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Editorial: Home Zeroes In On Correct Crowd

Let me clarify something right off the bat- I'm not into all these social sites like Facebook and MySpace and Twitter. I have never once seen the appeal and my complete and total indifference isn't likely to change any time soon. This is why, originally, I was only mildly intrigued by the concept of PlayStation Home. It's why I didn't really visit much during the first year; I often viewed it as a virtual reincarnation of one of those social hubs, which occupy no position in my life.

I'm a gamer. And like many others I know, we sort of categorized Home as a service that didn't necessarily target the gamers; instead, it sort of catered to the Facebook crowd, to the younger crowd who spends hours texting and taking stupid pictures of nonsense. Yeah, I get to decorate an apartment and wander around an area where other people are. Okay. Kinda cool but not really my bag. See, I like to play games. But wait a minute...something has happened over the course of 2010, and as director Jack Buser says, the service will continue to head in a determined direction: the games are essential. It's for gamers. The games need to be there; he mentions a "universe of games" several times in that interview.

And you know, this...well, let's call it a realignment of sorts...has gone over very well with me. The idea of sampling literally hundreds of free games combined with the chance to hang out with friends in personal spaces with a wee bit of personal flair...it's pretty intoxicating. You may say the games aren't worth getting too excited about, but you know how digital experiences have become much bigger and more refined? Well, Jack says developers are doing a ton of stuff with the Home platform they've never been able to do before, and the future is bright. It's bright for gamers. Did you see that pic of Sodium Two in the interview? It'll be a racing game like Wipeout. No, seriously.  Imagine the possibilities...

Anyway, the point is, I think they've realized the gamer is the target, and gamers like to play games. The rest is nice but the overall connected experience for those who participate in this hobby is the central theme. Now, all this being said, Jack - and more than a few persistent readers - have convinced me that PSXE needs some sort of presence in Home. Well, we're going to start looking into that, so stay tuned. ;)

12/10/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (23 posts)

Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:14:19 PM
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Heh, I used to regard Facebook and Myspace and all that as rubbish too, then I got annoyed by people, gave in, signed up for Facebook and use it for philosophic posting twice or thrice a week.

Similarly, Home didn't really catch my eye way back in the early days, but now... it's beginning to interest me, and I've determined that it is going to one of my first stops when I get broadband hooked up in the new year (I promise, this time it is going to happen.) See y'all then.
Peace.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:27:09 PM
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Home is like an odd blend of the Sims, e-commerce, and decent inexpensive games all thrown together with a social infrastructure to facilitate the whole thing. They always said that Home was a platform, and not a game/product in and of itself. I think that the past two years have shown that. People always ask when it will leave Beta. In many ways it left that over a year ago, but on the other hand it's continually upgrading, changing, and evolving. That may never stop, so Home may always be 'beta' in the sense that it's still in development.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:47:22 PM
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I hope it they turn it into an MMO type deal.

For example:
Resident Evil area = turn into a zombie and infect as many people as possible. On the revers side, you can grab weapons and kill as many of these zombies as possible.

But I agree with Ben, the more games/mini-games they add to HOME the more inviting it is to us gamers. We're there to play, if they compelling games in it, why not?
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They should add levels imo. Make into an rpg of sorts. The higher leveled you are the more stuff you can do/equip. Maybe you can equip weapons (which can be used in a few spaces).

I think the more focused they make PS HOME the better. They should attempt many MMOrpg-like experiences as possible.

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shadowscorpio
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 3:19:23 AM

hmmm,
Home its self as an adventure, with a story and quality gameplay mechanics. Could it be done?

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BikerSaint
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 12:00:14 AM
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I'm more a "Lone Wolf" so I don't use Facebook or My space, & I only have a Twitter account, so all the developers & publishers have a way to keep me updated to the minute on whats happening.

When I first started checking out Home a few times, there wasn't anything to do except to laugh at the buffoons mobbing any avatar they thought were female.

Shortly after my first used PS3's hard drive started giving me trouble so I made Gamestop give me another one, but I never re-installed Home.

But now that I want to go back & check out all the changers & new stuff added, my hard drive's now got less than 10gigs left, so now I have to wait till after I'm able to get a 500 GB HD, plus another 500GB external to swap out all my stuff.

I figure that once I get back there sometime next year, I'm sure I'll hardly even recognize the place anymore.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 12:08:23 AM

They've added tons of spaces to explore and of course the games.

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bloody_rootz
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:22:21 AM
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I have a Facebook account with 402 friends on it, who each person i know (that's what it is like when you live in a small country town in Australia). But i actually do not like it at all! you may say "why not de-activate it then?" the reason i dont is because it is a handy tool to keep in touch with old school friends and family that otherwise would find it difficult or expensive to keep in contact.

But I can relate to BikerSaint, in his statement regarding himself as a "Lone Wolf"
I feel i enjoy myself more being left to my own devices. Reading, Gaming, Researching, Learning, in oppose to going out with friends and drinking, trying to tune girls etc etc... although its fun, deep down im happiest living a stealth kind of life.

hahaha anyways im rambling on abit so i better stop. but if any of you guys or gals want to add me on facebook feel free! my addy is

rootz_bloody_rootz86@hotmail.com

if you wonder why i always use alias's like rootz bloody rootz its because its my favourite song from the original Sepultura band.

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Fane1024
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:46:24 AM
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I would say that the last remaining major shortcoming of Home is the e-commerce part...in two general aspects.

The store interface (though improved) is still brutally slow, primarily because it tries to load the 3D preview for every item instead of making those optional. You also need to "open" each item to see its price. And the store doesn't keep track of which items you've viewed. Hopefully, version 1.5 will improve the in-Home store. Quicker, easier shopping equals more shopping.

