Hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year! As we slip into 2010 and eagerly await the best first quarter of video game history, we look back and reflect on 2009 and what an interesting year it was for gaming. We had plenty of great games drop this year (Batman, Resident Evil 5, Assassin’s Creed II just to name a few), and we finally saw the release of the undeniable juggernaut, Modern Warfare 2. But, as great as this year has been, there’s been more than a few eyebrow-raising moments as well. Whether you’ve got Infinity Ward’s decision to use matchmaking on the PC, Bobby Kotick’s Emperor Palpatine-esque villainy or Microsoft and Sony’s bizarre desire to tap into the motion control market, 2009 has seen its share of shenanigans. 1up has put together a list of their top industry quotes of 2009, and I’ve gone through and picked out a few of my favorites:
“You ever wonder what the bottom of an Avatar’s shoe looks like? Well BAM! There it is!”
Kudo Tsunoda demonstrating Natal at the E3 2009 Microsoft key note.
“Games have been used for stimulation, but maybe it won’t be long until games are used for relaxation and even to fall asleep.”
Nintendo prez Satoru Iwata introducing the ultimate WTF, the Wii Vitality Sensor, at the E3 2009 Nintendo key note.
“I think we definitely have been able to instill in the culture the skepticism and pessimism and fear that you should have in an economy like we are in today. And so, while generally people talk about the recession, we are pretty good at keeping people focused on the deep depression.”
Bobby Kotick on the formation of his new Galactic Empire.
“Well I don’t know if we need to put Blu-ray in there — you’ll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories.”
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tripping over his own tongue, accidentally implying Blu-Ray accessories for the X-Box 360.
“Yes, we released the internal team, but that doesn’t correlate to the demise of the project.”
3D Realms CEO Scott Miller after the demise of Duke Nukem Forever, going through the first stage of grief: denial.
It’s been quite the year, but what do you guys think? Has 1up missed any crazy quotes, and what are some of your favorite WTF moments of 2009?