Xbox boss Phil Spencer believes the industry would be all the better if all of the executives, studio big wigs and publishers running the show actually played video games.
We have a saying in the banking industry and that is "if you cannot buy into your own product, how do you expect to sell it?". I think that should be the same for the games industry, how can you sell games if you don't play themselves. Then at least you would have an understanding of what consumers would want.
Very well said. Though it's worth noting that former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi had virtually no experience in the field and presided over a company that redefined the games industry during his tenure.
There's no such thing as an absolute rule that's always true. But I think generally it's better for executives to have experience in business and gaming.
What is this if not a dig at Andrew House?
@mrpumblechook There are more than just console gaming executives in the industry.
Don't worry, compared to other entertainment industries gaming is relatively new, wait some few years for people who experience gaming in their childhood to replace old executives.
Bingo mandingo, Phil was the perfect guy to set up for this position..... MS made the right call on stick him up there I guess. Same with Shu.....I mean the guy platinumed bloodborne (I haven't even done that yet). Good guys I guess.
Who can disagree with that? Which is why, when I learned Phil Spencer & Shuei Yoshida actually Game, and also on each others platform, it gave me more confidence that both are in the appropriate role.
Or did they both just say that to bolster consumer confidence? Haven't we all figured out by now that CEO's are just walking pr statements? Say you game, take a picture with a controller in your hand and a big shit eating grin on your face and people think "this guy's a gamer just like me". My guess is they game about an hour a week.
@warczar That's awfully Cynical of you. I'm sure you have no evidence to back those claims. The "CEO" part of your comment is too broad. My comment is focused on the aforementioned Spencer/Yoshida. You even used "My Guess is....", so it's purely speculation on your part. It matters not anyway, since I don't allow other peoples influences to dictate or direct what I think, enjoy or purchase.
Never said I wasn't speculating and when I say ceo I mean every ceo in the world including spencer/Yoshida, sorry if that runs contrary to your world view. I've been living through this capitalist bs for 35 years, I've had enough pr smoke blown up my ass I should be a coal factory so excise me if I'm cynical, tell me something I don't know. As for the matter at hand, other than there word you have about as much proof that Spencer and Yoshida are gamers as I have that they are not so really were both just speculating.
Nintendo needs to get rid of Reggie for this reason.
Lol should of seen him at the championship, he trashed talked and everything and got beat down horribly. Looked liked he never even play smash bros before probably didn't.
Yeah that was just awful, even if he was facing a pro. A lot of the times he died on his own by not knowing how to recover back onto the stage.
@TXIDarkAvenger Yeah and he was punching when the guy wasn't even near him. Then he was like oh you play 16hrs a day, and I work 16hrs a day.
Companies hire people with experience with the role and not so much people with the interests to that company That is true with every company but it is good to hire someone who has the experience/interest to the role but it's rare
In my industry (pubs), I'd hire someone who has an interest in beers, wines and food but has no experience over someone who has experience, but little/no interest. Struggling to think of any other examples :p
Well said. And hey, why settle? If you need a beverage quality control specialist, I'll happily apply both my interest and experience. No need to thank me!
That in some cases are true but most are not, My friends owns a bar/pub and he has hired people without interests in beverages (looks and customer service skills) same can be said with Game Stores (most don't know about games) and same with PC World/Carphone warehouse :) (they have the skills but not the interests)
You can have all kinds of experience, but without passion that experience is just past performance. It's when the people that have a passion for what they do, that they perform the best.
I always thought that Shuei Yoshida is one of the Play Station brands greatest assets, for that reason alone. His obvious passion is what makes so many gamers feel they can relate to him.
I really like Shuhei Yoshida, but Phil Spencer is the guy who want to have fun with games. I'm glad I respected him more than that Don Mattrick.
Shuhei games all the time. He's actually very good.
What all disargree? Do you think I hate Phil Spencer ? The answer is no. I do like that guys. I'm respect him more than That Mattrick guys. Jazz, people need to chill out already.
Makes it seem like Shuhei Yoshida is not someone you want to games with. You know he plays games too right?
What about Jack Tretton? Does anyone know if he was a gamer?
If dear Jack wasn't, he did a damn good impression of one!
Yea, Don Mattrick. But seriously, I agree. I've been gaming since Intellivision, so I have seen this industry change, first hand, over the years. When it started to get big, all the money started coming in, and it started to turn into just another industry, instead of the fun one. I have Adam Boyes on my PS4 friends list, and I don't know when he eceb works. He's always playing something lol. But you can see he is a gamer even when on stage, and he's done a great job building third party relationships for PlayStation. Obviously Phil has turned the Xbox into the game machine people wanted from the start, and obviously Shu loves gaming. So many execs just want to make money at all costs (heh) but they don't realize they probably would make more if they just treated us all with more respect, and didn't think so little of us that we are going to just go with whatever product they throw at us.
Well, I agree on that.
Wish MS would've had this mindset when they hired Don Mattrick. Him (and several other executives) single handily fu*ked up the Xbox brand with just a reveal and the months following. If Phil was in charge during the X1 development (and other exec. were gamers), I'm sure the X1 would been more of a "gaming" system, than an "entertainment/TV" system. Shout out to for Phil for turning this mess around.
Nothing but agreement here.
The gaming industry would've been 1000x better if not more if that was the scenario. I am counting on Phil Spencer to encourage that much needed change.
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