1. Gaming

    PS3 Portal 2 Comes With Free PC and Mac Versions and Cross-Platform Play

    Back at E3, Valve honcho Gabe Newell said the PlayStation 3 was going to be the platform with the best Portal 2 experience available. A bit after that, it was revealed that the PS3 title would be receiving Steam integration. Now, continuing to back up Newell's statement, Valve has announced that if one buys the PS3 version of Portal 2, they'll receive a free voucher for the PC and Mac Steam versions of the game as well, simply by linking one's PlayStation Network account to their Steam account. If that weren't enough, all these platforms will be able to play and chat with one another, as well as store save files on the cloud, which can be accessed by any of the platforms. Valve also promised to add "more Steam features and functionality in DLC and future content releases."

    Portal 2 is currently set for an April 20 release. I apologize, but it has to be said. This is a triumph.

    (via Ars Technica)

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  2. Gaming

    Carnegie Mellon Professor Mirrors Geohot’s PS3 Hack, Challenges “Breathtakingly Stupid” Sony

    Yesterday, we reported that Sony has taken legal action against hacker Geohot, a.k.a. George Hotz, for releasing hacks for the PlayStation 3 which allow anyone to run unsigned code through the system, potentially (though not necessarily) allowing PS3 owners to play pirated games. Sony's hardball legal tactics inspired immediate controversy on the web because it wasn't entirely clear that Hotz had violated any law: In July, the Library of Congress ruled that jailbreaking electronic devices to run software unauthorized by the companies that made them is not a criminal act. Sony argues, however, that Hotz's release of the hack violates the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Now, Hotz has a defender in the form of David Touretzky, a Carnegie Mellon professor of computer science. Touretzky is no stranger to controversy: An outspoken critic of Scientology, he has outraged the Church of Scientology by publishing information about the upper levels of the belief system and refusing to take it down despite legal threats. This time around, Touretzky is hosting a mirror of Geohot's PS3 jailbreak in its entirety on his Carnegie Mellon webpage, and he challenges Sony to do anything about it.

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  3. Tech

    Sony Takes Legal Action Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

    Hacker GeoHot is finally in a legal bind due to his notorious, hackery ways: Sony has served papers to Geohot and hacker group fail0verflow after they recently released hacks for the PlayStation 3, which basically allow anyone to run unsigned code on the system. Though unsigned code technically counts as homebrew applications - -something usually beneficial for the gaming scene -- the ability to run unsigned code usually results in people running pirated software. So, one can imagine why Sony isn't to thrilled with the hackers. Hack on past the break for more details, including the actual papers with which GeoHot was served.

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  4. Gaming

    Angry Birds Now One Step Closer to Being on Every Platform Ever

    Like we mentioned back in November, Angry Birds, the highly philosophical game in which the player throws birds at things, is taking a cue from Pinky and the Brain and trying to take over the world by releasing on every single thing on which it can possibly release. Last night, Angry Birds hit the PlayStation Network with a version that can be played on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, as well as a PC version that can be obtained from Intel's AppUp Store. These new releases are more expensive than the iTunes version, which is currently sitting at an attractive $0.99, with the PSN version resulting in a less attractive $3.99 hole in your gamer fund, while the Intel version is priced one dollar higher than that.

    Embarrassingly enough, this gamer has never actually played Angry Birds for more than a few seconds on someone else's phone, so in the name of science and journalistic integrity, I purchased the PSP version last night and gave it a whirl. Head past the jump for my highly journalistic sort-of-first impressions.

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  5. Gaming

    Ben Heck Makes Portable, Ruggedized PlayStation 3

    He has his own show, he makes really neat novelty items, and now famous console modder Ben Heck has made a portable ruggedized PlayStation 3 for a couple in Afganistan that needed something that can be banged up a bit. Though Heck is no stranger to making portable consoles, this time he shoves it all into a Pelican Storm Case to provide some ruggedization.

    Take that, G'zOne phones.

    (Ben Heck via Kotaku)

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  6. Gaming

    God of War’s Kratos Playable in New Mortal Kombat Reboot

    The January issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine is reporting that Kratos, main character, rage personified, and unstoppable murder machine from the God of War series, will be a playable character in the PlayStation 3 release of next year's Mortal Kombat reboot, which is currently set release in March. Not only will Kratos be a playable character, but he'll have his own combat moves (Cyclone of Chaos, anyone?), fatalities, and a God of War themed combat arena. Not to mess with the canon of the new Mortal Kombat's story, Kratos won't be playable in story mode.

