PlayStation TV Given Introductory Video Overview For Europe

The upcoming set-top box from Sony known as ‘PlayStation TV’, already existent in its home country of Japan (where it is known as ‘PS Vita TV’) and soon to do so in the USA (as of 14 October), amongst other markets, is preparing for a multi-national release in Europe on 14 November, and have begun the process of helping some of its potential new users prepare.

playstation_tvThe product’s impending release in two and six weeks, respectively, will give the product a much wider coverage on the global market, and Sony will be hoping that the PSTV can make a strong starting impression. To let users know what they could be buying, they have unveiled an official minute-long clip introducing the product and its features in both gaming and streaming purposes.

The official video description notes of the device: “PlayStation TV is a sleek and compact console with hundreds of Playstation games available to download or stream. Whether using as a second console for your bedroom or the primary gaming system in your living room, PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.”

Set to release at a price of £84.99/€99.99 with 1GB built-in storage and 3 free games, will the PlayStation TV grow its reputation with their European release? Some people not in the continent will already know first-hand what the product is all about, but for those who don’t:

WWW Founder Calls For Internet Magna Carta

Just over 25 and a half years after he first invented the concept of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has spoken out regarding internet censorship, suggesting that the Internet could do with a base set of constitutional laws that outline what should and shouldn’t be allowed online.

sir_tim_berners-leeBerners-Lee, a director of the World Wide Web Consortium and an outspoken advocate of web freedom, claimed that a ’21st century version’ of the Magna Carta (a famed English document of 1215 (itself nearing a significant anniversary, the 800th) that remains the basis of many national and governing constitutions today), so as to outline a users’ right to ‘an open and free internet’.

Speaking at the Web We Want festival in London (England), Berners-Lee summarised: “If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life.

“If a government can block you going to, for example, the opposition’s political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power. Suddenly the power to abuse the open internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies. There have been lots of times that it has been abused, so now the Magna Carta is about saying… I want a web where I’m not spied on, where there’s no censorship.”

Whether the father of internet will receive his wish in the long-running struggle between freedom and corporate power remains to be seen, so it is left to the rest of the world to debate as to whether such a document would be feasible… although certain countries would best be repeatedly reminded on the principles should such an idea become reality:

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European Regulators Fully Lift Plane Mobile Device Limitations

After a nation-wide movement was passed this time last year in the USA, a similar one on a continental level has been made in Europe this week, after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that passengers on flights occurring fully within their jurisdiction would be permitted to use their mobile devices in moments of the journey previously unallowed.

easa_logoPassengers would previously have had to put their smartphones and tablet computers (amongst other products) into ‘Airplane Mode’ or turned off completely during take off and landing of flights, but usefully for the masses of European air travelers that limitation will soon be lifted, as the EASA set a target timeframe of 8 months in which to complete the implementation of this new ruling.

To accomplish this, the change will not be made instantly, with individual airlines associated with the EASA set to be required to go through assessment processes by the Cologne (Germany)-based organisation, with the need to prove that their fleet of aircraft’s communications will remain unaffeced by signals from device usage.

An official EASA statement on the matter read: “The new guidance allows airlines to permit personal electronic devices to stay switched on, without the need to be in airplane mode. This is the latest regulatory step toward enabling the ability to offer ‘gate-to-gate’ telecommunication or Wifi services.”

The removal measure, to be made law (or rather, no longer a law) within all EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, will provide European flyers with full device usage by June 2015, so will electronic interference then be further proven as a rarity and/or modern myth causing other locations to follow suit?

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A+E Networks Announce Duck Dynasty Video Game

A common occurrence for many popular TV shows now is to move into the video game industry with an official-bannered title that often doesn’t deliver too much on the quality front if you are a live-action show, traits that look like being picked up again in the near future after an announcement that proves even reality TV has a shot at offering their own video games.

duckdynasty_onaboatLooking to make their mark on a strong video game industry, A+E Networks show have revealed that you will be able to play a game based on Duck Dynasty by the end of the year.

Carrying some high-profile publication support in the form of Activision (best-known for more renowned video gaming ‘dynasties’ including Call of Duty, Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Guitar Hero, and Destiny), the Duck Dynasty project claims to be one that is heavily based on the reality TV show, with players beginning in ‘the heart of the Louisiana Bayou’ with the Robertson clan, known for manufacturing hunting goods including duck calls.

A+E Networks executive Dan Suratt summarised: “We’re thrilled to bring Duck Dynasty to gaming consoles. Activision has truly captured the unique personalities of the Robertsons in an engaging, action-packed interactive experience the whole family will enjoy.”

