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So...What's A PlayStation 3?

The recent success of the PlayStation 3, fueled by great software and a massive marketing blitz, has generated a definite stir, even amongst mainstream consumers. This is why today, I fielded a question that should've made me laugh but didn't for these reasons: 1. I don't like to offend nice girls, and 2. with quick reflection, I realized that such ads were making their mark, and even those who have never picked up a controller are considering a purchase.

The following is an exact exchange of dialogue between me and said person, who didn't exactly ask, "what's a PlayStation 3," but asked for details. Please bear in mind that she follows games the way I follow farming. It exists but beyond hoeing and tractors, I'm at a loss. If prompted, I'd probably give details that are 20 years old...which is exactly the point.

Nice girl: "So, just tell me about it. I saw some crazy commercial last night."

Me: "You really want to know? Or are you just being polite now that you know about my job?"

Nice girl: "Honestly? A little of both. But whatever they were showing looked pretty insane and I've heard that games are like movies now."

Me: "Okay, well...first of all, it's a Blu-Ray player. That might interest you most if you like movies."

Nice girl: "Oh, I always thought Blu-Ray players were like really expensive. The PS3 is only $299, right?"

Aside- who said ads don't work?

Me: "Yup. And Blu-Ray players have come way down. If you want true high-def, it's the only way to go. Do you have a HDTV?"

Nice girl: "Yeah. But I only just found out I'm not actually watching any real high-def movies on it because I'm only using DVD."

Me: "A Blu-Ray player...that's what you need. Brilliant high-def. And oh yeah...all the games are high-def, too."

Nice girl: "They are?!"

Me: "Yes. All the games are on BD format, so..."

Nice girl: "Woah...and it's like a computer, right? It goes online?"

Me: "Yeah. More games on there, and those might interest you the most right off the bat. They're smaller and simpler (no offense). And you can also get Netflix through the Network, so-"

Nice girl: "Oh, I do Netflix! ...wait, I don't get it. You mean you can just rent the movies using the PS3, right?"

Me: "Rent and play. You just download them directly to the machine. No disc, no having to return it, no waiting to get it etc."

Nice girl: "Yeah, but don't these things always break? I've been hearing something about that..."

Me: "That's the Xbox 360. It dies constantly. Sorry, but it's a piece of sh** in terms of reliability. The PS3 can fail, too, of course, but it's way more reliable. Trust me on that.

Nice girl: "...you're gonna tell me there's more, aren't you?

Me: "Um...free online play?"

Nice girl: "No fees?"

Me: "Nope."

Nice girl: "Jesus..."

Me: "Well, as they say, 'it only does-'"

Nice girl: "Everything. Yeah, I see. 'laughs'"

It took a little longer to convince her that she was seeing a game and not a movie when they showed Uncharted 2: Among Thieves on TV, but before the conversation was over, she decided she needed a PS3 in her house. She didn't know what a PS3 was as of several months ago - she had only heard the name in passing - and the last game played was "something in the arcades" back in the '80s. And remember, this wasn't prompted by me; this was prompted by the ads. This is exactly why we've been screaming at Sony to promote the PS3 more and now that they've finally listened, random consumers are starting to ask questions like, "so...what's a PS3 all about?"

If you want living proof that their campaign is working, it's right here. Just thought I'd share.

12/1/2009 9:29:17 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (99 posts)

Superman915
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:05:01 PM
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so... did you score?

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mackid1993
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:11:34 PM

lol...thats what we really want to know. :D

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:39:39 AM

Yes, Ben, I sense some real chemistry between the two of you. This could be the start of a new column for you. "Ben's evening with Blondie."

Arnold has his car column, and Ben has a dating column. You and Arnold seem to want to broaden the scope and reach of PSX.

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www
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 6:07:15 AM

Yea Myworstnightmare, maybe they want to turn the nerds here to playaz or pimps, its a good thing from PSXE though.

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furbiesmustdie
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 7:26:15 AM

everyone's a comedian!

