I feel like the Sony conference would have benefited from having a bigger presence for a game like Dreams (one of their few first party titles supposedly coming later this year) during the show, given it’s not a murder simulator like most other things they’re putting out. Instead we got few tiny vignettes that they spent less time on than the Black Ops pre-order maps.
I dunno, there were things about that conference that I liked but I’ve found that increasingly I’m less interested in the studios Sony is throwing money behind. Be it Naughty Dog, Santa Monica, Quantic Dreams, Sucker Punch, or Kojima’s thing. It’s not even the gratuitous violence, I’m far past desensitised to that by now (though I’d appreciate more games that gave their violence some actual meaning beyond being gritty and “prestige”). What I can’t ignore is the context surrounding the studios. Two of those studios have recently had allegations of harassment thrown at them, (at least) two have dealt in bad, poorly-researched appropriation of other cultures in their games, and we’ve heard the stories about crunch and the less than great treatment of the workers at these companies (but hey look at Kojima, isn’t the fact that this one guy lucked into a bunch of money and the ability to do what he wants such a good success story?).
These problems certainly aren’t unique to Sony’s first-party but I found myself thinking about it a lot throughout that press conference. I try to find a happy medium for myself between getting excited for new games on the horizon without looking past the problems this industry would rather you forget, but today has had me feeling more cynical than any other day of the event thus far (in fairness having to stay up to ungodly hours of the night to watch these things has not helped that).