Every PlayStation fan needs to know who Shahid Ahmad is

PSU writes:

"Shahid Kamal Ahmad is the most important man in PlayStation gaming right now. And you don't even know who he is.

Well, you probably don't, but if that's the case, you most certainly will. Think about how big the last few months have been for Sony and indie development. Shahid Ahmad is responsible for most of it."

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yesmynameissumo2997d ago

I'm really impressed by Sony's push to embrace indies. It doesn't feel like a gimmick or afterthought. The people seem to actually give a damn. Support the indie devs!

Slapshot822996d ago

Shahid Kamal Ahmad is also a really great guy. I've spoken with him many times on Twitter and not only is he fantastic at his job, but he's a very compassionate personal as well.

No FanS Land2996d ago

I just actually tweeted with him about design ideas. and he answered back. I thought I could ask him on how to get a gamer's idea in SCE's hands.

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Tultras2996d ago

I'm from Pakistan and I find that statement slightly insulting.

irepbtown2996d ago

Reminds me of Dice and their @Battlefield Twitter account. They answer any question you have, they act on any problems and they are just awesome to talk to.

To read about this is great, more people need to embrace this and understand the power of Twitter.

I think it's time for me to follow Shahid Ahmad.

zeee2996d ago

OMG! You guys are crazy! I was IMPRESSED and was NOT sarcastic! Seriously? What the heck is wrong with you people? Why do you think everyone's sarcastic or racist? What the world's full of only crazy racist as**les? What did I even say? SHEESHH!!!

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showtimefolks2996d ago

Oh what a shock a gamer like us understands what we want because he wants the same thing


Major Nelson learn something, next time you over hype ordering pizza on kinect instead give us news on a game instead

2 companies who have their priorities very different

One looking to be all in one more cable box than game system
Other trying to be only a gaming console

Waiving fees of indie such a smart moves

Shepherd 2142996d ago

Did you know that MS has embraced indie games for years now? There are hundreds upon hundreds of indie arcade games and an actual section on the XBL marketplace dedicated to amatuer created indie games.

Sony and Steam Greenlight are pretty late to the party compared to MS.

showtimefolks2996d ago

shepherd 214

i know and thats great but did you know ms makes it pretty hard for indie developers, also they still charge a fee to indie developers

so sony with ps4 wont be doing that and i hope ms do the same thing with next xbox

DigitalRaptor2996d ago (Edited 2996d ago )

@ Shepherd 214

MS has allowed and made it very accessible for indies to bring games to Xbox 360 through XNA and self-publishing.

MS has NOT embraced what it is that indies want after they can get their self-financed games on the system. Look at the issues that indie devs talk about when it comes to MS and you'll see that embracing something is more than simply opening the door.

Sony have become very humbling in their approach to developers and their games in recent years. Especially when it comes to developer relations and their openness to ideas. PS4 is going to blow this wide open, but Vita is the first in line.

wolokowoh2996d ago (Edited 2996d ago )

@DigitalRaptor XNA does not equal supporting indies. It's not nearly the same thing Sony is doing now and has been doing with the Pub fund. Also "Steam is pretty late to the game" Really? Steam and PC is where most of the great indie games are. PC is the easiest platform to develop for and Steam is the easiest to put games on. There's great stuff on XBLA but there's just as much on PSN and way more on Steam.

StraightPath2996d ago

Indie games have been on xbox live for years now. Sony is catching up and copying Microsoft. You can twll by the comments who are sony fan boys and do not own a xbox thinking it is new loool

DigitalRaptor2996d ago

@ wolokowoh

Well done for not reading my whole comment. Would've served you better.

@ StraightPath

No one is doubting that indie games have been on Xbox Live for years, but that's no reason to brush off factual information as "fanboy" nonsense.

Read my comment above and realize that opening a door to allow indie games to be on your network as Microsoft have done, is not the same as "embracing" indies and truly supporting them, which is what Microsoft HAVEN'T done.

And if Sony is catching up and "copying" Microsoft, they're doing a heck of a better job at embracing the people behind the games. We'll see come May 21st and beyond how deep Microsoft's relationship with indie developers goes.

arronax-12996d ago

Oh man, even Adult Swim called them out on that.

Legion2996d ago


Go ahead as a regular person and try and even research how YOU can put an Indie game onto Vita or PS3.

Then go ahead and check out how you can put an Indie game on MSN platform.

MS gives you FREE XNA tools to develop your indie title. You can do EVERYTHING you need with an XNA community that will back you up at every turn.

And a simple small fee when you choose to put it on XBL.

Try the same with Sony... and you won't even get your foot in the door.

Been there done it... Sony is still lagging behind in TRUE Indie support.

showtimefolks2995d ago


Well that's why they are changing with ps4, no one denying the fact PSN service could have been a lot better

But what you are missing is MS makes it hell for indie developers too just search and google and see all the complains

And Sony is doing away with all fees and stuff so total freedom from the which platform to launch on,date,price etc,

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NobleTeam3602996d ago

So you only support Indie development because Sony is making a push for Indie development?

yesmynameissumo2996d ago

No. I support Sony's push for indies so that the indie community can flourish. Don't be mad your console of choice dropped the ball and Sony picked it up.

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TAURUS-5552996d ago

thats another reason SONY is great becuase of the people that work in the know who...

NobleTeam3602995d ago

I support both Sony and Microsoft. I'm not biased towards any single console like yourself.

yesmynameissumo2995d ago

I freely admit I think the 360 is trash. I went through 8 of those damn things, so my bias is warranted. I don't force others to think like me. Like what you want to like. I do.

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majiebeast2997d ago (Edited 2997d ago )

I know who he is, he is doing a killer job at SCEE. I think the entire 10 man team deserves alot of praise, for what they are doing. Sony as a company is just embracing indie gaming, with the new indie store(can still find them on the normal store pages) and all these delicious indie games like Hotline Miami and Guacamelee.

ltachiUchiha2997d ago

I definitely can see indie games being very successful for the ps4 & if u have a ps vita, u can take your game on the go. PSN will definitely improve drastically with the ps4.

morgenpimm2996d ago

I can definitely see you seeing that, er itachi.
Uchiha Itachi!!!!!

ltachiUchiha2996d ago

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sherimae24132997d ago

keep up the good work shahid... ^_^
and can you tease us with more upcoming vita games, pwease.. ^_^

NastyLeftHook02997d ago

nice name. it flows well, very exotic no hmo.

GamersRulz2997d ago

his name is Arabic, means Witness :)

AliTheSnake12997d ago (Edited 2997d ago )

his name is شهيد or شاهد
martyr or witness

bigfish2996d ago

wow, thats freaky,, he actually is a witness for indie development, can anyone else see this connection