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I remember when I was younger, my mom was given a ticket in Arizona for going 56 in a 55, which seemed ridiculous, but maybe Arizona is one of those states without the officer's discretion.
An officer can always use his discretion. I suspect that in this case the ticketing officer either had a quota that he needed to meet or was being an a$$^$#@.
But here's the problem: you come to the store to get a next gen console; you see the Wii for $200-300, the 360 for $300-400, and the PS3 for $500-600. Which one will you get? Most likely it won't be the PS3. Yes the PS3 appears to be a better value, but only if BR is the format of choice .
So basically, for the PS3 to be a good value and get good sales, BR has to win the HD format war. For BR to win the format war, the PS3 needs to have strong sales as it will beat the next cheapest BR player by 50% price wise. By trying to push the BR format and the PS3 as a gaming console Sony is basically fighting a war on two fronts, never a good position to be in. Time will tell if they win.