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Posted: Feb 23rd 2008 12:17AM (Unverified) said

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Did they actually go ahead and try second life, maybe read the wikipedia article about it? Or for that matter, play any online games? Maybe they need to get out of the echo chamber.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2008 1:05AM (Unverified) said

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I can't figure out what the point of HOME is supposed to be. It sure looks pretty, but what are Playstation users going to do there?

Posted: Feb 25th 2008 4:21PM (Unverified) said

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The basic idea is to form a social space where people can chat, dance, find partners for online gaming, and sample/purchase content/clothing that can only be created by big brands/sponsors. That's as I understand it.
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Posted: Feb 23rd 2008 7:53AM Ghen said

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Home will be a quaint little SIMS game that you can fool around with before loading up the real thing. Mainly it will provide a transition area for online multiplayer games.

(at least in my eyes.. I dunno anything about it ;) )

Posted: Feb 23rd 2008 8:18AM Scopique said

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Considering a lot of PS3 owners I've read have been bad-mouthing the kiddy-sim of Home, I think this guy is way off base. If SL is "too garish" and MMOs are "too hardcore" (I nominate MapleStory for the most hardcore), I'd say Home is probably the most "pointless".

Posted: Feb 23rd 2008 11:56AM (Unverified) said

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Given this guy's job, you can't really expect him to say "I think it's terrible" can you?

It will be interesting to see what the user base of PS3 owners make of it. I rather suspect that many of those who are interested in virtual worlds will be users of Second Life, Habbo Hotel or similar. Will users used to them, start to use their PS3 for MUVE work too? I think it will be a "too" because their social networks in their other MUVEs won't all move with them (if you'll forgive the rhyming). If you use your PS3 for "taking down Paradise City" as their current game advert goes (if I've got my consoles right) will you want somewhere to sit down and make friends online?

Time will tell, no doubt.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2008 4:29PM (Unverified) said

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wait home is coming out next week? im sure i read that, that ture?

Posted: Feb 26th 2008 12:12AM (Unverified) said

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I want to know this as well.....where is there hardcore evidence that HOME is coming out next week?
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Posted: Feb 24th 2008 3:21PM (Unverified) said

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I think the key difference between Second Life and Home will be its aim at Casual Gamers. Don't get me wrong MMOs are very successful at the moment; but that is only because their is a market of players who want to pour time into the games.

If a virtual world can appeal to more casual gamers; whilst still giving the depth of a good MMO; then I think it will become instantly successful. Think Facebook in 3D

Posted: Feb 24th 2008 6:30PM (Unverified) said

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i think it's less about Sony wanting to "replace Second Life" and more about them recognizing that players want naturally to form communities in spaces they already inhabit. they also tend to want to be able to customize their identities in those places -- so having a profile page in Xbox Live is cool, for example, but having an actual avatar and living space to personalize arguably has the potential to be a "better" or more compelling experience for players.

i don't think Sony expects a teeming horde of gamers to actually go out and buy PS3s just to experience Home -- it's more about adding value to the online multiplayer experience that already exists there.

that said, this guy's comments are obviously marketing speak. regardless, i think Home is an interesting product -- kind of boring as implemented right now but has a ton of potential to become much cooler as features are added over time.

Posted: Feb 25th 2008 11:28AM (Unverified) said

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i'm late to the party here, and i hate to be the bearer of bad news - but Home will bury you.

between Home on the one hand and HiPiHi on the other, SL will go the way of The Well in a very short time.

(and yes, i know i'm not backing this up with any evidence, but sometimes some things are so self-evident that providing any further evidence is just redundant).

Posted: Feb 26th 2008 12:20AM (Unverified) said

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So I have to either learn Chinese, buy a PS3 or give up?

Just don't believe you. Although we've not heard anything about it from HiPiHi, I think of a lot of people will be wary of a game hosted in China where freedom of expression is far from guaranteed. I know it would be an issue for me.

Similarly, Home may, or may not, do well in the PS3 community (judging from the comments here, it's likely to be a mixed reaction even with those that have a PS3, so not that "sweeping all before it").

SL may well go the way of the dodo - my money would be on something like Darkstar or another MUVE that is still in development replacing it, rather than either of the ones you mention.

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Posted: Feb 26th 2008 12:12AM (Unverified) said

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Where is the evidence that HOME is coming out next week?

Posted: Feb 26th 2008 12:22AM (Unverified) said

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Pass. It was something I read that I may have misunderstood. I can find no firm evidence for the "next week" release date having checked around a bit more - but something I read when researching the piece made me think that.
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Posted: Feb 26th 2008 10:57AM (Unverified) said

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for me it sounded like they are just trash-talking against their competitors, nothing much than that

Posted: Feb 29th 2008 7:18PM (Unverified) said

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It's "Next Week" now :) Eloise, where is the huge Massively article saying: "Sony Home Launches and PS3 Enthusiasts Are Drooling Over It"? :)

Let's see, hmm... http://www.homebetatrial.com/ still uses the future tense when talking about the "closed beta". And that's all I found on Google besides the announcement (made late September) that it would be launched "Spring 2008" — which could mean "as early as March 22" or "as late as June 21".

Wait... this might be helpful: http://www.ripten.com/2008/02/25/playstation-home-released-march-20th/ which points to a countdown: http://www.colorize.net/home/

Who knows what "COLORiZE" is and how they're related to Sony Home? Their domain was registered through a French registrar. Searching through their site via Google, you won't find much (use +site:www.colorize.net)

... it just looks like a "placeholder domain" for doing some tests (most links are unavailable, but Google gratefully keeps them in cache).

So, well, this countdown might just be a demo that the COLORiZE company is doing for Sony... and not related to the actual launch date. As for the many images released by Sony of how Home will look like... well... one wonders if they're not simply done on a pretty decent renderer (Sony has plenty of those!) with some menus (and speech bubbles!) Photoshopped on top of them...

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