Are Gaming Mascots Really Necessary?
Gaming mascots are not too important, and it seems as if companies like Nintendo and Sega (who both have mascots) are doing the worse because their mascots are setting a somewhat childish approach towards consoles. Now I know that many people will e-mail me and tell me that mascots are "cool" or something like that, but I would have to disagree. As gamers mature, I think that they will be tired of seeing the same queer looking character over and over again, so that is why I hail Sony for not taking Crash's departing so personal, such as possibly buying him away from Universal, because as long as he appears on the PS2 that's all that matters. For you mascot lovers out there don't forget, Sony actually DOES have an official mascot, I bet you would've never guessed it... okay its Sweetooth! Yes Sweetooth from Twisted Metal, he is actually Sony's character and by far the best choice for a mascot although I know that Sony won't enlist him as one. The reason why, is because they wouldn't want to turn away parents with children or younger children in general, but for hardcore gamers who are tired of Mario an Sonic, Sony is the place to turn for their sadistic clown Sweetooth. The mature mascot hunt isn't over though, because Dark Cloud, Sony's first PS2 Action/Adventure/RPG game will star a character who has yet to remain unknown but has some incredibly mature characteristics. Just by looking at his face and character movement I can already tell that Sony's new character is surely to put one over Nintendo's Zelda, he is a basic human being looking character and his adventure is surely one that Sony promises you will never forget. Remember Dark Cloud is Sony's new franchise, and is also developed by Sony, so that means no body can take Dark Cloud away.
Let me end this editorial off by stating once again that mascots are usually geared towards children rather than mature gamers. Sony seems to be reversing the situation here, they have always had Sweetooth as a mascot aimed at more older gamers such as myself and they will resurrect him for the PS2 with Twisted Metal: Black. Then we have Dark Cloud, a tale of a young boy who has been kept as a big secret by Sony, the game looks extremely superb and I am expecting many exciting sequels of Dark Cloud in the future and hopefully Dark Cloud's character becomes the mascot for PS2, because he surely seems like the ideal gaming mascot, at least in my view.