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PS3 Poll Police: Is Lair still worth it or not?

The Poll Police have heard rumors that Lair isn't getting reviewed well in a magazine or two and have started a new investigation to see whether or not word-of-mouth from a handful of reviewers will bring substantial harm to a game's sales or not. The title, mixing dragons and death in what should be a heavy-metal-like winning combination, has been talked up over the past year and a half to be the first title to truly showcase the PS3's ability as well as new and original IPs to come. So, the Poll Police charge you with answering the following poll: despite reviews, would you still pick up Lair?

Is Lair still worth it if reviews are mediocre?
Reviews be damned, I want my Lair!
Lair be damned, I take reviews to heart! free polls

We'll still be getting the title so we can bring you our own review of the game, but the effect reviews have on game sales is always a popular debate. The only true way to decide if a game is right for you is to play it yourself, after all. In any case, feel free to check out the answers to last week's poll about Warhawk. The results may actually surprise you.

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PS3 Poll Police: Will you get the retail version of Warhawk or download?

The Poll Police are back on track and updating their data files on the information that's most pertinent to their ongoing investigation. What are they investigating? We're sorry -- that's classified information. But to reach their conclusion, they need your help yet again. You may recall recently the debate over the mysterious pricing of the downloadable version of upcoming multiplayer game Warhawk. Even more importantly, you may remember the announcement of said mysterious price -- $40 for the downloadable version, $60 for the retail. The question this week is simple: which are you more likely to purchase? Recall the retail version comes with a bluetooth wireless headset, behind the scenes videos and a physical Blu-ray disc, while the downloadable version is just the game.
Will you buy the retail or downloadable version of Warhawk?
I'll buy the retail version.
I'll just download it. free polls
That's that. If you want to see the results from last week's less serious, but still very important question for our investigation, go ahead and take the jump.

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Insomniac shares their tech knowledge with the world

Insomniac Games, the team behind Resistance and the upcoming Ratchet & Clank Future, is ready to share their tech knowledge with the world. They recently added a new R&D section to their official website, where they hope to share information on how to best develop for the CELL processor and RSX (PS3 graphics chip). For the technically less inclined, they'll also be providing a look into their game design philosophies -- certainly, it'll be an interesting read for Insomniac fans.

Currently, the page features articles on designing SPU code, configuring VNC on PS3, and more. It's a little mind-boggling, but we're appreciative of Insomniac's open approach to their development.

PS3 Poll Police: What is your gaming snack of choice?

The Poll Police had to take a stop and pick up a few dozen donuts today, so they're a little late this time around. Surely you won't hold it against them? Since they've only got limited time, they insist to dive right into the poll for this week. The question for this week is a little odd, but it's a fantastic way to gauge what kind of gamer you truly are. Are you ready to succumb to the strong arm of the internet poll law?
Whilst gaming, what is your snack of choice?
Just liquids -- solids are a bit messy.
Chips, pretzels
Cookies, desserts
Sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs
TV Dinners
Full course meals
I don't eat while playing. free polls
We at PS3 Fanboy, of course, eat full course meals while we balance the controller on one knee and work both sides of the controller with one hand. It's very hard, but what can we say? We're that hardcore. If you're curious about last week's poll results, check them out after the jump.

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PlayStation at Comic-Con: the schedule

Sony Computer Entertainment of America is going to be bringing tons of activities and goodies to the upcoming Comic-Con in San Diego. Over the course of four days beginning July 26th, Comic-Con attendees will be able to try out a variety of upcoming PSP and PS3 games, including SOCOM: Tactical Strike and The Eye of Judgment, which utilizes the PlayStation Eye accessory.

Check out booth #4401 at the San Diego Convention Center to visit Sony. For the complete schedule of PlayStation-related events at Comic-Con, click past the break.

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EMotion FX 3.5 character animation SDK now available for PS3

It looks like programming for complex real-time character animations just got a little easier, thanks to Mystic Game Development's EMotion FX 3.5 SDK release for the PS3. MysticGD's website shows a laundry list of current clients using EMotion FX, such as Sigil Games Online, Mythic and Piranha Bytes. The specs on the newest release are quite technical but a few highlights include "tight integration with 3D Studio Max and Maya," with "high quality automatic lip-sync generation" and "multiprocessor and multicore support." John van der Burg, Development Director at MysticGD says clients have been, "wanting next-generation performance, memory efficiency and cross-platform support, as well as clear focus on reducing the artist effort required to deliver high-quality next-gen character content in their games." New toolsets are certainly a welcome addition for PS3 programmers. Anything that makes their job easier and allows us full-on visual eye candy is a good thing, right? Lets hope this leads to exciting breakthroughs for those sometimes complicated port jobs.

