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Weekly Home Update: Fourth of July & Canada Day Event, Granzella Extravaganza

Cade Peterson's Avatar + Posted by Cade Peterson on Jun 25, 2012 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

This Wednesday, June 27th, we get ready to celebrate July 4th and Canada Day in PlayStation Home with a bang. Also, Granzella releases even more fantastic items, Heavy Water releases more Heavy Ink tattoos, LOOT opens up its fantastic machinima-maker Stage Set as an open house, the Midway Ca$h Carnival enters its sixth week with a new prize, x7 gets another collection of early-access items, and the Community Theater gets some exciting new coverage.

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Starting off with a blast, head to Pier Park starting this Wednesday, June 27th, and prepare for our annual summer festivities. Following Home tradition, we celebrate Canada Day (July 1st) and American Independence day (July 4th) with an evening event of fireworks, rewards and community fun. I won’t spoil the surprises, so head there starting this week. Like any holiday, this event only comes once a year, so be sure to enjoy the sparks and explosions before the holiday comes to a close.

Fans of Granzella will enjoy the tons of exciting things that come to Home this month.


The long-awaited ninja costume has arrived from Granzella! Supporting Japan from the shadows, the stealthy ninja lives for the night. Creeping quickly, dodging attacks with impressive cartwheels and back flips, the ninja is able to defeat enemies with overwhelming speed. Dressing in a ninja outfit is like melting into the darkness. Live in the shadows and become a shinobi!

These ninja costumes are available in three colors: black, deep blue, and persimmon. With quick moves and a variety of special abilities, your enemies will be at your mercy. Strike with deadly accuracy! Equipment with a higher Stealth Level opens up a variety of additional ninja abilities. Don’t forget to check out the Master ninja Hood and Cross Shuriken which will also be released simultaneously with the ninja costume.

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Good news for ninjas fighting in Operation: Defend Edo! The sexy ninja series turns the image of the once stoic ninja on its side. Also available, the Kunai throwing knife—each one is a powerful projectile.

This week also brings the stunning Beautiful Eye series! These eyes have a natural size and catch the light, creating a subtle allure—sophisticated, beautiful, and more intense.

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Out earlier this month, this stylishly concealing outfit is available in four colors, captivating black, dazzling white, passionate red, and cool blue. So be sure to dress to fit your mood.

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Don’t forget the cutest beach companion—the Coconut Crab. This crab will loyally follow its master and is willing to go anywhere. Sometimes its affection for its master is so strong it results in a nice big hug… on the face!?! But don’t worry, this crab is from Earth, so it’s safe… Promise!

The Coconut Crab set includes both the pet and a face-hugging crab headphone item.

Speaking of loyal companions, Granzella is introducing the Shiba Dog. Loyalty—it’s the willingness to follow you anywhere. It’s the urge to go crazy with excitement when you’ve returned home. It’s trust placed in you. It’s knowing that you’re in it together. It’s the way th- Oh hey! Is that a treat? Gimme gimme gimme!

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This week LOOT is opening the doors to their most advanced movie studio production space in PlayStation Home, the LOOT Studio Stage Set. All PS3 users will have free access to the LOOT Studio Stage Set Open House. This virtual space is modeled after actual Sony Pictures Entertainment professional sound stages located on the Sony Pictures Lot in Culver City, California. The Studio Stage Set cameras can record video and audio to the PS3 hard drive or upload directly to YouTube. Together with PlayStation Home’s highly customizable avatars, clothing, furniture items and environments, the creative possibilities are endless. Gather your friends and start creating today!

Having a party or shooting a movie this week? Then you need the LOOT Actives Bundle! You’ll get the Active Searchlight, Fog Machine and Grandfather clock for one low price. If you own the LOOT Space Apartment or the Sunset Yacht, you’ll get a sweet 50% discount! With the Searchlight you can manually aim the light, set it to automatically rotate; you can even change the color! The Fog Machine has four control settings (Light, Moderate, Heavy and Intense) and color settings, making it perfect for any party. And The Grandfather Clock matches the time of your PlayStation 3 and chimes in the hour with a cuckoo bird and dancers.

