Like when Phil Harrison says:
I don't think we're arrogant.Looks straightforward, but here's what it translates as:
We are arrogant.It's not a perfect negation, but that's just Sony being modest. Which means, of course, that they're being immodest.
When Kaz Hirai says:
Every time we go down a path, we look behind and [Microsoft are] right there - we just can't shake these guys. I wish that they would come up with some strategies of their own, but they seem to be going down the path of everything we do.This one translates as:
Every time they go down a path, we look ahead and [Microsoft are] right there - we just can't stop following these guys. I wish that we could come up with some strategies of our own, but we seem to be going down the path of everything they do.When you see it written out that way, it suddenly makes so much more sense, doesn't it?
Or this one, again Kaz Hirai:
The totality of what we bring to the table makes it a good value for consumers.Translated:
The utter dearth we bring to the table makes it a terrible value for consumers.I'm sure you get the picture, so I won't go on. Hope this helps.
PostScript: I just want to say that I respect CNN Money's Chris Morris for giving videogame forums their proper place, namely featured in a big news item. From the PlayStation 3 price announcement story above:
"My wallet just cried," wrote one gamer, who calls himself 'DingoStoleMyBaby' on Shacknews.com.I just can't stop snickering to think that that got read by Sony investors worldwide.
Hey guess what?
People are making fun of Sony everywhere!
This is neither useful nor amusing.
I think it's amusing, and it's probably more useful than taking what Sony says at face value.
Is there anybody that is just 100% satisfied with what sony is saying?
I don't think so, all I read or hear about is people being upset about the price and anything else they can make fun of.
Critical analysis is all well and good, however it isn't useful to repeat the same diatribe against sony over and again. Ha ha ha, the guy says stupid things, hilarious. Lets move on and cover new ground, shall we?