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The Unspoken Crime of Sony… Murdering the PS3’s Functionality and PlayStation 3 Community

A stunning expose’ into one of gaming’s biggest and most recent unspoken crimes. A community of over 80 million players abandoned, arguably betrayed. A console comprised from billions in research & development labs with a mysterious leap in processor technology modern programmers could not understand. CELL costed $400 million (as of 2001) in R&D alone. PlayStation 3 was considered a joke to economists and gamers, but a hardcore following emerged despite the absence of proof for PS3’s power.

Eventually turned into the ultimate gaming machine through a decade of hard work and listening to fans, developing incredible games, enriching hardware offerings and leading the games industry to proficiency in using the CELL. All of that and then suddenly PS3 is abandoned rather than being allowed to run side by side with PS4 as originally intended. Account Glitches that stop players from getting thousands of dollars in games they’ve paid for years ago, Friends List Glitches that can bring entire games to a crashing halt; over and over again. Could there be more to the PlayStation 3 story than meets the eye? What was Sony’s biggest unspoken crime? And how were they allowed to get away with it?

When the PS3 first released, consoles were being bought up in bulk by the United States Military. It was even reported that to help Sony recover from its losses in R&D, the US Military would pay the factory cost to manufacture each PS3 at the time of launch – which was over $1,000 a piece since Sony was taking a massive loss on each sold unit. Respecting science journals published articles about the hardware and even revealed its primary use and purpose in military campaigns. US Military procedures had designed their own secure systems for quickly arranging an even amount of PS3 units together in the back of a transport vehicle for on-the-go supercomputer technology which they used to rapidly decrypt nearby terrorist communications.

This could mean the matter of life and death for some troops, and although the PS3 wasn’t the most powerful, or first processor to accomplish this – it was found to be the most portable and cost effective at the time (e.g. The Year 2006). The Army had accomplished all of this by installing their own secure systems created by Military Engineers and installed on normal PS3 systems using Sony’s Other Operating System PS3 feature, or “OtherOS” which was controversially removed amid user protest and even led to a lawsuit years later. Military charts of the time were released to the public that had shown Moore’s Law in comparison to theories about future versions of processors using CELL architecture, and the CELL was a line flying literally off the charts.

What happened to the CELL processor Sony and other tech giants like Toshiba and IBM publicly poured half of a billion dollars or likely more into?  Was another version of this CELL chip ever made, and if so, is it Top Secret technology? The CELL and Army involvement mark telltale signs but are not the only parts of PS3’s bizarre and long-winded backstory which stand out. Why, after so many years of effort, was the PlayStation 3 allowed to degrade into malfunction? Could Sony have had more reasons behind the scenes than just the obvious? Does the PS3 have something to hide?

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Devil May Cry 5 to be announced during PSX 2017 (RUMOR)

Devil May Cry 5 has been heavily rumored since the release of the Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition. CAPCOM has praised it as one of their best selling titles for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Even the actors who played Dante and Nero in Devil May Cry 4 have been seen in MoCap suits a few years back. I will tag that below, and keep you informed if this happens or not. Including a link to the trailer if it’s announced at all.

**Update: after seeing the HD Collection announced for the second time. Had no idea Nintendo and Platinum was going to announce Bayonetta 3 tonight. I really think they wanted to beat Devil May Cry to the punch. They are basically saying “Your move Capcom…”

WTF Wednesdays: “NAZI is not a valid word” – ??? – Words With Friends 2

Video game companies all over the world are subject to government regulations against free speech – some for good reason, others just for an unidentified purpose. While playing the mobile title Words With Friends 2 Online the other day it was discovered that “NAZI is not a valid word” according to the title which has players putting words like “Hod” or “Hi” and “Ta” in order to stack up points with words they really didn’t even know before playing the game.

On top of the title being a simple exercise in trial and error rather than actually testing the vocabulary of its players, now real words are not valid entries simply due to their controversial role in reality.

For this week’s WTF Wednesday stop and take a look at the country you live in, and name 3 games that have censored their content. In Germany, many students are not even taught about the existence of Adolf Hitler and the NAZI era of World War 2. Some say this is to prevent a low self-esteem issue while others claim it is to prevent repeating the past. In any event, most countries will not allow the Nazi Swastika symbol to appear in their video games despite the historical accuracy demanding such.

DICE, EA, & Disney Legal Battle Over Star Wars Battlefront 2 Pay-to-Win Scandal

Disney was blamed by EA Games in statements made to the gaming community referring to their reasoning behind such anti-consumer practices. CFO of EA Blake Jorgensen stated that “-you wouldn’t want a pink Darth Vader-“ as an example of how DICE allegedly wasn’t allowed to do things that alter the canon of Star Wars. This of course, is extremely untrue being that the entire modern Battlefront series has been off-canon blessed by Disney, the owners of the Star Wars universe.

EA Games has lost $3.1 Billion in Stock Value (8.5% Down from Normal) /* Update: EA Games stock value continued to drop a total of $6 Billion lower, signaling that the issue has still not died down at the time of this post*/ recently since the Star Wars Battlefront 2 scandal that rocked the industry regarding Star Cards being the only way for players to progress in the game. These Star Cards are a virtual currency tied up with tokens allowing the game’s entire content to be locked behind a Lootbox system which would cost players $1,200+ on top of the game’s initial $60 price tag or some insane amount of hours that slowed the pace to such a halt.