Those ‘action-packed interactive experiences’ will include the ability to hunt, race and perform various tasks around the ranch in the player’s quest to ‘become a full-fledged Robertson’, with most of the family claimed to be voiced by their real-life counterparts, including Phil, Willie, Jase, Korie, Kay, and Si.

Preparing to launch by the end of the year on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo 3DS, Duck Dynasty, currently on 6 seasons, looks around a decade old going by its promotional images and trailer, but will the TV-to-video game formula prove some sort of successful venture for them. Many gaming fans of the series will be distraught if there isn’t a ‘make homophobic comments to a magazine‘ mini-game included as well…

…So it appears as though they’re actually serious about making this, but how long before people claim the new game is trying to rip off a classic?

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Adult Swim Give Black Dynamite Season 2 Premiere Date

Whilst most of the animated comedy industry will be focused on a Family Guy and The Simpsons cross-over and a South Park season premiere airing this week, some fans of a certain cult show in the genre will have their eyes trained to a few weeks from now, when Black Dynamite: The Animated Series comes back to air next month.

black_dynamite_sprintAfter showing a 10-episode first season and a previously web-exclusive pilot episode in 2012 on Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim late-night programming brand, Black Dynamite, adapted from the hit live-action blaxploitation parody film of 2009, has been keeping it tight and outta sight for 2 years, but has now been confirmed for its long-anticipated 2nd season of the same length, with a premiere set for Saturday 18 October at 10:30 pm (ET/PT) on Adult Swim.

Carrying over much of the cast and crew of the film to work behind-the-scenes on the series, Black Dynamite‘s second season will be overseen by executive producer Carl Jones, and featuring the lead voice talents of co-creator Michael Jai White as the titular character, and supported by Byron Minns, Tommy Davidson, and Kym Whitley, as their characters encounter more unusual and action-filled situations related to 1970’s pop culture.

Davidson, who voices “Cream Corn”, said of why viewers should tune into the second season in an interview with Black Film: “Because it’s really good. It’s just like In Living Color. When you come across something that’s really good, it’s a great feeling. There’s not a lot of quality out there when you think of content and you can say quality is perception, but when you come to reality, a lot of people who don’t have talent can still get to a place where everyone can see them; and it levels the playing field between those who are talented and those who are not. You just have to pick your poison.”

Whether that poison for new viewers is in Black Dynamite: The Animated Series will be seen with the reviews and ratings, so for now you can get a small feel of the show with the preview clips below:

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Charlie Sheen Reveals Desire To Return On Two and a Half Men

While he has been doing pretty well for himself since leaving with the current 100-episode run of his starring role in FX sitcom Anger Management, actor and heavy tipper Charlie Sheen has revealed that he is longing to make one last appearance on old show Two and a Half Men.

charlie_sheen_remoteIn an interview, Sheen claimed that he would be “100%” willing to appear in the final episode of the show, should the producers of the show be willing to forget the past as he is for such a purpose.

Sheen had been the lead cast member of the CBS sitcom for its first 8 seasons and 177 episodes, but a falling out with creator Chuck Lorre and subsequent bizzare antics (including the phrases “tiger blood” and “winning”) in 2011 led to his sacking from the series, replaced by Ashton Kutcher.

Since then, the ‘half man’ Angus T. Jones found his role reduced to ‘recurring’ following controversial statements of his own and his age no longer supporting the plot, and the series is set to close up for good at the end of the upcoming 12th season premiering 30 October, an event the former lead wants to be a part of.

Speaking to E! News, Sheen ironically stated: “I just want to do it classy.”

He added: “I want to do it in a way that still services what the show is today, and also honours what it was when I was there. Who knows? I’m sure they are over there right now, pen to paper, trying to figure something out. If it’s not done properly, then there is no reason to do it. But it’s a pretty smart group over there and I’m sure they will figure something. Something that makes sense to everyone.”

Showrunner Lorre denied the rumours that his team were in discussion with Sheen, and stated of the issue in a separate interview with E!: “We’ve been really focused on finding a storyline that puts Jon [Cryer] and Ashton [Kutcher] front and centre in a really interesting, provocative, hopefully funny story. That was our priority going into this year, was to do a storyline that puts these two guys right in the middle of it. So outside characters will come in as they do, but that’s not the focus.”

All of Charlie Sheen’s talk of reconciliation with producers and fellow cast members is all well and good, but there is still the simple obstacle that they killed off his character in-show…

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