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Heavy Water brings a new collection of tattoos to Home under the Heavy Ink brand. Visit the Mall where you can purchase these tattoos for your avatar, male or female, light, dark or medium skin tones! The designs come in Obsidian and Ivory, so pick the color that works best for you or buy both colors and mix and match! These tattoos are meant to be worn with your existing clothing*, and if you don’t have clothing that works, Heavy Water has provided Bare Canvas torsos free of charge for male and females to proudly display your ink!

*Some clothing items are made differently so clipping might occur with the tattoos.

New styles will come to PlayStation Home next week, so save up and get more ink next week! Stay in the loop by going to the Heavy Inked official site to see what’s in development or follow them on Twitter. Comments, ideas or requests? Drop us an email.

The Home Casino Management sent in a little note to share:

“The renovations are now complete and we’re happy to announce the installation of all new Roulette tables now available in the Roulette & Big Six Wheel Room. The croupiers are standing by for your play right now! Stop by and have a spin today!”

Head over to The Casino and level up to Tier 2 in all of the games and be rewarded the new Magician’s Outfit. Now you can dress the part of a big-time stage performer with the hat, suit, and wand. Please refrain from doing any sort of magic with the chips, The Casino will be making sure there is truly nothing up your sleeves.

Magnus is back this week in the 46th volume of the Virtual Item Showcase. We know you missed him, so check out his fantastic new, highlighted content.


Don’t forget, this week you have the chance to win another fabulous prize at the Midway Ca$h Carnival Sweepstakes! Go to the Hot Zone to sign up for the Sweepstakes and every green ticket you spend playing any Midway or Hot Zone game earns you an entry into the weekly drawing! And every weekly entry counts toward the Grand Prize drawing for $15,000! Real prizes! Real Money! Real Fun! For official rules, click here: http://bit.ly/midwaycashcarnival

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If you missed them during E3, don’t miss Discobot XT6000 and the Nebulon Storage Backpack from Hellfire Games, available in Novus Prime today! Create an instant dance party anywhere in Home with the Discobot XT6000 outfit, complete with holographic dance floor projection, detachable disco ball head, 4 custom animations, and laser light show – and show off your Nebulon stash and get a permanent 10% in-game bonus with the futuristic Nebulon Storage Backpack for Novus Prime!

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As usual, Lockwood Publishing is planning some spectacular surprises for the season of fireworks. I believe you’ll be beyond dazzled with what they have in store. PODI, coming soon!

Speaking of other upcoming content from Lockwood, they have another developer diary post for Mercia: Fracture Realms. Click here to check out the full post.

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This week, PS Nation shares its first episode from E3 2012, sharing some great interviews and more. Head to the Community Theater, and if you haven’t picked up your PS Nation t-shirts, they will be available again for watching the episode. Also this week, PSTalent.com announces its Superhero contest. Click here for full details.



Finally, the exclusive nightclub x7 gets some new early-access weapon-themed furniture, and two adorable companions, a polar bear and a seal pup! Pick them up and get the owners of the most adorable new companions in Home. Also, there’s a new freebie and another exclusive super deal bundle.

Phew! See you in Home!

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+ Tarazuma on June 25th, 2012 at 4:26 pm said:

Sounds like a great update! Most of the Granzella stuff mentioned here was already released.

Will the new tool set also be released this week? Not the high-class tools that were previously released, but the later tool set EU and Asia got (drill from an advanced civilization and ect) and third rarity tag.


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    + Cade Peterson on June 25th, 2012 at 4:37 pm said:

    This is quite a large update, and as for Granzella, we wanted to announce everything that was published last week as well as this coming Wednesday. There’s just a ton that they’ve been bringing us this month.


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+ Joanna_Dark_ on June 25th, 2012 at 4:32 pm said:

Looks interesting.

Wondering if any new public spaces from Granzella are close by? In particular Neon Downtown would be very well received. Any hints are always appreciated.

And go PSTalent. So nice to see in home machinima get it’s own video channel at the Loot EOD.


