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12:05 PM on 04.29.2008

PixelJunk Monsters: Encore info Surfaces!

from the PlayStation.blog, wonderful news arrives!

PJ:M gets some DLC love! I am sort of excited about this, at least until I find out some more info on pricing.

But here's what we do know:

* 1 new island, Toki Island
* 15 new levels
* 5 new music tracks from Otograph
* Ice Tower is now a stock item
* Reduced gem cost to buy the Tesla Tower
* Releasing in May 2008


Looks like the developer was being constantly harassed by his wife to make new levels for her entertainment. Leave it to women to help create something awesome like this from nagging .

The lack of new actual towers somewhat disappoints me, but the new visuals are cool:




Hit the link to read the interview: there will be a second Q&A posted at a later date to fully satiate our NEED MOAR PJ:M:E INFO needs   read


10:46 PM on 04.28.2008

How to get in MGO Beta if you don't have a code yet:

EDIT: Requires GAP membership; sorry if you aren't in the GAP; I joined years ago so I don't know how they changed requirements of entry.



Outside of preordering or harassing up some codes, just head on over to the GAP site (via playstation.com) and log in. Then head to this site (i know it looks fishy for a site, but it's direct from the email i got from the GAP peoples... then again may only work uniquely per email address?) and hit the gimme button!

While the rest of you will be GTA IV'ing, I shall be dying miserably, while shouting "SNAAAAKE" randomly, for good measure.

And in good news, I get my PS3 back tomorrow!

[via E-mail: HTTP version]   read


12:03 AM on 04.24.2008

My PS3... Shipped? Anyone Else Surprised?

Yesterday (since in God's time zone, where I live, it's now Thursday) Sony shipped my repaired PS3 back to me. At least, I think it's repaired. E-mail wasn't clear on type of replacement. I won't complain, as long as it works.

Nothing displays or is acknowledged from UPS for the tracking number they gave me; so either it's shipping tomorrow with a stock label from Sony (thus not in the UPS system yet) or UPS updates slow and it'll show tomorrow.

My only complaint about it is I don't know how it was shipped. I highly doubt it went out NDA like the coffin came, but it would help to know. I'm assuming it's not out yet, so I'll find how it was shipped when UPS acknowledges it.

The grand total of "business days" it took Sony to receive, process, repair, and ship out my borked system: 5 days. 5 days.

Epic win, in my book. I'm sure it's going either ground or 3-day select, so I'll have my system up and running for the next WNW event! Watch out, Y0j1mb0; I'm comin' for you (only because I can't kill Shipero).

Epic win.

(best ps3 related epic win picture I could find in 10 seconds; I'm lazy)

Copy/pasta email:

Dear PlayStation(R) Owner,

On 04/23/08 we shipped a PLAYSTATION 3 - CECHE01 and if applicable, peripheral(s) and/or accessories, to you.

The system was shipped to you via UPS. The Tracking Number is [ ]. To track your shipment, you may log on to www.ups.com

Your exchanged system will come with a 90-day limited warranty. Please note that, if the original limited warranty that came with your brand new product is still valid, it will remain valid for a period of 1 year. The warranty coverage on your replacement console will be the greater of your new 90-day limited warranty or the remainder of your valid original 1-year limited warranty.   read


1:53 PM on 04.22.2008

Sony did Something Right Under Warranty?

I got my SIXAXIS controller back from Sony. For those who aren't in the know, the left stick was jamming some and wouldn't go back to a neutral position, so it would constantly glide up. I tried cleaning, air blasting, etc and couldn't get it to work right, so I dialed up Sony.

I had to pay $3-4 to ship it out to them (whatever USPS Delivery Confirmation costs), but other than the USPS telling me it was delivered on April 7, I didn't get any word from anybody that the controller was received or even existed.

I checked on Sony's online Repair status ticket site, and entered my ticket number (alternatively my phone number as well) but there was nothing in the system about it. I was preparing to call Sony soon inquiring about the controller, but I had a turn of luck. On Saturday, FedEx attempted to make a delivery. I was not at home, so they left a tag on my door. Once again, no tracking information appeared when I looked online with the numbers (FedEx's website as well), so I had no idea what the delivery was or who sent it.

I was hoping it would have been a contest winning delivery or something, but I'll take what I got: a brand spankin' new controller! Granted, it's a SIXAXIS, but since I bought myself a DS3 anyway, it's a second controller (better battery life is good for such a controller I think).

