PS3 firmware updates prepares for Vita

So last night was all pumped to play a little Uncharted multiplayer until I turned on my Playstation 3 system to find something shocking. I needed to update my firmware to the new and exciting v4.00. Normally this would cause for a little annoying grunt and result in me waiting patiently for 20 minutes, but something caught my eye. This update allows for players to use their PS Vita with their PS3s! That’s right, Playstation is preparing players for the upcoming Vita. So that’s exciting. The update also includes:

-Options for Playstation Plus members to enable or disable automatic updates for

  • Game patches
  • System software
  • Recommended games and videos
  • Sync trophy information

-New PlayStation Network settings for filtering friend requests and messages

(thxpsb)

Life-Size Samus Artwork Can Be Yours!

Life Size Samus Artwork For Sale

If you ever wanted a life-size Samus artwork piece now is your chance!

Top-rated seller jjgames is selling this artwork on eBay and until December 5, 2011 (15:51:11 PST).

Details from the eBay page listed below.

Life Size Samus Artwork Made from Video Game Cartridges

Depicts Samus from the Metroid video game franchise shooting her arm cannon.

It is made entirely out of video game cartridges (all of them were not working prior to installation).  It includes Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, GameBoy, and Nintendo 64 cartridges.

Samus measures about 5 feet 8 inches on the diagonal. 

The artwork is 66″ wide (5.5 feet) and 48″ tall (4 feet).  The cartridges are 3 dimensional so the piece sticks out from the wall 8″ at the tallest point.
The piece is mounted on black particle board which is strengthened with 2×4′s in the back. This makes mounting much easier too.

This piece of art was commissioned just for us, it is a 100% original work.  It was displayed in our warehouse for the last year and a half but we no longer have room for it after moving to a new location.

It would be a great display piece for a video game store, any man cave, or video game collection room.  

The piece weights about 150 lbs when packaged and will be shipped via ground with plenty of packing material to keep it safe.  Buyer pays actual shipping charges.  International bidders welcome, but freight costs will be calculated after the sale ends.

 

Now that you have all the details be sure to place a bid here before December 5, 2011 (15:51:11 PST).

Half Life: Origins Movie Trailer

Half Life Origins

We’ve been seeing some great indie teams taking action and producing amazing video-game based movies. Recently, we’ve posted about the Halo: Helljumper series in the works and we’ve also covered the Half-Life short, Escape From City 17 Part 2, a while back.

This time we have an amazing trailer from indie team Infectious Designer who you may know from their previous work Beyond Black Mesa.

Take a look at Half Life: Origins…

Coolest trailer ever.

Coolest Indie Game Ever?

Gunpoint Game

Become a bad-ass secret agent, hack computers, rewire electronics, and dive through windows while taking a guard out with you. All of these elements make up one of the most innovative games I have ever come across in quite some time–Gunpoint.

The Crosslink gadget that allows the rewiring of electronics is certainly one of the most creative tools I’ve ever seen. The infinite possibilities of solving missions and the overall gameplay looks amazing.

The game is supposedly still in development with the creator looking for anyone who can add some music or help him port it to Linux. A release for the holidays was initially planned, but we will keep you updated with any more news.

Know a better indie game than this one? Prove it.

BF3 Banned in Iran

Banned for the campaign missions depicting Americans killing people in Tehran. If that was so, Russia should’ve banned MW2 for the violent shootout of virtual characters in it’s campaign. Italy should’ve banned MW3 for destroying its Eiffel tower.

“If you know anything about Iran you can understand why they’d be unhappy with a level depicting American soldiers shooting people in Tehran, but this hardly matters to EA from a business standpoint. The game was only available in pirated forms anyway, now apparently the government is cracking down on stores selling the bootlegs. Reports say there’s been an online petition against the action, but we’re betting the government won’t be swayed. At least not by 5,000 signatures.” (thxgr)

On a completely unrelated note, watch as Americans and MEC go at each other’s throats in Karkand here.

Skyrim Patch 1.2 Released Today (in Europe)

A new patch was released for all platforms today and addresses some of the issues players have been reporting in the forums, one of the bigger ones being the PS3 frames lag from prolonged play time. Expect the NA patch to drop by Wednesday.

“UPDATE 1.2 NOTES (all platforms unless specified)

  • Improved occasional performance issues resulting from long term play (PlayStation 3)
  • Fixed issue where textures would not properly upgrade when installed to drive (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed crash on startup when audio is set to sample rate other than 44100Hz (PC)
  • Fixed issue where projectiles did not properly fade away
  • Fixed occasional issue where a guest would arrive to the player’s wedding dead
  • Dragon corpses now clean up properly
  • Fixed rare issue where dragons would not attack
  • Fixed rare NPC sleeping animation bug
  • Fixed rare issue with dead corpses being cleared up prematurely
  • Skeleton Key will now work properly if player has no lockpicks in their inventory
  • Fixed rare issue with renaming enchanted weapons and armor
  • Fixed rare issue with dragons not properly giving souls after death
  • ESC button can now be used to exit menus (PC)
  • Fixed occasional mouse sensitivity issues (PC)
  • General functionality fixes related to remapping buttons and controls (PC)”

(thxbb)

ChuChu Rocket! for cheap on Android market

While many gamers are scurrying to obtain deals at local retailers, little of them know that an amazing deal appeared on their Android market over the holiday. ChuChu Rocket!, the classic Dreamcast puzzle game where you lead the little ChuChus to their rocket, in now on sale for the low price of $0.99.

The game allows up to four players and includes over 500 stages of pure puzzle and ChuChu action! The game has been available on iOS for some time for $2.99. Just in case it slipped your mind.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Opening Movie

Here is an amazing trailer of what is to follow FFXIII in the Final Fantasy series. This sequel, will feature a new and mysterious time traveling character, Noel Kreiss, who uses dual combinable swords. Monsters will no longer roam the map as they have done in past games, instead they will simply appear when a player gets too close. Once you can see the monsters, a dial clock, dubbed Mog Clock in-game, will appear and could potentially grant players bonuses or penalties depending on how long it may take the player to interact with the monsters. Check out the always stunning video below and get ready to turn that heater on because you’re going to get chills.