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PlayStation Network Restoration Q&A

PlayStation Network Restoration Q&A

The PlayStation Network went back online on Saturday, so PlayStation fans can again play video games online. Sony is also working on getting the password reset problem sorted. But the service is far from being completely restored. The PlayStation Store, for example, is still behind on updates. Full information on the Welcome Back Package, and the ID theft protection Sony is offering is still to come also. Today, Sony published a new Q&A on its official PlayStation blog answering some questions and promising answers to others "soon".

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PAX to add PAX Dev Pre-Convention for Developers

PAX to add PAX Dev Pre-Convention for Developers

The PAX Prime gaming convention will add a pre-convention just for programmers, designers, producers and artists. This event, called PAX Dev, will allow these folks to actually get some work done, away from the press, and the craziness of the main convention. It will take place two days before PAX Prime, Wednesday and Thursday, August 24 and 25.

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Pokémon Global Link, New Pokémon Worlds Launches April 13

Pokémon Global Link, New Pokémon Worlds Launches April 13

Pokémon Company International has announced the launch of Pokémon Global Link on Wednesday, April 13th. Global Link had been delayed indefinitely due to the Japan tsunami and earthquakes. Through the Global Link website, users can access post-game worlds, including Dream World and Global Battle Union. Users can also save their progress online.

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Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft was developed in 2009 by Markus “Notch” Persson, a Swedish programmer. It's a browser based 3D game with graphics on par with 1996, but that didn't stop it from becoming the underground hit throughout last year. It spread throughout the internet, garnering Persson's company around ten bucks a pop for each purchase. That's not much, but just today Minecraft's website reports 1837252 have purchased the game.

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Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset breaks cover

Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset breaks cover

When it comes to serious gamers that like to play at the competitive level, they don't use speakers. Most of the real hard core gamers wear headphones so they can hear every nuance of sound in an attempt to hear when someone is sneaking up behind them and use audio clues to find their enemy. Cyber Snip has a new gaming headset that many of these ardent gamers will want to check out.

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Unreal Development Kit Demo, “Samaritan”

Unreal Development Kit Demo, “Samaritan”

What do a scene of urban decay, a blowtorch on a piece of chain, a half smoked cigarette, rain falling down a stubble clad cheek and muzzle flashes have in common? They're all images featured in "Samaritan", a technology demo from Epic Games showcasing all of the new features included in the UDK. Epic just released the UDK Beta this month. They dropped this beautiful little piece of eye-candy at GDC last week. Epic's demonstration video is a showcase of the newest of the new in graphics rendering tech. It's also a great little scene that's fun to watch in it's own right, even if you're not a rendering-geek like me.

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Alien Super Mega Blaster Working for Good

Alien Super Mega Blaster Working for Good

If you feel like shooting some aliens for a good cause, all you need is 80 Microsoft points (about a buck) and an Xbox. Developer Jon Hearn has developed "Alien Super Mega Blaster", a retro-style alien blasting game, to raise money for his son Oscar who has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. All proceeds from the game (after Microsoft's take) go to the charity Action Duchenne.

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Vivox Voice Chat Hugely Popular Among Gamers

Vivox Voice Chat Hugely Popular Among Gamers

Voice chat company Vivox has been able to find a great niche, gamers. According to Monty Sharma, vice president of product management and marketing at Vivox, they have been adding users at a rate of 2.5 million a month. And people are spending 3 billion minutes a month chatting while playing games online. Vivox is popular since it has been able to offer users a high quality solution that they don't have to download seperately. The chat service is integrated into a number of games from companies like Wargaming.net, IMVU, Runewalker Entertainment, and Bigpoint.com. Just check out that graph...

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iControlPad with Bluetooth Shipping This Month

iControlPad with Bluetooth Shipping This Month

Back in September we wrote about iControlPad dumping the dock connectors in favor of Bluetooth. The new iControlPad with Bluetooth is scheduled to ship February 16th. According to iControlPad's website, the gaming pad should work with any phone, console, or computer with Bluetooth. You just need to put in the right clamps to fit your phone, and go. You can even use it to charge your phone while playing games. Hey, multitasking!

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