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Rumor: Sony's Motion Sensing Tech Called "Sphere"

In the world of marketing and advertising, you need a recognizable and attractive name that sticks out in a crowd. ...and "PlayStation Motion Control" doesn't cut it.

The competition doesn't have a finalized title, either, but Microsoft's new motion sensing technology is widely known as "Project Natal," and it seems clear - at least from a promotional standpoint - that Sony needs to pick a name for their nifty new tech. Well, perhaps it's "Sphere." As noted by Joystiq, the name has popped up here and there in the past few weeks; Sega producer Yasuhito Baba and his translator labeled the controller as "Sphere" during a TGS interview. Furthermore, when asked if Gran Turismo 5 would support the "Sphere" peripheral, Polyphony's Kazunori Yamauchi responded as if he knew what they were referring to. For the time being, Sony representatives are remaining quiet on the matter, but perhaps they wish to unveil the name at a certain event. Something like this will need a title that is both easy to recognize and easy to remember, and maybe "Sphere" fits the bill...but if you don't agree, what ideas might you have?

There are many possibilities here, and we have to remember that "Sphere" could only be a code name for the technology, like Natal. Who knows what we might be calling it by the time it launches in the spring?

10/5/2009 12:27:43 PM Ben Dutka

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Alienange
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:38:55 PM
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Oh no... we're in for a lot of dildo jokes.

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Titch1794
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:44:12 PM

Lol

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Jawknee
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:09:08 PM

Lol I should have read the comments before posting.

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:46:24 PM

that's what i thought as soon as i saw the pics lol

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Lemon_Saint
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:54:28 PM

Antone looks like he's having trouble deciding which wand to use later tonight ...

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Hezzron
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:26:50 PM

I vote for the "Sony Shaft"....."Spheres" is what they should call the peripheral that will attach to the bottom.

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napoleon85
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 5:24:32 PM

Remember an article saying that the porn industry was interested in the PS3? I can already picture out the PS3 box displaying sexual content bundled with this dildo.

The PS3 is trying so hard to find new ways of game interaction. Thus, this "sphere" project will be a BINGO! However they are leaving out the straight-oriented population. I guess we will have to start experimenting new things :P

Last edited by napoleon85 on 10/5/2009 5:29:43 PM

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randomname
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:57:01 PM

Taken from Joystiq comments:

They should call them Dual Interactive Cordless Sticks, or DICS for short...


another guy said:

I'd like to double-fist those DICS!

wait...what?


Then look at the guy holding them in the article pic, I lmfao!

Last edited by baseballdude_ on 10/5/2009 7:58:52 PM

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kevinater321
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 8:08:45 PM

I personally like my dildos without the ball on top, just a metalic rod :D. But i also like to heat in in warm water before i.......

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Qubex
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 9:52:12 PM

Dual shock "Sphere"... could be interesting for female gamers!

Q!

"i am home"

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zee
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 7:48:21 AM

For the love of God Sony, CHANGE that design of that wand thingy. Seriously, the design needs to be changed. Heck, Wii controllers look better than this!

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Titch1794
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:47:30 PM
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I don't mind 'sphere' tbh. Not too in your face but not too distant that you wouldn't remember it. I'm sure there are some better possibilities though.

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AshT
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 12:49:50 PM
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PSMotion

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Titch1794
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 9:55:08 AM

Thats good

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coverton341
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:05:50 PM
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WiiMote...oh wait that's taken.

Stick with ball on end? Nah, that's lame.

E-motion? Sounds like a bad emo band.

Tracer. That would mess with all the old hippies that did too much acid in the 60's

Ah hell, I guess Sphere is pretty good though I do like PSMotion suggested by AshT

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Douchebaguette
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:46:42 PM

-SexaxeS Dildo.

-Or the EyeControl / EyeMote. The thing does look like an eyeball planted on a tower [and is fitting with the PS Eye title of course]. Could be the future design of lighthouses. Hmm.

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Really, Sphere is a kickass name.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:07:33 PM
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Who ever designed that thing should be fired. Lol the thing looks like a dildo.

