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The Friday Debate – Be There or Foursquare

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Recently, I finally joined the antisocial revolution and got myself a smartphone to stare at so that I don’t have to speak to my friends. I also downloaded Foursquare (along with the official PlayStation app, of course) and have been checking in more often than a librarian.

I particularly like the Badges and the little cryptic clues that you have to figure out to find them. They’re a bit like Trophies, and as Wikipedia tells me that Foursquare will allow users to create custom Badges at some stage in the future, I thought we could join forces and start planning some PlayStation-specific examples.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Drake, looking for the ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Badge.

Here’s the idea: think of a real world location that also appears in a video game and come up with a witty name for the badge and a clue to guide people to it. Here’s are some examples. Can you guess what they are?

Doin’ the Chimeran Walk. Oi! – This London Borough towers above the rest in Resistance: Fall of Man.

That Belongs in a Museum – Where Nathan Drake ‘borrowed’ Marco Polo’s oil lamp.

Real Nightlife Simulator – Where the Gran Turismo series first went urban with the headlights on.

Add them into the comments – it’s up to you whether you tell us the answers or leave us to figure them out; I’ll check in over the weekend and any add more that I think of. Of course, you could use fictional locations if you’re really stuck, but you get bonus points if you keep it real.

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41 Comments

  • hee hey

    Nectar Points for that Ambrosia ?
    I was 19 when I was last here

    both should be pretty easy to guess :)

  • How privileged did i feel when you added me on foursquare? Haha

  • hey James this is totally off topic but when are we gonna see more about the games showed at the NGP event ? a Uncharted , Little Deviants and Hot Shot Golf video would be nice ? whos working on Killzone ? Resistance ? i saw 2 sackboys on screen at once , that means 2 online/offline co op ? Broken ? Smart As? Reality Fighter? come on i want to know more

  • Clue(s) (forgot to add them sorry)

    1. With reference to a camera in [God of War 3]
    2. War, Hmm, good God. Waaaht is it good for… [BattleField Bad Company 2]

  • Darn smartphones, give me a Nokia 3300 any day!
    Doesn’t look like this one’s generating much interest. Could be worthwhile changing the title to weekend debate too…

  • That Belongs in a Museum – Where Nathan Drake ‘borrowed’ Marco Polo’s oil lamp.

    The museum of Istanbul, I hate that mission

    Real Nightlife Simulator – Where the Gran Turismo series first went urban with the headlights on.

    Tokyo, forgotten the name of the track

    Not too sure about the Resistance one so I will guess at Grimsby.

  • I’d rather see a debate about these useless firmware patches that get hacked withing a (few) day(s) and the consequences for the paying customers…

    Sony’s firmware devs should be working on fixing real issues like the dreadful slow XMB and the way outdated browser instead of these so called “security” patches.

  • february is gonna be 1 sick month: my plus is finally being some use…

    if the 1 i read is true think FF7 “cloud” “saveing” tifa think white fluffy “cloud”s.

    & what do you get? ;)

  • Yeah, this Debate didn’t garner much interest. To be honest I found it much more enjoyable when we could vote on a poll and expand upon our point in the comments.

  • Yeah, debates are better when they’re actual debates and not blatant advertisements.

    :/

  • @ Sp4reNL – Yeah, or why SCE doesn’t do something about the losers that trophy-hacks, gameshares or in other ways misuse the PSN.

    //WhiteWolf

  • @djreplay

    the resistance location is lambeth.. as in “the lambeth walk”

  • id like some debate blogs about

    WHY DOES SCEE SUCK!!!
    we all know why
    IS THERE GONNA BE ANY IMPORT GAMES ON PSN
    still waiting nothing getting done
    NGP A GOOD THING OR BAD
    battery life 4-5 and no psp support on psn it’s doomed
    FIRMWARE AND SERIAL KEY SYSTEM
    i hope not but it looks like it’s coming not like it can’t be hacked
    pc has serial keys and you can download them everywere
    PSN PRICES, RIDICULOUS EXPENSIVE.
    ya gotta agree we pay more for psn stuff than disc based games
    ARE THERE GONNA BE ANY FIRMWARE WITH NEW FEATURE’S
    haven’t seen anything new added in a long time all we see is security patch’s
    PS+ IS IT WORTH IT,WOULD BE A GREAT DEBATE FOR NON PS+ USERS

  • @Sp4reNL

    i was wondering does the XMB freeze a lot for you cause ever since i have a ps3 slim it seems 2 freeze a lot more hell

    @james Gallagher
    there seems 2 be reports that with the latest firmware you can’t switch HDD anymore i do hope they fix it.

