Alternative meanings for PlayStation’s buttons
The true meanings were revealed the other day, but we weren’t impressed. We have some better suggestions for what triangle, square, circle and cross really mean.
The designer of PlayStation, Teiyu Goto, has explained the thinking behind the system’s iconic button layout, bringing us into a whole new world of understanding. As he said:
“The triangle refers to viewpoint; I had it represent one’s head or direction and made it green. Square refers to a piece of paper; I had it represent menus or documents and made it pink. The circle and X represent ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision-making and I made them red and blue respectively. People thought those colors were mixed up, and I had to reinforce to management that that’s what I wanted.”
But, well – they’re a bit too boring for us. So we’ve come up with our own suggestions for what the buttons could mean. GO:
Triangle: If it was a red triangle it would mean ‘warning’, but as it’s a green one it means ‘everything is great’. This constantly reminds the player that things are actually good, and offers them a confidence boost throughout all the time they are gaming, thus proving once and for all games are good for you.
Square: The square, looking as it does like a box, makes the player think of a box, which is made from cardboard. Cardboard is recyclable – thus the player is made to think of recycling, and remembers they should always recycle. In short: the square button saves the world.
Circle: The meaning of this is Simba, with the button representing life, love, loss, exile, befriending a singing warthog, coming of age, returning from exile and eventually causing the death of your uncle, voiced by Jeremy Irons. Well, it’s a better reason than “it means yes”.
Cross: This button is to be pressed whenever you are angry – or ‘cross’ – thus supplanting any need to argue with anyone on the internet ever again. After all, if it’s all been boiled down to a single button press, why would you bother?
Now any of those explanations would have been much more exciting, we’re sure you’d agree.