Game testing fell short: Testers failed to find the glitches in Madden NFL '08 and a few other big titles. The most disappointing experience of 2007 came in Spider-Man 3, which gets unfathomably difficult halfway through.
Microsoft Xbox 360: Some Xbox 360 machines died inexplicably, and the 360's green power button turned red. Microsoft extended warranties, repaired busted systems and seems to have fixed problems for newer systems. Still, quite a few gamers waited forever for Microsoft to ship 360s back to them.
Rechargeable batteries stink: Both handheld systems, Nintendo's DS and Sony's PlayStation Portable, constantly run out of juice merely by sitting still, turned off. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 3 controller doesn't turn itself off automatically after sitting idle for a few minutes, and its charge dies.
Poor web surfing: The powerful PC inside the PS 3 can surf the web nicely. But it won't truly play much streaming video. The Wii and PSP browsers also suffer with limited streaming video. And the Xbox 360 has no surfing at all. The game industry says it wants to give us a complete computing experience, but there's always some idiotic hitch like this that keeps machines from becoming all-in-one systems. Companies: Get your act together and you'll rule the world.