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Upcoming changes to the PlayStation brand. 
It will encompass games, TV, video and music services
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Screw the services. I want my OWN music, pictures and video on my PlayStation. And I can't do this. So I'm buying an Xbox One and burning my PS4.
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If you haven't heard this yet, check it out, available on All Access.

The Life and Times of Scrooge is Tuomas Holopainen's solo album. Although the music is different than what what you would expect from Nightwish, its very good. As a fan of the group, I'm really enjoying this album. I hope you all do as well.

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Eu comprei esse álbum é bem diferente mais é interessante.
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#1 reason for getting killed:

Reload. 
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Stupidity? I generally die when I try something new on team raid night that I haven't practiced before like Arc blading or blinkstriking the main boss. 
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Are they really giving up? Or just changing tactics?

I’m reading this article and all I can think about are the number of stories I've read in recent months about the many ways in which Google is looking to provide internet access directly. And while project Loon might seem a little loony to some, Google’s investment in low earth orbit satellites is a serious step towards bringing internet access to billions of people around the globe. Here at home Google has been in the news with Google Fiber, as they have recently announced plans to expand into several new markets. 

I used to see Google Fiber as sort of a side engineering project for Google. You know, to conquer the technical challenges of bringing truly high speed internet into people’s homes. But since they announced the expansion I can’t help but think that their attitude has changed. It now feels like they are grudgingly taking the lead because nobody else is. 

The fact that Google has given up on the net neutrality fight helps to confirm this for me. Why spend the money on a losing battle trying to get equal bandwidth on someone else’s network? Instead just build your own network and make it hundreds of times faster than anything else out there. 

Google has also recently announced that they are working on delivering speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. That’s about a thousand times faster than today’s average high speed connection. Speed like that would almost make net neutrality a non-issue. 

Overall it doesn't seem to me that Google has given up on the idea of net neutrality. I just seems that they are taking a more direct approach to solving the problem. 
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How PlayStation Now can be a BIG hit

So, I’m really excited about PlayStation now. Actually, I’m excited about the technology and the possibilities for the future. But as things stand right now, I honestly don’t see myself using it much. 

The reason is, I’m not really into renting games. It’s just not my thing. I know there’s a market out there for it, and I’m sure that Sony will get the pricing right to make renting games an attractive prospect for some. But I honestly feel that if PlayStation Now remains a rental only service, then it’s never going to realize its full potential. 

What I really want is the ability to purchase digital copies of games, just like I do for the PS3, PS4, and PS Vita right now. But with the exception of some cross-buy games, games purchased for a particular system must stay with that system. 

PS Now has the opportunity to change all that. It has the ability to provide a digital locker of games that I can purchase and use across devices. I tend to play a lot over a long period of time, and I love having the ability to go back to my favorite games and play again. So for me, the real value is in building a library of games. There could even be some combination of purchased content and subscription service. In fact, if this were available, I would probably use the rental service to test out a game before purchasing it to add to my library. 

And Sony could really hit a home run by automatically including games that I’ve already purchased through the PS Store as they become available for PS Now. I already own the game on one system, why not give me the ability to use it on any PlayStation system at no additional charge?

I’ve already made the switch from physical media to digital only. I’m locked into the PlayStation ecosystem with a PS3, PS4, and Vita, and I’m a PlayStation Plus subscriber. And since the launch of the PS4, Sony seems to be doing everything right. Everything is falling into place to create the ultimate cloud based gaming experience. 

PlayStation Now could be the final piece that cements Sony’s gaming dominance for decades to come. 
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I think you eloquently put into words what a majority of the PlayStation fanbase has been thinking on this subject. Sony is so close to virtual perfection (no pun intended). It'd be a shame if they tripped at the finish line.
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It seems like everyone is bagging on Sony for delivering such a terrible E3 conference. There seems to be especially harsh criticism over the lack of Vita announcements. Well I for one disagree with all of it. I thought it was a great conference. Especially for Vita lovers. Here's why:

Vita has always had a sort of a chicken and egg problem. Developers aren't attracted to it because of the small user base. And the user base remains small because the perceived value is not there (lack of big game titles being a major contributor).

So what can Sony do? First, they have already cut the price of the system and the memory. That helps. Second is the integration with the PS4, as a way to add overall value and access to game content. Third, and most important, is to provide more games. Sony mentioned that there are currently over a hundred games in development. And with PS Now coming to Vita, that literally means hundreds of games coming to the vita platform. And most of those PS Now games are PS3 games which are normally too big for a handheld console (even one as powerful as Vita).

But so what? Many will argue that all these games are either old games, ports, or indie games. None of which really drives user adoption of the system.Vitale I agree with that in part, I also believe that the size of the game library itself increases the perceived value for potential buyers.

But what's really needed to drive developer interest is a bigger user base. Price cuts, Cross Play, and PS Now help. But the ace in the hole is PS TV.

Originally announced for the Japanese market only, there was enough demand in Europe and the US that Sony decided to bring it to those markets as well. And the best part, it only costs a hundred bucks.

PS TV is set-top Vita. Widespread adoption will expand the Vita platform by potentially millions. Perhaps even enough to bring the big name developers.

