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5 Things You *Don’t* Know:
THE EYE OF JUDGMENT

Mark Valledor's Avatar + Posted by Mark Valledor on Sep 20, 2007 // Marketing Manager, SCEA

Over the last few past few months we’ve been touring the gaming convention scene with THE EYE OF JUDGMENT. We’ve received tremendous feedback from many of you at the San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World Chicago, GenCon & Penny Arcade Expo. There were lots of great questions out there, and we thought it would be good to do a quick recap of the “5 things you don’t know” about THE EYE OF JUDGMENT.

1. There is only one “E” in JUDGMENT
First off, not to sound like a middle school teacher, but I wanted to clarify the proper spelling of the word “JUDGMENT”. Notice that there is no “E” after “JUDG”. With apologies to our UK gamers, this is the correct spelling – according to Wikipedia (and no this definition wasn’t doctored by me or other SCE employee’s…figured I’d beat some of you to that snipe).

2. Pricing = $69.99
Yep, you’ve heard it here first. The SRP for THE EYE OF JUDGMENT software bundle in the US is $69.99. The bundle includes the following:
• THE EYE OF JUDGMENT software (disc case, manual, Blu-ray disc)
• PLAYSTATION Eye camera
• Judgment (camera) stand
• 9 Fields Battle Mat
• (1) Starter deck (includes 30 Summoning Cards + 4 Function Cards)
• (1) Booster pack (includes 8 randomly inserted Summoning Cards with one guaranteed to be rare or ultra rare)

Additionally, Summoning Cards will be sold separately in the form of Booster Packs and pre-constructed Theme Decks, available by Wizards of the Coast.
• Booster Pack: SRP = $3.75
• Pre-constructed Theme Deck: SRP = $14.99 (Five different Theme Decks available. Each fully playable and include a bonus Summoner’s Companion book with background, play tips and card lists)

3. Availability
THE EYE OF JUDGMENT will ship to North American stores on 10/23 to sync with a global launch by the end of October. With a global rollout, gamers on the PLAYSTATION Network will be able to battle against fellow EOJ players from around the world.

4. Expansion Packs
The October launch of THE EYE OF JUDGMENT and its Summoning Cards introduces the first in a long series of card sets available for play. Stay tuned for further announcements on upcoming expansion packs and new Summoning Cards. Each new set will consist of more powerful creatures and spells to introduce new strategies and gameplay mechanics to refresh the EOJ gaming experience.

5. Online cheating
The most popular question we’ve heard revolves around online cheating. Mainly, “What’s going to prevent players from ‘stacking the deck’ when playing online?” – meaning, cheating your card draw so you get your best cards from the start. Fortunately, THE EYE OF JUDGMENT introduces a new paradigm in drawing cards when playing against your opponents online. First, you’ll have to register and save your Summoning Deck, offline. Then, when logged on, you select the Summoning Deck you wish to play. Once paired up with your opponent, the PS3 will automatically shuffle and randomly pull your cards for you. Once these cards are selected, you must pull these cards from your ‘physical’ deck and draw them to your hand and play the Summoning Cards on the Battle Mat, as normal.

Take a peek at a new video that we created to help outline this completely unique gaming experience merging the best of two worlds – video games and trading card battles. Enjoy!

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+ azulx3 on September 22nd, 2007 at 12:36 pm said:

when playing this game are they expecting you to lay out all your cards while waiting for the ps3 to ramdomly select one or what just wondering cuz i’m thinking that’s probably how its going to go. Anyone else have any ideas how its going to work???


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+ Mark Valledor on September 22nd, 2007 at 4:24 pm said:

WOW, lots of comments to read through and filter out questions / EOJ topics to discuss. Finally at the end and wanted to get answers out…

• General – I’m all for everyone’s different opinions but is this ‘post’ the right medium? Reading some of the debates was entertaining until it just got stupid, making it hard to read to the end. In the future, I recommend some of you use the us.playstation.com FORUMS as a place to discuss non-blog related topics

• PLAYSTATION Eye software support – many of you asked about this. There will definitely be more software support down the line. Check out some of the news coming out of TGS (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/821/821334p1.html)

• “JUDGMENT” – Long story, short – this game comes out of our Japan Studios where the name originated and while its being published globally, we were tasked to maintain a global brand w/ one name. Believe me SCEE fought to change it. We can debate the ‘correct’ spelling all day – just like “color” vs “colour” or “favorite” vs “favourite”. But we needed a title that would work globally for business and branding purposes.

