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Launch title subsidies and more: David Jaffe interviewed

Posted on 03/02/2019 | in 杭州夜生活 | by

1up has just interviewed God of War mastermind David Jaffe, and I think it's a must-watch video. You can read a little bit of the interview, but catch the video for the entire thing. I was just thinking about what deals must be going on behind closed doors to get launch titles out the door with guaranteed lost sales on systems with a low installed base, and hearing David Jaffe talk about the money that must change hands is intriguing. Of course, David Jaffe has to use the "f-word" in there a few times, so be aware. HangZhou Night Net

There are some hardball questions, and Jaffe throws it back just as hard. While I disagree with many of the points, Jaffe puts forth the Sony gameplan in a way that's intelligent and makes a lot of sense for gamers. I've wondered before if Sony was ever going to find a good evangelist for their gaming platform, and I think David Jaffe might be a good choice. Not that he's very clean or safe for work in how he talks, but he loves games and loves the company he's with. It's also refreshing to hear points from Sony that put the company in a positive light and aren't the party line I've become accustomed to. Plus he bashes 1up's servers, and that's hilarious.

My issues? I don't think that there needs to be an "iron curtain" between third-party and the first-party developers; you can bring third parties close in order to help them deliver the best games they can and still protect your IP. I think Microsoft understands the casual market very, very well with the 360. I also dislike how Jaffe brings up 1080p multiple times when there isn't a lot of 1080p content for the system yet. I do love his answer about the power of the 360: to paraphrase, he says that the PS3 is more powerful, that some people disagree, and that time will tell.

It's worth your time, and I'm interested in what you think about the questions and answers.

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