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Friday, September 08, 2006

Second Class Gamers

Good news for both the poor and the rich, Sony's Playstation 3 will not be released in Europe before Christmas. Cash-strapped parents and huge American corporate entities, rejoice! The PS3 release date remains November for the US and Japan, but frogs, krauts and Europeans will have to wait impatiently until March 2007.

The reasoning behind this? A Sony spokesperson, quoted from Games Radar, explains :

"[The problem is] caused by the delay in the mass production schedule of the blue laser diode within the Sony Group, thus affecting the timely procurement of key components to be utilised in PlayStation 3".

If only Europe could be treated with equal respect to the US and Japan by these gaming monoliths. I understand that Europe is secondary to the potential customers in the US and the sheer fanaticism of gamers in Japan, but there is a healthy and eager audience waiting in Europe. This announcement is practically a national disaster for Sweden. Can you really imagine Lara Croft training at her stately Texan ranch, or Mario and Luigi, keeping the U-tubes of Osaka clear of koopas? Europeans have given the gaming industry much, and we want to keep on giving. Why don't you corporates give us a chance?

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