I used to really like Sony as a company.
My Walkman took the interminable commutes I had in high school and university and made them bearable. The second CD player I owned was a Sony. The first “next generation” console (one using disc media instead of cartridge) I owned was a Sony Playstation, and when the PS2 came out I bought it on launch day, soon after buying a Sony Wega TV to play it on.
But the past few years, maybe even the last decade, Sony seems to be doing its best to ruin any consumer good feeling and scare everyone away from their products.
The Sony hack-a-palooza is the latest and perhaps the most ignoble of a series of failures on Sony’s part. Others include
- Just about every Playstation 3 and PSP ad campaign with the exception of the “Kevin Butler” ads;
- Exploding laptop batteries;
- The ” David Manning ” scandal (where a fictitious film critic was listed as a reviewer in Columbia Pictures ads3);
- The rootkit copy protection issue on Sony BMG compact discs;
- Setting up 3D digital projectors with crippling DRM so that theatres end up leaving 3D lenses on for 2D movies ;
- The Geohotz campaign (which more than likely led to the current hacking state of affairs).
These issues are compounded by the fact that Sony, as a member of the MPAA , is working to cripple the digital world by lobbying to get all sorts of anti-piracy legislation passed around the world.
Sony used to be a company that built high-quality electronics and led the games industry in the depth and breadth of its console game offerings. Now they just seem like an electronics version of an American car company, running out of feet to shoot itself in.