Who is Sony's PS mascot?

Kratos 25 39.68%
 
Nathan Drake 20 31.75%
 
Ratchet and Clank 4 6.35%
 
Helghast 0 0.00%
 
Sackboy 7 11.11%
 
Other 7 11.11%
 
Total:63

None, PS is diverse for a reason. Sony gives the devs creative freedom to move on from any ip or stick with it like with Uncharted and God of War.



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I go for Ratchet & Clank as their mascots. I think that after Spider-Man, Insomniac should double down on a Ratchet & Clank game based on the Bogon galaxy and go even bigger with more arcs, introducing more characters like Ace Hardlight and Talwyn.



John2290 said:
Shiken said:

Alloy has been in one game  and cannot qualify as a mascot that represents generations of the Playstation brand.

By that logic why not cut Nathan drake and sackboy so, they've only been around a full gen. Why not just go with Spyro and Crash as they've been there since the start. Yes Aloy can qualify as a mascot in the same way Master chief did right off the bat for Xbox after only one game or how crash did for Ps1 straightafter the first game. She has been alongside the faces of advertising since the gamr released and continues to be there. 

Both Drake and Sackboy have appeared on multiple consoles (at least 3) and have had 4 or five games at least each.  They have become iconic over the past decade as well as featured in much of the brand advertising, and this is the difference.

 

Alloy is great, but she was only in one game, on one console, little over a year ago.  We have no idea how the IP will develop and significant amount of time would be required before we can see if she would truly qualify.  All others on the list have had that significant amount of time to make their mark, and they have.

 

Having one good game does not qualify representation of the entire Playstation legacy.  I am sorry, but that is just how it is.

 

To those saying Spiderman, he has been multiplatform until this one game.  I cannot see him as a Playstation mascot either.

 

To those saying no one fits the bill, lighten up...that is low hanging fruit.  We are looking at who MOST fits the bill, not an end all be all of who the mascot is.



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I voted Nathan Drake, but on reflection I actually think Spider-Man makes a much better mascot. Spider-Man actually has the widespread recognition that can compete with Mario. None of the other characters listed are anywhere close to either Spider-Man or Mario in recognition. Spider-Man is everywhere, and if Sony can get people to think about Playstation whenever they see Spider-Man then that would be a huge win for Sony.



Drake, Kratos, and R&C, imo.



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Depends who you talk to. They have too many to single one out.



Sony has none and I see it this way.

In nintendos case Mario is the mascot because he is a versitile character, not a one trick pony. Mario has been used in singel frame platformers, scrolling platformers, golf games, a tennis referee, a boxing referee, fotball games, baseball games, fighting games, puzzle games, racing games, party games etc. This helps building a strong brand around Mario (at a point in time Mario was more recognised than Mickey Mouse, I don’t know if this is true anymore tho). Most (almost all) people in the western world see Mario and know it’s that videogame character and in most cases specifically know it’s that Nintendo game character.

One of Segas failings is that they never made Sonic versitile, it was only a blue spikey character that could go fast. People that are not that invested into videogames will probably recognise it’s a videogame character, but probably won’t make the connection to Sega specifically. Sega should have stuck their guns to their original mascot Alex Kid but fudged it up in their 90ies effort to make a ”rad” mascot for all the ”mature” people playing Megadrive/Genesis. Sonics only saving grace is that he has been around since the 90ies.

Masterchief is just another generic GI Joe actionfigure for non gaming people. MCs brand recognition is close to 0 outside the gaming community.

All of above mentioned characters for team Sony are just one trick ponies and lack the versitility to create a mascot with a strong brand. R&C or Sackboy you probably would be able to make into mascots, buth the other ones nah.

You can always ask if sony needs a mascot and in short: probably not. But it wouldn’t hurt either.



Spindel said:
Sony has none and I see it this way.

In nintendos case Mario is the mascot because he is a versitile character, not a one trick pony. Mario has been used in singel frame platformers, scrolling platformers, golf games, a tennis referee, a boxing referee, fotball games, baseball games, fighting games, puzzle games, racing games, party games etc. This helps building a strong brand around Mario (at a point in time Mario was more recognised than Mickey Mouse, I don’t know if this is true anymore tho). Most (almost all) people in the western world see Mario and know it’s that videogame character and in most cases specifically know it’s that Nintendo game character.

One of Segas failings is that they never made Sonic versitile, it was only a blue spikey character that could go fast. People that are not that invested into videogames will probably recognise it’s a videogame character, but probably won’t make the connection to Sega specifically. Sega should have stuck their guns to their original mascot Alex Kid but fudged it up in their 90ies effort to make a ”rad” mascot for all the ”mature” people playing Megadrive/Genesis. Sonics only saving grace is that he has been around since the 90ies.

Masterchief is just another generic GI Joe actionfigure for non gaming people. MCs brand recognition is close to 0 outside the gaming community.

All of above mentioned characters for team Sony are just one trick ponies and lack the versitility to create a mascot with a strong brand. R&C or Sackboy you probably would be able to make into mascots, buth the other ones nah.

You can always ask if sony needs a mascot and in short: probably not. But it wouldn’t hurt either.

Excellent post. Also IMO Mario and Sonic come from an era were Video Games were marketed almost exclusively towards children and young teens. Having a cute marketable character helped. To be Fair to Sonic the 2-D iterations were excellent and so was the cartoon series around its lore. Mario had few missteps in that area including that one awful live action movie .

Nintendo did much better creating different games in different genres utilizing the Mario Brand, games which were also critically excellent such as Mario kart. Most importantly perhaps Mario was a able to make a spectacular transition into the 3-D realm, where as Sonic Adventure was a good game but not an all time great title. Mario Party, Mario Tennis etc. We're very good games even in the begginng. Heck Mario RPG is considered a classic proving that Nintendo was very cautious  with it's franchise character. Sonic had a few spins off that were mediocre like Sonic R or terrible like the one Sonic title that was a Mario Party clone... I had it on DC and I even forgot its name lol.