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This Week in PlayStation Home: New Red Bull Space + Event, Fight Night Producer Chat & More

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on Nov 25, 2009 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

Mark your calendars – this Thursday, November 26th, the next phase of the wildly popular Red Bull Island will be released in PlayStation Home. To complement the existing Red Bull Air Race World Championship mini-game, Red Bull will unleash two brand new spaces that will appeal to sports fans and beach bunnies alike. The first, an exhibition of action and adventure sports photographs from Red Bull Illume. The winning photograph from each of the competition’s ten categories is displayed on large illuminate cubes, imitating the real-life exhibit. The second is a Red Bull Flugtag mini-game where users can compete against one another by launching one of five wild flying machines off of a 30-foot high deck in hopes of achieving flight. Think: The Wright Brothers… or that time you and your genius buddies decided to pile into your wagon and take a ride off the roof. He who flies the farthest wins the high spot on the space’s leaderboard. And he that visits these new spaces (and the Theater) to learn more about the art of Red Bull Flugtag during opening week may just win a PSPgo or Rock Band PSP3000 bundle. Want to learn more? Sure you do!

Starting Monday, November 30th at 6:00pm PT (9:00pm EST), behind the scenes videos of the real-life Red Bull Flugtag events will be placed in the PlayStation Home 10-Screen Theater, along with various trivia questions. The first 5 users that email HomeContests@playstation.sony.com with the correct answers will win the aforementioned PSPgo or Rock Band PSP3000 bundles. Check out the official rules and regulations appended to this post for more details.

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The Red Bull Flugtag event isn’t the only event going on in PlayStation Home this Thanksgiving week (and no, we’re not talking about chasing turkeys around Central Plaza – that would be preposterous!) EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 4 producers Mike Mahar and Brian Hayes will be in-world this Wednesday, November 25th, between the hours of 4:00pm and 5:00pm PT (7:00pm and 8:00pm EST), for a live chat with you, the PlayStation Home community. The focus of this chat will be on the next title update and all-new Fight Night downloadable content, to be released this December. Rabid boxing fans will not want to miss out on this unique opportunity to get the scoop from the men behind one of the biggest boxing titles of all time. Mahar and Hayes will be in one instance of the EA SPORTS Club Fight Night game space, so be sure to add the host PSN ID that will be announced in Wednesday’s Message of the Day if you want to participate. At the time of the event, simply use the “Go To” feature to travel to the event instance (you can find the “Go To” option in your Menu Pad; simply select the Friends List and the name of the host account).

Fight Night Round 4

We have a real treat in store for all of you music fans. Come Thursday, vignettes from Kyocera’s All Access documentary of the Virgin Mobile Freefest will be airing in the PlayStation Home 10-Screen Theater. This behind-the-scenes rock documentary was created by 14 high school and college students and features exclusive footage of some of the hottest acts of our time including Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy, Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday and more! Come backstage and witness how one of the summer’s most anticipated concert events came to be.

Last, but certainly not least, those full Ezio costumes that you all have been chomping at the bit for will appear in the PlayStation Home Mall this week. Be sure to pick these costumes up and show the world how much of an Assassin’s Creed fanboy/fangirl you are.

Playstation Home Assassin's Creed II outfit

RED BULL FLUGTAG CONTEST – OFFICIAL RULES

1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited. The following promotion is intended for viewing in the 50 United States and D.C. only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. Do not proceed in this site if you are not a legal resident of, and located in, the 50 United States or D.C. and are at least 13 years of age at the time of entry. To enter, you must have a PlayStation®3 system, a valid PlayStation®Network account, internet access and a copy of PlayStation®HOME installed on your system. Contest begins November 30, 2009 at 6:00pm PST and ends December 1, 2009 12:00 midnight PST.

*Log into your PlayStation Network account and launch PlayStation HOME application

*Make your way to the Theater Space of HOME to view a list of trivia questions

*Watch the Red Bull videos as well as explore the two (2) Red Bull HOME Spaces to find the answers to the trivia questions

*There are 10 questions ranging in difficulty

*Send an e-mail to HomeContests@playstation.sony.com with the subject line “REDBULL” with your answers, your PSN ID, Name and
mailing address.

*The first 5 e-mails received by Sponsor with the correct answers will be selected as the winners.