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zee
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 7:27:04 AM

@Superman: Damnnn, you beat me to it!!! :) The last paragraph where Ben says, they say that "it only does..." and then the girl says "Everything", that's where the "scoring" part hit me! :)

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sonic1899
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:44:44 PM

@MyWorstNightmar
there wasn't much chemistry from what i can tell. its just a conversation :P

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COD_death
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:07:36 PM
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Thats all great but has anyone else noticed how Best Buy, Walmart and all the other larger retailers have been advertising for the XBOX 360 and MW2 and other games. When will SONY wake up and start advertising more. It does not matter what the sales are know, they need to put this matter to rest once and for all, step on MS's neck know when you have the chance.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 9:29:05 AM

And if anyone wants to know why 360 multiplats sell better on the 360, look at any circular (EBGames, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Toys R' US), it doesn't matter, and you'll see the 360 cover art for the game most of the time with a little strip of barely visible text stating "Also on PS3."

For the uninitiated, and 360 fanboys, the PS3 version doesn't even exist.

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photo K
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 10:39:01 AM

Yeah I agree, those MFW2 commercials that only advertise for the 360 only are annoying, Sony needs to do the same thing, c'mon man!!!

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:14:51 PM
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Playstation 3 era is upon us

Kinda like 1997 when games like Resident Evil(1) and Final Fantasy VII pushed Playstation1 into everyone's faces

This year it was Uncharted 2, Killzone2, Demon's Souls, LittleBigplanet (yes this game will always be in our faces), etc.

The ads help too

Love how she'd heard 'bout the horrible quality of HD consoles (and we all know which console that is)

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Masterofallz
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:37:55 PM

I want to know what Microsoft is thinking right now. No seriously. Are they scared? Frightened? Or maybe confident that their system will stay superior. (Haa)

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Oxvial
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:04:59 PM

''I want to know what Microsoft is thinking right now.''

Betting everything on Natal and their famous multiplats adds trying to make the people believe those games are only for 360.

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Kowhoho
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:15:16 PM
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That is an epic conversation! I've been hoping to have an exchange like that for AGES! You know, fill in the blanks for a curious "outsider." I think I'll print this and mount it over my fireplace.

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:19:57 PM
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"she follows games the way I follow farming"

It's articles like this that remind me that us gamers are so very much alike. Thanks for the laugh.

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godsman
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:50:03 PM
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She probably just want to know YOU better personally. It's a conversation starter. I'm pretty sure the majority of the girls/casual gamers even know the web browser on the Wii even existed, less likely they'll purchase the high end PS3 for online capabilities. They will most likely get it for high def movies.

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Kiwi of DOOM
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 10:57:57 PM
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Lol being a girl and an avid gamer it's things like these that make me laugh. I swear that there is no greater joy than the look on a guy's face when he starts talking about games and i'm two steps ahead of him in every direction.

Then again, there's always those guys who know nothing of games and that's a totally different story.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:09:17 PM

Pretzels may bring you greater joy. ;)

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Snicket
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:15:03 PM
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Ohh snap, look at you Ben, being all flirty.

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556pineapple
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:15:39 PM
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Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:19:49 PM
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Love the way the conversation starts. "just tell me about it." That's girl talk for "I like the sound of your voice."

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:26:26 PM
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Pics or it didn't happen . :)

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___________
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:42:59 PM
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O ben please dont tell the companies commercials work, i have to put up with enough of them as it is.
even qore has them now.
WTF?
im paying 5 bucks to watch a series of 2 or 3 5 minute movies but before i do that i have to watch a add?
i was always reluctant to buy qore because its so bloody big, and 99.999999% of the time theres nothing there i want to watch.
but thanks sony, you now made my choice allot easier.
i still dont use blurays because there so fu***ng expensive!
the dark knight on DVD $20 the dark knight on bluray $50.
just not worth it, and my local video stores have a crappy selection of bluray titles so renting them is out the window also.
not to mention the blank disks and burners are still through the roof.
500 bucks for a burner and 10 bucks per blank disk.
10 bucks for 1 bloomin disk!

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:46:36 PM

Um...they are NOT that expensive. Yeah, BD's are at a premium but $50...no. I kinda agree about Qore. I only buy the ones that interest me. Cheapest blu ray burner on Best Buy is $129. Sooo get your fact straight...

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:57:06 PM

Not sure where this guy lives, but I just got Dark Knight on BD for 12.99 from Amazon. If you're paying 50 you're a damn wonker that needs to get new glasses.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:13:50 AM

Or just buy the blu-ray/dvd combo packs that most movies come with now. Can usually pick those up from around $20-30 bucks. And you get both versions. And usually a digital copy thrown in as well.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 1:51:45 AM

I got Dark Knight for $11 after coupon during release week. Most blu-rays that I get are between $10 and $16 and that's either release week or a month after. No idea where you're seeing such bad prices but you being as that you're on a computer, you should really learn to use the internet.

