Buying Guide – PlayStation 3

What is the PlayStation 3?

The PlayStation 3 is not just a games console but an entertainment system unlike its older models (PlayStation and PlayStation 2). It allows you to play PlayStation 3 games first and foremost but also allows you to play DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays (it has a built in Blu-ray player), listen to music, view pictures, stream media and backup media as well as interact online with others. For me personally, it acts as an entertainment device that provides the majority of in-house entertainment needs.

It eliminates the need for a separate Blu-ray player and a separate DVD player as both work within the machine itself via disc. The system is primarily disc based with the option to download other titles through the PlayStation Store (which I’ll come to later in the hub).

If you don’t have an internet enabled TV (which really can be quite expensive at the moment) then you can stream media using your PlayStation 3. For UK based consumers this means BBC I Player, ITV player, 4 On Demand and other catch up TV services. LOVEFiLM is also included as an App to be used and you can access your account and titles as well. For UK and USA you can access the appropriate version of Netflix relevant to the territory as well as Vidzone, a subscription free customizable music video channel which is great for parties.

For me the addition of Netflix is fantastic as I can watch a lot of movies without the hefty subscription charges. I also live in a flat (apartment) so cannot get cable TV which makes it invaluable for me.

Main Features include (320GB used as example):

– 320GB HDD for storing games, music, videos and photos

– High Definition Blu-ray player

– Internet ready with built-in Wi-Fi

– Two USB ports

– Cell Broadband Engine advanced microprocessor

– HDMI output for 1080p resolution (cable sold separately)

– PlayStation Network membership

– One PS3 controller

Everything in the box will make the console work. Unlike say a Nintendo 3DS where you have to buy a charger cable separately. However I strongly recommend buying an HDMI lead which I will go into more depth as to why later.
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What Models of PlayStation 3 Are There?

I bought the original 60GB PlayStation 3 on launch day many years ago but there are other versions out now with bigger hard drives including:

– 12GB Flash Version

– 250GB Version

– 320GB Version

– 500GB Version

There are Slim versions and Super Slim versions. Depending on how much room you have available (I would measure the space beforehand if you are looking at putting it within a ready built TV unit) you can work out which one you would prefer. The Slim version is more than capable and would be cheaper to buy so unless you really do have limited space then the smarter decision is a Slim model.

If you get a ’bundle’ this usually includes an extra controller, PlayStation Eye or even a couple of games but generally speaking below is what most machines include as standard (i.e. not a bundle). Bundles can be better value depending on what you are looking for. If you have younger children you may want the PlayStation Eye (which allows you to play games virtually using an interactive wand and your movements) and no learning of in depth controls. Bear in mind you need a decent sized lounge or living room for this to be fully appreciated.

With the different variants my advice would be to go between for either 250GB or 320GB. For most gamers this would be more than enough to store demo’s, games bought online and any other media you wanted to transfer. It is doubtful you would run out of space. I would steer clear of the 12GB as in my mind it is overpriced for what it is but I can see it was released as an entry level machine to bring in new consumers.
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Exclusive PS3 Games

The main reason many would pick up a PlayStation 3 is for the games and luckily there are some critically acclaimed games that are 100% exclusive to Sony’s system. Here are a few of my personal favourites as well as the genre’s they fit into.

– Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Stealth/Action)

– Gran Turismo 5 (Racing)

– God of War III, God of War Ascension (Action)

– Heavy Rain (Adventure)

– Infamous, Infamous 2 (Action)

– Killzone 2, Killzone 3 (First Person Shooter)

– Ratchet and Clank Series (Adventure/Family)

– Uncharted Series (Action/Adventure)

For an even bigger list of PlayStation 3 exclusive games you can see them here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:PlayStation_3-only_games
PlayStation Store

Once you’re all set up you can register for a free PlayStation account which allows you free online access to extra functions as well as the ability to access the PlayStation store. As well as being able to buy selected PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games you can access a huge amount of free demos, game trailers, videos, themes, avatars and, more recently, access film rentals.

You can also find extra content to extend the life of some of your games of which a lot can also be free to download. You can either pay for this through your debit or credit card or if you have children and want to limit their purchases you can buy PlayStation Store gift cards which enable you to load the PlayStation online wallet with funds – it’s a good way to make sure you don’t get stung with a large bill but giving your children a little freedom too.

