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PlayStation Now’s Monthly Price Plan Announced, Is It Too Much?

PlayStation Now Subscription

So, everyone under the sun probably wants the ability to rent games from home without needing to wait for discs to show up. But pretty much nobody agrees with the prices Sony has instated on PlayStation NOW (the digital streaming service for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita) especially for long term rentals / streams.

A great solution to this stop-gap preventing digital rentals from really prospering in the PlayStation ecosystem and making noise in the industry overall as they should be, would be to offer a cheap monthly solution similar to Netflix that didn’t require pay for each game.

Such a plan was said to be in the works for months, today Sony has finally announced that plan’s price. But is it too much? Here are the details below, followed by my own personal opinion about the service, where it is today, where it’s going, and how I feel about these price points / feature offers.

PlayStation NOW Pricing:

  • 7 Days Free Trial Offer for new PS NOW subscribers
  • $19.99 – 1 Month Access to “100+ PS3 Games”
  • $44.99 – 3 Months Access to “100+ PS3 Games”
  • OR Continue Renting At Current Prices without Monthly Access

The problem I see with this system is that users are being offered the one month option for $19.99 and feeling like it is too much, when Sony has offered the 3 Month option at a price that essentially reduces that closer to $14.99 (a price we are all too familiar with for monthly services, but has been deemed acceptable by users of services like Netflix in the past). If this could have been debuted for $14.99 a month and some sort of yearly discount like $99 a year or so, people would be much more interested.

Even though this isn’t much more than that, Americans have long had a psychological obsession with numbers in advertising that proves this theory. That’s how the entire 99 cents thing got invented, meaning – when an item costs $19.99 instead of $20.00 a psychological mind trick is being performed on you by the marketing team of that product. Sony failed to keep up with the latest in American marketing when deciding their prices.

So with that in mind, it seems Sony is $5 too high on the monthly fee, and $10 too high on the yearly fee for what people have deemed acceptable as recurring fees in their lives for services like this.

My Conclusion:

For all of the content Sony is offering, they are right to expect great profits. But those profits are going to come from a huge amount of users enjoying to get a great deal on streaming these games, not from abnormally high prices that the rest of the industry is already well beneath.

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Here are inFamous: First Light’s Trophies

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Sucker Punch’s standalone/DLC follow up to inFamous: Second Son will be releasing next week. A few days back it was confirmed that ‘First Light’ would have a Platinum trophy to unlock, much to the delight of many trophy hunters. Now the official list has been revealed, you can check it out below.

 Noble Achievement
Collect all Trophies

 Lost
Suffer a Loss

 Cracked
Endure a Deception

 Betrayed
Experience a Double-cross

 She’s Ready
Complete the story of inFAMOUS First Light™

 Illuminated
Collect all Neon Lumens

 Blackout
Destroy all Police Drones

 Lickety Pronto
Complete all Lumen Races

 That’s So Fetch
Complete all Neon Graffiti

 Unleashed
Purchase every Upgrade

 Novice
Complete 25% of all Challenges

 Professional
Complete 50% of all Challenges

 Expert
Complete 75% of all Challenges

 Perfectionist
Complete all of the Challenges in the Game

 Alpha Rescue Diamond
Achieve a score of 500,000 points

 Alpha Survival Diamond
Achieve a score of 500,000 points

 Beta Rescue Diamond
Achieve a score of 500,000 points

 Beta Survival Diamond
Achieve a score of 500,000 points

 Gamma Survival Diamond
Achieve a score of 500,000 points

 Turret Syndrome
Overload 25 Turrets

 Great Responsibility
50 Hostage Saves

 Top of the Class
Earn a total of 10,000,000 points

 Event Horizon
Defeat 100 Enemies with a Neon Singularity

 …Bada Boom!
Defeat 20 Enemies in a row with Homing Missiles

 Fish in a Barrel
25 Stasis + Weakpoint Kills

inFamous: First Light launches on August 26, 2014 exclusively PlayStation 4.

 

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MegaRan Music News – Operation 250 Pre-Orders + Bootleg Mixtapes

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As many of you may be aware, The Call: 8 Bit Anniversary Edition has been announced by Random AKA MegaRan and will re-invent his original hip hop debut album with the sounds of 8 Bit Chip Hop instrumentals behind it. So far, one track has been released in order to whet the appetite and the Digital version of the album has been made available for pre-order. If 250 pre-orders are successfully obtained by the end of the month then Random will also create and distribute Vinyl copies of the album.

