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New for the PlayStation 3 this week on the PlayStation Store is Saints Row IV! In the fourth title of the popular Saints Row series, the Earth has been invaded and it’s up to you to free the world from Overlord Zinyak and his alien empire. Play with homies new and old by your side, and an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons.

Check out these other new titles out this week for the PlayStation 3: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers.

Also, new this week for both PlayStation 3 and PS Vita is the world’s first-ever two-button fighting game DiveKick. Enjoy this comedic parody of classic fighting games with tons of humorous references and great inside jokes that the true fighting game fan won’t want to miss.

It’s also the first title in the PS Vita Summer Select going on now! Each week for the next four weeks a new selected title will be releasing and as part of the promotion PS Plus members will get to enjoy each one at a 20% discount. Plus, to make it even better, each title will be a cross-buy for PS Vita and PS3!

A few other great new title out this week are Ms. Germinator for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, and The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season for the PS Vita.

There’s also another array of pre-orders for you to check out this week: Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield 4, Battlefield 4 Premium, and Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse.

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We’re also celebrating games made in Canada with the Fan Expo Sale going on now! Don’t miss out on great games like Guacamelee!, Critter Crunch, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon and tons more for up to 50% off, up to 75% for PS Plus members.

You can find the full list of games and deals in this week’s update here.

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ShaunofTheDeadWith director Edgar Wright’s latest film, The World’s End, hitting theaters today, our thoughts naturally turned to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the first two movies of The Cornetto Trilogy starring Wright’s frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

The World’s End promises to deliver iconic cult classic moments such as Shaun of the Dead’s infamous LP flinging, zombie-beheading scene as well as Hot Fuzz’s brain-freeze, brain-wave moment. Make sure to head to a theater near you to watch this Wright classic this weekend and check back later this year for its digital release.

This weekend we’re revisiting the records that became part of an ever-more-desperate yet somehow still completely calm fight against the encroaching zombie apocalypse.

Blue Monday: It’s not clear which of Blue Monday’s records they were referring, Rewritten or What’s Done Is Done, but either way this one got THROWN.

Prince: This was a mixed bag, with classic albums Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ The Times getting SAVED from being used as zombie killers while the Batman soundtrack was quickly THROWN, though not particularly well.

Dire Straits: It’s not stated which album it was but we hope it wasn’t the classic Brothers in Arms album that got THROWN.

Stone Roses: We would never throw The Complete Stone Roses, but in the movie this was THROWN.

Sade: Diamond to Life mostly got THROWN because it belonged to Shaun’s ex-girlfriend but either way it still got flung at a zombie and broken into bits.

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MU_BackToSchool_US_FB-WallIt’s about that time, students. Over the next few weeks, many of you will be dusting off your calculators and getting back to class. After a summer of sleep and limited responsibility, it may take some time to get your brain motivated for another year of learning. Fortunately for you, the Music Unlimited service is here to help.

Now available in the premium channels section is the new Back to School Channel, featuring songs hand-picked to inspire you with all the things that await you this school year. We took the theme pretty literally, with songs like “Be True to Your School,” (The Beach Boys) “ABC,” (Jackson 5) and “School Spirit,” (Kanye West). However, we also remind you that “We Are Going to Be Friends,” (The White Stripes) no matter if you’re “Fifteen” (Taylor Swift) or “Going Away to College” (Blink-182). If you’re “Popular” (Nada Surf) or not, “You Can’t Judge a Book,” (Rick Springfield) if you’re just “Trying to Be Cool” (Phoenix). Just stay out of trouble so you don’t end up in the “Principal’s Office” (Young MC) and certainly “Don’t Be a Dropout” (James Brown).

So hunker down on that homework you “Bookworm,” (Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s) and get listening to the channel. Have a great school year!

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Shōji Kawamori is an anime legend. From co-creating the “Macross” universe to creating several of the original Transformers: G1 toy designs to his current role as an executive director of the animation studio Satelight, his contribution to this community has been profound and significant.

In the spirit of #AnimeAugust, we caught up with this infamous mecha designer to discuss his fond appreciation of the anime genre and his unique contribution to future and past iconic franchises. Watch as Shōji Kawamori describes the future of the Macross Universe and more in our exclusive interview with him.

Are you a fan of Kawamori-san’s work? Have a Shoji Anime Marathon Weekend by watching one of the TV Shows and films he’s worked on below:

  1. Macross Plus
  2. Eureka 7 AO
  3. Ghost in the Shell
  4. Glass Fleet
  5. Aquarion

Read the full transcript of our interview with Mr. Shōji Kawamori:

Sony Entertainment Network: What are your thoughts regarding Macross’ 30th anniversary?

Shōji Kawamori:  Macross is something that I have been working on since I was a student. 30 years has passed since the beginning, which counts for more than half of my life. I am really happy that Macross has been enjoyed not only by Japanese fans but also many fans overseas. Macross consists of three main components: music, songs against the wars of transforming robots and triangle relationships. Macross’ success today would never have been achieved without my staffs’ hard work and other supporters.

SEN: What’s next for the Macross universe?

