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  1. Shadow of the Colossus and ICO Confirmed for Single-Disc HD Release With Many Extras

    After many months of speculation, Team Ico has confirmed that the phenomenal Shadow of the Colossus and stellar Ico will be released on the PlayStation 3 in America and Europe on a single disc, remastered in HD, with full trophy support and even 3D support if played on a capable television. The games will also run in a consistent 30 frames-per-second as well as sport an overhaul of the textures to ensure the releases look great in high definition. If that weren't enough, the European ending in Ico, which slightly differed from the American ending, will be included as the new, "regular" ending to the game. But wait, there's more! Fumito Ueda, series head and hero to gamers everywhere, has said they're planning on doing something about the widely disliked original North American box art of the games.

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  2. Sony Opens Satirical Anti-Kinect Website for PS Move

    Adding fuel to the coming fire between Sony's PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Kinect, Sony launched an amusing satirical website,, in support of buttons, something Kinect doesn't have.

    The site is actually quite funny, complete with an appearance by Kevin Butler, a fictional character Sony has been using as the PlayStation brand's mascot for a while now, most notably in the "It Only Does Everything" ad campaign.

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  3. Geekolinks: 9/11

    Finally, Rock Band Oriented Gaming Storage (Wired) Alan Moore: Paranoid, or Justifiably Paranoid? The Debate Rages (Bleeding Cool) A Cappella Inception Trailer (Urlesque) Ico For PS3 Rumors Continue Apace (Kotaku) LotRO Is Now Officially Free To Play (Joystiq) Nooooooooooooooo (ooooooooooooooo) Best Comic Book Modes of Transportation (Comics Alliance) (pic via Topless Robot.)

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  4. New PS3 Firmware Update Prevents Jailbreak For Now

    Around a week after the PSGroove was made downloadable and free to the public, Sony has released a mandatory firmware update 3.42 for the PlayStation 3, effectively stopping the jailbreak for now.

    Not that this is a surprise, but foregoing the firmware update will prevent access to the PlayStation Network. So, at the moment, if someone wants their console cracked, they'll have to trade online functionality. Of course, as is the relationship between crackers and companies, Sony will probably be caught in an ongoing tug of war with people insistent on creating jailbreaks for the rest of the console's lifecycle.

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  5. PS3 Cracked on Two Phones — And a Calculator

    The downloadable, open source PS3 jailbreak, PSGroove has now been successfully applied by using two different mobile phones and TI-84 Plus calculator.

    As reported about a week ago, now that a downloadable, open source crack for the PS3 exists, keeping it from spreading should be virtually unstoppable. Coupled with its open source code, it was simply a matter of time before the crack became easier to implement and it's application became available for different devices, although the recent firmware update may spoil future fun.

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  6. PSGroove: Open Source PS3 Jailbreak, Available for Download

    A new, open source PS3 jailbreak, called PSGroove, is now available for download.

    After the PlayStation 3 was finally cracked, the Australian Federal Court quickly put a stop to the jailbreak's circulation by halting the distribution of the crack and turning the cracking group's inventory over to Sony, the long-overdue crack's future was looking grim (for people into that sort of thing).

    However, a new, open source jailbreak has just been released, dubbed PSGroove.

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  7. Australian Federal Court Halts PSJailbreak Distribution

    As mentioned two days ago, the PlayStation 3 was finally cracked by a group of hackers, who then (against everything that piracy stands for) decided to sell their jailbreak for a steep price of $130. Today, only two days later, the Australian Federal Court has put an end to the group's efforts. PS3Hax posted the court's decision, which essentially prevents the jailbreak device from being distributed in any manner whatsoever.

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  8. PlayStation 3 Finally Cracked

    In quite possibly the longest time it took hackers to crack anything, four years after its launch, the PlayStation 3 has finally been cracked. Best (if you're into that sort of thing) or worst (if you're Sony) of all, is that the crack is applied via a simple plug and play USB stick, complete with a GUI installer that doesn't void warranties, is compatible with any region and model of the PS3 and claims to never brick the console. Other features include backing up games to an internal or external hard drive, which allows them to load faster, and the ability to install homebrew applications.

