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What's a great PS3 game for multiplayer gaming at the library?

My library has a Playstation 3 gaming program, and I'm looking to buy a few new games for it. Most of the people who come are ages 10-14, and I'm looking for games that would be appropriate for that age group (yes, I know most of them play Halo and Grand Theft Auto at home, but for the library they should really be rated T and under). We have some sports games (soccer, basketball, car racing) and some fighting games (Marvel Vs. Capcom, Street Fighter), and I'd really like a good game or two that doesn't fit in those boxes, but I'd be open to really good sports and fighting games. Oh -- and it should DEFINITELY have multiplayer. What should I get? (We definitely can't get a next-gen console.)
posted by Jeanne on Apr 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Guitar Hero controllers on PS3 and XBOX360?

I picked up an XBOX 360 Guitar Hero controller for very little money at a thrift store. But I do not have an XBOX, I have a PS3. So I have been doing some eBay research, but I am still rather confused. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Dec 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Want a (used?) PS3 - but which model?

PS4 is out, so time for me to get a PS3 and enjoy a sweet, sweet back catalogue of cheap, cheap games. But given that I also like to 'open' my consoles for media playing / emulator goodness, which new or used model should I buy? The main concern seems to be downgrading the official firmware from whatever it is now to 3.55 so that unofficial firmware can be installed. Is this easily done on all models (for example, the latest 12gb or 500gb jobs) or only older slim / fat models?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Dec 15, 2013 - 1 answer

I think I need a UPS? If so, which one?

When the heater in my place (convector) cycles off, my TV goes black for a second or two. I worry a lot about what this is doing to all of the electronics using outlets in the same wall as the convector. Do you think I need a UPS, and can you guide me through the process? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Nov 22, 2013 - 10 answers

PS3 or PS4 couch-to-couch trivia games?

My husband and I used to LOVE playing Buzz Quiz World on PS3 against random folks online. This was a few years ago before we had kids. Recently, we tried to resurrect the fun, only to find no one else playing online. Upon doing a little research, we see that they're shutting down the Buzz Quiz World servers completely! My question is this: Does anyone have an online multiplayer "couch-to-couch" quiz or trivia game they love? Does anyone even know of a single one that exists anymore? I just read through a comprehensive list of all games expected to come out on the PS4, and... NOTHING. Am I just an old, old lady? Buzz Quiz World was so much fun...
posted by nationalj on Oct 18, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I best replace my dead PS3 without losing all my stuff?

My beloved 60GB "Fat" PS3 has kicked, after many years of faithful service. I'm trying to figure out how to replace it with minimal hassle and without losing anything from the hard drive. Google search turns up conflicting advice. Long-ish explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by churl on Oct 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Need help troubleshooting PS3 power issue - not powering up from standby

I have a 1st gen PS3 (the fat one with the power switch on the back) which appears to be dying on me. Googling only turns up info for the 'yellow LED of death' or the 'unresponsive power button' issues which don't seem to apply here. More details inside [more inside]
posted by TwoWordReview on Sep 30, 2013 - 2 answers

I want to buy a PS3. I think?

How much will PlayStation 3s come down in price after the PlayStation 4 comes out? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Aug 23, 2013 - 16 answers

PS3 now, or PS4 later

As a mainly "used game" player, should I buy a PS3 now or wait for a PS4 and have to pay Sony's prices for back-compat streaming. Complicating factor: The Last of Us has released. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Jun 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Recently picked up a used Playstation 3. What games should I get?

I recently picked up a cheap used Playstation 3. I'm entirely new to console gaming but have played PC games for many years. What older, must-not-miss games are there for the system? I've heard about Uncharted 3 and Red Dead Redemption. Others?
posted by perissodactyl on Jun 11, 2013 - 36 answers

Is it worth it to buy a PS3 in 2013?