Which leads me to the other aspect: almost all of the non-free items are WAY overpriced, at least four times the optimal price and twice the top end of the reasonable range. Sony are (by their own admission) currently depending on the--shall I say--thriftless few to foot the bill rather than depending on volume of sales. However, if they can draw more users into Home, maybe the prices will creep downward, as more purchases allow for lower prices per purchase.



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Alienange
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:49:59 AM
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PSXE in Home? Now that's more than a little tempting. I guess I'd log in to see that.

Interesting that you compare Home to the other major social sites and yet Home doesn't have any of the features. You can't leave updates for your friends. You can't upload pictures. You can't share web links. In fact you can't share much of anything. Where's the in depth gamer profile?

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Bloodysilence19
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 4:12:16 AM
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i think when home first started people of course weren't impress, myself wasn't all amazed. you couldn't do much except buy like 2 things and bowl and the servers always crashing. since the past 2 years home has really came around. there's so much things now in home that can keep you busy for at least a day or so. sony/developers are always giving us some new things to buy or play mini games in the spaces they created. to me Home was like the ps3 when it first came out. no one was liking it wasnt really anything for it etc. over the years ps3 started getting more welcomed into people homes, games started being like it was promised etc. that's what home is now, its app where you can chill with friends when your taking a break from games, meet new people, and unlock cool things. home overall is like second life/sims on crack

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tes37
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 7:33:04 AM
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I'm definitely interested in finding out what this PSXExtreme presence in Home may be. This place tops the list for any game site I'd want to see in Home and I see this opportunity as an honor so very few deserve to have.

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CH1N00K
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 7:37:26 AM
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I somehow made it into the pre-launch Beta of HOME...I always thought it was a neat concept with potential. However, I'm not a big Social networker. I have a Facebook account, but mostly so I can post pics to let my folks know I'm still alive. (I don't live close to many relatives.)

Home kind of lost it's interest for me, I go in once in a while, but when you have to spend all night updating and downloading just to see what's changed...I decide to go play a game instead.

I may take a day someday and check it out again, but more and more stuff is starting to cost money, and I just can't bring myself to spend money in Home...

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RebelJD
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 8:51:43 AM
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PSXE on Home? That would be a great thing. PSXE focuses on nothing else but Playstation and that's what Playstation needs.

Not some lame addition like Hip-Hop gamer. In fact, they should really start narrowing down the crap by having gamers/visitors/etc vote on what they like and dislike. It's only appropriate to do so. That way the quality can stay and the annoying garbage can be taken out.

PSXE is my primary source for all Playstation right next to the damn Playstation Blog. Why? Because PSXE does a damn good job and it covers nothing else but the effen Playstation brand.

RockNRolla

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gangan19
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 9:18:40 AM
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I went off on my own somewhere in psn home. I was alone, in that area nobody was there but me. I walked forward and music began to play louder, I found a dance floor, so I wanted to dance. I went in my options menu to do the running man, but as soon as i pressed x on the option. Guess what happen?

Yes!!! I was inside of the dance floor. Not on top but inside. I thought how strange nobody was around to see this. I walked up ahead in front of the dance floor, but now i'm just stuck in front and inside of the dance floor and now i cannot move at all only dance in one place.

For 10 min. I yelled help!!! help!!! help!!! no one ever came to help me. I even invited 2 friends to see where I was and help me out, but they never came. So i got tired quit home leave my ps3 on for 10 min at the xmb then shut it off and went to sleep....lol

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Scarecrow
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 11:13:45 PM

lol what the hell?...

It is rather funny though lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 10:43:34 AM
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I think some of you are missing the point of the editorial.....it's the GAMES that matter to me. That's why I wrote the piece. My point was that if you are a gamer, there are a million more reasons to like Home now (and in the future).

That's just from my own personal perspective.

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Highlander
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 10:08:00 PM

I agree, that it's about games. But I also find that the aspect of Home that is like the Sims satisfies most of the urge that some have to play the Sims because you can spend any amount o time you like, tinkering with your avatar and home spaces.

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PS3_Mom
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 4:11:46 PM
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If Home focuses on games, there has to me more incentive than just playing. I am a goal oriented gamer. I like to earn trophies, level up, etc. Unless they have a reward system that everyone else can see what you have accomplished, I won't spend much time there. I know some people just like to have fun, but I like to have a reason to play.

Ben- Would you please kick uiyhdsjf off you site? If I want to shop online for shoes, I would not come here to do it anyway. Loyal psxextreme followers don't want to see his spam posting everywhere! Thanks.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 9:03:25 PM

It's just a bot. They respawn but they're always killed quickly.

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Highlander
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 10:06:37 PM

And how many of those millions of accounts are actually real individuals and not just duplicate accounts created to have a neighbor in Famville...

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Alienange
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 5:59:31 PM
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I see. So you think the gamer is the target for Home? I guess it is. But are gamers responding? Is Home where they are spending their gaming hours?

I honestly don't know. I know that I don't, but I'm not everyone. For me, my Home presence would need some kind of real gamer profile. I have seen things in the Playstation forums that make me drool.

People love updating their "status" these days and if Home had some kind of hook like that to draw people in you might just find that they'll stay for the games too.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 9:39:19 PM

Gamers will respond when they realize there's stuff in there they want to see and do.

I imagine it'll happen with time, but I know what Home's future focus is.

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wakkaoaka
Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 2:49:23 AM
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Games are just the start too, i dont go on home much but i noticed you could go into a cinema to watch movie and game previews. I would like to be able to virtually watch a movie with friends and loved ones overseas.

I told this to my Electronic Marketing lecturer that ps3 home is the future because of people like Jack Buser who realise the unlimited possibilities of virtual worlds that dont rely on pointless crap as seen on facebook and twitter.

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