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  9. Studio Ghibli Game Headed For PS3, Trailer Unbelievably Beautiful

    The animation that comes out of Studio Ghibli, the powerhouse Japanese animation film studio, is always remarkably pretty. But it never stops there, as there's always a compelling narrative to go along with the stunning visuals. Works that have come out of Ghibli include Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro, among many others. But soon something of a different nature will come out of the studio. It's name is Ni no Kuni, or The Another World, and it's a video game being released not just for the DS anymore, but also for the PS3. Level-5 takes on the game development side of the project.

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  10. Watch Sony’s E3 Announcement: Live, Streaming

    You know the drill: hot on the heels of Microsoft's and Nintendo's big E3 announcements, it's Sony's turn as of 3:00pm EDT. They've got a tough act to follow after Nintendo's barn-burner of a 3DS presentation, but don't count Sony out just yet: They're expected to talk about PlayStation Move, 3D support for the PS3, and -- this could be the big one -- roll out some new hardware.

    Tune in to live, streaming video of Sony's announcement below, thanks to G4:

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  11. Finally! Dreamcast Lives On in PS3 and Xbox 360

    It's still thinking, and we're very excited. Sega of America and Sega of Europe have happily made a joint announcement stating that the Dreamcast, that oh-so-beloved console released on 9/9/99 (and died a year and a half later), will see new life on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

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  12. Thanks, but no Thanks: Best Buy Will “Install” Red Dead Redemption For You

    Protip: It is probably not worth paying someone to install a video game -- even Red Dead Redemption! -- assuming you are capable of placing the game on the disc tray, hitting 'on,' and awaiting further rudimentary instructions.

    We hope, as seems likely enough, that these "Let Us Install It" stickers are holdovers from a techier security box, as sometimes happens at Best Buy, and that whether or not it they are, no one took them up on it. But you never know...

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  13. Get Your Sack On Again: LittleBigPlanet 2 Trailer

    The trailer for Media Molecule's highly anticipated sequel LittleBigPlanet 2 was released today, and it answers the vital question of how you make a sequel to a game that has about 2-million user created levels? You can't just make more levels. So what do you do?

    You make a game that makes games. Trailer after the jump, natch.

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  14. Blockbuster Reveals New “Games by Mail” Service

    Blockbuster has released details on its new Games by Mail service.  Subscribers to Blockbuster Online will be able to rent one game at a time, for the extra monthly price of $7.99.  Any game rented will count against whatever your limit of discs out-at-a-time is, based on your plan.  If you don't rent a game in a given month, you won't be charged the $8. Games will only be available for the Wii, PS2, PS3, and XBox 360; so no handhelds, and no classic titles (well, I guess the PS2 is a classic title). While this is certainly a better price than Gamefly (more than $16/month for a 1-game-at-a-time plan), it's sort of a dubious deal if you don't have a subscription to a by-mail game rental service.

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  15. PlayStation Network Glitch Explained: PS3s Thought 2010 Was a Leap Year

    Yesterday, many PS3 owners were frozen out of online -- and offline -- games due to a glitch that knocked down online hub PlayStation Network. Sony told PS3 owners not to turn on their consoles in the mean time. Curiously, the glitch only seemed to be affecting owners of the old, 'fat' PS3s. PlayStation Network is back up now, fortunately, and Sony has confirmed what some on the Internet were speculating yesterday: the glitch was due to a Y2K-like calendar bug that made fat PS3s 'think' 2010 was a leap year.

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  16. PSN Fail Whale: PlayStation Network Glitch Keeps PS3 Users Offline

    PlayStation Network, the online hub that connects millions of PlayStation 3 gaming consoles worldwide, is down for many users. Receiving error messages like "Registration of the trophy information could not be completed. The game will quit. (8001050F)" and "8001050F - Hardware failure. Cannot update Firmware or connect to Internet," many users are being blocked not only from games that require online connection, but from offline gaming as well.

    Owners of the original "fat" PS3 seem to be the only ones afflicted, whereas owners of the newer "skinny" PS3 seem to be spared, Sony confirms via Twitter.

    Though it's not yet clear what's caused the PSN outage, early signs point to a mix of a calendar issue and faulty DRM:

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  17. Is Sony Working on a Universal Controller that Works on XBox 360 and Wii?

    Imagine: one controller to rule them all, one controller to bind them: one universal controller that works on Sony's PS3, Microsoft's XBox 360, and the Nintendo Wii. Now, fancy that controller being manufactured by ... Sony, of all companies.

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