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    + Cade Peterson on June 25th, 2012 at 4:38 pm said:

    I have no hints to share, as Granzella brings things in their own time. That said, we make it a habit to always let them know you are hungry for their content in all its vastness.


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+ Major_XXII on June 25th, 2012 at 4:32 pm said:

How much will the Heavy Water Tatt’s go for?


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    + Cade Peterson on June 26th, 2012 at 10:17 am said:

    The new Heavy Ink tats are going for:

    individually — $0.99
    bundles — $2.99 – $4.99


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+ iTofuMan on June 25th, 2012 at 4:38 pm said:

Shiba Inu? YES PLEASE.

But im not even sure if i can stay on, granted its been a couple days i am still getting those error messages when using Home. its not what it use to be. i was able to hang out with friends for hours, play games, watch movies, etc but that all cant be done anymore since error messages pop up every dang second. I really want to buy the Shiba Inu, but i doubt ill be able too if these error keep popping up.


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+ OctoG123 on June 25th, 2012 at 4:46 pm said:

Is evo getting streamed live in home again this year?


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+ Burmecian_Rat on June 25th, 2012 at 4:54 pm said:

With all the Oriental items available recently, any idea if we might see the nice Chinese Mahjong apartment in North America which Europe got some months back?


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+ mystery_sk8er on June 25th, 2012 at 4:57 pm said:

Good update, but you guys need to work on letting us change our ID either for free or for a small fee. Pretty much any other service lets you do that (Steam, Xbox Live, Origin and if Sony is unlucky, Nintendo might do that too in the future).


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+ guitarded77 on June 25th, 2012 at 4:57 pm said:

The Loyal Shiba Dog is creepy looking.


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+ TRIAD–NOMAD on June 25th, 2012 at 5:00 pm said:

any new rewards for EDO like the glowing swords and stuff…


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+ Shinra_Soldier7 on June 25th, 2012 at 5:00 pm said:

Any news about the Minibots game? Next week??


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+ spideyal on June 25th, 2012 at 5:00 pm said:

I think that is so epic that Home is celebrating both big days (4th of July and Canada day). Not to mention it looks fantastic. I might actually play home again just to check this out. It’s something I always sort of wanted, since I didn’t see much love for Canada Day on the PSN in comparison to another competitor.

But this is fantastic. Nice job guys.


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+ Longshanks367 on June 25th, 2012 at 5:01 pm said:

This Loot bundle are they going to continue using the new active item system? Meaning how many slots do these items take? They updated their active camera and light. They only take up 12 slots for the camera and 8 slots for the light. Are we going to see the same here?


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    + Cade Peterson on June 26th, 2012 at 10:24 am said:

    As far as I know, the items in the LOOT bundle are the same as they were, just offered this week at a discount.


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+ Gojin20 on June 25th, 2012 at 5:09 pm said:

Nice update by any chance do you know how much the eyes will cost they look epic =]


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+ al2009man on June 25th, 2012 at 5:21 pm said:

Virtual Item Showcase mention is misread. it show a PSTalent Super-Hero Contest instead of Showcase.

Link:
http://youtu.be/1tD4P9L39m4


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    + Cade Peterson on June 26th, 2012 at 10:25 am said:

    Nice catch! The videos must have been switched.


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+ TRIAD–NOMAD on June 25th, 2012 at 5:34 pm said:

the eyes will be in bundles so i think they will be about 2.99 just a guess.


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+ mavericknrt on June 25th, 2012 at 5:48 pm said:

cmon sony what about the vita apps what about CROSS PLAY REMOTE PLAY this whole thing with playstation home is nice i guess but announce better updates than just that I mean really


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+ Sophronia on June 25th, 2012 at 5:48 pm said:

These tattoos are meant to be worn with your existing clothing”
> So, are these like hand items? I recently suggested tattoos that can be used with our own clothing.. I’m so happy now, lol.

That and new (better) eye colors are my top 2 things I wanted to see… so I’m pretty happy now!


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    + Cade Peterson on June 26th, 2012 at 10:54 am said:

    Glad to hear it! We have some very smart devs, and they listen to feedback from you guys!


