The only thing more brutal than Microsoft-Sony gamebox competition is South Park\u2019s depiction of how brutal that competition is.In the most recent episode, the folks producing the show have created a scene in which Bill Gates lectures a mortally wounded Steve Ballmer about the cutthroat nature of that rivalry. (If you click on that link, beware it\u2019s pretty NSFW. The scene in question is at 7:47)MORE MICROSOFT: 10 things you didn't know about Windows 1.0\u00a0CYBERSECURITY: Microsoft opens headquarters for digital crime fighters\u00a0DEALS: Microsoft reveals Black Friday deals for Surface, laptopsBallmer has just been stabbed in the chest by an assassin while Gates chats amiably with him. As Ballmer lies bleeding on the floor, Gates launches into a cold assessment of what\u2019s needed from Microsoft in its Xbox-PlayStation duel.Beyond the grim content, the scene is out of sync with the rest of the South Park universe in which Gates has already been shot\u00a0point blank in the head by a general upset with the performance of Windows 98.Here\u2019s the exchange between Gates and Ballmer in the latest episode:Gates: You know when I stepped down and left you in charge of the company, Steve, I knew there might be some challenges for you.Ballmer: Yeah, well, nothing I can\u2019t handle. (Assassin approaches behind Ballmer.) There might be some changes we need to make to our marketing but I\u2019m optimisticGates: Uh-huh. Ballmer: You know I think we\u2019ll ultimately sell the number of units we want to.Gates: You\u2019re right, Steve, some changes do need to be made. (Assassin stabs Ballmer in the chest. Blood spouts onto his face and shirt, and he falls gasping onto his back. Gates sits on the sofa with a glass of wine.)Gates: Do you know what weakness is, Steve? Weakness is believing that competition is healthy. See, there was a time when Xboxes and PlayStations could both survive in this world, but that time\u2019s done. It\u2019s all headed to one device that people game on, watch TV on, socialize on. There\u2019s only going to be one winner. I can\u2019t have you idiots throwing away everything I\u2019ve worked so hard to achieve. (Gates walks out and speaks to two men in suits who are stading in the doorway.)Gates: Clean that s*!t up.Harsh.Tim Greene covers Microsoft and unified communications for Network World and writes the\u00a0Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at\firstname.lastname@example.org\u00a0and follow him on Twitter@Tim_Greene.