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Satire: My faith renewed in Sony.

As some of you may be aware, the other day I committed one of gaming's cardinal sins, and for this I am truly sorry.

For I did dare bring up the lack of native BC (backwards compatibility) in regards to Sony's next generation console the PS4, as a negative.

Gaming's lord and saviour, the all mighty PS4, the 4th incarnation of our one and only true home gaming console, it is of course beyond criticism, for our great, powerful and wise lord Sony is love and by extension all that Sony produces and publishes is in fact love, and we must not question love but only openly and graciously accept it.

In my bout of madness the other day, I made accusations that the great and benevolent Sony's decision to neglect incorporating native BC into their new console was not due to the inevitable incredible pricing and/or superior advanced next generation architecture of PS4, but in fact was left out as an attempt to attack and eventually put an end to the vile tyrant that is 'the used games market' by making all previous games redundant, also seemingly making our investment in Sony's previous software near meaningless since any and all previous games in both their hard copy and digital forms will not be able to be carried over.

How blind I was to even consider this...

My eyes where opened to the truth however, in a dream, nay a vision, that I had only last night and now I will describe this vision and share a wondrous message with you all, from the great and all powerful Sony.

In my dreams last night a great and all encompassing light appeared to me, then in a voice that echoed to my very core it spoke "we are Sony" struck by awe and in my disbelief, I uttered "And what is it Sony would want with me?" The light suddenly began to shine brighter and brighter! Until the sheer sight of it was near blinding, then Sony spoke again "You dared to question our will, Sony's will, all previous software and hardware is inferior to PS4, PS4's software line up makes all previous software redundant " "But why?" why I asked " Why is BC not implemented into PS4 when both PS2 and PS3 supported it in the past?" "You still dare question us?!" Sony boomed in a near defending voice "Sony is absolute! Therefore PS4 is absolute!"suddenly a sea of fire appeared in front of me, the sound of screams and torture could be heard all around me "be you a non believer? Or heretic!?" asked Sony "do you wish to join those who follow Microsoft unto their eternal death mines of the Xbots and their cruel masters the mind corrupting, kineticans?!" "No!" I yelled "please save me from this pit of death and anguish" then the sea of fire disappeared only to be replaced by a white void of nothingness, eerily quiet, so quiet in fact I could hear my own breathing, my heart beating, the sounds of my stomach churning and my blood circulating through my body "This void is unbearable I cried "where is this?!", "pergintendo" answered Sony "where nothing fucking exists for true hard core gamers!".

"Oh great Sony" I screamed "please save me from this void of nothingness!" suddenly the void was replaced by the bright light once again. While I lay prostrated upon the floor basking in Sony's glorious light, Sony spoke once again "If you still require proof of our wisdom and benevolence then witness for yourself, gaze upon our creation in all Sony's glory, PS4!" Suddenly out of the light came a magnificent figure, wonderful, beautiful, breathtaking in it's majesty, and eerily familiar "Do you see now non believer?" "Look upon the fleshy lips of PS4's flesh disc tray, see for yourself PS4's pulsating cranium which houses it's built in next generation wifi and bare witness to the numerous fleshy tentacles! Each fitted with integrated mind melding technology capable of jacking into any human meat bags brain and projecting a gaming experience directly into the mind that is near indistinguishable from reality!" Sony proclaimed "look upon PS4! Look upon the form of my child, do you see? DO YOU SEE?! SEEEEEEEE!!!" "Yes! Yes I see!" I cried, my face drenched in tears of joy for I knew now my folly as I bared witness to Sony's true next generation games console, nay Sony's one and only augmented reality producing master pod, PS4!. "Go now" spoke Sony "tell all those who follow the word of Sony that they are soon to experience gaming like never before! There is no need for BC, for there will be no past nor future, but only the now! The Sony! The PS4!!!" Once our message was that of "it only does everything" but now with the advent of PS4 we have a new message to spread "PS4, it is everything!".

