Although I see you play a whole lot of Halo based on your post history, I can’t call you a fanboy. I agree with most of what you say, but the industry changing is not just Sony. All the consoles are tailoring their games to western audiences. I live in America, but would personally much rather have the old PlayStation of rpg and risk taking, however, that’s just not the way the industry is any more. Times and things change, it’s how all entertainment has worked, including music and movies. Feel free to blame Jim Ryan, but the only way to stay relevant is to change with the times.Not just him, but the policies and general direction PlayStation has chosen to go in such as abandoning their Japanese traditional roots, traditional studios such as SCEJ, and more. Jim Ryan, in his actions, does not respect PlayStation's history so why should I? By proxy, Sony giving PlayStation to America has changed the focus of the platform from a delicate, unique balance of western and Japanese titles. It's why PlayStation has always been on top by virtue of the eclectic assortment of titles they provided. Both Parappa (Japanese) and Siphon Filter (western) were PlayStation titles. The diversity of their studio alignment alotted the PS brand to be as mainstream (Uncharted) or as experimental (Flower) as they wanted. This change in priorities to chase after western eyeballs in particular and American dollars specifically at the expense of PS' diverse portfolio goes against PS tradition. PlayStation always invested in properties that were experimental just as much as they invested in what could be popular. It's why they were always my favorite platform. Even their mainstream investments like Final Fantasy VII (original) were massive risks. A full fledged marketing campaign for a turn-based RPG in 1997? On consoles? Outside of Japan? Modern Sony, at Jim Ryan's charge, is only invested in creating Hollywood-esque romps at the expense of the PlayStation branded experimentalism which tied with their mainstream pursuits was their bread and butter. Sony published games like Rule of Rose, Journey, Flower, ICO, Demon's Souls, Tokyo Jungle, Gravity Rush as well as games like Uncharted, Killzone, Gran Turismo. Jim Ryan at his own admission has been a part of that shift given his remarks about Backwards Compatibility being useless and the mere notion that playing old games is pointless. A man like that leading the PS brand does a lot of damage undoing the values that PlayStation has had since its inception and deserves scorn and not a reward. I will not purchase a PS5 until they reverse course and respect their roots.
But sure, label me an Xbox fanboy. I'll play on Series X and Nintendo Switch instead. Fuck Jim Ryan.