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Your New Blog Manager

Hi Everybody,

It’s my great pleasure to announce to you today that James Gallagher is now officially our new Blog Manager.

I’m sure you’ll all agree with me that James, over the last month, has been doing a fantastic job of updating you with the latest news from E3 and creating some original and interesting features. I particularly liked the build up to E3 with the reviews of the previous years. If you’ve missed these posts you can read them here

James comes from a journalistic background and has a high interest in games. He has been creating content for eu.playstation.com for the last two and half years.

When James applied for the job, I asked him what he would like do differently on the blog and he had some really good ideas; you can definitely expect more interactive content such as live chats and competitions. But above all, James will do his best to be at the start of conversations between you and PlayStation whether you read the Blog, follow us on Twitter or get involved on our Facebook fanpage .

Please join me in congratulating James for his new position and don’t hesitate to let him know what kind of content you’d like to see more of on the Blog.

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Guillaume Couturier 15 July, 2010 @ 10:33
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Congratulations again, James ! ;)

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 10:41
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Merci beaucoup, Guillaume.

Congrats James, looking forward to your posts

Congrats James :D

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Congrats James.

almighty-slayer 15 July, 2010 @ 10:37
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Congratulations James, my friend. Couldn’t think of a better man for the job.

Big congrats James . You have already proven you do an excellent job responding back to the community so the right person got the job . :)

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 10:44
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Many thanks, there will be a lot more responses to comments from now on, from all authors. SCEE people that disobey will be destroyed.

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 10:39
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Thanks everyone, perhaps you can help me with something? I feel like a new job warrants a new avatar but I can’t think of what to choose. Maybe you could post some links to images on the web to kick-start my imagination? It can be anything… within reason, of course!

Congrats James!

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Congratulations James. :)

I enjoyed the nostalgic look back you gave us with previous E3 shows.

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 10:56
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Glad to hear it. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and intend to do more retro stuff on here.

Good stuff, especially like the sound of:

“James will do his best to be at the start of conversations between you and PlayStation”

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Yes, I looked at the headline and thought ‘aww, but I liked James’ then read the article and I’m really happy :-) Congratulation James, you’re doing great!

As for an avatar for your new position, perhaps something a la http://coop.deadsquid.com/images/SheriffBadge.jpg

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:00
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That’s pretty funny! I was thinking about a crown but perhaps that seems a bit arrogant.

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Congratz James can’t wait to see more of your work on here ;-)

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Congrats James, looking forward to working with you more closely sir ;)

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:02
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Be careful what you wish for!

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@13 I like that one :-D

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Congrats James, nice little pat rise for you eh ;) lol JK

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:02
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Come on… you know I only do it for the love!

kingofscotland 15 July, 2010 @ 11:00
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Congratulations James, just watch out for Mike making a move now you’ve moved up in the world ‘working more closely’ yeah right Mike! lol

And I think you should go for a Kevin Butler Avatar cos he is genious and represents what you are doing with the blog ‘connecting with the people in a non corporate fashion’

Here is an idea http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j145/Jvchequer/1687wh5.gif

A Kevin butler avatar would be epic lol . Definetly need an avatar that reflects your new higher position .

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:05
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I don’t want to show off about it though… maybe this http://bit.ly/bJkXhn ?

“SCEE people that disobey will be destroyed”

It’s about time :-D

Congratulations James ;-)

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Congrats James!

You are also responsible of the localized blogs? There are a lot of work on spanish’s blog to get at same level of this blog. I always question me where can I make my suggestions

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:07
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Yes, I will be working with the local blog managers and I’d be really interested to hear how you think we can improve. You can post your suggestions in here.

Well, it would be nice if the movies that are embedded in this blog worked with the PS3 browser.
Now it shows ‘application not supported’ boxes instead of movies.

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:14
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That’s the first thing on my list of things to fix and I was actually hoping it would have been sorted by now, so I’ll look into it.

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Congratulations James, very well deserved for sure!

Congrats James, you already seem to be quite active on the Blog so let’s hope that continues – I wouldn’t expect you to compete with Mike ‘Comment King’ Kebby, but the odd reply here and there to show you are listening is always nice!

I look forward to the new ideas you’re planning to bring to the blog – the recent ‘Spot the Game’ competition Mike ran for example was a lot of fun (if a little ill-thought out in it’s execution!)

If I had a couple of suggestions to start with they would be:

1) Make the blog compatible with the PS3 browser, why continue to use Viddler if Viddler doesn’t work with the PS3? Either update the PS3 browser or change your provider, there are several others that work on the PS3.

2)Use Twitter a bit more other than simply posting links to blog articles, I find Twitter a much better way for organisations like SCEE to communicate with their customers rather than Facebook (but that’s mainly because I don’t use Facebook!). Also do you have a personal Twitter accou...

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Congrats James, you already seem to be quite active on the Blog so let’s hope that continues – I wouldn’t expect you to compete with Mike ‘Comment King’ Kebby, but the odd reply here and there to show you are listening is always nice!

I look forward to the new ideas you’re planning to bring to the blog – the recent ‘Spot the Game’ competition Mike ran for example was a lot of fun (if a little ill-thought out in it’s execution!)

If I had a couple of suggestions to start with they would be:

1) Make the blog compatible with the PS3 browser, why continue to use Viddler if Viddler doesn’t work with the PS3? Either update the PS3 browser or change your provider, there are several others that work on the PS3.