Then as if a bolt of lightning had shot through my body I awoke, in a cold sweat, tears streaming down my face, then I wondered "was it all a dream?" at that moment as if meant as an answer to my question, a voice echoed in my mind, go forth my disciple, join the likes of Kaz Hirai and spread word that the advent of a new world for gamers, nay for all, is coming and we will make even those who oppose us believe" at E3 2013 all will become clear...

And there you have it, Sony is all powerful and all knowing after all, and you would have to be complete idiot (or heretic) to even think of questioning them in even the slightest...

OK, this blog was going to be a rant on people just blindly accepting what publishers and developers do and even outright defending them based off of barely formed theories they've pulled out of thin air, but instead I went for a more satirical and humorous blog, it's just my way of poking fun at those of us who refuse to see or even question certain decision that any of the the big three make (Sony, Microsoft and/or Nintendo) the same goes for many publishers and developers for that matter (coff EA, Activision coff).

Anyway if any of you actually read everything and managed to see the humour that was intended in any of this, then thanks and please by all means leave a comment, but again if you have something negative to say lets keep it clean at least, thanks.

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Chaostar1927d ago

I did chuckle :)

Although that image doesn't really apply here because, you know, Sony exists.

zerocrossing1927d ago (Edited 1927d ago )

Thanks for commenting and Im glad you saw the humour in my blog :)

When you take gaming seriously, defending a company you like is only natural but blind faith without question will do none of us any good.

Chaostar1927d ago

While I found the humour mildly amusing I should say I disagree that Sony is deliberately withholding BC because they want to combat the used games market. I disagree because I have taken a rational, logical look at the facts i.e wildly differing architectures, time and cost factors, etc, then formulated my own best guess opinion and not because of an irrational faith in a company.

I didn't catch your original argument but I probably would have disagreed with you on the grounds of my own opinion because, you know, some of us still have our own mind. I respect that you have your own opinion though and aren't afraid to express it despite mass opposition.

My point is not everyone who disagreed with you or argued against your point were zealous Sony worshipers, although I think you're already very much aware of this; this comment is more for other readers.

Deadpool6161926d ago

I'm not fond of the type of comedy that makes light of others beliefs. I see the point you're trying to make, but I could have done without the satire.

zerocrossing1926d ago

I can assure you I am not making light of anyone's beliefs, anf If I have offended you in that respect then I am very sorry since that was honestly not my intent.

I went with satirical blog since I didn't want to do just another rant on gamers, I know satire's not everyone's cup of tea but I felt it helped get my point across none the less.

Anyway, thanks for reading my blog and commenting.

Deadpool6161926d ago

Since BC isn't a integral focus of the Ps4, I have higher expectations of the other ways it preforms. The primary goal of the Ps4 is to streamline all the online aspects of gaming, making everything online instantaneous and social. If they're capable of achieving that, then it may be worth the leap.

I'm going to wait and see before I buy any new system. At least 2 years after launch before I make the jump, depending on how it preforms and what games are available.

smashcrashbash1926d ago

You see like most people you mistake common sense for compliance.The people who accept what is done many times see the reason and the sense behind it and unless you rave like a mad person like many people do you automatically think that means that the person is simply defending whoever it is.I understand for example why people sell their bodies for example but that doesn't immediately mean that I condone or encourage it it but i am not going to get up on my high horse and claim that I know better and the people don't have their reasons for doing so.

We have already seen the reasons why Sony will not able to give us BC for every thing from before and it makes sense.But like most people because you can't see the sense behind it you prefer to rant about people who have already accepted it.So in short you are angry because everyone isn't angry like you are. If you decide you are not going to accept something that is fine but to constantly badger people who see the reasoning behind it and don't mind.You have no right to tell something that someone decides to accept is wrong especially when you are not using common sense and prefer to use mob mentality instead and insist it has to be your more irrational reason.