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:03:56 AM

These are Australian prices. Or a price from another country.

Here in Australia, Blu-ray movies normally sell for about $40-$50. Some places like JB Hifi sell them for about $30-$40 new release. Other older Blu-ray titles sell for $20-$30.

In U.S. things are about half the price of Australia. Just thought I'd clear that up.

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:37:15 AM

That totally slip my mind. Thanks Dance and sorry no name. But the blu ray drive is still cheaper than 500.

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___________
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 5:55:19 AM

not drive, burner there still bloody expensive.

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bearbobby
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:54:28 PM

Gawd damn! What do you guys pay for a footlong Subway sandwich down under? $25? Geez. What's your weekly pay, hope it's relative to what sh** costs. No flippin way I'd pay that much in US Dollars.

That's a pretty big difference in price even in Aussie money. You walk into a BestBuy here even and the difference between the same movie on DVD and BD is a few dollars. Online you can get em even cheaper.

On a side note, I want to spit in the faces of people who say Blu-ray will die out because the discs cost so much. They just don't know where to shop, they're probably the same people who buy all their cables at brick n mortar stores. Thinking that 5 feet of HDMI Monster brand cable for $80 is a good deal. lol

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___________
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 7:47:15 AM

well here it would be.
monster cables, 3M i think it was 200 bucks.
only because monster are top of the line, standard HDMI cables are 20 bucks or less depending if you want gold plated or not.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 @ 11:43:03 PM
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It really is amazing how many people who are oblivious to the machine. It really has you covered on so many fronts. I recently had to convince a wife of a friend that wanted one. She was even interested by the time I was done with then.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:17:35 AM
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It only does everything, been watching youtube using my OWN PS3.

Transferred some videos, pictures and musics into my PS3.

Played the heck out of Uncharted 2.

But still haven't go PSN because I haven't update it and not planning to.

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bearbobby
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:56:51 PM

Dude, your machine will be fine. Get over your fear. It's an official update, Sony is not out to get you.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 7:19:30 PM

i know right! i cant believe people are honestly doing this!

See thats why i ahte articles like the one Ben posted a week or so ago. people take it and run with it! i downloaded it day one as for the rest of the updates and i have not had one problem! for those of you who have its the first ive heard. I/we have 5 PS3 in the house 2 original 60 gb, 2 new 80 gb, and an older 80 gb w/ b/c and each one of them is absolutely fine!

Sony isnt trying to secretly ruin your machine! Bottom line updates and firmware are a part of a better experience and a part of life, get over it and if there is a problem Sony would have fixed it by now!

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WelcomeOblivion
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:28:09 AM
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I kept thinking that at the end of the story you would say, "and then the Director said Cut and then the Girl said glad that's over"

Last edited by WelcomeOblivion on 12/2/2009 12:29:15 AM

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Nynja
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:35:40 AM
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1,000 thumbs up for the article.

Love it, Ben. Keep up the great work!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:51:55 AM
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Before I go to bed, I'll clear up a few things:

1. No, no score. I doubt she even likes me, to be honest.

2. I won't be doing any of those personal editorials anymore (haven't done any in almost a year); although the majority liked them, a vocal minority didn't.

3. Any time people who don't know anything about gaming is willing to learn, I find that amazing. That's why this was written, along with the overriding goal of proving that Sony's marketing is having a definite effect.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 12/2/2009 12:53:05 AM

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:12:09 AM

Ben, you're 31 already, it's time to make a move!!!
You have my support and hopefully from the rest of PSXExtreme.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:20:34 AM

Hey Ben,
<<<<<although the majority liked them, a vocal minority didn't.>>>>>

Huh? Since when does the small minority rule???

It should be the other way around, and I for one that stands in the majority, certainly welcomed your editorials.

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Karosso
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 8:54:27 AM

Agree with Mr. Saint, Democracies are not based on the wishes of the minority.
I personally would love to see the personal editorial back.

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G8GTdriver
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 9:28:30 AM

Where have you two been, small minority opinions rule. The second a small but vocal group is offended or doesn't like something its changed or apologized for.

I like this article though, good job spreading the word!

