Have you noticed any classic game that is missing from the launch of this console generation? WipeOut anyone? Besides being a favourite on console since the original PlayStation, the futuristic flier also became a very popular series with PSP and Vita fans. Sadly, the studio behind it, Sony Liverpool closed it’s doors in 2012. But now it appears that many of the big guns behind past studio hits are resurfacing as the new studio Firesprite and games are coming.
Studio Liverpool, previously named Psygnosis has produced some of the most influential hits in the PlayStation lifetime. Besides producing some of the most iconic and thrilling early PlayStation games, you may remember the awesome beats they rocked in WipeOut. It must be something in the water, Liverpool, UK also being home to the legendary dance nightclub brand Cream. Now that much of the old team is reborn under Firesprite, could we see more WipeOut and Formula One games?
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The holidays are upon us, and Loot Crate has delivered a smashing crate once more. Appropriately named “CELEBRATE,” the November crate was a treat to open.
But I won’t spoil it for you. That’s like telling you what your Christmas presents are on Christmas Eve! You’ll have to watch our video unboxing to find out what lurks inside.
As is tradition, we have found a nice little spot in a corner of Disneyland to open our Loot Crate box. Can you tell us which spot we chose? Pay close attention while watching the video to see how you can win the very box we opened!
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The PlayStation 4 has only been on sale for a little more than two weeks, launching in 30 countries on November 29 after an extremely successful launch in the United States and Canada on November 15. More than a million consoles in North America in 24 hours was followed by the biggest launch in the history of UK video game consoles over the course of 48 hours. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment group CEO Andrew House announced via press release and on the PlayStation Blog that more than 2.1 million PS4s have been sold through to consumers globally.
It’s important to review the big popular things, because that will get more eyes on me, more eyes on my employer of SonyRumors, and more feedback so I can get better at this trade. However, it’s a foregone conclusion that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be the biggest movie in the world for many days ahead. And my personal opinion of whether it deserves to be number one or if anyone should see it at all will have zero effect on that. I tore Thor apart and they still made more money in a day than I will probably in my lifetime. I might as well be trying to sell tofu at a butcher shop. But there are people who have not yet gone. People who have waited to avoid the huge crowds, or were busy on opening weekend. People who for one reason or another have yet to drop their hard earned dollars. These are the people who read that article about how the meat industry works and stare at the butcher shop door, wondering whether to support that. And there I stand, tofu in hand, smiling brightly in the way. Will I open the door for them or will I do my best to convince them of the dangers of bacon.
As far as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is concerned… how do you like your pork?
If the sequel is a chop, then the first film was more of a BLT. I liked the art direction and the concept of the story, but I thought it was overwrought, pretty random, with animated effects that at times looked downright bad. It was okay. Not horrible. I was partially effected from having seen it opening day, at midnight, in a packed house, with anti-social teenagers sitting behind me. They threw candy and said vulgar things to prove to their friends how talented and funny they were. So maybe I was in a bad mood.
Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
I can say, between films, a lot has improved. Adding Phillip Seymour Hoffman to any film makes it better almost instantly. But everyone is strong. While Donald Sutherland is great as President Snow – equal parts power loving, fear zealot and believer in the theory of their society created peace, the big surprise for me is Woody Harrelson. I don’t have a particular problem with him in general but I never feel compelled in any way by his performances. I have to say his take on Haymitch Abernathy, former games survivor, is the most I’ve ever seen him disappear into a role. He’s an alcoholic for no small reason and despite his hateful, despondent exterior, is quite the savvy thinking man with a real streak of compassion for humanity and a better world.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
As the title suggests, Sony has created a patent for a device they call the SmartWig. As the name suggest, the SmartWig follows the tradition of other wearable devices like smart glasses by incorporating tech in a wearable fashion. According to the patent, the SmartWig could be made from
horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair or any kind of synthetic material
The wig then incorporates a hidden circuit board and microprocessor that can talk to a “second computing device” wirelessly like your smartphone. Once a connection is place, the SmartWig could then “provide tactile feedback to the user.”
Like the PlayStation 4 in the US, the PS4 has become the fastest selling console in UK history, beating rival Xbox One which sold 150K units. Previously, the record had been held by Sony’s PlayStation Portable which sold 180K units in its first week. It’s believed that the PS4 has broken the PSP’s record by a wide margin though specific sales numbers have yet to be revealed.
Update time! Xperia M Dual users will be glad to see update 15.2.A.2.5 on their phones. Users had mentioned issues with auto-flash and low volume quality. Well it seems our friends over at Sony Xperia Care have been listening as this update gets straight to fixing things. With all of the KitKat talk, M Dual owners may have been wishing for more than JellyBean 4.2 but this update should keep users happy while the first round of KitKat updates are prepared. What’s else has changed? Read on…