When did Sony learn to stop being evil?

It wasn’t so long ago that Sony was known as the bad guy of the video game world. It’s quite a feat when one of the chief players in a games space is Microsoft, and yet Sony’s gaming team earned it the nickname “the Evil Empire.” Years of anti-consumer moves – from removing features across platforms to security breaches to forcing proprietary formats – will do that.

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Godmars2901639d ago

How? How were they ever "evil?"

They took crap for selling an $800 console at $600 and taking away Other OS because of open declarations of piracy, not having rumble on htier controllers for a while because of how stupidly they handled a lawsuit, and have never been forgiven for any of it - until recently? - but they have never been "evil."

iGAM3R-VIII1639d ago

Agreed, I just want to know WHY this man is saying this. Though I did donate $100 to research on his mind and his childhood, maybe he hit is head

NeverEnding19891639d ago (Edited 1639d ago )

Answer: Financial difficulties.

When a company loses so much money, the shareholders oust the CEO and other management and the company is forced into taking a different direction. SONY is far from being out of the woods yet though, so I wouldn't say they are no longer "evil", using the authors logic.

Soldierone1638d ago

It's the CEO's job to keep the company running smoothly. If that isn't happening, he gets fired. And firing a guy thats putting millions of dollars in his pocket isn't that evil....

If any of the peons at the minimum wage jobs don't do their jobs, they get replaced. Why shouldn't that work for the CEO?

miyamoto1638d ago (Edited 1638d ago )

The author is living in an alternate make believe reality. LOL!
He's got things exactly in the opposite .

As a Canadian outfit, globe and mail is notorious anti-Sony and pro-xbox since day one anyway. no surprise there.
its a shame for us Canucks.

MaxXAttaxX1638d ago

That's not what "evil" means.

Personally, they've been better gaming-wise to me than any other company this gen.

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showtimefolks1638d ago


sony has done a lot right when it comes to PlayStation brand and their movies department. Their TV market is what cost them for a long time

under Kaz things have been better, when you loose so many billions and are in red for that long than it takes some time for you to come out of it. So give it some time

I know i will be disliked for saying this, but in last 15 years sony is the only gaming company which has actually gone after core market and succeeded. Their have taken big risks with new IP's that no other publisher would even touch

nintendo has been making the same games again and again and again and again yet they don't get any bad reputation but when MS makes another Gears,halo or forza its a bad thing

gaming media is in deep double standard, one company is the gaming darling and no amount of mario games can be enough but another is hated on for making too many sequels

Its hard to please everyone and i am glad wii-u is left behind again in last gen when ps4 and next xbox comes out, nintendo has always left a lot on the table specs wise to add a Gimmick now its catching up to them

Salooh1638d ago (Edited 1638d ago )

Never felt sony as an evil company. It making great effort on gaming but don't forget that it's just a company like the others only care about money. All of them do bad things but if you ask me which one is better i would say sony..

14th agree :)

showtimefolks1638d ago


Well said goal of every company is to make money but Sony while I hope makes a lot of money will deliver games to us the core gamers

Games like SLY or Ratchet and Clank are called Risky IP's yet we have seen Sony fund the development

Than you look at ICO,SOTC and now in long development the last guardian and these are extremely risky projects

When heavy rain launched it was IMO quite risky but I along with many more loved it and now we are getting a more polished 2nd game from QD in beyond 2 souls which I might add is coming 7th year into a console cycle as a new IP launching in Fall which is usually reserved for big games.(I see B2S doing really well)

Advertisement has been sonys biggest issue this gen and now they have hired the EX good and MS advertisement firm who advertised 1st Gears so here is hope that Sony will actually invest money into advertisement

Uncharted 3 had great advertisement campaign and it showed sales wise

But my earlier point was if we are gonna hold Sony and MS to evil or special standards than someone in media should speak up on Nintendo and thei long history of doing the same games and HAVE NEVER GOTTEN 3PARTY SUPPRT SINCE SNES AND THAT WAS A LONG LONG TIME AGO

Root1638d ago (Edited 1638d ago )

I think they've been nitpicked to death this entire gen...because of the media. Microsoft and Nintendo in the past can get away with murder half the time but if Sony did one little thing it was straight to the doom and gloom articles.

