Someone Is Using Bots To Balance PS4 vs Xbox One Twitter Contest

When both Microsoft and Sony released their next-gen consoles earlier this year, GameSpot put up an international Twitter “contest” to show which console the fans truly favored. Fans could send a tweet containing #GameSpotPS4 to show allegiance for the PlayStation 4 or #GameSpotXbox to show allegiance for the Xbox One. What resulted in the PS4 vs Xbox One battle was an overwhelming advantage in favor of the PS4 (taken some hours ago), including an 89:11 lean in USA, 9:1 in Canada and 91% to Xbox One’s 9% overall. But now the tides are beginning to turn through some dubious means.

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Nitrowolf21718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

this makes me lol, just cause someone out there is actually that butthurt by the results prior. Not hating on you Xbox fans or anything there, just the thought of a person actually spending time doing that XD. Even if it doesn't take much effort, it looks like it struct a nerve

sobotz1718d ago

This is lame, and this coming from an Xbox fans.

Skips1718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

Lame indeed...

Anyways, 84% vs. 16% worldwide???

So they are getting murdered, even WITH BOTS???

lol... Ouch...

jimbobwahey1718d ago

Microsoft has a history of attempting to rig online polls, along with bribery, paid forum shills etc. and all other manner of underhanded tactics to bully their way to success.

I find it alarming that people are shocked by the company utilizing bots to attempt to rig another online poll, since you have to be incredibly naive to the way that the company operates to be ignorant of this side of their business.

shoddy1718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

It's powa of teh cloud that did this with 300000 server.

PeaSFor1718d ago

"Microsoft has a history of attempting to rig online polls,"

i dont know but i know someone paid or "asked" amazon to remove their PS4 vs XBONE poll.

pyramidshead1718d ago

Not really a direct reply to you sobotz, just fyi.

But with all the hailings of sony fanboys fixing internet polls, rigging them and trolling them to suit their own needs to sway the difference, we now have this, and I just can't help but 'lol'.

ZodTheRipper1718d ago

Can someone find out their IP?
Wouldn't surprise me if it's coming from somewhere near Redmond lol

aCasualGamer1718d ago

I really don't need a poll to know that Microsoft has done many things wrong with their next console. Alot of people won't overlook the fact that Microsoft tried to deceive them, that can't be changed by ditching your policies and thinking it's all cool.

cvflyboy1718d ago

why? why? Microsoft is a dirty company and I wouldn't be surprised if they are behind this deception. just another punk a$$ move to add to their portfolio of damage control tactics.

nosferatuzodd1718d ago

we all know how greedy that company is that's why im glad when their surface failed their phones fail and windows 8 failed

Dee_911718d ago

Rather its MSFT doing or a random, its equally sad either way...
just smh

Ritsujun1717d ago

They are teh ULTIMATE Xb0ts.

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sincitysir11718d ago

I admit that it was me. I regrrt nothing! Microsoft is paying my bills for a week =D

US8F1718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

Was that supposed to be funny?

OT: I'm not surprised really. They started with deception, they will continue with deceoption, and they will end with deception. Mark my words, EA and Microsoft are going to screw the gaming industry royally one day.

The power of the cloud and always online where if the game is not successful in the first year, they will shut down the servers and make your CD that you bought for 60 bucks, a paper weight. Wait, did I say $60, yea right, prices would increase too. Even EA are selling their games for $80 in some parts of Europe.

sincitysir11718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

Dont know what crawled up your bung hole but relax tigger.

OT: agreed. If ea can microtransact every ggame they will. Their excuse will be that games are getting more expensive to develop. We will be paying sixty dollars for un finished games.or games that are bare boned. And unfortunately people will still buy into their methods.smh

HammadTheBeast1718d ago

Don't worry, I thought it was funny.

cell9891718d ago

Remember that one troll who signed in on NeoGaf with a Microsoft email account, could be him all over again

PeaSFor1718d ago

like some peoples working on Forza game, acting like random and non-biased gamer while praising Forza and shitting on GTurismo..... and theyve busted

mark134uk1718d ago

No shock we all new ms were doing it!

TenSteps1718d ago

Anyone remember the time when it was metacritic user review scores that was the hot topic in terms of sad butthurt users? Good times.

2cents1718d ago

This is really sad and stupid.

What will this prove? Nothing.

There is no doubt that the PS4 is far more appreciated by gamers, especially when we take into consideration what has happened on both sides since feb. Sony are clear I their message, they have built a beautifully powerful games console that has been made to excel at what it's supposed to... To play games!

The Xbox has shifted it focus onto everyone and everything which has left most people feeling alienated. These polls will only highlight that fact.
But to cheat the polls is just stupid. No one wins here, it just muddies the waters.

Even though I'm getting an Xbox on launch, I am under no illusion that things are going to be rosy, it's anybody's guess as to how well they will fly of the shelves.

My opinion is that Sony holds the baton for gamers, and they will continue to do so. MS need to get their act together and focus on singing one message otherwise they run the risk of loosing gamers trust permanently.

I look forward to the twin launches and the true facts about power, specs, graphics and overall experience coming to light.

Burackus1717d ago

They don't have to get there shit together with people like you, you know they are wrong and you are still buying there product at launch what 2cents does that make?

2cents1717d ago

People like me huh?

I think they are changing, and have been since e3 but there is still much to to alleviate the fence sitters.

I don't think they are wrong, they WERE wrong, and they changed their policy to address the issues. Which is good enough for me to make a purchase decision. I said back in may that if I could still buy disc based games and not require the 24hr checkin I'd be happy. Now that I can buy and own my discs AND still have the cool digital library which I can access on any console, I have the best of both worlds.

They are starting to unify their message but as I said, there is still a ways to go.

