Howto: Effectively Manage Uppity Websites

2 03 2007

This story is really travelling the internet, so it’s high time I chucked my penneth’s worth into the ring.

For those too lazy to read the link, Sony is refusing further exclusive press contact to the gaming blog Kotaku, after they ran a rumour story about their plans to release a hybrid Mii/XBL achievements function to the PS3.

What I would really like to know is how Sony still keeps selling products. Their PR is universally worse than just about any manufacturing company out there (except maybe Cillit Bang). Alongside this new steaming pile, they also got called up for spraying graffiti onto non-consenting buildings, the vomit worthy All I Want for Xmas is a PSP fiasco, giving shite reasons for inflating the UK PS3 price and coming up with possibly the worst DRM implementation ever. That’s not even mentioning them backtracking on the ‘next-gen-ness’ of rumble, expecting customers to get a third mortgage to play Gran Turismo HD and trying to convince us that £425 is ‘cheap’.

Well this is it, Sony can go swing for all I care. I like their hardware, but if they keep throwing their weight behind ventures that show nothing but contempt for their consumers, they can take their PS3 and insert it into their proverbial. I can play most of the games on my 360, and if I want to pay extortionate amounts for an HD DVD player which nobody gives a tin shit about, I have the option to; it doesn’t get forced down my throat. It seems strange that I’m rooting for a Microsoft product here. Sure the 360 is slightly louder than my spin-dryer, and forces me to use Windows Media Centre to play videos on it but at least Microsoft don’t act like all gamers are cattle to the inevitable cull.

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4 03 2007
Tan

Most people think Sony’s decade of dominance and arrogance is to blame. It seems much deeper than that. Everything that has happened in the last 2 years with them doesn’t even seem like the same Sony at all. Eating a bit of humble pie with the PSP hasn’t helped either.

In any case they are heading down a dark road and alienating the media certainly isn’t going to help that. Good read BTW, I agree with you on all points. Not just as a fellow 360 owner but as a consumer who isn’t being taken by viral marketing and spin doctors.

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