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+ nagon111 on June 25th, 2012 at 5:54 pm said:

@TRIAD–NOMAD

It took about 3 months in Japan for the next big update for the Operation Defend Edo from the Ninja outfit and better swords released in the store, so give or take it’s going to take a few months before the trading rewards are updated.


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+ themajestic-2 on June 25th, 2012 at 6:19 pm said:

sooo yea that youtube vita app…whens it commin?


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+ polo155 on June 25th, 2012 at 6:30 pm said:

ps home will always have a place in my heart, i bought a ps3 download a home theme and got invited to closed beta public open chat And all. “Ted the Dog” was the community manager. open rehions and all too.


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+ Street_Killaz on June 25th, 2012 at 7:07 pm said:

Its about time sony…Show the love for canada lol


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    + Cade Peterson on June 26th, 2012 at 10:57 am said:

    Hey now! This is the 3rd year we’ve celebrated Canada Day!


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+ MakoSOLIDER on June 25th, 2012 at 7:53 pm said:

oh look LESS CLOTHING for the women so that we can see more guys running around going after um….
Just saying thats all I see on Home lol.


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+ TheJuggla17 on June 25th, 2012 at 8:34 pm said:

Hey guys is the jetpack from Killzone ever going to be making a comeback? I really want to buy it.


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    + Cade Peterson on June 26th, 2012 at 10:59 am said:

    Nope, that was an exclusive for pre-ordering Killzone 3 in PlayStation Home.


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+ BoobooJones on June 25th, 2012 at 9:14 pm said:

Are we never getting TVs and Stereos to stream content off our HDD to Home? ._.


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+ joeyrpger on June 25th, 2012 at 9:55 pm said:

I’ve been trying to use Home lately, I’ve been ignoring it for some time and I think it’s time for me to get into it. I started playing it during the second E3 week for the exclusive quest items. But I noticed the game seemed to be really slow at loading the icons at stores for extra clothes to buy for my avatar, slowing the process altogether. But I admit it’s kinda funny to bump into people wearing the same shirt, sometimes the same shirt/pants, because they stop and stare at you while you’re using your PSP/Vita or whatever it is you use when going through the Home menu. I should try again and see if it’s fixed, I am using the highest amount of GB to use for the cache, and my PS3 still has more than 100GB left.


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+ DeadFable on June 25th, 2012 at 10:21 pm said:

We need some PS+ items added in to Home.


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+ retro25 on June 25th, 2012 at 11:54 pm said:

I can’t wait to get to Pier Park in PS Home on July 1st to celebrate Canada Day just like in Central Plaza 2 years ago. I wonder what rewards we will be getting, whatever it is it will be awesome. I have 2 questions: 1. When is the E3 virtual booth be closing? 2. Any ideas on a retro arcade game like electro kid or a retro themed personal space (maybe a 80′s theme apartment)?


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    + Cade Peterson on June 26th, 2012 at 11:01 am said:

    The E3 booth should be going away tomorrow, so if you haven’t already checked it out, do so TODAY.

    As for any arcade-themed spaces, there’s no news to share on that, but it sounds like an awesome idea. Drop it here in the suggestions forum for Home: http://us.playstation.com/home-suggestions


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+ Xx_Dazzy8205_xX on June 26th, 2012 at 12:55 am said:

Wow… Great update!
Loving the PSTalents contest!

Also… Dont know if its suppose to be like this but it says “Magnus is back this week in the 46th volume of the Virtual Item Showcase. We know you missed him, so check out his fantastic new, highlighted content.” and then it shows the video thats for the PSTalent superhero contest.


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+ WastelandDan on June 26th, 2012 at 3:17 am said:

I just want to put it out there that the pics you chose to post for the ninja clothes and eyes…heck this whole post really would leave a person with the impression that the is no clothing items coming out for male avatars.

I’m gonna be the whiner here and say that was a dumb move.

ALSO, if it is only abunch of female avatar clothing i will not be happy one bit…it wasnt right when you played to mostly males and it wouldnt be any better flipped around.