It is not as simple to just meld older tech with newer ones.Why do you think Nintendo didn't integrate SNES and N64 technology into the Wii? Because there is no magic to what is going on and many times it is much harder to do what people insist needs to be done and is not cost effective. Even worse if they add BC I am certain you and others will not pay for the price of what needs to be done to do it. A business's main goal is to make profit and for you to claim that they just spent a ton of money to do something and sell it a the same price is unreasonable.People behave like brats who are told they can't have cookies because there are none and you insist that your parents should get him some somehow even when there aren't any in the house.You instantly think your parents are just trying to keep you from eating cookies when it isn't that at all.You see the difference between the accusation of Sony is just trying to keep BC from us is that you just assume while we have proof of the incompatibility of joining outdated tech to new tech.all you have is the 'businesses are always evil' rant that people always jump to and we have have proof that it is not as simple as you think.But since them keeping BC from is more chaotic and controversial you accept that one.That is human nature.You prefer to believe the thing that is more chaotic then the more sensible non controversial one.That is why people used to hang innocent people in a lynch mob because they refused to believe the person could be anything else but innocent but preferred to believe the worst.

zerocrossing1926d ago (Edited 1926d ago )

This blog was not meant to be taken so seriously or was it meant as a dig at Sony, I happen to really like Sony actually but I don't have to like all of their decisions.

Im not trying to say that everyone who disagrees with me is blindly accepting what devs/pubs do without question either.

The point Im trying to make here is, go into any article where a strong opinion has formed like the fact no BC for PS4 is acceptable and state the opposite, you'll be met with a myriad of negative, borderline abusive comments from individuals who aren't quite as enlightened as yourself and then you mite see where Im coming from.

This may be a satirical blog but I am aware that doesn't mean its above criticism, any and all opinions are welcome here as far as Im concerned and that is the way we should be approaching comments and opinions from others, especially when they conflict with our own.

SilentNegotiator1926d ago (Edited 1926d ago )

Oh for the love of everything, get over BC. It's a completely different hardware design and adding a cell chip would make Ps4 cost too much to make.

What a disgusting blog. Get over yourself. I'm sorry that you're so blind to a simple fact like "BC is difficult using hardware with a completely different architecture" that you would make such a rant.

zerocrossing1926d ago

Attempting to have my blog pulled purely because you disagree with me is the epitome of childishness and pure closed mindedness, how dare you sir.

You may not agree with me but I have just as much right to my opinions as you do to yours, when Sony developed the new architecture for PS4 they decided there and then if BC would be incorporated or not, now whether or not BC was not included because they simply chose not to or couldn't is neither here nor there.

Look, the fact is pretty much every dev/pub would like to see the end of the used games market and by making all hard copys of games incompatible with their next generation console it would therefore render them useless/redundant in the eyes of many consumers.

Im not saying this is the reason for no BC for the PS4 but Im not about to disregard the possibility.

SilentNegotiator1926d ago (Edited 1926d ago )

I reported it because it's incredibly immature and based on a completely uninformed idea.

Stop trying the "sony worshippers!!" card at every corner.

"when Sony developed the new architecture for PS4 they decided there and then if BC would be incorporated or not, now whether or not BC was not included because they simply chose not to or couldn't is neither here nor there"
Nooooo, when they designed the architecture, they decided that they wanted developers to not hate working with it. Do you seriously not remember all the flak that the cell got from third party developers? BC not being feasible was an unfortunate side effect.

zerocrossing1926d ago (Edited 1926d ago )


You reported me because you refuse to see any chance of validaty in my arguements, nothing more notghing less.

OK then, why not incorporate the ability to emulate hard copy PS3 games much like the 360 did with certain original Xbox games and download the software to play them.

That isn't out of the question is it?, and would have made a lot of gamers happy IMO.

The_Klank1925d ago

I have just one thing to say to all of this.

If Sony was against the used games market how come PS4 games will be viable to trade in?
That right there should tell you something.

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