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Nynja
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:03:59 PM

Ben,

When you provide stories such as these that involve the game industry - it belongs here. You have clearly stated the purpose of the article which is how well the new advertising is working.

In my humble opinion; if it involves the games industry, it should be permitted on PSXE.

On that note, I enjoy coming here not just for news but the take and opinion of Ben Dutka (you too Arnold). Don't change.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:44:30 PM

I'm aware of that, Nynja. That's why I'm not doing them anymore, like I said.

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:24:23 PM

Ben, I only thumbs down the last comment because like the majority I liked 'em. They were a bit of a change to the monotony of gaming like what Arnold's car review is going to do. This became my website of choice not only for games but for a lil fun and entertainment....

oh well. That is your choice. B'sides I'm sure it can be a little odd knowing that thousands know whats goin on in the world of Ben D.

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Perry Katy
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:57:45 AM
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It really only does everything!!!!!!!!!

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chucknasty
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 1:48:09 AM

and no one that was so annoyed with the two dudes kissing avatar is remotely offended by a tween Stephanie getting molested by pedobear...yeah, the only thing that annoyed you was the age thing....right.
(I am amused by it, just hate hypocrisy)

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:24:59 AM

That avatar is STILL hilarious and awesome in a funny way haha

But yes, ps3 is a beast!

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Oxvial
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 8:07:30 AM

Yeah I remember the guy of the bully avatar he got a bunch of big reply's.

dunno chuck you have the same age problems step being also underage getting molested by pedobear that isn't too much different of the bully avatar .. I think people who complained about that were homophobic .

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 10:23:05 AM

ChuckNasty, seeing as how you have called out those who were offended by Sweedies avatar, and leveling a double standard accusation, I feel obligated to reply. I was not familiar with Perry Katy's avatar, and what it represented. I do however remember Aftab mentioning an avatar about an underage girl and a bear, and that he was offended by it, so do not claim that it went unnoticed by all.

Now that you brought it up, I looked into it. Evidently, this bear has become an internet pedophile mascot. I will repeat that, an internet pedophile mascot.

If that does not offend you, Chucknasty, Scarecrow, and Oxvial, and Perry Katy, then you all disgust me. I suppose some would find it funny, otherwise this pedobear wouldn't be in existence. I however do not find it ammusing in the least.

If I were Sweedie, I would also be offended that you are lumping him in to this conversation. From his explanation, he was not intending to promote pedophilia with his avatar.

Chucknasty, I have enjoyed some of your previous posts, this is certainly not one of your brighter moments.

Perry Katy should change his/her avatar. Hopefully that avatar doesn't reflect anything he/she has going on in their life.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:45:50 PM

'sigh' I don't know what to do here. This avatar thing better not become a problem. That's all I'll say.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:59:10 PM

Ben, how does that Jay-Z song go? I got 99 problems, but a Avatar ain't one?

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Aftab
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:19:18 PM


<sincerity>
Thank you, MyWorstNightMar. I was silent with both Sweedie, and KatyPerry. But I spoke up eventually, and KP went coincedentaly under the radar, so all I could do was mention his pic in passing. I couldn't quite tell if it was just satirical in nature, as opposed to a blatant promotion of something (but your research has elucidated this). Unfortunately, there should be minimum set of guidelines that regulate what icon's can be used just as there are rules against typing all in CAPS and cussing out each other.
</sincerity>

<sarcasm>
And thanks, ChuckNasty, for your insightful comment about hypocrisy (and your "amusement" over the Pedobear).
</sarcasm>

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:23:36 PM

That's not even a girl, its a man in a wig. Ben, if there is no nudity or blatant swearwords I say leave all the avatars alone. Only a self-satisfied douche would really be offended by most of these "controversial" ones.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 12/2/2009 2:25:04 PM

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:33:13 PM

@G8GTdriver,
<<<<<The second a small but vocal group is offended or doesn't like something its changed or apologized for.>>>>>>

To the first part of your question, actually I happen to be right here at this very moment, LOL .

And to what you said above, I agree & that's exactly why I said it.

I'm so f*cking tired of a few bitch'ers & moan'ers that think they're the chosen few & getting their panties all wadded up in a bunch whenever they're NOT getting their way all the f*cking time.
Especially the loud-mouthed sh*t-stirrers that can't function in the real world and want everything given to them on a silver platter.

They should man up and stop continually being the f*cking problem!!!!!

