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Gaming News: "Taunting the PS3"
Posted: Wednesday April 4th, 2007 by

I feel bad picking on the PS3, it just seems to have a penchant for attracting bad news and I can't resist. The most recent bad news wasn't exactly the PS3's fault. Rather it extended from an event that involved the system. I'll explain:

Paul "Mr. Biffo" Rose is a monthly contributor to the outstanding gaming news magazine EDGE. Recently the editors yanked an article he'd written "because it was felt to be too much of a personal attack" on Sony Worldwide Studios President, Phil Harrison. Apparently the article centered around Mr. Harrison's appearance at a weekend-long concert for the band Marillion back in February.
Source: Mr. Biffo's Blog [ more info ]

During the festivities one lucky fan won an raffle for a tshirt signed by the band; he subsequently offered the autographed shirt up for auction to support one of the band's preferred charities. The shirt went for around 650 euros ($868).

Harrison, a friend of the band, followed this giving act with an act of his own, offering a new PS3 for auction. As the auction moved forth slowly, starting at 100 euros from the drummer and receiving only a handful of increases, Harrison took the stage, announced the system's launch date, and moved the auction price up to 600 euros. It received 1 bid which was followed by several minutes of Harrison trying to get the crowd to participate and the one bidder desperately begging the crowd to bid. After several minutes in front of a completely silent crowd, Harrison left the stage taking his failed attempt at promotion with him, his system outsold by a tshirt.

Though I see it less as a personal attack and more the retelling of an actual event; the author admits that he understands EDGE's point of view reasons for removing the article. The article on Biffo's Blog was posted April 2nd, but happened back in February. And, I'm left to wonder why I hadn't heard of it before. I can make assumptions; but with little real proof to back them up, it would be unwise of me to post them here.

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Today's Pimpage: Ted is wearing a colored adjusted "Usual Day at Work" tshirt fromt Threadless.Com.

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