I’m sure you’ve all heard the huge controversy surrounding the rumor reported by Kotaku on the whole “Playstation Home” thing, so I’ll just give you the short story.
Basically, Kotaku searched the Internets, came across a rumor about something called the “Playstation Home”, and posted it for their fellow readers, which is what any good news service would have done. Sony apparently didn’t want the rumor posted, as it seems it may be something that’s going to be unveiled at this week’s GDC Conference in San Francisco, California. Kotaku defended the post, saying it signifies what journalism really is and that it is not a place for PR dribble (amen to that). Sony then blackballed Kotaku, banning them from any future Sony related event and asking for their PS3 dev kit back.
With all the negative press that Sony has had in the last few months, this was probably the worst thing the hardware giant could have done. They’ve just alienated themselves with a lot of the hardcore gamers with this action. The news/rumor is actually pretty cool, with promised features that act like the Wii’s “Mii’s” and the 360’s Achievements. Definitely not the most original thing from Sony, but cool nonetheless. To then flip out like this over good press is just plain stupid for Sony.
But was it justified? Did Sony have a right to get upset? Personally, if Sony asked me politely to not put it up, I probably would have buckled and agreed. Kotaku said Sony got a little demanding after the first response, so I might have changed my mind after that, but the news is gonna be official in less than a week. I can’t imagine it would have changed much if Kotaku just waited on it.
I know some of you will probably defend the fact that Kotaku is a news service and has all the right to go ahead and report on anything related to gaming, official and/or rumor, and I do agree to an extent, but I guess I don’t like playing hardball with a company like Sony. Maybe Sony just wanted to have this huge party at GDC for all the attendees and make it something special for everyone. Whatever the reasons were, I probably would have given Sony the benefit of the doubt and waited on it.
But I will not agree with on how Sony reacted. Kotaku had the right to do it, and should not have been punished for it. Blackballing Kotaku was definitely a bad choice in my mind, as it is a very popular site for hardcore gamers. Sony should have known the whole proceeding was going to be scrutinized and backed off. And why get so upset over good publicity? Just know it was going to happen, hope for the best and move on.
Kotaku and Sony have since made-up, but the damage has been done. Sony better realize now it ain’t gonna be easy when going up against a bunch of pissed off nerds.
And that’s my two cents on the subject.
[Correction: GDC will be held in San Francisco, Not San Jose. I was way off. I knew it started with an ‘S’ though.