SJ: I have several ideas for the next Macross project, which won’t be limited to TV and movies. For example, last year, we did some musical performances in Japan and would like to explore different types of media.  I’m also considering some different series that are focused mainly on mecha features, music, or a love triangle.

SEN: What originally inspired you to become a mecha designer as well as an anime creator?

SJ: I first became interested in mecha design and animation through discovery of NASA’s space programs, Apollo programs, and vehicles like spaceships, airplanes, cars, and the Thunderbird.  In addition, my painter friends at my middle school inspired me as well.

SEN: What did you enjoy the most about working with Hajime Katoki-san in Stardust Memory?

SJ: Well, as for Katoki-san his work consists of creating mechanical parts, while I enjoy working on gimmicks and transforming parts.  I’ve known Katoki-san since he became a professional and every time we work together I enjoy it.

SEN: Which of your next major projects are you most excited about?

SJ: I just finished working for a TV series called AKB 0048 about 3 months ago. The next project I’m working on is one of the “Fool” projects titled “Nobunaga The Fool”, which will debut as a stage performance.  In “Nobunaga the Fool”, Japanese and Western historical military commanders and warriors such as Jeanne d’Arc battle against each other in a futuristic world.

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ASAP FERG WORK REMIX IMAGEYesterday, A$AP Ferg released his debut album Trap Lord, the 2nd release from his collective A$AP Mob after the massive success of A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP earlier this year. The 24-year-old has received accolades from places Complex Magazine for the first single, “Work,” with the Remix version (which made the cut for the album) receiving similar praise. The album comes out in a big way with guest appearances from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, French Montana, Waka Flocka Flame and of course, A$AP Rocky. In an XXL Magazine feature, Ferg explains that a “Trap Lord” is the struggle to do better, much in line with the A$AP mantra of “Always Strive And Prosper.” Look out for the first compilation from the collective later this year.

To celebrate his release, A$AP Ferg sent us an eclectic list of some of his favorite tracks, book-ended with songs from his album and A$AP Rocky’s. Enjoy!

  1. A$AP Ferg ft. A$AP Rocky – “Work” (Remix)
  2. A$AP Rocky – “Peso
  3. The Notorious B.I.G. – “One More Chance
  4. Missy Elliot – “The Rain
  5. Craig Mack – “Flava In Ya Ear
  6. Shabba Ranks – “Trailer Load A Girls
  7. LL Cool J – “I’m Bad
  8. Phil Collins – “In The Air Tonight
  9. Selena – “Dreaming of You
  10. 2Pac – “Hit ‘Em Up
  11. A$AP Ferg ft. A$AP Rocky – “Shabba
  12. A$AP Rocky ft. Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam – “Wild For The Night

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Stranger: J.J. Abrams’ teases his “mystery” project with a captivating black and white trailer.

Watch more of Abrams’ riddle rides on the Video Unlimited service: Super 8, Cloverfield

Vampire Academy: Releasing this Valentine’s Day, an academy full of vampires defend themselves from a myriad of outside threats.

More supernatural teen angst awaits you here: Beautiful Creatures, Twilight
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When the Music Unlimited service hits the PlayStation4 this November it will sport a number of new, fan-requested features, including the easier search and discovery, the ability to play music in the background while playing a game and easier access through the PS Button on the DualShock 4 to control volume and skip through tracks.

Watch Sony’s Jim Ryan introduce these new features on the Gamescom stage.

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Live, Long and Prosper. Star Trek Into Darkness releases today! See what other TV Shows debuted, what films released and what weekly deals begin this week on the PlayStation Store!

Star Trek Into Darkness, one of the hottest films from this year’s summer blockbuster season, makes its PlayStation Store debut this week with a new spin on the iconic series. When ruthless mastermind Khan declares a one-man war on the Federation, Captain Kirk, Spock and the daring crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise set out on their most explosive manhunt of all time. It will take everything in their arsenal to defend Earth and eliminate Khan’s deadly threat. Watch J.J. Abrams’ “clever, exhilarating action adventure.” (USA Today) available now to buy before its DVD and Blu-ray release!

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During E3, we mentioned that the Music Unlimited service would be available for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) at launch and today during Gamescom we revealed some great features we think you’ll love.

The new Music Unlimited streaming service features a completely redesigned user interface that was specifically enhanced for PS4. It is faster, simple to use, and enables gamers to easily discover new artists and songs from the Music Unlimited library, which includes over 22 million songs globally.

For more on today’s announcement visit the PlayStation Blog here.

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NewReleases820Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums & singles below.

Highlights:

  • John Mayer gets a little bit country on his 6th studio album, tracing into his blues roots with a few songs to break the mold featuring girlfriend Katy Perry as well as Frank Ocean.
  • The debut from one of the youngest of the Odd Future collective, Earl Sweatshirt, setting the stage as one of the most promising newcomers of the year.
  • A$AP Mob’s A$AP Ferg’s first album, following in the footsteps of the wildly successful A$AP Rocky record with a sound all his own.
  • The soundtrack for the upcoming film The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, featuring tracks from Bassnecectar, Demi Lovato, Jessie J, AFI and more.

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