It was interesting seeing Blind Mango;s take on Home. I agreed with almost all of his observations. As a point of constructive criticism re: Sony;s marketing of Home, it would go a long way to increasing a wider cross section of users is a flyer was included in the packaging of each new PS3 console telling the buyer how to locate Home and an overview of what's in there. Also a regular column in the Playstation Magazine (each issue, please) describing what's new and exciting in Home would be a big help.
It wasn't objective. It was a personal opinion. Thus really not an article.
That's my opinion of the "article".
Sony is doing what it can to maintain and support Home through weekly maintenance and semi-regular core client updates, with an occassional new space/items/games of their own. Sony has left the bulk of development to third party Developers so that they can focus on making Home more stable, secure, faster and better platform for all of us. If I remember correctly, that was in the plan from the very beginning.
Some parts of the so-called "article" is based on current information, while others are based on old information that is no longer valid.
For one, much of that article was objective, unlike your response to it.
For another, in no way does the definition of an article include the absence of any personal opinion, subjective or objective.
For another, please share your reference material where Sony announced (from the very beginning) this "plan", that included leaving the bulk of development to third party developers... Let alone almost all of it as we have seen over the last six months or more.
For another, if that was their plan, so as to focus on making Home more stable, secure, faster and a better platform, then they have most certainly failed in doing all of that. There are far more disconnect errors, system freezes, rewards not registering, and many other issues than in years past.
Not only that, but as has been pointed out to you, and had you read the article with an once of objectivity, you would have known the main point was how badly Sony has marketed Home to broaden the user base. Or perhaps you can share with us all the recent advertising campaigns that Sony has made to promote Home? They didn't even bother to mention Home at E3... And that would have cost them nothing.
It's for this reason and many others why many feel Sony has largely given up on Home, and are simply doing the bare minimum to keep the service running in order to meet their contractual agreements with the third party developers who do support Home.
If not, then it's a terrible a case of egregious mismanagement on Sony's part.
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Sony's PlayStation Home updated mission statement...
"Like it never happened"
- Stand for something better than mediocrity and don't disguise it as adequate, when clearly it is far from that to anyone willing to be objective and unbiased. -
I like the idea of being able to use a picture of our Home avatars as our PSN avatars. That might actually help them get more users. People on your friends list who don't use Home could be like "Wow, what the heck IS that?" and possibly think of checking out the service.