Friday Highlights

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  • So, Barnes & Noble did announce their “poor man’s iPad,” the Nook Color.  7″ touch screen device for reading ebooks, a full integrated internet browser, select games and even a social function that lets you announce what you’re reading to friends on Facebook and Twitter.  It looks nice, but I’m a little iffy.
  • Blizzard is offering a Day-and-Date release of Cataclysm, and even going a step further by letting you pre-load the game right now.  All you have to do is head over to and log in to your account.  Purchase the expansion.  Log in to World of Warcraft once to begin the download, and then wait ’til Dec. 7th at 12:01AM to jump into the fun.
  • Sony continues to show that – despite not having that special something – they do know how to treat their paying customers.  Instead of charging them for free or already paid-for services like Netflix, Sony is upping their pay-level service by offering Playstation Rewards.  I present to you, in an attempt to fill space, their press release:

PlayStation(r)Rewards Gives Loyal PlayStation(r) Fans a New Way to Earn Exclusive Status and Recognition

October 27, 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC (SCEA) today unveiled its new loyalty program, PlayStation(r)Rewards, designed to give PlayStation(r) fans in the United States the opportunity to gain exclusive status, recognition, and rewards based on a variety of PlayStation-centric activity they engage in across the PlayStation ecosystem.

PlayStation Rewards will begin as an invitation-only beta, including early adopters of PlayStation(r)Plus and Gamer Advisory Panel (GAP) members, who will have the chance to help shape the program and get a head start on obtaining exclusive rewards. The full public launch is scheduled for Spring 2011, when registered PlayStation(r)Network fans will be able to join the free loyalty program. During the beta phase, the program will be focused on rewarding activity from PlayStation(r)3 (PS3(tm)) owners, eventually adding in PSP(r) (PlayStation(r)Portable) owners over time.

There are three reward tiers for PlayStation Reward members to attain, consisting of “Select,” “Pro” and “Legendary,” in increasing order. Members advance through each tier based on their level of engagement and actions across the PlayStation ecosystem, including playing new games for the first time, buying content from PlayStation Network in PlayStation(r)Store or PlayStation(r)Home, downloading movies and TV shows, or engaging in communication with PlayStation like taking surveys, for example. As their status increases, so do the rewards. Members can go to their profile page and look at the reward progress meter to find their current status level and see how close they are to reaching the next level.

Everyone who participates in PlayStation Rewards has the opportunity to earn a wide range of exclusive rewards. Some examples include exclusive PSN avatars that display member status in the program, dynamic themes and PlayStation Home content, as well as the opportunity to participate in members-only sweepstakes and giveaways, the first of which is an all expenses paid trip to be PlayStation’s guest at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

“PlayStation’s most important asset is its loyal fans and PlayStation Rewards gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation for their amazing passion and desire to continually evolve the gaming world,” said Susan Panico, senior director, PlayStation Network. “We can’t thank our fans enough for the feedback they have given us over the years and look forward to even more dialog to help us evolve PlayStation Rewards to make it the best possible loyalty program it can be.”

With the holidays fast approaching, I am actually surprised about the lack of extremely cool announcements coming out.  Maybe that will change in the next 2 months, but I have honestly seen nothing that really knocks me as being “Sooooo Coooool” or that has me drooling wanting more.  Maybe folks are still being a little frugal this year to make sure the economy really is on the rise, despite Halloween spending being reported as huge.  And, as I said, I’m very interested in the Nook Color, but until I can check it out myself and let it woo me, I’ll continue reading on my fine old black and white Nook that is still less than a year old.


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