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General Discussion / Sony closed down Lik-Sang
« on: October 24, 2006, 06:49:31 pm »
Important Notice: Out of Business due to Multiple Sony Lawsuits
Tue Oct 24 2006 21:58:51 Hong Kong Time - Corporate Info


Hong Kong, October 24th of 2006 -, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang's sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

As of today, will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed. Furthermore, Lik-Sang is working closely with banks and PayPal to refund any store credits held by the company, and the customer support department is taking care of any open transactions such as pending RMAs or repairs and shipping related matters. The staff of Lik-Sang will make sure that nobody will get hurt in the crossfire of this ordeal.

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment directly on the lawsuit against Lik-Sang, but recently went on to tell that "ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not - in PS3's case - backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty".

Lik Sang strongly disagrees with Sony's opinion that their customers need this kind of protection and pointed out that PSP consoles shipped from Lik-Sang contained genuine Sony 100V-240V AC Adapters that carry CE and other safety marks and are compatible world wide. All PSP consoles were in conformity with all EU and UK consumer safety regulations.

Furthermore, Sony have failed to disclose to the London High Court that not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang Mugs or Lik-Sang Badge Holders, starting just two days after Japan's official release, as early as 14th of December 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action). The list of PSP related Sony Europe orders reads like the who's who of the videogames industry, and includes Ray Maguire (Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Alan Duncan (UK Marketing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Chris Sorrell (Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Rob Parkin (Development Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited), just to name a few.

"Today is Sony Europe victory about PSP, tomorrow is Sony Europeís ongoing pressure about PlayStation 3. With this precedent set, next week could already be the stage for complaints from Sony America about the same thing, or from other console manufacturers about other consoles to other regions, or even from any publisher about any specific software title to any country they donít see fit. Itís the beginning of the end... of the World as we know it", stated Pascal Clarysse, formerly known as the Marketing Manager of

"Blame it on Sony. That's the latest dark spot in their shameful track record as gaming industry leader. The Empire finally 'won', few dominating retailers from the UK probably will rejoice the news, but everybody else in the gaming world lost something today."


General Discussion / Pixelation banner? ... Official banner now here :)
« on: September 21, 2006, 12:57:40 pm »
Wouldn't it be cool if Pixelation had smaller linkable banners of varying sizes? Dunno, just had the idea from Punaji actually.† ::)

General Discussion / Programmer Showcase: DSLiveWeather! (nds homebrew)
« on: August 27, 2006, 01:10:45 pm »
Hi guys,

I just wanted to tell you about DSLiveWeather!, my latest project. It's a homebrew weatherreport application for the DS. I'm actually not really convinced that there are homebrewers on Pixelopolis, but I thought you might want to know about the 'guy who doesn't post any pixel art'.  :P

Here's the link:


General Discussion / Idea: spreadingsomepixelartmagicdetail challenge
« on: July 04, 2006, 09:52:04 am »
I'm thinking about whether to post this or not, but as always I'm in a rush so I just post it and see what the replies will be like.

If you've been reading the topic about the 'future of pixel art', then you will notice the different arguments for and against the fact that pixel art will die out in videogames or in general. Now Adam's last post was really inspiring for this movement.
3D moves better, but it doesn't look better. It offers more flexibility and adapts to envirnoments more easily, but ultimately any single image being output by a 3D engine could probably be pixelled better by the hand of a talented artist. Pixelling isn't about mindless color and size restrictions, it's about squeezing the absolute most detail, style and meaning out of each pixel. And methodical, manual pixel manipulation always has the potential to look better than automated pixel output.

- Adam

This challenge is about really pushing the finest detail into a pixel art piece. I think it would be the best if we took a (part of a?) screenshot from a 3D game and choose a palette that differs from the colors in that screenshot and morph it into a detailed pixel art piece. Afterwards, if you had cut the piece out, you would put it back in so we can compare.

How does this idea sound? Too hard? Takes too much time?

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