I hope a gamer can store his/her items in an offline apartment and I hope Sony implements some kind of point system in the game to represent how well you did. Perhaps you will be able to earn Achievement Points which you can spend on virtual items such as games, etc. I wish Microsoft would reward games like so.
Honestly, I don't feel much better about Sony at all. The Home system sounds interesting, but without a true focus, and without making it easy to show how good of a gamer you are, I'm not interested. Of course, whether I'm trading games in or saving money, I will not buy a PS3 anyway. It's not an original enough console to be worth $600. The Dreamcast was an entirely original console and it only cost $200. That's the direction I would like to see Sony take. Then again, they're already flushing the very toilet they're standing in.
Matthew Walker, Freelance Writer
Aside from the name not having that certain ring to it, I think Sony is onto something. Sure, there will be a lot of naysayers out there that will use this new addition to the Sony cannon to bash the industry leader in gaming. I say this with assured confidence since I have seen it happen in the past. When Sega debuted the Genesis, there were Nintendo bashers and Sega bashers both with sound arguments to back up their preferred system. It has been a trend that has been going on since the gaming golden era; it will be a trend that continues. It is almost as bad, if not worse, than the feuds of fanboys that support DC or Marvel.
Realistically, everyone should take a step back and look at what Sony is attempting to do and appreciate the attempts they are making at improving our gaming experience. Yeah, they have picked apart the offerings of Nintendo and Microsoft, so what? If we did not have companies, taking what has come before and improving on it, then we would all still be driving Model T's instead of our Toyotas. Just imagine for a moment, if you are a diehard Nintendo nut and this "thievery" by Sony causes Nintendo to up their capabilities online, then who wins? You do. Sony is not asking you to rush out and buy the hefty PS3 just so you can experience what the Wii should have. The same goes for all Sony haters. You should be looking at the broader picture. The Xbox had a hard-drive built in negating the need for memory cards almost completely. Now, Sony and Nintendo have this, and instead of bashing Nintendo for doing the same thing Sony did, you bashed Sony. Where is the logic?
I have always thought that the games make you want to buy a system, not the other way around. However, there appears to be a growing trend of buying the system and then waiting on that one great game. I personally have yet to purchase a PS3, but with the games that I want to play about to burst through the floodgates, it will be sooner than I was anticipating. Now, with the announcement of Sony Home, I have one more game that I am just itching to play, and the service will be free and that, my friends, is music to my wallet. With the scope of everything that is said to be available in the game, it truly surprises me that no one has thought of this before. My only concern is that in the past, Sony has over-promised on a couple of things and, thus, we have been left holding the bag. Hopefully, Sony has learned from their past mistakes and they will not leave us finding a new Home to play in.
Calling Sony thieves would be wrong and unjust to the men and women who have worked on this and many other ideas. To call them geniuses is also a disservice to them. Much like Microsoft and Nintendo, Sony is a visionary. They see something set before them that they know they can make better. So they begin to tweak it and twist it until only a few of the beginning parts still remain. Yes, there are several similarities to already existing applications on other systems, but now you will be able to have the best of all three gaming consoles player interaction services. The key is that there will be enough thrown into the mix in order to let it stand out as an individual experience and Sony has had tremendous success with that in the past.
Cole Smith, Freelance Writer
Sony's Home is a reaction to the popularity of virtual communities. People are simply getting bored being alone. It's only natural that we as human beings seek out contact with other humans. Next time you go to an arcade or casino, you're likely to see a large group of people basically ignoring one another. They may all be in the same place at the same time doing basically the same thing, but they fail to acknowledge that there are other people in their immediate vicinity. This is a phenomenon of the Space and Information Age, but that's starting to change.
In the last 20 years, technology has been ever evolving to turn us into a totally insular society. This phenomenon is perpetuated by our fast-food mentality, and the novelty of exploring new concepts, but it lies in direct opposition with our basic human propensity for social contact. We have instant tellers, drive through restaurants, video games, home theatres, hundreds of TV stations, and virtually anything online. Just think about that for a moment. Some of us don't even have to leave our homes to go to work.
It's a strange duality when you note that this kind of technology, especially the internet, has the ability to isolate people, but through chat rooms, My Space, Ebay, and YouTube, it also has the ability to bring the world together. We're on the epoch of that development now as we recognize our need for contact. We are realizing that it just makes things more fun. Even after meeting a total jerk, it feels so good when they're gone.
Some may say that Sony is ripping off other peoples' ideas but they are just jumping on the bandwagon. It's sink or swim in this market, and if the last 20 years are any indication, this is not a trend, it's the future.
It has been proven that lack of social interaction is detrimental to one's mental health. Even negative contact is better than no contact at all. As a game reviewer, I play my game in private. I then collect my thoughts and head to my office to enter them in a word processor, also in private. Then I email it to the editor; the only communication I have with him is through email. And yes, I'm nuts, so there's your proof. But I actually do go out and interact with people. I crave it. They set me straight and help give me a sense of what's going on the in the world; information that I don't always get from the internet, TV, radio or newspaper.
While Sony has been accused of copying others ideas in the past (analog sticks, rumble, motion-sensing controls, etc) I think that Home is exactly what Sony needed to do. Even though some aspects of it may seem to be borrowed, the way Sony has chosen to combine these ideas is interesting and exciting. Allowing players to have realistic customizable avatars and living spaces full of achievement based accessories is sure to have PS3 owners giddy with anticipation. While it may not be a terribly compelling reason to pay $600 for a system that can currently only be described as the Resistance playing machine that is also a cheap Blu-ray player, it does go a long way to at least making you consider it as a serious online competitor. If Home is everything that Sony says it will be, the PS3 may have a chance to become the new online home console leader.
Adam Brown, Freelance Writer
Not much has been going well for Sony recently. The launch of the PlayStation 3 has obviously not gone as well as they may have hoped, leaving many to question Sony's future in the video game industry. While I agree that Sony seems to be making a lot of mistakes as of late, I believe that Home and Little Big Planet are brilliant ideas. I think it also shows that Sony is finally starting to do some things right that may help them finally turn the corner and regain some previously lost ground from Microsoft.Sony has continually been chided by Microsoft about their online strategy, or lack thereof. It was said that Sony just didn't have the DNA necessary to have a successful online service that could compete with what Microsoft has done with Xbox Live. At GDC, or just prior if you were following the Kotaku debacle, Sony finally unveiled their response. Home initially appears to be a clever mix of Xbox Live's achievements and Miis. Upon closer inspection I believe it is actually more so a mix of the Sims, an MMO, and the Cribs mechanic from the 2K sports series.