Talking About Indie Games At Shows No Longer Relevant, Says Sony’s Jim Ryan

His larger sentiment makes sense.

Posted By | On 20th, Jun. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Back when the PS4 was new on the market, and AAA game support for it was either far on the horizon, thanks to longer development cycles, or floundering (because this generation took a long time to get going), Sony would often trot out smaller games from independent developers during its stage shows and press conferences- the implicit implication was, these games are every bit as important as a major AAA game.

“There was a time and a place, in the early stages of the life of PS4, to make statements,” Ryan said in an interview with GamesIndustry. “It was more about making a statement that we are serious about the indies, and that we are doing this and that with the indies. No Man’s Sky and so on and so forth, which broke out from that and carved its own niche. You know, right now, we have tonnes of indie content on the platform. And the fact that we elected, along with many other things such as Gran Turismo and PlayLink, not to give it its own spot on the stage this week, in no way means it is not important, or it is not there, or we don’t worry about it. It was just good to talk about in 2013/2014. It is less relevant now. We have VR to talk about now, for example.”

He also talked about how indie game montages never actually do those games justice. “One of the things we have realized is that these video collages of ten indie games shown in a minute, is almost meaningless. Nobody can really learn anything about the games in that sort of time. It is almost viewed as wasted time,” he said.

I… don’t think his reasoning is incorrect, but I do think there was a better way to word it. As it is, given his history of poor statements, people are bound to misconstrue what he said, and then jump on it. Regardless, I understand what he is saying, but I think some people will be all too eager to ignore his intended meaning.

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  • Sayonara

    Anyway, Jim really said nothing wrongly and his quote is taken out of context.

  • bardock5151

    There you have it. Sony will work with you as long as it’s of benefit to them. Just like no mans sky, when they’re done with you they will throw you under a bus.

    Developer friendly?

    • LISDestroyedMe

      Every game sold on PS4 benefits them lol.

    • Clate

      That is the whole point of any platform XD.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Too bad this is yet another misquote. Can’t expect you to be smart enough to notice that, though, huh?

    • bardock5151

      Actually the point of my post was to mimic the same lack of accuracy people like you feel free to indulge in.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Sure, it was.

    • Mr Xrat

      A shame that’s literally not what he said though.

    • bardock5151

      Wow what a shock! I know that’s not what he meant.

    • Holeybartender

      Well Gee,Sony is supposed to be a company that does nothing for their own benefit.So that’s how to run a corporation…

      You have nothing. Sony gave Indies a widespread platform to release on and supported them with the PS4 while Microsoft tried to c***block them to squeeze everything they could from them.You want to take what he said out of context to make it sound like Sony doesn’t give a s*** about Indies when all he is saying is they don’t have to do anything because Sony already did it. Take your bs to where it belongs,with Microsoft.

  • Richieeeee

    Who is Jim Ryan and who employed this idiot?

  • Hvd

    no indies,no ea access,no real bc and no cross play #forthegamers….lmao

    • Holeybartender

      No Indies? You obviously don’t know anything about PS4.
      No EA access? EA should do that s*** for free if you want to really get down to it. PS Plus already does this and I don’t know any retailer that let’s customers use a discount on top of a discount.
      No real BC? Neither does Microsoft,your playing a digital copy not using an emulator.
      No cross-play? Sony has PC cross-play and control is shared between them not solely dictated like Microsoft does. .

    • Hvd

      no indies,no ea access,no real bc and no cross play #forthegamers….lmao

      the indies were to make up fro the LACK of ps4 games….lmao

    • Holeybartender

      There’s always a lack of console games in every console launch in history,don’t give me that.

  • J.j. Barrington

    Congrats, Pramath. You’re as bad as Septic.

    • chaz

      ???
      I flat out say Jim is in the right here and his quote is being taken out of context.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Huh? So what’s that title?

    • chaz

      The title is what he says- and then the body goes on to say that what he says is right, and can only be misconstrued out of context.
      Did you not read the actual body?

  • Mr Xrat

    I love it when Xgimps who spent years downplaying indies and mocking the “Indiestation” take a statement out of context to try and drive up flailing consumer interest in the Xbox’s indie program.

    • Hvd

      lol


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