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16  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Sony's Issues on: May 16, 2011, 09:43:06 pm
When the store does come back, PS3 owners will have a month to download 2 free games.  They'll have to be from a certain list.  There will be other free stuff, too.

PlayStation Network 'Welcome Back' program offers free games

    By Tor Thorsen, GameSpot
    Posted May 16, 2011 3:39 pm PT

PS3 and PSP owners getting two titles for each system; Infamous and Little Big Planet among console offerings while handheld fans can grab ModNation Racers, Killzone Liberation, more; free video rentals, Home items also offered.

With the PlayStation Network now back up and (partially) running, Sony has revealed its make-good program to recompense users for the three-plus weeks of downtime. In addition to the previously announced free month of PlayStation Plus, Sony will be offering PlayStation 3 owners two free games for download 30 days after the PlayStation Store comes back online later this month. The company will also be offering free video rentals and assorted other items to PSN users.

PlayStation 3 owners can download two of the following games on the PlayStation Store once the online marketplace returns later this month. The titles will be available for 30 days after the store relaunches and can be kept permanently following download:

--Dead Nation
--Little Big Planet
--Super Stardust HD
--Wipeout HD + Fury

PSP owners won't be left out either, with Sony offering two free titles for the portable, as well from the list below. Like the PS3 offerings, the PSP games will also be available for 30 days after the PlayStation Store relaunches.

--Little Big Planet (PSP)
--ModNation Racers
--Pursuit Force
--Killzone Liberation

In addition, Sony will be offering a number of free movie rentals over a single weekend, the selection of which will be announced soon. PlayStation Plus members will get 60 free days of subscription service, and over 100 virtual items will be offered in PlayStation Home for free. Offer details differ slightly for the European and Latin American markets.

As for members of Sony's Qriocity music subscription service, Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an extra 30 days of free premium subscription. Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription members will get an additional 30 days of subscription plus an equivalent number of days for the time lost.

I'm interested in a couple of the PS3 games being offered.  Might get two of the PSP games if I can get the thing online without a wireless network.  Come to think of it, it's probably not yet associated with my PSN account.  It figures that they'd only offer games they've published themselves.  Giving away Little Big Planet and Infamous also helps sales of the sequels.
17  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Sony's Issues on: May 15, 2011, 05:45:25 pm
You can chat and play games online, though it seems to be crashing at times with the sudden flood of users.  The PlayStation Store still shows a maintenance message.
18  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Alice: Madness Returns on: May 15, 2011, 05:15:05 pm
A good looking university, what's your major?
19  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Alice: Madness Returns on: May 15, 2011, 03:08:32 pm
Oh?  Will it be a vacation in England or a longer stay?
20  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Alice: Madness Returns on: May 15, 2011, 12:42:51 am
I've been planning on getting the PS3 version this summer.  It's been a while since I had a PC with good graphics capabilities for current games.
21  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Sony's Issues on: May 15, 2011, 12:34:37 am
There's a partial restoration of service.  Took almost a month to get this far.
22  Anime and Entertainment / Anime / Re: What have you watched lately? on: May 13, 2011, 01:57:13 pm
Watching simulcast Naruto Shippuden episodes, and Xenosaga through Netflix streaming.  Like I mentioned above, I've never missed an anime aired on Adult Swim (excluding a couple pure comedies).  Right now they've got Bleach, Kekkaishi, and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  The last one is my current favorite on Adult Swim, it's more interesting than the original series since it has more manga material to use, and the story progresses quickly, even with over 60 episodes.  (Not that anything is wrong with a show having battles that frequently drag on for a while.  ^^;)

What's Psychoville like?
23  General / The Lounge / Re: Member's List on: May 13, 2011, 12:20:53 pm
Approval stops the few that start spamming, though it can be hard to tell the quiet bots from actual people.  School work kept me very busy for the last several weeks, I'm looking into recaptcha now.  Not quite sure how to implement it here, despite instructions for PHP, but I can probably figure it out.
24  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Alice: Madness Returns on: May 12, 2011, 08:39:57 pm
The PC version will have the original game, though still no sign of the Mac version.
25  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Lineage Shutting Down for the West on: May 11, 2011, 09:56:26 pm
Tried this game with Galaxia for a bit a while back.  It lasted a while, and screenshots remind me of my Ultima Online days.

