Trent Reznor Sony Bashing


From here:

Being honest, I’m not a huge fan of Sony. Their entire strategy behind the PlayStation is to focus on gaming as an experience last and getting a Blu-ray player in your living room comes first. Now, three years later they’re trying to release a motion controller that’s a little bit better than the Wii’s.

Wow, what a hot-headed opinion on technology brand politics!

A few counter points:

If you are upset at Sony’s ulterior Blu-Ray motives, was Microsoft’s HD-DVD agenda any better? Microsoft refused to support Blu-Ray on purely political grounds, mostly because of PS3 and the Java interactivity layer. They aggressively poured lots of money into HD-DVD to help the standard gain leverage, did tons of PR, threw lots of mud (remember they claimed that the dual-layer blu-ray discs we now see everywhere were an unrealistic fantasy?), and then backed away only when HD-DVD became a complete and total flop. Is that somehow more noble?

Microsoft’s entire intention in the video games market is to control technology standards and APIs and be the middleman for all games/music/movies transactions. Sony also aims to be a technology infrastructure middle man, but they are much more serious about being first class managers of innovative game studios as well.

Secondly, Nintendo and Apple aren’t saints either. Clearly, they make some amazing consumer products, and we should applaud them for that, but if you are concerned with developer-side innovation and the creative struggle of the small developers and hobbyists, they aren’t necessarily the best companies to partner with.

I like what I’m seeing from Xbox where they’re providing a place to get indie games and you don’t have to hack your system or fight updates to get those games on it. Again, the iPhone is another platform that’s inspiring and allows developers to make a game in a reasonable amount of time, with little money and allows for the possibility of something cool. Innovation is the key

First, as a quick aside, PS3/PSP have tons of “indie” games from small unproven studios and one-man teams. And realistically, the biggest and most successful technology infrastructure platform for low-budget or hobbyist developed games is Adobe’s Flash, even if it isn’t as much of a buzzword as iPhone or Microsoft’s efforts.

But most importantly, why not talk about the actual games and innovations themselves rather than the technology infrastructure platforms and brands and politics behind them?


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


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  1. #1 by fleakitten on September 25th, 2009 [ 26489 Points ]

    “..why not talk about the actual games and innovations themselves rather than the technology infrastructure platforms and brands and politics behind them?”

    Because Microsoft has made no innovations in the gaming department.

  2. #2 by Paranoimia on September 25th, 2009

    Isn’t the whole VidZone application Flash-based?

    Didn’t Sony just have an initiative where they were paying small dev studios thousands of dollars to create games?

    Plus, Microsoft have rarely innovated in anything. They simply wait for others to come up with fresh ideas, then buy the company/rights.

    This idiot clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  3. #3 by bunnyhero on September 25th, 2009 [ 1850 Points ]

    just another fanboy, ultimately :)

  4. #4 by fgas on September 25th, 2009

    your blowing this way out of proportion all he said was his honest opinion NOT “BASHING”

  5. #5 by Darrin on September 25th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    Yes, Sony has been a far better innovator…

    This is just like Trent Reznor’s political views. He’s very outspoken and radically left-wing on U.S politics. This goes against my personal libertarian small-government ideology, but I don’t let that get in the way of enjoying his music.

  6. #6 by John on September 25th, 2009

    Im not a fan of NiN their music makes no sense and who is he to talk about sonys strategy there is a reason why sony has won 2 generations of gaming. because they are the best

  7. #7 by SicSemperTyranis on September 25th, 2009 [ 6405 Points ]

    Why do we even care what Trent Reznor has to say about video games? It’s like he’s fanboy baiting…

  8. #8 by JimmyStewart on September 28th, 2009 [ 710 Points ]

    Seems like a valid opinion to me as well. And one that I personally agree with to a large degree. It’s taken Sony a while to dig out of the Blu-Ray hole they dug for themselves. I think it was a wise business move ultimately as getting Blu-Ray into homes is a bigger win that getting a gaming console in there imo.

    I think getting into specifics isn’t going to fly. Honestly what he said makes sense as it is. Needing specific titles is only something that the PS3 fans need to try and wrap their heads around it. I mean let’s go down a list, if one mentions a innovative classic like Braid… the PS3 fans will say how that’s coming to the PS3 a few years after. You mention a game like Shadow Complex and you’ll hear how that’s terrible garbage, unless of course it’s suddenly coming to the PS3. Then it’s another amazing title for the PSN lineup!

    Secondly, you’ve entirely missed his point it seems. You fault MS for taking a defensive approach to Sony’s Blu-Ray strategy. However, what Trent is saying is true. MS made a game console that’d redefined gaming (especially online & with achievements) as we know it. AFTER doing this, they then added an option for an HD media drive. Trent Reznor is faulting Sony for doing this the other way around. Sony made a Blu-Ray player and has been slowly playing catch up to MS. Each new firmware update adds a few more features that have been standard in the 360 for months or years. Come on party chat or Netflix support!

    Is MS with the HD-DVD push more noble? That’s basically my constant point about all this ridiculous 360 bashing. These are both companies out there after your money. Neither of them have any other interests at heart, they don’t care about you. It’s maddening to watch consumers actually line up to blindly defend one company over the other.

    As a multi-platform gamer I come here to actually hear positive things about the PS3 and try to understand how the two Blu-Ray players I bought might actually become gaming consoles one day. I want to be excited about my consoles, not hear how the OTHER console that is actually getting me to play it’s games is rubbish.

  9. #9 by Mac on October 8th, 2009

    Ironically it’s the left wingers and their groups (ACLU, ACORN) who are politically correct and want to limit people… Keep in mind it was Democrats who lead the boycott on Metal music in the 80s. Does the nameTipper Gore ring a bell? Google “PMRC”


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