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« on: February 27, 2008, 11:10:30 PM »

Aside from patching up the closed Beta and some exciting stuff @ GDC, there have been some other features detailed about Home:

Resistance Home Integration:

One of the first games expected to shine in one of Home's series of game portals is Insomniac's Resistance: Fall of Man. Resistance is said to provide Home visitors with an interesting room to explore, one that will let PlayStation 3 owners visit unseen areas of the game and tap into bonus content in the form of "intercepted" radio communications between European and U.S. forces.

Uncharted Home Integration:

While Resistance: Fall of Man's integration with Home should have bonus content fans excited, old school run-and-gun shooter fans should be pretty pumped about what they may be getting with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune's contribution. We hear that the Home portal for Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 adventure will follow in Resistance's footsteps, allowing Home avatars to explore the game's levels without the threat of being shot at, a nice feature. But it's the Uncharted mini-game that has us far more pumped.

According to our sources, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune comes to Home armed with a side-scrolling 2D arcade game, described to us as reminiscent of both Contra and Out Of This World. Sounds kind of like Capcom's 2D remake of Bionic Commando in its execution, full of enemies and exploding barrels to shoot.

Warhawk Home Integration:

Uncharted and Resistance may have wicked cool feature sets for PlayStation Home, it's actually Warhawk's planned game portal that has us most excited. According to our sources, the Home lobby for the Incognito dogfighter will serve as a "war room" where up to eight players can meet to discuss their strategy for an upcoming match. Sure, you could do that with text or voice chat, but it sounds like the developers have gone the extra mile to make planning your battles even cooler.

Using a three-dimensional "sand table" replication of the level, Warhawk players are said to be able to lay out their strategies in a properly scaled space. They'll even be able to place little army men avatars around the map to envision their formations, something we hope they can also do with teeny tiny Warhawk planes, tanks and Jeeps.

The Warhawk war room is said to also serve as a launchpad for games, thankfully, so jumping into a match shouldn't require leaving the Home interface.

Taken from Kotaku and seen @ Neogaf.  Sounds like Home is coming along just fine   nod
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2008, 12:11:13 AM »

I can't remember, is Home free?  What about content like the Uncharted 2d game?  I'm not trying to start a flame war or anything, I'm just too lazy to look it up.
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2008, 12:15:10 AM »

Do you need to have each individual game to use it's feature?
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2008, 12:19:47 AM »

See, that stuff sounds pretty cool to me.  I would definitely check out the Resistance and Uncharted rooms.
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2008, 12:41:55 AM »

Quote from: GatorFavre on February 28, 2008, 12:11:13 AM

I can't remember, is Home free?  What about content like the Uncharted 2d game?  I'm not trying to start a flame war or anything, I'm just too lazy to look it up.

Home will be free - there probably will be some sort of pricing model for, you know, like "cool" outfits or furniture or whatnot.  But the basic service is free.

About whether or not you can access a game's homespace & features - I think Sony will probably tie each in with owning each game.  If they were smart, they might make like, the 2d Uncharted game free to play which might get people interested into buying Uncharted... but I dunno.  I guess that's still up in the air.

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2008, 02:38:51 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2008, 03:06:43 AM »

Quote from: depward on February 28, 2008, 02:38:51 AM

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lol.

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2008, 03:54:48 AM »

Quote from: GatorFavre on February 28, 2008, 03:06:43 AM


lol.



And this is related to the discussion...how?

You stated in your first post you didn't want to start a flame war.  Then you post an entirely unrelated graph about the number of good games on each system?
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2008, 03:55:22 AM »

(and BTW, this goes waaaaay beyond what I thought Home was going to bring us, and honestly, it's really exciting)
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2008, 04:05:19 AM »

oh, don't get mad. graphs are fun to make.  icon_biggrin



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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2008, 04:14:17 AM »

Quote from: somoflange on February 28, 2008, 04:05:19 AM

oh, don't get mad. graphs are fun to make.  icon_biggrin





Lol, good point.  And TML, sorry for taking the fanboy bait.

PS:  I bought Burnout Paradise for the PS3 yesterday. 
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2008, 04:15:29 AM »

What is the other console supposed to be in that first few pictures? A Dreamcast?
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2008, 04:43:17 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on February 28, 2008, 04:15:29 AM

What is the other console supposed to be in that first few pictures? A Dreamcast?

you got to love the slanted eyes too!
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2008, 04:47:41 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on February 28, 2008, 04:43:17 AM

Quote from: Canuck on February 28, 2008, 04:15:29 AM

What is the other console supposed to be in that first few pictures? A Dreamcast?

you got to love the slanted eyes too!

I noticed that too.
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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2008, 05:01:58 AM »

It sounds cool, but I don't understand why you would need Home in order to access this extra content. It seems like something that could be done with the current PS3 dashboard.
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« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2008, 05:14:13 AM »

Quote from: Ridah on February 28, 2008, 05:01:58 AM

It sounds cool, but I don't understand why you would need Home in order to access this extra content. It seems like something that could be done with the current PS3 dashboard.

why not try something new and see if it sticks?

