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Posted: Dec 10th 2008 3:16PM (Unverified) said

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I guess I'll just have to see what it's about before making judgements, but there still doesn't seem like a whole lot to DO in Home. And I'm saying that as a There player. I probably wouldn't have stuck around There as long as I did if you couldn't build wherever you wanted in the world, or do things like hoverboard race.

This just seems like a cardboard virtual appartment in a sterile 3D chatroom, with nothing but lame lobby games to keep you occupied while you wait to play real games.

The idea of keeping trophies in your pad is kinda neat, but only if there's reason to be in your pad at all.

Posted: Dec 10th 2008 5:23PM Arashikou said

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Yeah, I mean - what, do you have to go up to random people and say "Hey, I need you to drop by my pad so I can show off my e-peen." That sounds creepy no matter how you slice it.
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Posted: Dec 10th 2008 8:02PM (Unverified) said

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in contrast, i've used both the euro-disney-village and the US-mall-village versions of home (beta), and it's distinctly less tragic than the apartment stills,


as for a comparison, the beta-euro village is a lot nicer, the koi pond is a nice touch and the chess/checkers tables nearby are where most people gravitate once they've had enough of the trailers for sony games/movie titles blasting away when you walk up to them. (i think most people just hang around the girl avatars though), but

visually, everyone looks ... "final fantasy spirits within" creepy, the stilted avatars arrive direct from the uncanny valley, or perhaps second life. the loading screens aren't too brutal, and everyone looks identical. so yes, second life-lite.

i still prefer the US version because, while it's put up alcoves and nooks for breaking up the fact it's a wasteland of metal and glass towers and a single water feature to dress up the giant far cry 2 trailer screen, it does has the "dance" console, a place where you could feasibly upload BPM-matched license-free content from mp3.com, so you can all pretend to dance to the same song, whils't doing other things, or allowing people to actually chat on your game headset to the people in your 12 ft of personal virtual space, rather than using emotes or text messages at the speed of SMS messaging i.e. 3 words a minute.

so, either the US one needs a koi pond/lake/fountain etc. or the euro one needs a dance or stage area. perhaps by release, one of those will be inserted in the other, perhaps not. it is still a sony product.

as for the future of Home, it's still quite hinged on providing things to do (that are fun) in the space provided, besides portable bubble-blowing machines or the inevitable $90 (US or linden/sony dollars) outfits to distinguish it from second-life-lite,

fun is something that MMO's tend to forget in the rush to "explore" or "interact", and the few games on display are rudimentary, i.e. pool, bowling, arcades, etc. they are still fun to play, just challenging in the 'i can't believe how retarded this is/i am at this' fashion of rudimentary arcade games. it could be conversation starting, it usually is, but more in the way of 'god, you/i/we suck at this' but with more emotes and swearing.

but, after an hour or so of tinkering, it's still something you "might" come back to, if there was perhaps something you could take in or take out of the place.

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