Apropos of absolutely nothing but my own schizophrenic sense of humor, I got a kick out of this huge black Sony flag, which hangs over the cavernous second floor of the GDC convention center like some kind of ominous "Abandon All Hope For Gaming" banner...a portent of evil or a glimmer of hope, depending upon your fanboy allegiance.
Once that thought started kicking itself around my braincase, I kept coming up with new ways to interpret the Sony symbolism...request for jobs aside, what does a black flag mean? Well, aside from modern icons like the band or the bug spray, some Confederate units in the Civil War flew a black flag to signify that they would neither take nor give quarter - the opposite of the white flag of surrender (sound familiar?).
Of course, Anarchists have waved black flags for over a hundred years, and still others associate black flags with funerary mourning. It's used to keep yachts in line before races, as an Irish Republican symbol, and the Black Flag Army was an infamous group of bandits that plagued Hanoi in the late 1800s.
All I'm saying is that the sight of this banner sent a shiver up my spine...whether it was bad or good, I don't rightly know...