The Escapist: How Sony Lost the Game

The Escapist writes: "Sony's PlayStation brand dominated the video game world for a decade. It started as a joint venture with Nintendo, but when Nintendo's Howard Lincoln announced, to Sony's considerable surprise, that Nintendo would instead be partnering with Philips, Sony decided to go it alone."

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D4RkNIKON3604d ago (Edited 3604d ago )

Sony is a sinking ship.. Don't bother buying games like Uncharted 2, this is the beginning of the end my friends.


Black Maverick3604d ago

*sigh* It's going to be one of those weeks, isn't it?

From the article: "On the handheld front, Sony's attempt to remove Nintendo from its portable stronghold was equally disastrous. The PSP went head to head with the DS and came off far worse, hitting 50 million unit sales earlier this year as its rival reached 100 million."

Yes. The PSP selling 50 million units is "disastrous". lol

"The blogosphere seems ready to ignore the PSPgo before it's even out"

Because when it comes to running a multi-billion dollar business, the blogosphere knows best....


Maddens Raiders3604d ago (Edited 3604d ago )

is bad comedy. Sony will have won three (3) console wars in a row, when the PS3 finally lies down arms and rests along the sides of the mighty PS2 and PS1, in the halls of eternal console greats.

"How Sony Lost the Game"... HA HA HA HA HA HA HA... Rubbish

FamilyGuy3604d ago

They really do come like a season, PS3 bashing season.

Sony achieved what others could not with their hand-held and anyone arguing against that really shouldn't be a writer for anything game related. They didn't come out the gate expecting to obliterate the DS, they just wanted in on the hand-held gaming profits.

What i don't get about all this bashing is really the fact that things are only looking up. There's no slow game season, sony didn't take a 1 year break on PS3 exclusive. The continuously increase the functionalities and PS3 owners are pleased by their positive announcement after positive announcement.

I really just don't get it. It's not "selling slow" but I guess maybe a lot of these sites are U.S. centric or have an agenda from the start and scrap anything they can together to make a point.

ChrisGTR13604d ago

well i have to dissagree with you about the psp, it is pretty disastrous. ive had one for 2 years now and even with it moded i havent touched it in nearly a year. any game just a click away and there was nothing of intrest. sorry man but you defenetly have to be a fanboy if you defend the nearly defunct psp console. that last good game on it was god of war which came out like over a year ago? not to mention all third party devs have stoped making games for it last year.

Anon19743604d ago (Edited 3604d ago )

Seriously. This article acts like, first off, like the PS2 isn't still making Sony a fortune. Second, that the PS3 hasn't been adopted by consumers then it's closest rival, the 360, and third, that Sony's even going after the same market the DS and the GBA cater to. New's flash, for you, the PSP isn't geared towards that market. There's certainly overlap, but you look at the DS's lineup of games, and compare it to the PSP's and it's pretty obvious they simply aren't aimed at the same demographic. What Sony did with the PSP was find a hole that the DS and PSP wasn't filling and aimed for it, and I think they did a mighty fine job. I'm 35, like my games, and I'm on the road - in airports more than I would like to be. I tried the DS, but the games just didn't appeal to me (neither did playing with a stylus). Along comes the PSP, more mature games, media playing abilities. It was a perfect fit for the hardcore gamer on the road.

Sony makes all sorts of products, and they target specific sectors of the market all the time with everything they make. Anyone who thinks Sony's grand plan is to sweep in and dominate whatever market they enter hasn't been paying attention. That's not how it works and this article is either acting willfully ignorant of that fact or they just plane don't know any better.

What the hell's wrong with gaming journalism?

Edit above: Perhaps you should switch to the DS? Maybe Cooking Mama and Pokemon are more your thing. In the meantime, I'll keep enjoying Resistance: Retribution, Socom, PSone classics, Patapon 2, Metal Gear, Ridge Racer, etc. Better pick up your DS soon, I hear Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face is almost out!

ChrisGTR13604d ago

"I'll keep enjoying Resistance: Retribution, Socom, PSone classics, Patapon 2, Metal Gear, Ridge Racer,"

so thats the list of psp games you chose to 'show off'. all of those are old games and goes with what i said about psp being a dead console. when the newest game on a list to show off is patapon 2?! so hypocritical didnt you just say the psp was the console for hardcore gamers and DS was for childish games like that. forget ds and psp, its all about the iphone , now i have a stylish cellphone and a gaming console in one. and its not embarrassing to be seen using unlike the huge ass brick psp i used to have. that thing is HUGE it doesnt even fit in my pocket.

Unicron3604d ago

Microsoft throws their hat into the ring with the Xbox, and it sells okay. But they lose $4 billion. But it's ok. Cuz the 360 blah blah...

But standing up to Nintendo's SOLE dominance of the handheld market is disastrous now? Selling 50 million is a disaster?

I love the blogosphere. More like sh1tsphere. Fvcking drama queens.

badz1493604d ago

journalist (I don't know if this writer qualifies for this title but whatever...) these days! pfft...fell hard and dropped support like the DC, 1st xbox, GC, wonderswan, game gear etc. are failures but to continue to sell and getting new games and some of the biggest franchises in gaming like PSP is no way near as to be considered a failure! MEGA EPIC FAIL!!