• Website / Card list – many of you are asking for this and its in the works. Our http://www.EyeOfJudgment.com site should be up by launch to support the community with news, announcements, competitive info, forums, strategy articles and of course, a deck list.

• “Rich kids” game – I played Magic, on & off, during the Alpha days (own a Mox Ruby & Mox Pearl), Tempest days, Online w/ the Champions of Kamigawa and see where you’re going with this. The answer is, unavoidably, yes. But, while EOJ uses trading cards, the gameplay mechanic is very different than traditional TCG means, borrowing a bit from strategic miniature gaming (I played Warhammer, MechWarrior, Mage Knight and Poxnora too), so at the same time the answer to your question is no, because tactical gameplay is as important as the cards themselves. IMHO, its the best of all 3 worlds – video gaming, TCG gaming and miniatures gaming. At the end of the day, more cards adds for more variety of gameplay and deck styles / play preferences which always is fun, because which self respecting TCGer doesn’t have the occasional ‘wake up in the middle of the night and come up with a new deck idea epiphany, and spent the whole night building a deck’ moment in life. I was a ‘white weenie with a splash of blue’ type player myself. Check out the 9/14 1UP Show podcast at around 12min for an in-depth video preview of EOJ (http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3162823)

I’m out for now, but for future questions…and easier readability, please start the comment / post w/ “@ Mark Valledor”. Will check back in tonight.

Thanks.


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+ Real Gambler on September 22nd, 2007 at 6:32 pm said:

@Mark Valledor: woooweeee, a marketing director who has effectively played all those games! Beware, I’ll be searching for you online with EoJ : )
Thanks for taking the time to go through all those messages.


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+ Real Gambler on September 22nd, 2007 at 6:37 pm said:

@Mark Valledor: Ouch, I think I gave you a promotion you likely deserve anyway (director-manager).

Question: Just english cards for now? (That’s usually the only thing I hate about Wizards of the coast…)


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+ wolverine81 on September 22nd, 2007 at 6:37 pm said:

@Mark Valledor

Thanks for taking the time to sift through all the BS. This games looks great! I will be impatiently awaiting it’s arrival. I have one question as well. Maybe I missed the answer some where, but I don’t see it anywhere. How many cards come in the theme decks? Thanks again!


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+ Mark Valledor on September 22nd, 2007 at 6:58 pm said:

@Real Gambler – Once we launch, I’m down for a match…although I’ll have a huge advantage with ALL the cards…muahhahahah. To answer your question, there will be cards in all languages at launch (global online play too).

@Wolverine81 – The standard deck size in EOJ is 30, so the theme decks will be 30 too. Look for more details on those theme decks shortly.


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+ joel on September 22nd, 2007 at 7:08 pm said:

@mark valledor

I love it how you sony guys keep it real :D

Im looking forward to eye of judgement.


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+ azulx3 on September 22nd, 2007 at 9:51 pm said:

@mark valledor

this game looks fun look forward to playing it with my son!! :)


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+ zapruder on September 23rd, 2007 at 4:18 am said:

@mark valledor;

is 70$ gonna be 70€ ?

Will Judgment work in Home to?

Are there more Judgment like board games in the works?.. are all classic boardgames an option to remake for online use?

is it possible to hook more then one Eye to the PS3? (hate to break the boardgame down just to chat.)

thanks


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+ hesido on September 23rd, 2007 at 4:22 am said:

I am guessing the price in Turkey, if it ever gets launched, will be around 200 usd for this 70usd game. How do I know? Because, here where I live, the cheapest game starts from 105usd, you heard it right. Ninja gaiden sigma is selling for 145usd, but I am not sure if it is selling. Yes, you read it right, 145usd. From here on, I will be making frequent posts about this unbelievable rip-off, like you care. I’d rather you point me to a Sony manager in charge, because Sony distributor is not listening.


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+ Mark Valledor on September 23rd, 2007 at 9:01 am said:

Wow…seriously, read the post again…

“Reading some of the debates was entertaining until it just got stupid, making it hard to read to the end.”

