PS Nation Goes “Home”

We are excited (and nervous) to announce our new project, a condensed, video version of the podcast that will be shown exclusively in PlayStation Home in their new “Community Theater.” In-line with the community aspect of this project, the winners of our movie poster contest will all be shown outside of the theater in Home to advertise the show! Here are the poster winners (and a couple that Josh made too.)

Check it out 🙂

Winner - Gaf (1 of 2)

Winner - Gaf (1 of 2)

Winner - Gaf (2 of 2)

Winner - Gaf (2 of 2)

Winner - Two Hands Revy

Winner - Two Hands Revy

Josh (1 of 2)

Josh (1 of 2)

Josh - (2 of 2)

Josh - (2 of 2)

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Home-Theater1 2

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Written by Glenn Percival

Glenn Percival

Just a guy that loves games, movies, Golf, Football, and Baseball.

Podcast Co-Host, Editor-in-Chief, Video Producer, and whipping-boy

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  • Dude, that's sooo awesome.

  • lol epic, and the first two were the best! TORGO HYPE!

  • madeup6

    Holly crap I need to start listening to the show again! I'm REALLY behind on the news.

  • wv06

    nice, I am assuming the video will be like gametrailers Invisible Walls podcast format..clips and such as you talk about the games..is this right? Very cool idea, i will watch every week

  • Huge announcement guys!! Even though this mean I have to reinstall Home and actually log in, I will definitely be checking this out.

  • Holy shit. Thats effin awesome!

  • Tirminyl

    Awesome news!

  • Shit. Time to download Home and all its updates. And congratulations guys, see you in Home.

  • sebastiandes0

    This is true COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT! Nice one! Sadly, something cool like this will never happen in Europe… NEVER! 🙁

    congrats to you guys, you made it.

  • That is truly awesome guys but the best deserves the best

  • Wow, that's awesome guys! Huge congrats 🙂

    Is it available in Europe?

  • Wow, that's awesome guys! Huge congrats 🙂

    Is it available in Europe?

  • Sorry, it's SCEA territories only.

  • Thgilyad

    Who knew that Home could get worse? Sorry guys but how is this a good thing?

  • I hope you're joking lol.

    But, if you're not, this is a really good thing in a number of ways. It gives the listeners more PS Nation content, now in video form and puts it in a place where people can meet up and discuss. It exposes the podcast to a much larger audience which can help us get access to bigger developers and key people in the industry. It gives us an even tighter relationship with Sony which also helps us gain access to developers and such. All of this feeds back into the weekly show enabling us to put out the best podcast we possibly can. Also, we have complete editorial control over the content which means that Sony doesn't tell us what games to review, we decide what we want to put up.

    Either way, it's something new and different that we're having fun with and we hope the community enjoys it as well.

  • Thgilyad

    Isn't Home universally hated by the gaming pundits? How does this just not make PSNation more a a shill for Sony then you already are? I'm sorry, but I see a loss of street cred. Look at all these “fans” that need to redownload Home just to get the content. That speaks volumes.

    I'm just stating my concerns in hopes you have truly considered all of the consequences of your actions.

  • I get what you're saying. Look, Home had a rough start to say the least. People tried it, hated the download times and the lack of anything to do in there and with good reason. All the websites wrote their articles about what a joke it was and a lot of people deleted it and moved but more than a few kept it and hung around. Personally, I've probably started it up maybe 15-20 times at the most since it launched, usually just to see what had changed.

    Meanwhile, Sony has quietly plugged along and added more and more content with game publishers. As of last December there were just over 10 Million users in Home so somebody's enjoying it. Every time I've ever gone in there are always crowds of people running around, talking, playing games, whatever so whether gaming pundits hate it or not, it is a qualified success. People are in there and they're spending a lot of money on virtual pants, who knows why?

    Personally I haven't used it that much over the past few years, but I've noticed all the content and all the mini games being built into it so I've gone back in more often over the past 6 months or so. It still needs a lot of work for sure and it will never appeal to everyone but it does appeal to a lot of people, more than is generally acknowledged. Really, when was the last time the gaming pundits went into Home to see what's changed and then talked about it? It was written off from the start and then ignored by a segment of the gaming population. Another segment seems to have embraced it based on the crowds and the revenue that Sony generates.

    If you don't like Home, no big deal, the regular podcast will still go on week to week with the same content as it always has. The video is just an extension of PS Nation. When Joel and I joined, the plans were already in motion. Glenn and Mark had already carefully considered everything. When they told us about it we were actually very excited. It's the opportunity to be in front of a bigger audience and help grow the Podcast. I'm sure there will be people who enjoy the video side but don't like the audio version maybe because of length, language, content, whatever. It's all good.

