PSN is dead. All hail the new SEN.
From the out-of-left-field portion of today’s news stories, Sony has officially announced that in a scant amount of time (likely before you even read this) the Playstation Network brand will be dead and gone. In its wake will be the newly-christened SEN, or “Sony Entertainment Network”.
Sony, explaining its decision to change the name, stated:
“This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering… this helps us get closer to our goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.”
Maybe I’m just afraid of change, but I can’t help but feel…uncomfortable by this news. Sony itself, though a company with some decent electronics, isn’t exactly one with a stellar reputation across the board. In fact, one may be so bold as to say that the Playstation brand is the best thing Sony has going for it right now, and to kill off its singular title name in order to further position Sony’s plans for a pan-media service outlet seems…unwholesome to my puritanical gaming sensibilities. Plus the new logo looks terrible, it’s like a lens flare attacked a rainbow.
I’m likely just crazy, though. A year from now no one’s going to even remember the antiquated PSN name, everyone’ll be happy with their new shiny, new SEN accounts, and once again I’ll be alone on my virtual porch, yelling at punk kids and reminiscing about the good ol’ days.