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Vita Hill Social Clubs: Relax, Play A Game With A Playboy Model

Playing the PlayStation Vita is fun. Know what's even more fun? Playing the Vita with Playboy models.

Sony and Playboy are teaming up to give gamers a chance to check out the new portable at eight different "Vita Hill Social Clubs" locations across the country. Visitors will get a chance to sit down and play a game with one of the lovely ladies on hand, and that will include recent PSXE interviewee and long-time gamer, Jo Garcia.

These slick clubs will be popping up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Miami, and Chicago over the next couple of months. If you happen to be in the vicinity, you might want to mosey on over.

Here's Jo to explain.

Sony has invested $50 million in marketing the Vita, and this includes commercial spots on TV (ESPN, FOX, etc.) and plenty of PR-driven headlines. They've also got 26 titles available at launch with over 100 in the works, so they're hoping for a great reception from gamers in the US and Europe. ...and for some reason, they think pairing a new product with hot women is a good idea.

How silly. 'cough'

Tags: vita, playstation vita, jo garcia, vita hill social club, playboy

2/23/2012 8:50:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Rogueagent01
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 9:26:31 PM
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To me this is just a waste of money. I would rather see a commercial with a hot girl then this type of promotion. It reaches next to no one, even if they are held in large cities. What a waste.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 12:19:43 AM

It reaches you by way of headline, like anything else.

Most people don't get to actually attend such events. Sony is aware of that...it's hardly the point. Headlines are the point.

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Rogueagent01
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 5:02:06 AM

I get that, it is the same as bad publicity is still publicity. To me though it is just a waste of money, it could be spent in better ways. I would rather them put it into a decent commercial or even improve there servers.

Don't get me wrong either I am not against the Club it is the Playboy models that are the waste to me(no offence to the models). It just feels like a Howerd Stern approach is all, and obviously I am not a fan of him.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 10:11:07 AM

There are plenty of commercials. I can't turn on the TV without seeing one.

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Underdog15
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 11:05:24 AM

You're talking about it. It reached you.

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Rogueagent01
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 8:05:10 PM

@Underdog

It reached me because Ben reported on it, otherwise I would have never heard about it(I am not picking on you Ben). This is really the only gaming website I frequent and that is because I like the community and the high majority of what is reported on. I used to go to The gamer Access as well but I haven't been on there in months as they just don't feel like they used too.

And I commented further down on Beams post that I didn't think about the approach to the older gamers out there. Making a easy seperation from Nintendo with this promotion. I still don't care for it but it makes a lot more sense to me now.

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matt99
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 10:05:56 PM
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On the one hand this would certainly get me into the store, but I won't be paying attention to the vita...

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BikerSaint
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 11:02:39 PM
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ARRRGGGHHHHH! Sony should've used that money to do a better job of getting my G3 Vita to go on-line.

No matter what I've done for 5 hours over the last 2 days already, I can't get it to either accept my router security key code(I know it by heart & my PS3 & 360 both accepted it), and as far as the G3 goes, the instructions to the free month of AT&T's DataConnect plan is complete opposite of what's on AT&T's own site wants & asks for (you either have to be a pre-existing DataConnect plan member with AT&T, or else they want a promo code(that Sony's directions doesn't provide, or even say it needs).

I also tried to get online by connecting it to my PS3, but I keep getting an error that says something to the effect "Your PS3 needs to stop running software first", but which I haven't got anything running on my PS3 during all those failed attempts, so WTF??????

Also my Vita says it needs a FW update, but how the hell can I update if I can even get it to go the f*ck online???

Anyway, I'm so fed up with my Vita's right now, that it has now have till Sunday to get itself straightened out or I'm returning all $450+ of my Vita, accessories, and games, right back to GameStop & I'll try to re-buy one again, but only after a price & once all on-line connection bugs are fixed.

And for now, if I wind up returning everything on Sunday, I'm OK with it because I"ll just use all that refund money to buy a few big batch's of games to fill in all my other console/handheld collections

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Oxvial
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 11:58:47 PM

This is why I always wait a year when a new console arrives, I remember my first gaming buyers remorse the N64 I was a child with not RE or FFVII u_U

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 12:21:14 AM

Odd. I really haven't had a problem. I didn't put in the SIM card for the 3G aspect, though; I just hooked up with my Wi-Fi, which should take only seconds.

