Twisted Metal, Syndicate, and Puddle headline PlayStation Store update

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Playstation 3 Image

The PlayStation Store update has finally arrived bringing PS3 users a slew of new releases and game demos including Puddle, Syndicate, and the highly anticipated Twisted Metal.

Konami's new title Puddle splashes onto PSN today. In this puzzle-based game, you guide fluid flow to a goal, relying on the physics of water and other fluids in ever-evolving environments. This PlayStation Move compatible game is available for $9.99, but you can always try the demo for free first.

Speaking of demos, two very big demos made their way to PSN today including the Syndicate reboot. In this 4-player co-op demo, you will team up to take down rival Syndicate Cayman Global as you battle for market dominance. (File size: 620MB)

Also available is the Twisted Metal Multiplayer Demo which gives you a hands-on with the games new online multiplayer in classic Free-for-all or the all-new Nuke mode. (File size: 1.49GB)

In addition to game demos, several games have add-on content coming. The free LittleBigPlanet Groundhog Day Costume DLC provides a seasonal exclusive costume for Sackboy.

Some other DLC for games include:

Assorted PlayStation Home Packs x 15 ($2.99 – $4.99)
15 PlayStation Home Packs that include over 300 items combined!
File size: N/A

Dead Island – Ryder White ($9.99)
There are always two sides to a story! Experience the events on Banoi as seen through the eyes of the villain. Are things really as they seem?
File size 1.04 GB

Need For Speed: The Run – Italian Pack ($6.99)
The NFSTR Italian Pack contains the following: 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SV, 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, 2009 Pagani Zonda R, 2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, 2005 Maserati MC12, 1993 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione, Italian Motor Racing Playlist, Italian Challenge Series, Italy vs. World Challenge Series, New Trophies.
File size 3.16 MB

The King Of Fighters XIII Unlock Icons ($2.99)
The entire Customize Icon set for personalizing your online match profile is available to purchase. *These icons can also be unlocked by playing the game. With the triumphant return of fan favorite characters like Mai, K’, and Vice, extensive refinement of the core fighting engine based on community feedback, and vastly improved network functionality, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII represents the HD entry in the series that fans have been waiting for.
File size 6 KB

Soulcalibur V Customization Equipment 1 ($1.99)
File size 134 KB

Soulcalibur V Downloadable Music 1 -10 ($0.99 each)
File size 136 KB each

Soulcalibur V Downloadable Music Pack 1 ($2.99)
This pack contains the stage music tracks: BRAVELY FOLK SONG, HORANGI ARIRANG, SOUL AND SWORD, THE WIND AND CLOUDS, and WORLD ATLAS COLLAPSED from SOUL BLADE. This content should only be purchased by those who have not already purchased one or more of the background music tracks in this pack.
File size 138 KB

Soulcalibur V Downloadable Music Pack 2 ($2.99)
This pack contains the background music tracks: CHASING DOWNSTREAM, DUELISTS, THE CURSED IMAGE, UNBLESSED SOUL, and WING OF FAITH from SOULCALIBUR. This content should only be purchased by those who have not already purchased one or more of the background music tracks in this pack.
File size 138 KB

Scene It? Movie Night Sci-Fi Movies DLC ($9.99)
Scene It? Movie Night: Sci-Fi Movies takes you across the universe in the ultimate science fiction trivia challenge, packed with film clips and captivating questions from blockbusters to cult classics. Sci-Fi Movies features fourteen different puzzle types to keep the excitement going, and a rapid-fire “Quick Pitch” battle that determines the victor. Play solo, or in lively 2-4 player matches.
File size 1.06 GB

Rock Band 3
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits,

  • “Fat Lip” – Sum 41 ($1.99)

  • “Head Over Heels” – Tears for Fears ($1.99)

  • “Still Waiting” – Sum 41 ($1.99)

    File size: 19 – 32 MB (singles)

    Rock Band Network v2.0

    • “Africa” – Quartered ($1.99)

    • “Against the Wall” – Ill Niño ($1.99)

    • “El Monstro” – Dance for the Dying ($0.99)

    • “Hysteria” – Aiden ($1.99)

    • “Turn Around” – Bumblefoot ($0.99)

      As usual, today's update also brings an abundance of PS3 themes, free game videos, avatars, and much more! Check out all of the goodies in this week's update on the PlayStation Blog.