“it” meaning the posts around the early 200′s. Nowhere did call anyone ‘stupid’…read into it if you want…

@333 – Touche


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+ joel on September 23rd, 2007 at 12:01 pm said:

@Mark

Will there be single player campaign? Something like a story, that keeps you playin, or just COM matches?


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+ OrganicShadow on September 23rd, 2007 at 12:38 pm said:

@Mark Valledor: The only question I have now is weather or not at any point in time will you see an opponent’s(online) mat/hands/card. Will it ALWAYS just show the in-game battlefield etc., or will there be moments where you see your mat/cards/hands without the game world rendered on top?

Might get a bit heated if you win and the other guy decides to tell you that “you’re #1″…


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+ KnaveX on September 23rd, 2007 at 12:39 pm said:

Mark!!! Can you make a video showing the interact with your card mode please, and please answer!!


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+ KnaveX on September 23rd, 2007 at 12:42 pm said:

@ Mark Yeah it would be cool for a single player story, confirm please!!!


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+ dragon on September 23rd, 2007 at 1:39 pm said:

@Mark: Given that the Eye has a built-in microphone, will online play have voice chat?

I’ve heard that there are online leaderboards, and thus presumably some form of “player score.” Will the online matchmaking feature be able to pair you with players of similar skill? Or based on the strength of the deck? (if there is such a thing as one deck being stronger than another.)


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+ Real Gambler on September 23rd, 2007 at 5:43 pm said:

Thanks for bringing us a game that is not like 98% of the games so far. Should be fun to play with people all around the world.

@Mark Valledor: I know you can tweak your decks with the AI… Is there different levels of AI?


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+ Mark Valledor on September 23rd, 2007 at 8:04 pm said:

@joel – There are a few single player modes, but nothing like a storyline campaign. One thing you can do in Card Profiles mode is, hold your cards under the PLAYSTATION Eye and aside from watching it animate you can hold it under the ‘scope’ and learn a bit more background info on each creature.

@OrganicShadow – when playing online, it will always just show the in-game battlefield. So, thankfully you won’t see the ‘gestures’ you’re speaking off.

@Knavex – You should see something soon.

@Dragon – Yeah, during online games you can chat with your opponent using the PLAYSTATION Eye’s built in mic.

@Real Gambler – Yeah, there are 5 different AI levels. Another cool thing you can do is create a deck and play against it. Or, copy a deck you see online or on our forums (provided you have the cards) and practice against it w/ your deck.

Hopefully that answers all the questions and with that, I’ll call it a good post and cut out. Until next post…


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+ frito on September 23rd, 2007 at 8:39 pm said:

thanks for the responses man, this is the most updated blog yet!

sorry about all the naysayers and haters, and thanks for wading through the sludge to see the heart of this blog…

real consumers who have questions about your products!

We all hope to see the “red” posts!

keep up the good work!

and hopefully the Eye will have lots of uses, and not turn into a wasted opportunity…give us content! maybe some smaller games on PSN could be created just for the Eye?

just some ideas!


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+ orbio234 on September 23rd, 2007 at 8:52 pm said:

mark….its something else to see a sony guy working on a sunday and late sunday night….appreciate you going through all the posts…there is so much stuff you have to go through in order to find the posts that will be beneficial to all of us that are serious about our ps gaming..once again mark you guys at sony are heads up…..if i was the ceo of sony i would not allow such hate on the blog….you must be a very tolerant group but hopefully you come up with a system on the blog that will eliminate such statements as i hope you get cancer which was on the peta #104.


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+ roadclimber on September 23rd, 2007 at 9:08 pm said:

@ Mark Valledor
AS a stupid person, i didn’t find what you said offensive at all.

I know the game isn’t out yet but i like to think ahead. Are there any plans to come up with alternative battlemats and different gameplay styles?

Would you happen to know roughly how many different cards are going to be made for EOJ?


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+ Darkendless on September 23rd, 2007 at 11:49 pm said:

Why didn’t you just have Wizards make this MTG? Or make a YUGIOH game? Why a new series?


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+ SOUTH_SIDE on September 24th, 2007 at 5:53 am said:

cool, i’m so gonna get it


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+ joel on September 24th, 2007 at 6:09 am said:

If they would have made yugihoh like this(even though Im not longer interested in it) it would have destroyed pokemon or any other card game. Basicly Yuogioh is the huge giant sony is going up against. Naruto flopped, zatch bell flopped, hopefull kingodm hearts doesnt flop. Hopefully EYE of judgemet doesnt either.


