Welcome to Interview Reenactment, where we recreate some of the greatest video game interviews of all time.
Today's episode reenacts Next Generation magazine's 1995 interview with Steve Race, the head of Sony Computer Entertainment of America. This interview takes place mere months before Sony released the PlayStation, their first of a long line of game consoles. Back in 1995, the PlayStation's success was far from a sure thing. Not only was this Sony's first foray into the murky waters of manufacturing a game console, but the titles they had developed for the Genesis, Super NES and Sega CD were far from the quality you would hope for from a first-party developer. How does Steve Race answer these charges? Find out in this brand new episode of Interview Reenactment.
Steve Race had reason to be confident. While the competition was quick to underestimate Sony, the PlayStation would go on to dominate the 32- and 64-bit generation. Sega's Saturn didn't make it more than three years in the U.S. and the Nintendo 64 was dogged by expensive cartridges. Considered the hip choice for a gaming audience transitioning into adulthood, the PlayStation dominated through the mid to late 1990s. The company would go on to sell more than 100 million consoles, with Nintendo only selling 33 million and Sega not even cracking 10 million units.
Unfortunately, Steve wasn't around long enough to enjoy the spoils of victory. In fact, he abruptly left the company one month before the PlayStation's September 9 launch. Three days later he became the CEO of Spetrum HoloByte, a company best known for their flight combat simulators on computer and Soldier of Fortune on 16-bit consoles. Spectrum HoloByte eventually went out of business in 1998, just three years after Steve Race took over. I'm not sure he made the right call.
We would like to thank Next Generation magazine for not only running this interview, but also asking challenging questions. This episode would not have been possible without the editors at Next Generation, as well as Steve Race.
I would also like to thank Brad Gallaway for taking on the role of Steve Race. And don't forget to check out his website, GameCritics.com. They have a lot of good people working over there and a lot of great reviews going up all the time.