Pre-Order The Call: 8 Bit Anniversary Here

Excerpt From Random AKA MegaRan’s Mailing List:

“So what type of vinyl should we press? __I’ve been thinking about colored vinyl… blue is cool.. clear is cool… blue/black swirl? let me know by shooting me a reply here or tweet at me and use the hashtag #TheCall8Bit.

This was weird but it was dropped on my forum (by the way, you guys should come back over there and hang out, exclusive things happen there) — but someone created a Mega Ran mixtape called “Symphony of Darkness” and It’s weird, a little dark — especially the cover– but there are some of my favorite jams on there, all with incorrect titles, and some spooky skits, haha. truly a bootleg– but I’m honored! I do appreciate the effort someone went through to put it together, so I will share and let you decide if ya like it:”

1. Intro
2. Doubt Me (ft Lefty, Futuristic)
3. Flash Man
4. Darkness
5. Black Bags
6. Knowledge
7. Wisdom (ft Writer’s Guild)
8. Make A Killing
9. I Gotta Push
10. Random Beats
11. Pain, Justice, Peace
12. Losses (ft Joell Ortiz, Murs)
13. Ask Hova (ft Freeway)
14. Kill Count
15. Zombie Apocalypse (ft Richie Branson)
16. Stop Listening To Rap Music
17. I Had A Dream
18. Welcome To Robot City (ft Storyville, YT Cracker)
19. Can’t Be Fake
20. Get Involved
21. Drugs 4 School
22. Hip Hop PHDs (ft Naledge)
23. Teach From The Heart, Not The Book
24. A Very Dangerous Game
25. Bonus Track

Download Available On DatPiff

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Pokémon X / Pokémon Y – Free Digital Download Offer Trailer [HD 1080P]

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y

How to redeem a free digital copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y is presented below in Full 1080P High Definition.

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Microsoft VS Gamestop – RYSE Son Of Rome Cheaper Digital Than Used

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Microsoft stepped up to the plate to put a dent in Gamestop’s Used Games business and help ease the transition to digital by offering up a discount on RYSE: Son of Rome for Xbox ONE exclusively (and developed by Crytek). This title will be made available for $39.99 already for a limited time (February 18 – February 24, 2014) which some claim is cheaper than any Gamestop has it used, and is definitely cheaper than the physical price of a New copy on the other popular place to get games, Amazon.

Other sales include Dishonored on Xbox 360 for about 10 bucks and change (after the tax), $10.77 if you’re from the east coast.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Expansion Pack Now Included w/ $20 Bundle

World of Warcraft Starter Cataclysm

Would-be MMORPG gamers looking to enter the world’s most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment now have an added incentive to do so as the Activision | Blizzard firm have added the WoW: Cataclysm expansion pack to the WoW bundle available for Windows PC, Linux, and Mac OS X for $19.99 on Battle.net (essentially Blizzard’s version of Steam). This kit can be downloaded again if you lose your hard drive thanks to the Battle.net account system and also includes the vanilla version of World of Warcraft and its other two expansion packs; Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Is Now For Sale Again

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is now for sale again through digital platforms. Square Enix initially had halted sales to deal with server congestion and in some cases through the European PSN Store, Sony had also issued refunds (while leaving the game in effected customers’ download lists so they essentially ended up with a free copy to play again later). Now things appear to be coming back together and you can either buy the game directly through PSN for PlayStation 3 once their PlayStation Store update goes live (usually mid-late afternoon) or on the Square Enix Store for PC. Check out PwnagraphicTV’s Exclusive RealGamerNewz play-through of Endgame Level 50 in 1080P High Definition RIGHT HERE.

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RGN Daily News #42: Wii U Price Drop, X1 Sold Out, FF14 De-Listed Digitally

RealGamerNewz RGN Daily 42

Today was a pretty decent day for news with the Wii U getting a price drop and the Xbox ONE selling out over at GAME through our overseas friends meanwhile The Elder Scrolls Online and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn both managed to make the news but in completely different ways. If you’re not much of a reader, check out today’s RGN Daily News episode #42 and listen to less than 10 minutes that explain everything you’ll want to know so you aren’t missing out.

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Nintendo’s Wii U Deluxe Reduced to $299; Wind Waker HD Bundle Announced For Same Price

Wind Waker HD Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD gets a new trailer in High Definition today as the Wii U has got a price cut. You can now get the ‘Deluxe’ 32GB (internal flash memory) version of the Wii U for just $299 and if you are so bold the Wind Waker HD Bundle will become available September 20, 2013 with a special look (pictured above) for the same price ($299 while supplies last) and includes a digital copy of the game and a digital voucher for Hyrule Historia eBook with art included on Wii U. Wind Waker HD hits the eShop on the same day as the bundle becomes available and for everybody else, you’ll have to wait until October 4, 2013 to grab a hard copy of wind Waker HD for $49.99.