*First qualifying e-mail submission will be the Grand Prize winner. Subsequent qualifying e-mail submissions will be deemed 1st through 4th place winners.

To be valid, entries must be received no later than December 1, 2009 12:00 midnight PST. Limit one entry per person and e-mail address. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc (the “Sponsor”) is not responsible for lost, late, mutilated, illegible, incomplete or misdirected entries. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrants ability to participate in the contest. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this sweepstakes should virus, bugs or other causes corrupt the administration, security or proper play of this sweepstakes. Entries not satisfying these Official Rules will be automatically disqualified.

2. PRIZES: Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a PSP®go system. First Place: One (1) first place prize winner will receive a Rock Band PSP®3000 bundle. Second Place: One (1) second place prize winner will receive a Rock Band PSP®3000 bundle. Third Place: One (1) third place prize winner will receive a Rock Band PSP®3000 bundle. Fourth Place: One (1) fourth place prize winner will receive a Rock Band PSP®3000 bundle. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal value if prize is unavailable. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions allowed.

3. WINNERS: Grand Prize Winner will be determined by selecting the first qualifying e-mail submission received by Sponsor. Second qualifying entry will be selected as First Place, third qualifying entry will be selected as Second Place, fourth qualifying entry will be selected as Third Place and fifth qualifying entry will be selected as Fourth Place winners. Selection will be held on or about December 2, 2009. Winners will be notified by mail and/or telephone. Please allow four to six weeks for receipt of prizes.

4. ODDS OF WINNING: The odds of winning depend on number of valid entries received.

5. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal U.S. residents only aged 13 or older. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Prize winners may be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release within fourteen (14) days of prize notification. If the prize winner is a minor, then prize will be awarded to winner’s parent or legal guardian. By acceptance of prize, winners agree to the use of their name and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Additionally, by acceptance of prize, prize winners agree to release Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership or use of the prize or while preparing for, participating, and /or traveling to any prize-related activity. Employees of the Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this sweepstakes. Neither the Sponsors nor its affiliates, subsidiaries, division or related companies are responsible for any damages, taxes, or expenses that winners might incur as result of this sweepstakes or receipt of prize.

6. WINNER LIST: To obtain names of winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Red Bull Flugtag Contest, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd. 2nd Floor Foster City, CA 94404. Prize winners’ name request will be fulfilled within four weeks. Requests for winner list must be received by January 15, 2010.

7. RESTRICTIONS: Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

8. SPONSOR: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc, Foster City, CA 94404

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+ Ausohoj on November 25th, 2009 at 9:06 am said:

Yes! That Ezio costume will be mine! i think. not sure if i have the funds.


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+ Rene_Led on November 25th, 2009 at 9:10 am said:

Hell yeah Im down for the Ezio costume!


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+ KSPRAYDAD on November 25th, 2009 at 9:10 am said:

Hurrah for more SCEA contests not open to Canadians (even though SCEA is responsible for Canada too).

Other than that…nice to see HOME expanding…

Is there any technical way that the transition times between spaces will EVER be eliminated or sped up…that is my biggest gripe about home (that and lack of voice chat).

Cheers.


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+ zuzuzzzip on November 25th, 2009 at 9:11 am said:

Again US only… I used to think that the people complaining about this are as annoying as it beeing US only.
But now I’m getting annoyed myself and complaining for the first time about this…

Yes.. it has come this far !! :P


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+ eaferrari24 on November 25th, 2009 at 9:13 am said:

OMG i hope i win a 3000

I was just browsing online for one last night.. lol


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+ Dice_for_Death_ on November 25th, 2009 at 9:13 am said:

It’s impressive to see the rate of Home’s growth. Nice contest incentives, too.


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+ justaccording on November 25th, 2009 at 9:16 am said:

I really have to say I’m truly impressed with the way PlayStation Home has progressed and improved over the past year. I remember when I first entered the closed beta and there wasn’t much going on. Now between the new game spaces, community events and new promotions/contests which seem to be running each week, the slogan of “It Only Does Everything” and PlayStation Home goes hand to hand. Keep up the good work!!


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+ Art_of_Ronin on November 25th, 2009 at 9:23 am said:

Hurray! More contest cater to the U.S. user only and once again folks like me in Canada is not able to enter it! **grumble grumble** -___- Otherwise certainly HOME is expanding and can’t wait for the Ezio costume this Thursday!


