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Global Approval Process in the Works for PlayStation Network

Global Approval Process in the Works for PlayStation Network 50°
332w ago - Hate the long delays between game releases in America, Europe and Japan? Well, that may be over, according to a report by GameDaily.

A change in the game approval process means developers can submit to just one territory, and gain approval in all.

To quote: "Previously games had to be submitted separately through Sony Europe, Japan, and America. Now, the game idea is sent through a single website for approval."

Sony is hoping this will encourage even more developers to release their games on PlayStation Network.

They'll continue to tout the benefits of the PSN: it's free, doesn't require a publishing partner, and can be distributed around the world simultaneously. Will developers be able to refuse this kind of offer?

UnBar v0.1 .BAR File UnPacker for PlayStation 3 Released!

UnBar v0.1 .BAR File UnPacker for PlayStation 3 Released! 250°
332w ago - Today PSP developer FreePlay has released UnBar v0.1, which is an expansion of UnBeat (also linked below, unpacks PSN game 'Beats' .BAR files). UnBar processes the .BAR files from the Home BETA for PlayStation 3.

Download: UnBar v0.1 for PS3 / UnBeat for PSN / Home 0.86 XML / Home BETA 0.86

From the ReadMe File: To use this program, just drag/drop a .BAR file onto the .EXE, or run it from your command prompt/shell with the .BAR file as the argument.

I can't guarantee it'll work ALL the time, but it seems to work OK with the Home Beta 0.86 files. It can correctly identify the following:

* Various types of XML files used by Home
* Unicode XML files
* Java classes
* MIG, PNG, and TGA images
* MP3 and VAG audio
* Lua scripts (almost all the time)
* Autocad .DRW files
* Havok physics files
* Shaders
* Scene packs
* .DDS textures
* Home model files

It renames the following unknown types:
* mr04
* fd05
* sk08
* agf
* klBS

PlayStation 3 Could Be Sony's Last Console?

PlayStation 3 Could Be Sony's Last Console? 550°
332w ago - Things haven't been going over too well in the Sony camp since the launch of the PS3. While it sold faster than the PS2 in comparison to its launch, the PS3 has been a financial pain in Sony's side for the past two years.

The added state of the rest of the economy have finally culminated in Sony seeing 10% of their market share value drop rapidly. So what does this mean for the PS3?

In a story by rte (among many others) Sony's operating profits are expected to drop by an inexcusable 65%. Competition has been stiff. And even though many reporters blame the Wii, it's actually Microsoft's Xbox 360 that has been eating into Sony's gaming sales.

It wasn't the Wii that the PS3 lost Devil May Cry's exclusivity to, nor was it the Wii that gave gamers an alternative for games like BioShock, Eternal Sonata, Unreal Tournament 3 and Fatal Inertia. Said games helped give Microsoft an edge in giving gamers a cheaper console option for the same gaming titles.

It also wasn't the Nintendo Wii that stiffened sales for the PS3 so much as it was the Xbox 360 preventing the PS3 from selling the way it could have. This is not to say that Sony would have gained any ground against Nintendo's ferocious little Wii had the 360...

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for October 24, 2008

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for October 24, 2008 100°
332w ago - Another weekend is upon us, and Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PlayStation Store) has posted the following for PSN fans:

Hi again! The weekend's here - time for your weekly update of new movie & TV shows on the PlayStation Network.

This week we've added new video content from the following television series:

• 2008 Presidential Election Biographies, Season 0
• American Dad, Season 1, 3 & 4
• Assy McGee, Season 1
• Ben 10: Alien Force, Season 1
• Cops, Season 19
• E.R., Season 15
• Friends, Season 4
• Fringe, Season 1
• How I Met Your Mother, Season 4
• Intervention, Season 4
• MADtv, Season 14
• Metalocalypse, Season 2
• Prison Break, Season 4
• Pushing Daisies, Season 2
• Rules of Engagement, Season 1
• The Dukes of Hazzard, Season 1
• The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Season 1
• The Riches, Season 1 & 2
• The Unit, Season 4

We've also added the following feature films:

• 101 Dalmatians (live-action)
• 102 Dalmatians
• Aladdin
• Bicentennial Man
• Braveheart
• Candyman II: Farewell To The Flesh
• Chuka
• Clueless

Burn Zombie Burn Announced for PlayStation Network in Q1 2009

Burn Zombie Burn Announced for PlayStation Network in Q1 2009 50°
332w ago - Pinnacle Software and developer Doublesix are excited to announce the upcoming release of what will surely prove to be one of the most addictive and charismatic arcade shooters of 2009 - Burn Zombie Burn, available on PlayStationNetwork early Q1.

Press Release: GUILDFORD, ENGLAND, October 24th 2008 - You play Bruce - an average every-day Joe who was looking forward to some 'quality time' with his girlfriend Daisy. In true B-movie style their Saturday night is ruined by an invasion of zombies.

Set across six classic American horror movie inspired levels, Burn Zombie Burn is a third-person shoot-em-up in the classic coin-op tradition featuring next-gen game play mechanics, and possessing that 'one-more-go' addictiveness which define all of the great shooters.

The aim of the game couldn't be simpler; shoot, burn and blow up as many brain munching zombies as possible using a variety of classic zombie killing weapons before they overwhelm you. Use fire to build up your multiplier and then destroy zombies en masse with explosives to increase that oh-so-important leaderboard high score. But beware! A burning zombie is a faster zombie - burn too many and they will burn you!

Burn Zombie Burn is frantic, arcade gaming at its best, delivering humour and bloody zombie violence...

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