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Get 75% Off Rockstar Games w/ Grand Theft Auto V Day 1 Digital Pre-Order

Grand Theft Auto V Digital Day 1 Pre-Order

Pre-order PlayStation 3’s digital day 1 version of Grand Theft Auto V and get yourself the game the day it comes out without even leaving the house! Rockstar Games has announced that in addition to the sentient benefits from picking up a Day 1 Digital Pre-Order of the game you’ll also get the Atomic Blimp in-game which players who pre-ordered the physical copy of the standard edition are also receiving and indeed on top of that an exclusive PS3 theme with 75% discount thrown in just as an icing on top for any Rockstar Games full title purchased off PlayStation Network (Prices and discounts vary based on which country you live in, of course).

For more info about the upcoming open-world game check out our dedicated Grand Theft Auto V section which includes the Global Gameplay Reveal of Single and Multiplayer modes. GTA V will be available in stores worldwide on September 17, 2013 and is now available for pre-order with this digital day one deal via PlayStation Network (boot up your PS3 and go into the PSN store for it) or in major retailers including WalMart.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl Gets Another New Trailer Amidst Atlus Money Problems

Etrian Odyssey Untold The Millennium Girl

Although the parent company to Atlus (Index Holdings) is up for auction right now, with high-profile bidders including companies like SEGA, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl looks like it might actually launch according to schedule the same way that Dragon’s Crown did. This Nintendo 3DS exclusive role playing game is an entry to the long-running Etrian Odyssey franchise which has been on Nintendo handhelds for years now.

You can grab yourself a copy either on physical media or at the Nintendo eShop on October 1, 2013 in North America once it’s been localized completely and released (as long as things don’t change for this project pending a major buyout and/or bankruptcy of Index Holdings). The game is already available in Japan now. Below is the latest trailer for the title by Atlus with soundtrack composed by Yuzo Koshiro.

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Stock Market Used to Hack 160 Million Credit Cards Since 2008

Stock Market Used to Hack over 160 Million Credit Cards

According to a new indictment from the United States Department of Justice in collaboration with other worldwide authorities, further increasing the worry and uncertainty of the upcoming digital-only money era, it is being alleged that the Stock Market has been used by a very small group of intelligent hackers to live out what sounds like a plot to Hollywood’s next flick. Apparently NASDAQ has been hacked since ’08 as the indictment reads and it’s being pinned on 5-men who allegedly also have been running a hacking ring responsible for 160 million credit cards. Here’s some private instant messages shared between the group which the British equivalent of the feds shared with the world today:

“NASDAQ is owned,”

“30 SQL servers, and we can run whatever on them, already cracked admin PWS but the network not viewable yet. those dbs are hell big and I think most of info is trading histories.”

The hackers have also been named as multiple world governments worked together to catch them. God only knows what took so long. The hack has effected the 160 million+ credit cards but also effected the following companies: Nasdaq stock exchange, Citibank, PNC Bank, Heartland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven, JCPenney, Hannaford Brothers, and more.

  • Aleksandr Kalinin – Has not been apprehended at the time of this post.
  • Albert Gonzalez
  • Dmitriy Smilianets
  • Vladimir Drinkma
  • Roman Kotov – Has not been apprehended at the time of this post.
  • Mikhail Rytikov – Has not been apprehended at the time of this post.

The way they pulled things off is actually quite fascinating, and a full report on everything can be found HERE. Time will tell the completion of this attempt by law enforcement to stop the hackers, but if they are planning on travelling on aircraft attempting to evade capture; they will likely be grabbed fairly quickly as worldwide governments work together more than ever practically ignoring laws to get the people they want.

With security this great (sarcasm), I’m quite sure that the world is very excited to make the switch to a globalized, all digital money standard which will begin some time around 2018 and eventually become mandatory if the United Nations and World Bank has their way. Don’t worry bro, you’re totally safe. It only took 6 guys to completely turn Wall St. upside down and 5 years for somebody to actually do something about it, digital money is obviously the future right?

