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Monday, July 10, 2006

Stop!

OMFG, if I read this nonsense one more time I will scream. Even though this forum post debunks itself, the idea that Sony would lock down PlayStation 3 rentals is still making the rounds.




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6 comments:

jvm said...

This is precisely why I said Sony should respond immediately to any baseless rumor like this. The momentum is against them now, and they must push back -- and hard -- to any buzz like this that could easily spiral out of control and become conventional (but wrong) wisdom.

Josh said...

But they've already responded to this ... iirc repeatedly. I mean, the post even mentions a Sony exec flatly denying it. This thing has been disproven and debunked multiple times over ... and yet every three months someone trolls it up onto a forum and then someone else blogs it and then...

Like there isn't enough real stuff to complain about Sony ...

Josh said...

But, to tack on, I do agree. Sony's PR can only seem to do wrong these days and their market strategy I swear is "but we're Sony!"

MS hasn't done much better for me ... but at least their trying. Nintendo is still the only one with talking points that don't make me want to put a pencil in both ears.

jvm said...

Part of the problem is that Sony takes a "no comment" stance first and only after the ramifications of the rumor are realized does it act. See the rootkit CD debacle. I remember seeing it on Slashdot and thinking "this could be big if it breaks into the mainstream". A few days later I heard it reported on NPR and Sony was still denying it!

The story that guy quotes says that the first Sony rep, from the U.S., gave a noncommittal response. That's precisely the problem. There should be a unified, loud response to these kinds of things, and follow-up interviews on the nightly news and leaflets dropped over mall parking lots by airplanes.

I'm not saying Sony didn't respond. I'm saying the response has to be immediate and overwhelming, which it wasn't in this case.

I think we're on the same page. Sorry if this seemed aggressive.

Josh said...

Yeah I think we're on the same page. And surely, Sony can't be raked over the coals enough for the rootkit.

My annoyance with this particular one is that it a) never made sense b) never had any real facts to back it c) has be officially denied and yet d) returns from the grave continously, usually by completely ignoring a, b and c.

jvm said...

Atrios refers to these as zombie stories that will not die. There he's often referring to things like The Bush Bounce, Abramoff Gave to Democrats, etc.

But I think it's the same idea.