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Sony Invests $20M In Independent Games

Sony, this week, announced a three year investment to increase its PlayStation Network user base. After the devastating attacks occurred at Sony, the company is trying to figure out what they can do to give them a better edge against Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and a better foothold in the gaming industry.

This is not to say that Sony has slipped to third spot, at least not yet, but I feel that the company is trying to take preventative care before it is too late.

Sony’s CEO Takes 16% Pay Cut

After three years of continuous losses, Sony’s CEO, Howard Stringer, is finally taking a 16% paycut in efforts to allocate that money to other parts of Sony. Okay, so 16% isn’t a lot from a $4.2 million salary, but hey, it’s something.

From the tragic earthquake that occurred in Japan, the company has lost about $3 million and continues to suffer losses after the devastating Sony hack that happened a few months ago from the LulzSec hacking group.

US Supreme Court Rejects Ban On Violent Games

The US Supreme court has recently rejected the 2005 California law that banned the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under age 18. Now, parents could still purchase these violent games for their children, but any store caught selling the game to a minor could face a fine up to $1,000.

The court ruled against the ban 7-2, in accordance with the free speech rights found in the US constitution. Contrary to some beliefs that violent video games pose a bad influence on young children, the courts upheld that they did not want to filter what children are exposed to and essentially left that duty up to the parents or caretakers of the child.

Next Wii Coming 2012- Official Announcement!

Nintendo has just announced news about the next Wii, due for next year. A playable version of this new gaming console will be available this summer at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles. The E3 expo is of course on June 7th, so mark your calendars! President Satoru Iwata from Nintendo stated that the company will “propose a new approach to home video game consoles.”

Iwata went on to say that “it’s difficult to make 3D images a key feature, because 3D televisions haven’t obtained wide acceptance yet.”

PlayStation Games On Your Smartphone, We’re Finally Here

Sony PlayStation games are now available on Google’s Android Market. So far, some PlayStation 1 games made available are: Syphon Filter, MediEvil, and Cool Boarders 2. The titles are available for $6.38 at the moment with many more expected to roll out in the coming weeks. This of course is all happening before Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY will be released.

The Xperia PLAY will be the first PlayStation Certified Android smartphone and will, as the name hints at, be able to play original PlayStation games downloaded through the Android Market. Verizon will be the only carrier to support the Xperia PLAY, at least for now, and the device it expected to ship…