After reading this and this, I ended up watching walkthroughs for Bioshock: Infinite. Now I really want to play the game. I have never played an FPS. Is this a stupid idea? Also, should I buy a PS3? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on May 7, 2013 - 36 answers

seeking non-violent PS3 games with female protagonists

I'm looking for games available for the PlayStation 3 with (fully clothed, not overtly sexualized) female protagonists, or protagonists of unspecified gender. Ideally, the games would also be non-violent or minimally violent, and they would rely largely on puzzle-solving rather than time-sensitive and reflex-dependent jump-and-shoot strategies. [more inside]
posted by Elsa on Apr 25, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me transcode video for my PS3

I've got home video in a number of formats that I'm trying to convert to play on my PS3. I have a Very Large NAS with integrated UPnP server (a version of Twonky), so I'm not looking for a new way to stream the data. I've got Handbrake 0.9.8 for OS X, which doesn't (appear to) have a preset for the PS3. I've dug around a little bit, but every set of settings I've found either results in data the PS3 won't read, or video that's more artifacted than I expected (common symptom - horizontal striping when things move). Anyone have a good set of parameters to transcode to something the PS3 can use?
posted by hanov3r on Apr 10, 2013 - 10 answers

PS3 game recommendation for 15-yo girl and her old lady

A trip to Game Stop tonight looking for a PS3 game that I can enjoy with my 15 yo daughter was less than satisfactory. My daughter is pretty open as far as genre goes but I would prefer something not too graphic, and ideally would like a game that doesn't focus on killing at all. I'd also prefer something that doesn't require special equipment. Must have a 2 player mode but either cooperative or competitive is fine. Any great titles with these specifications?
posted by drlith on Feb 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Sneakin' around on the PS3

What PS3 games would you recommend for sneakin' around and quietly killing bad guys? Loved Batman: Arkham Asylum. [more inside]
posted by wolfnote on Dec 26, 2012 - 20 answers

NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3?

Have you used the NFL Sunday Ticket app for Play Station 3? If so, how bad was it? I am interested in hearing both about your experience with it last year and anything you've heard about changes or improvements for 2012. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Sep 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Recommended PS3 repair specialist in Vancouver, Canada?

Recommended PS3 repair specialist in Vancouver, Canada? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Aug 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Saved the galaxy a third time. What now?

Finished ME3. What should I play now? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Aug 8, 2012 - 18 answers

It's all about the Food Network.

How can my wife watch Food Network without cable TV? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jul 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Help get Amazon Prime to give me sound on my PS3

PS3 + Amazon Instant Video is giving me no sound. PS3 works perfectly with sound with all other games/movies etc. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Jul 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Quest: Great non-FPS PS3 games

Quest: Awesome PS3 games. What are some great PS3 games that came out this past academic year for a given value (inside) of great? [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Jul 9, 2012 - 26 answers

Does the PS3 "Backup Utility" actually back up PS1 and PS2 Virtual Memory Card savegames, or doesn't it?

Does the PS3 "Backup Utility" actually back up PS1 and PS2 Virtual Memory Card savegames, or doesn't it? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

What's the state of the art in fun, inclusive party gaming?

What's the latest and greatest in party-style competitive or cooperative (ideally four player or even more) videogames? Our current selection is a little bit long in the tooth and I'm wondering if there's something I should be purchasing or downloading to freshen things up for this weekend. [more inside]
posted by Joey Bagels on Jun 27, 2012 - 23 answers

I would like to get started on knowing what the heck is going on in the ps3 jailbreaking world. So that I may possibly get started on one myself.

PS3 jailbreaking seems to be quite an ambiguous cloud of crap can anyone possibly clarify it a bit do you have any suggestions as to some solid and reliable sources of information software required and tutorials? [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Jun 12, 2012 - 12 answers

No cable but need to watch TNT

I do not have cable or satellite and I need to watch a program on TNT. I have a TiVo DVR; PS3; Netflix streaming; ethernet connection to iMac. I am willing to spend a little money for the show. What's my best hope? (If the answer includes the ethernet connection to the computer, please explain clearly -- I'm not very computer savvy).
posted by rexknobus on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

I only barely understand what a lumen is

I'm getting a projector for gaming (and occasionally movies). It's across a living room, about 15 feet, to go on a wall. I've previously used just a boring office projector and that worked fine. I'm not super concerned about image quality; it needs to be good enough to read text on the "screen", but that's about it. Can I get away with an LED projector? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on May 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me watch my games on my TV, as it was meant to be.

Looking for programs that will reliably change .mkv files to files watchable on a PS3 or iPad. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Apr 29, 2012 - 23 answers

I need a time waster.

