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