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+ mcbuttz78 on November 25th, 2009 at 9:27 am said:

yesss. fight night devs. im abe there and give em a ear ful
of ideas and fighters


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+ zombie9 on November 25th, 2009 at 9:33 am said:

Will home ever be fixed so I will not have to download Each space every week. Also please bring Ingame music to home please. And what happend to the camera I can’t find it any more?


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+ Gothdom on November 25th, 2009 at 9:34 am said:

It’s fun to see home expending.

But…

I’m tried of all that crap not available in canada.

Contests? N/A in Canada
Uncharted Eye of Indra? N/A in Canada
Video store? N/A in Canada
When Rag Doll Kong Fu was free? N/A in Canada

Tell me, why does playstation only does everything only in the US?


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    + Locust_Star on November 25th, 2009 at 10:20 am said:

    While I cannot comment on all of the above instances where Canadian users were unfortunately precluded from participating, as far as PlayStation Home contests go, the reason is simple (and complex). There is great legal disparity between the two countries regarding contests and sweepstakes (such as Canadian law dictating that winners be subjected to a skill-test – generally math-based – in order to claim prizes, or Quebec laws dictating that we, the sponsor, must pay the government 10% of the retail value of any prize we wish to give away, and so on). Nobody is more upset about not being able to allow our Canadian community members to participate in certain promotions than we are – though we recognize that it is a small consolation. We do make every effort to include Canadian residents in our events, but at the end of the day we are bound by international laws and have no power or influence to change these laws.


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+ Ledis15 on November 25th, 2009 at 9:36 am said:

Thanks Locust,

Update is alright.
AC2 costumes cant wait.

Do you know when we’ll be getting the hovercraft, shrinking cake, etc?


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+ silverthehedgeh on November 25th, 2009 at 10:00 am said:

only thing that looks good is the AC2 costumes and people still cant get on home is there a fix for that? or just content every week


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    + Locust_Star on November 25th, 2009 at 10:27 am said:

    Our development teams are constantly working to optimize the platform and provide the best user experience possible. That said, it should be noted that the people who build many of the spaces, such as the Red Bull space, and execute the events (we on the Community Management team) are not the same people that are devoted to working on the core Home client. So, to your question(s), the answer is yes – the core development team will continue to work diligently to optimize the platform, other development teams will continue to create as much compelling content as possible to release on the platform, and we on the community management team will continue to offer daily, weekly, and monthly events for the community to enjoy.


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+ jqtaxpayer on November 25th, 2009 at 10:16 am said:

YAY! ADVERTISING! Thanks, Sony!


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+ saintaqua on November 25th, 2009 at 10:21 am said:

Looks nice. Home is great and all, but the load times deter me still.


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+ VofEscaflowne on November 25th, 2009 at 10:40 am said:

I’m just curious with these laws preventing contests from reaching Canada. How are other developers such as Naughty Dog and Media Molecule able to bypass these laws in order to award us with prizes? I know Media Molecule previously excluded Canada from their contests but recently, we’ve been added to them. Naughty Dog was kind enough to give us a chance to win the Fortune Hunter edition as well. Do they have to pay this 10% fee or did they somehow find a way to offer us these prizes by legitimate means? Why can’t Home, or any other Sony department for that matter, follow what these are doing to reach the Canadian audience?


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+ Thwip on November 25th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

@ Locust_Star’s reply in #11

While I don’t entirely agree with your reply to the posters question regarding the lack of Canadian support for SCEA contests, I do applaud your response.

I truly believe that something as simple as your acknowledgement here on the blog in a small way takes the sting out of our complaints.

Thanx!


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+ RuthlessEd on November 25th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

…went into Home the other day to show a non-PS3 friend what HOME was all about, and ended up sitting their red-faced as every little section loaded.

Stunning how much time is wasted in Home just watching a loading screen.


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+ RuthlessEd on November 25th, 2009 at 10:45 am said:

…and yah, I can see how adding a simple skill testing question to a contest would be far too difficult.


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+ dotCody on November 25th, 2009 at 10:46 am said:

Too bad Playstation HOME is complete crap, now.


