Nintendo of America - Shootings in PS3 Queues Apparently Amusing

Reggie goes a bit 'Perrin'...

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Reggie Fils-Aime: The war is sport...erm...
Reggie Fils-Aime: The war is sport...erm...
It appears that not engaging brain before opening gob at Nintendo is not the sole preserve of GameCube killer, Perrin Kaplan. Nintendo of America?s president and COO, the utterly American, Reggie Fils-Aime, opened wide and slammed foot onto larynx in a recent interview? when talking about the queues for the PS3 launch in the United States.

Commenting on the people queuing for PS3 he said, ?They had no lines, let?s be clear,? OK, so that?s an opinion, but then he ?went Perrin? on the interviewer who had pointed out that there were in fact some queuing, ?Were those the people ducking to not get shot? I?m just not sure.?

Sure, this flippant comment might not be on a corporate par with actually murdering the GameCube, but it does indicate that maybe NOA?s top people are ever-so slightly out of touch with the real world where human beings don?t tend to find amusement in other human beings getting shot at.

It is also exactly the kind of comment that could be used against the industry.

Neither Phil Harrison, president of SCE worldwide studios, nor Shane Kim, vice president Microsoft Game Studios, were quite as arrogant as Reggie. Harrison, rather defensively, merely pointed out that 2007 is the, ?year of software? and that ?we have a big boat with hundreds of thousands of them (PS3s) on the way to Europe?. While Kim, amid a quagmire of corporate nonsense, which included being ?super excited?, pointed out that, ?We outsold Wii and PS3 in December?.

Harrison certainly does have a point. Whether you're bowled over by the early Wii offerings, or you're comfortable with waiting for Halo 3 or you're simply looking forward to Virtua Fighter 5 on PS3, sooner or later - and it's going to be this year - it will all come down to may the best games win.

Media-loving Reggie couldn?t resist a few more digs at the PS3 ? obviously Xbox is not perceived as much of a threat to the rampant Nintendo ? saying, ?I believe that their (Sony) proposition was based on this being essentially a cheap Blu-ray player.? And guess what, ?I have no motivation to play Blu-ray?, really Reg?

So, is Nintendo?s US wing letting smug get in the way of successful? Let?s hope that this kind of smugness doesn?t translate into extended slackness on producing decent Wii and DS games to follow on from the enormous wins of the last few months.

Reggie's parting comments were more considered, when (absurdly) asked if Nintendo has won the 'game war'. "We have won the first round... but this is a long game."

? Source: Gamehead


Comments

ozfunghi 26 Feb 2007 12:13
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Correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure the people getting shot in the PS3 queues were shot with bbguns. Let's not get all dramatic here. It would have been a completely other thing had he commented on the kid getting shot by the cops for stealing a PS3.

And why is it so hard to believe he's not interested in a BR player? I'm not.
Tim Smith 26 Feb 2007 12:24
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ozfunghi wrote:
Correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure the people getting shot in the PS3 queues were shot with bbguns. Let's not get all dramatic here. It would have been a completely other thing had he commented on the kid getting shot by the cops for stealing a PS3.


I hadn't realised that shooting anything at people standing innocently in a queue was OK. What's the sliding scale?

Airgun = "Stop being so dramatic and take it like a man!" ?

Paintball gun = "Depends on what you're wearing. Get a sense of humour about it"?

38 Special = "It's only a tiny handgun, for gods' sakes..." ?

What does everybody else think about the "Shooting Stuff At People" scale?

ozfunghi wrote:
And why is it so hard to believe he's not interested in a BR player? I'm not.


Who said it was hard to believe?
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majin dboy 26 Feb 2007 13:06
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i think it was the "really reggie?"comment.

i agree with oxamigurarjajkaa,spong slightly over dramitised the situation there.

the contention of oxamigurarjajkaa statement is unfair,because you extrapolate his original critism of spong,to a hypothetical 38' inncedient.
tyrion 26 Feb 2007 13:13
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ozfunghi wrote:
Correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure the people getting shot in the PS3 queues were shot with bbguns.

You're wrong.

According to Kotaku
Penkala was hit once in the chest with a shotgun blast from about ten feet away.

and according to the bloke himself
When they let us in the lobby there at Wal-Mart, I was on the floor coughing up blood


I'd have thought that a shotgun and coughing up blood was pretty well not to be joked about under any circumstances.
Tim Smith 26 Feb 2007 13:28
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tyrion wrote:
...according to the bloke himself
When they let us in the lobby there at Wal-Mart, I was on the floor coughing up blood


Indeed, according to our story on SPOnG it was a shotgun.

But this was turning into a fiesty thread...

