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  1. Susan Heyward Grabs Racebent Role of Deena Pilgrim in Powers

    The powers that be.

    Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's Powers has had a long and rocky road to getting a series, including a pilot, reshoots, a reboot, and now a full series pickup from Sony for airing on PlayStation consoles. We've gotten our first casting announcement today, revealing that the production is taking a laudable wide view as far as its leads are concerned.

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  2. You Can Use Your Real Name on the PlayStation 4 at Launch, While Xbox One Owners Wait

    You won't have to, but you can.

    If you want to use your real name when playing online instead of a silly gamertag, you'll be getting your chance with the next generation of consoles. While Microsoft promises the feature eventually, Sony has confirmed that it will be available as an option with the launch of the PlayStation 4 on November 15th.

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  3. Papo & Yo Launch Trailer is Not Like Other Trailers

    Sony, and by extension the PlayStation 3, has a history of supporting odds and ends via the PlayStation Network. After all, there aren't many games like Flower or Journey on other competing services. That isn't to say Sony is the only one taking chances, but when they do, they're interesting chances to say the least. The fostering of unique and special video games is likely one of the only reasons we're seeing Papo & Yo, a game about a child dealing which his alcoholic father, hit the digital shelves at all. Check out the launch trailer above to see just how different video games can truly be.

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  4. The Embargo on Journey Lifted, Everyone Loves It

    It pains me to be writing this post in such a way, but way back when, I didn't make it into the Journey beta. This time around, I didn't receive any sort of review copy or early release. So, while my likely fangasmic review will be coming sometime shortly after the official release date of March 13 and no matter how broke I am, I will have $14.99, that isn't now, so we'll have to check in on the rest of the Internet. They love it, if you're wondering. Just how much, after the break.

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  5. The Entire PlayStation Network (PSN) Rebranding as Sony Entertainment Network (SEN)

    Move over, venerable PlayStation Network, for Sony doesn't dig the sound of you anymore, and you shall forever be known as the Sony Entertainment Network (until Sony doesn't like the sound of that and changes it to something else). Starting tomorrow, February 7, all PSN accounts will be rebranded as SEN accounts. This shouldn't affect users too much, other than having to associate everything they thought they once knew with the SEN. Sony assures its users that this change is only a name change, and users' account information will stay the same.

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  6. Sony Gets Sued Over PlayStation Network's No-Sue Clause

    So remember back, after the big Sony hacking fiasco, when Sony pushed a PlayStation Network update that required all users to surrender their right to sue Sony? Well now Sony is getting sued over it. There were a lot of questions about whether the move to include the clause was actually legal, and now we're set to find out. Sony did provide a way to opt-out of the clause, but it was hard to find and even harder to excute; you had to send them a letter snail-mail, which as we all know, is an activity bordering on impossible. Seriously though, it's kind of a pain and that was a pretty sketchy move on Sony's part.

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  7. New PlayStation Network Terms of Service Don't Allow You to Take Sony to Court

    Today, Sony is asking PlayStation Network members (re: anyone who has ever made an account on their PS3 or PSP to log online) to agree to a new Terms of Service as part of Sony's unification of their online entertainment services. The PSN will be rolled into the Sony Entertainment Network, which shouldn't really affect users very much other than having to hear or see the new name every so often, except for one little detail. The new Terms of Service that PSN users will have to agree to in order to continue using the PlayStation Network includes a tidbit stating that users cannot take Sony to court over a dispute, and instead, must settle things with Sony outside of court. Most users will probably just immediately agree to the new terms without ever reading them, an act of which every single one of us is guilty, but hey, we really want to get online already, okay? If Futurama taught us anything, it is never leave your dog outside of your pizza place while you travel through time, never to return, but more recently, you never know what kind of terms are in an agreement and you should probably read them.

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  8. Spanish Police Reportedly Arrest 3 Men Suspected of PSN Hack

    According to the New York Times, Spanish police have detained three men "suspected of computer hacking in connection with recent cyberattacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network as well as corporate and government Web sites around the world." Sony's PSN woes have been the tech security fiasco of the year to this point, with the online gaming network brought down for more than a month following a breach that may left "customer names, addresses, usernames, passwords and as many as 2.2 million credit card numbers" exposed.

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  9. The PlayStation Store, Including the Rest of PSN Services, Relaunching By End of Week

    Reported straight from Sony's official PlayStation Blog, they expect the rest of the currently missing PlayStation Network services to return by the end of the week, which includes the most important part of the PSN besides online gaming -- the PlayStation Store. Sony plans to fully restore PSN services in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia (excluding Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea) by the end of this week. Yes, if the store isn't restored today, then Sony's original May 31 deadline for restoring the store will have passed, and yes, that does mean they missed yet another deadline that they set themselves regarding PSN service restoration, and yes, that means this new deadline might not mean anything either. No one would blame anyone for not exactly expecting full PSN services back by this new deadline, but hey, they've already been gone for so long, the estimated "by the end of this week" deadline seems spot on. I mean, what else is there to do, right? Right? Let me give you my money already, Sony! Jeez. (via PlayStation Blog)

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  10. PlayStation Network Hopes to Bribe You to Forgive Them

    For better or worse, it seems like the PlayStation Network is slowly recovering from its unannounced demise at the hands of some rogue hackers that may or may not be associated with the Anonymous hacker group. Barring some leftover exploitation of the computer’s password reset page, there’s been little to report in the way of horrible things happening to Sony as of late. That’s because they’re preparing to completely re-launch it all.

    Who knows what’s going to happen during the Sony presser at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in just less than two weeks. But we do know they are not just ignoring the crisis they, as a company, endured either.  Through a special Welcome Back promotion, they’re going to be offering two free downloads of a small list of popular games to show some kind of appreciation to their returning customers. In addition, they will be offering a month of PlayStation Plus access. That’s all supposed to happen at some nebulous point after the store comes back online. As of writing this, that has yet to happen. The store is still, as they put it, “undergoing maintenance” until further notice. Even so, the list includes some impressive titles. LittleBigPlanet and inFAMOUS are two major contenders for the absolute best of what’s being offered. Those are two titles that, regardless of other circumstances, one should probably be pleased with adding to one’s collection of well-crafted games. But that’s part of the problem.

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