    Wow, sorry to write a book length response here, but I just wanted you to know that I get where you're coming from. All four of us have bagged on Home at times in the past and it deserved it, but Home today is nowhere near what Home was at launch. It still needs work, but it's a lot more interesting than people give it credit for. As far as us being a shill for Sony? I don't see it that way. We decide what to put up, not Sony. Obviously we're going to be talking about PlayStation games since it's in Home but what we choose and what we say is entirely up to us.

    It's an exciting opportunity for us as a Podcast. If you're not interested, that's fine, I hope you continue to enjoy the audio version because we have a lot of fun making it. =)

  • wow…. i mean wow… this calls for a celebration.. damn ..congrats guys. now they're on celebrity level now.. i guess.?
    so does this mean no more sweet words (*swearing) coz that's part of the psnation identity as we know it.
    are you guys gonna tone it down now?

  • Congrats, I don't make a lot of time for home… but I'll have to squeeze it in more frequently now. Also I agree with Josh… Home has changed a lot… I think a lot of sites, and podcasts need to go back into Home and do a new review of it… maybe they will since Sony is going to remove the beta tag soon. Like you I always notice a lot of people in Home when I log in.

  • The audio podcast will not change at all. You get all your drinking and swearing (when it's funny) just like before. Obviously, that doesn't fly in the Home Community space so we keep it clean there 😉

  • This is cool. Thanks guys, just check it out on my USA account and I like the stuff you put up. Are there going to be reviews on there because that would be cool too? And does the stuff you put up need to be of a certain age rating, could you put up Killzone 3 stuff for example? It would be cool to have some sort of PSNation meet up in PSHome at some stage, to chat about games and such.

  • Thgilyad

    That is what Smokin Joe Frazier would have said back in the 60's. Do you want to be known as the PlayStation Version of “white man's hope” or an “Uncle Tom”?

    I am slightly offended that you are trying to recite the Home press release to me with “10 million” users online. Both you and I know that is a fictitious number so please don't treat me like I'm a moron. I am not a Home hater, I'm just a realist and my concern that they are using the PSNation as some kind of “see it works” prop is insulting.

    I appreciate your candor but as you can surely tell I am very skeptical. There is a reason that Home is mocked and you may want to consider that for a bit. Is that what you want PSNation to be aligned with?

  • all I'm getting from you is Home got worse because of PSnation being in it now? or am reading this all wrong?

    wait is this Mark?

  • omg another break through for PS NATION! LET THE HYPE BEGIN!

  • Mark_PSNation

    LMAO! No, it's not me, but Thgilyad obviously shares my affinity for sumo wrestlers in Mega Man form. ^__^

    I still refuse to buy virtual pants, but I'll probably buy a virtual shirt with the PS Nation logo on it.

  • Midnightshade

    Congrats guys. I have been listening to you guys since the episode you teamed with the Joystick guys for those 1 or 2 episodes back in 2008. I only had a psp and pc for gaming and your show got me to buy a PS3 and get back in to console game after a long hiatus since the ps1. That right there shows the power a podcast can have. You guys must be thrilled to be broadcasting in the official PS virtual community.

    I think this is a great idea and it will defiantly bring more people to listen to the best podcast out there. Keep up the great work Torgo, and Josh and Joel, welcome! I am loving listening to 3 different personalities…Though I still miss Savory's RPG talk.

  • oh btw nice cameo :))

    kidding aside, there's a huge possibility you're going to show up on the video podcast when RPG is involve right? coz I'm pretty sure those 3 won't touch it.

    • Anonymous

      lol, thanks! 🙂

      That’s up to the boys if they’d want me to do something like that, but I’m sure they’re content to just rip on me. j/k 😉

  • Thgilyad

    Soul mates????

  • Thgilyad

    If all your getting is Home is going to be worse that you're not reading it wrong, you're not reading it at all.

  • Wait, so you're saying that if you did a podcast for over three years, and Sony approached you with this opportunity, and the chance to get your material in front of Millions of new people, you wouldn't do it? Seriously??!!

    One thing to remember here also, Sony doesn't dictate what games etc that we talk about. We can't curse, but that's about it, and that's more to do with the fact that it's all under the ESRB umbrella.

    You say that what Josh is insulting, but what do you think that you're doing? We've been working our asses off since February to get this together, and you just roll in with your hate. You can have your little conspiracy theory etc, but to actually invoke something like “Uncle Tom” is insulting in so many ways, least of all to us.

