Quotes of the Week ending August 4th
It's the end of the week as we know it.
A quick and handy, weekly digest of some of the interesting things people have said in the previous seven days. And of course the stuff we've been aching to make fun of.
"Over the years, it has become clear that we need a more intimate program, including higher quality, more personal dialogue with the worldwide media, developers, retailers and other key industry audiences." ESA president Doug Lowenstein calls time on E3's current format. (Link)
"Even as a spectacle, it felt painfully pubescent; it was hard not to feel that E3 represented the growing pains of the youthful games industry, desperate to prove itself on the world stage." GamesIndustry.biz' Rob Fahey reflects on the show in a BBC column. He's not going to miss it, basically. (Link)
"Allard was completely ruined, and ended up grinding his arse into my crotch in a Hollywood club. That was the first year I'd given up drinking." Eurogamer's Pat Garratt is going to miss it, on the other hand. (Link)
"There's a ton of differences. First of all there's me, I'm different." FIFA 07 producer Joe Booth explains why you should buy this one.
"Our vision is to deliver a one-two punch of cinematic action paired with a thrilling and compelling interactive experience." Epic's Cliff Bleszinski explains the strategy behind launching Gears of War on November 17: punching Sony in the face. (Link)
"There are proven links that exist between counterfeiting and organised crime and that has some serious consequences." A Sony spokesperson explains that downloading a leaked copy of Gangs of London - Sony's organised crime game - encourages organised crime. Um. (Link)
"Maybe 2009-2010 is a good time to release a game for the PS3." There's sitting on the fence, and then there's SNK Playmore's take on Sony's prospects for the next few years. (Link)
"Bully's very much still in development and slated for release later this year." Rockstar launches a spit-ball at the nearest politician. (Link)
"EA just didn't give a s*** about that game... I think if EA were to do it, it would've been just a regular first-person shooter with a boss monster at the end." Ken Levine explains why EA didn't end up publishing a third System Shock game. (Link)
"It is disappointing to find violent video games on the market that may cause psychological harm to those who play them." An ACPO representative attacks Reservoir Dogs for its portrayal of violence against the police. Tell you what, ACPO: it's even more disappointing when you have to review them. (Link)
"The price in the US reflects the local Xbox 360 market situation." Atari UK explains why Test Drive Unlimited is set to be cheaper in the US than it is in Europe. (Link)
"Innovation should be available to everyone, not a privilege for those can afford high price tags." Atari CEO Bruno Bonnell, a week earlier. (You know, because we can't recall it getting much press at the time.)
"I'd be amazed if the PlayStation 4 has a physical disc drive." Phil Harrison looks ahead. Maybe it'll have an emotional disc drive. (Link)
"At first I was afraid!" Tom sings on the radio. Well, in our first podcast, which also features incontrovertible proof that Ellie does exist. Some of you still don't believe. (Link)
Seen or heard anything that belongs here? (And, since you asked, that can include anything from the forum.) Drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mark all emails "Quotes of the Week". We'll reward the best ones we haven't found ourselves with free games. (No extra marks for pointing out the stupid things we say, by the way - we already know we're stupid.) This week's winner: Kevin Hayes.