  • No. My PS3 only freezes on the broken web-browser and sometimes in a game.

    The problem is that I always see these “loading” arrows in the XMB.
    The PS3 was supposed to be a really fast machine but somehow the Sony in-house developers can’t even build a fast menu. How sad is that?

    For example:
    I can’t even scroll to the bottom of a trophy list at once (I’m talking about a single game here with lets say ~50 trophies) because it will reset and jump back to the top of the game and I will have to scroll down s-lo-o-o-o-w-l-y for it to work.

    “It only does everything”. Yes, it even does “not everything” :-(.

  • Maybe there should actually be a debate questioning whether or not dgnfly will ever have positive input… I vote no. Reason; he never has.
    Seriously, dude, I appreciate you have an opinion but do you need to ram it down everybody’s throats at any given opportunity? Not exactly the community vibe…

  • Thank you Project2insanity, I did mention this to him in another thread but he continue’s to spout nonsense. I shall answer some of questions for the good of my sanity

    IS THERE GONNA BE ANY IMPORT GAMES ON PSN: yes, coming this year.

    NGP A GOOD THING OR BAD: good thing in my opinion.two sticks yes please.

    battery life 4-5 and no psp support on psn: it play’s all PSP games,mini’s and all of playstation network

    FIRMWARE AND SERIAL KEY SYSTEM: no chance, the latest firmware has discouraged all hacker because if you upgraded to 3.56 the only way to hack now is by through hardware ie very very difficult

    PSN PRICES, RIDICULOUS EXPENSIVE:publishers(ie everything not published by Sony) name there price, like EA saying Mass Effect 2 £47.99, nothing can be done about other publishers

    ARE THERE GONNA BE ANY FIRMWARE WITH NEW FEATURE’S: cloud saves coming for plus user’s, other features will be announced

    PS+ IS IT WORTH IT,WOULD BE A GREAT DEBATE FOR NON PS+ USERS:
    yes, with exclusive beta access, discounts, automatic downloads it is well worth the money.

    Now I’ve answered your questions will you let off for a little, I think not.

  • woow positive thinking there…

    “IS THERE GONNA BE ANY IMPORT GAMES ON PSN: yes, coming this year.”

    maybe Not there was No confirmation of this i press about a few times got no answer unless you know something & i dont?

    and if we do what form will it come as limited jap imports like SCEA have but i like to have all access to SCEA games & SCEA can have ours i belive they wanted our vargrat story.

    i read that the 3.56 is hacked again but it the message on BO that intrigue me 3.56+1.06=Console banned surely the both update are link or bad timeing. :|

    we wait with baited breath for tomorrow Ross PS1 classic post i got a list and a few links of me own. :)

  • If the USA have it I’m sure we will get it eventually, what Sony should really do is get rid off SCEA and make and make it so the UK are in with them.

    The only reason it takes so long for stuff to come from America is they have to localize it into like 15 languages for the 30 different countries in the EU region. You don’t need to change anything guy’s just give us the American version when it comes out then localize for the rest of Europe, that way we won’t be waiting months for content we should really have.