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  • Thgilyad

    Trolling??? I am the only one here trying to keep you honest. I guess constructive criticism isn't welcome here. All I'm trying to do is be the Mohammad Ali to your Joe Frazier. I am not a sheeple, that just sits back like a good soldier and doesn't ask any questions. I'm concerned that I am the only one asking the hard questions. Do you think you've compromised your integrity?

  • Dude, you think calling us “Uncle Tom's” is constructive??

    I get what you're trying to say, but it seems like you're making-up your mind about the whole thing before you know any of the facts. We still don't even know if this is going to work-out, but I sure as hell didn't want to be the one to say “what if?”

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  • MidnightRider1

    Great job guys

  • purist

    My first thought was to congratulate Glenn and the guys for all the hard work this must have taken, and for the unique exposure and corporate support that comes with this. This is probably the single coolest thing to happen to both Home and PSNation, and it's a great synergistic partnership.I am compelled to revisit Home to at least check out how it has grown because of this announcement.

    However, it's just interesting to see how the attitude towards Home is changing because you're now part of it. Whatever happened to the media sharing, game-launching, and cross-game-chat potential? Did they even re-enable voicechat in public spaces? These things have hindered what could've been an awesome Second Life type of platform in and of itself.

    Spending real money on fake clothes and doing the running man in a barren lobby is not my idea of a good time, and you guys should continue to call out Sony on the BS, not do a 180. But see, Sony is not going to sponsor you so that you can come in and trash it on their own platform. I think this is what Thgilyad is saying…that maybe your objectivity is put into question.

    You guys are still awesome, and this is still wonderful news. But Home has a long way to go, and as gamers we've been disappointed by its offerings.

  • robotiod

    If european listeners like me wnt to enter the NA home for this just set up a NA PSN account and you will enter the NA home.

  • The problem is that MNR for PSP has a voucher in the box to activate online play, so you may have issues with it if we sent the game to anywhere outside of the SCEA region, which is why we separated the contests.

  • Thgilyad

    Wow, actually someone that is bringing clarity to the discussion. I appreciate you articulating what I seem to be butchering. If PSNation can vow to hold Sony accountable because they are on the “inside” now then maybe some good can come from this, but if that doesn't happen then what is it all for, so you can get easier access to the hobby you love? I will continue to question your motives and your credibility because everyone seems to want to turn the other cheek.

  • I don't feel like any of us has suddenly done a 180. My attitude _has_ shifted over the past year, before I was on PS Nation actually and I talked about it on 360 Nation on and off. If you listen back, I don't believe any of us have said that Home doesn't still have problems. Glenn has talked about playing poker in the EA space since it launched a year ago and he raved about Sodium 1 before Sony ever approached PS Nation. It's not like we were all saying Home sucks! and now we're all saying Home rocks!

    You said “Spending real money on fake clothes and doing the running man in a barren lobby is not my idea of a good time” and that's fine for you, but it sounds like you've either never been in Home or haven't been in since around the time it launched because I have yet to go in there and find it barren. Any time day or night there are hundreds of people gathered in all the different spaces I've been in. The vast majority of them have paid for “fake clothes” so more than a few people actually like it. There are more people in Home than you realize and they're actually having fun with the mini games or even just the social aspect of hanging out text chatting with a group of friends. Go in and check it out, you may be surprised, but if it's not for you, it's not for you, no big deal, just understand that there are a lot of people out there that like it a lot.

    Does Home still have problems? Absolutely, and you've articulated some of them here, but… game launching was added back in September 2009 with a firmware update. Remember when they took away the PlayStation 3 logo and chimes when starting up games from the XMB? That was partly to facilitate a more seamless transition from Home to the games. I don't see where cross game chat has anything to do with Home on it's own however. So, from your list, that leaves us with media sharing and voice chat in public spaces. Both of these are definitely issues that bug me personally so you know what, I bugged the crap out of the Home people at E3 every chance I got and, big surprise, they are very much aware of it. There actually is a very passionate and loyal Home community (crazy, I know) that bugs them about these and other issues constantly. I didn't really get an answer about the media sharing beyond “we're working on it” but I did find out that voice chat in public spaces is mostly a matter of bandwidth. They are however still looking for a way to make it work because they know that people want it.

    Also, let me state this as clearly as possible, Sony doesn't want “yes men”. When I was introduced to the Home people at E3 and the first words out of my mouth were “I've got issues” they said, “Hit me”. I'm not going to go into all of it here because quite frankly, we talked for a long time. What I came away with however was the sense that they genuinely want to make the service better and they listened to everything I had to say. I was also reminded that Home is a bureaucracy within a much larger Sony bureaucracy so getting things done can be slow some times. Does that make it right? Not really, but I do feel better and quite confident that the Home group is already well aware of Home's shortcomings and they are working towards correcting the issues. I still want my media sharing and I'm gonna keep bugging them until it's in there. Pictures have been there for a while and are a decent start, but I want my music and video available too.