Lineage servers shutting down in the West

    By Tom Magrino, GameSpot
    Posted May 11, 2011 5:05 pm PT

NCsoft says antiquated fantasy MMOG will be taken offline on June 29 due to no longer being "financially viable."

NCsoft's Lineage stands as one of the first massively multiplayer online role-playing games to gain massive popularity, having dominated South Korea's online gaming scene since it launched there in 1998. However, after more than a decade, its time will be coming to an end--in the West, at least--as NCsoft revealed through the game's official website that it would be taking Lineage's North American servers offline on June 29.

In its statement, NCsoft said that it had decided to shut the game down due to its sales performance. As part of a recent earnings report, the publisher blamed slipping sales for the game as a reason for an overall decrease in revenues.

"After much deliberation, NCsoft has made the difficult decision to shut down Lineage servers in its Western markets," the statement reads. "Unfortunately, after more than 10 years, the original Lineage franchise is no longer financially viable in the West…We know that we have incredibly loyal fans that have stood by us for the past 10 years. As painful as it was, as a business, we had to make a very difficult, but necessary, decision."

NCsoft has suspended account creation as of today. The publisher does not plan to continue charging anyone with an active subscription to the game and intends to refund any unused game time with credits applied to individuals' accounts. NCsoft also said that it has reactivated all existing Lineage accounts that are "in good standing," allowing previous users to play for free until the game's official shutdown.

The publisher also said that current account holders will be able to try other NCsoft titles free of charge. Applicable players can view the Player Appreciation Rewards program on NCsoft's website for more information.
26  General / The Poster Wall / Re: My Anime List on: May 11, 2011, 09:33:55 pm
I'll have to start one too.  I can remember most of the anime I've seen, though it'll mostly be from Toonami and Adult Swim.  I've still been watching Naruto Shippuden, and lately I've watched episodes of the Xenosaga anime, which is 12 episodes long and based on the first game.  What are Nana and Perfect Blue like?
27  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: EA Doing Away With Disks on: May 11, 2011, 03:51:09 pm
I'm not a fan of doing away with physical media, either.  Even if a service keeps track of what you've purchased and lets you download an item as many times as you like, it's only good as long as that service is up and running.  There's something nice about having discs in cases on your shelf, readily available for use.  Going all digital requires a lot of hard drive space, too.  The console makers can't skimp on space if this is the future in gaming.  There's already talk of the Wii 2 having a relatively small drive (again).
28  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Sony's Issues on: May 10, 2011, 10:08:57 pm
They haven't handled this like a big company, even after the breach.  They went from promising restored service within days to this vague end of the month estimate pretty fast.  Online play may come back sooner.  They're promising freebies to PSN users to try to make up for it.  They might need to hand out more than a month of PlayStation Plus, one free game download and free identity theft protection for a year.
29  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Sony's Issues on: May 10, 2011, 01:40:08 am
Sony expects to have everything back up and running by the end of this month...  I had a feeling it would take a while when I read another story about servers getting moved to new locations.  I wonder how many SOE accounts have been cancelled.
30  Anime and Entertainment / Gaming / Re: Alice: Madness Returns on: May 05, 2011, 01:50:47 pm
Maybe they dropped that version to release the game on time.  I'll probably get the PS3 version (maybe PSN will be back up by then for downloading the original game).  Early last year, I installed Windows XP on a partition on my Mac using Boot Camp.  I was limited by the hardware, but it allowed me to play various Windows games.  The sound through the Mac's speakers sucked while using Windows, but using headphones or external speakers fixed that.
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