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EA: Our Home Participation Has "Exceeded Expectations"

If you haven't logged into PlayStation Home in a while, you might be surprised at the number of additions and enhancements. And if you haven't checked out EA's ever-expanding space, you're definitely missing out.

When Home first launched in December of last year, the potential was immediately striking, but it was clear that the service had a long way to go. The good news is that its growth potential was almost unlimited and since that time, publishers have really worked hard to make Home more and more engaging and dynamic. EA is one of those publishers, and EA Sports Senior Producer Rob Burnett says that Home has actually "exceeded" many of their expectations. He elaborated during a recent GamerAccess interview:

"Our participation in Home has exceeded many of our expectations. The poker game in particular has garnered a very loyal following and has generated much more traffic than initially expected. It is because of this that we have continually engaged the community to find out how to make the experience better. It is great to be able to work in a living environment like Home and not be restricted by annual publishing windows for updating the experience.

Our development team for Home spends a much great percentage of their time focused on game play and game tuning, and we are afforded the luxury of handing off environment, rendering, sound, and avatar animation to the Sony Home team. Home will also continue to evolve. The platform is extremely powerful and we are learning new tricks every day to improve the experience in our spaces. The most important aspect of Home is we are learning about how our community wants to interact with each other in this space."

PlayStation Home is one of those services that will continue to grow and expand; in five years time, it will be difficult to even comprehend its relatively meager starting point. Look at what has happened in a span of only 8 months! There is so much more that can be accomplished and it's like a snowball effect; the more publishers contribute and ultimately benefit from the experience, the more other publishers will wish to join the party. The question is, when do you feel like joining the ongoing festivities?

7/31/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

JMO_INDY
Friday, July 31, 2009 @ 9:53:49 PM
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I love my HOME, its a nice.

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Deleted User
Friday, July 31, 2009 @ 10:50:34 PM
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You know what's funny: I haven't visited EA Sports Home yet.

I have been to The Godfather II's, though. Nothing like going to the virtual bar tended by avatars pretending to be bartenders. Too bad nobody seems to use the glitch there that would allow them to climb the table and do the Coyote Ugly dancing thing that you see at the Uncharted Home.

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ZubraZap
Friday, July 31, 2009 @ 11:07:53 PM
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I deleted this flub of an app a while ago! Sorry Playstation@Home was a complete letdown.

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kreate
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 5:50:32 AM

explain how it is a letdown

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Itdoesntmatter
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 6:46:15 AM

Yeah you deleted it a while ago, that's why you don't like it...guess what, we ALL didn't like it a while ago as well!

That's like selling off your ps3 back in 2006 because you didn't like it lol....guess what, now it's a BEAST

(same thing back in 2001 with the ps2)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 10:53:01 AM

Er...it seems you didn't understand the concept. It's not a game; it's an ongoing service that quite literally changes significantly every month.

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Victor321
Friday, July 31, 2009 @ 11:20:04 PM
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Home is just one of those things where it requires patience from the player. Otherwise, you must be used to hearing:

1. Complaints that it's boring.
2. Complaints that there's nothing to do.
3. Complaints about anything else that relates to Home.

Although this might sound awkward from a 15 year old, I believe that today's gamers barely have patience and are very picky in small things (like installation times) when it comes to video games.

=(

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piratedrunk
Friday, July 31, 2009 @ 11:39:56 PM
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I just checked out Home for the second time yesterday and while there have been improvements.. its just not my thing at all.

If it were actually fun I wouldn't mind the load times but it is like watching paint dry..
but instead of paint its 3d avatars having dance parties trying to pick up the female 3d avatars.

in fact I think I would have a better time with the paint. Fumes can be somewhat entertaining.

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Alienange
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 12:58:11 AM
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EA continues it's trend of impressing me. Home has not been a big draw for me, but if EA is benefiting from it then hey, good on them. Not having to wait for "annual publishing windows" to update the experience is good for gamers too!

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maxpontiac
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 9:25:36 PM

Copy that. EA has been impressing me lately as well.

It's about time.

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phantomMenace
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:07:49 AM
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Well when home first opened up I thought it was a waste of space. However since then it has improved drastically. The mini games are actually fun more of my friends are actually getting in there. The download times don't seem to take too long at least for me. And I find it more and more entertaining to actually load the thing these days. Now if only the Killzone space will hurry up and get here and it has game launching that would fix the flawed party system and everything would be great.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:49:47 AM
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Sony did good in creating a virtual enviroment, i sometimes pop up on there, Though when i do all the people seem idiotic or spam artists. Seriously, you always see a group of 5-10 men following 1 female saying "U Luk Prutty" and at least half of them are genuine losers. But Sony cant be blamed for our generation.

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 2:48:29 AM
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EA: Our Home Participation Has "Exceeded Expectations"

Is EA making a veiled Harry Potter reference? Clever viral marketing. ; )

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kreate
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 6:00:16 AM
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ps home has continuously impressed me...

1. people complain ps home being boring, but their offline life is even more boring, so they just keep logging back to home and keep complaining cuz home is more fun than their actual life

2. people say there's nothing to do in home. most of these people havent checked out every single location of home or played all of the mini games home has to offer (there must of been like 20-30 mini games in home last time i checked)

3. guys who gets rejected by girls go on about how home sucks, something not working out? lets put it out on home

4. on nights when ps home is out of service due to updates or maintenance, more than half my friend list goes offline

5. its free! how can u complain? if u are charged like XBL, than ok, complain all u want

6. what exactly do u want home to be? or sony to do about home? that will fulfillingly satisfy all ur needs so u feel extra comfortable and happy that u will stop complaining?

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kreate
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 6:11:39 AM
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home is a social community, therefore...

if u are a boring person, and u go to home, than home will be boring for u

if u are a lonely person, and u go to home, home will be a lonely place for u

if u are not a social person, home will be boring and lonely for u

if u go nuts and provoke people, u will be banned from home

if u go around acting like a girl, i dont want to talk to u

if u are any of the above, dont come to home, we dont want u

*its ok to have female avatars, but please... dont go around lying saying ur a female -_-
i have a female avatar on the side but i make sure to let everyone know "im a dood!!!"

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RadioHeader
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:31:26 PM

What if someone with a really handsome avatar comes along?

I bet you're like. okay...let's see where this goes.

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kreate
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 5:30:50 PM

if u are gay, metrosexual, or a girl who believes u are born into a guys body by accident. than ok, be a girl in home all u want and i dont mind being friends. i understand and im totally for it.

but straight guys who lie about their sexual orientation is just totally wrong IMO


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TEG3SH
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 7:29:00 AM
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MY HOME SUCKS I WANNA MOVE :(
on a serious note home is awesome but all those downloads damn i cant stand them nor my hd

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TEG3SH
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 7:33:06 AM
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a formula to enjoy the hell out of home

+18 enter -18 leave (in US it is 21)

booze + home = fun fun fun

all of our formulas are proven and have no side effects(other than hangover that is ;) )

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NightHawk17
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:55:15 PM
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I always knew that Home was the type of thing that would only be fun if you had friends on, at first i didnt have many friends on but now i have 2 friends who get on and we made like 3 regular friends in like 2 home visits.

its fun just goofing off with your friends in the spaces and playing the mini games together...i can't wait to see what Home continues to grow into

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RadioHeader
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:27:24 PM
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I quite enjoy the RC helicopter game, though the screaming of the falling dudes makes my dog go crazy, lol.

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ZubraZap
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 11:10:06 PM
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Ok, its 5gb and I got bored of dancing!

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