It’s easy to search for titles and navigate and will be the area where you can input special redemption codes often packaged with new games to access special content either before mainstream release to the public. With all of the extra content available, it makes sense to make use of the online benefits.
Online Connectivity

Whilst online you can add people who you meet online through gaming to your ‘Friends’ list. This means their user name is stored for you to view and you can request a game session if you are both playing the same game. Obviously it depends from game to game but it’s very useful for FPS games as well as fighting games. The main reason being if you have played some good games with people and are evenly matched, you want to store them for the future. It’s also useful as it shows you what games they are playing and may introduce you to new games if you know you have similar tastes.
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Useful Extras

HDMI cable

One thing that is not supplied with the PlayStation 3 is an HDMI cable. You may be thinking that you don’t need one because everything works without one. However, if there is one thing I urge you to consider getting it is an HDMI cable. There are many reasons for this. It improves the sound quality and allows games that support 1080p to be viewed in a much clearer and crisper way. Make sure you have a High Definition enabled TV (and now most are to be honest) and you’re good to go. It genuinely makes such a difference. To give you a personal example, for Virtua Fighter 4 it made the menu text clearer, there was less latency (i.e. the time it takes for the screen to recognise the button inputs) and graphically everything became crisper, colours were deeper and I was pretty blown away by the difference. Essentially not getting an HDMI cable means you are not seeing the true potential of the system and that would be a real shame in my view.

Tip – You DO NOT need to pay lots of money for an HDMI cable. You will see cables that cost 60 dollars and above stating that they are superior and give the best possible performance. The fact is while some may be built in a sturdier way you will get the same experience from a 5 dollar cable to a 100 dollar cable. I bought an HDMI cable when the PlayStation 3 launched 6 or so years ago for £3.00 (5 dollars) and it still works perfectly. Try to get one that isn’t too long if you can – the shorter the lead the better. Less tangling and a shorter distance for the signal to travel basically.

PlayStation Move

This is not at all necessary but can certainly enhance your gaming experience and also introduce new gamers who may not be that interested in learning how to use the controller. In essence it is PlayStations answer to the Wii. It allows your body movement’s to be recognised by certain games using the PlayStation Move wand. This allows you to interact with either new games or even some old favourites that happen to be PlayStation Move supported. The PlayStation Eye (a webcam essentially) helps track your movements and works with the wands. There are PlayStation Move starter packs which have all you need to get going with it.

Many PlayStation Move games are catered towards a younger audience because of the simpler interface. As the name suggests it’s all about moving your body with the tracking wand to interact with the game. From shooting an arrow to swinging a sword or even painting or drawing. There are a variety of games to try. The wand’s come with straps so you won’t accidentally throw it across the room if you lose your grip and can be charged through the USB ports of the PlayStation 3.

I like the sports games available but also some fitness games. If I lose the motivation to go to the gym, I’ll put on a workout game which can genuinely be quite tiring but fun as well trying to punch the floating targets or using full body movements which all get tracked through the PlayStation Move enabled game. Many workout games come bundled with a heart rate monitor too. It’s a great addition to get kids moving and exercising without them really knowing it because of how fun it is. Introducing them to light exercise at a young age can only be beneficial and great for a rainy day.

PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus is again an added extra but one I am finding more and more useful as the months roll on. Initially when it launched it was not anything to shout about. However, Sony realised this and genuinely listened to feedback from gamers. It now stands as an almost ‘must have’ because of the sheer amount of content you can get Vs the cost. It is a subscription service which you can either pay for monthly, quarterly or yearly. For the UK it works out around £40 or around 60 dollars for the USA for one year. The benefits are many:

– Access to Full game trials allowing you to experience an hour of many top games to try and see if you like them,

– Exclusive discounts on many items within the PlayStation Store

– Ability to backup game saves via the Cloud

– 3-4 completely free games to download every month to keep while you are a subscriber of which many of huge titles. This is the biggest draw.

I experienced many games I wouldn’t have known about as well as play some amazing games which I would have ordinarily paid full price for. It also allowed me to try games I thought I would like but actually didn’t… saving me money.

Tips for Caring for your PlayStation 3 and Games

Nobody likes it when their equipment breaks or their games don’t work. Things can happen but here are a few tips to extend the life of games and the PlayStation 3.

– When shutting down the PlayStation 3 always make sure you hold down the central button on the controller and select ‘Turn off system’. Never just turn off the outlet while the system is running as this may corrupt data or you may loss progress. It will go from a green light to then a red light. Once it shows the red light you can switch off at the wall as it is safe to do then.

– Dust can be a bit of a killer over time and can build up around the USB ports around the console. It was more of an issue with older models which were a little more exposed though. Either way I suggest gently wiping around with a dry piece of kitchen roll to remove any dust build up. All that the dust build up does is that it can make the PlayStation 3 work harder as blocks off vents for the air to escape. The internal fan regulates the temperature and the dust essentially means the fan has to work harder and louder.

– Always place the game discs back in their boxes. If they aren’t protected in their boxes not only do they risk being scratched more easily but if you ever wanted to sell them on to a 3rd party, many shops check for scratches and won’t accept them if they have lots of visible scratches (even if the game works). It’s the same with any disc based medium but considering you may pay up to 60 dollars for a game or more it’s worth taking care of them and protecting an investment.

