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This Week in PlayStation Home: New BioShock 2 and FINAL FANTASY XIII Content, Sodium Updates, and Wireless Keypad Giveaway

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on Apr 21, 2010 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

You’ve been asking us for weeks in the official PlayStation Home forums, in the comments section of this Blog, and on fan sites and podcasts…and we’re coming through for you like you knew we would! That’s right, Home people – this Thursday, April 22nd the long-requested FINAL FANTASY XIII costumes (along with some additional FFXIII furniture) will be released into the ever-expanding world PlayStation Home. For the guys, our friends at Square Enix have made Sazh and Snow costumes, while all you gals out there will be able to pick up the gorgeous wares of Lightning and Vanille. These clothing items will be sold as bundles in the Costumes store and include composite clothing sets, gloves, and wigs (an extra chocobo wig for Sazh will be sold separately). Peep the below visual evidence for an idea of what to expect when this truly awesome FFXIII content releases later this week.

Final Fantasy XIII Costumes for PlayStation Home

Speaking of highly-requested content, we’ll be partying like its 1968 in Central Plaza come this Thursday when Big Daddy and Big Sister costumes (along with some other BioShock 2 virtual items) are released in PlayStation Home. We’ve snagged a few pics to give you a taste of what to expect when you add these creepy items to your collection (fun fact: Mr. Magnus Keynes – Home’s resident business guru – is too scared by BioShock 2 to even review these new items whereas our very own CydoniaX regularly schools the rest of the team in multiplayer mode and is sporting the Big Sister armor as I type).

BioShock 2 for PlayStation Home - Bouncer BioShock 2 for PlayStation Home - Big Sis

In other news, Sodium will be receiving an update this week which will result in faster loading, new objectives being doled out by VICKIE (with new rewards, of course), and a new interactive map. As with all things in PlayStation Home, these updates come at the request of our loyal community members who regularly contribute great ideas on the official PlayStation Home Sodium forum. So, please, keep the good thoughts coming!

Ever since we released the new and improved Gamer’s Lounge last week, our nightly Featured Game parties have been hopping. And while you can always count on at least one official event being staged every single day in PlayStation Home (like this upcoming Saturday night’s Battlefield: Bad Company 2 game launching party), you can also bet that we’ll regularly break the mold and offer additional, 100% exclusive giveaways complete with the best prizes we can get our hands on. Starting this Friday, April 23rd and running to next Friday, April 30th, we’ll be giving away Wireless Keypads to 10 lucky contestants who participate in our Wireless Keypad sweepstakes. Want to learn how you can enter to win? Read the official Rules and Regulations, tacked on below for your convenience.

Wireless Keypad Sweepstakes

See you in Home!

The following promotion is intended for viewing in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. Do not enter this sweepstakes if you are not a legal resident of, and located in the 50 United States or District of Columbia at the time of entry.

PLAYSTATION®HOME WIRELESS KEYPAD SWEEPSTAKES
OFFICIAL RULES

Void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited.

1. ELIGIBILITY. The PlayStation®Home Wireless KeyPad Sweepstakes (“Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and the D.C. who are 13 years of age or older at the time of entry and hold a PlayStation Network account in good standing as determined by Sponsor. Employees of the Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this Promotion.

2. SPONSOR. Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404.

3. TIMING. Promotion begins April 23, 2010 at 12:00pm (noon) PST and ends April 30, 2010 at 12:00pm (noon) PST.

4. HOW TO ENTER. No purchase necessary. Internet access, a valid PlayStation®Network account, a PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with a copy of PlayStation®Home installed on your system required. Log into your PlayStation Network account and launch PlayStation Home application The following question will be posted on a billboard in one of the core Home spaces: How would owning a wireless keypad improve your PlayStation®3 experience? To enter, send an e-mail to HomeContests@playstation.sony.com. Enter “Keypad” in the subject line and in the body of the email include your PSN ID and your answer to the question. To be valid, entries must be received no later than April 30, 2010 at 11:59pm PST.

2. PRIZES. Each prize winner will receive one (1) Wireless Keypad compatible with the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (ARV $49.00). Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal value if prize is unavailable. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions allowed.

