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PlayStation Network Update: 10/22/2009

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Here we go! Another fantastic week on the PSN, deals, PSOne classics, demos, new games and tons of PSP digital releases. I love updates like this as there is so much to enjoy.

The big, huge news is Trine finally being released on the PSN. It is console exclusive to the PS3 (so far)and has been extremely well received on the PC thus far. This action puzzler has you switching between three characters in a beautiful world. Cannot wait to play this game.

We have some price drops, all for great games. If you do not own Siren, Burnout Paradise or Lumines Supernova you have no reason not to anymore. Bargain basement prices for these games and all of them amazing! The two PSOne Oddworld games are out this week on the PSN as well. These are great classic games and well worth a look see, plus they work on PSP, portable Oddworld FTW!

Demos abound this week, with the huge (in size and prominence) Ratchet And Clank Future: A Crack In Time – Clank Demo leading the charge. Not to be forgotten though are demos for the recently released Critter Crunch and the new Dragon Ball: Raging Blast game. All worth checking out today!

Aside from the Lumines and Way of the Samurai 3 add-ons not much is of note there, but there are a great many PSP games to download. Some great games are available and the pricing isn't completely out to lunch and that is certainly a good thing.

Tons of videos, themes and wallpapers are available. I am a little disappointed that the unlockable Uncharted videos are here for free, takes some of the incentive away from paying for them in game. But it is really nice to see the Dragon Age Origins videos, especially considering we now know the PS3 version of the game is launching on Nov. 3rd with all the other versions.

A great update, deals, games and demos, who could ask for more. For more details, please visit the official PlayStation Blog.


  • Lumines Supernova Permanent Price Drop (now $9.99)
  • Burnout Paradise Temporary Price Drop (now $14.99)
  • Siren Halloween Sale! (full game now $29.99, originally $39.99 – three bundles now $11.99, originally $14.99)

Downloadable Games

  • Trine ($19.99)

PSone Classics: PS3/PSP

  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee ($9.99)
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Exodus ($9.99)

Game Demos (free)

  • Ratchet And Clank Future: A Crack In Time – Clank Demo
  • Critter Crunch Demo
  • Dragon Ball: Raging Blast Demo

Add-on Game Content

  • FIFA Soccer 10 Live Season 2.0 All Leagues ($9.99)
  • Lumines Supernova Add-on Bundle ($4.99)
  • Lumines Supernova Holiday pack ($2.49)
  • Way of the Samurai 3 – Head & Apparel Items
  • Guitar Hero 5
  • Rock Band

Game Videos (free)

  • Pulse 10/22 Edition
  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves – Eye of Indra 1
  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves Behind The Scenes: Technology and Gameplay
  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves Behind The Scenes 2: Story And Art
  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves Behind The Scenes 3: Making of the Cinematics
  • Aliens vs. Predator – Predator Trailer
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Infamy Trailer
  • Guitar Hero Van Halen Trailer
  • Dragon Age: Origins Sacred Ashes Trailer
  • Dragon Age: Origins Stone Prisoner Trailer
  • Dragon Age: Origins Warden’s Keep Trailer
  • Summer Dew Tour Videos (x8)


  • Hot Pockets PS3 Theme (free) (U.S. Only)
  • School Girls Attack! Hook-Ups Theme ($1.99)
  • Tokyo City Police Hook-Ups Theme ($1.99)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Theme ($1.99) (U.S. Only)
  • 40’s WWII Pinups Theme ($1.99)
  • Beach Theme 2 ($1.99)
  • Zombies On TV Theme ($1.99)

Wallpaper (free)

  • LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival Wallpaper
  • Hot Pockets PS3 Wallpaper (x3) (U.S. Only)

PlayStation Store for PSP
Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 storefront)

