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The PSP/PSN "Free Game" Thing.

I’ve noticed that getting those free “Welcome Back” games isn’t as easy as it seemed.

I’m downloading them now, but not without lack of some effort. Sure, they’re on the main splash page of PSN, and yet when you click to download them…. Where did they go? And then they’re gone as if they never existed.

If you did confirm your free goods, and can’t find them for the life of you, here’s what you have to do:

Get out of the store and follow these menus:

Account Management
Transaction Management
Services List
SCEA Promotions

Oddly enough, you get to download the games here. Sure would have been nice to specify instead of having to look up the info., wouldn’t it?

Hope that saves some of you a little pain in being “Welcomed Back”.

$250 for a Vita, you say? A portable Bioshock? Do tell more….

Valentine’s Day.

I’m still disappointed that Nintendo doesn’t use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to hawk Pit from Kid Icarus out more. In my restarting games, I’m trying out the NES classic again, and while I had previously beat the game twice on the Wii, starting over with zero power-ups is a stern reminder about how unforgiving the difficulty initially is. Love the game, but it’s a brutal beast.

Hope the V-Day festivities have worked out for all. I got a 16GB SD card for my PSP, which finally allowed me to download Final Fantasy VII on the system. It’s funny how many people bash on that installment, calling it “overrated”. The polygon-based characters are a little archaic (as was just about any other 3D game during the 1990’s), but the art direction, backgrounds and music are still compelling. I felt that little tinge of magic in going through the first scenario, and it reminded me why I loved the game so much (and by proxy Advent Children and Crisis Core).

The odd thing about my PSP? My faceplate cracked. I’ve ordered a new one, but it’s not presenting a good indication of how carful I am Read the rest of this entry

Gaming News.

Happy 2010, all!

I apologize for my absence, but it’s been a hectic time for me, what with finally seeing an end to the “House Saga” that took over life as I knew it.

So I’m posting now from my new abode, and life seems to be getting back to normal.

You know, it’s surprising how much I’ve grown to love the Digital Comics feature on the PSP. I think it’s a great feature, and well worth the money. For starters, I would have never discovered IDW Publishing’s marvelous Aleister Arcane comic. I do think Marvel is dropping the ball, though. So many great series, and they’re focusing more on random snippets of its history instead of a more comprehensive library, not to mention they are the most pricey on the service.

I also downloaded the Lunar demo, which is a very nice update of one of my favorite classic RPGs. I’ll have to keep an eye on it as it gets closer to release.

Also, I’ve noticed more (read: new or re-released) movie UMDs in stores of late. That’s a little surprising to me. Overall, I’m a little surprised to be into my PSP more these days.

Speaking of Read the rest of this entry

The Games of 2009.

Surprisingly, I didn’t get any games for Christmas this year. In the long run, that’s alright, as I have plenty to play, and this move (still) looms over me.

I’m doing my “Best of” format a little different this year, without the categories, but am listing my 10 favorite titles of the year, and a few “Honorable Mention” nods.

So without further adieu, here are my Top 10 Favorites of 2009:

1.) Ghostbusters: The Video Game – Xbox 360 – Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the franchise, this game is essentially the third movie. It satisfied every expectation that I had as a gamer, a Ghostbusters fan, and then some. One of my most anticipated games of the year, it did not disappoint in the least.

2.) Batman: Arkham Asylum – Xbox 360 – While it’s been fairly customary for me to dismiss any Batman game in the last 15 years (with the exception of the charming Lego: Batman), I was set to do the same with this…. Until I played the demo. The demo put to rest every fear that I had about this game sucking, and was one of the finest free-roaming adventure titles I’ve played since the Castlevania Read the rest of this entry

PSP Digital Comics Follow Up.

When I posted the codes for the digital comics for the PSP Digital Comics reader, I admit that I hadn’t viewed them yet. Now that I have, I’d like to share my thoughts on the service.

I’ve been a comics reader for a long time. I still have many of those issues of Spider-Man, X-Men, Superman, Batman, Star Wars, some of the early Valiant and Image Comics…. Well, you get the point.

I like collecting actual issues, and trade paperbacks, which I’ll still happily revisit on a lazy evening. I remember the Digital Comics service being announced for PSP some months back, but I only use my PSP sporadically, and I hadn’t fooled with the portable’s Playstation Store very often until last Summer.

Backstory aside, I noticed the free download codes that had recently sprung up, and saw that IDW Publishing had released four issues across various websites. gain, lack of word of mouth led me to believe that only Marvel was supporting the service, which has a huge back catalog, but it’s not the entirety of comics experiences for me.

So after downloading the four issues and sharing the redemption codes on here, I decided to check out the service Read the rest of this entry

Free PSP Comics From IDW Publishing.

Even though the new PSP Comics Store isn’t officially launching until next month, it seems that IDW Publishing has decided to do its own “Free Comic Book Day” and give a sneak peek of how the service will work via four issues.

Enter these codes at the “Redeem Codes” screen:

Star Trek: 724K-A4BG-JLD7
Transformers: EC2N-9HBR-HJD6
Aleister Arcane: 63N8-R2BF-9E4D
Astro Boy: FF3N-H7B6-M2JF

The service works welll, and I thought it was only going to be Marvel at the start of the service launch, but hey, I now stand corrected.

(Originally compiled from Kotaku.)

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