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Phil Harrison On Porn, Games And Home

In an Intevrview with ThreeSpeech, Phil harrison shares his personal opinions on PS3 and Home.

Q: What about uploading porn from your PS3's hard-disk to your private space? And maybe inviting people you don't necessarily know back and them being slightly offended by what they see, then going to a moderator?

PH: Well I'm disappointed that you would use those as the first questions. I think Home should be used for a much wider and more beneficial scope than that, but I think that people can express their creativity inside Home in a wide variety of ways and it's not necessarily for us to dictate what that should be. However, if somebody feels uncomfortable about an encounter on Home, it's very easy for them to ban that person from their friends list…

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OutpostCommand3689d ago (Edited 3689d ago )

Gah - is it just me, or did Harrisons answer to the third question create a very awkward atmosphere between him and the interviewer(s) ?
Seriously, I could almost feel it from here ! :-s

But yeah, overall, interesting interview.

Rasputin20113689d ago

I wouldn't put it past good ol philly to have his fair share of "SMUT" on his "HOME" space or whatever the frickin thing is called.

Dlacy13g3689d ago

PH: Well I’m disappointed that you would use those as the first questions. I think Home should be used for a much wider and more beneficial scope than that, but I think that people can express their creativity inside Home in a wide variety of ways and it’s not necessarily for us to dictate what that should be......
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Ok first off...I found it funny that he didn't think this kind of question would be on the tip of many minds in terms of how this platform that is a game cosole... i.e. used by many kids of varying ages would not be asked right away.

Secondly I could not disagree more with Phil on his comment regarding the use of porn "...it’s not necessarily for us to dictate what that should be" Are you kidding me? People thought LIVE was a haven for sexual predators....well guess where the new home of the Pedaphil will be? I am sorry...but Sony really needs to lay some very CLEAR ground rules about use of porn, etc. otherwise we are going to see every Jack Thompson and Parent Group in the world come out against the PS3.

LOL...who knows maybe we will see a virtual episode of "To Catch a Predator" on NBC using HOME as their trap.

As for the rest of the interview...

Well it is clear that using HOME is not going to be a very user friendly experience for getting into games. I mean honestly...you start up the PS3, then go to HOME, then go to your virtual PSP to use shortcuts to get around to places...and presumable games. Just seems like a lot of jumping/loading other things to do a simple task that can be done from the dash. I am going to assume after the initial "excitement" of HOME's launch that most gamers will just use the dash screen. Home basically is going to be Sony's homebrew version of Second Life plain and simple.

techie3689d ago

Home is an option that you do not have to use to enter a multiplayer game. They have said that the functionality of the psn network will increase as features of Home increase. It is only an option - as Harrison said you can use it as little or as much as you like. If however you want to socialise and find people to play with and get to know them, then you can enter home. It's upto you completely. No jumping around if you don't want to.

The parental controls and methods for getting rid of offensive people sound very efficient. You can report people, you can block people, you can send people out of your "world". There will be fliters for language. I wouldn't worry about that - that's an important issue for them that they will be concentrating on in the BETA.

PORN can only be used in your private space running off your HDD. Not public spaces.

Dlacy13g3689d ago

No, I do get what you are saying. I understand HOME is optional...hence what I said in regards to it being more of Sony's version of Second Life. I think this will be an entirely social based "game" for lack of better word.

PORN can only be used in your private space running off your HDD. Not public spaces....and I get that too. But how easy is it going to be to invite anyone in to see your stuff. And sure there are moderators outside...but Sony should be strict about what is shown inside and outside their "homes" in HOME. This is not the internet...it is not public domain. HOME is a propritary application of Sony and they are allowing users to use their network and application. Like I said...just a matter of time before the Pervs are inviting everyone around them to come in and see their Apt. not caring who you are just to show off their porn...and kids will be more than happy to go into those rooms due to the nature of kids.

DEIx15x83689d ago

Is it possible to customize clothing? If it is it would be easy for someone to put a nude picture on a shirt and go walking around.

ReconHope3689d ago

the home of pervs. i mean even n4g have people with offensive avatars.

HandShandy3689d ago

Excuse my childish ideas here for a second, but an evil grin just came across my face.

You know what would be cool, if you could like kick people in and smash up their apartments and stuff. Imagen that, you see some guy on there who was a camping noob in your last game of Vegas and you go up to him infront of all his mates and *SMACK* right in the face.

It would be cool if "HOME" had a virtual pub that people could go to and watch football matches and argue over women, so you could have massive virtual punchups in a fully digitaly distuctive bar! Wow!

I mean, if I was incharge of the home project I would turn the thing into a massive beat-em-up game where you could just go around doing all the naughty things you wouldn't get away with in Real Life.

But then again... there wouldn't be much point in buying GTA4 then would there.