How to make Home fun: turn it into crackdown.
Or infamous, or whatever, just treat it like a crazy open world sand box.
yeah, basically, why if I am in a virtual world am I limited to moving around as if it was a real place?!? Seriously, how much fucking lack of imagination is that? I want to be able to leap out of the plate glass window of my penthouse apartment, and then their smash into the concrete below or fly through the air and fire laser guns at my friends.
Being one of the one-in-three who TRIED Home and looked out my window into the harbour I wondered "boy wouldn't it be fun if I could just dive into that water from this balcony?"
You know what, I don't like wandering around malls in real life, why would I care about an unnecessarily realistic recreation of that?!?
If Sony wanted a space that other PS3 users can interact THEN LET THEM INTERACT. Wandering around and doing the occasional dumb dance is NOT ENOUGH, and obvious thing (to me) is make it a consequence free playground. Various plugins could allow impromptu shooting games and just make up the rules and follow them as you like, like hand out paintball gun. Then how about some fighting challenge, a parkour challenge, just leave some bikes and dodgem cars to run people over.
Of course all harmless fun, people jsut bounce off dodgem cars, but wouldn't it be cool if you could get around your Home neighbourhood like that?
And how about you get a bit more creative than just putting demos and videos lying around in easy reach. How about handing out treasure maps and prizes to the first 100 people who find it? Then hide the demo in an underwater maze, at the top of a ridiculously tall tower, or even some place that could only be reached through teamwork
basically, make it an MMO mario-world.
now that would be something special but instead they just played it safe and boring. It is as if the advertisers said:
"oh, we all want them to see our video. Then we must just put the video right there in middle of promenade from them all to see... but none will care."