Earning Money and Free Stuff Online- Swagbucks vs Gifthulk

How to Earn Rewards from Swagbucks and Gifthulk

First of all, what you need to know about Swagbucks, Gifthulk, and any other reward site you happen to find, is that they all pretty much have the same ways to earn their points (or whatever they call them). Points for every dollar spent at certain online stores (Gifthulk is adding this soon, I believe), watching videos, filling out surveys, completing offers, searching the internet, playing games, and finishing tasks are the basic ways. Swagbucks also has coupons and Gifthulk has a card game you can do daily to earn points.

Most of these are free (other than the shopping), but some do require adding a credit card or buying something specific from an online retailer.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that since both use the same offers, for the most part, you probably can’t do it for both of them.
Videos Comparison (August 8th, 2013)
Note the “Random Next Video” Button, swagbucks doesn’t have this. There’s also a line of videos on the bottom, like Swagbucks.
Note the “Random Next Video” Button, swagbucks doesn’t have this. There’s also a line of videos on the bottom, like Swagbucks. | Source
The bottom four pieces are the videos you can click on.
The bottom four pieces are the videos you can click on. | Source
How to earn Swagbucks and Hulkcoins

Swagbucks and Gifthulk don’t use ‘points’ to describe their site currencies. Swagbucks uses Swagbucks or sb for short, and Gifthulk uses Giftcoins or gc for short. 1 sb does NOT equal 1 gc though, if you look in the stores for each, 500 sb gets you a $5 card (usually) and 5000 gc gets you a $5 card (usually). So, 1 sb actually equals 10 gc. This may make you think you are earning more on Gifthulk than you actually are, so keep it in mind. Now that we know that, how do we earn them?

Shopping- Normally you can earn 1-3 sb per dollar spent on the online stores, but be careful as it may be in only certain departments and its been known not to always work. Gifthulk hasn’t added this feature yet, I’ll add in information as I discover it.

Watching Videos- both sites have you earn points for every 10 videos watched and the rewards seem to differ between countries, so this may be different (these are US rewards). Sb gives you 3 sb per 10 videos and if there is a daily max, I haven’t hit it. Gifthulk gives you 10 gc per 10 videos, with bonuses every 5 bars filled, and you can complete it 20 times. Total you earn 400 gc for all 20 rounds, which is the same as 40 sb. For 20 rounds of sb, you would earn 60 sb (or 600 gc). There is also a mobile app for android and ios for swagbucks that lets you earn a max of 50 sb a day (5 videos is 2 sb and it autoplays). Winner: Swagbucks.

Surveys- Swagbucks and Gifthulk seem to have a similar group of surveys, although I’m sure they both have exclusive ones. For swagbucks you seem to earn 100-500 sbs each, and gifthulk has 100-500 gc each, so you earn the same amount but since it takes 10 gc to equal 1 sb, you earn a lot less from gifthulk. To make up for this, there is a progress bar on gifthulk that fills up with each survey you complete or disqualify for. 10 fill the bar and you get 25 gc. You also earn 20 gc for each disqualified survey (up to 3 a day), whereas swagbucks gives you 1 sb for each disqualified survey (up to 5 a day). Gc= 60 (or 6 sb) and sb gives you 5, so if you disqualify a lot, gifthulk is better. Swagbucks also just started sending surveys out to your mailbox, which give 15-65 swagbucks (maybe more, this is just my experience) if you complete them. Winner: Depends. Swagbucks has better payout per completed survey, but disqualified ones payout better with Gifthulk. It depends on if you are able to qualify.

Offer Walls- Okay, for this one I don’t have much experience. I do try to complete them, but I don’t have a credit card (and wouldn’t use it on these if I did), I don’t download things as they most likely contain viruses, and the surveys I always disqualify from. BUT looking at the same wall/same offer, the payout seems to be in slightly in Gifthulk’s favor. when Swagbucks offers 1 or 2, Gifthulk is offering 11 or 22 (which is only slightly better, but those add up). So Winner based on payout: Gifthulk. Quality seems to be tied, since they have the same offers for the most part.

Coupons- Well, I was pretty sure gifthulk had these, but I guess I was wrong. Swagbucks has them, usually you get 10 for each one you redeem but some of them give you up to 10 for printing them. Using the feature is free, so there’s no harm in trying it but it is available in the US only and there is a delay of up to 12 weeks. I’ve never done this so I’m not sure how exactly it works.

