One conclusion I come to while following the gaming industry is that few people are more outspoken than developers. Even with Phil Fish and Tyrone Rodriguez putting Japanese games in a very negative spotlight, Journey developer Jenova Chen has something (mostly) positive to say about the Japanese side of the industry--specifically, the PlayStation Network, and how its offerings compare to Xbox Live Arcade and WiiWare.
"Sony has a more artistic and adult-focused taste. They care about how grown-ups feel toward their games.
"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."
Chen was of course referring to his own game, Journey, a surreal and beautiful game that redefines cooperative gameplay and exploration, which has become the fastest-selling game on PSN. Contrast that with the razor-sharp platforming of Trials Evolution and the manic brawler Castle Crashers (XBLA's two biggest-selling titles), and you can see where he's coming from... to a point.
Jack Buser, Senior Director of PlayStation Digital Platforms, had more to say:
"Our primary PSN audience is indeed more adult, and many of our best-selling titles appeal to this demographic. Many PlayStation and PSN games have themes that require a user to think and feel about a deep, immersive gameplay experience, and we see that exemplified in the success of titles like Flower, Journey, and Heavy Rain. Titles like these can only be found on PlayStation, and our users enjoy the emotional and thematic sophistication of their games, especially with our digital offerings."
Personally, I think this is kind of a stretch. I care enough about art to do a column on it every single week, but the system I play games on really doesn't factor into it. I find as much artistry in Mega Man 9's visuals as I do in its elegant design--something that Journey also handles exceptionally well. There's as much art to appreciate in playing a game as there is in navel-gazing over its themes.
What about you? Do you feel that the PSN's offerings outshine other console digital-distribution services in terms of "adult," artistic content?