SPOnG writers wrote:
"Speaking exclusively to SPOnG today, investigating officer, Lieutenant J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police, explained... Two individuals armed with a shotgun and a handgun approached the 15 or 20 people standing in line and demanded their valuables. One of those in line confronted the armed subjects and refused to relinquish the cash that he had in his pocket. The suspects then say they were going to flee, but the one with the shotgun turned around and took a shot at the individual who failed to relinquish his cash."


tyrion wrote:
I'd have thought that a shotgun and coughing up blood was pretty well not to be joked about under any circumstances.

Agreed.

warbaby 26 Feb 2007 22:15
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And if some poor chap got some lead in his chest while waiting in a line for a Wii, don't doubt that Sony or MS would be just as excited it didn't happen to them.

I was aware there was more than one incident involving a PS3 and a weapon. Who's to say which one Reggie was referring to?

Yeah the comment might have been a bit off beat, who cares...

So the PS3 attracted some gun toting fruits, let the man speak.
Hypnotoad 27 Feb 2007 02:25
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Well maybe if sites like SPOnG would stop worshiping the ground the Wii walks on, maybe these execs would start pulling their heads in and start to realise that if some decent games don't hit the Wii soon, the system will be relegated to nothing more than a fad akin to that of Hungry Hungry Hippos - a blast first up, nothing more than a tired gimmick not long after.

I know all of my friends who actually purchased a Wii (including 'casuals') haven't turned it on since launch week with many of them ebaying. Don't confuse gimmick/fad with long term success Reggie!
majin dboy 27 Feb 2007 12:26
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true the wii only has one must have game,but exactly the same thing happend to the DS,it takes time for consoles to take of and years for devolpers to get the absoulte best out of the system.

all ur mates that have sold theres will probably buy one in a year or two.

so many great games this year plus online play.

What other console do you know that had the buzz that the wii did?

the wii will only get bigger and bigger.

one thing that does annoy me about it tho is that we will never see a game like oblivion on it,pity.
Tim Smith 27 Feb 2007 12:45
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Hypnotoad wrote:
Well maybe if sites like SPOnG would stop worshiping the ground the Wii walks on, maybe these execs would start pulling their heads in and start to realise that if some decent games don't hit the Wii soon, the system will be relegated to nothing more than a fad akin to that of Hungry Hungry Hippos - a blast first up, nothing more than a tired gimmick not long after.


Do you read the articles?

SPOnG article wrote:
So, is Nintendo?s US wing letting smug get in the way of successful? Let?s hope that this kind of smugness doesn?t translate into extended slackness on producing decent Wii and DS games to follow on from the enormous wins of the last few months.


Hypnotoad wrote:
I know all of my friends who actually purchased a Wii (including 'casuals') haven't turned it on since launch week with many of them ebaying.


More info please. I'd be interested in doing an interview-based piece on this if there are enough people able to comment.
Tim Smith 27 Feb 2007 13:42
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warbaby wrote:
And if some poor chap got some lead in his chest while waiting in a line for a Wii, don't doubt that Sony or MS would be just as excited it didn't happen to them.


And we'd comment on that too.

warbaby wrote:
I was aware there was more than one incident involving a PS3 and a weapon. Who's to say which one Reggie was referring to?


Does it matter which 'one'... the point is about people shooting at other people, in real life.

warbaby wrote:
Yeah the comment might have been a bit off beat, who cares...

So the PS3 attracted some gun toting fruits, let the man speak.


Troll... troll... troll... I geddit... I hope.
Hypnotoad 28 Feb 2007 03:06
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SPOnG article wrote:
Do you read the articles?

So, is Nintendo?s US wing letting smug get in the way of successful? Let?s hope that this kind of smugness doesn?t translate into extended slackness on producing decent Wii and DS games to follow on from the enormous wins of the last few months.


I actually intended to comment that this article was an exception to how SPoNG generally reports on Wii.

SPOnG article wrote:
More info please. I'd be interested in doing an interview-based piece on this if there are enough people able to comment.


How many to make it worthwhile?
Tim Smith 28 Feb 2007 09:32
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Hypnotoad wrote:


SPOnG article wrote:
More info please. I'd be interested in doing an interview-based piece on this if there are enough people able to comment.


How many to make it worthwhile?


I'd say if 10 people that you know bought a Wii, played it once and then put it under the bed, that would make interesting reading.

I'd also be interested in a counter-point from anybody else.
Hypnotoad 1 Mar 2007 05:11
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spong wrote:
I'd say if 10 people that you know bought a Wii, played it once and then put it under the bed, that would make interesting reading.

I'd also be interested in a counter-point from anybody else.


Well I know 7 personal friends that have purchased Wiis. After conducting a quick poll to see who'd be interested in participating, only 4 agreed. Some were concerned about being misrepresented (a valid concern) & considering how die hard Nintendo fans can be, prefer to just let sleeping giants rest. Leave it with me though because I'd be very interested in seeing how people would react to such a piece. I'm confident that wii dis-ownership is happening far more than anybody is aware of.

I'm looking for it to be completely legitimate however so I've asked my direct friends to see out of the people they know with Wii's, how many have "played it once and then put it under the bed".
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