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Josh Robinson - Image Courtesy PS3week
Josh Robinson talks about the scandal surrounding him, Sony and the Playstation 3

The people over at PS3week were able to get an interview with Josh Robinson, a former Sony 3D artist. I say “former” because an article that he posted online (which just so happened to be highly critical of Playstation 3 developmental systems) has gotten him fired. Here's a section from the original article in question [Courtesy Gamespot]:

I was very confident that it was going to just destroy the XBOX 360 just on the name SONY alone. The more time that goes by the more I am becoming doubtful. Everything I’ve developed or seen developed has yet to be “next gen”. The poly counts are not really any higher, im not seeing sub surface scattering, im not seeing much HDR lighting...I’m not seeing next gen fluid dynamics or object dynamics...We dont have a controller, there is no network code and there is no box. Its still the size of a normal PC.

Josh's article was found to violate the non disclosure agreement he signed with Sony, hence his firing. PS3week's interview covers Josh Robinson's newfound fame, whether he was bitter for any reason towards Sony, what brought him to comment on the Playstation 3 to an online audience of millions and what he is doing now after his shenanigans:

What precautions did you take to ensure that your story didn’t break your non-disclosure agreement with Sony?

Well whatever precautions I took didn’t seem to be enough eh? I’ve been doing this for 9 years and I’ve never once even come close to breaking NDA. In my own error, I assumed that it would be OK to give my opinion on what I believed to be public information. Sony has said very publicly that they are shipping in spring. All I said was, “hey I’d not want to miss the next E3 show.” I didn’t leak any shipping information or reveal any other intentions. I also talked about some technology that has been released publicly for almost a year.

In the end, Josh says that if he had it to do over again, he wouldn't. That being said, he has moved on to a higher paying job leaving Sony's Playstation 3 somewhat tarnished by his comments.

More here.  For additional details about Josh, feel free to check out the Google Cache from his former employer, and the bio on his current employer

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By Questar on 2/3/2006 9:22:20 AM , Rating: 2
Publicly lash out at your employers pre-eminent product.

What did the idiot think would happen?

RE: Idiot
By SpaceRanger on 2/3/2006 9:33:07 AM , Rating: 2
Idiot?? The guy got a higher paying job as a result. It's almost an ironic stroke of genius..

RE: Idiot
By littlebitstrouds on 2/3/2006 10:11:53 AM , Rating: 3
No matter how I feel about any company... it's not like Sony is doin anything illegal and this guy is liberating us... What he did was terrible for the company and completely wrong. I understand that you guys are happy for the "leak" but let's not justify this guy's poor character. Is this guy better off for it... yes. Are we... maybe. Would I ever hire this guy or anybody with loyalty issues for my company... no matter how talented, NO.

RE: Idiot
By Questar on 2/3/2006 10:19:51 AM , Rating: 2
Think about what you just said.

He obtained a higher paying job because of what he said.

I think not. He obtained a higher paying job because he was forced to get off his butt and get one.

Current Employer?
By Jackyl on 2/3/2006 10:40:57 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone notice the link to his current employer goes to DailyTech?

RE: Current Employer?
By tuteja1986 on 2/3/2006 11:14:41 AM , Rating: 2
lol , Sony are just hyper :! also that man didn't do crazy saying PS3is horrible.

RE: Current Employer?
By jlmadyson on 2/3/2006 1:43:11 PM , Rating: 2
Like he said most the info he stated was either public or already known by most just reading between the lines of analyst. When that story broke I was like not surprising my thoughts exactly. He is definitely the better for it with the higher paying job.

By Eomer of Aldburg on 2/3/2006 9:13:26 AM , Rating: 4
Josh Robinson You rock! Leave sony like you did cause you get more money! Sony's Ps3 can't compare to PC's. Long live computers over consoles!

By mircea on 2/3/2006 2:55:41 PM , Rating: 2
By what I read here the guy just complained that he isn't seeing what he was supposed to see at this stage of development of the PS3.
He is in the same position as me when I'm complaining on the progress of the church choir. And I'm the conductor no less.

By MDme on 2/3/2006 7:48:13 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think he broke the NDA. He didn't say anything that the public doesn't already know:

1) PS3 marketing hype
2) All the E3 2005 stuff where pre-rendered scenes - in an attempt to do another "emotion engine fiasco"
3) PS3 controller sucks
4) PS3 not going to make it to spring 2006 (remember back then when PS2 was rumored to be "coming out next week" - all the time.
5) did I already say, PS3 marketing hype

By 9nails on 2/4/2006 3:53:16 AM , Rating: 2
At this point, I'm not sure why Sony would even care! Come this holiday season, they're not even going to be in the same league as the $199 Nintendo Revolution.

Microsoft blew any chance of a head start with their craptastic launch of the Xbox 360. Sony is going to be marketing a high-end product against a product that nobody can buy (Xbox 360) and a product that drastically undercut's their price (Revolution). I would say that the playing field looks exactly the same as before these comments were made.

And put no mind to what was said, because it is nothing worse than what any Xbox fanboy has said about the PS3 already. But it sure seems to have struck a nerve with Sony! I would say their reaction could be proof that those comments are close to the truth. Perhaps Microsoft isn't the only company that is worried about a spectacular failure for their next-gen console launch!!?

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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