So James, on a scale of 1â€“10 how excited are you about PlayStation Home, the virtual world for PS3 users?
Next question, please.
You’re not excited? The blogosphere is goobing out about it.
Goobing out is the blogosphere’s job. PS Home is a virtual world for console-games players, with no provision for player-generated content and houses that you can only customise by giving money to Sony. It is the wrong product for the PS3, which will mostly be bought by people who want to either play games or watch Blu-ray DVDs. It will be heavily policed to remove any of the kind of activity that drives Second Life. It will beÂ stuffedÂ withÂ ’dynamicÂ advertising’. It will be ten tons of pain to use without a keyboard. In short, eh.
This is Sony’s first attempt to do a game based in a primarily social world, and remember we’re talking Sony, the company that couldn’t work out how to give a Star Wars MMORPG any longevity, for heaven’s sake. If it was Nintendo I’d say they’d probably pull it off: they have the right experience and the right audience. Judging by sales charts Playstation players like sports sims, EA racing-game franchises, wrestling games, shooting people in the face and then teabagging them. They are not going to spend time in a nice virtual world just because it’s there. They are not community-oriented gamers, and even if they are this isn’t the kind of community they’re looking for.