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Is Sony paying CNBC to make the PS3 look good?

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Jane Wells, a writer for CNBC in section called “Funny Business” has posted an article titled “The Ultimate Proof Sony is Winning”.

Now, I am going to get straight to the point. I think this article is an absolute load of hogwash. Basically, the author tells a story of how her incredibly informed 16 year old son decided to sell his Xbox 360 and buy a PS3 instead after watching the E3 Press Conference from Sony.

So why do I think that it’s a steaming pile of horse droppings? Find out after the jump.

Ok, so Jane Wells starts her article off by saying:

“Forget the analysts. Forget the NPD sales figures. Forget the CEO’s. I live with the ultimate expert on the video game industry—my 16-year-old son.

He not only plays video games, he watches every show about them on G4, he participates in chat rooms about them on the internet, he competes in a variety of games on a variety of platforms. He always tells me the latest trend three months before I read about it in the media.”

She then goes on with a story of how her son (who has never been a playstation fan) was so blown away by the E3 Sony Press Conference and seeing exclusive titles such as MGS4 and others that he packed up his Xbox 360, all of it’s games and accessories and headed straight over to a Game Stop store to go and trade it all in for a PS3. She talks of how all the staff at Game Stop were singing the PS3’s praises as well as some story about them selling him a second hand copy of MGS4 because Blu Ray’s are so awesome that they don’t get scratched, she does however refer to them as Fanboys.

She ends it off by saying that “One thing we do know. We may not be able to stream Netflix movies onto the console (yet) but now we can start ordering them on Blu-ray.As we left the store, I said to him, “I never thought I’d see you with a PlayStation.” “Neither did I,” he replied. “

What’s up with that “(yet)” on the Netflix bit anyway, does she know something we don’t?

How in the heck is it that her son, which is apparently really clued up on gaming news and the state of the industry, only properly heard of MGS4 at E3, seriously? It all seems really odd and it feels to me as if its a baseless article that does nothing more than make the PS3 look like the better option.

It all seems strange to me that a website like cnbc.com would put out an article like this that basically says “The PS3 is great now, you should get one because my son says its better than the Xbox 360”. It really starts to make me wonder if Sony hasn’t slipped some cash over to CNBC to make them look good, either that or this woman is some sort of raging fanboy(girl?).

Scream “Fanboy” at me if you want but you know that an article like this doesn’t make any sense coming out of CNBC, it wouldn’t no matter which console she spoke about.

source: CNBC.com

Last Updated: July 22, 2008

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