And do note the capital "P" in the headline. Quite surprisingly, the true origin of the phrase has more unintentionally amusing connotations than was previously expected -- the thought of a bowl of pineapple party punch being simply delighted as drunk teenagers scoop out its innards never did make any sense. Now we know better and, thanks to Sony's neck crushing PRm (as in PR arm, you see), we even know that Sony is satisfied with the events that comprised the PS3 launch. Then again, who isn't? Right?
According to Dave Karakker, senior director of corporate communications for SCEA, the primary points of interest are as follows:
- Good news, everybody! The initial allocation of consoles sold out within hours. And by everybody, we don't mean consumers.
- The best-selling game was Insomniac's Resistance: Fall of Man, followed by some angry football guy. Neither of these games manages to live up to the excitement generated by being shot while waiting in line or engaging in gladiatorial combat over that last PS3.
- The $599 PS3 model outsold the cheaper version.
- The "buzz" around the PS3 launch had a
halosubstitute effect on other Sony products, giving the PSP and PS2 healthy sales boosts of over 20% each.