Colbert takes swipe at Microsoft, Project Natal

On the Bears & Balls segment of his show The Colbert Report last night, comedian Stephen Colbert took aim at Microsoft and Project Natal, he also gave us a look into the next generation Xbox, what he calls the "ex-Xbox". The segment begins by talking about the recent smoking laws in the United States, but starting at about 1:40 he begins to highlight Microsoft, and ends around 4:20.


(video courtesy of Cobertnation.com)

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I wonder if Colbert still plays with a Wii. I remember when he played Wii Sports boxing in an episode and was all like "Guess what nerds I gots me a Wii"

excalpius said,
+100 Seriously, there are some real stories to put on the front page...

If only there was a way to skip over a story without commenting. I hate this new forced commenting laws that obama bought in. I used to just ignore stories I wasn't interested in.

Licensing issues.

Piracy party FTW.

We need serious redefinition of intellectual property laws.

(disclosure, I work for a company that takes in $500million Euros per year in licensing and patent fees).

Dead_Monkey said,
Licensing issues.

Maybe people should change their licensing so that other countries will have more reason to give them money. Right now it seems like it is costing them exposure. And Canada should learn from the mistakes of fascists and stop trying to control culture. It's a joke.

In Canada, they have a new show based on Bob & Doug, which were stereotype characters first used to make fun of the fact that "Canadian Content" was being required (their take: 'wtf is "Canadian content", a couple of guys drinking beer and saying "eh" ?').

Now it's pretty much embracing that stereotype and running with it, so it doesn't have the effect of criticizing the fact that Canada is trying to control its culture. Instead, this new show is no longer satirizing that fact, but instead embracing it as if it was part of Canada's culture all along.

Instead of importing A-grade shows where they can (i.e. we are now witnessing the beginning of the end of Comedy Central shows in Canada), they're forcing people to watch really corny stereotype-ey garbage with z-list actors...

Canada's getting pretty pathetic...

Rudimentary said,
BSOD aside, they'll be loving the publicity

Ye they'll be rushing out in droves to get a slow, crashing OS... Oh wait, most people are already running it doh!

liberatus_sum said,
Ye they'll be rushing out in droves to get a slow, crashing OS... Oh wait, most people are already running it doh!

I meant Natal, not windows.
Jeez

Rudimentary said,
I meant Natal, not windows.
Jeez

Rofl Apple fanatics will often jump on any chance they get to bash Windows.

Don't let it get to ya.

Recon415 said,

Rofl Apple fanatics will often jump on any chance they get to bash Windows.

Don't let it get to ya.

No different to Windows fanboys, except at least Apple fanboys have a little reason on their side. Windows fanboys... psshh, might as well be General Eletric fanboys, or Shell fanboys...

"In Canada, Comedy Central videos are available on The Comedy Network."

Anyone got a link to this video on Comedy Network?

I really hate how every American comerical site pulls that bull****. Why the hell don't they all just use YouTube like normal people.

Airlink said,
I really hate how every American comerical site pulls that bull****. Why the hell don't they all just use YouTube like normal people.

(sigh)
And I can't get BBC programmes here in the US through the BBS site, either.

Yeah... It's an "American" thing.

I don't think it was meant to offend...

All the American channels do do it, and it is annoying. However, we also block Americans from watching Comedy Network programming online, and possibly CBC as well.

It is annoying, and from our perspective it's only the American channels that really effect us, although I do like some of the BBC stuff.

and i really liked that 'ex-xbox' part... its like the entire console is inside natal, how he pretends to put it away and everything

that is a really good point, tho

what kind of abstract, out of this world type of game would it take to lift natal above these stereotypes?

indiansboy94 said,
Video is not available in Canada.

Someone should tell these sites it's the INTERnet not the local-only net. Are they trying to bring us back into the stone age of the local-only BBS?

Saw this yesterday. Thought it was pretty funny.

Natal was actually demo'd on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon too and looked fantastic. Say what you want about it, it's getting quite a bit of attention.

dead.cell said,
I suppose. I don't understand the hype myself to be honest. :

i think it looks quite interesting, would like to give it a go. Not sure who it will go in the long term, much like the wii, good for a few games every now and again, with friends.

The Windows error sound when he smacks the button had me rolling out of bed last night. Thought some light hearted news would start the weekend off right for everyone

Meconio said,
He's a mac lover, could he be more obvious?

I remember initially being surprised by his strong pro-Apple/anti-MS bias. I'm not sure which it actually is. He'll take potshots at XBox even though Apple has no entry in the console gaming market, so it could be aimed at MS (or he just simply doesn't like the Xbox), but he's also taken several jabs at Zune, and will mention his iPhone at least once a week--whipping it out at least once a month (which is really just once every two weeks, if you think about how much time off him and Stewart take).

He'll no doubt have a segment on Windows 7 eventually, if even just in passing. His slant, whenever that rolls around, will clarify things, perhaps.

Still love his show. Just get nervous every now and then that one of the prepared graphics will be an 'M$'. My opinion of him would plummet, crash into a mountain, collapse a tunnel, and suffocate a dozen miners.

Joshie said,
I remember initially being surprised by his strong pro-Apple/anti-MS bias.

Why surprised? He is clearly an intelligent, and knowledgeable person.

Joshie said,
Still love his show. Just get nervous every now and then that one of the prepared graphics will be an 'M$'. My opinion of him would plummet, crash into a mountain, collapse a tunnel, and suffocate a dozen miners.

Yes, much better to bury your head in the sand. Maybe you will be happier with fox "news" channel.

Colbert Report like many other shows earns money through product placement. His show is watched by a huge number of people that can be said to be in the "young" age group, most of whom are able to buy gaming consoles. All he has to do is somehow introduce the product to his viewers.

Whether he mocks Microsoft, in the process, or not, is irrelevant. Whether he is pro-Apple or not is also irrelevant.

In fact, because he allegedly mocked Microsoft, Neowin as well as other news channels/websites picked it up and spread the word about Natal even more!