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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:30 am    Post subject: PS3Week Interviews Fallen PS3 Developer Reply with quote

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Josh Robinson talks about the scandal surrounding him, Sony and the Playstation 3

The people over at PS3week were able to get an interview with Josh Robinson, a former Sony 3D artist. I say ďformerĒ because an article that he posted online (which just so happened to be highly critical of Playstation 3 developmental systems) has gotten him fired. Here's a section from the original article in question [Courtesy Gamespot]:

I was very confident that it was going to just destroy the XBOX 360 just on the name SONY alone. The more time that goes by the more I am becoming doubtful. Everything Iíve developed or seen developed has yet to be ďnext genĒ. The poly counts are not really any higher, im not seeing sub surface scattering, im not seeing much HDR lighting...Iím not seeing next gen fluid dynamics or object dynamics...We dont have a controller, there is no network code and there is no box. Its still the size of a normal PC.

Josh's article was found to violate the non disclosure agreement he signed with Sony, hence his firing. PS3week's interview covers Josh Robinson's newfound fame, whether he was bitter for any reason towards Sony, what brought him to comment on the Playstation 3 to an online audience of millions and what he is doing now after his shenanigans:

What precautions did you take to ensure that your story didnít break your non-disclosure agreement with Sony?

Well whatever precautions I took didnít seem to be enough eh? Iíve been doing this for 9 years and Iíve never once even come close to breaking NDA. In my own error, I assumed that it would be OK to give my opinion on what I believed to be public information. Sony has said very publicly that they are shipping in spring. All I said was, ďhey Iíd not want to miss the next E3 show.Ē I didnít leak any shipping information or reveal any other intentions. I also talked about some technology that has been released publicly for almost a year.

In the end, Josh says that if he had it to do over again, he wouldn't. That being said, he has moved on to a higher paying job leaving Sony's Playstation 3 somewhat tarnished by his comments.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch. 360 FTW.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn. We hear it from one of the ex-employees of Sony. This actually surprises me.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, if it was coming from a 3rd party developer it wouldn't seem so bad... but straight from a Sony employee's mouth? Ouch.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yea, if it was coming from a 3rd party developer it wouldn't seem so bad... but straight from a Sony employee's mouth? Ouch.


Could this mean that Sony is only talk and no walk?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where have you been? Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Where have you been? Laughing


Please. I'm still angry at something I will post later.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cant wait to see what gets released in spring.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seidon wrote:
I cant wait to see what gets released in spring.


A box with wires that says "Playstation 3" on the lid.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing. Laughing

I could tell you that right now. I haven't seen or heard ANYTHING new about the PS3 since last year's E3. I'll be surprised if they happen to have something prepared for this year's E3. They can't get by with pre-rendered crap anymore. People are going to be expecting gameplay footage and demo's. I wonder if Sony can deliver?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They deliver. Oh yeah they deliver. A package which holds one thing:

DISAPPOINTMENT.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They just need to go back to the drawing board with the PS3. Laughing

Watch that be their E3 announcement.

"Welcome everyone. On behalf of Sony I have an important announcement. It seems we didn't have a CLUE what we were doing with the PS3's design. Thus, we're going back to square one. Don't expect the PS3 until Late 2007/Early 2008."~Kaz Hirai

Seriously, they need to go back to square one. After reading about the PS3 more and more for several months the machine seems like a hybrid rather than a pure gaming machine. Sure, 360 has a lot of other features but gaming is the main focus, so all the bells and whistles are just nice add-ons. With the PS3, it's the exact opposite.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found some more on that site (yes I am calmed down for those who care): http://www.ps3week.com/blogs/index.php?blog=7&title=a_hands_on_look_at_ps3_development&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

Sony would be wise to SKIP this generation. If they fail now, they will fail HARD. VERY HARD.

Damn, I imagine how it goes there:

CHOOSE YOUR DIFFICULTY:

Easy

Normal

Hard

Very Hard

Only Sony

And that is on the development.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, "Only Sony" is the only option for the PS3. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sabotage wrote:
Well, "Only Sony" is the only option for the PS3. Laughing


See what I mean? Sony bites of more then they can swallow. If they have to experience this the hard way, I will not feel sorry for them.
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