  • @djreplay

    IS THERE GONNA BE ANY IMPORT GAMES ON PSN:
    even monkeypaw games have advised me 2 buy from the american store so nothing sure about that they even doubted it
    NGP A GOOD THING OR BAD
    ppl who have UMD are getting scammed 2 rebuy all their UMD games while sony kept denying that it woulden’t support UMD so ppl kept buying UMDs
    BATTERY LIFE 4-5 AND NO PSP SUPPORT ON PSN
    what’s the point off a handheld with 4-5 batterylife that needs constant recharging, and psn support for psp sucks we are missing the whole cataloge off games that were released during psp-1000
    FIRMWARE AND SERIAL KEY SYSTEM
    hackers can even go online using the older firmware so going up a point doesen’t mean anything
    http://translate.google.nl/translate?hl=nl&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ps3-sense.nl%2F2011%2F01%2Fexclusief-sonys-volgende-zet-in-het-gevecht-tegen-piraterij%2F
    PSN PRICES, RIDICULOUS EXPENSIVE.
    you do know that sony requires a part off the profit for hosting their stuff so it’s not just up 2 the publishers

  • ARE THERE GONNA BE ANY FIRMWARE WITH NEW FEATURE’S
    that cloud saving was coming was announced a year ago and was announced for america not europe same with PlayStation Protection Plan, and the reward system which we have heard nothing about anymore
    PS+ IS IT WORTH IT,WOULD BE A GREAT DEBATE FOR NON PS+ USERS
    the free games aren’t really your unless you buy em
    beta i myselfdon’t care about Beta and demo i rater have the full thing,and most ppl hate automatic downloads cause it downloads every useless update for games you haven’t played in years
    YOUR JUST TRYING 2 JUSTIFY SCEE CAUSE IT”S U.K BASED THAT’S WHY
    YOU WOULD LIKE 2 GET RID OFF ALL THE OTHER COUNTRIES. CAUSE LIKE YOU MAKE IT SOUND IT’S ALL NON U.K PPL FAULT.

  • @dgnfly; Erm… “ppl who have UMD are getting scammed 2 rebuy all their UMD games while sony kept denying that it woulden’t support UMD so ppl kept buying UMDs”, you say? That’s a pretty bold statement considering Sony never confirmed the development of the NGP until this week.
    I honestly don’t know why people are complaining about no UMD support; it’s a different machine altogether, formats change and become obsolete over time. And I say that with a hefty collection for my PSP 1000. It’s understandable that Go owners are peeved when comparing to UMD users but surely this restores a little balance!?
    4-5 hours for a handheld isn’t poor either (not great, though), especially when looking at the power in this one.

    As for PSN pricing; don’t like, don’t buy. It really is your own choice. Same story for PS+, I didn’t see much value for myself at the start so I didn’t subscribe until I did see value for myself. Automatic downloads can be disabled, easily enough solved for those who dislike that.

  • “PlayStation Protection Plan, and the reward system which we have heard nothing about anymore” The warranty plan was removed due to misuse, I do agree that it’s disappointing that it hasn’t been released again but it would surely end the same anyway… The reward system, a popular question. How quickly did you expect Sony to release this elsewhere? It’s a long-term dealio. Am I the only one who realises the trial will likely be extensive ie possibly a year or longer?

    And on the topic of territories, I think merging UK into the USA system would be a bad idea. We’re with the EU, the way it should be. I, for one, acknowledge the privilege of using such a service, whether one thinks it’s good or bad. There’s much worse in the world, there are people who live genuinely hard lives.

  • @Project2insanity

    game developers alrdy had their hands on a NGP and they are the one’s releasing most off the rumors even when asking sony they deny everything cause why would they say ahead. srry we gonna do away with UMD then nobody would buy UMD anymore and most sales were on UMD not PSN cause there are hardly any PSP games on psn for most country, srry we can’t all be U.K

    The supposed “PS3 level” power of Sony’s newly announced NGP is being called into question, with technical analysis of its capabilities suggesting it is not nearly as impressive as it is hyped to be, and that it is already in imminent danger of being eclipsed by smartphones and tablets using the very same chipset it employs.

  • Dgnfly please crawl back into your hole.

  • @dgnfly: As far as the power of the NGP, we’d best wait to see how it works out. We can’t predict the future yet, I think it was Mr McGrath or Mr Gallagher who informed us that’s not a feature until PS4…

    I’m not quite sure why you typed that first paragraph to reply to me; I know why Sony wouldn’t say they would be getting rid of UMD. It was you who specifically said they were denying it which you didn’t seem to explain. Unless you meant something else… wrong words?