FamilyGuy3604d ago

Actually, I was referring to the fact that Sony has sold 50million PSPs in a market that Nintendo had dominated for... when was the original GameBoy released? I was NOT referring to your taste in games or opinion what has been worth getting lately.

"sorry man but you defenetly have to be a fanboy if you defend the nearly defunct psp console"
I've been a member of a psp hacking site since 05 (psp-hacks), so don't call me a fanboy for defending the psp as if I were just talking for some underlying motive of up-talking Sony. I've beyond got my moneys worth and usefulness out of the, admittedly bulky device.
I am more pleased with what I have from sony than what the competition offers but THAT does not cloud my judgement on this topic. I too have not used my psp in some time (for games) but that's more related to the fact that it's become increasingly more complicated to keep up with cfw, I don't travel nearly as much as I use to and that my PS3 keeps me busy, gaming-wise, at home.

I could rattle off a laundry list of psp titles worth playing but I know it would be in vain as you're only really here to annoy people.
The psp itself was not "a disaster", especially since sony makes money off the hardware sells, if anything was it would be the UMD. I didn't "hack" just because it meant free games, it was also more convenient to play disc-free/loading free.

...I really could go on and on but I'll cut this here since I keep getting game invites anyway. (Yes I atually use my PS3s web browser, to each his own)

SL1M DADDY3604d ago

That many of the original Xbox fans are now all grown up and in journalism. Or, so-called journalism that is. It's pathetic to see just how many butt-hurt MS fanboys are now writing articles to bash Sony. You would almost think that Sony themselves physically abused these fanboys in school...

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sunil3604d ago

Wooooohoooooo yet another Sony is doomed article

All Time Greatness3604d ago

Don't let 'em get you down Sony. Just go get 'em next time, champ.

Boody-Bandit3604d ago

I didn't realize it was already over, champ.

JonnyBigBoss3604d ago

Besides the fact that they are selling consoles just fine and are widely perceived to have the best exclusive list of all 3 current consoles...

XboxUltimateAlliance3604d ago

Can you show me even one article stating Uncharted 2, MAG and Ratchet are a better line-up than Halo ODST, Splinter Cell:Conviction, Forza 3 and Left 4 Dead 2?


Halo: Reach
Mass Effect 2
Alan Wake
Crackdown 2
Gears of War 3
Natal and its games

lol Good luck PS3.

LordMarius3604d ago

can you go justify your purchase over there ------------>

XboxUltimateAlliance3604d ago

lol what?

So are you going to show how PS3 Exlcusives are "widely perceived" to be better? No?

Xbox 360 Exclusives will sell and score better this holiday season, wait and see.

D4RkNIKON3604d ago

You left out God of War 3, Heavy Rain, and GT5 on purpose! How can you pretend that Sony doesn't have a STRONG list of exclusives by simply ignoring them?

LordMarius3604d ago (Edited 3604d ago )

i'll agree they will sell better but score better? I havent played them so thats up in the air but mostly are sequels and expansions so I dont expect them to score better since they aint bringing nothing new to the table

XboxUltimateAlliance3604d ago (Edited 3604d ago )

Those are 2010.... I didnt name PS3's 2010 games.

Still not a better line-up than Xbox 360's.

moeqawama3604d ago

first off, no one said anything about halo reach in 2010...gears of war 3 has not even been announced yet, einstein. And you are comparing forza to gran turismo 5? lol...sad sad individual. Dude, how do u have the nerve to say anything, anything, about uncharted 2? It has more accolades behind it than anything on that list of yours right now. Oh yea, there's a little game called god of war 3 coming next year...I dont know if u have heard of that. Heavy rain already has alot of good things said about it. Ratchet and clank. Finaly fantasy 14...seriously man? Are u kidding me with ur line-up? hahahaha

D4RkNIKON3604d ago

There is no use continuing a conversation with a tool that claims to be a gamer while ignoring half of the great upcoming games simply because they are not on his favorite unreliable piece of hardware ;D

Jaces3604d ago (Edited 3604d ago )


That's what I did when I read your user name.

Anyway back on topic, I see no doom and gloom, just the usual chatter of fangirls and their raves about glorifying the 360 and rants about the PS3 who had a less than glorious start but has proved itself more than what was first perceived.

So you going to perform your sacrificial ritual to your one and only or are you going to actually contribute to this site instead of spewing trash.

EDIT: Wow...the girls have taken over this thread. Mistake to post here then, crap.

JonnyBigBoss3604d ago

Halo ODST - Expansion. Played it at E3 and it's good but not great. You're expecting too much from it if you really think it's THAT big.
Splinter Cell:Conviction - Also on PC. Looks great.
Forza 3 - Will be overshadowed by Gran Turismo 5 next year. Great racing game, I played 3 races at E3 of it but keep in mind it lacks variety really badly.
Left 4 Dead 2 - Also on PC. Not to mention that in this game's case, the PC version will be much better, and also $10 less. (modable?, yes please)

cereal_killa3604d ago (Edited 3604d ago )

He really doesn't have to show you sh!t because it's a matter of preference on what you see who has the better line up. I for one because of the game I see myself playing find Sony's line up miles better than M$ for the last 2 years. BTW just because you find 1 or 10 sites claim one line up is better doesn't mean it is it just like a review of a game it's just one persons opinion.

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