Sony: Only Humans Welcome At Home
When you're online, you can be whoever you want to be. It can be a dangerous thing, but on the other hand, anonymity has its advantages. However, Sony doesn't want people getting too fantastical with their PlayStation Home persona, as users won't be able to create bizarre creatures like ogres and other monsters or creatures.
Peter Edwards, Sony's executive producer, has come out and said that non-human avatars won't be possible in PS3's online endeavor.
"It's not the Home ethic," Edwards told Official PlayStation Magazine. "If everyone's walking around dressed as orcs or stormtroopers or whatever, then you lose that welcoming, accessible element that means Mum, Dad and your sister might get involved as well. The idea is to keep it as accessible, mainstream and friendly as possible."
Obviously, they want Home to be a friendly and recognizable online space, and they're not interested in emulating the look of a MMO. The entire purpose of Home is to produce a virtual copy of yourself, and then work to create a customized area you can call your own. But if you want to be something other than human, you'll have to fire up EverQuest. Home is for humans.
6/5/2007 Ben Dutka