Harry Freedoff is
the General Manager of Playstation Canada, and he
is responsible for the promotions of Playstation
products. the following interview gives some new
insight to the new games from Playstation and 989
console is without a doubt, THE BEST CONSOLE. How
do you contribute Playstation's success despite
the competition from Nintendo 64?
"Playstation is a well-known company and we
are responsible for 20% of the profits of Sony.
Playstation offers quality products. For example,
our new product, Dual Shock does not need
batteries and offers different levels of
challenge. In addition, the number of games
becoming available each month is growing by leaps
Crash Bandicoot 3
appears to be your newest hit. Has Crash
delivered the amount of success desired by the
are satisfied with the addition of the game Crash
Bandicoot 3 to our Family of Games. Some
innovations were necessary in making this version
and we are delighted with its success and that
the personage of Crash has had such
About 989 Studio,
is this an independent company or is it an
addition to the Playstation Family?
Studio is an integrated company of Playstation.
Currently, it includes 989 Sports which is
devoted to the conception of games for the
hockey, baseball and the football enthusiast,
such as Game Day 99. We publish several games
each year and we enjoy the collaboration of 989
Studios and many other companies in making these
coming to the market soon. How do you think this
competitor will impact your market?
the technological advances of the day, we have no
choice but to progress. We are currently working
on the conception of Playstation 2 which will
offer new innovations in graphics and quality of Downloading.
We believe our new console will be able to rise
above all others in the tradition of our current
to be doing a lot of promotional tours in Quebec
these days. Why is that?
Playstation have noticed that Quebec is a booming
market for video games. A large number of our
consumers are from Quebec, and thus, we feel the
need to be present in this area to contribute to
the continuation of that success. We also wish to
be near events taking place in Quebec to assure
the publicity of our products.
Can You Project a
Future for Playstation in Canada?
a future here in
Canada is anticipated. For the moment, we wish to
assure the promotion of our new titles at events
here. In addition, we will be present for the
opening of the store Hobby Virtuel in La Place
Versaille and will offer the availability of our
Playstion machine, promotional materials and
demonstrations of Crash Bandicoot 3, Spyro and
Thank You For
Your Time. How Has Your Trip to Montreal Gone?
exhausting for I am only here for two days and I
have several places to visit in conjunction with
the promotion of Playstation. Nevertheless, I am
very happy and enthusiastic to see the interest
people have for our products here. We are taking
great interest in what hardcore gamers have to
say. Montréal is a beautiful city and
we are delighted to find that there are as many
video gamers here as there are in all of the
remainder of Quebec."