You shouldn't have to put codes or anything like that in, unless you're operating on a network that requires a password. The Vita should just sense any available wireless networks in the area (they have to be wireless, of course) and that's it.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 12:43:06 AM

Ben,
When I try code in my WiFI key code, it doesn't recognize/accept it.
As for updating the FW from my PS3, it keeps telling me to quit the software I'm running, but I'm not running anything & I even shut down my PS3's automatic trophies/updates program(the only thing I could think of that might've been running in the background??????)

As for the G3 aspect, my sim card already came preloaded inside my G3 Vita.

Anyway, I've just gone over to the blog to see if there was any PC update program like the PS3 & my PSP's have, not there isn't(at least not as of yet).

But, it seems there's now a Vita Q&A walkthrough just for hooking up that AT&T data plan(Yo hopefully that step-by step is just what this non-tech dummy needs)

"Wish me luck"

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Beamboom
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 2:34:50 AM

Regarding Vita and your wifi:

How easy it is to connect to the wireless is entirely up to how your router is configured. It sounds like for example you could have a MAC filter on (MAC as in the network interface unique identifier, not the Apple things). If so then the Vita will just stand there trying to connect, and eventually time out with little explanation (cause it don't have any, the router will just never respond after the initial handshake).

Also, the old PSP only supported the simplest form for network security protocol (the one that in todays world equals no security at all, really) so I had to switch to that on my wifi in order to get my psp online. However I doubt that's the case with the Vita.

But check your MAC settings. If it's not that, then set your router fully open for anyone to connect, and take it from there. Tighten the security one step at a time and make the Vita follow with its settings as you go.

Personally I just use a very simple password (or "key code" or "identifier" or whatever it may be named) on my wifi just so it won't come up as unprotected in network scans, and use MAC filtering as the real security.

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 1:33:42 PM

Beamboom
Thanks for taking the time to try & help.

I think you might be right about something with the router, but I'm a non-techie so I'm pretty much clueless on how to modify or correct it.
Plus, for some odd reason, my router program that I had installed on my PC, no longer shows up on my piece of sh!t computer at all.
Plus, my CD/DVD drives no longer read anything so I can't even pop the router disc in to fiddle around with it.

VITA PROBLEM UPDATE:
In a couple threads above this one, somebody suggested to me to D/L the "Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation" onto my computer & do the FW update from there.
"And it worked"!!

Ater that success, I then tried to get my WIFI to connect & somewhere around the 60th time, it "FINALLY" connected, but after about a minute or two, it disconnects itself.(BTW, I had already changed that damned 2 minute standby mode setting to 5 minutes prior to all this, & I wish Sony would've allowed for a 1/2 hour before sleep mode).

And I'm still having mucho trouble getting my G3 to work, although AT&T has already started billing me for $30, & they haven't even added in my 1 month of free data plan.

But there's a AT&T helpline phone listed in the PS Blog, so you can bet your a$$ that I'll be on the horn once I've got the other WiFi disconnect problem solved.

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BLACKSUN
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 12:05:28 AM
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"Sony and Playboy are teaming up..."
Greatest combination of words to hear.

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Beamboom
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 2:46:01 AM
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I think this is a cool thing to do to distance the Vita from the competition.

This is Sony saying Vita is not for the kids, it's for *you*, the grown up boys. Those who like to think of themselves as "the real gamers".
I like it.


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Rogueagent01
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 5:09:02 AM

I don't agree with "the real gamers" comment, but I have to admit that concept never crossed my mind. And that makes the most sense out of all of this to me, I'm glad you posted that.

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Beamboom
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 9:09:22 AM

Well I don't like the entire discussion about what is "hardcore VS casual gamers" at all, I think it is an artificial separation and elitist attitude. But nonetheless it's how many old gamers like to look at themselves. "I'm not casual, I'm hardcore damnit".

But I do agree with their marketing move here.

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___________
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 5:24:37 AM
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:(
and here we are not getting to try out the vita, even though its out now, let alone have a "hand" while playing it!
i wish SCEA would take over SCEE, only way were ever going to get some marketing here!

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Nas Is Like
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 9:33:25 AM
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Pretty lame, if you ask me. Playing games would be one of the last things I'd want to do if I were around models.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 11:59:51 AM
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Well good luck on that Sony, I'm supprting u guys all the way.

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TGSA
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 3:36:52 PM
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Hmmmm... Any idea when they're coming to Austin? Not that I'm planning to go... Ummm... It's because a friend wants to go... Yeah, we'll go with that, my "friend" wants to go.

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