A cursory glance around the internet will tell you that most gamers have determined that the Playstation Experience was more like a Playstation Occurrence.

Until the bitter, bitter end of the boring story telling session the commenters on the Twitch live stream were still hopeful that there would be a “Oh wait, we forgot to mention…” moment. I admit I felt it had to be coming too. Yes we are always let down when developers and publishers say that we will be “blown away” but this was a whole event structured around the most popular console right now. It was billed as something like a bonus E3 just for Sony fans. Surely they wouldn’t let us down by not having big news and big games to announce right?

So we got, what? Shovel Knight? I don’t care, that’s not why I’m watching this. Kings Quest is back? Cool, but no more than “cool.”  Uncharted 4, The Order, Bloodborne, No Man’s Sky, yeah we already know about those. More footage is great but it would have been shown without this Playstation Occurrence and so could not blow anybody away.

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The return of The Last Guardian might have. Concrete God of War info could have. Heavenly Sword II would have. Guerrilla Games new RPG would have. Hell, GG’s new RPG was basically expected, even just 30 seconds of pre-alpha could do it. We did see some multiplatform titles though, for some reason. I hope nobody actually believes Street Fighter 5 is an actual PS4 exclusive any more than they believe Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox One exclusive.

Maybe they felt we would be blown away by an onslaught of indie games. Or PC games. Or indie PC games. I don’t know why anybody would think that, but if Sony felt we should be impressed by the ability to create a port they are mistaken.

Then there’s Final Fantasy VII. You know what? Good idea to have the PC version upscaled for PS4 because playing the original on a 1080p TV looks so bad it makes me want to go buy an SD TV. Remember though, these are Playstation fans. Many of them are older, most of them would probably donate their left big toe to have a Final Fantasy VII remake so it is unwise to tease/scare them the way they did.

I think we need to set down some new rules about what folks are allowed to say about their shows. “Major Announcement” cannot be indie games, ports, or details on known games. They must be both major and unannounced/unknown. “Blown away” should not be synonymous with “appreciative.” I could go on an on but you get the idea. This wolf-crying is creating the cynicism that makes gamers act like idiots on livestream chats in the first place.

I will grant Sony this: it was probably a neat thing to experience if you went there. That doesn’t forgive the buildup they created though. At the end there was a prompt to the audience if the Playstation Experience about if it should be done again next year. Hardcore defenders cheered but a nation of gamers just sighed.

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If they actually do this again Sony will need to rethink every single bit of what went down or change the rhetoric. Nobody would have had a thing to say if the Playstation Experience was just billed as a laid back look at Playstation these days with some new footage and a game or two to add to the Playstation family.

That may not be exciting but it is honest and you bug the crap out of fewer gamers that way.

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David D. Nelson
David D. Nelson is a polymath with a BA in English working as an independent writing and editing professional. He enjoys gaming, literature, and a good hat.

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  1. Wow, what a whiner. A quick check around the Internet shows that people loved the PSX.

    Free games for the Vita, PS3 and PS4? Check. (Thanks EA!)
    More footage on the upcoming exclusives? Check. (Uncharted and Bloodborne both look amazing!)
    Smaller reveals? Check. (Fat Princess Adventures, Dungeon Defenders 2, Day of the Tentacle, Broken Age, The Forest, What Remains of Edith Fitch… niiiiice)
    A third party console exclusive? Check. (Street Fighter V).
    Plus a Final Fantasy VII port, Ultra Street Fighter IV coming to the PS4, Yakuza 4 coming West… along with Persona 5?

    There were some awesome announcements. Playstation owners are in awesome shape… Of course, Xbox One owners are probably a bit bitter. They have very little coming to their console anytime soon. March 3 they get a next gen Roller Coaster Tycoon in Screamride (from the makers of… Roller Coaster Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon) and then who knows when they get another game. I feel sorry for them.

    1. Well, considering Dave only owns a PS4, I don’t think he can be billed as an Xbox fanboy, which is what the final part of your comment seems to be pointing at.

      Anyways, he’s not saying the conference was bad, but it’s just another example of a company overselling its conference with big hype words and then doesn’t deliver on the big “bomb” drop that everyone’s waiting for. You could hear the sighs over the stream with the Final Fantasy stuff..

      Great experience for gamers, but the conference on the press side of things just wasn’t what it was made out to be. I was more interested in The Game Awards than watching PSX, and that’s the opposite of what I was expecting. That’s just my opinion though.

      1. Interestingly, I don’t even think there should have been any announcements at The Game Awards. They don’t play new movie trailers at The Academy Awards, do they? I also don’t think Sony ever meant for the hype to be built around the PSX in terms of announcements. They just wanted to unite gamers, I think.

        1. Partially, but all you have to do is look at their marketing materials and you’d see they were generating hype for it. Not just their fault though, sites like Dualshockers, GamePur etc act like second hand PR for Sony and hype up everything to the max.

          1. Correct. To a certain extent, Sony is required to build up hype for it, because they need people to come. But, I don’t think it’s fair that the public expected so many announcements. I came in expecting some cool announcements of sequels, or new IP from smaller studios, and that’s what I got. What I’m finding the most redeeming, however, is watching the backlogs of the panels that weren’t live streamed. I’m learning so much from them!