Search- Gifthulk gives you 4 gc for 1 search every hour, but they often give you one reward every 15 minutes, or 16 an hour. Swagbucks gives you anywhere from a few sb to 50, it seems to be random as long as there isn’t a special going on. Fridays give more rewards (lowest a search gives is 20), but it is again once an hour (I believe). Winner: Swagbucks, while you earn a fixed amount with gifthulk, it gives you 0.4 swagbucks an hour, even 1 sb would be better than 0.4.

Games- Gifthulk hasn’t yet launched this feature, and Swagbucks gives you 5 for every 15 minutes (I think) of playtime. This isn’t the main way you earn swagbucks, the real way is tournaments but it costs swagbucks to enter.

Tasks- These are the same as offers, as they both have the same sorts of tasks to complete, but Gifthulk seems to have a slightly better payout. Winner: Gifthulk

Apps- Swagbucks doesn’t have this (except on the offer walls soemtimes), but gifthulk lets you earn gc for downloading apps for your devices (free ones from what I’ve seen). This is a new feature, so there aren’t many right now, although it is growing considerably every day.

Codes- Both sites offer a code program, but the way they go about it is different. Swagbucks offers 2-8 per code and EVERYONE can use them (unless its location restricted), while Gifthulk has codes worth 20-50 that only a few people can use. Usually shared with friends or on the fb page in the comments on just on the wall, but be quick usually only 3 people are allowed to use the code. Winner: Swagbucks. (use this site to check for their codes)

Guess the Card- This is a gifthulk only feature, a daily card game where you get a certain amount of chips based on your level (see below for more information). Each chip lets you guess the card in three categories. There’s guess the card (where you pick suit and number), guess the number (where you guess if its Ace, 2, 3, … Q, or K), and guess the suit (where you guess if its heart, diamond, spade, or club). Each correct answer gives you gc for that game type. (50 for card, 10 for number, and 4 for suit). There’s also codes hidden, boosts, and a joker that’s worth 100 gc. You can buy more chips with hc, but it isn’t worth it for the conversion rate.

Both swagbucks and gifthulk have other ways to earn points, but they are so small it isn’t worth mentioning, gifthulk’s are mostly the same as offers (registering for sites and watching videos).
Gifthulk and Swagbuck Referral Systems

Inviting your friends to use these sites will earn you rewards as well. A limited amount of rewards, but you still earn points for basically doing nothing but sharing the awesome.

Swagbucks, you get 1000 max from each referral but it is only from their searches (except on special occasions)

Gifthulk, you get 600 max from each referral (considerably less than swagbucks) but you get 100 right when they sign up so even if they don’t like it, you get some points. I think this is from everything, not just certain areas but it might be from ‘earn’ only.

Want to help me? Use my referral links.

Gifthulk code: AK161480

Swagbucks: http:www.swagbucks.com/ refer/ PiplupParty (remove the spaces)
What to buy with your Swagbucks and Giftcoins

The rewards stores are pretty much filled with the same kinds of items. Giftcards for amazon, walmart, bestbuy, paypal, etc. They both cost the same as well (with exceptions) so the only difference is what you want to buy that’s exclusive to one or the other.

Swagbucks has more actual items than gifthulk, but they usually cost more than it would be to buy the giftcards and get it from an online retailer. Swagbucks also has donations to charities and more variety of giftcards than gifthulk.

Gifthulk on the other hand has more variety in the gaming section of giftcards. You can buy steam cards, league of legend cards, a premium minecraft account, nintendo cards, playstation cards, and cheaper xbox gold. The items that gifthulk does sell seems to be better quality than swagbucks, but I haven’t compared the two in person to tell.

They also both have sweepstakes where you can buy entries into winning their store items or even actual items they don’t sell like gaming consoles or more of their currency. Be careful on these though, it’s easy to spend a lot on entries and never win anything.

Basically, you should check each store before you go crazy earning points, although I’m sure most people will be fine with walmart, amazon, paypal, bestbuy, and similar sites that both have for the same prices.
Gifthulk Levels

Below you can see the main thing I love about Gifthulk compared to Swagbucks, the level system. I am not aware of any such feature on swagbucks, and the difference may be enough to sway you into Gifthulk’s corner. Each level is shown, with what it gives you and how to get it. Notice you can check how much you have earned, and it only counts those sections under the “earn” tab, no codes or guess the card earnings.

As you can see, 1,000 gets you to silver level (the lowest giftcards are 5,000 so you will probably get there before you buy your first card). This gives you doublt amount of guess the card chips per day (so potentially twice the money).

After silver you get gold, which is where it gets really fun. Here you get another 10 chips BUT you also get 2.5% back from your purchases (If you buy a 5,000 gc card, you get 125 back, which isn’t a lot but you still get it back). This requires earning 10,000 gc OR inviting 10 friends.

