It isn't a shame. Not everybody likes Kojima or Miyamoto, and vice versa. What he said though is still valid, as Naughty Dog has yet to make a game that wasn't favored by many, and are known for taking advantage of said hardware, as many devs do not. They deserve as much praise as any other developer who WORKS HARD to earn their hefty paychecks.
Respect to Naughty Dog.
That said, just because they work hard to make good games, doesn't mean they have the talent to make the best games, and they haven't proven they have that talent so far.
IMO, this has to be the MOST subjective comment I've read in 2009, as MANY people disagree with you. In fact, the majority of your post is YOUR OPINION. I just don't get your downplaying of one of the industry's most respected developers.
I mean, you're entitled to your opinion, I just personally find it preposterous.
Explain your opinion then. How has Naughty Dog proven that they have the talent to make the best games? Name the games, or any specific instance in a game where they have proven that they could make something as good as Secret of Mana, FFVII, OOT, LTTP, Half-Life?
Where are these epic games that prove their omnipotence in gaming, because I must have missed them.
Surely you don't mean Rachet and Clank?
What is your favorite Naughty Dog game?
As far as your assertion that ND is one of the industries most respected developers, they certainly are. They have a great work force and great people. They are very much respected for putting out great content. However, nobody thinks their games are the best games they've every played. Even you, a huge PS3 and ND fan, seem to be reluctant to name one of their games as "contender for best game ever."
Are any of them even close to contention for that presigious title?
Wouldn't you feel ashamed for listing any of their games in that hallowed hall?
Another thing, longevity, to be "the best developer ever" you can't be a relatively new company. IMO, you have to prove yourself over a significant period of time, relative to competition. Would you disagree?
Why am I being framed as the evil one here? Just because I won't accept the claims that ND is as good as Valve, without some sort of explination, that no one seems willing or capable to give?
Can you at least explain your opinion, with a real life example.