I'm still getting both consoles, and I plan on having a great time with them.

Well done on repeating what i already said in my comment above.

Burackus1717d ago (Edited 1717d ago )

So let me get this right, if i told you that I was going to backstab you, and turned around and said never mind, you would still support me? Call me dumb but if someone is willing to do it once what makes you think they wouldn't do it again later on after they have my money?

2cents1717d ago

Using physical violence as an analogy for a console manufacturers policy on used games is a bit of a stretch, but it deffinatley dramatises the situation to something more serious than it is. it will also compound the problem, so your intention to rubbish me, my decision to purchase a games console, and my moralistic fibre is successful. I hope your pleased with this outcome as you have achieved what you set out to do.

I don't want you to buy an Xbox, I don't need you to buy an Xbox. I posted on this article based on what some idiots are doing by using bots to get votes for a waste of time poll. My thoughts are totally transparent, I have not made a dig at Sony, I haven't singled anyone out, I haven't tried to start an argument. I have simply written my thoughts on this situation.

I know that they will continue to find ways to push to a digital world of entertainment, I know they will continue to find ways to milk every opportunity to make money off of the products and services that they will invest their money in creating for us. What they will learn through trial and error when attempting something new and potentially a piracy gold mine (if the system could be hacked) is that the harshest way of control of their intellectual property is not the best way, 24hr DRM is not fun for anyone.

So we all spoke and the bigwigs at the top stopped and listened to the most deafening universal NO! they had probably ever heard. I recall comments from people at Xbox saying that they had no idea about any of these policies until it was announced in May, that must hurt if your one of those employees.

Now there has been one of the biggest shakeups at MS, you know the deets, and as the dust is only just starting to clear, we are getting more and more positive info regarding the console. So in summation, I'm excited about the console, I'm troubled by the state of affairs at MS.

If you can still find fault with my comments, you can naturally have the last laugh as I'm all out of bubbles. I don't even know if any of what I say makes sense to you, I'm cunfused by so many things on N4G.

Burackus1716d ago (Edited 1716d ago )

I don't care if you buy an xbone I just asked what cents does that make, I guess my trust is just harder to earn than yours, by the way hear is a vote to bubble up, I think the bubbles are stupid

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Eddie201011718d ago

Desperate times call for desperate lame measures.

sAVAge_bEaST1718d ago

M$'s -famous Reputation Management, in full effect.

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AceBlazer131718d ago

Underhanded console with an underhanded fanbase, lol goes hand in hand.

drsfinest721718d ago

a poll doesnt mean anything. for example presidential election polls.. their never accurate.

Godmars2901718d ago

And yet someone's skewing results in this one.

Ritsujun1717d ago (Edited 1717d ago )

mrsfinest72's the joker of the day.

ThatCanadianGuy5141718d ago

100k+ votes is enough to give a solid demographic representation.

PS4 9-1 xbox.Seems in line with all other polls recently.

Not looking good for the bone!

drsfinest721718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

No not enough as I said before presidential polls are never accurate and the amount of people who participated on the polls are far greater than that of the ps3 vs Xbox one.

Check those polls then check the official election results. Obama won with 61% while Romney 38%. If you fall into these poll hype then your delusional

ThatCanadianGuy5141718d ago

Nobody but you is talking about presidential elections (with many more variables then a video games console, and only affects the U.S)

100k votes out of a 1 million pre-orders is great insight into what the masses want.

YodaCracker1718d ago

And who's to say that no bots were used to boost the PS4's votes? Why, that would never happen! Honestly, if you believe these easily manipulated internet polls are any indication of reality, or that the PS4 is going to outsell the XB1 9 to 1 (or even 2 to 1) this November, then you need a reality check.

ThatCanadianGuy5141718d ago

Show me the votebots for the PS4 then, yoda.

As it stands, the only one with skewed votes in the xbone.That's just the reality of it.

And don't even get me started on on sales.Both will sell out their pre-order stock.

PS4 is launching in 32 countries
Xbone is 13

PS4 is set to outsell xbone atleast 2-1 by default.It will only get more brutal as time goes on.This is the reality of the xbone situtation.The sooner you accept it, the sooner you can stop trying to spin it and spread FUD.

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HammadTheBeast1718d ago

Presidential polls don't even matter, the person who's going to be president is fixed way ahead of time.

The media, social sites, and other sources sway votes massively.

Which is why we end up with Bush's and Obama's.

drsfinest721717d ago (Edited 1717d ago )

so your a conspiracy theorist now?

@ below. do you think that those would be the only polls country wide? if you were smart you would put things together & know thats not true.

JP13691718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

Did you even read the link you posted? None of those polls asked more than 3,000 people, while the majority were barely more than 1,000. That is far less than 100,000 yet you claim otherwise. You might need to work on both your reading and math skills, little buddy.

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ziggurcat1718d ago

must be greenpowerz/thetruthx1...

cell9891718d ago

Or George noob, jokeonyou

shoddy1718d ago

Jokeonyou for sure lol

ZodTheRipper1718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

Or it's just Microsoft hiring some people in China like EA did a few months ago.

pyramidshead1718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

lol what a lovely little list you guys got there @above & you guys below :P

Angels37851718d ago

You guys cannot be forgetting belking....he's tha HFIC (Head fanboy in charge)

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M-M1718d ago (Edited 1718d ago )

Frigid, Belking, WB, Elite24Gamer.

Hellsvacancy1718d ago

Septic, he's another that believes MS does no wrong

solidjun51717d ago

Ape007. He's delusional.

solidjun51718d ago

I was thinking it was thetruthx1. It wouldn't surprised me if it were him.

ZHZ901717d ago

All of you guys above me forgot about Ksar...

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