After this is Platinum, requiring 25,000 or 25 friends referred. Now you have 40 chips (20 more) per day, a 5% rebate (for a 5,000 gc card, you get 250 back), and now you get your rewards delivered faster.

Last is the Diamond level, requiring 50,000 gc or referring 50 friends. This gives you a one time only 10 dollars, not sure if you can pick what card or if its in gc, but free money is always good. You still have faster delivery, you now have 60 chips per day, and a 10% rebate (5,000 gc card gets you 500 back.)

I suggest waiting until you reach Gold level to buy anything since you get a rebate, but you can do whatever you wish.

Playstation 3 Trophy Cards

Playstation Network Trophy Cards

Now that the Playstation 3 has firmly established trophies into games it is time to get your very own trophy card which you can embed in your blog, your website, your forum signatures and even on your emails (if you so desire).

Playstation trophy card sites have gone through many changes since they started with some evolving into great sites and others just sinking into obscurity.

So without further ado, here are the choices of trophy cards to pick from.

Update: This article was wrote 4 years ago when trophies were first introduced on the Playstation 3, now trophies are also available on the Playstation Vita and also will be available on the Playstation 4. So these gamer cards are not really Playstation 3 Trophy Cards anymore they should now be referred to as Playstation Network Trophy Cards as all these cards WILL work for the PS3, the PS Vita and the soon to be available PS4.

One more thing, these sites seem to come and go and even the best of them die eventually.
PSN Profiles
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PSNProfiles is now the number site for Playstation Network Trophy cards. It has everything a budding trophy hunter needs, guides, trophy cards and forums. The creators of this site have built a trophy hunters dream site by taking all the good ideas from all of the original great trophy hunter sites and building upon them. This is a site that looks like it is here to stay.

It is very easy to get a gamer card from this site, all you have to do is visit the site and on the main page insert your PSN name and it will create your card within seconds. Then all you do is click on the card link it creates and it will give you all the link codes you need to be able to use the card on forums, websites, blogs, etc.
Multi-System Gamer Card

For those of you with multi-systems eXophase.com does a card that covers PSN, Live and Steam. This card will show 2 accounts on one card and you can mix and match, my card shows 2 different PSN accounts. The card will show one account on the top and another account at the bottom. Here is the link:

http://exophase.com/gamercards/
Little Big Planet 1, 2 & 3

Although this isn’t technically a trophy card it is a card that can aid you to get trophies. So if you are a Little Big Planet level creator and you have a gem of a level to show off but no one plays it just try using this card.

To create this card just go to http://lbp-hub.com/statistics.php scroll down the page to the section about Check Your Levels and you will find a box to enter your PSN ID. Once you have entered your ID it will show all the levels you have created and you will find an icon to click on to Generate Signature for each of your levels.
Little Big Planet 3 Plush Edition – PlayStation 4
Little Big Planet 3 Plush Edition – PlayStation 4

Sackboy is back  and he’s brought along new friends!

PlayStation’s most imaginative franchise, LittleBigPlanet, is back with a new cast of playable plush characters in the biggest handcrafted adventure yet!

All the new characters are, like Sackboy, fully customizable and there will be plenty of quirky new costumes to collect in the game so you can express your own individuality.

Recommended Secured Sites To Download Psp Games

If you own a PSP then you probably want to know where you can get games for it. Obviously you can get them from your local video game retailer but what if you want something electronic, that you don’t have to have a box and a disk for. they install to your memory stick and don’t clutter your room with a case or manual.

There are many PSP game downloads to choose from. But where do you get them? The safest place would be the Playstation Network that Sony offers the users of its PSP and PS3 consoles. preview new games, download demos, download themes and wallpapers, download PSP games, and download PS1 classics.
All of this requires space on your memory card mind you. Bit it is worth it.

You will have to register a credit or debit card with your account so you can buy stuff from the network. What you thought a full game was going to be free? Come on even PSP games are worth buying. Pirating PSP games or any other kind of video game is wrong though. I just think it’s rude when someone goes to the trouble of making a game for people to play and only charging 20 dollars for it.
People download it illegally when they don’t want to pay for it. This cheats the developer out of the money they earned.

You think making 3D models and animations, not to mention texturing a game world is easy? these people stay up long hours working on it away from their families, and homes.
There are those who can’t even get any rest for several evenings. Buying their game is the least you could do. pirating it is a slap in the face to all the hard work they did.

Video game development is a very long and withering process, and any game, even the bad ones had a lot of time and effort put into it. Even this isn’t a justification for pirating software or games. In addition to being rude it’s also against the law in some countries. If you get caught doing this, it will lead to jail time and you will have your PSP taken away. So do yourself a favor, get out there and get a job, and buy this stuff legally.