      Tags: PS3, PSN, Sony

      By Matt Liebl

Studio 4°C and Toyota partner up for Peace Eco Smile

It's not everyday where we see a Japanese animation studio team up with a car company to develop a unique short based on its vehicles. That's exactly what happened when Toyota teamed-up with Studio 4°C, which is also known for its short in The Animatrix and Tekkonkinkreet, to come up with PES: Peace Eco Smile. Toyota Motor Corporation will be screening the animation at Anime Expo 2012,
which is held at the Los Angeles Convention center, starting from this Friday June 29th and running until July 2nd.

The premises of the shorts are actually quite nice. An alien named Pes comes to Earth and becomes enamored with a human girl, while also being fascinated by our cars, in this case being Toyotas. It's a somewhat silly premise but one that works thanks to its heartwarming story. If there's one thing for sure, it certainly doesn't feel like you're watching an advertisement for Toyota.

Talk about a unique style of advertising. Toyota certainly knows how to cater to their target demographic. If you happen to be at the Anime Expo this weekend, make sure to give PES a look. Not only will you get to see a unique partnership between car company and animation studio, but you're sure to appreciate the amazing animation that Studio 4°C has done.

Tags: Toyota, Anime, Studio 4°C

By Mike Splechta

Final Fantasy 3 coming to PlayStation Network tomorrow

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Final Fantasy 3

Tomorrow, on September 25, Sony is bringing another Final Fantasy classic to the PlayStation Network.

Final Fantasy III stars the four heroes Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus and was the first game in the series to feature a job system. The version is playable on the PSP and includes optimized graphics for the 16:9 screen, a gallery, an option for the original background music, and an auto-battle system that speeds up combat.

The game recently released for Android devices. Square Enix is also providing the game on Ouya at launch.

Follow @wita on Twitter for tales of superheroes, plumbers in overalls, and literary adventures.

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Tags: Final Fantasy 3, PSN

By Stephanie Carmichael

New Trails in the Sky RPG coming to PS3 and PS Vita

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Trails in the Flash

Nihon Falcom has announced a new game for fans of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.

The role-playing game came out on PlayStation Portable in 2011. This new title is called The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash, and it's coming for Sony's current systems, the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

Trails in the Flash uses the new Tactic Link battle system, which is faster but still allows players to choose commands. Falcom also added a free camera that rotates 360 degrees and an active voice system, which lets you overhear conversations in town.

The game is set on the familiar Zemuria continent and takes place during the same period as Trails in the Sky. It's expected to release next year in Japan.

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Tags: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Nihon Falcom

By Stephanie Carmichael

CliffyB suggests ‘lite’ versions of games to undercut used game sales

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For years, publishers have been looking for ways to offset the losses caused by used game sales. While no statistics have "officially" been revealed, publishers claim "millions" of dollars are lost each year when consumers purchase used games instead of new. To help make up for these losses, publishers have turned to online passes.

These passes are good for a one-time use only and usually unlock the multiplayer portion, or online portion, of a game. In some cases, as with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a portion of the singleplayer game was barred with an online pass. Once the player enters the code it is unlocked for their account only, granting them access to the online component. If someone purchases the same game used, they will not be able to access the online component unless they purchase a separate online pass from the publisher.

Though this practice has been argued by consumers, it seems to be the most widely adopted strategy from publishers. Still, publishers complain this isn't enough to make up for the losses. But it's really the only accepted practice that we have in the industry. Until someone comes up with a better idea it looks like we are stuck with online passes.

Recently, developers have begun speaking out about online passes and possible new ideas to combat used game sales. The latest suggestion comes from Epic Games' outspoken design director, Cliff Bleszinski. In a short, but effective series of tweets, CliffyB suggested what he thinks publishers should do to help undercut used game sales. He suggests a "lite" version of games.

