In one episode of TWIMMO over a year ago, he made a big deal of throwing the XIV box on the floor. It was an uncomfortably childish moment in an otherwise professional career.
GBTV used to have a channel devoted to XIV. It was up and running months prior to release and he and the co-host were pumped for it. They apparently both played XI and were excited for the new game, but the final episode pretty much summed it up. I guess it could be called childish but honestly, if I hadn't been lucky enough to play the alpha(lucky in the sense that it was enough of a sour taste to keep me from forking out money), I probably would have done the same or worse with a CE.
ah yes those were the days. Kenzie, whose cuteness was only matched by her complete and utter inability to see the flaws in the game she was playing. Actually it was also matched by her overuse of the irritating phraseword, "whatnot", as well as the gibberish and non-sequitors she tended to spout.
And Gary, who wanted to love it sooooo much, but had this annoying thing called a critical mind, which obviously kept him from enjoying the game fully. That was the show that put Gamebreaker on my radar, and it was mostly because Gary Gannon seemed to be looking for the exact same things i was in an mmo. And his experience with the game seemed to mirror mine, although I kept coming back to check up on the development process, because well, i had time to do so. Obviously he had to move on.
The box-throwing just made him look silly. Sort of an embarrassing bravado moment Maybe it's just me, I sometimes have a weird sense of what is appropriate. Also, he didn't actually play XI. She did, but apparently just let her cuteness carry her through the game, because she seemed to barely understand it at all.
Responding to the last part of your post, the more i think about this Alpha trailer, the more i get confused. I feel like up until this point, the new team has been spot-on. Like you, I feel like they are not only capable of something more, but I also really thought they were on the same page as we are. That they understood that fans need something mega-ultra-exciting to bring them back. Should be interesting to see how they respond to this.
I do have kind of a theory about this. Its a theory based more on hope than logic, but still. I have this weird feeling that maybe its a cultural thing, where the Japanese companies (mistakenly) don't see this video as PR. This is more of an advanced proof of concept video, or a glorified tech demo. And the PR gameplay video isn't done yet, since well, its still Alpha. I'm talking directly out of my **** here, and even if i am correct, they still need to get with the times.