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Metal Gear Solid And Zone Of The Enders HD Collections Coming To The PlayStation Vita

Hideo Kojima took the stage at the Tokyo Game Show to talk about upcoming the Konami releases that are coming to the PlayStation Vita including the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and the Zone of Enders HD Collection. We already knew as of E3 that the collections would be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but now you'll be able to play both on the go with your Vita.

The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will include Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. The Zone of the Enders HD Collection will include Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner.

If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that Tranfarring will be enabled with both of these titles between the Vita and PS3 versions. No release date was announced for either title, so we're not sure if they will be launch titles. As always, when we get more information on these titles we'll be sure to update you.

Final Fantasy 10 HD Remake Coming To The PlayStation Vita And PlayStation 3

Moments ago at Sony's press conference Hashimoto-san from Square Enix announced that an HD version of Final Fantasy 10 is coming for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3. According to Hashimoto-san us Final Fantasy fans need "to be patient for news regarding this new game" which means we probably shouldn't expect it as a Vita launch title.

When we get more information on the Final Fantasy 10 HD remakes we'll be sure to let  you know all about it.
 


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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 To Be A PlayStation Vita Launch Title

Moments ago at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, Ono-san from Capcom announced that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be a PlayStation Vita launch title. According to Ono, the game is pretty much ready but they're waiting for the launch of the platform. You'll be able to fight globally with your friends over the PS Vita's network. And, as the cherry on top, you'll be able to play at 60 frames per-second.

Sony announced earlier that the PlayStation Vita will be released on December 17, 2011.

PlayStation Vita Release Date Announced

At their Tokyo Game Show press conference, Sony announced the release date of the PlayStation Vita would be December 17, 2011 in Japan. (Check out our US PS Vita Launch Date Update!) The PS Vita is Sony's new handheld console that will feature innovative games with unique gameplay, wifi enabled social features, and so much more.

The handheld is going to cost 29,980 yen ($250) and when we have more information on the US and EU release date of the system, we'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, check out our handy PlayStation Vita Guide for everything you could want to know about the Vita.

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Texas has long had a thriving video game development community, from the days of Origin Systems and the early years of id Software, to the modern day where id continues working alongside Gearbox Software and Bioware’s Austin studio. It makes sense that a game design program would eventually have been founded at a Texas university.

In 2002, Dr. Peter Raad, the director of Southern Methodist University’s Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter, was approached by members of the North Texas game development community who were concerned about a lack of local opportunities to train new members of the industry. SMU collaborated with these developers, and in 2003 founded The Guildhall, a master’s degree program in video game development.

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Sega has confirmed everyone's favorite monkey will be getting his own game on the PS Vita. Children, adults, awkward tweens: rejoice for Super Monkey Ball will be released on Sony's next handheld console next year.

AiAi, MeeMee and GonGon will be back for another ball-filled adventure. (Like there's any other kind of adventure worth having?) You can bet Super Monkey Ball will take advantage of the Vita's features including the dual-analog stick and touchpads.

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You and up to three friends can play together using the Vita's wifi. Raise your hand if you can't wait!

Game design at Northeastern University

I’m going to start this article with a full disclosure – I am a faculty member at Northeastern University in Boston, with a couple of years of teaching interactive narrative and game design courses under my belt. Don’t scream “OMG Bias!” in panic, though – this is no vapid sales pitch. Instead, consider this a tour through the program, with a guide who just happens to know the ins and outs reasonably well.

G4U: Northeastern's Video Game Program

The Basics

Game Design is offered as a core curriculum in the master’s program at Northeastern’s College of Professional studies. The school offers a 12-month certificate program in Game Design and a Master’s of Professional Studies in Digital Media with a concentration in Game Design, if you want the specifics and wordy titles. What this means in plain English is that you can opt for the quicker certificate if you are simply looking to brush up on skills or learn an aspect of development that’s new to you, or you can go for the full degree program for the in-depth educational experience (encompassing core classes, specialty classes, and a thesis component) and the resume-sweetening power of a master’s degree. It’s up to you.

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Sony is preparing to launch the PlayStation Portable Vita, their third handheld gaming device, soon and to counter their efforts we have created this PlayStation Vita Guide to help you through this interminable waiting period. Following the legacy of the PSP and the PSP Go, the PlayStation Vita will feature innovative gameplay, unique games and wifi enabled social features. Unlike its competitor, the Nintendo 3DS, the Vita will not focus on 3D graphics. The Vita will use dual-analog sticks, front and back facing cameras and touchscreen/touchpads to make sure the Vita provides a unique gaming experience. 

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G4 University wants to enroll you into the "How To Get A Job In Video Games" course, and the good news is that the enrollment fee is free. Playing video games is incredibly fun, which is probably why you're here reading this. But wouldn't you love to turn your obsession and love for pixellated playtime into a career? Now when people tell you that work isn't all fun and games, you can turn around and tell them that yes, it actually IS games. And fun as well.

