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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


  1. koldFU5iON

    July 22, 2008 at 09:22

    … I’m going to stick my neck out here and say this woman is an /r/-tard, apparently the majority of these people think the same: http://www.cnbc.com/id/25787117, i bet she’s bringing hits to the site though (this way she get’s to keep her job) maybe she should just get her son to write her articles and do reviews on all the latest and greatest games that came out months ago?


  2. alphaV1za

    July 22, 2008 at 09:30

    For some reason I’m getting a Page not found error… 🙄


  3. Undertakerza

    July 22, 2008 at 09:50

    Nick what do you expect of a console with reliability issues,doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out people get tired swopping consoles that have a lifetime of 3 months

    Just on quality the ps3 is a better buy alone


  4. darthdad

    July 22, 2008 at 09:58

    It sounds about right to me. 😐
    Sony were all about the gaming at E3, while MS were playing catchup on the media hub side of things. Of course suddenly that means MS won! /flamesuit off/


  5. koldFU5iON

    July 22, 2008 at 09:58

    that’s weird just click on the article and then on her name


  6. Fox1

    July 22, 2008 at 10:07

    MS concentrates on the whole experience hence the name 360, rather than show casing the same game for the past 3 years and making promises of what can be. MS have plenty 3rd party game developers to back them up. There were plenty of upcoming titles unveiled during E3 by 3rd party developers 😛

    You don’t have to won the game studio to make good games :mrgreen:


  7. Fox1

    July 22, 2008 at 10:08

    You don’t have to own the game studio for good games :mrgreen:


  8. janrik

    July 22, 2008 at 10:09

    Her son cannot be real gamer.

    Real gamers have: a 360, a DS, a Wii, a PS3, a PS2, a PSP, a gaming PC.

    He seems like a fad boy.


  9. darthdad

    July 22, 2008 at 10:13

    “MS concentrates on the whole experience ” lol


  10. PaasHaas

    July 22, 2008 at 11:02

    So only the filthy rich can be real gamers then 🙁

    I do however agree that her son is a idiot


  11. Gazza ZA

    July 22, 2008 at 11:44

    Its obvious this program was payed for by Sony. I guess you have to do something with that money you where gonna use for your FFXIII “exclusivity” marketing campaign.lol!

    Gazza ZA’s last blog post..How to: Unlock other classes in Too human demo


  12. Nduimiso

    July 22, 2008 at 11:46

    she just sounds like a complete idiot, which seems to have been passed on to her son


  13. SlippyMadFrog

    July 22, 2008 at 13:26

    Strange, I’ve never got an RROD and my console is more than a year old. The RROD is dissapearing, it’s the PS3 fanboys thats still desperately clinging onto it.


  14. SlippyMadFrog

    July 22, 2008 at 13:28

    “MS were playing catchup on the media hub side of things”
    Catchup on who? Definitely not Sony since they are way behind in this department.

    I would call the FF anouncement pretty big in the games department.


  15. darthdad

    July 22, 2008 at 13:42

    @Slippy, ‘Catchup on who? Definitely not Sony since they are way behind in this department.’ How so?


  16. JimBob

    July 22, 2008 at 14:10

    CNBC is getting Sony payola, and Microsoft has LazyGamer in its pocket – wonder who got the best deal? 😛

    I jest.

    Or do I? 😈


  17. LazySAGamer

    July 22, 2008 at 15:12

    lol, I have approached both Sony and Microsoft and told them both that I am willing to sell out for a couple of million but they both just looked at me funny 😕

    I wish someone would pay me off 😉


  18. kabraal

    July 22, 2008 at 15:39

    I’d also like to know, how so?


  19. Abe

    July 22, 2008 at 16:30

    So as soon as an article comes out in favour of ps3 its dismissed as lunacy, if the ps3 was replaced by an xbox no one would say a thing on this site


  20. doobiwan

    July 22, 2008 at 16:42

    Video Marketplace.

