Console launches are emotional events — for gamers and game makers. And tonight in Seoul, one PlayStation exec broke down and wept.
This is Shiro Kawauchi, the head of Sony Computer Entertainment Korea. Speaking in his native Japanese and getting choked up in the process, Kawauchi talks about how PlayStation fans have been waiting days for the PS4 launch event and recalls meeting gamers throughout the country. It all appears very inspiring!
"I truly thank you for coming out today in this cold weather," said Kawauchi. Then, in Korean, Kawauchi added, "I love you all. Please show your love for PlayStation 4 as well. Thank you!"
It feels like there's so much more at play here. Relations between South Korea and Japan have soured, and this is a country where PC gaming rules and consoles don't. Here, a Japanese Sony employee appears genuinely moved by Korean PlayStation fans — something that's so evident even if you don't speak either language.
This is one of those moments when you say, aren't video games wonderful? Yes, yes they are.