    @almighty-slayer: I don’t mean to come across as rude but please be a little more constructive.

  • we will get cloud base saves services because it comes with 3.60 & that is universal funny that we all get Updates at same time but not content. :D

    10 games line up from monkey-paw say Ross Mcduff :)

  • @Skookie30

    Could you give me a source regarding the save games cloud?

  • @Project2insanity

    http://gizmodo.com/5161391/sony-not-denying-plans-for-a-psp-2-without-umd

    just trying 2 make a point for the lying part on sony’s end
    cause developers have admited that it was UMd-less sony kept
    deny or confirming anything

  • @dgnfly: I read the article in that link and I saw “Can’t comment either way”. There’s no confirmation or denial. I’m sure you’re more than capable of knowing what a lie is but he’s provided no information. Where’s the lie? Had he said we’re keeping UMD or we’re not getting rid of it, that would have been. You realise you’re actually the one spreading a lie!?

  • @Project2insanity

    i coulden’t find the older links saying that psp-2 would have umd so this was the closesed i could find

  • With all due respect, dgnfly, that was as close to denying the truth as it was to confirming the truth.

  • Interesting read, thanks dgnfly and Skookie30.

    But it would be a smart move from sony to so do. If it means you can backup the currently backup-prohibited ones too I might get ps+ to. Yes, just for that.

  • “developers are able to opt out and bar their games from using it”

    Ahahahaha! Not a chance I’m going to pay for this!

  • There no word if devs can opt out they couldn’t opt out with trophies & trophies are stored on a cloud base servers.

    i for one looking forward to it i had a Nasty thing with my USB stick for back you cant just trust it i back-up FF13 saves after i was on chapter 11 on grand pusle.

    i back-up save got a slim ps3 & copy it back to HDD & what did i get a bloody error code my save was corupted i know saves on ff13 are are not copy protected.

    i know have to start over again, i dont know why devs are afraid of cloud base saveing they got no control when it come to trophies afraid ppl may hack they saves.

    what a lame excuss ppl could hack the trophies the 3.55 custom got rid of trophies as a side effects to hacking.

    but we still got trophies & trophies are on NGP so no excuses from devs getting cold-feet.

    if there be a 3.60 update this week it‘s the SCEA blog post that post about updates by eric.L :o

  • devs can’t opt out as 1 dev said read at the bottom from epic games Cloud Is coming to a cross platform PS3+NGP & kojima also hinted to it. ;)

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-01-31-ps3-online-saving-with-firmware-v3-6

  • Dam the link broken this is what EG & Epic games have to say…

    “Epic Games boss Mark Rein told Eurogamer last week that a cloud feature would unlock a world of potential for NGP-PS3 crossover compatibility”

    “He elaborated: “Dungeon Defenders is essentially a PS3 game brought to NGP. At CES this year, Trendy showed Dungeon Defenders on a Tegra 2 mobile device playing multiplayer against a PlayStation 3. Trendy told me they’re planning to have NGP players playing against PS3 players. So this part is already a reality.”

    “All they need to add is the ability to save your status in the cloud so you can pick up and play on another device and they’re done. That’s not a hard problem to solve and I suspect Sony will offer a good solution for that via PSN at some point.”

    there you go a cross over device AKA NGP :)

  • I quote my text from: http://kotaku.com/5746393/save-your-ps3-games-in-thin-air
    Last line of the 3th paragraph

    So. Yes they CAN opt-out.
    Even your link in post 38 says “Game developers are said to be able to opt out of enabling the cloud feature.” (3th paragraph).

    But these can all be rumours. Will wait for it to be out for a while to see -real- confirmations.

  • yes i know that it said OPT-out but no confirmation from the blog 1 thing for sure we will get Cloud although the rumour said plus only but NGP will be cloud as well so it must be a free not a plus services or will it be a 2nd separate cloud to ps3 hmmm intresting. :|

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