Desz over on Cheap Ass Gamer recently posted a blurry snapshot of what appears to be an internal Microsoft memo dealing with an Xbox 360 name change. The memo, seen above, appears to suggest that this particular, model I suppose, of the Xbox 360 was once codenamed Xbox Xbox Lean or Xbox Granite and that the final name should be Xbox Pure. I'm also intrigued by the comment that "metal plates" have been disregarded. Judging by the codenames and final name, it seems to suggest that this would be a stripped down version of the Xbox 360. Could this be Microsoft's answer to Sony's slim line of consoles? Are we soon going to be seeing a new, thin 360 with only disc-based game support and no harddrive? I'm sure, if this rumor is true, we will be finding out in the next month. XBOX's New Name? [Cheap Ass Gamer] UPDATE: It appears that this rumor story could be CAG throwing their credibility out the window as part of a contest. Kotaku''s decision to run rumors is always based on the credibility of the site and the information contained within it. In the past CAG has proven to be a reliable site, having broken a number of stories through apt reporting. It appears that may no longer be the case.
Jeez. Everyone (yeah, kinda including Crecente) is putting a little too much into this. Yeah, CAG ARE losing some of their credibility here, and will find fewer blogs trusting them from now on. But that's not because one of their users posted a false rumor, but because CAG actually encouraged it. Rewarded it, even. Stupid move.
That said, it takes a hell of a bad move to hurt the credibility of a whole blog medium. Any media-conscious reader will know that user-posted content doesn't always undergo the same fact-checking standard expected from paid journalists. This little incident might actually have made some readers a little more media conscious and less trusting of blogs, which is a good thing.
It's just too bad that making a few users a little more media-conscious had to hurt what's really a pretty good site.