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PS3 Poll Police: Will the PS3 shine brighter in '07 or '08?

Poll Police here, searching desperately for a good question to ask our avid interviewees. With the Summer gaming season coming to a close, our hearts beat in anticipation for the fall and holiday titles -- fifteen exclusives, if we recall the E3 speech correctly. With that in mind, there hasn't been much comparison between consoles for 2008. We know that Sony has a lot planned -- exclusives such as Final Fantasy XIII may not even hit until 2009 -- but we haven't heard much future-talk from our friends at Nintendo or Microsoft. This leads us to our poll question for this week: Will the PlayStation 3 shine brighter this holiday season with its lush lineup of exclusive titles, or will it burst forth a corona of excellence from its bright core in 2008, casting shadows on the competition? As you can see, metaphors to the sun are popular today.
Will the PS3 shine brightest in '07 or in '08?
'07 is Sony's shining star!
'08 will burn Sony's lamp the brightest! free polls
If you're curious about last week's poll results, take the jump and see what you, the readers of PS3 Fanboy, have decided to personally dub the rumble-enabled Sixaxis controller. It's not an official naming, but this is what most of you will probably jokingly refer to the controller in our comments section, or to friends who hold the controller in awe of its fantastic new technological capacity.

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PS3 Poll Police: Name the new Sixaxis controller!

It's over. E3 is finished. Sony, you had a good showing, but we're still unsure of something. The Poll Police have sifted through their archives and have come up with five potential namings of their latest criminal -- the new Sixaxis controller featuring Immersion's TouchSense technology. It's fancy rumble, really. Not like the last-gen off-kilter weight hammers. With that in mind, the Poll Police are asking you, the readers, to pinpoint which of these five is most likely to enter your home. That is, what name would you most like to see emblazoned on the new contoller?
What would you call the new rumble controller?
Dual Shock 3
VibrAxis free polls
We'll inform you of your results next week. All of the above names are excellent candidates and we're quite interested to see which comes out the victor, though we've got it nailed down to two, ourselves. After you've voted, why not check out last week's poll result? It's right after the jump.

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PS Fanboy review: Ninja Gaiden Sigma

A lot of people give Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Team Ninja as a whole a lot of heat because they keep recycling the same game over and over. This review isn't about that, and here's why. I am a PlayStation fanboy. Before I grabbed onto my PS One back in late '95 or whenever, I had mostly stuck to Sega and Nintendo consoles and aside from the Wii, still do. Never has my wallet coughed up the cash for a Microsoft system -- this isn't meant as flame, but a setup to this review. I've played neither Ninja Gaiden nor Ninja Gaiden Black. That's what you're going to get in this review: the viewpoint from someone who has never played the games, but recognizes the basic structure is from years ago. This begs the question: is Ninja Gaiden Sigma a must-have for all gamers, or just PlayStation fanboys who've never experienced the game before? Read on and we'll get you your answer.

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PS3 Poll Police: What hardware announcement will wait for TGS?

Welcome to the final installment of the Pre-E3 (or PrE-3) Poll Police. This week, we want to ask all our readers what they think, hardware-wise, Sony is most likely not to unveil at E3. That is, what announcement will they keep up their sleeves to steal the show at the Tokyo Game Show? We've got a few ideas and you're going to vote on them!
What announcement will Sony keep for TGS?
The price cut.
The Rumbling Sixaxis.
A larger hard-drive SKU.
Video-on-demand features.
A complete PS Store redesign.
XMB access during games, movies, etc.
Different color PS3's! free polls
We appreciate your votes and are completely aware there could be something else lurking in the shadows from Sony regarding the PS3. These are fairly common and popular hearsay, though, so we'll stick to these options. If you have a better idea, stick it in the comments section. Be sure to take the jump and check out the results from last week's poll!

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Store managers detail PS3 failure rate at less than 1%

The inquisitive folks over at Ripten decided to do a little research on the failure rate of current next-gen consoles. Their conclusions should come as no surprise, with the PS3 resulting in a low failure rate. What is surprising however, is the failure rate for one console in particular appears to be higher than previously anticipated. An EB Games associate singled out the Xbox 360 console by advising "failure rates for all other consoles were not high enough for EB to consider revising their policies" further claiming the failure rate of the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii to be "less than one percent." An EB Games manager reiterated the low failure rates of the Nintendo Wii by exclaiming that "zero [consoles] have come back defective." A Best Buy manager then went on record saying "a quarter to a third" Xbox 360 consoles sold, come back defective, confirming the 33% failure rate percentage. The methods used to determine failure rates for these consoles appear to be too elementary to really prove anything concrete. Nevertheless, this story allows us to breathe a little bit easier, as it continues to prove our console of choice can still fold like a champ and have a longer lifespan than that of its direct competition.

