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  • Sony wins an Emmy for the XMB [Update 1]

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    Andrew Yoon
    Andrew Yoon
    01.10.2007

    You probably heard the news by now: Sony won an Emmy. In fact, they won two. One for their "revolutionary" SIXAXIS DualShock controller ... and another for the Cross Media Bar, or XMB, for short. This navigation system, first introduced in the PSX, allows users to quickly scroll through a variety of media types, like Photo, Music, Videos and Games. It was made popular by the PSP, and is currently used by the PS3, and will expand to the Bravia line of televisions.Sony's new PR head, David Karraker is pictured, undoubtedly trying to shoot a fireball at fellow Emmy-winners, Nintendo.[Via PSP-Vault][Update 1: Okay, so Sony got the award for the DualShock. Crazy, huh?]

  • Oops! Sony declares SIXAXIS Emmy, Emmys say "uh-uh"

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    Christopher Grant
    Christopher Grant
    01.09.2007

    We weren't sure why the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences decided to give Sony's evolutionary SIXAXIS controller a Technology and Engineering Emmy and, evidently, neither were they. After Sony blasted out a press release proudly proclaiming the honor -- and after the internet rubbed its collective eyes raw -- we've learned that Sony wasn't alone in receiving an honor from the Academy. The list of Emmy Award winners for "Peripheral Development and Technological Impact of Video Game Controllers" include Sony Computer Entertainment of America and ... Nintendo! Did Nintendo's innovative Wiimote share the honor with the motion-sensing SIXAXIS? Not quite ... Séamus at Hydrapinion did some legwork and discovered that, while Sony had won an Emmy for Technology and Engineering, it wasn't for the SIXAXIS. Instead, Christine Chin from NATAS confirmed that Sony's Dual Shock as well as Nintendo's D-Pad (NES pad?) won "for the development of the generation of controllers that followed the classic joysticks." Oops! You know what they say happens when you assume ...[Thanks, Ben]Read -- SIXAXIS innovation Emmy - a joke? (UPDATE: Sony was wrong)Read -- Technology and Engineering Emmy Award Winners

  • PS3 controller wins Emmy award [update 1]

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    Ludwig Kietzmann
    Ludwig Kietzmann
    01.08.2007

    In the mood for a good laugh, a proper el-oh-el? Then read this unbelievable, oblivious and altogether hilarious Gamesindustry.biz article regarding the wondrous insides of the PS3 controller. The gist of it sees the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences bestowing an Emmy award upon the Sixaxis -- for technology and engineering. As you might expect, the award arrives in response to new-fangled "motion sensing technology", currently not featured in any other console in existence. Indeed, the engineers at Sony deserve a hearty pat on the back for taking the time to "re-define the original Dual Shock controller" and painstakingly remove any traces of rumble technology. Indeed, putting rumble and motion sensing into the same controller would likely spell unmitigated disaster. Meanwhile, Jack Tretton, CEO of SCEA, chimes in on the whole affair and in doing so, sends out a distress signal from deep within an alternate reality. "The overwhelming consumer demand and critical acclaim for PS3 is testament of the platform's strength and the industry's desire for a true next-generation entertainment system." Come on, Mr. Tretton, even Quinn Mallory has a subscription to Time magazine.Update: Oops! Sony got their controllers mixed up.

  • SIXAXIS wins an Emmy for Technology and Engineering... wait, really?

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    Christopher Grant
    Christopher Grant
    01.08.2007

    We interrupt our regularly scheduled CES blogathon to bring you some important industry news from the world of video games: the PlayStation 3's new (sort of) SIXAXIS controller has been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Technology and Engineering Emmy. Details are scarce, but the award will be handed over at an awards presentation being held tonight at ... wait, CES! Everything is captured in its gravitational pull, there's no avoiding it. Regardless, we're not sure exactly why the Sixaxis is receiving this honor, short of it being a technology product that undoubtedly involved some engineering, but we can't help but think something in the world of television must have been more deserving of such accolades. But what ...

  • 24, My Name is Earl, other HD favorites pick up Emmys

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    Richard Lawler
    Richard Lawler
    08.28.2006

    We love HD shows that go the extra mile to take advantage of HDTVs (My Name is Earl, The Office), or just have special effects and environments that look great in HD (24, Lost). At last night's 58th Emmy Awards Lost and Grey's Anatomy were shut out but all the others listed previously took home statues, as well as other HD productions like HBO's The Sopranos and Elizabeth I. Take a look at the full list of winners, it certainly appears the critics think there are shows worth watching in HD.

  • Official iPod Emmy Awards announced

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    Dave Caolo
    Dave Caolo
    04.11.2006

    I had to read that a couple of times myself. The National Television Academy has announced the very first Emmy award for the internet, cell phones and iPods. According to the press release, the award will be "...presented for original entertainment programming created specifically for non-traditional viewing platforms, including computers, mobile phones, iPods, PDAs and similar devices."Are you wondering just who the nominees are? Wonder no more: 24: Conspiracy by Fox Mobile Entertainment It's Jerrytime! produced by Ozone Inc. Live 8 on AOL produced by America Online mtvU Stand In produced by MTV Networks' mtvU Sophie Chase produced by CBS Films, Inc Stranger Adventures "Helem Beaumont." Since the award is intended to recognize "...original entertainment content" created for mobile devices, will independent productions be considered? We shall see. Now pass the popcorn.[Via Cult of Mac]

  • Emmy handheld award nominees announced

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    Ryan Block
    Ryan Block
    04.11.2006

    Let's face it, with more and more content being created for the third screen (i.e. your cellphone, handheld, portable, multimedia device, etc. -- whatever you want to call it), it was obviously time for the Emmys to create yet another award for a new kind of small screen: the award for outstanding original programming for computers, cellphones and other hand-held [sic] device (or that's what we understand it's called, anyway, they didn't officially acknowledge it on their site so far as we could tell). So whose programming's up for an Emmy? You've got Fox Mobile's 24: Conspiracy, MTV's mtvU Stand In, AOL's Live 8 on AOL, Orrin and Jerry Zucker's It's Jerry Time!, CB Films' Sophie Chase, and interactive puzzle program Stranger Adventures. To be announced April 22 with the Daytime Emmies, the Academy will be reviewing and voting on the nominees with what we can only hope is the utmost reverence and sincerity for the category, similar to how we imagine they vote on the Emmy for Sound Mixing - Nonfiction Programming or Outstanding Game Show Host.

  • Emmys: no for HD but yes for live blogging!

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    Kevin C. Tofel
    Kevin C. Tofel
    09.18.2005

    Why the Emmys won't be broadcast in high-definition is beyond us. That's OK; HD Beat's loss is TV Squad's gain. If you hop on over to our sister blog, you can catch TV Squad's take on all of the Emmy festivities. You'll see coverage from the red carpet right on through to the final award, so sneak a peek when you have a chance.Actually, I just realized that Bob Sassone started TV Squad's coverage already, so don't delay! He wasn't even 25 minutes into his coverage and he's got Joan Rivers blowing the celeb's names. Is the adrenaline affecting Joan or were there some pre-reporting Emmy parties going on?