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Atari's Harrison is Console-Agnostic When it Comes to Kissing Ass

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Phil Harrison, former Sony and current Atari exec, has heaped love on PlayStation Home, saying his former company "brilliantly realised" its goal. Then he smoochy-smoochied the NXE. Hey, it's all bidness, right?

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Harrison, in comments to Eurogamer during last week's Atari Live event, said Sony "will have a very successful platform" with PlayStation@Home, begun under his tenure. Phil's said he's in on the beta, which Sony says will launch for all users by the end of this month. Harrison left Sony for Atari back in March.

Regarding Xbox Live's new dashboard: "I was quite impressed actually with some of the things that [Microsoft has] done," he said. "They're just scratching the surface of what the whole industry recognises is that customisation, socialisation and community platforms are going to be just as important as the games themselves."

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Wait, didn't he say anything nice about Nintendo, too? UH-OH CONTROVERSY. Kidding. But the man's got titles to publish and games to sell, on both consoles, so praising both, like a mother who makes sure to compliment her less-favorite son, is to be expected.

Harrison: Home is "Brilliantly Realised" [Eurogamer]

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Phil maybe a smart conniving butt-kisser...

But I would rather have a smart conniver running Atari than the suits that have been running it into the ground for the past 5 years.

Atari also has the reins over the Dungeons and Dragons licenses, ergo, my soul is directly tied to Atari's success.

With the announcement of NWN3 due for 2010 or 2011, coupled with Bioware's lack of multiplayer vision for their Dragon Age franchise, I keep a gleaming smidgen of hope in the back of my heart that Atari'll turn itself around over the next half-decade...

Either that or fail miserably and Hasbro disassembles the studio and turns to EA and Bioware to work with the Neverwinter franchise again.