Our friends over at Kotaku recently received a survey from Sony proposing a paid PlayStation Network subscription service, with 4 levels of service.
For $4.99 per month (or $29.99 per year), you get things like the Loyalty Program Rewards, Online Music and cross-game voice chat. The other three levels each run $9.99 per month (or $69.99 per year) and come with almost all of the available features, but there is no service that provides all. If you want free access to PSOne Classics, you are going to have to sacrifice user-to-user challenges. If you want Facebook, you don't get trophy alerts.
A few weeks ago we told you about Alien vs Predator being banned in Australia. Although ridiculous, not a terribly shocking story considering the string of games that have recently met similar fates (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2). Here is where the story gets interesting: Australia's Ratings Board has retracted their ruling.
Why is this such a big deal, you may ask. The reason is this is the first time since F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origins that this has happened. Here is their explanation for the retraction:
posted Saturday Dec 19, 2009 by Jon Wurm
Google is rumored to be preparing for round 2 with the hyperlocal web as it sets its cross hairs on Yelp. At a meager 500 million it certainly seems possible that Google could finally buy it's way into the hyperlocal web after the failed acquisition of Digg a couple of years ago. Sites like Digg and Yelp are considered hyper local because they are heavily dependent on outside participation to remain successful which has stirred up a variety of emotions for the few Yelpers that actually seem to care.
Our favorite Mario cover band is not only coming to your town, but now is coming to your living room. The guys behind the popularity of Sesame Street will soon be bringing you Video Games Live!
PBS will be at the February 5, 2010 show in New Orleans to film the event for a June PBS broadcast and a subsequent worldwide DVD/Blu-ray release. Tommy Tallarico from Video Games Live said,
OpenID allows you to use one identity across the entire web, isn't that cool? For a long time the technology was on the fringe but some major players like Yahoo and AOL were the first major sites to host OpenID accounts. Now Google, Microsoft, Facebook and even the government have jumped on the band wagon. The OpenID foundation estimates that over 9 million websites will allow you to log in with OpenID credentials. It is estimated that OpenID could be used by 1 billion people but there are many reasons why that number is theoretical and not actual. Different sites use different sign in methods that can cause confusion for some web users. Also there are other systems in place such as Facebook Connect Tools that are a bit easier to use. Don't let yourself be one of the billion left in the dark check out OpenID and let us know what you think.
Specifications have been finalized on the 3D Blu-Ray player. First mentioned at CES, it has been decided that the Multiview Video Coding codec will be used to store the 3D movies. Although it will take up about 50% more space than a 2D Blu-Ray disc, you will now be able to view movies in full 1080p. All 3D discs will also be able to play in the 2D version. Some good news for those fan-boys out there, the PlayStation 3 will be fully compatible with the 3D Blu-Ray movies. However, you will still need a HDTV with IR emitters and special glasses. Expected next year, the combination between 3D and HD will be epic.