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PS3 Poll Police: What do you not expect at E3? [update 1]

[Update: Poll has changed, so please cast your votes again if you voted on the old version!]

It's already Sunday again? We suppose we have to put our voting uniforms back on and arrest a moment of your time to vote once more. This week marks the second part of our E3 interrogation. Our question this time is more of a large "what if ... " scenario, but we like to think about surprises. What would surprise you most at E3? What kind of announcement would drive you crazy? This week will be software and next week we'll focus on surprise hardware announcements. Yes, that's right, part two of the E3 questionnaire is two parts long, too.
What software would surprise you at E3?
God of War 3
A new game from Team ICO
Silent Hill 5
Resident Evil 5
Jak and Daxter
Sly Cooper 4
Soul Calibur 4
Rise of the Argonauts
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Zone of the Enders 3
Other (specify) free polls
There are an infinite number of games that simply should not be at E3, but those are some of the biggest ones we'd consider a surprise. Most of those aren't even slated for release, keeping a TBA 2008 stamp just for show.
If you want to see the results from last week's poll, check it out after the jump. As always, thanks for your vote!

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PS Fanboy Facebook weekly wrap-up

Our new Facebook group for PlayStation fans has grown immensely since our last post last week. Now, we have 360 members, and a pretty lively community.

This week, our members took advantage of our message board and created some compelling threads of themselves. If you visited our Facebook group, you would have read all about these stories:
  • PS Fanboys: our E3 predictions
  • Share PSN IDs with friends
  • We have a PS3 enemy at GameSpot
  • Dale Jr. and Sony to sign a sponsorship deal
  • The limited edition Final Fantasy PSP ... that isn't real.
  • God of War PSP wallpaper
  • Final Fantasy Dissidia PSP wallpaper
  • Killzone 2 E3 invite
Members of our Facebook group also got early word of The Darkness contest, and even helped us think of some ideas for it. Finally, we want to present one avid PSFB fan on our sites every week. This week, we'd like to present ... Shay G.

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Ask PS3 Fanboy: Volume 2

Welcome to Ask PS3 Fanboy: Volume 2: The bad news edition! Today I disappoint people on a variety of topics, including Eight Days and 720p game upscaling. Read on to have your hopes crushed! And as always, you can with your questions and comments, and I'll do my best to answer your questions during next week's column.

I've read in the manual for PS3 that EDY viewer is only available on PS3 systems sold in Japan. Is their any way of using this system on American PS3 units?
A: No, unfortunately the EDY integration is something that's limited to only Japanese systems right now. And since the EDY system is purely a Japanese service, it's unlikely that this will change any time soon. If the service is ever rolled out to Europe and America, like originally planned, than maybe we'll see our PS3s updated -- but thats a pretty big if.

Q: What is going on with Eight Days?
A: Eight Days was one of the most impressive titles shown at last year's Sony E3 event, but has completely fallen off the radar since then. Earlier this year there was rumor swirling around that it was going to be turned into an episodic game, with each day consisting of one episode, but it turned out this was just a case of mistaken identity. The rumor actually applied to a point-and-click adventure title for the PC, called 8 Days. Overall, I'm pretty skeptical of the game actually coming out though. The complete lack of information for over a year is never good and the trailer was pretty clearly a mock-up. Info may come out at next month's E3 -- but if it doesn't, there's a very strong possibility that this game DOA.

Hit the jump for the last e-mail!

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PS3 Poll Police: What do you expect at E3?

The Poll Police were on vacation last week, so you got a clean break from that pesky vote of yours. Did you miss us? We're back and we've got quite an ambitious agenda this week. Keeping with that, our poll question this week will be part one of a two-part question about the upcoming E3. This week, we ask you what you expect to be at E3 in regards to things that should be there. What we mean is: Killzone 2 has been in the works for a while, so it should be there. Will it roll or will it bounce? Perhaps a better explanation will be to check out the poll itself.

What software at E3 do you expect to blow you away?
Killzone better knock my socks off!
LittleBigPlanet will be cutesy fun!
A giant Home kiosk? Count me in!
More WarHawk, please!
Metal Gear Solid 4. Playable or trailer, it don't matter.
Final Fantasy XIII, playable or trailer, it's an RPG!
Heavenly Sword is always the bestest.
Lair, as dragons are sexy beasts.
Uncharted should be playable and play great!
Definitely Ratchet and Clank. free polls
Those are the heavy-hitters we'll let you choose from this week. We'll be back next week to give you the second part of the question -- you'll just have to guess what it is until next Sunday. In the meantime, check out the results from the last Poll Police after the jump.

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