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Spent some time checking it out today when it launched. Bumped into a few friends I had met online in various games, that was pretty neat. I had a bit of trouble connecting at first but that was to be expected on launch day. Got dropped twice as well after downloading new areas but was able to get back in without any real hassle. Managed to get into the Uncharted movie room when someone posted the code via chat - I forgot what it was though right afterwards and couldn't figure out a way to look at my session's entire chat history. Seems pretty bare though for being in development for so long. Mainly content-wise I mean. I remember seeing videos of being able to have TVs and hang up photos from your PS3 on walls, but none of that is in the open beta yet. Plus I hear that you're supposed to get points or something for earning Trophies you can use in Home. Anyways at least it's publicly available finally, now we just have to see how fast they throw in more content. If it's a month of just this then that would suck. Anyone else check it out? Thoughts?

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I tried it last night, when they finally got it online. But then I couldn't get online.

Then, finally, this morning, I got as far as the EULA. What excitement. Then it crashed again. Then (12th attempt) I got online in a pretty sparse room. 30 seconds later I had to go to work.

Oh well, maybe it'll be better this evening....

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I used it for about an hour today. It is by a wide margin the dumbest attempt to add value to the consoles. I guess it's supposed to be Second Life but worse? I have some screenshots of what I managed to accomplish while messing with it today. None of the text is mine, and all of the pictures are exactly what they look like.



This Iksx guy followed me around for at least half an hour:

And yes, Iksx and G-Unit got into a fight over me:

Yep, it's Iksx again:





Also:

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I'm not really convinced about Home. I'm yet to actually see it in action (I don't own a console), but it seems similar to Second Life (but more geared towards gaming obviously). If I did own a PS3 I doubt I'd spend any time in Home, and I can't imagine many of my friends would either. Perhaps it's not aimed at 21+ year olds?

Sony in the past has seemed to target 21+ (as their the ones with the disposable incomes). Seems strange they pumped a whole bunch of money into something that I I can only imagine teenagers would like.

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@Promit LOL

I hopped back in again last nite and it was pretty much still the same, although they seem to be working on the connection issues, something that was never much of a big deal for me fortunately. I did notice though that it was A LOT less crowded, and I don't think it was because it was 3am :P I can't blame people for being like "WTF this is gay" because it really should not have been released in this state. I would have rather still been waiting then to exhaust my Home experience in all of like two hours.

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<flamebait>
Oh, I get it. It makes perfect sense now. Since there aren't too many amazing PS3 games currently available, Sony whips out Sony Home so that people have a reason to use thier PS3s, and won't feel like they flushed $399 down the crapper.
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From what I've seen, it definitely has potential but will probably take a while to get enough content/people in it.

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From what I've seen, it definitely has potential but will probably take a while to get enough content/people in it.

And therein lies the crux of the problem because this thing has been in development for two freaking years already.

Although tonight I managed to find an empty arcade game for Echochrome (how retarded is it that only one person can play a game?) and upon playing a level I unlocked an Echochrome body suit, which I had seen people running around in already. Still, that's a bit of incentive I didn't know was there. However Home failed to let me know what content I had unlocked and where to find it, only that I had unlocked it so that's a bit of Fail there.

The Echochrome game tho was a very nice tweak on the original gameplay, which I love.

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I downloaded it Friday night and played around with it while I was waiting on by better half to come over :P and I enjoyed it. It took me a few mins too, to get connected but haven't had any problems with it since.

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From what I've seen, it definitely has potential but will probably take a while to get enough content/people in it.

And therein lies the crux of the problem because this thing has been in development for two freaking years already.

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I agree completely. It's a little sparse at the moment but I'm hoping it won't take too much longer to get some more content added in. I haven't had a chance to try out all of the features (game sharing, etc) but from what I've seen I think it's pretty cool. Not a big fan of the voice chat though, it didn't sound very good; I couldn't really understand what was being said.

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It's a little sparse at the moment but I'm hoping it won't take too much longer to get some more content added in.

IMO that's what's going to make or break the service for sure. If it's still mostly like this by the end of Jan (I'll give em a bit of extra time because of the holidays) then I'll be leaning much more towards FAIL
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Not a big fan of the voice chat though, it didn't sound very good; I couldn't really understand what was being said.

Aye, I don't know why it's so echoey

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Even more good news for Home.

If by "news" you mean "several months old" and "Home" you mean "many months old Home installer", then yes.

It's just publically available data from Sony's servers. You might as well download the Steam installer and unpackage it and say you've "hacked" Steam.

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Yea I don't recall seeing Sony even bothering to post a response to any of the recent hack stories going around

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One thing I don't understand - if this becomes the time sink that some social environments seem to be, won't that reduce the ammount of games that people buy for the console? Why would Sony want to do that?

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I don't see Home becoming a time sink, although I do beleive Sony hopes it will make the PS3 itself a time sink. The way it's all supposed to go down as I understand it is roughly thus:
  1. You login to home
  2. You walk around a bit, maybe check out the shops cause you heard there were new things to buy with points you earned from getting trophies, or you check out new items you unlocked by earning trophies
  3. You run into someone sitting around saying he's looking for some co-op Guitar Hero
  4. You're like, yea sure let's go
  5. You both launch from Home into the game and meet up to jam
  6. He's gotta go, so you quit Guitar Hero and land back in home
  7. You check your friends list and see that now a few are online
  8. You call em up and see who wants to play
  9. You launch into the game as a group and start playing together
  10. You finish and wind up back in Home. Oh look! You unlocked a new game picture because you nabbed a certain trophy. Well let's head back to the apartment and hang it up on the wall in a frame
  11. You're placing the image on the wall when another friend calls to hang out, so you invite him into your place and you watch a video together on the TV (from your PS3)
And so it goes on.

Note that some things I mentioned haven't been implemented yet but have been revealed, like getting points or awards for trophies, being able to hang images from your PS3 and stuff on walls, being able to buy a TV to watch videos from your PS3, launch directly into games, etc.

The fact that none of this is there despite it being shown in videos months ago is the main problem with this service!!!

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One thing I don't understand - if this becomes the time sink that some social environments seem to be, won't that reduce the ammount of games that people buy for the console? Why would Sony want to do that?

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Hmm, maybe because there aren't any other games to play?
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All aside though, I think Gaiiden is right. The more time people spend on their PS3, perhaps the more likely they will be to buy more games/accessories for it.

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The fact that none of this is there despite it being shown in videos months ago is the main problem with this service!!!

Maybe it was prerendered... [grin]

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I really have no problem calling it a fail at this point. Two years, and this is it? This is Home after two years? Second Life with not even a fraction of Second Life's functionality, full of 12 year olds running around trying to boof me in the arse with their avatar? Yah...no, it's a total fail at this point.

I mean really. Virtual lines at the virtual bowling alley...for real? Do I get a virtual quarter to put on the virtual arcade machine so I can save my place in the virtual line?

Maybe others are more forgiving and/or optimistic than me, but I am really tired of Sony's BS. This is just another in a growing pile of PS3 foul ups.

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I made a blog post last nite that I just copied over to my journal here about my Home experience so far.

I think the one thing I just recognized is how stable the service is. Okay, there have been connection issue but so what? That's just normal server load that an MMO service gets on launch day when the servers get flooded. But have there been any serious technical glitches reported by a wide number of people? Not that I know of.

I also point to a number of content updates. Hopefully things continue to be "switched on" in a timely manner to really bring the service to life.

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