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Posted: Jan 11th 2009 9:03AM (Unverified) said

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You see here is the thing, it is only an open beta, its missing a lot of features, and its main issue is there is no reason for anyone to actually go on it, ive persuaded everyone i know wiht a PS3 to go on it, all they do is look around, say 'yeh this is cool, but now im going to be back to , theres little excitement there, its really just one big room, with a few minigames, and since there are no leaderboards e.t.c. there is no reason to come back, the thing is lacking in features, you cant launch games, most shops are non existant and those that arein have very few items for sale (and who wants to spend £1.59 on a virtual stool anyway?) so pretty much you look at it once, think 'yeh thats cool' and never go on it again

Posted: Jan 11th 2009 10:06AM GRT said

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I had the same experience, except for the "yeah, thats cool" bit.

It's pretty much shite. Even the new Red Bull Air Race thing... you go there and want to fly a plane, but only a limited number of people can fly. So you mill about near the planes and hope to get a pop-up saying Air Race (it isn't like there's a queue you can add your name to or anything). Meanwhile you're stuck listening to a bunch of 8 year olds (apparently) yammer on about nonsense.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2009 8:30PM (Unverified) said

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Absolutely nothing worthwhile to do, really. Given that it's a beta, but most MMOs launch earlier phases of their games with more features than this.

The visuals are decent, at least.

Posted: Jan 12th 2009 8:42AM (Unverified) said

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Lots of potential in Home, but they really need to start finding it quickly. An amusement park area would be good. Rides, mini-games, and prizes. They should look at There.com to get some ideas. Hoverboards, dune buggies, pets, hoverbikes, hovercars. A game like Afrika should be attached to Home, along with other "virtual trips". And for the love of God, switch up the ingame tunes every once in a while. Better yet, bring in some streaming music, and give everyone a virtual Walkman to use in public spaces. In your personal space, different music genre stations would be available once you buy a sound system. Maybe in some public spaces, put in jukeboxes that don't cost anything, but let each person play only on song at a time. Damn. I'm ramblin. Peace.

Posted: Jan 11th 2009 9:55PM (Unverified) said

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Its terrible. I logged on for about 5 minutes, downloaded a couple of the areas, tried to shop, tried to bowl, watched male subs surround the single female in the main area, and then quit.

Posted: Jan 12th 2009 3:38AM (Unverified) said

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In my opinion, here's the problem: The idea behind home seems to be let's build some real estate that will attract corporations to build here and they'll attract customers by building perfect little worlds for lots of perfect people to live in. Anybody detect what's wrong with the assumptions in this proposition yet? Hint: Disneyland is a fun place to visit once or twice, but would you really want to live there?

The problem is, obviously, there's not a real big need for perfection in cyberville. If fact, it's a complete misunderstanding of the concept. Home is fiction. Ever read a book of fiction that entertained people with perfect people living perfect lives in a perfect world? Didn't think so.

The truth is people want worlds created by people, not corporations. They want to create. They want to put their own imprint, warts and all, on Home, because if they don't, what's the point? They also want to interact in some way that's a little above the intelligence level of a ten year old. Doing the robot for more than 10 seconds just doesn't cut it

If Sony really wants to be successful they need to give the user tools to modify their environment and then get the heck of the way. Enough said.

Posted: Jan 13th 2009 4:54AM halfcaptain said

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interesting idea and a lucrative concept, but yeah, released too early. even if i was willing to pay $1 for a digital couch (is it comfortable? should i care?) there isn't anything close to an array of interesting but useless shit to buy. what i did notice after bumming around for a while is the real, impressive potential of Home. which is scary, considering most of the point is to inundate us with mall-culture in a virtual world, making it as easy as possible to buy shit on a whim. also scary, i should add, is that within 10 minutes of my girlfriend walking around with her avatar, she got no less than three messages concerning virtual sexytime ("nice shoes, wanna screw?" "your hot, where u live?" "hey sexy, want chat?"). If anything is going to keep me away from Home in the future, it'll most likely be the classy folks walking around asking lewd questions.

Posted: Feb 9th 2009 10:28AM (Unverified) said

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2nd Life isn't worth the hassle. My computer is never good enough?! Like this new alternative.

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