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Aftab
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 5:31:30 PM

Y'all know what, I rather be a hypocrite or a self-satisfied douche then an apologist for this kind of behavior. I don't run psxextreme, and I don't run other people's lives, and I don't expect to win a popularity contest, but there are things that are worse than nudity and swear words, and I'll make sure I speak up even if it doesn't change a damn thing. If anything, I'm protecting our image as a gaming community, and bucking the image that we as whole are bunch of basement dwelling degenerates.

If you feel I'm being selfish by doing this, fine. But, if you're more upset by me somehow encroaching upon your rights of self-expression, more so than by what these people are expressing in their icons, I ask you, is there a remote chance in the realm of possibilities that you got your f'ing priorities mixed up? Frankly, at this point, I don't think you would admit to that. But that's your choice, and I'll stick to mine, as well.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 7:22:17 PM

Okay, that's it, here's the new rule:

Nobody complains about avatars in the Comments section. If they have a complaint, they can send it directly to me and I'll decide what to do. But it stays OUT of the Comments section from on, okay?

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Perry Katy
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 10:04:17 AM

For all of your convenience, i'll replace my avatar.. :)

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chucknasty
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 12:12:53 PM

Dammit. I tried to delete my post as I realized that it was going to be a thread jack/troll post that would lead to Perry Katy getting in trouble about two minutes after posting...unfortunately someone had thumbed me down which locked it....I am truly sorry to have caused this. Sincerest apologies to Perry and Ben.
A friend at work is having issues tangentially related to this and I was ill advised to bring my feelings about that crap to a games forum. Won't happen again.

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just2skillf00l
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:20:58 AM
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Nice girl: "Yeah, but don't these things always break? I've been hearing something about that..."

Me: "That's the Xbox 360. It dies constantly. Sorry, but it's a piece of sh** in terms of reliability.

Give it to her straight Ben. Man those lines gave me an epic laugh. Great article man...great article.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:33:51 AM

Pretty ironic because Ben owns a 360.

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Fane1024
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 7:11:48 PM

That's not ironic.

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junglemunquay
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:36:08 AM
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Stupid question, but why are is there an Xbox advert on the homepage??

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fstop
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:34:56 PM

My response to this...and I could be wrong...in order for Ben to keep this site up, advertisements from "anyone" is your best bet.
They pay to advert on the site which in turn pays for fees for the upkeep of the site (in this case PSXE).
If the cost is $25/month just for the domain name from whatever company it's purchased; not including "traffic" costs, video capabilities, and even the type of site: Flash vs. non-flash, XML etc, all this stuff adds up.
Again, I could be wrong.

Either way this article is amazing and though it might sound scripted I believe it 100% because this is exactly how I talk to people who have no idea about a PS3...one tends to turn into a salesman.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 3:36:18 AM
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This sounds like a commercial! ;)

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Beamboom
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 5:40:09 AM
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Actually, I've got *two* friends who these weeks has bought a PS3 for non-gaming purposes. Neither of them has any interest in games whatsoever - but the PS3 was the best alternative because of it's other features: Blu-ray/dvd/audio player, USB ports, media server support and an integrated webbrowser.

And speaking of browsing the web on the PS3... Sony! You *got* to make a better browser! People are actually using it!

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Akuma07
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 5:54:42 AM
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That "exchange" seems sooooo fake....

sorry ben.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 10:56:21 AM

It does seem rather scripted, however, it would. If Ben is going strictly by memory and did not have the conversation recorded, I am sure he cleaned some of it up, and the writer in him came out a bit.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:06:46 AM

It has to seem that way because nobody actually speaks in real English. The translation to the article always makes it seem fake because you drop the stuff nobody wants to read; the "um"s and "ah"s and other unrelated silly stuff that clutters things up.

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tanner1
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 7:01:41 AM
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@ ________________, Ive just bought Dark Knight for £7.99/$12- Shop2net. Put that in ur pipe and smoke it!

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___________
Friday, December 04, 2009 @ 6:41:03 AM

and i should care why?

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 8:52:00 AM
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...........

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therabbitkinge
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 8:55:02 AM
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Wow I guess it is our duty to educate the non-gaming masses ^_^ now that we've got mainstream media on our side it seems a lot easier to get people into the PS3 and all its kicka*s games... thanks for spreading the joy Ben one person at a time ^_^

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The Doom
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 8:55:24 AM
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it only does everything
...except play ps2 games? i wonder if theyll mention that on their commerical. :P

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Naga
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 9:27:11 AM

Yeah that could've been avoided if it wasn't for the idiots complaining about the price.
The original PS3 for £425 should make a comeback it should be called the Hardcore bundle!!