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+ Real Gambler on September 24th, 2007 at 8:56 am said:

A very nice review of the The Eye of Judgement came out on IGN, from a guy who admit he never played this type of card game before…

Australian price included…

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/822/822482p1.html


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+ 40cal on September 24th, 2007 at 10:50 am said:

@Mark Valledor
Thank you for answering all those questions. The EoJ is looking very cool.


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+ Real Gambler on September 24th, 2007 at 11:12 am said:

382: Deadxbabies: This IGN article didn’t give any rating or score to EoJ… They just talk about it and it’s quite positive! In fact, I wish most review would only be text instead of score! I just rented Lair over the weekend. I would normally have bought it, but the “score” was so low, I wasted money renting it! I wasted money because after playing it, I will now buy it! It’s not a 10, but it’s far from the lousy score it got. I’m not too keen about the dragons air fighting, particularly side by side fights, but three of us played it and we could fly through a needle hole, turn on a dime, and so on… It’s not Heavenly Sword, but it’s more than worth it for me… Should I dare to say it’s a solid 8 even if I’m against score : )


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+ Solace on September 24th, 2007 at 11:17 am said:

@Mark – Good luck taking the high road and not feeding the trolls. They’re only trying to bait you and get you worked up so that no matter what you say, they can twist it to their advantage. It’s a lose-lose situation with those “fans”.


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+ Fantatier on September 24th, 2007 at 1:13 pm said:

99 Euro on amazon.de, you have got to be kidding me, that stands in NO relation to the US price of 70$!
70$ should me something like 50€, hell i would (maybe) be ready to pay 70€ but 100€ no freaking way…


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+ KnaveX on September 24th, 2007 at 1:34 pm said:

@ Mark
Thanks 4 the answer!


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+ KnaveX on September 24th, 2007 at 1:51 pm said:

@ Darkendless
They didn’t do it with yu-gi-oh or MTG because those cards don’t have any type of cybercode. And releasing new cards from these brands that have cybercode would just cause confusion.


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+ deadxbabiesxinc on September 24th, 2007 at 2:24 pm said:

@realgambler, see atleast you rented it and figured it out on your own that YOU liked it and to you its worth the buy. Its not fair from IGN to say the controls are horrible or whatever they said. The game is decent, a bit short, controls were fine for me. So I dunno lol. I guess if IGN doesnt give a score with numbers they can be trusted XD


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+ aaquib on September 24th, 2007 at 5:15 pm said:

@Mark Valledor

Will Eye of Judgement support in-game XMB like Warhawk or LAIR? If not, do you know if a unified in-game XMB is coming soon?


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+ Gavi on September 24th, 2007 at 5:53 pm said:

Is Sony going to be marketing this game at all? I haven’t seen much for it, except the videos on Gametrailers for example. Nothing on the PSN as of yet really. Also, is there any news about the price of the standalone camera? Release dates confirmed yet?

Also, in light of the comments, could we possibly have a kind of off-topic section for people to rant and rave. How many of these comments are actually about Eye of Judgement? People’s serious questions about the game are going to get lost amongst all the bickering.

I understand how some of the early adopters feel, and their patience is wearing thin, but if you’ve got something to say irrelevant to the topic, then just send a direct message to Sony.


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+ nhh1 on September 24th, 2007 at 6:16 pm said:

Game looks awesome probably going to buy it.


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+ Neil on September 24th, 2007 at 10:43 pm said:

Man this is such a great price for the camera and game. I’ve been reading some hands on impressions and this is going to be sweet!


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+ Fantatier on September 24th, 2007 at 11:37 pm said:

@Mark Valledor:

99 Euro on amazon.de, you have got to be kidding me, that stands in NO relation to the US price of 70$!
70$ should me something like 50€, hell i would (maybe) be ready to pay 70€ (1to1) but 100€ no freaking way…
is there any chance of changing the price tag in our favour over here?


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+ Viper7 on September 25th, 2007 at 8:05 am said:

The idea sounds pretty neat, and seems to work too. Too bad the game probably has to wait since my “must have list” is way too full atm :s


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+ Tim111 on September 25th, 2007 at 8:24 am said:

This is what us PS3 owners have to look forward to besides endless promises of “wait till next year”? Its no wonder the PS3 isn’t selling and third party developers are jumping ship as I type this (Capcom, Sega). We get crappy ports, no good exclusives, and endless promises to make us feel better about being loyal to Sony. Is Eye of Judgment going to make me feel better when Capcom announces that they canceled Resident Evil 5 for the PS3, I think not.


