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March 3, 2006 at 11:56 AM

Is this a joke?

Rockstar Games, the developer of the controversial and super-fun “Grand Theft Auto” series, announced at IGN that it’s working on an exclusive game for the Xbox 360. There will be no cop-killing or lethal car chases here. This is a ping pong game — or “Table Tennis,” as it is called.

Rockstar COO Terry Donovan was asked why this game is exclusive to the 360. His response:

The power of the new hardware and the higher resolution of new televisions really allow us to give the game an immediacy and physicality that wasn’t possible on current-gen hardware. Rudimentary ball and racket physics would have been possible but we wanted to wait for the 360 because it allowed us to bring a completely different level of production and technology to the game.

Is this a joke? I have a call in to Xbox to ask. For all the talk of next-gen this and high-def that, have we really come full circle to Pong?

Update: A Microsoft spokesman responds: “As the title has not officially been announced, we are not able to provide a comment at this time.”

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