PlayStation Home: Come Inside And See What You're Missing
You know, I'll freely admit it: every time I did up a story on the latest PlayStation Home update, I thought to myself, "hey, that's pretty cool." ...but in all honesty, I never really logged in to check it out. Well, I did so last night and as I am comparing it to my last Home experience - which was probably around February - I have to say, I'm pretty damn impressed with all the changes and expansions.
For the record, I have never been a big fan of all these virtual social services like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and what-have-you; I find the vast majority of it to be useless and even downright creepy. This is one of the primary reasons I never really got into Home, although I certainly appreciated the thought and creativity that went into the invention. When I first got in there and started wandering about, I easily recognized the vast potential but at the time, I didn't really care. I just figured it might be something cool for other people; a younger generation of people who spend sixty-eight years setting up their damn Facebook page. But after exploring the new Home, I've come to the conclusion that I really might spend some actual time in there.
There's just so much there now that wasn't included during the dawn of Home. I mean, I haven't even used Home to communicate with friends or other gamers just yet; I've just wandered around and checked things out, and surprisingly enough, that's plenty for me right now. I really enjoyed myself during my mini-adventure; I kinda like seeing this virtual space come to life before my very eyes, and while I'll never spend hours and hours decking out my own space, I'll still log in to see the new changes. They've got new arenas, game-themed spaces, mini-games, and of course, a horde of new content in the stores in the Mall. It's as if everything just expanded outward at a very fast rate; 6-8 months ago, I was standing in what only amounted to the base; the foundation. But now that they're really starting to build, I've actually become quite intrigued.
So really, if you haven't been in Home in quite some time, you should definitely stop in and have a look around. You might be really surprised by what you find... I was.
8/30/2009 Ben Dutka