I even got off my PS3 to watch the videos to make sure they were not shown, and I saw nothing. AND on that note I would like to mention as well how freakishly stupid it is the browser has not been updated in a way were we can watch videos posted on the PLAYSTATIONS own blog.

Im sure there must be some reason that its technically impossible or just to much work for you guys/gals to do, or maybe your just THAT scared of flash gaming but its still mud on your faces none the less. And it just leaves me frustrated and confused that with each update the internet browser becomes less and less practical for normal use. And meanwhile your main competition has annouced thier intentions to one up you on this front.


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+ digitalleisure on June 26th, 2012 at 7:18 am said:

It should be noted that Magician’s Outfit is not available until the Fourth of July, but if players do unlock tier 2 in all of the games they will automatically be rewarded the outfit when the July 4th update rolls out.


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    + Cade Peterson on June 26th, 2012 at 11:02 am said:

    Thanks for the correction DigitalLeisure! I am sure fans of the Casino will be snapping up the Magician’s outfit as fast as they can.


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+ hotbaby1156 on June 26th, 2012 at 7:29 am said:

i love the forth of july means alot me my family think you PSN four everything you do PSH will be sweet ^_^ yall do a great job at everything yall do. I have a qes four who ever runs PSH please stop the freezing in PSH folks are getting tired of freezing it’s other users freezing PSH.


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+ DeadRecon88 on June 26th, 2012 at 7:49 am said:

Admit it! Canada always beat america in EVERYTHING. i mean sure they’re like U.K. only more awesome. Canadians are alright by me. i feel sorry for the ones who have school on this day.


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+ tusunami on June 26th, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

This is why Ps Home is great for so many reasons because it still keeps on evolving!!!!!!!!


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+ logicsquirrel on June 27th, 2012 at 1:33 am said:

So PS Home is offline right now, my question is how long will this maintenance take?


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+ lazarojenrry on June 27th, 2012 at 7:32 am said:

Great event you put there I mean July 4th in 2011 suck but I know 2012 going to have 1 thank you every much I been waiting for this a long time for this I hope new years going to be way better


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+ Jacked-Assassin on June 27th, 2012 at 7:51 am said:

The three things on my mind about this update.

1. I’m excited The 4th Of July is back on PS Home. But am still a bit upset there was no decorations for Saint Patrick’s Day. I felt out of place despite looking neat as a Headless Emerald Man.

2. I’m happy to have new Granzella Watercraft. But I’d like to have a personal practice area as I’m not ready for competing. Last thing I’m in the mood for is some cheap nut bar trash talking because he plays for free.

3. I’m glad that the Silver & Gold Armor in NML comes bundled. However because VeeMee still refuses to not force change my clothes when I go there I won’t be buying it.


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+ Warchild_4H on June 27th, 2012 at 5:15 pm said:

looks awsoem. the stage thing is kinda cool. but i would love to get the 140 loot eod TV. It would be cool as hell to ba able to place that in any private space. Only thin is i cant find any where to buy it. if it isnt for sale it should be. that thing would sell like hot cakes.


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+ drock_42 on June 28th, 2012 at 10:07 pm said:

I’m probably a little late, but will Granzella release the “Beautiful Eyes” individually? I don’t want 5, maybe 2 at the most…


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+ ImmortalKitsune on June 29th, 2012 at 10:32 am said:

What an awesome update! I’m totally buying some more Granzella gear this week. I’m especially excited about the Beautiful Eyes bundle. ;)


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+ modernDAYaltair on July 1st, 2012 at 12:00 pm said:

i know its been a while since the 4th of july update (love it by the way!), but i thought i’d mention, in the pier park area, there is a floating box that respawns somewhere new whenever u touch it. im not sure wut happens though, because everytime i try to collect them all (if possible), the box ultimately ends up spawned right inside the “midway hot zone sweepstakes” object. anyone else having this problem? id love to find out what the little box has to offer. lol.


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+ RealdealRob69 on July 3rd, 2012 at 5:48 am said:

Wow whats up with the lame updates? There need to be more space updates and games that are fun to play that people want to see then just crapy same outfits all the time. Home is getting very boring and plus the freezers are running wild and nothing being done doesnt help much.


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