    It’s Sony playing catchup to MS not the other way around. Microsoft are moving ahead – streaming, interactive TV, Sony are still catching up.

    Yes PS3 has BD, but that’s a market unto itself, they can both deliver HD content but differently, MS is the better “connected” device.

    As for the rest of the article, I’ll also call bollocks, or just ‘tard. MGS4 wasn’t even featured at E3, and if this is the first he’s heard of it he’s a pleb of note (and obviously didn’t see the GoW2 presentation 😉 )


  21. Nick

    July 22, 2008 at 16:48

    *sigh* i’m getting tired of comments like this. Its getting old. Of course it would be the same if this article was about the 360 or the Wii.

    “an article like this doesn’t make any sense coming out of CNBC, it wouldn’t no matter which console she spoke about.”

    Im sure that when we posted the articles about PS3 nailing the 360 you barely took notice. Just because you choose to ignore all the good news about ps3 and the bad news about xbox 360 makes me wonder if you arent just making comments like this to make yourself feel better, for whatever reason. I dont understand your intentions, give it up already.


  22. jak

    July 22, 2008 at 17:04

    Thats the stupidest thing i have heard in a long time…lololololoollolololoolollo


  23. kabraal

    July 22, 2008 at 17:18

    The netflix thing is cool. But I think that announcement was MS playing catch-up with Sony. I think that was the original argument. The PS3 has BD and BD Live interactivity. Different market yes, but it still falls under “other than gaming” media. MS needed something to compete with that. Hence the Netflix thing which might in future turn out to be a more profitable approach than optical. I suppose nothing is stopping Sony from starting their own streaming service with media partners.


  24. Thomeval

    July 22, 2008 at 17:23

    We need more articles like this. And by articles I mean the like the one this comment is posted on. Articles that call bull$#!T on such “well-informed expert opinions”.


  25. Rap7a

    July 22, 2008 at 17:46

    I agree Slippy, I’ve had my Xbox since December 2006… Still waiting for this infamous RROD the Ps3 fanbois want me to get


  26. TheOnion

    July 22, 2008 at 19:22

    I wonder if this’ll impact the Microsoft / NBC agreement. 😉


  27. ewie

    July 22, 2008 at 21:10

    Wait what MSG4 is out and the ps3 play blu-ray in 4d.

    I am on my way to gameexchange, thanks for opening my eyes how could i have been so wrong.


  28. SlippyMadFrog

    July 23, 2008 at 08:48


    Abe, I can only imagine the comments by you and your fellow PS3 supporters when this womans son dropped his PS3 for an Xbox360 and LG reported on it.


  29. SlippyMadFrog

    July 23, 2008 at 08:52

    Well, the Xbox360 can play custom music streamed from your PC while playing games. IMO thats a pretty nice feature to have media wise since I love playing some music while messing around with pac-man or geometry wars.

    Can the PS3 do something the Xbox360 can’t media wise excluding Blu-Ray?


  30. SlippyMadFrog

    July 23, 2008 at 08:54

    You can also fight giant enemy crabs based factualy on chinese history. Amazing 😯


  31. darthdad

    July 23, 2008 at 09:07

    So the 360 is not just a hardcore gaming machine?


  32. SlippyMadFrog

    July 23, 2008 at 09:37

    nope 😉


  33. El Topo

    July 23, 2008 at 09:54

    Her son had too trade an X-Box in for a PS3?

    With the publicity she’s handing Sony she could have got one for nothing.


  34. darthdad

    July 23, 2008 at 10:01

    Cool, just checking….. :mrgreen:


  35. Gazza ZA

    July 23, 2008 at 13:46

    Netflix is not the first time videos have featured on the 360, MS have had the video marketplace forever, where there have been tons of movies to download in sd and hd, netflix is justa current expansion of that. It would be interesting to see the number of movies downloaded of live over the last year vs, the number of BD discs sold.

    Gazza ZA’s last blog post..Steampunk R2


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