: Arnold's Press Pause and Rewind: August 26th

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Arnold's Press Pause and Rewind: August 26th

To anyone in attendance, or following Sony's conference during the Leipzig Games Convention earlier last week will probably agree on one thing: it was terrible. I mean, nothing short of awful. Sony wasn't alone, of course, all of the big conferences were pretty boring. In the days approaching the convention, Sony's exact word for their announcement was "fireworks" - in other words, that they'd be setting off fireworks with their announcements.

Well hell, all I saw was a dimly lit firecracker that made about as much noise as a shriveled leaf. I mean, why get our hopes up so high? Sony announced a digital recording service, among some other products that will likely never take off and gain any sort of momentum. Products that appeal to a very limited few. They didn't announce any new games, or any cheer-worthy announcements like they had at E3. Honestly, they could've saved this stuff for a more hardware oriented show like CES, even though it is ways off.

And you could just tell that Sony used all of their firepower at E3, because they knew they had to sweep E3 and win over attention of the attendees (and they did). Now, only a month later, the presentation they shared with us dragged on. Each segment of the conference dragged and dragged...and dragged. Even the Gran Turismo video, which was beautiful, was unusually long for a conference trailer.

Wheres's the new controller? Where is my Final Fantasy VII remake. Dammit! Where are my explosive announcements? Is it such a crime to want more and more? E3 wasn't enough. I tend to notice that when a company doesn't throw around hyperbole over pending announcements, it usually ends up with something awesome. But when claims of "fireworks" are being thrown around, it leads to only disappointment. Booo!

Tokyo Game Show is right around the corner, now. So hopefully we get to see some pretty exciting announcements out of that. My expectations are pretty low at the moment, but hopefully rumors of possible announcements raise them just a bit.

8/26/2007 Arnold Katayev

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