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By dark ally (Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 03:48:14 AM EST) sony, ps3, sony home (all tags)
After many delays, Sony finally opened their social networking creation for the PS3.  Predictably, the servers were overwhelmed at first, but I did manage to get on.

Color me unimpressed. 

 Maybe it's because I'm not a social extrovert.  Crowds of people don't make be go squee with the possibilities they present.  However, I did try to converse with some of the avatars - with less than exciting results.

The environment is also less than appealing.  So far I've explored the following spaces:
1. My personal condo.  If I had a bunch of PS3 playing friends, I could invite them here to show them the same stuff & space they have.
2. The Central Plaza.  The saucer game is kinda fun, though it's non-social.  There's a music area and some billboards.
3. The Mall.  Here it becomes obvious that Sony expects me to pay $$ to buy virtual stuff.  Whee.  Will a pair of virtual shorts get me chicks?  I somehow doubt it.
4. The Movie Theater.  The trailer for Twilight along with a music video.  
5. The Bowling Alley.  There's some 2-D arcade games which show promise (although non-social), some pool tables which a good for meeting people and bowling (which I didn't play).  The problem here is a scarcity of supply - there are only a limited number of games, so if you want to try one out, you have to wait for one to become free.

I haven't checked out the "Uncharted" and "Drake's Fortuned" themed areas yet.

But this is supposed to be a social site.  A place to meet other PS3 owners and interact with them.  But, for the most part, people don't actually talk/chat.  Sony would like you to buy their controller keyboard add-on, but a USB keyboard works just as well.   I managed okay with just the pop-up keyboard.  But I think what you really need is the headset.  Voice is quick, you can determine age & gender, and it bypasses the filters.

The filters are amusing.  "Hello" becomes "*****o", even though "Hello" is available from the quick-phrase list.  And although I'm sure Sony has good intentions, they don't prevent things like "BigTitz" for an avatar name or a guy asking "lift up your skirt".

Much has been made of Microsoft's decision to make their Xbox Live avatars Mii like.  Well, Sony's attempt to make life-like avatars looks impressive at first, but leaves much to be desired.  If you go into the customization menus you quickly discover that it's easier to make your avatar look like a caveman than like yourself.  I was able to do a better job creating a Mii which looked like myself.

The limited number of choices is also perplexing.  There is one style of glasses, and one of sunglasses.  There are lots of hairstyles, but I can't pick the color of my shirt.  And you can have a moustache, but not a beard.  And when you jump into an area people are ghosts  until the specifics are loaded.

And everyone gets a bubble maker in their inventory.

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Filters. by dark nowhere (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 01:22:28 PM EST
Substring filters really suck. PSO really drove that home--my hometown: C****tetown. Apparently Sega thought that after failing with "whore", "harlot" would be next on the insult list.

Chill out, snowflake.

Someone on this site made that software by theboz (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 04:57:46 PM EST
He singlehandedly designed it, coded it, and set everything up exactly how he wanted.  So if you hate this software, you hate him.

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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
Is that really what he's been working on? by Imperial Mince (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 12:02:55 AM EST
That could almost make me want to look at it. He could never admit it if it was true though, right?

This space reserved for whining like a little bitch and being sanctimonious.
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I was just being a smartass by theboz (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 05:22:06 AM EST
I don't think he's been working on that, although I really have no idea.  It would be amusing though if he were responsible for the problems with it.  I know I can be defensive of my ideas and coding when people criticize it.

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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
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