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+ TrueFFVIIFan on November 25th, 2009 at 10:51 am said:

Damn you SONY! I wanted to participate that event (Red Bull), but I cannot because I will never understand what they are saying when watching and to answer the questions. I REALLY WANTED TO PARTICIPATE BUT HOW???? Please don’t give me a crap about “We are looking into that”. Now, I believe that every opportunity that I might wanted to undertake in the near future will be inaccessible. Thank you, Sony. Really.


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+ AthrenZ on November 25th, 2009 at 11:05 am said:

Wow, poor Canada, some laws are a pain in the rear. Although the laws that Locust mentioned don’t really seem like very huge hurdles For Sony to get past, I believe he was just stating those two as examples, I’m pretty sure there are more so try not to be too hard on em.


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+ ADR143 on November 25th, 2009 at 11:32 am said:

decent update


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+ cowboyd21 on November 25th, 2009 at 11:58 am said:

@ 17 what? LOL sound like to me it’s a canadian government problem not a sony problem maybe you and others need to talk to your government .


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+ SystemIsGod on November 25th, 2009 at 12:07 pm said:

Hi, there are a couple things I’d like to say.
First, the fact that Home is still in “beta” bothers me, I mean, I remember watching videos forever ago saying we can get T.V.’s, tons of houses, and most of all, a trophy room. I have heard nothing on these, and honestly I am just wondering when maybe things will start getting out there?


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+ PatchAdams2000 on November 25th, 2009 at 12:11 pm said:

Hells yes on the AC2 costume. I bought the hoody & egyptian bottom to just ‘kinda’ look like AC2. I will buy the costume! Been playing AC2 with all my freetime since the preorder party.


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+ colonel007 on November 25th, 2009 at 12:15 pm said:

@ Locust_Star

Your reply to No. 11 is the kind of reply everyone should give here in the blog. I really appreciate when Jeff, Chris, devs, or everyone that post in the blog that takes time to answer fans’ questions in an informed manner, and gives the complete reason instead of dodging the questions and/or ignoring them.

I really thank you to take you time to read the comments..

P.S. I wish everyone was like this, especially the people working at firmware updates (they really ignore EVERY requests fans make)


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+ CrimsonFox13 on November 25th, 2009 at 12:40 pm said:

I used to get on Home quite a bit. I haven’t been back on for months (sorry – the thing that was keeping me on were friends there, but they all stopped going so I don’t have a reason to go anymore). I’ll go back once there’s a trophy room, or a watchable TV – something like that.


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+ TheGuardianFID on November 25th, 2009 at 12:45 pm said:

Nice update Locust, that Ezio costume is as good as mine!!! :D


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+ Gothdom on November 25th, 2009 at 1:51 pm said:

Thanks locust for the response. I understand those things, yet I’m still a bit peeved. Like Eye of Indra, we got the free issue, but we’re not sure to have the rest, which is quite annoying.

And for the Video store, I know about % of canadian content and french content too.
The laws, I agree, are badly organised.

What is bothering me is the upcoming premium PSN. If it is like right now, I don’t suppose any canadian will suscribe, since most of the services you could provide aren’t available… I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Harper flashed his dumb smile when talking about globalization, yet is doing nothing to open the markets to the new technologies.

Thanks again, I appreciate your response. More than the silence from everyone else.


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+ tearsofash on November 25th, 2009 at 2:20 pm said:

Just curious, but does the Turkey mini-game in Central Plaza tend to freeze for a good long while before each new turkey?


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+ KSPRAYDAD on November 25th, 2009 at 2:22 pm said:

@locust star…

I’m sorry but blaming Canadian law is not good enough.

I paid the same for my PS3 as any U.S. user did. You, SCEA, are responsible for BOTH countries. Treat us equally. I don’t really care that it is more work for SCEA…you’ve CHOSEN to do business in Canada because you think it is profitable…so treat your customers properly.


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+ poweredbyzen on November 25th, 2009 at 2:56 pm said:

THIS i have absolutely been waiting for – FINALLY! i can get my geek on! i want florins!


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+ Thrasher20 on November 25th, 2009 at 3:42 pm said:

Looks pretty swell :)


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+ Nick-30 on November 25th, 2009 at 3:44 pm said:

@32 KSPRAYDAD
I agree.


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+ neuropunk on November 25th, 2009 at 3:52 pm said:

Nobody cares about this Home stuff. When the ****ing **** are we going to get some new avatars?


