Industry events and conventions like San Diego Comic Con aren’t just a chance to oogle on our favorite games, but also for industry professionals of all affiliations to meet and exchange ideas, and even to play with each other’s games and consoles.
Do you remember when Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida checked out Hololens at E3? Yesterday’s Microsoft Xbox Live Director of Programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb returned the favor at SDCC, returned the favor.
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) July 11, 2015
Of course Yoshida-san immediately thanked him for the visit:
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) July 11, 2015
But it doesn’t end there. Hryb was caught on camera by Reddit user falconbox happily playing with Sony’s VP of Publisher & Developer Relations Adam Boyes.
Hryb also explained the situation:
“This was at a Disney Infinity event at Comic Con. We were playing a kart style racing game.
Did I mention I won ? :)”
“It was a fun event ! Regarding fanboyism – this industry (and the world) is what we make it. Why make it filled with hate or anger? Let’s just play some games, have some laughs and a whole lot of fun.”
He then went on to mention what the two have in common:
“What we do have in common though is our love of games and interactive story telling.”
That led to a question from a fan on whether he liked The Last of Us:
“It was a very well done title. Yes.”
As usual, industry professionals show that working on rival consoles doesn’t necessarily mean staring each other down from opposite trenches. Maybe gamers should learn from their exampls.