The title to this article may sound arrogant to some and it’s a good reason as to why a lot of gamers have fell out of love with the company who has dominated the gaming industry over the course of the last 15 years (roughly). Unfortunately for them, it’s the truth. However, the fact that Sony has decided to be the one to come out and say it in an interview with Gamasutra may be the wrong way to come out and say it.
Sony’s senior director of PlayStation Network at SCEA, Susan Panico, has expressed her belief that Sony legitimized gaming as a form of entertainment over the years when no other company was able to make that type of push against society.
“I think what’s important is that gaming is the heart and soul of the company, and it’s what we do really well,” she said. “But what we’ve learned over the years… What we did as PlayStation, if you go back 15 years ago, we legitimized [gaming] as a form of entertainment.”
“It’s not a hobby; it’s a broader form of entertainment. But what we’ve learned over the past 15 years is that we have to provide other forms of entertainment to the consumer: movies, comics, music, what have you.”
Of course, people are free to disagree with her sentiments and beliefs, but the fact of the matter is, if PlayStation had not been sold as a console over 275,000,000 times, gaming wouldn’t be as far as it is today in terms of societal acceptance.
Are you one of the people who agree or disagree?