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Sound Shapes' Brass and Nature DLC hits PS3, PS4 and PS Vita in North America today

Sound Shapes, developer Queasy Games' rhythm-based platformer, received two new packs of downloadable content today, Sony Santa Monica senior producer Zach Wood announced  in a post on the PlayStation Blog.  The $0.99 Brass Sound Pack includes "a ton" of brass horn sounds and loops as well as five new Beat School levels and trophies. The $0.99 Nature Art Pack contains surfaces and backgrounds like clouds, flowers, trees and more, each with a nature-themed aesthetic. Both DLC packs were previously released in Europe.  You can check out some selections from the Nature Art Pack in the video fromn YouTube user Kelly Callebaut below. For more on the game, which is available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, be sure to read Polygon's Sound Shapes review.

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Sony brings Killzone, Sound Shapes and trivia booth challenges to PAX East

Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that in addition to having its community team leads from Guerilla, Media Molecule, Naughty Dog, Sony Xdev and Sony Santa Monica at PAX East, it will also host booth challenges over the weekend. Some of the daily booth contents Sony will run include a Killzone Shadowfall Botzone Challenge where players have to kill as many bots in a set amount of time. The daily top three on the PAX leaderboard will win dog tags, downloadable content season passes, signed posters and a custom Killzone Dualshock 4 controller. There will be also be a Sound Shapes Speed Run in which players race the music of Deadmau5 'Invaderoids' for a chance to win DLC, full game codes and posters. The schedule for Sony's booth contents can be accessed here. PAX East will...

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Sony Santa Monica head helps lead the charge of women in games

Roughly 20 percent of staff at God of War studio Sony Santa Monica are women — a fact attributed to the tenure of studio head Shannon Studstill, according to a profile of the industry veteran by LA Times. This is atypical of most game studios, where — according to results published in Game Developer Magazine 2012 — women account for just 4 percent of programmers and engineers, 11 percent of designers and 16 percent of artists and animators based on a survey of 4,000 developers. "I feel like having a female in the room changes the dynamic in a positive way," Studstill said. "And we should acknowledge that and embrace it and be giving these women the opportunities that they deserve to have a voice at the table." Statistics regarding women in games remain largely unavailable, however,...

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Music-based games and movies discounted on PSN from Jan. 21-27

A selection of music-related games and movies will be on sale for the next week on the PlayStation Store, Sony announced today. The sale includes PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 games, with cross-buy titles thrown into the mix. PlayStation Network users will get discounts of up to 50 percent off the regular price, while the discounts will go up to 75 percent for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Games on sale include Queasy Games' Everyday Shooter (screenshot above) and Sound Shapes, as well as Harmonix's Rock Band Blitz and 24 Caret Games' Retro/Grade. Downloadable movies that are part of the sale include Detroit Rock City, Purple Rain, Spice World and The School of Rock. You can check out the full list of games and movies on the PlayStation Blog. ...

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PS4 launching with these 25 games in Europe

Sony is launching the PlayStation 4 in Europe starting this Friday, Nov. 29, and 25 games will be available for the console that day, the company confirmed today. Just like in North America, Housemarque's Resogun and Compulsion Games' Contrast are free to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Most of the games, but not all of them, will be available in all launch territories. Here's the full list: Angry Birds Star WarsPrice: £32.99/€34.99 Assassin's Creed 4: Black FlagPrice: £54.99/€69.99 Battlefield 4Price: £54.99/€69.99 Call of Duty: GhostsPrice: £54.99/€69.99 Contrast (included in PS Plus)Price: £12.79/€14.99 DC Universe OnlinePrice: Free-to-playAvailability: Not available in Russia, Turkey Escape Plan (cross-buy PS Vita/PS4)Price: £9.99/€12.99 Escape Plan Collection...

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Sound Shapes DLC brings art, albums and sounds today

Sound Shapes is receiving new downloadable content today that brings new art, levels and sounds to Queasy Games' musical platformer. According to a PlayStation Blog post by Sony Santa Monica senior producer Zach Wood, five new Milkcrate levels or "albums" will be available, some created by two unnamed "head honchos at Sony" and others by employees of Sony Santa Monica, who've worked on the God of War and PixelJunk series, The Unfinished Swan and Journey. They'll be available today with a free update. Two new Sound Packs will also be available today: the Vocoder Sound Pack with its "electro funk synthetic voices" and the Old School Sound Pack with its "flute loops and jazz bass." You can hear each in the trailer above and purchase them for $0.99 each. Developers will also release S...

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Why Sony brought Sound Shapes, Flower and more to PS4's launch

When the PlayStation 4 launches in North America on Friday, many PlayStation fans will find they already have a handful of free games waiting for them to download. Sony is bringing some of the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita's best downloadable games to PS4, in part to showcase its cross-platform "cross-buy" program and the power of its next-gen console. "Internally, we all love those games — Flow, Flower, Sound Shapes and Escape Plan," said Scott Rohde, software product development head at Sony Worldwide Studios America, noting that all four are available for Sony's three current platforms. "We're pretty proud and happy with our cross-buy program and we wanted to illustrate that on day one. [We wanted to] have a bunch of titles available so that if you had purchased them on other consoles,...

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Flow, Flower, Escape Plan, Sound Shapes coming to PS4 in Nov.

Sony is bringing four existing PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles — Flow, Flower, Escape Plan and Sound Shapes — to PlayStation 4 next month around the time of the console's launch, the company announced today. Flower developer thatgamecompany announced earlier this year that an outside developer would be porting the 2009 title to PS Vita. The game will be available on both PS Vita and PS4 on Nov. 15, making it a launch title for Sony's new console; it will be playable in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Sound Shapes, the music-based platformer that Queasy Games released on PS3 and PS Vita last year, will also launch alongside the PS4 on Nov. 15. The first game from thatgamecompany, 2007's Flow, is on its way to PS Vita as well as PS4; it will be released for both systems on Nov....

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Sound Shapes dev marks 1st anniversary with sale, gift, contest

Tomorrow, Aug. 7, is the one-year anniversary of Sound Shapes' North American release, and developer Queasy Games is marking the occasion with a half-off sale, a gift and a contest, the studio announced today. The PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita cross-buy title is on sale for $7.49, 50 percent off, from now through Aug. 13. In addition, all of the game's downloadable content is also half price during the sale, and avatars are free. Fans interested in more free content can post their Sound Shapes thoughts in this thread on the PlayStation forums in order to receive a free code via XMB message for the Car Mini-Album and Entity Pack. Posts must be made by 2:59 a.m. ET on Aug. 13 in order to be eligible for a code. Queasy Games is also holding a creation contest. Levels uploaded by Aug....

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Sound Shapes goes electronic with '80s and dubstep sound packs this week

Queasy Games will add new sounds this week to Sound Shapes, its well-received musical platformer, with sound packs for '80s and dubstep music, publisher Sony Computer Entertainment announced today. The '80s Sound Pack highlights the dance-oriented pop tunes of the decade with synthesizer samples and drum pad beats. Players looking for more modern sounds can pick up the Dubstep Sound Pack, which contains the heavy drops and wub-wub noises we've come to associate with every other video game trailer. Each pack features new notes and loops, along with five new PlayStation Network Trophies and five additional Beat School levels. Each of the two packs will cost $0.99, just like previous sound packs. The new packs will be released today in North America, tomorrow in Europe and Asia and...

Sound Shapes Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 08/07/2012
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Queasy Games
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 08/07/2012
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Queasy Games
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Queasy Games
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