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  7. Tech

    US Air Force Makes Supercomputer Out of 1,760 PlayStation 3s

    The US' Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) recently unveiled a supercomputer made out of 1,760 PlayStation 3 consoles. (They used older PS3s instead of PS3 Slims due to the Slims' lack of Linux support; looks like that wasn't just a fringe Slashdot-type issue after all.) Dubbed the Condor Cluster, the Air Force's new computer  has some serious specs -- 500 TeraFLOPS, with 168 separate GPUs and 84 coordinating servers.

    According to the Air Force, at $2 million, the system costs only five to ten percent as much as a comparable system made from separate components, in addition to consuming one-tenth the energy.

    (Feed the Gamer via GameFreaks)

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  8. Gaming

    PlayStation Rewards Launches Today: Level Up in Real Life by Leveling Up In-Game

    Sony unveiled PlayStation Rewards on their PlayStation.Blog yesterday, a service that rewards users with various prizes for playing and buying Sony games, as well as being an active member in the Sony gaming community. The program launches today, and best of all, is free. Currently in an invitation-only beta phase available to eligible PlayStation Plus and Gamer Advisory Panel members, PlayStation Rewards only focuses on the PlayStation 3 at the moment, but Sony is planning on adding the PSP to the program in the near future.

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  9. Tech

    PlayStation 3 Netflix Goes Disc-Free Next Week, Adds Search

    After Netflix came to the PlayStation 3 via a service that ran off a disc inserted into the console, PlayStation 3 owners immediately wished for downloadable Netflix software rather than being required to keep the disc in their system. Finally, Netflix has announced that PlayStation 3 Netflix users will be getting that software on Monday that they've craved for over a year, along with the much desired feature that allows users to search Netflix on their console, rather than having to log into the website. But wait, there's more!

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  10. Gaming

    Sony Launching PSN Imports Store

    Sony Computer Entertainment of America will be adding an imports section to its PlayStation Store next week, planning to bring Japanese tiles, without any kind of localization whatsoever, to American audiences.

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  11. Gaming

    Shadow of the Colossus and ICO Confirmed for Single-Disc HD Release With Many Extras

    After many months of speculation, Team Ico has confirmed that the phenomenal Shadow of the Colossus and stellar Ico will be released on the PlayStation 3 in America and Europe on a single disc, remastered in HD, with full trophy support and even 3D support if played on a capable television. The games will also run in a consistent 30 frames-per-second as well as sport an overhaul of the textures to ensure the releases look great in high definition. If that weren't enough, the European ending in Ico, which slightly differed from the American ending, will be included as the new, "regular" ending to the game. But wait, there's more! Fumito Ueda, series head and hero to gamers everywhere, has said they're planning on doing something about the widely disliked original North American box art of the games.

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  12. Gaming Sony Opens Satirical Anti-Kinect Website for PS Move

    Adding fuel to the coming fire between Sony's PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Kinect, Sony launched an amusing satirical website,, in support of buttons, something Kinect doesn't have.

    The site is actually quite funny, complete with an appearance by Kevin Butler, a fictional character Sony has been using as the PlayStation brand's mascot for a while now, most notably in the "It Only Does Everything" ad campaign.

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  13. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 9/11

    Finally, Rock Band Oriented Gaming Storage (Wired) Alan Moore: Paranoid, or Justifiably Paranoid? The Debate Rages (Bleeding Cool) A Cappella Inception Trailer (Urlesque) Ico For PS3 Rumors Continue Apace (Kotaku) LotRO Is Now Officially Free To Play (Joystiq) Nooooooooooooooo (ooooooooooooooo) Best Comic Book Modes of Transportation (Comics Alliance) (pic via Topless Robot.)

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  14. Gaming

    New PS3 Firmware Update Prevents Jailbreak For Now

    Around a week after the PSGroove was made downloadable and free to the public, Sony has released a mandatory firmware update 3.42 for the PlayStation 3, effectively stopping the jailbreak for now.

    Not that this is a surprise, but foregoing the firmware update will prevent access to the PlayStation Network. So, at the moment, if someone wants their console cracked, they'll have to trade online functionality. Of course, as is the relationship between crackers and companies, Sony will probably be caught in an ongoing tug of war with people insistent on creating jailbreaks for the rest of the console's lifecycle.

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  15. Gaming

    PS3 Cracked on Two Phones — And a Calculator

    The downloadable, open source PS3 jailbreak, PSGroove has now been successfully applied by using two different mobile phones and TI-84 Plus calculator.

    As reported about a week ago, now that a downloadable, open source crack for the PS3 exists, keeping it from spreading should be virtually unstoppable. Coupled with its open source code, it was simply a matter of time before the crack became easier to implement and it's application became available for different devices, although the recent firmware update may spoil future fun.

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