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BTNwarrior
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:02:59 PM

those are prototypes, the final product will look like a black dildo with a glowing head

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Naga
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:15:08 PM
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'but if you don't agree, what ideas might you have?'
Playstation Ball?!! LOL

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ed_winchester
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:16:34 PM
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PSWavyWandyThingyWithGlowyBallOnTheEnd

Catchy

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LividFiction
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:37:59 PM

I would seriously buy this on day one if it were called PlayStation WavyWandy.

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Oxvial
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:21:58 PM
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Can't belive they gonna release that thing with the dildo design...even my eletric shaver looks waaay more cool .

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taus90
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:37:09 PM
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Orb! or Aura

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taus90
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:37:11 PM
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Orb!

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:00:07 PM

Orb sound cool. It does look like a "hers" toy though.

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 1:48:08 PM
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i just want to play games. i can care less about motion sensing. ugh

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Fane1024
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 5:44:27 PM

Voted down for nonsensical grammar and lack of capitalization. ;)



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COBB
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:01:49 PM
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Wonder if it has dual shock tech. that would really cause some controversy then

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coverton341
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:08:57 PM
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The PSWang...I mean PSWand

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:21:52 PM

LOL!!!

Made in China!!! LOL

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kevinater321
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:39:32 PM
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I would say MoCo!

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napoleon85
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:46:46 PM
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PSVibrator or PSConsolator or PSPleasurer and then add: It only does everything!

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 4:02:42 PM

lol lol lol that's funny

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Hezzron
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 4:58:14 PM

Yeah...."It only does everything"....including your mom! LOL!

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napoleon85
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 5:12:31 PM

It only does everything, including YOU! lol...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 2:56:36 PM
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Sooo many jokes... must hold back...

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Hezzron
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:21:22 PM

Never. Hold. Back.

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ace_boon_coon
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 4:02:04 PM

let them lose

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Alienange
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 6:01:58 PM

You're holding what now?

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kevinater321
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:59:24 PM

I JUST relized that your pic is of a ninja costume. I always thought it was some guy aiming a sniper....don't ask i'm confused now too :S

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SnipeySnake
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 8:57:11 PM

I can't hold back!! Im still laughing!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:22:59 PM

actually its just one of my swords and a winter scarf. Well and my favorite hoodie. :)

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BattleFox21
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:17:52 PM
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I like Aura, but Orb's ok too. I also liked the play on words with something along the lines of the PS eye, since it is going to be working with the PS eye.

Personally tho Sphere sounds corny.

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:23:38 PM

Amen.

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bearbobby
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:28:59 PM
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I agree that "Sphere" is bland and uninspired. They need either something with a humorous play on words, or something that can acurately describe it's function/design without sounding corny and ordinary.

I'd have to stop and think for a while to come up with one myself that fits, but I'm not getting paid by Sony either.

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fluffer nutter
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:30:01 PM
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Just call it Move. That's what it does and it would make for so many marketing possibilities. Move with it. Come Move with us. Now, is the time to Move. etc., etc., etc. No?

Last edited by fluffer nutter on 10/5/2009 3:31:09 PM

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Gone
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:34:13 PM
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Call it "Ballistic".

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JackC8
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 3:39:51 PM
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Looks like the guy in the picture is saying "Large? Or medium size?" Anyhow, Sphere is a cool word. Doesn't exactly describe the stick with the ball on the end, but whatever. Where can I get one of these $100,000 a year jobs for coming up with words like "sphere"? Cause I could do that you know.

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www
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 4:28:02 PM
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Wii Mote Likewise

PS3's shoulda been:

Gunjer Mote

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iPwn_3G
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 4:43:41 PM
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I like EyeMote. Thats sounds really good. or maybe Aura. It's better than sphere

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Alienange
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 4:52:28 PM
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This has got to be THE best comments section I've ever read. I nearly peed myself several times and got my sphere all wet.

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Titch1794
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 10:08:16 AM

YES!! DEFINATELY.

<chuckle> <chuckle>

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Fane1024
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 5:47:53 PM
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IMO the funniest one I've heard (and I can't take credit for it) is Guytoy.

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Fane1024
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 6:11:06 PM

Okay, I just saw one that's even better. Must share:

"NaeemTHM @ Oct 5th 2009 11:44AM

They should call them Dual Interactive Cordless Sticks, or DICS for short..."