Using a PSP downloadable game is easy. To find the game you are looking for it is very easy to find using the system browser because all games are downloaded to the memory stick. Installation for most games are very easy. This is a very easy procedure.

In closing finding a PSP downloadable game is easy. You will find them all in the network under PSP game downloads. All you have to do is make a Playstation account and register a credit card. Then you can purchase and enjoy anything in a totally legal fashion.

Recommended Safe Site To Download Psp Games

PSP owners usually know where to find games to buy for it. Obviously you can get them from your local video game retailer but what if you want something electronic, that you don’t have to have a box and a disk for. A PSP downloadable game is just up your alley; they install to your memory stick and don’t clutter your room with a case or manual.

Right now, there are too many PSP downloads to even mention them all. But where do you get them? The safest place would be the Playstation Network that Sony offers the users of its PSP and PS3 consoles. This network offers you the ability to watch videos, preview new games, download demos, download themes and wallpapers, download PSP games, and download PS1 classics. All of this requires space on your memory card mind you. Of course, this is worth it in the end.

You will have to register a credit or debit card with your account so you can buy stuff from the network. Did you actually think the entire game was going to be free? Come on even PSP games are worth buying. Pirating PSP games and the munerous other types of video games is illegal. I just think it’s rude when someone goes to the trouble of making a game for people to play and only charging 20 dollars for it.
Then someone doesn’t want to pay it and they download it illegally and use it. This rips off the developer and he doesn’t get the money he deserves.

Texturing a game world, making three dimensional models plus animations is not easy. these people stay up long hours working on it away from their families, and homes.
Some of them don’t even get sleep for a few nights. The least you could do is buy their game. If you don’t like it then trade it in or sell it to someone else, but pirating it is a slap in the face to all the hard work they did.

Video game development is a very long and withering process, and any game, even the bad ones had a lot of time and effort put into it. Even this isn’t a justification for pirating software or games. In addition to being rude it’s also against the law in some countries. That of course leads to jail time if you get caught, and then you will have no PSP. So do yourself a favor, get out there and get a job, and buy this stuff legally.

Using a PSP downloadable game is easy. Since all PSP game downloads go to the memory stick all you have to do is browse through with the system browser, find what you are looking for, then run it. Installation for most games are very easy. This is a very easy procedure.

In closing finding a PSP downloadable game is easy. It’s with the other PSP game downloads on the network. All you have to do is make a Playstation account and register a credit card. Then you can buy and play whatever you want, legally.

Recommended Legal Site To Download Psp Games

If you own a PSP then you probably want to know where you can get games for it. Obviously you can get them from your local video game retailer but what if you want something electronic, that you don’t have to have a box and a disk for. A PSP downloadable game is just up your alley; they install to your memory stick and don’t clutter your room with a case or manual.

Right now, there are too many PSP downloads to even mention them all. But where do you get them? The safest place would be the Playstation Network that Sony offers the users of its PSP and PS3 consoles. This network offers you the ability to watch videos, preview new games, download demos, download themes and wallpapers, download PSP games, and download PS1 classics. Mind you, this does mean you need space on your memory card. Bit it is worth it.

You will have to register a credit or debit card with your account so you can buy stuff from the network. What you thought a full game was going to be free? Seriously, even some PSP games are worth the money. Pirating PSP games or any other kind of video game is wrong though. Personally I don’t care about the legal reasons; I just think it’s rude when someone goes to the trouble of making a game for people to play and only charging 20 dollars for it. Then someone doesn’t want to pay it and they download it illegally and use it. This rips off the developer and he doesn’t get the money he deserves.

Texturing a game world, making three dimensional models plus animations is not easy. these people stay up long hours working on it away from their families, and homes.
Some of them don’t even get sleep for a few nights. Buying their game is the least you could do. pirating it is a slap in the face to all the hard work they did.

Developing a video game, no matter what the quality, takes time and can be withering to the team. Even this isn’t a justification for pirating software or games. In addition to being rude it’s also against the law in some countries. If you get caught doing this, it will lead to jail time and you will have your PSP taken away. Do yourself a favor and go and get a job so you can buy these items the right way.

Playing a PSP downloadale game is a simple process. To find the game you are looking for it is very easy to find using the system browser because all games are downloaded to the memory stick. Most games have an easy installation, and don’t require you to do more than hit X once or twice. This is a very easy procedure.

In closing searching a psp downloadable game is easy. It’s with the other PSP game downloads on the network. All you have to do is make a Playstation account and register a credit card. Then you can purchase and enjoy anything in a totally legal fashion.

Can I Really Get a PlayStation For Free?

A free PlayStation?… ‘I’ll see what I can do’…

How easy is to get free stuff these days? This question keeps cropping up from friends and family who know me well for being an ‘I’ll see what I can do…’ sort of person.

