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"Gamercard" spotted at Edinburgh Interactive Festival

During the Unreal Tournament 3 screening at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival today (that's in Scotland, by the way) Games Digest noticed something strange in the game's menu. The option, "Gamercard", was quickly covered up by Mark Rein, who was giving the presentation. "Oops," he said, "you shouldn't have seen that."

Due to the "no camera" rules there is no photographic evidence, but we're still happy to commence the speculation. Especially since Mark was so secretive about it. Is it a UT3 feature? Is it Sony's answer to the 360's Gamertag? We're not sure, but we'd definitely like to know. No doubt we'll hear more before the release of Unreal Tournament 3, at least. We'll try and contact Mark for a statement, but expect him to remain extremely tight lipped. What do you suspect it could be?

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1. Or, even more embarrassingly, he was playing a 360 build.

Posted at 6:06PM on Aug 14th 2007 by Xoonaka

2. ^ yea thats wat i was thinking too

Posted at 6:10PM on Aug 14th 2007 by M

3. There is a Gamercard in Home. You walk up to someone and the X button shows above their head, you hit X and you can check their gamercard and some other stuff. It is currently inaccessible, but it has been there since the beta started.

Posted at 6:14PM on Aug 14th 2007 by Jason B.

4. Being the cynical type I would suggest an intentional 'mistake' in showing the menu option. A little hint here or there of a new improvement to the PSN/Home and these rumours quickly turn in to wanton gossip and hype. Oooh, hush my mouth.

Posted at 6:24PM on Aug 14th 2007 by Ian

5. if this isn't a 360 build and it is a Home thing expect lawsuits

Posted at 6:25PM on Aug 14th 2007 by mat parker

6. @5 why. ppl 'borrow' ideas, concepts all the time, as long as it isnt the same thing. gamercard is not the same as gamertag. if that where the case sony would use achievem... i meant trophies eitehr due to a lawsuit

Posted at 6:34PM on Aug 14th 2007 by pete

7. or nintendo would own everyone for using their button layout in any controller after the super nintendo, oh and same goes for the shoulder buttons, and i am pretty sure someone thought of those buttong and shoulder buttons before nintendo as well...

Posted at 6:38PM on Aug 14th 2007 by pete

8. Couldn't be a "Gamercard". That's what MS calls the part of the 360 dash that shows gamerscore, gamerzone, etc and that wonderful signature that permeates even the Playstation Underground forums. Sony would be called a copycat if they did that. We can't have that, now can we. [/sarcasm]

I think that too much will be read into this and what is better than what will be drawn based on ridiculously incomplete data. He was playing a 360. Woohoo.

Posted at 6:39PM on Aug 14th 2007 by Edge

9. I hope it wasn't for 360 something plz for home p.a. When does home come out

Posted at 6:42PM on Aug 14th 2007 by bos6268

10. My mistake. He was playing a Playstation, since you use triangle to use it.

Wow. Gamercard. That's...lame.

And a word on "trophies", too. Lame. Gamerscore is what makes Achievements work, not 3D trophy things.

Posted at 6:44PM on Aug 14th 2007 by Edge

11. The "Gamercard" is for the XBOX 360

Looks like he was playing it on a 360... what a suprise!

Posted at 6:51PM on Aug 14th 2007 by x silence x

12. I disagree. Points are stupid, meaningless, and in no way encourage me to play.

Cool animated 3d models would, however, have a better chance to feel satisfying. Especially for games like Lair. Seeing a nicely rendered 3D dragon that I can rotate around and admire the art for... that's something to work for, not for some 32x32 bitmap that might be funny but generally is generic.

But to each his own. For all I know, the trophies won't end up being as impressive as I hope. They might be just as unsatisfying as getting 30 meaningless hacked points. We'll see.

Posted at 6:52PM on Aug 14th 2007 by Xoonaka

13. yup, sounds like a 360 build to me.

Posted at 6:57PM on Aug 14th 2007 by WTangoFoxtrot

14. ppl this is a tea/coffee debate no one will win so dont opine if you feel your stance is the only correct one and everyone else is stupid for not aggreing with you. some like gamerscore, i like xoonaka think they are meaningless and in no way encourage me to keep playing a game.* but im a coffee man, sissy can keep their tea. LOL j/k

* had a 360 at launch clucked it a while ago.

Posted at 7:09PM on Aug 14th 2007 by pete

15. Whatever it is, it's not a 360 build. First, the title of the article is "‘Gamercard’ spotted in UT3 demo – is this PS3’s answer to the 360’s Gamertag?". Secondly, the article itself says you press Triangle to access it, and none of my 360 controllers have a Triangle button on them - my PS3 controllers, however, do.

Posted at 7:10PM on Aug 14th 2007 by Ste

16. I really should have got tickets to go to this thing.

Its less than 5 minutes away from my house.

Wonder if i can just show up and look like a poor little gamer and ask to play free demo's of stuff...

Posted at 7:20PM on Aug 14th 2007 by Niyx

17. it was actually an in Home image .. its not what you all think .. you want a gamer card like microsoft go here

Posted at 7:33PM on Aug 14th 2007 by sectionz

18. My foam has been downgraded to a regular Cliffy B froth.

Posted at 7:57PM on Aug 14th 2007 by RalphMuchachio

19. @Ste

When we run PS3 builds where I work it shows all the X360 information because it's ported from the 360 to the PS3. Here's an example: When I look at the controller configuration page on the PS3 it will show a placeholder image of a 360 controller. This because it's made for the 360 and gradually ported over to the PS3. So maybe it was running on a PS3 but it's being made on the 360 and ported to the PS3. How many times can I say ported to the PS3? It's never a good thing when that happens. Looks like 30 FPS for the PS3... uh oh!

Posted at 8:15PM on Aug 14th 2007 by x silence x

20. If I was going to do an achievement based system, I would do it a la insomniac. Unlike some stupid number that you brag about to your friends, Insomniac has skill points in their games, which when you achieve unlock bonus content for you like making of videos and screen shots. Imagine every game was forced to have that kind of bonus content based on skill.

Posted at 8:16PM on Aug 14th 2007 by optimusprime

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