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Gone
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 10:33:06 AM
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Wow Ben, where did you meet this "nice girl", because I have only met "mean girl", "get out of my way girl", "you still play video games girl" and "not in a million years girl"?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:05:35 AM

Friend of a friend. But I know what you mean.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:06:17 AM

Maybe that was becuase you were holding your baby at the time and she was making that face at the girl. Maybe...

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:20:29 AM

Hey ZZZ, you changed your avatar from scary baby to mean Darth. Now my previous post makes no sense. :[

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Gone
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:26:47 AM

@MyWorstNightmar

Sorry, I am always changing my avatar. I don't have a baby. I just thought that avatar was funny at that time.

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:31:04 AM

A man of many faces.

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sonic1899
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:50:09 PM

maybe you're looking for the wrong type of girl. if she's undeniably hot with a huge circle of cliques, you'll get those responses by default. but if she's attractive, has a lot of decency and is single, you have a chance

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sniperflash
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 10:35:27 AM
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man 50 bucks for batman lol sucks to be u i just got it for 10 bucks and i also got 3 more new movies for 10 a pop so 4 blu rays for 40 and still got 10 more than u lol

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telly
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:16:16 AM
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Those "everything" PS3 ads are seriously funny and effective. I laugh every time I see a new one. Considering the recent sales figures posted are very positive, I'm happy to know Sony appears to really be gaining some traction these days.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 11:42:03 AM
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You know what I have found to be the greatest tool for "selling" a system to woman?

Children.

Because of my two sons, gaming is accepted now in my family, to the point where my Mom and Dad want to put a PS3 in the house because "all their grandchildren have one".

For years I hear "you still play games?", but it's kind of nice that my parents and even my in-laws appreciate and have played the hobby.

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Fane1024
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 7:15:04 PM

I don't know, raising children seems like too much work just to justify a hobby. ;)

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 12:57:55 PM
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Wrap this up, send it to Sony, and we have our next PS3 ad campaign! Unfortunately, we'd have to leave out the bit about the 360 being "a piece of sh**." :( Mainstream consumers need to be informed of the red ring!

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Zorigo
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 1:33:22 PM
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why does that convo sound like something out of a planned sony ad. its just so... like it was rehearsed.

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 9:06:12 PM

Because Ben's a sly muffin

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photo K
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 3:43:22 PM

what do you mean, this is the way real people talk.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 2:31:01 PM
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The commercials are getting xbots attention too.

So last night I brought my PS3 to a friend's, and his roommate starts to watch us play (xbox owner) and it was pretty funny, he kept saying "Man I wish they would bring this out on xbox" to Killzone 2, GOWIII (demo), inFamous, etc. He had seen footage of all of these and was asking me if the price cut affected the system in any way (wifi, hard drive, controllers)The guy had no clue, except he did know the online was free. After a bit we went downstairs to play MW2 on his xbox and it looked like a dreamcast game compared to KZ2. I chuckled to myself.

Great read Ben, you need to do some investigative journalism now.

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Nick Maim
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 4:36:18 PM
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BOOM!

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bearbobby
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 6:01:47 PM

That's Boom to the Power of Boom.

Price Check on Aisle, BOOM!

lol, I love the new "Dear Playstation" ad campaign. They're all funny and actually show off features and games of the PS3. It's a great set of commercials.

I've kept all of the ones from the PSN on my system just to play them for friends, everyone has a different fav, but we get a kick out of all of em. Keep it up Sony Marketing Deptartment!

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rell
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 5:10:43 PM
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Im sure alot of gamers in here can relate some what to this conversation with a friend or customer on being some what clueless of buying a console. On a side note its a sale for sony.

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 9:05:23 PM
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A PlayStation 3 is an awesome electrical appliance of awesome-sauce.

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JcBball717
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 @ 9:30:38 PM
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first off, ben ur the man.
and can i get that girls #?

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photo K
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 3:44:29 PM

i dont think that's her real pic.

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Banky A
Thursday, December 03, 2009 @ 2:15:17 AM
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Ben's a sly muffin eh.

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