Do PS3 gamers appreciate art more than others?
According to Journey developer and co-founder of thatgamecompany Jenova Chen, PlayStation gamers are more mature and appreciate the aesthetic nature of artistic titles more than owners of Microsoft or Nintendo consoles.
Does this appeal more to PS3 owners? In an interview with VentureBeat
, Jenova Chen has looked at the library of games offered on the PSN and decided that "Sony has a more artistic and adult-focused taste."Chen said that Sony "cares about how grown-ups feel towards their games." The two best selling XBLA titles are Castle Crashers and Trials Evolution, while Journey is the fastest selling title on the PSN. Does this support Chen's claim? Castle Crashers and Trials Evolution may not fit into Chen's definition of "artistic", or serve the highbrow audience of Journey, but is it fair to imply that Xbox and Nintendo gamers are less intellectual than their PlayStation counterparts as a result?
According to VentureBeat, Microsoft and Nintendo did not wish to comment on the claims, but Sony had no problem agreeing with Chen. Senior director of PlayStation digital platforms Jack Buser told VentureBeat that "our primary PSN audience is indeed more adult, and many of our best-selling titles appeal to this demographic."
Buser goes on to say that many PlayStation and PSN exclusive titles have themes that require players to think about a deep and immersive gameplay experience. This theory is highlighted by the success of games such as Flower, Heavy Rain and Journey - according to Buser.
Chen's final claim is that "the player who owns a PlayStation 3 [and is playing PSN titles] is more likely to be interested in artistic games compared to Wii and Xbox 360." With no stats to support these claims, it's probably fairer to say that gamers are more drawn to a title that looks great and offers a good gameplay experience, rather than what looks to be an "artistic" title, but that's just our opinion.
What do you think of Chen's claims? Does PlayStation breed intellectual gamers? Is it fair to state that Sony cares about the adult gaming market more than Microsoft or Nintendo? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.