Genius. Pure genius.

Last edited by Fane1024 on 10/5/2009 6:11:38 PM

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:25:28 PM

Yeesss! Damn, the net is a breeding ground for wise asses! Thank god for the internet!

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AshT
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 9:23:54 PM

DICS....lol....NaeemTHM rules....

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THEVERDIN
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 5:59:34 PM
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I like Sphere, sounds good.

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inkme101
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 7:46:10 PM
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PSCB
for
playstation cock and ball

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___________
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 2:00:06 AM

how about ball on a stick.
since the other 2 are taken.
o ok wait that dident sound good.
scratch that.

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mastiffchild
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 8:21:16 PM
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They can call it what they like but if they don't come up with an analog holding answer to go with this it's going to fail really badly I'm afraid and no amount of sex aid jokes will help Sony then.

Seriously, why just the prototype of the "Sphere/wands"? If they really do intend to go with the DS3 used in one hand(which my kids just couldn't do-and I've made the little debils try it out!)as the answer hoping the cheap soluition will help them they're very, very wrong when even the Wii has a proper second peripheral-just the professionally designed way the casuals(and anyone with a brain) would like it.

Honestly, despite having agiggle over some of the suggestions I can't get over the fact that I fear this is totally doomed unless a nunchuck equivalent is found/made/developed and the fact there's nothing spoken of, nothing at p'type stage despite press calls for answers makes me think there really isn't anything coming.

This could screw Sony really badly(no joke intended!)!

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dveisalive
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 8:49:53 PM
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I wish it was shape more like the Wii mote, it is not like Sony to go with out their own ideas sometimes. Im not feelin the Dildo controller.

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djbool
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 9:35:38 PM
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It does have a slight resemblance to a dildo. strange. Must have been all women design team.

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chucknasty
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 9:43:05 PM
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Motion sensing doesn't do much for me. Don't get me wrong, I am a pro at Wii bowling and tennis but those games are only fun when you have multiple people playing and the novelty wears off in a hurry. I think the Wii succeeded because it attracted gamers and nongamers alike to the console based on the simplicity of the control scheme but that control scheme is no where near tight enough to play with on anything touchy. And I don't know anyone that has owned a Wii for over a year that plays it regularly still; they collect dust until friends come over for a party.

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Highlander
Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 11:12:37 PM
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Sphere huh?

Why not just go for the obvious? The thing has a glowing ball on top of it. The fella in the picture is holding two controllers.

We already have the PSEye, so why not the PSBall? If of course if there is more than one controller, the plural of that name might be more applicable.

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___________
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:58:51 AM

because people dont like balls.

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slayerkillemall
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 12:20:25 AM
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lol,psball.

IMO,"sphere" doesnt cut it ,"Wand" sounds better.


Last edited by slayerkillemall on 10/6/2009 12:21:14 AM

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Jed
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:46:52 AM
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Quote for picture:

"This is the Leo DiCaprio, but my favorite is the Antonio Banderas."


I'm kinda late to the party but I would have to call it the Dual Shocker 3

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___________
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 1:58:02 AM
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vibrating super cool light up dildo?
probably would sell better too ;)
nah jokes.
but i really hope they dont make this thing mandatory.
make kid games for it thats fine, make it optional for all games thats fine.
but i really hope they dont start making normal games forcing you to use the motion controller.
games like resi 5 thats fine because we have our normal edition, but if we were forced to play it using the motion controls i would be mighty pissed!
if i wanted motion controlls i would of bought a wii not a ps3.

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Jed
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 2:49:20 AM

I dont think that is going to happen. I think Sony realizes that requiring motion controls is really where the wii messed up.

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OriginalSin
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 5:18:03 AM
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I sit seriously gonna look like THAT??? Well in that case I won't buy it... First of all my wife will "Hog" my playstation and secondly I don't want the neighbors seeing through my window and I'm...errr.....playing with two "shafts".... so to speak.

But no seriously I really hope it doesn't look like that in the final product...

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 10:11:35 AM
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I hope they have black ones too.

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Highlander
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 @ 2:47:56 PM

You want to be black-balled by Sony?

Eeeep!

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BikerSaint
Friday, November 06, 2009 @ 3:42:20 PM
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The SonyMote

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