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Maguire: People will buy 3D content

"People who bought iPads will buy 3D TVs."

Sony Computer Entertainment's UK boss Ray Maguire has told Eurogamer that he has no worries about people buying into the company's 3D dream because there will always be early adopters.

Japan's PS3 3D game updates next week

Japan's PS3 3D game updates next week

SSHD, WipEout and PAIN. PAIN's to cost.

Sony has announced that the first 3D updates to PlayStation 3 titles will be released in Japan next week.

Patches for Super Stardust HD, WipEout HD and PAIN will be released on 10th June according to the Japanese press release.

While the 3D-specific updates to Super Stardust HD and WipEout HD will be free, gamers will need to pay 300 yen to grab the PAIN 3D update.

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PSN update: demos, DLC, more demos

PSN update: demos, DLC, more demos

inFamous! Marvel vs. Capcom! Red Gorillas!

There are demos aplenty on the PS3 Store this weekend, including tasters for inFamous, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

There's plenty more content for existing PS3 games as well. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena gets a map pack as does F.E.A.R. 2. There are some monster-themed costumes and level-making tools for LittleBigPlanet, plus some special Live recordings by Alice Cooper for Rock Band. Alice, remember, is a man. It's so confusing.

Also, note the excellent puzzler Fading Shadows for download on PSP. This costs 12 quid but is well worth the money. Pop over to our Fading Shadows review to find out more.

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Sony details PAIN Amusement Park

Sony details PAIN Amusement Park

More online bits and trophy support soon.

Sony has launched lots more information about its Amusement Park add-on for PAIN.

It will be out later this summer and will hop on the trophy support bandwagon, according to Sony spokesperson Travis Williams on the official US blog.

Amusement Park also finally lets you invite friends into your world over the Internet, rather than limiting you to the existing mini-game spin-offs.

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PAIN goes live on PAL PSN

Stranglehold pack pops up too.

After 30 years of hurt, which never stopped us dreaming, Sony Europe has released PAIN on PlayStation Network for GBP 4.99.

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Pain is funny...at least, when it happens to other people.

A lot of pain happens to other people in the PlayStation Network game named PAIN. You were probably expecting that. It's been available in the US since late November, but should be launching in Europe and Asia in early 2008.

The ability to laugh at the misfortune of others is a universal experience, even if the Germans created an exclusive word for it (I've always wanted to use "schadenfreude" in a review). Infants who are barely able to walk and entirely unable to talk will still burst into laughter at the sight of their fathers knocking their heads on a low-hanging light fixture, walking into a wall, stubbing their toes on furniture, or slipping on a freshly-waxed linoleum floor. This I know from personal experience.

As children grow older, this instinct to laugh at the injury of others remains - hence the popularity of Saturday morning cartoons. Even adults laugh at the pain of others, even if we rename it "slapstick" in order to avoid appearing mean and heartless. Do you really think YouTube (or the Internet itself, frankly) would be nearly as popular without video clips of people injuring themselves?

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PAIN hitting US PSN this week

Early January in Euroland.

Sony has said that PAIN - Idol Minds' quirky game about flinging people into a city and watching them get knocked silly by skyscrapers - will be released on the PlayStation Store this Thursday in the US.

Nov/Dec PS3 Store highlights

Games, glorious games*.

Following the arrival of a bunch of new stuff on PlayStation Network, Sony has announced plenty more is set to follow before the end of the year.

Throw yourself off a building

In Sony's new PS3 game PAIN.

Teenagers thrive on random chaos. You don't need an extensive market research report to tell you that. But Sony went ahead and commissioned one anyway, found out that the kids also like creativity, community, competition and other c-words, and the result is a new physics-based "action comedy" game built by Idol Minds called PAIN. It's due out exclusively on PS3 Store this Christmas.