3. WINNER SELECTION. Ten (10) prize winners will be selected following the Promotion Period. Winners will be determined by a single random drawing of all valid entries received by Sponsor, whose decisions are final. Selection will be held on or about May 1, 2010. Sponsor will send a notification email to each winner’s registered PSN e-mail address. If any winner does not respond to Sponsor’s notification email within 7 days of the date of the notification email, he/she will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected based on the original selection criteria. Winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release (“Affidavit”) within seven (7) days of the date indicated on the correspondence sent by Sponsor. Failure to execute and return Affidavit within the stated time period will result in forfeiture of prize and an alternate winner will be selected. If a winning entrant is a minor, then Sponsor will award the prize to that winning entrant’s parent or legal guardian. If the potential winning entrant is a minor, then the Affidavit must be signed by potential winner’s parent or legal guardian and returned within the stated time period or prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected. 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. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE. Limit one entry per person and e-mail address. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. 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 entrant’s ability to participate in the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Promotion should virus, bugs or other causes corrupt the administration, security or proper play of this Promotion. Entries not satisfying these Official Rules will be automatically disqualified. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Potential winners must comply with the Official Rules’ terms and conditions, and receipt of prizes is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements.

6. PUBLICITY. By attempting to enter, entering or accepting a Promotion prize, an entrant or prize winner agrees to the use of their statements, name and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

7. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. By attempting to enter, entering or accepting a Promotion prize, an entrant or prize winner agrees to release Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries, agencies, divisions and affiliates from liability, claims or actions or any kind for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property that may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership or use of the prize or while preparing for, participating in or traveling to or from the Promotion or any Promotion or prize-related activity. Neither the Sponsor nor its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies, divisions or related companies are responsible for any damages, taxes or expenses that winners might incur as a result of this Promotion or receipt of prize.

8. WINNER LIST. To obtain names of winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Wireless Key Pad Sweepstakes, Attention: PS Home-Annabelle Garcia, 4th Floor, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404. Prize winners’ name request will be fulfilled within four weeks. Request a copy of the winner list must be received by May 15, 2010.

9. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION. Sponsor will collect information in connection with the Promotion in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/PrivacyPolicy.

10. RESTRICTIONS. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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+ Ledis15 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:03 pm said:

How much will the Bioshock apartment cost?


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    + Locust_Star on April 21st, 2010 at 4:08 pm said:

    Sorry if I wasn’t clear – we’re releasing BioShock 2 clothing items this week, not costumes.


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    + Locust_Star on April 21st, 2010 at 4:08 pm said:

    I mean clothing and costumes, not apartments. Sheesh… ;)


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+ footballrule on April 21st, 2010 at 4:04 pm said:

Bioshock content! Will the Bioshock apartment have any unlockables Locust_Star?


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+ KuRo1605 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:05 pm said:

Thanks for the Final Fantasy XIII outfits!


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    + Locust_Star on April 21st, 2010 at 4:10 pm said:

    You’re welcome!


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+ ZombieLover23 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:06 pm said:

Yea! For The Bioshock Personal Space… 8)


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+ footballrule on April 21st, 2010 at 4:07 pm said:

CydoniaX is good at Bioshock 2? I hope to play against her someday! :o


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    + Locust_Star on April 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm said:

    She’s the best out of anyone on the team. Magnus used to be up there, but as stated, he’s too scared to continue playing. Please feel free to give him a hard time about it next time you see him in-world ;)


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+ KarateChampChad on April 21st, 2010 at 4:07 pm said:

I love you


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+ dotCody on April 21st, 2010 at 4:08 pm said:

The Wireless Keypad is such garbage, worst purchase ever.


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+ Ledis15 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:08 pm said:

Another thing, is the bioshock costume the same one from the Amazon pre-order?


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    + Locust_Star on April 21st, 2010 at 4:28 pm said:

    No, these items are not the same as the pre-order bonus.


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+ proskatercam on April 21st, 2010 at 4:09 pm said:

BIOSHOCK APARTMENT!!!! BIOSHOCK!!!!! WE NEED SPELUNKER CAVES!!! AND TROPHY ROOM!!!! TROPHY ROOOOOM!!!!!!


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+ pmc122701 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:10 pm said:

Would like to win one of those keyboards thought. Messaging anything on PS3 is almost pointless torture without one.


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+ musicman1234 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:10 pm said:

Im confussed sir..You say no apt this week from bioshock?
Also,have they fixed the prob with items loading in the Pirate ship?

Bioshock apt…I cant wait..


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+ Blkant on April 21st, 2010 at 4:11 pm said:

Ah… Disclaimers, what fun.


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+ DA_SHREDDER on April 21st, 2010 at 4:11 pm said:

Where is my Kratos and Drake Home costumes?


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    + Locust_Star on April 21st, 2010 at 4:14 pm said:

    You can get a Drake costume in the Uncharted 2 space right now!


