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SCE Canada Holiday Preview Event

Kyle Moffatt's Avatar Posted by Kyle Moffatt on Oct 12, 2007 // Senior Public Relations Specialist, Sony Computer Entertainment Canada

Hi Everyone, I’m Kyle Moffatt, the Public Relations Specialist for Sony Computer Entertainment Canada. Yes, there is a Sony Computer Entertainment here in Canada and we also do cool events like the one held this past Wednesday.

We hosted an exclusive preview event for the Canadian media. We took over a venue in downtown Toronto and filled it with the wicked games that will be available this holiday season, and early 2008, for PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2. Media who attended spent time with:

* Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
* Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
* God of War: Chains of Olympus
* Buzz!: The Mega Quiz

And many more top SCE games

We also had tremendous third party support as Ubisoft, EA, Activision, D3, THQ, LucasArts, Rockstar, 2K Sports, Capcom and Sega attended.

Some of the playable third party games included:

* Haze
* Rock Band
* Need for Speed Pro Street
* Call of Duty 4
* Guitar Hero III
* Dark Sector
* WWE Raw vs Smackdown 2008
* Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (playing on the new Star Wars PSP of course!)
* Manhunt 2
* NHL 2K8
* Devil May Cry 4
* The Golden Compass

I’d like to thank the third parties as well as my counterparts at SCEA for taking the time to help us build such a successful event as well as sending spokespeople to demo the games. This holiday season is going to be the best gaming season I’ve ever been a part of and I can’t wait to play! I hope you’re all anticipating it as much as I am!


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+ p-s-3 on October 12th, 2007 at 2:47 pm said:

Sounds cool;)


+ XxBigP123xX on October 12th, 2007 at 2:47 pm said:

big bang


+ Stoffinator on October 12th, 2007 at 2:48 pm said:

I wish I got invited to this, I live just down the street from it. :-P I saw it on the news for 2 seconds but all they showed was Rock Band.


+ DarKaoZ on October 12th, 2007 at 2:53 pm said:

Damn… I so want to play DMC4… I hope a Demo comes out soon.


+ Vassago on October 12th, 2007 at 3:08 pm said:

look really nice ….but haze not supose to be an exclusive ??????? :( Dont do that sony you need that games and i know you can do it :)


+ Random on October 12th, 2007 at 3:10 pm said:

poop Toronto, come to Vancouver lol


+ RoAcH2285 on October 12th, 2007 at 3:17 pm said:

I was Hoping Sony would do the “Big Bang” today but I guess it was a lie.


+ dreamkin on October 12th, 2007 at 3:27 pm said:

Can you also explain the irrational game prices in Canada?


+ Kratos_ate_Snake on October 12th, 2007 at 3:46 pm said:

how bout you have that event at my house next time.

I’ll bring the ps3, you bring the games.


+ Gord Lacey on October 12th, 2007 at 3:48 pm said:

Looks like a lot of fun, Kyle. It’s nice to hear about the global events Sony puts on, not just the ones in the US.

I’m also happy to see that the prices of new games on the Canadian PSN store reflect the recent change in the Canadian dollar.

Hope to hear about other Canadian events in the future.



+ Clover09 on October 12th, 2007 at 3:58 pm said:

Sounds like it was fun. Good job showing what PS3 has to offer to the public.


+ orbio234 on October 12th, 2007 at 3:59 pm said:

canada has population of 32 million and has been a heavy supporter of playstation 2 over the eight years. my fellow canucks will soon turn to the ps3 especially when the price comes down. one complaint with the games for ps3 too expensive. small in size but global in thought canadians appreciate the mention


+ MrCamo on October 12th, 2007 at 4:00 pm said:

All i see is games i am not lucky enough to play yet!! Luck bastids!!


+ orbio234 on October 12th, 2007 at 4:02 pm said:

the reason for saying the games are too expensive…i want to buy more of those games but my monthly buyfor this month is fifa 08


+ orbio234 on October 12th, 2007 at 4:17 pm said:

quite a few of animators in the us come from toronto’s sheridan college. one lead animator from there worked on star wars


+ Blueangel on October 12th, 2007 at 4:46 pm said:

Hi Kyle !

Dare to do some type of event here in Quebec city too ?



+ leafs_fan on October 12th, 2007 at 4:47 pm said:

That’s pretty sweet. Jon Mak, the developer of Everyday Shooter is from Toronto.

and i agree with everyone else, THE PRICES OF GAMES NEED TO COME DOWN $10


+ foolio_67 on October 12th, 2007 at 4:54 pm said:

Glad to see you guys heading up to Canada.


+ Random on October 12th, 2007 at 5:04 pm said:

yea can you please explain why in canada we have to pay $60 more for a PS3 when our money is worth more? I understand there are taxes and stuff involved but come on, $60?


