As a lot of European gamers may know, SCEE are constantly themselves unpopular time and time again. If it isn't the controversy with the Lik-Sang incident back in October last year when they forced the well-loved company to close down even though Lik-Sang later claimed a lot of execs from SCEE had bought PSP's and games from them then it's all kinds of other PR disasters for the company such as one of their execs claiming that European gamers were more than happy to be paying over the odds and waiting for our machines because we buy into PlayStation as a brand!
To that, I say "Horse Manure!" because I'm not interested in PlayStation as a brand, I'm interested in PlayStation as a games system more than anything!
Personally, to be honest, I'll be getting my PlayStation 3 from Dublin in Ireland as it'll be way cheaper than buying it in the UK because of the difference between the Euro and the British Pound plus I'll be buying my PS3 games on import instead of buying official European games where possible because I'm sick and tired of the way that SCEE treat us European gamers like dirt just because a lot of us dare to buy games on import.
For example, the controversy over modchips for PS2 in the UK in the fact that they're banned over here and yet they've not stopped the videogame importers such as YesAsia and Play-Asia from places selling PS2 games to us Europeans, but Heaven forbid if it's PS3 or PSP even if they are Region-Free machines and games.
SCEE have to learn that they can't have it both ways and yet you never hear of SCEI or SCEA causing hassle towards importers for the most part, it's always SCEE because they want to rip off the gamers, especially those that matter.
[And now here comes the controversial part, kiddies!] To be honest, I wouldn't be too surprised if the PS3 totally flopped over here in Europe! Look at it this way, the only version that will be available here will be the 60GB version and they've said that the 20GB version will only be available if there's demand for it which in my opinion is about as likely as Dubya Bush admitting that he's been honest about something in his life! Not only that, the games will be practically twice as much as the American and Japanese releases, so we get ripped off again when it comes to game prices.
Face facts people, I'm sick and tired of getting ripped off by Sony, period and I've already decided that for the most part games-wise, my money is going to SCEI and SCEA instead of SCEE because they definitely don't deserve my support although for the PSP I'll still be buying a Japanese one rather than pay the rip-off price for a PAL PSP!
At the end of the day, I wouldn't be too surprised if Sony called it a day as far as videogames are concerned and if so, a lot of people will be saying it was SCEE's fault because of the Lik-Sang incident amongst other things and if so, let's just remember one thing, pride always comes before a fall and that's one lesson Sony definitely deserve to learn over here...