Instead of just repairing the controller, which couldn't have been that hard... pop it open, clean it off, close it again, I get a new one?

No complaints here. Only took 2 weeks for this one, and I'm pretty sure it's a lower priority than a console repair request, so I can only hope to get that one back in roughly the same time frame.

At least one thing is going right in my life; don't get me started on my "getting the second computer up and running for the wife without buying all new parts" gig. ><

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7:33 PM on 04.19.2008

The Gamers' Toilet Seat?

Stumbled across this while I was checking the deal of the day on Amazon's Gold Box.

Oddly enough gamers really enjoy browsing different toilet seats (especially ones that shoot water at your posterior after doing your business).

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11:24 AM on 04.19.2008

So I finally tried the Pandora PSP Trick...

First I have a change in the whole "time to completion" Sony thing. The online service now acknowledges my shipment arriving, saying it's been assigned to some one. They say it will take 7-15 business days not including shipping to repair. Better than 10-15 days, but I have a feeling it may come sooner (we shall see).

But in other news, I have had myself a homebrew-enabled PSP for quite some time now, enjoying the likes of Cave Story and other such great apps.

But I always had friends wanting me to help them out, but they were beyond the 3.50 trick via Lumines. I had heard of Pandora, but it just sounded bogus or odd to me; how could converting a psp battery really help flash the internal memory?

But I had a friend with nothing to lose (see: cracked screen on phat psp). So I followed some directions from a reputable site. They were as confusing as possible, so I tried to follow DA's directions. Also no use; something just seemed to be missing. But I stumbled on a place with a very clear step by step plan on what to do.

I did it, and am now proud to say I have a magic stick and pandora battery.



The battery isn't destroyed (thanks to new developments in the pandora code allowing reverting), and neither are the psps. Huzzah for allowing me to play the PS1 games I own without having to repurchase them (assuming they ever come out) without doing the whole remote play thing, since most of my gaming on the machine takes place at work, where I have no access to the Internet.

If anyone has any issues or questions about the process, I can help you along, since really the most use anyone gets out a psp beyond a few stellar titles is the homebrew scene.

I'm glad most of the psp info in this sector isn't just hogwash hoping to brick your machine, but then again, pandora also works as the universal unbricker bwahahaha   read


12:45 PM on 04.18.2008

Day 2: Still no Update from Sony

Their original email and form said to give it 2 days before the website can show that my system has been given to a tech to be worked on, but so far, not so good.

Then again, I sent in my SIXAXIS controller roughly 3 weeks ago and that doesn't display on my query, either. Time to call I guess (...on Monday I will).

Games for the day:

1.) FFVII: Crisis Core


Yeah I know it's very metrosexual looking most of the time, but it's SquareSoft.

My wife had the morning off as well, so I made some pancakes and we went out shopping then to lunch. But I must get ready for work now. FFVII:CC is probably all I'll have time for.

That is, unless TF2FNF are still rollin when I get back from work late tonight.

I'm yo' medic.   read


12:10 AM on 04.18.2008

Day 1: PS3 arrives at Sony

As stated above, my UPS tracking number claims Sony has received my PS3 yesterday (4/17).

So what am I doing to pass my time? I know you all care a ton, so I'll keep it simple.

1: Sam & Max 104 (from start to finish).

2: FFVII: Crisis Core (need something to do at work)

3: Cave Story: PSP Edition (to unwind while in bed watching late night tv while wife sleeps)

Good news for myself that I've finally broken down to get Sam & Max played through. I always enjoyed the point-and-click adventure games, so these are a great throwback while being good games on their own as well. Soon I will get to Season 2.

So, any comments on my replacement gaming? I'm longing to play some Rock Band, given the DLC that has finally come out (Super-Sprode, how I long for thee).

How's your weeks been?   read


2:20 PM on 04.14.2008

Received my PS3's Coffin Today

They shipped out out Next Day Air on Friday (meaning Monday since UPS likes to charge extra for true NEXT DAY shipping :))

I must say that, even though I have no pictures here, Sony really did good work for this whole "CONSOLE BROKE, FIX IT" scenario. Everything I needed was in the package they sent (including packing tape, seriously whaaat?).

The only moment of confusion I had regarded where to put my paperwork/receipt, since the paperwork said to tape it to the console, and the sheet of info in the box said to lay it loose on top of the packing foam. Regardless, it was easy and simple. Took me all of 5 minutes, including filling out the paperwork and copying the receipt.

