This past Monday is my daily update to CB’s 2007 Preview I mentioned something a bit controversial. Basically I said that Sony has a nasty habit of lying to us gamers and I don’t know why we put up with it.
”Even if we do get an official word on a Killzone project from Sony or developer Guerilla Games, the result is usually a giant pack of lies. Between the first game being touted as the game to finally top Halo, and that whole fiasco at E3 ‘05 with their “real-time” footage, who knows what to believe from those guys.”
I’m sure some Sony fans were none to pleased to hear such words but I come to you now to offer you words of sincerest condolence and apology…
Eh hem…I told you so.
With that out of the way, I think I had better explain myself. See for the past week Sony has been bragging like mad. They’ve been running from publication to publication telling journalists that Sixaxis controller actually won an Emmy for contributions to game design. We here at CB didn’t really see why that was significant gaming news, and so glossed over the story. When the story hit however everyone and their brother raised an eyebrow and mumbled, “Wait the Sixaxis beat out the Wii-mote?”
Well Seamus Byrne of Hydrapinon thought the same thing and decided to do some snooping around. This is what he found:
A follow up message from Christine Chin from NATAS tells us Sony has it all wrong. The award was for the original dual shock controller. Here is her message in full: I understand you had contacted Cheryl Daly, Director of Communications at NATAS to confirm if Sony won for their PS3 controller. This is incorrect, Sony won for their dual shock analog controller. The award is from the Video Game Technology Group. It was nominated by our internal group and considered along with the Nintendo D-Pad both of which were considered Emmy worthy for the development of the generation of controllers that followed the classic joysticks. I would like to confirm that Sony did not win for their PS3 controller, they won for their Dual Shock Analog controller.
So there you have it. This makes a lot more sense, and Sony's press release was flat out incorrect. Optimistically it could have been an error but given Sony's track record so far I have remain cynical.
Like I said, a bunch of lying snakes.