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Sony's House wants female devs on PS4

Sony's House wants female devs on PS4

Fri 05 Apr 2013 7:40am GMT / 3:40am EDT / 12:40am PDT
Hardware

“Not going down the route of making the console pink" to attract female gamers

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Sony Computer Entertainment's president and chief executive Andrew House has spoken briefly about how the company plans to make the new PlayStation 4 console more attractive to female and casual gamers.

"We are not going down the route of making the console pink of course," he told The Sun.

"I think the key is to have people - and increasingly women - with different sensibilities creating different games. It is not all about shoot 'em up games."

He also suggested that the touchpad on the consoles controller would make it a more attractive platform for casual games.

"The key is getting games developers - who are going to make the next Angry Birds - excited about the PS4. And they are."

Recently the consoles lead system architect, Mark Cerny, also explained how this time around Sony had built a much more developer friendly machine.

6 Comments

Helen Merete Simm Senior UI Artist, Codemasters

49 262 5.3
Wait so making a console pink is considered a normal approach to attracting females??? COME ON.

Posted:A year ago

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Chiara Pasquini Global Submission Manager, 505 Games

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Wait so making a console pink is considered a normal approach to attracting females??? COME ON.
Well, there is an alarming trend of thinking that dumbing down something and making it pink is a way to attract women. There are so many pink and dumbed down things that one starts to think that may be because the people making the products don't have any idea of any other way to attract women.

The dumbest one I have seen, outside of the industry was a pen. It was no different from any other pen by the same manufacturer, except for being pink. And that, apparently was what was making it a "pen for ladies". The ads said something like "Hey, look, ladies, we've made this pen bright pink! It is special for you!".

I think his point was that they want to make sure that women's point of view is being taken in consideration, rather than following the trend of just assuming that women like frilly things and making their own console pink.

My interpretation, of course...

Posted:A year ago

#2

Micaiah Stevens Owner & Freelance Game Designer, Haven Studios LLC

13 6 0.5
Begs the question Why Not? It can't be THAT expensive to make a specific colored console. You sell various colors ALL the time, different brands and special editions. Why just talk like you want to do something, DO something. I'd probably get one as well.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Micaiah Stevens on 5th April 2013 4:33pm

Posted:A year ago

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Chiara Pasquini Global Submission Manager, 505 Games

10 40 4.0
The point isn't the colour of the console.
Of course having different colours isn't a bad thing per se.

The point is "Doing something MORE than just making the console pink", meaning, actually hiring women, let them express their opinion and take decision, make sure that the content is appealing for women, too.
And making pink and glittery games and pink and glittery consoles is neiter the best, nor the only way to make a product that appeals women. Actually, it gets annoying after a while.

Posted:A year ago

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Bonnie Patterson Freelance Narrative Designer

160 434 2.7
So far, "making it pink" has been a normal approach - a really stupid approach, but the usual one.

For example: Bic for Her How did I ever cope without a pink biro?

In a similar vein, anyone remember "Science! It's a girl thing!" We should like science because it's like nail polish!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Bonnie Patterson on 5th April 2013 6:19pm

Posted:A year ago

#5

Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Sony's House wants female devs on PS4
And I want to win the Powerball lottery. Which one of us do you think is going to succeed first?

Posted:A year ago

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