Getting hold of shareware, freeware and countless samples these days is not a problem. With the invention of this new thangled thing called the interweb, free stuff like that is not a problem.

When my young nephew came to me and asked if I could get him a free PlayStation I couldn’t resist the challenge. Knowing full well this would be a virtually impossible task I didn’t promise his free PlayStation would be here any time soon.

In my eagerness I got straight on to Google and typed in ‘free PlayStation’, I like to keep it simple and straight to the point! First site that caught my eye was a free PlayStation site…Again straight to the point!

The site was simple and straight to the point, ‘3 steps to getting your hands on a free PlayStation’, this looks a bit too easy I thought to myself. Scrolling down to find the ‘all you have to do is sign up with your credit card details’ I was surprised to find nothing of the kind, just an information video from no less than BBC’s Newsnight program about getting free stuff.

The video explained how advertising companies are enticing people to take notice of their advertised products by giving away highly desirable items such as the iPod, iPhone and of course the Sony PlayStation 3.

The catch? Well…Where money is involved there isn’t one. Don’t think that they are giving away a PlayStation for free just for looking at an advert. The way this offer works is by you signing up, taking up a free trail and then getting your friends and family to do the same.

The site giving away the free stuff gets paid by the companies that they are showing ads for, providing that the user signs up for a free trial or at most spends £5 – £10 on an offer. The site then passes some of that money back to you as a free gift for referring your friends and family.

So basically this is a form of advertising, companies set aside a certain amount of cash to pay the advertiser just to get interest in their product. Fortunately for us some of that money gets passed down to us for the part we play i.e. telling our friends and family about the free PlayStation site.

Luckily for me, friends and family were quick to help out knowing the PlayStation was for little Billy, and all signed up for a 2 week trail at LoveFilm.com. One month after signing up, the free Play station arrived. My best ‘I’ll see what I can do’ moment yet!

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Sony PS3 or Play Station 3 – A Amazing Gaming Platform for Game Lovers With Exciting New Features

This new video game console is the aftermath of Play Station and Play Station 2 from Sony.

 It uses Blu-ray disc system for the media of optics and lends support to CDs and DVDs among other disc layout of the earlier period.

 It has a HDMI 1.3 port and 1080p HD resolution. Today it features hard drive of eighty GB and is IPTV compatible.

 Hard drive can be upgraded and there is a Bluetooth control aid and Ethernet port

 There is also an inbuilt two point five inch serial ATA hard drive

 There is flash memory card along with compact flash, memory stick and Wi-Fi connection.

 There are four available USB 2.0 slots worked by wireless network and flash card memory aid

 There is a video and audio stereo with this system

 There is an official PS3 component cable and the AV Multi Out Jack

 The colors available are white and silver

Sony Play Station 3 Games

Voted the best game in North Amercia, “Resistance: Fall of Man” leaves Sony the undisputed King in ingenuity entertainment. Other interesting games include Oblivion, F.E.A.R and Sonic, The Hedgehog. Popular sequels of Sony Play Station 3 games include God of War, Gran Turismo, Warhawk, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Lair and Heavenly Sword. Other exclusive games are Final Fantasy XIII, Metal Gear Solid 4, Monster Hunter 3, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Tekken 6, Devil May Cry 4 and Virtua Fighter 5

Sony Play Station Network

 Online, Sony Play Station 3 can be played on Microsoft’s Xbox Live network and includes a supporting multiplayer and there is a subscription fee for the same.

 Download of some of the play station and play station 2 games for free online from the Play station network between five dollars and fifteen dollars

 In connectivity for Video formats, Play Station 3 lends support to many SDTV and HDTV resolutions.

 For Audio it supports many music formats such as seven point one digital audio of Dolby TrueHD to name of the outstanding music formats.

 Bluetooth connectivity is also enabled as well as USB drives but does not support Microsoft’s Windows and its descendants.

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What South Africans want from Santa

With almost nine out of ten South Africans (89.5%) saying they intend to celebrate the holiday season by giving gifts, on the top of the stocking list are gadgets, according to the eBucks Rewards festive survey, conducted online from 16 October to 8 November 2013.
What South Africans want from Santa
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South Africans are getting savvier about how they do their shopping and 9.5% will be doing all their festive season shopping online, compared to the 2012 festive Survey of 8%.

They are also generous shoppers, with the vast majority (43.2%) buying between five and eight gifts, and two out of 10 buying more than nine gifts. People are spending generously too: more than a quarter of those surveyed, spend in excess of R1000 on gifts.

“With the challenging economic conditions, we expect South Africans will manage their festive budget carefully by purchasing a number of smaller, more meaningful gifts for extended family and friends, and then splashing out a bit on one more expensive item for their spouse or significant other,” says Jolandé Duvenage, CEO of eBucks Rewards.

