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Nintendo and Microsoft Take Credit for PlayStation’s Home Ideas

We just reported yesterday on the PlayStation 3’s new “Home” community service. Sony borrowed several ideas from rival consoles Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360. One of them is a customizable personal character, similar to Miis. The other are the “Hall of Fame”, trophies for in-game milestones, also known as Achievements on the Xbox 360.

Nintendo has responded to the news by saying that it is “another example of Sony’s Mii-too approach.” Shigeru Miyamoto offered his two cents by saying that “Nintendo years ago considered and rejected the type of approach Sony is now taking. Clearly Nintendo’s Miis have become a cultural phenomenon in their own right, appealing well beyond the traditional core gamer audience, and the process of populating them across the Wii universe is just beginning.”

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Microsoft’s Chris Satchell responded to the announcement of the PlayStation 3’s Home by saying that, “I think they’ve definitely taken some concepts that we originated like Achievements, but I think they’re pushing in a different direction and we’ve sort of fundamentally got two different approaches going on here.”