Has The PlayStation Home Mania Completely Disappeared?
The contrast is bizarre. Throughout 2008 and especially towards the end of the year, there were countless PlayStation Home headlines. Granted, a lot of them were focused on a possible launch date, but there were tons of other articles, including interviews, editorials, and pieces presenting plenty of new information/details. Then, the momentous event came in December and... 'looks around' Where the hell did it go?
Of course, this industry is insanely fickle. As impossible as it may seem now, come April, there won't be six trillion Killzone 2 headlines splattered all over the Internet. But Home isn't a video game; it's an innovative online service designed to change the way we interact with the PlayStation community. It's a landmark achievement in the realm of virtual communication. Yes, it's all of those things and yet...nobody is talking about it! No one has anything to say! There's nothing bad, nothing good, just...nothing. We're aware there aren't any new updates right now, and we're certain any new additions to Home will get headlines, but it just seems as if Home would have more weekly attention. Given the amount of hype and the sheer number of people who were anxiously awaiting its release, you would think that, at the very least, feedback would be showing up all over the place in the form of op-ed pieces. But no; game journalists apparently have nothing more to add, and it's even hard to find mention of Home in forums.
We're not saying Home isn't popular - we have no idea if it is; we'd like some rough numbers concerning activity - and we're not saying it doesn't have the same awesome potential it had last year. Personally, I knew I'd never be too enthralled with the idea no matter how advanced it got, but I know plenty of PlayStation 3 owners who just loved the idea. They're tooling around in Home from time to time; I know they are. But they just don't have much to say, and maybe that's just because there isn't much to talk about right now. I still find it exceedingly strange that something so gigantic can literally fall off the face of the planet in a matter of a few weeks. Well, maybe it's just because the media's role in this phenomeon is over, and instead of avid Home users going online to talk about it, they go into HOME to talk about it. You know, with other users. I suppose that's a possibility, but even so...
1/31/2009 Ben Dutka