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Anomaly 2 Review

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Anomaly 2 comes from 11 Bit Studios out of Warsaw, Poland. They are famous for their tower defense series Anomaly. They have also come out with several other titles including Funky Smugglers and Sleepwalker’s Journey, both of which are iOS, Blackberry, and Android. In Anomaly 2 the year is 2034 A.C. and most of the earth is frozen over. The world population is unknown. Machines have returned to Earth and have the sole purpose to annihilate the human race. You play as a small squad. As you travel across the campaign you will meet Doctor Zander. With the help of his associates you will have Project Shockwave, which is the ultimate weapon to use against the machines.

Anomaly 2 is a tower defense game where you will have to adapt to many different types of towers. During the campaign you will play as a commander of a squad of six vehicles, these are normal military vehicles. They also have the ability to morph so you will have more than one type of specialty for each unit. The six types of units are the Assault hound which morphs into the Hellhound, the Sledgehammer which morphs into the Rocket Hammer, Grippen Guard which morphs into the Shield Guard, Heavy Support which morphs into Drone Support, the Supply Servant which morphs into the Shadow Servant, Mobile Lab, and the Drone Truck. Now this is a wide variety of units to select from.

Most of the game you will be playing with the Assault Hound and the Sledgehammer. You do have the ability to play the game with what units you prefer. Some work better against different types of towers than others. The machines have many different types of towers and they all vary in size and power. The list of towers are: the Scorcher which has punishing damage but it only can shoot straight, the Charger which breaks open in the Storm Reaper, the Enforcer which is relatively weak but has shields surrounding it during battle, the Predator, the Behemoth which is heavily armored and has shock pulses, the Hacker, and the Scrambler tower which hides towers near it and it can’t attack units.

Anomaly 2 Review

Play Anomaly 2 can be played on 4 different difficulties, there is definitely a challenge even on the lower end of the games’ difficulty. Players have to adapt to the towers and think on their feet if they want to survive each section. In addition to the units there is special abilities that the player can use to help, these are: Repair, Decoy, EMP, and A I M. These all play a role in the campaign as well as in multiplayer.

As you find yourself destroying towers you will pick up Carusaurm which is a rare element used to buy units and also supply the abilities. The controls are taught to the player in-game through several tutorial missions in the beginning of the game. This is also a great place to master some skills that will be needed later on down the road. The game throws a learning curve into the mix on how you go about moving through the map. Everything is on a map where in the tactical view you can switch what direction your units are moving and which way they need to go next. This is crucial, especially if you want to avoid having your whole squad wiped out by a cluster or towers or just a single tower.

Anomaly 2 has a great campaign but this game also shines in the newly added multiplayer where you have tower defense and you also play on the offense as well. That’s right, you have more to do and it’s a ton of fun to play. You have all the same towers to select from as you would in the campaign and also the same units to use as well. There is also the addition of more abilities these are for the person playing the towers they are: Regen, Berserk, Taunt, and Kamikaze. To win in multiplayer the player must either win by being the first to get to a certain amount of points or by gaining a certain point advantage over the other player. This can be done by destroying enemy units, making harvesters or destroying them, and by destroying generators.

Final Verdict: Anomaly 2 has a high replay value and at the current price point of $14.99 at their website which gets you a Steam key for Anomaly 2 and a DRM-free copy of Anomaly Korea for Windows. I see myself coming back to this game for more multiplayer action and with the addition of the new free DLC you can’t go wrong with Anomaly 2. This game gets an 8.7 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz and receives an RGN Rating of Silver.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.7/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: 11 Bit Studios / Publisher: 11 Bit Studios

Available On: Windows PC / Mac / Linux

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info- A digital voucher for this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.

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Get Your Stealth-Action Grind on in DARK! Released Today on Steam

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DARK! Stealth-Action video game from publisher Kalypso Media USA and developed by Realmforge Studios with direction by Benjamin Rauscher from Oberhaching, Germany. DARK runs on the Vision 8 game engine and is available with features such as 3D and Oculus Rift support (more info: HERE). You will also be able to get a console version of the game on Xbox 360 on July 5, 2013 in Europe and on July 9, 2013 in North America. The following screenshots have been released by Kalypso Media today to celebrate the digital release of DARK which is now available on Steam and other digital distribution gaming retail outlets:

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RGN Podcast – Xbox ONE Vs Gamestop – Whos The Real Threat?, Two HDMI Ports on Xbox ONE

In the following RGN Podcast episode we take today’s sunlight on our backs and reflect the Xbox ONE Vs Gamestop debate that has just rocked the video game industry. RealGamerNewz assesses the features that we will be losing out on as well as who is the real threat to the video game industry out of these two, often villainous portrayed corporations. We also talk about the back of the Xbox ONE and why there’s more than one HDMI port in it, once and for all we solve the mystery for gamers worldwide.

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