Home for the Holidays
bowling/pool/echochrome were nice surprises.
trophy integration is lacking in the beta though, i'm still curious at how all of that works.
and i can't lie, i'll probably spend a good amount of time redecorating my pad.
i think it's a mature version of what the wii has in its plaza.
I have a feeling this will turn out like everyone expected.Kinda neat for a few days,but then you get tired of walking into a movie theatre and seeing a trailer for Uncharted 2 or playing Virtual bowling.This,much like the Mii's for the Wii,will fall by the way side in a matter of weeks.
Someone remind me again. Why was this cool? It's a lobby for a virtual me, that I will get to fill with things that I buy from the Playstation Network Store, right so far? Or I can get things by unlocking them in my PS3 games. But not the ones I already own, stuff in the ones coming out next year. Ok. So I'll have an apartment in this thing like I do in real life. I can watch game trailers on my...in game TV.
Sony is going to get reamed when this launches. Whoop-dee-do, a 3D chat room with "uncanny valley"-ugly avatars. As for the "movie theater" it takes longer for the movie to load than it does to watch. But then PSN servers have always been incredibly slow for me.
I just think this is way way WAY over-hyped at this point.
Sony doesn't have any great exclusives anymore, except LBP and MGS (not sony for long), so they gave up on games and are creating miscellaneous stuff like this, looks good, but i'd rather play a game, it's a 3D social program, you don't see any of those words in 'video GAMEs'
Do you like sitting? Do you like standing around? Do you like standing around watching the same game trailer playing on a loop? Do you like watching teenage avatars trying to hit on anything that looks like it might be a girl? Do you like watching PS3 users trying to impress girls by making their avatar dance right in front of a what might be a girl's nose? Would you rather read abuse in neat little speech bubbles instead of just on voice chat?
Do you hate having furniture? Do you like moving furniture really slowly? Do you like paying for clothing that isn't real?
Do you like running? What about running back and forth trying to figure out how Sony have spent almost two years and all they've done so far is make 5 rooms? Would you rather chase after a figure that looks just like you so you can send them a message instead of just pulling up a quick list and hitting send?
Do you like performing cool stunts with in game vehicles?*
If so, then congratulations! You just found a new Home! Hurrah!
* this is a lie.
Any practical game related use Home would have is a wash because it's a program that needs to load. How many honestly want to start an application so they can just boot a game? People wanting to play will just bypass Home unless certain features require it as a launch point. Which in that case Sony deserves a bitch slap for requiring people to load Home for them in the first place. What gamers on the PS3 need is a toolset that allows for fast, effective and meaningful game operation and management, not a pseudo MMO. Unless Sony offers a NXE Guide-like feature (when necessary) for use during game play I think Home will be relegated to a social networking novelty.
It is free though, can't complain about that.
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