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Is Sony Out of the Closet?
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on August 03, 2005   |   Episode 58 (Show Archive)  

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If you've spent any amount of time reading game forums or listening to people on Xbox Live, chances are you've run into somebody who thinks "Sony is gay." They don't get give any reasons, they don't care what other people think - they just know Sony is gay, and that's all that matters. But what if I were to tell you that this 13 year old English major might actually be right, Sony just might actually be gay!

I know it's hard to believe; after all, large corporations rarely have a sexual identity and it's not like we're questioning Microsoft's manliness. But if you can keep an open mind you may see how Sony is giving us clues to which team they bat for.

Man amoung women
Hey, what's Wonder Woman doing there? Oh Diana Prince, I never knew!
It all started with Sony's recent PSP firmware update, a new upgrade that gives all users the ability to browse the internet. Although the program is fairly basic, it does allow you to bookmark pages, set a home page, and even keeps a log of your history. But it also features an odd looking rainbow, one that looked familiar to me ... but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

The rest of the day was spent testing out different pages and seeing what the PSP update would allow me to do. As I surfed Sony's website I was struck by how frequently I saw that rainbow, often adding a color or two. On the official PlayStation site there's that rainbow, on Sony's corporate site there's the rainbow, I started to wonder if the rainbow was on every single page ... and then it hit me; I recognized the rainbow and realized what Sony was trying to tell me.

Sony is gay! Not in some derogatory kind of way, Sony is waving the Gay Pride Flag and has finally mustered up the courage to come out of the closet. For those unfamiliar with the Gay Pride Flag, it's one of the most recognizable symbols in the gay and lesbian community. These days you can pick them up in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and millions of Americans proudly display their flags and stickers on their vehicles. Could Sony be one of the people proudly displaying their Gay Pride Flag?

PlayStation Global Navigation
If you go by the Gay Pride Flag, those colors would mean: Light, Sun, Nature, Harmony!
Readers with a good eye will notice right away that Sony's rainbow is minus a color or two. But that's okay, as each of the six colors represents a different meaning - life, healing, sun, nature, harmony, and spirit. So far the only thing Sony seems to be missing is spirit (violet) and healing (orange) ... which would certainly make sense, judging by how many times I've had to buy another PlayStation 2. The PSP's web browser is missing nature (green), which is ironic since we're dealing with a portable game system.

Of course, we could just be reading too much into Sony's predilection for rainbows. Maybe they are hoping for a pot of gold at the end of their rainbow, or perhaps they have their own special meaning for the colors. But somehow even if that's what Sony says we still aren't going to believe them. There is nothing wrong with coming out and admitting that you are homosexual, Defunct Games accepts you for whatever you are. Heck, as we go into the next few decades of our industry it could be Sony's queer eye that keeps them fashionable and in demand. Whatever the case is we congratulate you Sony on your brave admission, and we hope you don't get too much grief from your parents and friends. Just remember, if they can't accept you for who you are, perhaps they weren't your friends in the first place.


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