I'll admit at the start of this gen with the PS3 they were big headed but recently from 2009 on wards they've turned themselves around to be, in my opinion, the number one games company out of the big three....and I mean that in terms of giving core gamers what they want, even despite their little financial problems they've never once abandoned their roots to go after the casual audience who have more money...

They've been hated on so much this gen but the funny thing is they are the only ones left who are still in touch with core gamers.

Ducky1638d ago

I don't know man.
Remember those PS3 ads? That baby they had was definitely evil.

RandomDude6551638d ago

They were never evil, except to the rabid asshole 360 fanboys circa 2006.

scofios1638d ago

If Sony is Evil i wonder wat Microsoft, activision and EA are ?

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Ken221638d ago (Edited 1638d ago )

Evil da fark??Sony is the only company thats pushing boundaries with games.Even this late in a Gen.

Someon give this man some help pronto.

Not to mention they gave all PS users free games and a free month trial after being hacked.They didnt have to but they went out of there way to do it after being haacked.

BattleAxe1638d ago

Sony, Steam & Nintendo = Good

Microsoft = Bad

Yodagamer1638d ago

Seems about right, microsoft always has that stupid policy this gen where devs must launch on the same day and have the same features. It holds back games or delays games so devs can get it running on xbox. While i understand microsoft's point of view it's a pain for everyone else.

kneon1638d ago

Microsoft isn't evil, sure they charge you for stuff that is free everywhere else but that's their customers fault. If they weren't dumb enough to pay it then they couldn't get away with charging for it.

hellvaguy1638d ago

MS donates about 10 times more to charities. Pretty they cannot be accused of being bad. Greedy, ok maybe. Not your console of choice, I get that. But not evil, come on really? Same with Sony (except for the charity part), these are not evil companies.

ceballos77mx1638d ago

This big companies donate all that money to get tax breaks not because of the goodness of their hearts.

But my respects to bill gates and all he has done for the education of our kids.

hellvaguy1638d ago (Edited 1638d ago )

Tax breaks are never 100% of what you contribute (more like 10-20%). Was a nice try to discount charitable efforts, but if you don't even know that, then you never done taxes, in which case you really need to get a job.

tiffac0081638d ago

MS was actually known as the "Evil Empire" once. Especially when they spearheaded the campaign against "Linux". I think there were other reasons but I just can't remember. Its all in the past though.

jeffgoldwin1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )


Of course you don't remember why, you've been brainwashed by sony fanatics.

There's no evil empire, this isn't star wars. MS gotta bad rep several years back for doing what Apple is doing now with all the patent law suits. That's probably the "evil" propoganda your thinking of.

tiffac0081637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )


I think your too young to remember. You may want learn a little bit of history concerning the days when MS, Apple and Linux battled over the OS market and my memory regarding MS campaign against Linux is not a myth either. The other reasons are the ones I cannot remember because its been that long.

And you know why there was a Star Wars reference? Because back then the majority that followed the news from the Computer Industry are people who are known as Geeks and Nerds. They named MS that.

Heck, if Google is not your friend then Bing it. I am sure you will find references to what I am saying here.

Sony had nothing to do with this history of the Computer industry. You may want to try again with that spin.

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RandomGamer1638d ago

huh when has Sony been nicknamed the Evil Empire?.

landog1638d ago (Edited 1638d ago )

for me;

GOG/CD Project
uplay store

in that order

from coolest to stingiest

majiebeast1638d ago (Edited 1638d ago )

The fact that you placed Origin(On par with Pando media) and Uplay(1 big piece of garbage that loses your cloud saves and makes you replay 10 hours of Assasins Creed 2) above Sony,MS and Nintendo is the biggest joke ever.

landog1638d ago

ive gotten games or $1 from uplay, origin constantly sends me coupons for games for $5, half of my steam library was $7 or less (over 250 games)

nintendo store is a joke with pricing, ms is almost as bad, and sony has GREAT deals, i mean it, i actually really like the psn store......but, they just cannot compete digitally with the big dogs like steam etc...

BeZdaBest1638d ago

im sorry but origin an microsoft should be on the bottom of that list... because they are ones who charge you for things that already there..

if that aint stingee idk what is

M-M1638d ago (Edited 1638d ago )

For me;

Everyone on N4G

In that order.

From coolest to stingiest.

trenso11637d ago

how origin and Uplay are high than sony and nintendo on your list, makes me wonder

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