Listening to feedback is great, but forming your own feedback is valuable as well. On Twitter (via games.on.net) Xbox’s Phil Spencer paid a compliment to the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios for playing his own games. Spencer also added “our industry is better when more people who made decisions on games play.”
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 4, 2015
Spencer is right to compliment another major face in gaming and his sentiment behind the compliment is correct. You can get as much feedback as you want from other people but playing games yourself, especially for your own enjoyment not just as a job, helps make gaming better. It’s a bit like baseball statisticians making personnel decisions. Sure, you can study sabermetrics to inform your decisions, but sometimes you just have to look at something live with your own eyes.