIVE

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270w ago - The inevitable has happened according to a multi-page thread on XBox-Scene (linked above), it appears Microsoft is now beginning to ban homebrew XBox 360 consoles running freeBOOT or XBReboot from XBox LIVE.

This move comes just under two months from their last XBL ban wave, and while there are guides to unban your XBox 360 from LIVE and to prevent XBox 360 HDD crippling, it appears the safest route if you use XBox 360 homebrew is to simply keep the console off XBL.

To quote from -DeToX-: "Well.. it seems new bans have been handed out, just now.

I just have over 7 people with XBR/FreeBOOT consoles report to me that they have been banned, and I as well have. However, anyone who played hacked games with these people remain untouched.

I was playing MW2, when I was disconnected...
 

Sony Begins Digital Comics Competition, PSP Channel Relaunched

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272w ago - Today SCEE's PSP European Product Manager Adam Grant has announced news of a Digital Comics competition alongside an official PSP Channel relaunch, as follows:

Think you know your comic book characters? Feeling a bit super? Then put your powers of knowledge to the test and enter the Digital Comics competition.

All you have to do is correctly name 8 comic characters and you could be in with a chance of winning a PSPgo and other prizes. Put yourself to the test.

The competition is currently only open to entrants from UK, South Africa and Ireland. Keep up to date with the latest Digital Comics news on Twitter and, if you missed it last week, check out Pete Stott's last Blog post for four free comic download codes to keep you busy until launch.

The Digital Comics reader is now available to download for PSP - with the comic store launching later this month in UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

We have just re-launched our PSP channel on YouTube to show all the new great content available now and coming soon for PSP. The videos include info on the new PSPgo, top games and new things from PlayStation Network, including Playstation Comics! Have a look and leave some comments on what you think of the videos. The channel is currently in English...
 

LittleBigPlanet PS3 Contraption Creation Challenge Begins

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272w ago - SCEE's MusterBuster has announced news today of a LittleBigPlanet PS3 Contraption Challenge on the European PlayStation Blog, as follows:

I'm MusterBuster and, although you can usually find me arranging fantastical community events and bantering with gamers over at the Official PlayStation Community forums, I've come here to stomp on Jem's territory and tell you all about a very, very special community event.

We call it the LittleBigPlanet Contraption Challenge and the concept is stupendously simple. Each month, our resident LBP creation expert Nuclearfish sets the PlayStation Community a challenge. All you have to do is create a contraption in LittleBigPlanet which is capable of completing that challenge... with style!

This month marks our 9th Contraption Challenge and we're asking you to create a gap-crossing vehicle! To find out more and get involved, all you need to do is take a trip down to the Official PlayStation Community forums by clicking right here.

If you're not convinced, or just want to have a ganders at some of the stuff our community has already created for the challenges, check out some of the links below.
 

Video: GT Academy 2010 Begins December 17th with Time Trial

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273w ago - Update: For those curious, Examiner.com reports that the Gran Turismo 5 Time Trial demo is now on the Japanese PlayStation Store, weighing in at 201MB in size and playable in English.

Today Sony's European Brand Manager Penrose Tackie has announced that GT Academy 2010 launches on December 17th with a downloadable Time Trial.

He also shared a trailer video and some GT5 demo details, as follows:

Following the groundbreaking success of the GT Academy last year and as part of our activities around the forthcoming launch of Gran Turismo 5, I am delighted to officially unveil GT Academy 2010.

On 17th December exclusively via the PlayStation store, we will be launching the GT Academy 2010 Time Trial. The time trial will be the only way into this year's Academy, and if you've got what it takes it could be the start of a life-changing journey.

Last year the GT Academy programme unearthed a real driving talent in the form of Lucas Ordonez from Spain, who after winning the GT Academy went on to drive for the Nissan PlayStation race team and take an astonishing second place in the GT4 Championship - all in his first season!
 

Military Madness: Nectaris PSN Game Night Begins Tomorrow

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275w ago - Hudson Entertainment's Marketing Team Member Marcello Lagosh has announced today on the PlayStation Blog that Military Madness: Nectaris PSN Game Night begins tomorrow- November 20, 2009.

To quote: I am pleased to announce an event of EPIC MADNESS! Members of Hudson Entertainment, Backbone Entertainment and VGEVO.com are challenging all of you to a fun night of Military Madness: Nectaris on the PlayStation Network.

We will be hosting 4-player versus matches over the PlayStation Network tomorrow, Friday, November 20th, from 5pm PT/8pm ET to 7pm PT/10pm ET.

Sounds awesome, right? This madness has yet to begin!

If you come in first place in an online match with one of the people below, you will win a Military Madness: Nectaris Dog Tag. Only a few of these were made and are numbered for authenticity. To receive the Military Madness: Nectaris Dog Tag, send a PSN message with your email to the game host (their PSN IDs are below) for the match you placed first in.

They will send us your email and then we will contact you for your shipping information. It's that simple. Every person on the list below will be running their own online match so be...
 
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