+ joel on October 12th, 2007 at 5:44 pm said:

Its not the taxes etc…

The retailers in canada are expensive. And thats why the ps3 cost more and games cost more. In Canada. Since the retailers charge alot of money,

Also Ratchet and clank got a 9.7 O_O


+ Yazuka on October 12th, 2007 at 5:56 pm said:

Yeah, would have been cool to got to an event like this.


+ PS3_GAM3R on October 12th, 2007 at 6:39 pm said:

Hey Sony, Where the [DELETED] is my GOD OF WAR PSP DEMO, you guys promised like 2 weeks ago, you guys keep lying to the consumer, and quite frankly I am getting SICK of it!!! I am a Sony fan since day 1, and recently your company has been ticking me off, not with a demo either, as a whole, constant lying to consumers!! GET YOU [DELETED]ACT TOGETHER!!


+ edwineverready on October 12th, 2007 at 7:10 pm said:

It looks like a cool showcase event for ps3. i agree on the pricing issue. i am from the netherlands and had to pay 250 dollars more for my ps3 than an american at launch. games us 60 dollar holland 65 euro. the dollar is really low at the moment so it is not fair. but still a lot of Americans are complaining about the price. that’s the thing i don’t like.


+ Calis on October 12th, 2007 at 8:25 pm said:

I was at this event, and I gotta say I had a good time. Much thanks to SCE Canada for this, It was great. Drake’s fortune is looking.. Holy crap guys.. Like you really don’t realize till you see it in person. The eye toy and eye of judgement were fun to play, even though someone before me screwed up the deck lol. It was fun to play and really sucks you in, especially if you enjoy TCGs. Rock band was great, they had an early build so it had a few glitches, but even with them.. wow. The guitar is amazing to hold, it looks and feels real and the drums gave my buddy quite the challenge, in a fun way, he can’t wait to play it some more. Guitar Hero.. Rock you like a hurricane.. Battle to the death and I loved every second of it. Dark Sector is awesome, and I heard fromt he guy it’s being developed right in London Ontario, which is sweet. I sliced like two legs off at once with his throwing glaive.. Sick! COD 4, the first level was there aswell, and the scripted events in the single player campaign, just on the first level alone made me salivate and sit there with my jaw dropped. Oh man.. I could keep going on and on… Last game hsout out is for Army of Two.. Find a buddy to play it with, and find him now, because damn… Keep the faith boys, it’s going to be one expensive holiday.


+ 40cal on October 12th, 2007 at 8:55 pm said:

Yes, I will be spending a ton of money on my PS platforms this holiday season. Also I am loving Folklore right now, that 9/10 that IGN gave it is well deserved.


+ Fabi on October 12th, 2007 at 11:28 pm said:

Anyone have any idea how Haze plays?


+ Nephlabobo on October 13th, 2007 at 1:33 am said:

Nice to know that Sony remembers that Canada exists.


+ Alpha_89 on October 13th, 2007 at 4:27 am said:

Wow looks cool! Very classy decoration!


+ on October 13th, 2007 at 5:59 am said:

That’s a great list of playable games!


+ TyranX on October 13th, 2007 at 8:23 am said:

Can you please tell me why you guys never come on tour down here in Miami, Florida?

I have yet to see a Playstation Truck! :(


+ speedis on October 13th, 2007 at 8:58 am said:

In Europe we could only Dream of having the sweet prices you have in Canada. Of course, an even better dream would be if we had the prices they have in Japan ;)


+ Ouren on October 13th, 2007 at 9:15 am said:

GOGO Canada!



+ Savage on October 13th, 2007 at 12:22 pm said:

Excellent, I’m looking forward to the PS3 tour of the UK which has already started. Can’t wait for it to get to Victoria Station.


+ Jeigh on October 13th, 2007 at 1:53 pm said:

How… did I not know about this…?

TyranX- You and millions of others. It’s not like they’re just avoiding you (well, as far as I know- but just FYI: I’m avoiding you. :P ).


+ Darkendless on October 13th, 2007 at 2:13 pm said:

Famitsu just announced MGS4 and FF13 going multiplatform


+ joel on October 13th, 2007 at 2:48 pm said:


Famitsu said that 3rd party games should not be exclusive

THEY didnt say $hit about FF XIII or MGS4 you vgchartz nintendo troll.


+ patrickp3 on October 13th, 2007 at 3:34 pm said:

I’m sure that’s all very nice, but since we’re talking matters Canadian, when can we expect more realistic pricing for Sony products and PS3 games?
The Canadian dollar is currently worth more than the American, yet we continue to pay much higher prices here. Why?
The Sixaxis controller, for example, is retailing in Canada for $60 (US$61.20), while Americans are paying $50. That’s 22% more for those who are counting, and I am. The 80Gb PS3 with Motorstorm is $600 there, $660 (US$673) here, a 12% price hike. Other hardware and software is similarly badly priced.
Why the price difference, and more to the point, when can we expect to see an across the board price drop?
Do you want me to cross border shop, or buy on eBay?