"I wonder publishers don't try a "lite" version of a game without an online pass that one could buy brand new for less, undercutting used," Bleszinski suggested.

"Publishers are always eager to make limited and collector's editions, why not a budget, stripped down version to get the lower end customer?"

He explained, "A "lite" version of the game could be just the SP…or just the MP. If you dig what you bought let you expand to full later via digital DL."

Bleszinski's words actually echo what Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch suggested to CVG in response to the possibility that Microsoft's next-gen Xbox might not play used games. Similarly, Karch suggested a digital distribution game for an overall lower price, say $30, with the singleplayer and multiplayer components broken into two separate purchases of $15 each.

The big similarity between both Karch's and Bleszinski's theories is an overall lower price for games. The truth is, $60 for a game is a lot of money for consumers to risk on something they aren't 100% sure of. With all of the overhyped duds released, $60 is a lot to gamble on a game that may not be as great as it's marketed.

While I'll never say "never", this idea seems highly unlikely. As much as I love the idea, I just don't see publishers dropping the price of games anytime soon. Then again, I don't actually know the statistics. If publishers are being hurt by used game sales as much as they say they are, then they might do something as drastic as offering the components separately. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Many consumers purchase games strictly for online play. For instance, a lot of people play Battlefield 3 for its online modes. That doesn't make it less of a game, it just makes the focus something else. In fact, I'd bet those who play BF3 get more gameplay time out of it then those who purchase a strict 8-10 hour singleplayer game with no multiplayer component. Most recently, Twisted Metal co-director David Jaffe said most users will spend the majority of gameplay time with online multiplayer, and suggested those looking for story would be better off renting it. How can you expect consumers to pay $60 when even you admit certain areas in the game are lacking?

The bottom line is that the price of games is just too damn high. And until publishers figure out a way to lower them to a more reasonable price, consumers will continue to look towards the used game market.

Tags: Epic Games, Used Games

By Matt Liebl

Final Fantasy launches 25 year anniversary website to celebrate

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Image

Haven't you heard? Square is celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy. We already celebrated the series' fantastic music through Theatrhythm, but this time, Square wanted to make a hub for fans to get together, and chat about their favorite titles.

Celebrating 25 years of over 40 different titles across over a dozen platforms and selling more than 100 million units,this new websitehopes to do a little of what the famed series has done for so many fans worldwide; tell stories.

The new website doesn't offer a whole lot of features, but does give you an extensive look at the entire series' biography, which doesn't go too much in depth of each title, but serves more as a reminder of what each title was about.

The site also introduces Mognet, which is a mail system of sorts where trivia and secrets regarding various Final Fantasy titles will be revealed over time.

If you're a fan of the series, or maybe you once were, you owe it to yourself to go check the site out, and perhaps leave a memory of your favorite Final Fantasy moment?

Sound off and let us know what Final Fantasy title was your favorite?

Tags: Final Fantasy, Anniversary

By Mike Splechta

UK Sales Charts: Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City debuts in 2nd

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Image

Capcom's Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City broke up EA's grip on the top four UK sales charts, but didn't perform well enough to dethrone FIFA Street who remained number one for a second straight week despite a 44% drop in sales.

Operation Raccoon City released last week, debuting second in the UK Sales charts. Of its sales, 60% were for the Xbox 360 platform while 40% were for the PS3. According to GfK Chart Track, when Resident Evil 5 launched three years ago, 55% of the units sold in the UK were for the Xbox 360 while 45% were for the PS3.

EA remained strong, however. Mass Effect 3 dropped down to third following a 55% drop in sales. FIFA 12 remained at number four and SSX slipped to fifth.

Activision's Modern Warfare 3 had a boost in sales climbing four places to number six in sales, while Kid Icarus: Uprising was Nintendo's only title to appear in the top 10 following Mario Party 9's drop.