Starting on Monday, September 12, we'll have an entire week's worth of information for you, and you won't have to read a single textbook. We'll have multiple features every day like "How To Be A Video Game Producer," a video look inside the making of Gears of War 3, interviews with industry notables like Ken Levine, the BioWare Doctors Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, Pete Wanat, and a look inside the video game programs at Northeastern University, the University of Utah, The Guildhall at SMU, along with the Gnomon Workshop and MIT's GAMBIT program.

It's an entire education aimed at helping you get into the games, and we'll be covering every facet of the industry. Stay tuned next week as it all unfolds, and keep it here all week for daily new G4U content. Veni Vidi Videogame!

PlayStation Vita Online Modes Revealed: Near, Party, LiveArea, and Activity -- Will This Revolutionize Portable Gaming?

Japanese gaming magazine Famitisu has leaked nine new PlayStation Vita games that will be available to demo at the Tokyo Game Show. While we already knew that there would be 30 PS Vita games at Tokyo Game Show, a few were still supposed to be a surprise. Luckily for us, we've now got a bit more insight on these surprise titles. They include:

  • Lumines: Electronic Symphony
  • Rayman Origins
  • Michael Jackson The Experience HD
  • Dark Quest
  • Sumioni
  • Dream Club Zero Portable
  • Moe Moe Daisensou
  • Ragnarok Odyssey

While Lumines and Rayman seem like a natural fit for the Vita, the games I'm most excited about on this list are Sumioni and Ragnarok Odyssey. Sumiomi looks like a 2D action-adventure game in the same sumi-e Japanese art style of Okami, and I loved that. I'm also a fan of a game like Ragnarok coming to the Vita, before even Monster Hunter does.

I have to say, with such an incredible amount of games coming to the Vita at or around launch, I'm getting very excited about the handheld. What about you?

Source: Kotaku

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Sony E3 2010 Press Conference Highs And Lows

The Tokyo Game Show runs September 15-18 and Sony is trying to steal the show with their impressive lineup which includes a whopping 31 PlayStation Vita titles. Needless to say, the portable console from Sony will be in the spotlight this year but as of this writing only 13 of the Vita games have been announced.

Here's the list that we've confirmed so far:

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  • BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Asphalt: Injection
  • The King, Demon King, and the Seven Princesses: New King Story
  • Mahjong Fight Club
  • Shinobido 2
  • Virtua Tennis 4
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Gravity Daze
  • Hot Shots Golf Next
  • True Kamaitachi
  • Disgaea 3 Return
  • Ridge Racer
    Plus 18 more unannounced Vita titles

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Persona 5, Persona Fighting Game And Persona 4 PS Vita Port Incoming

I hope you like the Persona series, because you're about to get a LOT of it. Atlus is hard at work on no less than three different games in all, Famitsu reports (via Japanator). First up is a PlayStation Vita port of the PS2 game Persona 4.

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Thank the PlayStation Gods, Kevin Butler is back with a new hilarious PlayStation 3 ad called Long Live Play. I don't want to spoil the epicness, but watch all the way through for the crazy stunt Butler pulls off at the end.

What'd you think of the new PS3 ad? Did it get a giggle out of you?


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Escape Plan

Escape Plan is a quirky PlayStation Vita puzzler that presents the world in rich black and white.  Along with a unique visual style, Escape Plan takes advantage of some of the more esoteric technical capabilities of the Vita. Here's a sample of  Sinan Kubba's preview from GamesCom 2011:

One or two of the puzzles I saw showed off how the game uses some of the other tech features of Vita. One I saw, which was shown a bit of in the Sony trailer, involved a gas canister for Lil to use. Tapping on it made Lil suck on the canister and suddenly fill up with helium like a giant balloon. Lil floated up through a hole in the ceiling into a new room, but to get to the exit I had to tilt the Vita to the right to make Lil float along through another hole in the right-hand wall. If I wanted to propel the inflated Lil a bit quicker, I could pinch him using the touch screen and back touch, getting the balloon to "fart" his way across as the screen – that’s the dev’s choice of word, not mine.

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More Rumors About PlayStation 3 Slim Pile Up Overseas

Cross-Game Chat is impossible on the PlayStation 3 due to memory restrictions according to Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida. For comparison sake, the PlayStation Vita will come with more memory than a PS3, 512MB of RAM and 128MB of video RAM, compared to the console’s 256MB of RAM and 256MB of video RAM. According to Yoshida, the PS3's RAM is used up when it's running games.

“Once a game gets RAM we never give it back,” he told Eurogamer. “It’s not possible to retrofit something like that after the fact. The game has to use its own memory to do [in-game voice chat]."

“There’s always voice chat in the game. But it’s a part of a game feature. It’s not a part of an OS feature. That’s the reason in terms of the ability to have voice chat across different games.”

Do you wish the PlayStation 3 had cross-game chat, or is that a function that you don't necessarily care about? Is cross-game chat a Vita feature that you're exicted about?

Source: Eurogamer

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