Naturally children are spoiled, with more than four in 10 people spending over R500 on the little ones and three in 10 spending between R500 and R1000. While moms and dads are quite giving, South African men treat their romantic partners well, with six out of 10 spending in excess of R750.

They are also organised, only 5.5% said they will be doing their shopping on Christmas Eve and 0.2% on Christmas Day itself, but for the most part, shopping is already well underway and in many cases already complete.

Gadgets, cash

A gadget of one form or another (43.4%) tops the list and a distant second is cash or a voucher at 14.6%. In the open ‘other’ category, festive wishes included spending quality family time, just being happy and not having to work on Christmas day. Finally, an interesting trend is starting to emerge: a crafty 1.2% of the survey participants have made all their own festive season gifts.

Survey results

Of the 2588 South Africans that participated in the survey, 52.8% were men and 47.2% were women.

How many gifts will you be buying this festive season?

43.2% – between 5 and 8
37.2% – between 2 and 4
17.8% – 9 or more
1.9% – Just one

Where do you shop for gifts over the festive season?

48.3% – a combination of both online shopping and real life shops
41.1% – in shops – I like touching and seeing the gift before I purchase it
9.5% – online – saves me time, and I get to avoid the crowds
1.2% – I like to make all the gifts myself

How much do you normally spend on gifts during the festive season?

28.2% – R1000 or more
27.5% – R250 – R500
20.0% – R1 – R250
13.0% – R750 – R1000
11.2% – R500 – R750

How much will you spend on each child this festive season?

39.8% – R1 – R500
35.1% – R500 – R1000
19.9% – R1000 – R3000
3.1% – R3000 – R5000
1.5% – R0 – I don’t buy Christmas gifts for my child/children
0.8% – R5000 or more

If you are a man in a relationship, how much do you normally spend on a Christmas gift or treat for your better half?

36.9% – R1000 or more
22.8% – R750 – R1000
20.4% – R500 – R750
18.5% – R250 – R500
1.4% – R0 – I don’t buy Christmas gifts for my significant other

If you are a woman in a relationship, how much do you normally spend on a Christmas gift or for your other half?

26.7% – R250 – R500
24.0% – R1000 or more
21.4% – R500 – R750
22.0% – R750 – R1000
5.9% – R0 – I don’t buy Christmas gifts for my significant other

When do you do your festive shopping?

51.1% – three weeks before Christmas
38.1% – I usually start in November to beat the rush
5.5% – Christmas eve
5.1% – mine is already done, as I collect gifts throughout the year
0.2% – on Christmas day itself

What type of present do you wish to receive this year?

43.4% – gadget
14.6% – cash or a retail voucher
6.1% – jewellery
5.2% – fitness or sporting equipment
5.1% – clothing
5.0% – perfume or aftershave
4.2% – appliance
3.2% – books
2.2% – none of the above
2.1% – entertainment (concert tickets, theatre tickets, etc)
1.8% – a voucher for an adrenalin activity
1.6% – CDs or DVDs
5.6% – Other

Other

iTunes gift voucher, pots, Christmas family lunch, house make-over, DSTV, GHD, purse, motherboard for PC, bike, bicycles and accessories, golf sets, play station, scooter, spa vouchers, telescope, coffee pods, a way out of financial debt, a ring from fiancée of 9 years, cars (ranging from Bugati to Golfs), smartphone accessories, external hard drive, Peruvian hair, TV’s (ranging from 3D to LED), family holidays (local and international), a baby, house, sports watch and heart rate monitor, a boat, books, car audio upgrade, creative writing course, duvet set, Weber gas braai, TV series, uncapped ADSL, unit trusts, time with loved ones, trampoline, treadmill, tools, sunglasses, pasta machine, new tyres, bathroom set, luggage, lounge suit, gym membership, anything to make her smile/ feel happy, not having to work on Christmas Day.

New live album and gigs from Guy Buttery

Straight in from a world tour with stops in the UK, Canada and the UA, Guy Buttery returns to SA and has announced five dates in the Gauteng region in support of the release of his first live album: “Live in KwaZulu”.
New live album and gigs from Guy ButteryRecorded over two nights, the new live album showcases Guy Buttery’s further explorations in instrumentation and innovative soundscapes. “Live in KwaZulu” features, for the first time on CD, his vivid interpretation of Joanna Newsom’s The Book Of Right On and his much loved musical saw classic Smithfield (also known as Martian Folk Song). His lifelong musical partner, Nibs van der Spuy, performs on two of the 11 tracks.

The album is available on a limited edition CD digipack and on digital download at http://guybuttery.bandcamp.com and on iTunes, and will available at all concerts.