I'm hard pressed to think of what more Sony can do bring more value to Vita. And although E3 didn't have a lot of big announcements for our beloved handheld, what they did announce could potentially have a very big impact.

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Meh the people that want PlayStation TV are the ones that already own a PlayStation Vita. Being is, why would you buy one to play a 4v4 when a game like Battlefield Hardline or COD can feel the multiplayer slot. Whats the point to stream games on it when you just need A. Sony Bravia TV, B. PlayStation 3,4 or Vita.
To me this won't sell well one of the biggest games on the Vita is made with the Vita in mind not the TV. Why would this push the developers to make games for the Vita when its just going to be a home console anyways. I love the Vita but Sony dropped the ball by not showing any games for the system. Tales of Hearts R is to niche, Freedom Wars is still a Monster Hunter clone. That's all the big games the rest are indie, Sony needs to make the games for it first. But it doesn't help when the western developers don't make games for dedicated handhelds. The 3ds is big but the amount of games they make for it is close to zip or nada. Sony is in a tight spot as they have to compete with mobile as well as the 3ds. And them not backing this system up is bad specially when Nintendo just announced a new ip for the 3ds. The future is bleak for the system but if Nintendo can still support the Wii U with lackluster sales then Sony can back the Vita as well.
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Check out this excellent video my g/f created as a school project. The story a few gamers picking up the latest and greatest shooter at a midnight release. Told from the perspective of the television. I hope you like it!
 
Check out the first installment of my web series Call of the Battlefield. PLEASE like and/or leave a comment. I want feedback. 
WARNING: There is and will be in future installments be a fair amount of bad language. This episode is a bit cleaner than it will be.
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Try 57 GB of data download from the STEAM Gaming Network, when I downloaded Assassin's Creed Unity plus patch #1. Time: about 50 minutes, largest data download of a game in my life. Yeah, I have ultimate high speed cabled internet at $100.00 a month, so I didn't wait to to long, but it use to. In the 1990's with a 28.8 dial-up phone line modem it took more then and hour to download 1 megabyte.
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Xur has the same Warlock armor 3 out of the past 4 weeks. And, of course, the exotic engram is for a different class as usual. So disappointing.
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+jamie christianson I honestly like the Sunbreakers, mainly because I prefer Sunsinger to Voidwalker, and it's effect makes them great for PvE.
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They should make Sparrow racing an event in the Crucible. Complete with lots of alternate paths, jumps, and bad guys trying to kill you. 
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I would love that
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I hope this rumor is true. Having your purchased games available over PS Now would really help make the service a success. And it would do a lot for Vita sales as well. 
<p>According to some recent news, a member of NeoGAF, ‘Bastion’, has spotted a hint that your already purchased PSN games may just transfer into your Playstation Now library. Considering the amount of money some of us have plied into Sony’s store, this is great news for those who are worried about having to repurchase or rent games they already own.</p>
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This season was indeed the best yet. Definitely some fantastic performances, and incredible writing. I can't wait for the finale, which apparently the writers and producers are.very excited about.
HBO’s Game of Thrones is about to conclude what many believe is its best season yet. And we know the hit drama series, while typically...
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It seems like everyone is bagging on Sony for delivering such a terrible E3 conference. There seems to be especially harsh criticism over the lack of Vita announcements. Well I for one disagree with all of it. I thought it was a great conference. Especially for Vita lovers. Here's why:

Vita has always had a sort of a chicken and egg problem. Developers aren't attracted to it because of the small user base. And the user base remains small because the perceived value is not there (lack of big game titles being a major contributor).

So what can Sony do? First, they have already cut the price of the system and the memory. That helps. Second is the integration with the PS4, as a way to add overall value and access to game content. Third, and most important, is to provide more games. Sony mentioned that there are currently over a hundred games in development. And with PS Now coming to Vita, that literally means hundreds of games coming to the vita platform. And most of those PS Now games are PS3 games which are normally too big for a handheld console (even one as powerful as Vita).

But so what? Many will argue that all these games are either old games, ports, or indie games. None of which really drives user adoption of the system.Vitale I agree with that in part, I also believe that the size of the game library itself increases the perceived value for potential buyers.

But what's really needed to drive developer interest is a bigger user base. Price cuts, Cross Play, and PS Now help. But the ace in the hole is PS TV.

Originally announced for the Japanese market only, there was enough demand in Europe and the US that Sony decided to bring it to those markets as well. And the best part, it only costs a hundred bucks.

PS TV is set-top Vita. Widespread adoption will expand the Vita platform by potentially millions. Perhaps even enough to bring the big name developers.

I'm hard pressed to think of what more Sony can do bring more value to Vita. And although E3 didn't have a lot of big announcements for our beloved handheld, what they did announce could potentially have a very big impact.

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I've been saying the same thing for a while. The PS TV will expand the userbase for the Vita, and attract AAA 3rd party support from developers.

Sony is a lot more prepared for the future than people give them credit for. I'm very excited about PlayStation's future. VR, Game streaming w/PS Now, Remote Play... I can't wait!
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