Patapon 2 PSP Goes UMD-less

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The upcoming sequel to the quirky Patapon is doing a number of new things, including a multi-player mode for up to four players (local only, sadly). However, those looking to share the UMD of the game with friends to get them hooked will have some problems.

Sony has decided to make Patapon 2 into a test to determine how well digital delivery will work as an exclusive format for the handheld. The game will be released simultaneously on PSN for $15, and on retailer shelves in card form for $20. Nope, no real benefit to buying it at retail other than having to pay more for reasons currently unfounded. The game is scheduled to go out on May 5th, so let the experiment begin.

Two high schools debuting all-night parties for grads

AZ Daily Star May 21, 2007 | ANDREA RIVERA, ARIZONA DAILY STAR Safe nights for seniors Flowing Wells and Mountain View high schools will become all- night party venues this week after graduation ceremonies. here 2001 ford focus

Both high schools are hosting inaugural Project Graduation, or Grad Night, events to provide exiting high school seniors with an all-night, alcohol- and substance-free celebration on graduation night.

“They don’t have to have alcohol to have a good time,” said Nancy Silver, Flowing Wells’ Grad Night chair. “We are just hoping all of our kids are safe.” Flowing Wells’ “Shipwrecked in Paradise”-themed occasion will feature a $2,007 raffle, Las Vegas-style casino games, carnival rides, a formal dinner and breakfast in the morning, and other activities throughout the night.

Plus, one lucky student will drive off in a donated 1989 Pontiac Grand Am.

Flowing Wells students graduate at 7 p.m. Tuesday and then kick into party mode at 10:30 p.m. and will not stop until 5:30 the next morning.

After Mountain View graduates receive diplomas Wednesday night, students will be treated to a buffet dinner at their “Bright Lights, Big Cities”-themed party, which will start at 10:15 p.m. and wrap up at 5:30 a.m.

Like Flowing Wells, Mountain View will raffle off a vehicle – a 2001 Ford Focus donated by Jim Click. Pool tables, hot tubs, a mechanical bull, casino games and other activities will keep students occupied throughout the night.

Students at Flowing Wells and Mountain View had to purchase tickets to attend the festivities. Tickets were $75 at Flowing Wells and $70 at Mountain View. site 2001 ford focus

Both high schools relied on parents, businesses and community members to pull off the events.

“We were just overwhelmed with the support from the community,” said Anna Janezic, Mountain View’s Grad Night chairwoman. “We really appreciate the community for coming together and making this happen.” * This article was originally published May 17 in the weekly Star Northwest. Contact reporter Andrea Rivera at 806-7737 or arivera@azstarnet.com.

ANDREA RIVERA, ARIZONA DAILY STAR