"What is it you guys call me? What it is over there?" David Jaffe is racking his brain for a British slang term he gets labelled with in Eurogamer comments threads. "Wanker?" I suggest, recalling a similar conversation with Cliff Bleszinski about his online relationship with gamers.
From one angle it seemed like an odd choice to end the Sony conference with: a series that has faded from relevance, that had its last major outing all of nine years ago with 2001's Twisted Metal Black on PS2, and which has absolutely none of the cultured cool or mass-market Hollywood sweep with which Sony in particular likes to associate itself. Guns and cars, rust and destruction: this is an absolutely unreconstructed videogame.