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+ Art_of_Ronin on April 21st, 2010 at 4:11 pm said:

Well, eventho the update is late, but its great in the end! Finally FF13 costumes and the Bioshock costumes of original Big Daddy and Big Sister. Now I can take a breather and start my newsletter once again… ^^


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+ Gaara_Of_TheFunk on April 21st, 2010 at 4:11 pm said:

Haha! Final fantasy xiii costumes look cool. Looking forward to trying to win the keypad


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+ Lord_Rinja on April 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm said:

Can you guys use your connections with Capcom to get us Personal Space Arcade Machines for Street Fighter IV, Final Fight and Magic Sword? These would be similar to the Namco Museum Essentials cabs used for Game Launching. Kudos for finally getting us more FFXIII stuff. I will also be looking forward to the new Sodium update. Keep up the good work.


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    + Locust_Star on April 21st, 2010 at 4:29 pm said:

    I’ll certainly pass the word along!


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+ proskatercam on April 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm said:

NO APARTMENT!!??!! >_<!!!!!

I hope that Lightning costume will start to work now…considering last time I was on Home, (a couple days ago)…it still wasnt there.

Also, I bet I'd whoop all the HCM's at Bioshock 2 XD


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+ SpyDudeFX on April 21st, 2010 at 4:14 pm said:

Very cool on FF content and Bioshock wow. Can’t wait until tomorrow!


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+ musicman1234 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:14 pm said:

BTW..Im Big DadDy.,..Really…lol


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+ danthe57 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:16 pm said:

hmmm a chatpad… I need one of those


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+ ChristerX on April 21st, 2010 at 4:17 pm said:

i agreed with #7. I bought a keypad and found out the touch qwerty for move is not work.


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+ M_C_A_S_ on April 21st, 2010 at 4:18 pm said:

As every week i must ask: Are we going to get (someday) HEAVY RAIN content in NA?


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+ footballrule on April 21st, 2010 at 4:23 pm said:

Now all we need is a Bioshock 2 public space with unlockables! :P


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+ Broconaw on April 21st, 2010 at 4:25 pm said:

What happened to the Prototype Big Daddy costume that was released to people who preordered Bioshock 2? Will that remain a preorder bonus, or are you also including that in the new items?


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    + Locust_Star on April 21st, 2010 at 4:30 pm said:

    The pre-order costume will not be included. Those items were solely for those that took advantage of that pre-order promotion.


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+ ILOVEPLASTATION3 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:30 pm said:

If I already know the question that must be answered for the contest, why is there a need to log into home first? I think I missed something. :P Can’t you just answer the question by e-mailing through a computer?


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+ polo155 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:31 pm said:

will we still be getting the Audi Space from couple years age?


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+ Art_of_Ronin on April 21st, 2010 at 4:42 pm said:

“Locust_Star | April 21st, 2010 at 4:30 pm

The pre-order costume will not be included. Those items were solely for those that took advantage of that pre-order promotion.”

Phhheeww, that is good to know the Bioshock 2 Amazon.com promotional Prototype Big Daddy suit is not up for sale in HOME and stay as Amazon.com pre-order only. At least I don’t feel jipped now VS the Darksiders Amazon.com pre-order bonus became re-sale in HOME. So the Prototype Big Daddy is as rare as it gets now..Bwahahahaha.. ~__^


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+ LadyHoney214 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:44 pm said:

The ff13 costumes look bananas! Will there be any Fang costumes in the future? As well as a Final Fantasy 13 dedicated game space?


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+ KILLZONE79 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:45 pm said:

Hey locus_star i know that the MAG sver space was a preorder exlclusive, but do u know if will ever come to the public?


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+ Midgetguy on April 21st, 2010 at 4:47 pm said:

Sounds cool!

Unfortunately I haven’t been on Playstation Home in a while due to my PS3 breaking… I would get on Home one my friends PS3′s but I wouldn’t have any of my costumes or anything…

But I can’t wait to try everything out once I get my PS3 fixed!

=)


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+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on April 21st, 2010 at 4:54 pm said:

Hi Locust,

Any chance in the near future of there being Canadian Flags and the provincial Flags available in the store? I would just like to represent where I am from. Old and New Flags to please…. Free NFLD!


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+ Anzricolth on April 21st, 2010 at 4:56 pm said:

This looks to be a pretty decent update coming this week. Definitely looking forward to checking out the Sodium updates. Just out of curiosity though, is it known if Home will be getting any more Tekken costumes (ex: Lei, Jack, Nina, and Anna)and/or more Resident Evil 5 costumes (ex: Jill, Excella, B.S.A.A. Operative, and Wesker)?