  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories ($19.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories ($19.99)
  • The Warriors ($19.99)
  • Lemmings ($15.99)
  • Undead Knights ($39.99)
  • The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun ($29.99)
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad ($29.99)
  • Steambot Chronicles Battle Tournament ($29.99)
  • Hammerin’ Hero ($19.99)
  • R-Type Command ($14.99)
  • Crimson Gem Saga ($29.99)
  • Riviera: The Promised Land ($14.99)
  • Yggdra Union ($14.99)
  • Capcom Puzzle World ($19.99)
  • FIFA Soccer 10 PSP (and French version) ($39.99)
  • Armored Core 3 Portable ($14.99)
  • Half-Minute Hero ($29.99)
  • WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2010 ($39.99)

PSP Demos (free)

  • Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron Demo

Add-on Game Content

  • Rock Band Unplugged (also available from PS3 storefront)

Game Videos (free)

  • Pulse 10/22 Edition

PSP Themes

  • LocoRoco Midnight Carnival Theme (free) (also available from PS3 storefront)
  • Cat Girl Akiko Hook-Ups PSP Theme ($1.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
  • Ice Cream Girls Hook-Ups PSP Theme ($1.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
  • Nurse Girl Nikki Hook-Ups PSP Theme ($1.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
  • School Girl Attack! Hook-Ups PSP Theme ($1.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
  • Tokyo City Police Hook-Ups PSP Theme ($1.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
  • 40’s WWII Pinups PSP Theme 1 and 2 ($1.49 each) (also available from PS3 storefront)
  • Beach PSP Theme 3 and 4 ($1.49 each) (also available from PS3 storefront)
  • Zombies On TV PSP Theme 1 and 2 ($1.49 each) (also available from PS3 storefront)

Wallpaper (free)

LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival Wallpaper (also available from PS3 storefront)

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  • The right-wing born-again hypocrits are at it again, this time it’s directed at Dragon Age-Origins. They have no objections the violence, or the blood, gore and guts, or even to the player being able to have a romantic affair or two, or even a female player having a lesbian liason, but they predict that the world will fall under God’s judgement if you allow your children to play this game.


    The game allows players to develop combat and magic skills, interact with other characters and have romantic encounters. The bible-beaters problem is that if you play as a male character, it’s possible to have a romantic/sexual liaison with a male elf named Zevran.

    Conservative Web site World Net Daily has tried to incite religious panic in the streets in an article with the headline “Players have dirty ‘gay’ sex in hit game,” Chelsea Schilling wrote that Dragon Age: Origins “depicts two men in various sex positions in a secret scene of homosexual seduction.”

    BioWare, the game studio in Edmonton, Alberta, that created Dragon Age: Origins, said the inclusion of the gay sex scene, as well as other romantic interludes, was not meant to incite arguments or bolster any social causes, but to provide players with an immersive gaming experience.

    “This isn’t a product about controversy,” Mike Laidlaw, the game’s lead designer, said in a telephone interview. “It isn’t a product designed to shock, by any means.”

    Instead, Mr. Laidlaw said, the game “is designed to celebrate player choice and create a story that is reactive to the way you choose to play it.” The key to creating a believable game experience, he said, “is telling a good story.” He added, “Among the tools that we have as storytellers, I see romance as being one of the principal ones.”

    He pointed out that the gay love scene in Dragon Age: Origins occurs only if the player chooses it. To prompt the sequence — which is far more chaste than scenes in “Brokeback Mountain” — the player must accept an invitation from Zevran to his tent and prompt him with a few lines of innuendo-laden dialogue. (“I was raised to take my pleasures where they could be found,” Zevran says after the rendezvous.)

    Though male-female and lesbian couplings are also possible in the game (which received a highly positive score of 91 from the review-aggregation Web site Metacritic.com) for its PC release, it is the gay sex scene that seems to have provoked the most discussion and generated the most hostile reactions from commentators.

    Mr. Laidlaw said that BioWare knew about the criticism of the gay scene in its game, but added that these comments were not coming from its customers. “People who have played the game are very happy with the experience that they’ve been having,” he said. “If players are happy with the experience, I think we’ve done our job.”