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

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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