Below are the top 10 titles in UK sales for the week ending March 24, 2012:

    FIFA Street (EA)

    Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Capcom)

    Mass Effect 3 (EA)

    FIFA 12 (EA)

    SSX (EA)

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)

    Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo)

    Battlefield 3 (EA)

    F1 2011 (Sega)

    Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)

Tags: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, FIFA Street

By Matt Liebl

Over 270 PSP and PlayStation Mini games released for PS Vita

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The latest PS3 4.10 update introduced a slew of new titles now available for the PlayStation Vita. While a few PS Vita-exclusive titles were made available on the PS Store, Sony has today announced over 270 PSP and PlayStation Mini titles that will be available for the handheld system when it launches worldwide in just a few short days.

Aside from the 26 launch titles that will be available with the PlayStation Vita on February 22nd, there are a TON of old classics that will also be available for download via the PlayStation Store. Sony confirmed if you've already downloaded a compatible PSP title, you can download it directly onto your PS Vita at no extra cost, though some limitations do apply. It should also be noted that Sony confirmed the Vita UMD Passport program will not be coming to the United States.

Below, Sony noted the ways to get these PSP games onto your PS Vita:

  • Purchase PSP games from PS Vita’s PlayStation Store and download via WiFi directly to your system. If you’ve already purchased a game via PSN from the list below, you can redownload it from the Download List.

  • If you’ve already got one of these games sitting on your PS3 XMB (or have purchased from the PS3’s PlayStation Store), you can connect your PS Vita to the PS3 via the included USB cable, and transfer the game via PS Vita’s on-board Content Manager.

    In addition, they also provided an entire list of the roughly 275 PSP titles ready to be downloaded onto the PS Vita.

    PSP Titles

  • 101-in-1 Megamix

  • 300: March To Glory

  • The 3rd Birthday

  • Ace Combat: Joint Assault

  • Adventures To Go!

  • Alpha Mission II

  • Archer Maclean’s Mercury

  • Armored Core 3 Portable

  • Armored Core: Last Raven Portable

  • Armored Core: Silent Line Portable

  • Art of Fighting

  • Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines

  • Baseball Stars Professional

  • Blade Dancer Lineage of Light

  • BlazBlue Portable: Calamity Trigger

  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II

  • Blazing Souls Accelate

  • Bomberman

  • Bomberman ’94

  • Bomberman Land

  • Bomberman Legacy

  • Chameleon

  • ClaDun x2

  • Cladun: This is an RPG!

  • Class of Heroes

  • Corpse Party

  • Creature Defense

  • Crimson Gem Saga

  • Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower

  • Daxter

  • Dead or Alive Paradise

  • Dirt 2

  • Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days

  • Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness

  • Disgaea: Infinite

  • Dissidia 012 [Duodecim] Prologus: Final Fantasy

  • Dissidia 012 [Duodecim]: Final Fantasy

  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy

  • DJ Max Portable 3

  • Dragon’s Lair

  • Dragoneer’s Aria

  • Dungeon Explorer

  • Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts

  • Dungeon Maker Hunting Ground

  • Dynasty Warriors

  • Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2

  • Dynasty Warriors: Strike Force

  • Eye of Judgment Legends

  • Fading Shadows

  • Fatal Fury

  • Fate/Extra

  • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection

  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions

  • Gladiator Begins

  • God of War: Chains of Olympus

  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta

  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus

  • Half-Minute Hero

  • Harvest Moon: Boy and Girl

  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley

  • Hoard

  • Hot Brain

  • IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

  • Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon

  • Jikandia: The Timeless Land

  • Justice League Heroes

  • Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble

  • The King of Fighters ’94

  • The King of Fighters ’95

  • Knights in the Nightmare

  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend

  • League Bowling

  • Legend of Heroes, The: Trails in the Sky

  • LEGO Batman: The Videogame

  • LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7

  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Lord of Arcana

  • Lord of the Rings, The: Aragorn’s Quest

  • Lunar: Silver Star Harmony

  • Magician Lord

  • Major League Baseball 2K11

  • Mana Khemia: Student Alliance

  • Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X

  • Metal Slug

  • Metal Slug 2

  • Metal Slug Anthology

  • Metal Slug XX

  • Military History: Commander: Europe at War

  • Mimana Iyar Chronicle

  • Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

  • MX vs. ATV: Reflex

  • NBA 2K10

  • NBA 2K11

  • NBA 2K12

  • NeoGeo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting

  • Neutopia

  • New Adventure Island

  • No Heroes Allowed!

