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Playstation Plus and Firmware Update Tomorrow June 28, 2010

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Sony has announced that their premium subscription service, Playstation Plus, will launch tomorrow with a new firmware update (version 3.40) for the Playstation 3.

I’ve already talked about the Playstation Plus system before in a previous post that you’re more than welcome to read.  It is nothing like Xbox Live Gold, it will allow subscribers unlimited access to Playstation 1 downloadable games (as they’re made avalible) and Qore issues for as long as they have the subscription for fifty dollars a year.  Honestly, I’d rather buy the games individually and own them forever than pay five times more and lose access after a year.

Firmware 3.40 will also add a 2-hour power saver option for the Playstation 3, and a program to edit and upload your videos to YouTube.

Looking Glass, The Series Finale June 28, 2010

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Something interesting has found its way onto YouTube this week.  A former Looking Glass employee has uploaded the original video he took from the final day of work for the famous Looking Glass Studios.  Looking Glass Studios was considered a major company responsible for the groundbreaking Thief series.  Many alumni of the company would go on to become Game Gods, including Warren Spector and Ken Levine.

It always hurts me when a company with so much succesful talent and such good games has to be shut down.  Ritual and Ion Storm Dallas probably hit me the most.  You watch their progress from birth, following their news on what they are working on for years, play the fruits of their labor, and then the company shuts down, and it’s almost like a part of you goes with it.

Without further ado, I present you with Looking Glass, The Series Finale.  I wonder how that star-studded movie is coming along.  Please, if anyone else has videos they shot of the closings of their companies, put them online!

Heavy Rain Playstation Move Edition June 28, 2010

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As I mentioned in a previous story, Quantic Dream has been working to port their recently released PS3 exclusive game, Heavy Rain, to the Playstation Move.  I’ve been pretty curious how the game’s control scheme is handled by the Playstation Move, and this trailer taken from E3 2010 shows just how it’s going to work.

As someone already familiar with playing these scenes, I think the gestures required look very natural to the action on the screen.

All owners of Heavy Rain will find their games compatible with Playstation Move after a free patch is released.

Playstation Move will be released September 19th, 2010 in North America.