It's no secret that PlayStation's top dogs aren't particularly active on social media. If you follow the likes of Hermen Hulst, Mark Cerny, and other higher-ups, you won't spot a whole lot of posts from them, in general. Shuhei Yoshida is the exception to the rule, but Jim Ryan, soon-to-be ex-CEO of the company, doesn't seem to have an X account at all, save for this parody profile (that people still seem to think is legit). However, there's a very good reason to follow at least one of these fellows — Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, has great profile avatars.
He used to have a pretty by-the-numbers, professional-looking headshot, the sort of image you'd see if he was doing an interview with a corporate magazine or something. However, at some point in 2021 following the launch of PS5, Hulst's profile pic became a cartoon depiction of the executive. Fairly innocuous, but certainly a big change from his nicely lit, stoic-faced photo from before.
However, what's so good is that this image changes every so often to reflect a different PlayStation-related release, and it's genius. Here are all the ones we've seen so far:
It's the fact the face remains basically the same with no change of expression, but it's altered enough that you recognise what series or game is being referred to. We have Ghost of Tsushima Hermen, Ratchet Hermen, Horizon Hermen, Death Stranding Hermen, and God of War Hermen. We've also been treated to Returnal Hermen, Demon's Souls Hermen, Gran Turismo 7 Hermen, Hermen wearing the PSVR2 headset, and most recently, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Hermen. Glorious.
Anyway, you get the idea. The best bit is that we have more of these goofy things to look forward to. The possibilities are endless, and we can't wait.
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