Monday, March 26, 2007

News Flash! The PS3 Is A Video Game Console (In Europe, At Least)

Apparently, Europeans aren't satisfied with Sony simply producing a device for consumers to watch movies on. Oh no, they insist on having their Blu-Ray players play games as well. Talk about snooty. Wait, you're telling me that U.S. PS3's play games too? Wow. Here I thought it was just a movie player with a weird looking remote.

It's sad to say, but Sony has finally acknowledged, in a round about way, the fact that the PS3 gaming catalog S-U-C-K-S. Aside from a couple decent titles - Resistance and MotorStorm (a couple is two, after all) - there's no fun to be had. And so, faced with a European launch, Sony did the only thing that it could do. They pitched the damn console as a movie player, that just happens to play games. Oh, how the mighty PlayStation has fallen.

There used to be a time in the world when the PlayStation meant something about games, and not just poor business models. There was a time when video game nerds would proudly proclaim ownership of a PlayStation console to their fellow nerds. But now, that time is no more. PS3 owners hide in the shadows, weeping, and hoping for a day when their overpriced console will deliver on the dreams promised at E3 so many years ago.

When will that time be? I don't know - how long until God of War 3 is released? Or Gran Turismo 5? Or Killzone? It's all just a waiting game. So for the time being, you'll just have to enjoy that BR copy of Casino Royale, and imagine what could be...

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