I like to have a simple, fun PS3 game kicking that I can pick away at whenever I have some free time. I just finished DaBlob2 and that was fun, but now I need a new game. Suggestions? Bonus points for the game being inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Mar 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Internet Browsing on PS3

Since the Xbox 360 doesn't have a browser I am unable to connect to Xbox Live on a public internet connection because the 360 cannot give me access to the user agreement (if anyone knows a way around that, I'd like to know). Does anyone know if the PS3 has a browser capable of going on a public wifi and agreeing to the user agreement? I ask this because I am considering purchasing one for the library I work at. This will allow me to download updates for our games.
posted by zzazazz on Feb 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find the scariest games around

Help me fire the scariest games around for the iPad and the PS3. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Jan 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Can switching semi-frequently between monitor inputs cause damage to an LCD monitor?

Can switching semi-frequently between monitor inputs cause damage to an LCD monitor? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on Jan 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I make my USB PS3 Singstar microphones work with my Wii?

Can I make my USB PS3 Singstar microphones work with my Wii? [more inside]
posted by richb on Dec 31, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I play classic NES/SNES games on my TV?

I want to do NES/SNES emulation, and play the games on my HDTV. What's the best way to do this (details inside)? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Dec 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Cross-Platform Connectivity

Help me use my PS3 controller with my MacBook Pro! [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Dec 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Can an Xbox 360 or PS3 Play Archived Ripped DVDs

Can an XBox 360 and/or Playstation 3 be made to play archived/ripped DVDs that preserve the menu structure? Is there a guide for doing that somewhere? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Nov 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Suggest some online PS3 coop games?

Recommend some good online multiplayer cooperative games for the PS3? (with a split-screen twist!) [more inside]
posted by cschneid on Oct 31, 2011 - 11 answers

A mac, a ps3 and a comcast walk into a bar

I've been having an (infuriating) issue getting my PS3 to play nice with my Comcast cable internet. System updates and game patches, but not downloads from the Playstation Store, seem to be getting throttled. The download will proceed normally at first, but then will stall at some arbitrary point., and eventually time out. [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Oct 31, 2011 - 12 answers

ROGUES ROGUES EVERYWHERE but there is unfortunately a more limited selection for Macs

I need roguelike or roguelike-like games that will work on OS X Lion or an iPhone 4, maaaaybe a PS3 but I'm not looking to spend much money. I have some optional preferences. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Oct 12, 2011 - 18 answers

Game Console Emulator Software for PC?

I want to play "Red Dead Redemption." I do NOT want to buy a console to do so. [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on Oct 6, 2011 - 18 answers

PS3 Driving / Racing Game for 5 Year Old

Best PS3 Driving / Racing game for 5 and 6 year old? What steering wheel control to get? [more inside]
posted by mtstover on Sep 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me get my PS3 back on the Playstation Network

I lost the password for my Playstation Network account, and no longer have access to the associated email address. How do I get my PS3 back online? [more inside]
posted by slogger on Sep 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Wii vs. PS3 vs. XBox vs. ?

My son is 8 years old. I am considering giving him (OK, us) a new gaming console. I don't know which one is best. That's because I am technologically unaware. Which console would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by YamwotIam on Jul 4, 2011 - 25 answers

PS3 games for the uncoordinated gamer?

PS3 games for the uncoordinated gamer? After years of practice, I can play God of War 3 on Easy mode, but other games are leaving me stalled and frustrated. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Jun 24, 2011 - 28 answers

low-res looking-glass

Is it the game (Alice: MR) or the system (ps3) that is forcing me to play in 480 mode instead of 1080? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jun 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Best platform for fitness and dance?

Which is the best gaming platform (wii, xbox, etc) and software to learn how to dance, yoga, cardio, and strength training? Oh yeah, I also want to run Netflix through it.
posted by Juicylicious on May 31, 2011 - 9 answers

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT not slim) can handle?

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT) can handle? [more inside]
posted by omaralareefi on Mar 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Any chance of getting metadata for streaming media to display on PS3?

Is there any way to get metadata to show up when using the PS3 as a streaming media player? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Mar 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Is a bigger xbox really necessary?

Thinking about getting an xBox 360 with Kinect. Is the larger size really worth $100? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Mar 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Suggest a really scary PS3 game?

I've got this great new HDTV. I've got my 5.1 surround sound system. I've got my PS3. I've got my blackjack gum. Now all I need is a really terrifying game. [more inside]
posted by Myca on Mar 3, 2011 - 16 answers

PS3

PlayStation3 has stopped playing with Netflix. I have done the fixes I found on internet and set a help request to Playstation. However, if y'all have the solution, it would saving me waiting for Playstation to get back to me. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Feb 19, 2011 - 4 answers

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