Of course, I expected to see fanboys waging flame wars in forums. That’s what they do. I didn’t expect to see the same kind of petty attacks coming from Sony itself, though. Sony has caught flak for saying all sorts of petty, silly, and flat out incorrect things over the last couple of months, and their latest gaffe is quite a laugh. In the latest issue of EGM, Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton said the following:
If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that’s been on shelves for more than five minutes, I’ll give you 1,200 bucks for it.
That, of course, prompted numerous sites to seek out stacks of PlayStation 3s lining store shelves. They didn’t have to look far, and even I bumped into a palette of consoles over the weekend.
At least a dozen PS3s were sitting just inside my local Costco, surrounded by throngs of shoppers who couldn’t have been less interested. No one so much as approached the display in the five minutes I stood there trying take a cameraphone picture that didn’t suck, and wandering the crowded aisles didn’t reveal anyone with a PS3 in their cart, either.
So Sony owes me round about $14,000. And a new Reality Distortion Field is born.