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March 23, 2006 at 7:57 AM

GDC: Sony throws a party

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sony usually throws the best parties at these kinds of conferences, and last night’s bash was no exception.

Held at the Parkside Hall, the party featured a glass-enclosed ring where remote-controlled robots fought Battlebot-style. The robots violently smashed into each other with noises that sounded like thunderclaps, and the crowd was thrilled. The bar was stocked with some horrible-sounding drink combinations, including the “Mega Byte” — Jagermeister and Red Bull. Guests ate Thai noodle salad, pasta, pizza, skewers and baked potatoes.

I was amused to see Phil Harrison, who gave the keynote address for Sony yesterday, hanging out in the line to enter the party. You can’t miss Harrison, who told me he’s 6 feet 7 inches tall. He was talking to people and personally getting wristband entry passes for the developers of “Shadow of the Colossus,” who minutes earlier had won the award for game of the year at the Game Developers Choice Awards.

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