Government officials have now began to crack down on the game industry as it is likely scrambling behind the scenes to fix the issue before more laws and regulations are passed. In many other countries, the government  already regulates gaming. Overall, the Electronic Software Association regulates gaming itself in the United States – which is owned by game companies (an obvious conflict of interest).

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Mega Ran Extra Credit Tour Hits Down South Winter 2017

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11/24 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
11/25 Jackson, MS @ Offbeat
11/26 New Orleans, LA @ HiHo Lounge
11/27 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
11/28 Savannah GA @ Jinx11/28 Savannah, GA @ Jinx
11/30 Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks
12/1 Tampa, FL @ Lowry Parcade
12/2 Orlando, FL @ The Geek Easy

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Can Apple Really Recover Their Brand w/ VR?

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Apple VR could be just what the VR Industry needs and is missing. A brand that is surely capable of bringing an entirely different audience into the virtual reality world.

PlayStation and Xbox are converting to AMD APU computer gaming software architecture and parts. Android smartphone gaming is a clear and away winner over Apple’s strong and very well “improved” competition. Although it may make more money for developers to release with iOS gamers have spoken and the bulk of income is coming from titles on both platforms, not just one. Apple’s iOS gaming sales are likely to remain strong, but it’s not going to be possible anymore to drive a large amount of top tier game studios to go iOS only – those days are over.

Pair this with the fact that Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are reaching well deserved success with their spinoff of the Fire OS for home television streaming uses. Roku is strong in this space, some folks don’t even want a dedicated piece and go for Chromecast, and there’s always using the electronics you already own (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Smartphones, Tablets, Smart TVs, laptops, desktop PCs, etc.) and what that all boils down to is plain to see.

It’s too late for an Apple TV success, and it’s too late for an Apple TV gaming controller success. While Google seems to have completely missed the boat on its own device concepts, announcing after Fire TV moved a million units, that Android TV will be the project’s name and it will feature a curated app store with gaming as a focus and with gaming controller. But why wait until Amazon struck gold to jump on the bandwagon with a delayed, out of date concept?

Some great ideas exist with Android TV (a terrible name) or whatever they end up calling it in the end. But let’s be honest, people barely care about Fire TV as it is – they already own a lot of electronics. Apple TV with a gaming controller is going to be a very hard sell right now without any additional logic behind wanting a device beyond “it does my iOS games” because nobody cares about that.

With the recent loss of $40 billion in market value from just one day [s] (via @NinjaEconomics) China will no longer allow American media to be sold through iTunes including film and music. iPhone SE fails to meet sales expectations and iPhone 7’s big surprise is just “pre-touch”, the ability to use your touchscreen phone without literally touching it but instead touching the air just above it. This is said to be a major feature for ALL phones next-gen, not an Apple exclusive. The Samsung Note 5 already does this, but with use of a stylus.

Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S7 is selling in leaps and bounds, including “Buy 1, Get 1” deals as Samsung readies a new, even more innovative phone Galaxy S7 Active for release. Apple is being crushed and China has vested interests in Samsung coming out on top when the dust settles. The #1 reason is because Apple needs this and might be seeing the beginning of the end of its dominance in the tech field if not swift to jump on a risky bet for the cornerstone of our virtual lives future-tense.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth – Gameplay Trailer

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“After the events of Mask of Deception, the Yamato Empire is now ruled with an iron fist by a ruthless usurper who seeks to subjugate all before him. It’s up to a couple of familiar faces to band together against the might of the Imperial army, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance as nations and generals must pick a side to fight with in this perilous civil war. Secrets will be revealed, friendships will be tested, and battles will be fought. Will peace and order be restored or will victory at any cost be the beginning of the end?”

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth features:

• An Epic Scope – Mask of Truth is an 80+ hours long experience that features more fascinating characters, dastardly creatures, exotic locales, and important battles than ever before!
• A Story at Its End – The rich Utawarerumono visual novel tradition continues in Mask of Truth. The landscape has changed and there are new nations, people, and truths to discover during this uncertain time. The dramatic events of Mask of Deception have set up the story for a climactic and thrilling conclusion in Mask of Truth.
• Enhanced SRPG Battle Mechanics – Since war is on everyone’s agenda, expect plenty more battles to partake in. Turn-based tactics make a return and an updated battle system make fights both strategic and fast paced! Utilize new extended Action Chains, a higher-level cap, and more to gain the upper hand on the battlefield. Additionally, certain characters can team up and dish out some devastating offense with Co-op Final and Co-op Chain attacks. Oh, there’s also now a Mock Battle mode that can be used to practice new combat tactics and gain EXP/BP.
• A Fantastical Atmosphere – The gorgeous art style, beautifully rendered cutscenes, and rousing score (recorded and remastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and EastWest Studios) make a return. Dive into a magical storybook that comes alive before your very eyes!

“Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will be released in the Americas on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in both physical and digital formats on Sept. 5. The European PS4 version will have a physical release, but the PS Vita version will be digital-only. It will be priced at $49.99 for the PS4 and $39.99 for the PS Vita (with commensurate European pricing). The game, originally published/developed by AQUAPLUS, will have its original Japanese audio. Mask of Truth has not yet been rated by the ESRB.”