So besides the fact you contradicted yourself, Im not seeing the issue here. They were hopefully they would be in, they ran out of time, something they didnt think would happen and thus they are not in the game.
To your next statement, your projections that mini games will draw people to cities are based on nothing. You cant ignore Keg Brawl as that IS an implemented mini game in a town and it doesnt draw anyone there, so why would any other mini game have any other effect if implemented in the same fashion?
Look, they said "They are in the game, they were build in the game, you can go play them right now if you want to. We only talk about things we are extremely sure that will be in the game.", but then to tone in down in case something happens along the way (or for the conspiracy theorist, to be able to lie to everyone) they added "except if we are really unlucky".
That's kind of like in EotN when they said that we'll see the birth of the first Sylvari. We didn't, we saw a tree grow by 2 centimeters...But it could be interpreted as a way to represent the birth of the first Sylvari.
It's a little like false advertising. Especially when just before the journalist mentions another game that said that it would have in game activities at launch but in didn't and Anet said that this wouldn't be the case in GW2.
As for Keg Brawl, it's a fine example of something unfinished that they released anyway. It's practically unplayable. I honestly cannot fathom someone having fun in it for more than one round. The collisions are awful, the skills are awful and the gameplay practiced by players is throw kegs around and hope for the best...It's a mini game, it shouldn't be overly complicated. But there is a difference between simple and bad. I can't believe it's described as "baskeball but the norn way"...
And very few players bother with it because, aside from being kind of bad, it's not heavily promoted and the reward is..a title..a title you get after playing I don't know how many hours..where are the mentioned rewards for participating in in game activites ? Guess they weren't lucky too. Rewards don't have to be cash, it can be something like tonics or confettis or whatever to make cities a little more fun.
And ulike Bar Brawl and the Archery where you have NPC that run up to you to go play those games...They could at least have taken out those NPCs instead of leading players to places utterly incomplete. (Actually, I'm not too sure if you don't have NPCs in Hoelbrak that do that, but in DR they are far more common).