  • Patapon 2

  • Petz Dogz Family

  • Petz Hamsterz Bunch

  • Petz Saddle Club

  • Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle

  • Pool Hall Pro

  • Power Stone Collection

  • Prince of Persia: Revelations

  • Prince of Persia: Rival Swords

  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

  • Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!

  • Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?

  • Puzzle Guzzle

  • Ridge Racer

  • Riviera: The Promised Land

  • Samurai Shodown

  • Samurai Shodown Anthology

  • Samurai Warriors: State of War

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable

  • Shock Troopers

  • SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1

  • SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Tactical Strike

  • Soldier Blade

  • Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny

  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max

  • Super Sidekicks

  • Super Star Soldier

  • Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow

  • Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

  • Tekken 6

  • TNT Racers

  • Tokobot

  • Tom Clancy’s Endwar

  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Predator

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Essentials

  • Tron: Evolution: The Video Game

  • UFC Undisputed 2010

  • Ultimate Board Game Collection

  • Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins

  • Valhalla Knights

  • Vertigo

  • Victory Run

  • Warriors of the Lost Empire

  • Warriors Orochi

  • Warriors Orochi 2

  • What Did I do to Deserve This My Lord?

  • What Did I do to Deserve This My Lord? 2

  • Wild Arms XF

  • World Heroes

  • World Sports Competition

  • Worms: Battle Islands

  • WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011

  • Yggdra Union

  • Ys Seven

  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana

  • Z. H. P.: Unlosing Ranger Vs. Darkdeath Evilman

    PlayStation Minis

  • 3, 2, 1…SuperCrash!

  • 4×4 Jam

  • 5 in 1 Arcade Hits

  • Ace Armstrong Vs. The Alien Scumbags!

  • Actual Crimes: Jack The Ripper

  • Aero Racer

  • Age of Hammer Wars

  • Age of Zombies

  • Alien Havoc

  • Alien Zombie Death

  • Alpha Mission

  • Ancient Game Treasures: Mill

  • Apache Overkill

  • Aquattack!

  • Arcade Darts

  • Arcade Essentials

  • Arcade Essentials Evolution

  • Archibald’s Adventures

  • Arctic Adventures

  • Athena

  • Babel: The King of the Blocks

  • Bashi Blocks

  • Beam ‘Em Up

  • Blast Off

  • Blimp: The Flying Adventures

  • Block Cascade Fusion

  • Boom Beats

  • BreakQuest

  • Brick Breaker

  • Bubble Trubble

  • Bunny Dodge

  • Burnin’ Rubber

  • Busy Sweets Factory

  • Car Jack Streets

  • Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter

  • Caterpillar

  • Charge! Tank Squad!

  • Circles

  • Coconut Dodge

  • Cubixx

  • D-Cube Planet

  • Deflector

  • Digi-Tiles

  • Doodle Fit

  • Dr. MiniGames

  • Dynogems

  • Earthshield

  • Echoes

  • Express Raider

  • Flick Fishing

  • Flying Hamster

  • Fort Commander II: Counterattack

  • Fort Commander: King’s Gambit

  • Fortix

  • Freekscape: Escape From Hell

  • Funky Punch

  • Gold Fever

  • Hello Flowerz

  • Heracles Chariot Racing

  • HISTORY: Egypt Engineering an Empire

  • HISTORY: Ice Road Truckers

  • Hot Shots Shorties: Blue Pack

  • Hot Shots Shorties: Green Pack

  • Hot Shots Shorties: Red Pack

  • Hot Shots Shorties: Yellow Pack

  • Hysteria Project

  • I Must Run!

  • Influence

  • Jane’s Hotel

  • JellyCar 2

  • Jewel Keepers: Easter Islands

  • Kahoots

  • Legend of Kunoichi

  • Let’s Golf

  • Lock ‘n’ Chase

  • Love Cupid

  • Mahjong Solitaire

  • Me Monster: Hear Me Roar!

  • Mighty Flip Champs! DX

  • MiniSquadron

  • Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess

  • N.O.V.A.

