Posted on September 4, 2007,

Sony Caught Trolling Wikipedia Articles?

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Wikipedia has always been an iffy source for information, considering virtually anyone can edit the entries. It’s nothing new to hear about a fanboy editing an article to make a certain game or console look better or worse. There’s a new edit on the Halo 3 Wikipedia page mentioning that the game’s graphics will be no better than what we saw in Halo 2. Reading something like that, I would obviously assume it was simply a PS3 fanboy who did it.

Unfortunately, it looks like the evidence is pointing right at Sony. If someone at Sony did in fact stoop to this level of fanboy-like behavior, it says a lot. Destructoid seems to have uncovered some interesting clues that do not look so good for Sony:

The IP address for the recent edit is 217.18.23.2, an IP that just so happens to belong to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in Liverpool, UK. Naughty naughty. Checking out the IP’s history on Wikipedia, we see a few other instances where SCEE has shown its maturity and sensibility.

Via Destructoid

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13 Comments on Sony Caught Trolling Wikipedia Articles?

Halo 3 Planet

On September 4, 2007 at 10:53 am

Original Source… I think…
http://www.lasersharks.com/?p=233

Icarus

On September 4, 2007 at 11:12 am

Doesn’t nessasarily (I know thats mispelled) Sony is doing it. Sony hires a lot of people, and they don’t tell them what to do every minute of every day. All it takes is one employee with nothing to do, and a lot of loyalty to misinterpret what he should be doing in his spare time.

Icarus

On September 4, 2007 at 11:13 am

mean*

and follow up, it’s happened many times before. Someone who worked in some film company edited the article for some film to say it got terrible ratings from papers and mags that hadn’t read it, and they found the guy who did it and fired him on the spot for besmirching the company name by spreading lies on their IP.

William

On September 4, 2007 at 11:43 am

I’m sure this is simply a Sony employee who took matters into his own hand, but it still reflects poorly upon the company.

Joelteon7

On September 4, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Quite. Perhaps he was on a break; in some cases, acting outside of work time (ie. a break) still requires you to act in the best interest of that company; slating another game on a rival console will hardly be what Sony want to have thrown against in terms of an acusation.

SpiralGray

On September 4, 2007 at 1:50 pm

At first I thought the same as William, that it reflects poorly on the company. And in reality that is how the public will likely take it. But when you really think about it, a company cannot monitor its employees 24×7. Unless the individual was given an explicit order to do what they did from the very top of the organization, it’s just poor judgement on the part of an individual.

William

On September 4, 2007 at 2:10 pm

yeah it is tough to control what employee’s do, but the company is still ultimately responsible.

Norbit

On September 4, 2007 at 2:15 pm

“Sony Caught Trolling Wikipedia Articles?”

Or “1 person using a PC in a Sony building to troll Wikipedia” to be more accurate.

I just did a little search of Microsofts ip history on Wikipedia:

131.107.151.151 was fixing typo’s on the insulting to french term ‘Cheese eating surrender monkeys’

202.159.8.234 was editing the page for the term ‘Upskirt’

203.41.151.9 was editing the page for the term ‘Cameltoe’

192.92.90.66 added the term ‘Jethro’ to the list of ethnic slurs page

Xboxlenny

On September 4, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Pick it apart all you want. It was from sony it appears. What a disgrace and low way to go. Sony is jealous and only wish to have a good game like Halo 3.

@Norbit: Thats lame to look for Microsofts history. Dont waste your time.

Norbit

On September 4, 2007 at 5:05 pm

“@Norbit: Thats lame to look for Microsofts history. Don’t waste your time.”

After you have commented on a story by someone who has done exactly the same thing for Sony? Its funny how you condemn me for exposing Microsoft’s silly Wiki posting and yet didn’t do the same for the person who traced one to Sony.

“What a disgrace and low way to go”

Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. You don’t even know who did it yet you treat it like its company policy. It might have been a subcontracted cleaner for all you know. What you said is as retarded as me trying to make out that the addition of ‘Jethro’ to Wiki’s racial slurs page was done at the request of Bill Gates.

Julian

On September 8, 2007 at 10:19 am

@NORBIT

You care too much.

Way too much.

This is the same sony that steals stills from PGR to promote SCEA games.
We expect this from them.

Regardless, a SONY based employee on a sony computer still reflects the sony corporation.

go watch “the corporation”

Norbit

On September 8, 2007 at 10:58 am

“Regardless, a SONY based employee on a sony computer still reflects the sony corporation.”

Yes it does. In the same way that the perverted and offensive posts I highlighted reflect badly for the Microsoft corporation. Far worse in fact. It’s a bit dumb that you attack Sony for something and then attack me for highlighting similarly embarrassing activity by Microsoft. This whole article exists because someone did exactly what I did. So its OK for someone to do that when its anti Sony but otherwise its bad? Still, what do I expect from 360 owners? Shouldn’t you be off writing graffiti on PS3 boxes or trying to cool your 360 down in a bucket of water?

William

On September 8, 2007 at 3:09 pm

I agree..what you dug up on Microsoft looks bad as well.