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+ Pie_Destroyer_13 on November 25th, 2009 at 3:58 pm said:

Finally new spaces, Its been awhile since a new public space


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+ hjason1 on November 25th, 2009 at 4:19 pm said:

@37 it’s not a new space. it’s a reconditioned space because no one went there anymore.

plus when is ea going to let us, start boxing locust? it sucks when spaces get half finished and left, to die.


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+ CL_KANOS on November 25th, 2009 at 5:39 pm said:

still need more user friendly option..xmb music, party chat(skype????), trophy room, avatars?


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+ SHINSPIKES on November 25th, 2009 at 7:42 pm said:

Thanks for makin the EA visit so early. Thats the third time I missed out on a visit. The first one, yah didn’t even come our server. Much appreciated.


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+ mcbuttz78 on November 25th, 2009 at 8:40 pm said:

i tryed addinf them but they was ull. t would much better if yall used the gamer louge fr this type of events, but ty having them


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+ stri on November 25th, 2009 at 11:48 pm said:

@LocustStar: I applaud your response on the CAN neglect,FINALLY SOMEONE DID!
Unfortunately I must agree with posts here,I doubt those laws that you’ve listed are really as big of a hurdle as indicated. It’s doubtful that SCEA is unable to get passed them,especially when considering the consumer anger caused & ultimately costing more than jumping said hurdles would.
Can’t put a price on loyalty.
Having said that,if every blog employee would stop avoiding issues & follow your example,(Actually replying regardless of what’s said) then perhaps it may alleviate at least some frustration for a time. Sometimes we just need to know that our comments are taken seriously,regardless if actually taken as such. Making the decision/effort to compose a response, truly does matter.
Anyway,I’ve said my peace,though in the future if SONY truly wants to keep the loyalty of their customers, I suggest they “Find a way”. People won’t wait forever, they need to feel secure in their purchases.
Isolating is a sure way to detour $. Not a smart move imo
Just sayin’
& for god sake,add a blog edit button & an easy way to find our previous posts/replies.
Jeesh,perhaps you should offer me a job.
Wait,never mind I’m Canadian.


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+ CapinChronic on November 26th, 2009 at 12:08 am said:

If you are a Canadian as I am, write your (MP) Member of Parliament and complain about our laws, you can also write the (CRTC) Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission… And if you want more events/contests for Canadians you can leave a suggestion/comment here.. feedback_canada@playstation.sony.com

Oh and Happy Thanksgiving you yankees!! :)


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+ Coletrain17 on November 26th, 2009 at 5:39 am said:

In response to cydx in #13.
You know a time frame of a fix for these log in issues would be nice. You (cydx)and the entire home team have involvment in home. The only vocal ones for home are u!All this new stuff and no fix seems to me you all want the money from those who can log in and to heck with the rest! I love home but am gettin so aggrevated that im about to say heck with it like alot of other people!


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+ rochha on November 26th, 2009 at 6:56 am said:

its too bad I deleted Playstation home because I was sick of the slow load times and the boring people always asking the same questions, Where are you from? How old are you? I think its probably a good place for pre teen people because they think they are actually making friends. but online friends are nothing to me, I need real friends that I can do real stuff with, chatting is kinda boring


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+ Solid-Snake-Eyes on November 26th, 2009 at 1:13 pm said:

Why can’t we get a 3D store preview of the Ezio costume? Bundles apparently can’t be previewed, and this costume is only available as a bundle.


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+ biggunner7 on November 26th, 2009 at 2:30 pm said:

i just got 4 words for this update
best home update yet


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+ biggunner7 on November 26th, 2009 at 2:31 pm said:

love this update


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+ KSPRAYDAD on November 27th, 2009 at 2:53 pm said:

@43…

You know what. Canada shouldn’t have to change its laws to be the same as those in the States. SCEA should realize that if they are going to sell their product in Canada that they will need to deal with differences in the country. I’ve been a long time advocate of PS products until this year due to the lack of effort and response shown by such people as Grace when it comes to addressing Canadian PS3 owners. Canadian PS3 owners that paid the same as their US counterparts for the hardware on Canadian owners that SCEA is responsible for.


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+ taurus82 on November 28th, 2009 at 2:26 am said:

Has the PlayStation Home team considered collaborating with the great minds at Cyan to bring us a Myst Online:Uru Live Space or perhaps an alternate reality game similar to Xi.


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