Many screenshots I've seen hinted that there would be multiple ways to access the content.
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« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2008, 05:32:41 AM »

Gah, I make flow chart discussing why you would get a PS3 game over a 360 game and I get ripped a new one!  frown
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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2008, 05:53:14 AM »

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 28, 2008, 05:32:41 AM

Gah, I make flow chart discussing why you would get a PS3 game over a 360 game and I get ripped a new one!  frown

I don't remember the flow chart, but I didn't start the flame war is this thread.
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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2008, 07:27:46 AM »

Yay chart thread!!

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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2008, 01:16:23 PM »

I'm waiting to see if any developers outside of Sony's own talk about this. The talk on some podcasts I've heard is most developers shrug when asked about themed rooms/areas. They are having a hard enough times just getting their games done let alone spending the times and assets needed to make Home stuff.

Plus I have still yet to see what any of this Home stuff adds in practical value to the gaming/entertainment experience. Especially when Sony is still behind Live when it comes to current support and features.

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« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2008, 01:53:50 PM »

Jesus Christ.
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« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2008, 03:35:34 PM »

Quote from: Jumangi on February 28, 2008, 01:16:23 PM

Plus I have still yet to see what any of this Home stuff adds in practical value to the gaming/entertainment experience.

well, it is like Viagra for the SDF crowd.....
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« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2008, 03:39:35 PM »

Woo, I just so happen to have 2/3 of those games.
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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2008, 03:41:37 PM »

Quote from: biggercup on February 28, 2008, 12:15:10 AM

Do you need to have each individual game to use it's feature?

I'm very curious about this too.  If they do limit it to people who own the game, I wonder how they'd handle rentals.  It seems like it'd be ridiculously clunky if you required the disc to be in the drive to access the Home content--can you imagine making people swap discs as they move to different rooms or whatever?
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« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2008, 03:58:50 PM »

Alot of this stuff sounds like "The Crib" in the 2KSports games. 


I hated "The Crib."
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« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2008, 04:06:09 PM »

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 28, 2008, 03:54:48 AM

And this is related to the discussion...how?

You stated in your first post you didn't want to start a flame war.  Then you post an entirely unrelated graph about the number of good games on each system?

He was following up Depward's silly comic with a silly graph.  Why didn't you get all sandy-vagina'd over the comic?
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« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2008, 04:30:08 PM »

Don't you have more important projects to work on then to be curious about my vagina?
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« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2008, 04:35:42 PM »

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 28, 2008, 04:30:08 PM

Don't you have more important projects to work on then to be curious about my vagina?

hah!  someone owes me 5 bucks!
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« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2008, 05:55:52 PM »

Quote from: Calvin on February 28, 2008, 01:53:50 PM

Jesus Christ.

Here ya go.

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« Reply #29 on: February 28, 2008, 11:43:22 PM »

Much better than I was expecting... could be neat.

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« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2008, 03:55:57 AM »

and it continues to slide slide slippity-slide.....
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« Reply #31 on: April 23, 2008, 04:18:32 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 23, 2008, 03:55:57 AM


I, for one, am incredibly shocked and disappointed.  SHOCKED, I SAY.

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« Reply #32 on: April 23, 2008, 07:04:43 AM »

My response?  I think Sarcastic Gamer put it best:
http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/index.php/2008/04/theres-still-no-place-like-home.html

An earlier post on what home is or isn't.  Too lazy to check if it was posted in this thread already:
http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/index.php/2008/03/playstation-home-redirection-of-misconceptions.html

Of key interest to me is a game independent place to meet up online where games can then be started and tracked.  There's IRC, chatrooms, message boards, etc...  but none with this kind of integration.

So say, if we had a GT PS3 game night, we wouldn't need to all coordinate too much before hand other than meetup time and general games we wanted to play.  Instead, we all jump in Home, meet up in someone's apartment, then talk while waiting for others, then fire up a game with friends, or maybe form a party within a game directly from within Home.  Anyone who doesn't want to play that particular game, or if the game is full can still hang out, or launch their own games.

I wasn't too keen on Home before, seeing it as little more than achievements and such, but that functionality above could be worth it.  I can see a group meeting up in Home to play a few rounds of CoD4 multiplayer while they wait for a friend to get home from work.  Once that friend gets online they all drop back to the Home room to chat, then hop in Resistance 2 8 player co-op or adversarial multiplayer.  It doesn't seem like much but it's very convenient, a bit more than having to fire up the games individually and send out a bunch of messages and invites back and forth across a large number of people.

In another case, Eye of Judgement anyone?  Imagine meeting up in a Home space similar to a local game store where not only can you setup matches, you can also talk with other players while you wait.  Maybe even have tournaments within home, and if there's ever a good case for integration, EoJ could allow Home users to view finished or in progress EoJ matches.  All this without EoJ's funky multiplayer system.  Heck, you can join a room just to chat and discuss decks and stuff.  Card games aren't my thing so I won't be doing that, but you can imagine what kind of online community that can create for a card game.

I'm actually hoping that something similar will be patched into xbox live and all future consoles as it's a good concept.  It works much like in real life where a group my meet up in a place with just a general goal in mind to have fun.

My only concern right now is with Phil Harrison's departure from Sony, the word is he was a champion of this kind of community stuff so without him there they may not utilize it as well as they could.
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« Reply #33 on: April 23, 2008, 08:08:03 AM »

Yeah, Turtle, I'm actually most excited about chatting with other Eye of Judgment players.  I hope they make the ability to play and organize tournaments easy...
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