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+ roadclimber on September 25th, 2007 at 10:19 am said:

hm.

Mark Valledor seems to have stopped providing product information. why is that? perhaps he’s feeling sick.

Too bad that this illness is holding him back from so helpfully providing people interested in Sony products with details.


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+ Sento on September 25th, 2007 at 11:08 am said:

Can we get a post when we near the launch of EOJ for those of us who would like share our psn names.

Also I’m extremely curious about the creature types and etc. I hope we can get more info on the game soon.


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+ Harvey0005 on September 25th, 2007 at 12:40 pm said:

Wow, a lot of hating on this thread lol. In any case(This is just my opinion, I don’t want to get into an argument like some of the other people),
Im LOVING this!!! I love Magic, even played Yu Gi Oh with my 7 year old, and when him and I both saw the trailer for this game, I think both our jaws dropped!! lol I have been doing a lot of research on it, the mechanics and what they know about the style of play and price of packs and booster or theme decks.

For me this is just another reason as to why I love my PS3, there are some great systems, and I feel that the 360 and the Wii have great things to off, but Ive been with PS since PSOne and I still love my systems.

Best $600 Ive ever spent …. err next to that black jack table in Vegas LOL


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+ deadxbabiesxinc on September 25th, 2007 at 12:53 pm said:

seriously I think this might help some console sales because the fact that Yu Gi Oh and Pokemon, Magic I think is still popular. This could be a good idea…i’m still not sure but hey, gotta give something a try so why not this…plus I don’t even wanna know how much people will spend on those booster packs…from past experience, my friends used to buy tons of booster packs just to try and find ONE card.


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+ Kilpon on September 25th, 2007 at 1:07 pm said:

I’m really excited for this game. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a TCG and I’ve been thinking of getting back into them. What better time than now! :)


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+ aaquib on September 25th, 2007 at 1:11 pm said:

@497

There’s a huge market, but from what Ive seen they’re all teenagers under 16 who buy the cards from their allowance. Not big shots who spend $500-600 to play a single game, then extra for that game and booster packs. Come on, these guys wont say Z0MG BLU-RAY, W1F1, LINUX!! Sony made a lot of decisions of what they put in their console and need to re think their strategy. They should have a stripped 10 or 20gb console with no wifi, card readers, linux, backwards compatibility and all that and sell it for cheap. I really dont think Ill hear anyone say “Ooooh yeah, $670 to play a card game i can play for free baby!”


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+ Laughed on September 25th, 2007 at 1:54 pm said:

@Mark Valledor: Is the EoJ based solely on the tech available from the PSEye, or can another USB enabled video cam function with this game.


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+ raden on September 25th, 2007 at 4:38 pm said:

Dude this game is awesome. Also i hope it has in game cross media bar capabilities cause that would be so cool. Acsess to all of the features fo the XMB through a game. Also the PSeye is awesome.


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+ GhostInTheVoid on September 25th, 2007 at 9:16 pm said:

Love the direction sony is taking with the eye. The future aplications are huge. To get an idea of what this could truly become search youtube for a bit…very cool. I’m not sure how well this game itself will do. It looks fun at first site but I think as the game grows it will not mesh well with hardcore TCG players as it will slow down the games. On a more pedestrian level I think It will be great fun ie. A few games in my living room with my 12 year old on tuesday nights. But anyone who has ever been to a Magic tourney can see how this may just get in the way. Still a first day buy for me and I cant wait to see how the eye and this game evolves.


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+ RainerLagStyle on September 26th, 2007 at 11:04 pm said:

Continuing my tradition of not reading the replies which more than likely consist of “Sony omg no gamez omgwtfbbq” or “EXLCUIZSIVESZ NO?!”, I just wanted to say that I preordered my copy of Judgment [sic] and am waiting faithfully until the 23rd.

PRove the naysayers wrong Sony, and make this the next generation Pokemon I’ve been waiting for since I was in the 5th grade!


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+ xplosneer on September 27th, 2007 at 5:11 pm said:

@MarkValedor
How long is the USB cord for the PS Eye?


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