+ orbio234 on October 13th, 2007 at 5:42 pm said:

gellow gamers are complaining about demos…etc…problem is where is my gst check…did yours come in the mail….do not they know my credit card is max FELLOW CANUCKS KNOW WHAT I MEAN


+ orbio234 on October 13th, 2007 at 5:51 pm said:



+ Clinton514 on October 13th, 2007 at 11:51 pm said:

You guys need to pass through Montreal sometime. :)


+ Wollan on October 14th, 2007 at 2:19 am said:

Okay Sony, it’s starting to drag now.

We are really starting to need more Killzone 2 info to chew on. Over a quartal since the announcement and not as much as a beep on the radar.

A hefty Killzone 2 update before Christmas, make it happen.


+ FredC97 on October 14th, 2007 at 6:29 am said:

Actually Sony had a similar event in Montreal last week, only it was exclusive to Sony staff. It happened at the W Hotel, right here downtown.


+ ItotheCtotheE on October 14th, 2007 at 6:49 am said:

No Eye of Judgment? You guys need to be pushing this game way more than you are.


+ Sota on October 15th, 2007 at 4:07 am said:

OMG! You lucky son of a gun! Haze, Smackdown vs Raw 2008, Need for Speed, Uncharted, Call of Duty 4 and Ratchet!!! Damn! Will we get screens or videos of you guys playing those games??



+ Real Gambler on October 15th, 2007 at 7:40 am said:

43: @Clinton, at least you got them for the Motorstorm contest. Well, they went to Laval…

So far, I don’t think I ever seen one Sony event in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. You’d reach people from Kanata (which is called Silicon Valley North, tons of gamers there), and every other towns around.

@Kyle: As other have said, Canadian dollar is currently higher than U.S. I could understand a difference with hardware, but what about PSN download? Or even just games… New games coming out should reflect U.S. prices.


+ Kratos_ate_Snake on October 15th, 2007 at 8:25 am said:

This would be a great time to start announcing firmware 2.0. I am sure it will get many people happy, and sell some ps3.


+ patrickp3 on October 15th, 2007 at 4:23 pm said:

to 48: well, I don’t understand the different prices for hardware anymore than software. All this stuff is made in China or Japan, why should Canadians have to pay more for it than Americans? (My Sony HDTV was made in Mexico) Given that there are certainly slight differences in import duties, I could see a difference of a couple percent this way or that, but I’ve shown examples where we’re paying over 20% more for the exact same product. Why? Actually, I don’t care why, I want a price drop.
I urge everyone who can to either cross border shop or buy on eBay, until Sony and it’s suppliers start treating Canadians fairly and stop gouging us.


+ Real Gambler on October 15th, 2007 at 5:08 pm said:

50: With downloadable game, there’s absolutely no explanation whatsoever for a price difference NOW. It’s that simple. With hardware, as you said, you have duties, but also transport, and maybe the fact that canadian retailer are more greedy and markup could be higher (unless you’re buying at a Sony shop, but even then…). I agree with you, it’s not much, but it could explain a “small” difference.

So what I’m saying is: They have to fix the cost on the PSN NOW! It’s way too obvious. And that’s were we pay the most. As stated by many people, some games were up to 33% more than U.S. Think about it… $2.99 in U.S. and $3.99 in Canada? Hard to explain.

Then, sure enough, hardware has to come down too! When I said I could understand a price difference in hardware, sure enough I didn’t mean a huge diffence.

I agree with you, it’s sad, but cross-border shopping may end up being the solution. Sadly, Sony will likely say one day: “Canada is not a good market for our product” but as you said, %20-%30 is worth it!


+ Lp47 on October 15th, 2007 at 5:34 pm said:

Seeing as all these titles listed are playable, i bet we will be seeing some of them show up on the ps store in the comng weeks. My guess is. Gran Turismo Prologe demo this week. Then on the 25th hopefully the COD:4 demo. On Dec. 1st maybe Uncharted; drkaes fortune demo will show up.

If im predicting right the next few weeks are going to be amazing for demos. Then early next month we will be able to play the full versions.

Also im sad there was no BIg Bang announcement, i hope we hear about something huge here in the next little while, because sony really needs a big boost.


+ Elsa43 on October 15th, 2007 at 7:07 pm said:

It’s nice that SCEA seems to be paying more attention to the Canadian market… but might have been nicer if you had invited some Canadian GAP members to attend and possibly help demo some of the games. We miss out on many of the GAP opportunities because we’re not U.S. citizens.

… though at least we finally have a website now! :)

(and as others have mentioned… now that the Canadian dollar is par, it would be nice to see some pricing drops!)

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