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Hello there, everyone. Before announcing the winner (sorry to anybody who participated) I would quickly like to apologize for how late this is.

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Welcome to week two of my seventeen week giveaway. This week you could be up for the chance of winning the steam key for Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box.

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Hello there everyone! It’s finally time to announce the winners of last week’s competition. This time, there were two winners for reasons I will go on to describe.

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Do you like free things? Sure you do. Everyone likes free, right!? Well, this is the place for you. Read on to find out how you could win free games for the next eighteen weeks. Yep, you read that correctly!

The Sims is an iconic game series that first came out in February of the year 2000 and has since sold over one hundred and fifty million copies, but of course, you need no introduction to the series.

So, how would you like to be in with the chance to win this game thanks to the forum user EvilGrin who kindly donated this game and three expansion packs (High End Loft Stuff, Late Night and Date Night)?

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For those of you still interested in the PlayStation 2, and use the Softmod known as FMCB (Free McBoot) this will come of great interest to you as FMCB has received a huge overhaul from developer SP193.

For those of you who do not know, FMCB is a softmod for the PS2 that allows one to run homebrew applications (including but not limited to various loaders, ftp clients and emulators) and play backups of their games through either a disc based medium* or through a HDDLoader. It’s best asset however comes from the fact that it’s installed on the memory card so once installed it’s available on most PS2 consoles – in essence, you’ve hacked “every” PS2 console you’ve come into contact with. Furthermore, if your friend wants to have it you can place it on their card using your own.

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I was first introduced to the series on my seventh birthday, when my uncle rather reluctantly purchased Grand Theft Auto London 1969 at my behest. The series remains great, which is a testament to Rockstar and their creativity as most games of these era are (in my opinion) repetitive and for the most part; unenjoyable. If like me you’re a long time fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, you’ve no need for an introduction to what makes these games so amazing.

Each iteration has come to the PC after a period (generally between 6-8 months). While Rockstar are keeping quiet on whether GTA V will be ported over, it does seem rather likely.

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Quite some time ago I wrote an article regarding some design faults in the Vita, and also detailing how my console died, and required replacement. There were over a hundred comments and a lot of speculation regarding whether this was a design fault or not.

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Now here’s a strange turn of events. After all that complaining about the DRM and enforced internet connection, there is now a petition to actually bring back the ridiculous policies that Microsoft had planned to release on the Xbox One.

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Sony are giving us another great sale in celebration of 20 years of games consoles, and also to tide us over until the PlayStation 4. This sale will last from today (June 26th) until 10th of July and has some really amazing prices.

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Ever heard of PSIO? No, I hadn’t until recently but it’s something that has certainly fascinated me. The PSIO project is a way of playing PlayStation One games on the original console without any form of chip or back up disc, but through an SD Card that will have its own built in multifunctional operating system with the ability to play PlayStation One games, and possibly even Homebrew.

Here’s a brief summary from the project’s page:

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It’s such a small change, yet it is one that I have been waiting for since I first got Skype on my Vita. When the Skype compatibility was announced (if memory serves me well) they stated that it would be possible to talk while playing games with your friends, which seemed like a great idea; especially where multiplayer games such as Phantasy Star are concerned. However; this was not the case. Soon after the release, it was discovered that there was no way to minimize Skype without ending the call, and yet another promise was destroyed.

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Earlier today a post was made on the Spanish PlayStation blog stating that there’s now a post graduate course available that will help students learn all about the world of video games. The course itself will be taught by professionals from the industry, along with colleagues of Sony. This is rather an interesting step, and in all honesty; I would really like to see more courses like this available by multiple games companies.

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Sony have once again amused me. Initially, when the PlayStation Mobile thing came into being it was free for people to become developers, then they saw that they could make even more money out of it, and began to charge somewhere in the region of £70-90 annually (these are rough figures based on memory), and now, they’re stating that it’s possible to get it free again, but for a limited period, as we’ve mentioned a few weeks ago.

I personally think that everyone should sign up for this; even if you’ve no programming knowledge whatsoever. Why you may ask? Well, it opens up a lot for you. People can and have utilize this to make various applications that can aide the user.

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A recent image that has been circulating the internet (originating on the NeoGAF forum) has peaked my interest. It started rumors that Sega may be getting back into the console business.

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For those of you who actively follow the PS3 scene, you will already know about this but recently developer Flatz released the algorithm to making PS2 Iso files into PS2 Classics.

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