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+ itecktonik on April 21st, 2010 at 4:59 pm said:

Awesome guys!


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+ xDon on April 21st, 2010 at 5:01 pm said:

It’s kinda dumb..

I already bought the games :/ should be unlocked with platinum(costumes from games I mean)

or free to people who already own the game


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+ Kchow23 on April 21st, 2010 at 5:12 pm said:

Booo! U.S only :(


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+ chris79nc on April 21st, 2010 at 5:13 pm said:

How about some God Of War 3 stuff for the playstation home?
i know alot of people would love to dress up like Kratos.
And i’m one of them.


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+ fuzzyclutter on April 21st, 2010 at 5:21 pm said:

is sodium a beta product ? can it be played independent of home ? I have been considering purchasing for awhile but i dont know . is it a finished product embedded in a beta product or can it run by itself . does it share the same TOS as the rest of home ?


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+ hardy_83 on April 21st, 2010 at 6:40 pm said:

Gee that contest would be nice if it included Canada, save Quebec since their laws for promotions are dumb.

Come on! Send Canada some lovin’!


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+ Jim777 on April 21st, 2010 at 6:43 pm said:

Cool update, contests are always fun.


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+ S-E-G on April 21st, 2010 at 7:12 pm said:

i have the chat pad and honestly i wish i didn’t buy it
and like Sony, i’m willing to give a chat pad away also!
and this is for Canada only!


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on April 21st, 2010 at 7:31 pm said:

LOL @ 40..ITS OPPOSITE DAY FOR HIM…BUT ALL THESE UPDATES FOR HOME SOUNDS GOOD…BUT ADDING VOICE CHAT WOULD BE GREAT!! BUT I GUESS THIS STUFF IS GOOD FOR NOW :P KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.- LMFAO..”CANADA ONLY”


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+ skylineGTR30 on April 21st, 2010 at 7:36 pm said:

i hope i win


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+ VehicleDestroyr on April 21st, 2010 at 7:45 pm said:

Keep updating Sodium One guys. It is probably like my favorite section of home.


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+ retro25 on April 21st, 2010 at 8:04 pm said:

Can’t wait for Sodium one Update, but what about a GTA content to Playstation Home(that will be sweeet).


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+ Northstar77 on April 21st, 2010 at 8:11 pm said:

Has there been any “fixes” to the Ghost Pirate ship space? I kept getting stuck in Item menu with no item to place. So I was unable to type or back out of Item placement. Its getting harder to defend Home with every week. I’ve spent alot of $ in Home and it seems every week All we are rewarded with is more ways to spend Money. Were is the actual content for everyday users? Home has so much more potential than just offering new virtual stuff to buy every week. Every week should have some type of scavenger hunt or something interesting to do. I tired of the focus of Home being people showing off what they bought this week. Its too disconnected from every other feature of the PS3.


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+ Keyeszx on April 21st, 2010 at 8:12 pm said:

I knew the Final Fantasy outfits already worked because they were coming. Man I knew it. Told my friend the reason they worked is because they are already on the servers.

Everybody forget about the shrinking potion? Also why isn’t home as glorious as when it wasn’t even out? Home is just a cash cow, wth guys. Give us quality and make us not want to collect make us play. If you got more companies to get Home items from playing games I’m sure more people would game launch and then game makers will have to support it. With only 5 or 7 games that actually win you something there is no incentive to game launch. Even that game launching event during the week isn’t a big deal.


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+ Northstar77 on April 21st, 2010 at 8:19 pm said:

inviting people over your personal space to play games, watch movies or listen to music would be nice.Even if its just you tube or internet radio. How about some Netflix support in Home. Anything to make it more integrated to the PS3 experience. The damn X-box 360 beat the PS3 to watching Movies with friends a key feature of what Home was supposed to be. Sorry for the ranting. I just want Home to be what it can be. I’m willing to pay for some features if thats what it takes. I would rather pay for features than another pair of virtual pants is all I’m saying. I’m sure others would agree.


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+ RaymondBel on April 21st, 2010 at 8:59 pm said:

Another contest for the USA only…


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+ dda1996a on April 21st, 2010 at 9:27 pm said:

I know its off topic, but when are you guys gonna release a full trophy list for 3D dot game hero? and for all of you, check PS3trophies.org, Its awesome for guides to platinum games and help for your amazing playstation! just say dda1996a directed u there!


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+ LxC_RAUL_MeX on April 21st, 2010 at 9:40 pm said:

Awesome update :)… im wondering when u guys gonna do something about the ppl. who are stealing more than 1500+ items in home?


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