Here's to hoping that their 10-15 workday turnaround (as quoted to me when I called in my system's death) is a lie so I can get back to gaming!

You all enjoy your revamped store, I'll have to take a pass for a few weeks.   read


5:12 PM on 04.09.2008

TF2 PC Anyone? (Age III?)

Now that my PS3 is borked, I need something to do to pass the time. As it turns out, the dtoid community is where I will turn to get myself entertained since the PSP i reserve only for times when I am out of the house or trying to sleep (and the mandatory slam-aide tool).

So I have a few games to choose from to play on my PC.

TF2 intrigues me, but I don't want to just hop in a random game and play; I'd much rather play with people I know, or at least have an opportunity to know through dtoid.

Steam me up if interested.

Since I doubt anyone wants to play Age of Empires III.

steam id: broonormaxx


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1:41 PM on 04.09.2008

My PS3 is Borked? (UPDATE)

Funny we had a front-page post on something like this just a bit ago...

In mid-session rocking out with MaxVest today, my game wouldn't load the song he selected. We had been playing roughly 45 minutes when this error occurred.

There was no error code on the screen. The screen did not freeze; it simply looked as if someone had yet to select a difficulty for the song to begin. After a minute I attempted to force-quit the game to no avail. The system mocked me with its unresponsiveness, as if pissed that I left it on overnight to complete a download (along with several other nights of folding@home).

So I held down the power button. Nothing. The system beeped at me after a little bit from its internal speaker, clearly cursing at me.

So I flipped the power switch in the back. Powered the thing back up and tried to load the game. Nothing appeared on the screen after the PlayStation3 logo. Again I tried to force-quit. Nothing again, so I ejected the disc thinking it was relating to the disc itself. Alas, the disc was clean. To make sure I wasn't missing any options, I cleaned the disc.

Upon returning to the system, it seems that it was able to make it back to the XMB, heeding my earlier call of quitting (only after an eject). I put the game back in, and was excited when the intro screen popped up.

I selected my character, and was about to message MaxVest to get the rocking resumed. I loaded a song and started playing. Realizing my folly in choosing a crappy song that my wife made me download, I paused to quit the song and choose a different one.

Much to my chagrin, the system wouldn't load the song selection screen. Force-quit failed, so i ejected again. Success--XMB appears.

I begin to wonder if it's the disc itself, so I pop in COD4. Loads OK, so I go to resume my single-player career. Opening load-video starts to play and load bar fills up. Halfway through the screen freezes (video and load bar at the same time). I eject the disc, PS3 asks for it back, so I put it back in. Finishes loading (video stays frozen) and level begins. Half the sound effects are missing (voices and most gunfire) so I begin to think it's the PS3 having issues not the individual games.

Long story short, it's an error that doesn't have a code. It won't load right, and I don't know if it's a dust issue. the system is not even 4 months old yet, and I've been fairly regular on my ps3 cleaning (can 'o air at least).

Any ideas or should I just wait and see if it works later, then contact Sony?

I do have an external policy on replacement plan for the system, but I want a working system now, not a full replacement in a bit.

Why does this stuff always happen on WNW (Angry Gamers: Live) nights?

No witty pictures here, I'm between sickness, anger, and confusion to find/make any.


UPDATE:
Called Sony after giving the system some rest. Had to try hard formatting the hard drive, and still had the same errors. Sony is shipping me my PS3 coffin so I can get a new one.

On a side note, I'm glad I didn't overshare my PSN acct, and still have one last activation to use on myself. :(   read


11:59 AM on 03.31.2008

NEW PSN Store look, but bad news hides in announcement

Already announced elsewhere, but I want to bring attention to something.



Yes, new pretties, but there is bad news afoot!

"However, no additional downloadable content will be posted prior to then, including this Thursday, April 3rd, and next Thursday, April 10th. Regularly scheduled content updates will resume with the Store’s re-opening, at which time additional games and game-related items will be added, including the downloadable version of the highly-anticipated exclusive PS3 title Gran Turismo 5 Prologue."


I'm ok with having a redesign, but no new downloads kinda bugs me. I doubt it woudl break the new system, but I'd rather have a bug-free launch than shenanigans.

I know the store wasn't the greatest thing ever, but I don't know yet if this new design is really any better. I guess I'll need to try it out for myself to find out.

via PlayStation.blog



Interesting that while they are striving to improve it comes at a cost to them and us.   read


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