2)Use Twitter a bit more other than simply posting links to blog articles, I find Twitter a much better way for organisations like SCEE to communicate with their customers rather than Facebook (but that’s mainly because I don’t use Facebook!). Also do you have a personal Twitter account or are you using the official one only? Oh and update the avatar, it’s currently the same to the SCEA twitter account and as I follow both it’s a bit confusing (it used to be white on black vs SCEA’s black on white)!

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:23
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Mike is very good in the comments and I’m hoping that many more people in the company will follow his example. The competition we did was a lot of fun.

Your suggestions are actually two of the things at the forefront of my mind and a fix for the videos on the PS3 browser is very close indeed. I don’t use Twitter personally but I am going to keep on top of the @PlayStationEU account and be more proactive with that. It’s good to reach out and respond to direct questions from people, and retweet anything that catches my eye.

Cool. Hope to see it fixed soon.

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Hey James, grats on the new job!

As for a new avatar, heres my suggestion:

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r164/darth_natus/jaffacakecopy.jpg

its a jaffacake with a face on it :)

GL with the blog :)

johnleonhart 15 July, 2010 @ 11:27
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Wow, thats really awesome. Congratulations James and I’m looking forward to seeing the buzz you’ll create on the blog. All the best mate :)

Oh, can I add you on psn? Or you add me if you dont wanna give out your psn :D

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:29
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Sure, my PSN is Lovewhale (don’t snigger!)

SlipperyFella 15 July, 2010 @ 11:30
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Lovewhale bwahahahaha… I like!

DiscoMcDisco 15 July, 2010 @ 11:30
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FYI – JWplayer works on the ps3 brilliantly, and i’ve seen people doing video tests on Flickr (which might be handy to keep all the images and vids together) … i’ll check out Flickr in the browser and see what happens…

Worst come to worst, tell them the browser sucks and try and get Firefox on it ;) haha

Congrats Fella

Congratulations, James.

Are you going to manage all language blogs or each one has its own Manager and you are only in charge of the English one? It’s just curiosity, not that I want a change in the Spanish language (the other one that interest me) or anything.

I hope the blog will be more EU not not UK and a bit of EU.
I HATE THAT!

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:45
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Good feedback – I want to be as inclusive as we can be.

LordVonPastor 15 July, 2010 @ 11:32
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Congratulations James!

How about SCEE staff use the old SCE orange diamond?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RBE1_labUc

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:56
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This is my favourite so far.

johnleonhart 15 July, 2010 @ 11:32
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Thanks James, will add you when I get home :) Well I better get back to work. You and Mike have fun and behave ;)

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No way James. You better keep that Ratchet Avatar. :D

SlipperyFella 15 July, 2010 @ 11:34
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oh and congratulations :D

avoid using this as your avatar:
http://columnacritica.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/david-cameron.jpg

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 11:44
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I could try inviting him to write a guest column… bet he’s amazing at Sim City.

Congrats James

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Grats James :)

lol quality james but i would steer clear of him after failing at world cup lol jk

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He has been doing a terrific job. Congratulations James.

gr0undp0und 15 July, 2010 @ 11:48
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Congratulations!

what would be good if this blog was comparible to the states. They have the share site. Also a response on twitter would be great. The states have protection plan, we have nothing and no one will answer me. I have more response from the guys in America than EU

i only see good things now james and mike are the main men on blog as both are extremely active on blog and take our feedback (moaning) lol so im very happy about this , sorry had to say it again as we need more people like yourself james and mike . HAPPY DAYS

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I guess I should be ashame, but who was the Blog Manager before James, if any?

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@32 By far the best system boot-up ever, really gave you a sense of awe back in the day. I hate that the PS1 emulation on PS3 doesn’t show it :-(

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@43 It was Jem Alexander… (James is better though!)

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Thanks for the response James!

Content & feedback. This is the question. Content because a lot of post get not translated and store updates always get errors. Feedback because usually no one respond. Now, in the last 2 weeks these seems is changing, but we need more and more.

Also another suggestion, indicate text and voice language in PSN games in store updates. A lot of new games is not in our native language. We need know this. All retail games indicate this info in the box. Is a lot of work for Mike in this blog, but perhaps in the locale blog can be possible.

Ah, and a free theme of the world cup champion will be a good detail :)

MusterBuster 15 July, 2010 @ 12:04
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James this is full of win. It’s always awesome working with you and I know the community thinks yer brilliant.

As for an avatar – our Fan Art regulars are amazing. They make all my stuff: http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/Fan-Art/bd-p/74

But you cant have a pumpkin. Sorry.

James Gallagher 15 July, 2010 @ 12:30
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That’s some excellent feedback, thanks. Translations take a bit of time and sometimes info comes in right at the last minute, which is why some content doesn’t cross over. However, we’re getting more organised now and this should improve. I also want to work with the local managers so that each blog has its own, original content that is tailored to its audience. Watch this (and that) space.

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James please congratulate James with a big smooch on the lips from Speckygeek Muhaha well done on yer job .

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Congrats James ;-)

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Welcome to the job James, in regards to suggestions, it’d be handy to be able to filter out comments that have replies, which could hopefully reduce repetition of questions on long comments threads. Maybe periodically update popular posts at the bottom to show the answers to the commonest questions?
Oh, and it’d be nice to see the PS+ icon included in the avatars of those of us who’ve forked out for the service :)

Emmanuel Orssaud 15 July, 2010 @ 12:15
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Hi mcwildcard,
Actually I’ll be back on the Blog next week to give you guys an update on new features that will soon be available on this Blog. Keep an eye on the posts next week and you’ll be pleased to know that some of your wishes will be addressed very soon ;)

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