          2. Well, when you have a Keynote ahead of the actual event, and Sony was making the show out to be more than it really was, it’s inevitable that there will be disappointment. It wasn’t bad, but I mean, where’s Rime, Shadow of the Beast etc, all the indie games and ports coming to the PS4 is great, but I think Dave was just expecting more actual PlayStation related announcements and not an over abundance of ports.

          3. Ah, but look at the PS4, I think software wise, they’ve made the majority of their money from ports. And Sony is a company, and company’s want/need money, so more ports was inevitable. We just have to be glad they’re actually decent ports, not crappy ones. But, you’re correct, I would’ve loved to see RiME and Shadow of the Beast

          4. I’m not questioning Sony’s need for money through ports. That’s fine, but when you’re advertising a PlayStation event like Sony did, and hyped it up the way they did about “big” announcements, they should have been BIG announcements. All of their first party studios are working on projects, or so they say. Why not give updates on those, even if it’s small hints of what’s to come for E3? Would have made much more sense in the long run and their fanbase would be exponentially more excited about E3 and 2015 in general. Like I said, they started off the keynote great, Uncharted 4 starting it off, was smart, but it should have continued like that. Save the indie announcements for what they’ve been doing already on the PS Blog almost every week.

            I mean, I can’t really say this anywhere else but on my own site without getting shot to death, but the PS4 is a good console and has great games. Exclusives, not so much at this point. What’s coming looks great, but Sony fans, based on the comments across the board are so blinded by hype and an association for a company that they’re not pushing Sony to do better. And that’s what Microsoft fans did to the Xbox division and now look where it’s going. They said we want more new IP’s and fix what’s broken and Microsoft has been doing that. Kinda different topic here, but the point is, a lot of “fanboys” if you call them that just accept what was shown and say it was awesome without looking at the major picture. I think that’s what Dave does best even though he’s a stout PlayStation fan and doesn’t play a thing on the Xbox.

          5. This is a good point. There’s also the mentality at Playstation though, that why should they even worry about exclusives and AAA games? They’re the fastest selling console of ALL time, making huge profits, and showing no signs of slowing down, even with lackluster exclusives.

            No matter how this show was advertised (https://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/10/youre-invited-playstation-experience-event-in-december/) There’s no mention of big announcements in the Playstation Experience announcement; it was a HUGE success. They got the gaming community together, gave the Vita the life support it needed, celebrated the indies (2014 was a year in which indies actually rivaled AAA’s in terms of sales), and ultimately, made a profit, like every good corporation should.

      2. Understood. Opinions will vary, but I was pleased with what was offered.

        As for the Xbox reference, I’m just pointing out that Microsoft isn’t offering its fans similar expos, and although they’re claiming a full Fall lineup, there really isn’t anything being offered to their fans until then.

        1. Well keep in mind this was the 20th anniversary of PlayStation which is why this event came about. Pretty sure it’s not the 20th anniversary of Xbox just yet. But, also keep in mind Microsoft did just have the big Halo event.

  2. Pretty much echoed by thoughts on most of the conference. I liked what I saw, but the way it was billed made it seem like there was some big announcements coming. The event in itself was a great thing, really brought out the good in gaming communities which we don’t see enough of, same with The Game Awards.

    But yea, everything we saw was good, and it was great for the indie devs to get the games infront of the mainstream, but just wasn’t all “that” I guess. Obviously they’re saving the big guns for E3, but yea, conference was good, but not great.

  3. Hmmm, I have to disagree with you here. I thought that Playstation Experience was phenomenal, and this is from someone that didn’t get to go. The thing is, I don’t think it was advertised to be “the new E3” with tons of groundbreaking new IP’s announced, things like that. It was supposed to be more like PAX, but for Playstation. Tens of thousands of fans were able to roam 300,000 square feet of show floor, playing a ton of games, some of which have not yet been released.

    Sure, the Keynote conference may not have been the source for amazing announcements, (The Last Guardian will likely be announced at E3), but ultimately, the conference achieved what it set out to. It united the Playstation community in a huge venue, held awesome events where the gamers could mingle with the community of developers, people working at Playstation, and the press.

  4. It’s been confirmed by Capcom, Street Fighter V won’t be coming to XBone or any other console…EVER.

    I personally found PSX to be very satisfying. I wanted to see Last Guardian and GGs new game, but what I did see was such a pleasant surprise that that it didn’t bother me that more new Sony IP wasn’t there.

  5. Best written article I’ve read in a while!
    Kudos Dave!

  6. I loved it. God of War 4 confirmed. Darkest Dungeon for the PS4 confirmed. Godzilla for the PS4 (US version) confirmed. Shadow of the Beast still being in development confirmed.
    Fuck the whining. Fuck it to hell.

    1. As I pointed out below, I think this paragraph points out what Dave is trying to say pretty clearly – I think we need to set down some new rules about what folks are allowed to say about their shows. “Major Announcement” cannot be indie games, ports, or details on known games. They must be both major and unannounced/unknown. “Blown away” should not be synonymous with “appreciative.” I could go on an on but you get the idea. This wolf-crying is creating the cynicism that makes gamers act like idiots on livestream chats in the first place.

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