Mon, 30 April 2007
Ken Kutaragi. He wasn't just the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, he was also the father of the PlayStation. Without him, Sony never would've gotten into the gaming business to begin with. So it seems a bit odd that on the eve of what should be their triumph, he's retiring. While it's debatable as to whether he should've ascended to the heights he did within Sony (and his rambling, eccentric speeches at various press conferences point directly at this), it does seem like his stepping down is in response to the PSP's lackluster performance and the PS3's rocky launch. Join us as we talk a little bit about this and Sony's future steps.
Naturally, that's not all we talk about in this episode. There's lots of Pokemon talk (so be prepared), as well as discussions about the use of webcams in console gaming, the anniversary of the Wii name, the analyst that thinks Wii/DS success is bad for the industry, and much much more. Join us, won't you?
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This week's links:
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
Guitar Hero II
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Planet Earth Blu-Ray
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Pac-Man (1982 cartoon)
YouTube: Pac-Man intro
NextGen.biz: Kutaragi to Retire in June
GameDaily: Analysts Weigh in on Kutaragi's Departure
1UP.com: Celebrate the Past with Ken Kutaragi's Greatest Hits!
Joystiq: Wii name celebrates first anniversary
Next-Gen.biz: Analyst: Wii, DS Success a Bad Thing
Kotaku: PS3 EyeToy Dated For US (Too)
Pikachu: "Bitches Love Me"