  • Normal Tanks

  • One Two Boat Racing

  • Pallurikio

  • Panda Craze

  • Pinball Dreams

  • Pinball Fantasies

  • Quiz Animania

  • Ramen Heaven

  • Reef Aquarium

  • Retro Cave Flyer

  • Robin Hood: The Return of Richard

  • Rocks N’ Rockets

  • Route 66

  • Shapo

  • Sheep Defense

  • Shogi

  • Smash Break

  • Space Shooter for 2 Bucks!, A

  • Spaceball: Revolution

  • Spot the Differences!

  • Stellar Attack

  • Sweet Reversi

  • Tehra: Dark Warrior

  • Telegraph Crosswords

  • Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro

  • Urbanix

  • Vempire

  • Vibes

  • VT Tennis

  • Who’s That Flying?!

  • Widget’s Odyssey 2

  • Widgets Odyssey

  • Young Thor

  • Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam

  • Zenonia

  • Zombie Tycoon

    "Don’t worry if you don’t see your favorite title here now; more PSP titles will be made available for PS Vita play in the coming weeks. We’ll keep this list current and let you know when updates are made," they told fans in the blog post.

    Tags: PS Vita, Sony, PSP, PlayStation Mini

    By Matt Liebl

MLB 2K12 demo available today for Xbox 360, PS3

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The free demo of MLB 2K12 is now available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3.

The demo allows you to relive the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. The three inning demo, which lets you play as either team, showcases many of MLB 2K12's improved features, including the dynamic tendencies system that adjusts pitcher and batter ratings as the game unfolds; a revamped throwing system; and a new hit distribution system with more varied and realistic hit types.

This will also give baseball fans their first chance to test out the waters for the $1,000,000 Perfect Game Challenge. This year's new competition format will utilize leaderboard that ranks the top eight perfect games thrown. At the end of the competition, the top eight competitors will face each other in a live $1 million tournament.

MLB 2K12 is set to hit shelves on March 6, 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, Nintendo DS, and PC.

Tags: MLB 2K12

By Matt Liebl

Attorney General and gaming companies keeping sex offenders away from online games


I'm going to start a slow, building applause, and you're more than welcome to join in. As a parent and a gamer, when I see the government interferring in the video game world for the right reasons, it makes me very proud. So when I read on the New York Times that the office of the New York state attorney general, Eric. T. Schneiderman, and gaming companies like Microsoft, Blizzard, Disney Interactive Media Group, Sony, EA, and Apple were protecting our kids in the online gaming world, I was nervous at first. I was concerned it was going to be about M-ratings and taxes and what-not.

But it's not about that. It's about protecting kids from registered sex offenders in online gaming. The attorney general's office noted a case where a 19-year-old pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy he met on Xbox Live. It's not a new threat that children could be at risk on the internet, MMORPGs, forums, and any gaming platform's online service in which they interact with other people. So I became very proud that companies are taking this precaution.

The New York Times wrote that "several companies that own video gaming systems have closed more than 3,500 online accounts belonging to registered sex offenders in New York who use the consoles to chat and play video games." And that's where I queue the applause. And don't get on me about second chances and sexual offenders' rights. The moment your sexually assault someone, especially a child, you shouldn't have any more rights.

Video games aren't a right; they're a luxury.

New York state attorney general Schneiderman commented, "We must ensure online video games do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators [...] That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming networks as a vehicle to prey on underage victims."

operation game over, sex predators game accounts closed

In the picture above, you can see Mr. Schneiderman standing next to a sign showing tips for parents. It's called Operation: Game Over (yea, it's corny, but at least what they're doing is good). Now, my eyesight is bad and the picture is blurry, but some of the tips are:

Educate children about protecting identifying information

Keep computer or game console in public area of the house

Use game console's parental controls

Choose games appropriate for child's age and maturity level

PC games like World of Warcraft are a little tougher for parents to control every aspect of, but all of this is still an appropriate measure to take.

Tags: Xbox Live, PSN, Sony, Electronic Arts, Blizzard

By Lance Liebl