    As for Sony not sponsoring us so we can come in and bash them on their own platform, we have only 3 things in the contract that we can't do, No alcohol references, No foul language and No talking directly about current gen competitors. Everything else is wide open and up to us. We're still figuring out what we want to do in there and because of geographical considerations, recording game footage and doing voice over video reviews seems the best way to go for us for right now. Footage from E3 (what little we got with the camera fail) should show up in our next videos but where we go from there, who knows?

    Yeah, Glenn and I went into Home a week before our launch in anticipation just to look around. We came away with a pretty funny experience that we shared on the podcast. This doesn't mean we love Home or hate Home. Home is what it is. It's an evolving platform that's very different from what we were first shown several years ago. In some ways it's better and some ways it's worse but it's still evolving. I can now point out issues directly to people at Sony, and believe me, I will. Personally, before this deal, I didn't spend lot of time in Home. I'd go in maybe once a month, once every two months usually just to see what was new. Now that we're in there, yeah, I will be in more, mostly to meet people. You'd be surprised by the number of messages I had in my inbox when I turned on the PS3 coming back from E3, I was certainly floored. There are a ton of people who don't listen to podcasts but liked what they saw in Home and sent me some really nice messages. While I still think Home needs a lot of work, I do believe it has more to offer than most people realize. That's just me though, and I realize that it's not for everyone.

    Ultimately we do this show for the community. If we can reach out to a different segment through Home, I'm all for it. This doesn't mean that we endorse Home, it's just another avenue to reach potential listeners and open up some doors at publishers. In the end, more listeners and better access means everybody wins, and yes, I will keep bugging the people at Home about the problems there, I'm just not going to bore the listeners with it every week on the podcast.

  • Celebrity level lol, not quite. We did have a number of people come up to us at E3 who recognized us from Home but ultimately, the booth babes still outshined us =(

    As for content changing, no, the podcast will be exactly the same as it always was. The only restrictions we have are for the videos in Home itself with no swearing, no alcohol and no talking about other current gen systems. When Glenn was told this he yelled out “You've ripped out the heart of the show!” jokingly of course. I think we can still do a pretty decent job within those guidelines and still keep the same feel of the PS Nation show that you know so well.

  • I don't feel like any of us has suddenly done a 180. My attitude _has_ shifted over the past year, before I was on PS Nation actually and I talked about it on 360 Nation on and off. If you listen back, I don't believe any of us have said that Home doesn't still have problems. Glenn has talked about playing poker in the EA space since it launched a year ago and he raved about Sodium 1 before Sony ever approached PS Nation. It's not like we were all saying Home sucks! and now we're all saying Home rocks!

    You said “Spending real money on fake clothes and doing the running man in a barren lobby is not my idea of a good time” and that's fine for you, but it sounds like you've either never been in Home or haven't been in since around the time it launched because I have yet to go in there and find it barren. Any time day or night there are hundreds of people gathered in all the different spaces I've been in. The vast majority of them have paid for “fake clothes” so more than a few people actually like it. There are more people in Home than you realize and they're actually having fun with the mini games or even just the social aspect of hanging out text chatting with a group of friends. Go in and check it out, you may be surprised, but if it's not for you, it's not for you, no big deal, just understand that there are a lot of people out there that like it a lot.

    Does Home still have problems? Absolutely, and you've articulated some of them here, but… game launching was added back in September 2009 with a firmware update. Remember when they took away the PlayStation 3 logo and chimes when starting up games from the XMB? That was partly to facilitate a more seamless transition from Home to the games. I don't see where cross game chat has anything to do with Home on it's own however. So, from your list, that leaves us with media sharing and voice chat in public spaces. Both of these are definitely issues that bug me personally so you know what, I bugged the crap out of the Home people at E3 every chance I got and, big surprise, they are very much aware of it. There actually is a very passionate and loyal Home community (crazy, I know) that bugs them about these and other issues constantly. I didn't really get an answer about the media sharing beyond “we're working on it” but I did find out that voice chat in public spaces is mostly a matter of bandwidth. They are however still looking for a way to make it work because they know that people want it.

    Also, let me state this as clearly as possible, Sony doesn't want “yes men”. When I was introduced to the Home people at E3 and the first words out of my mouth were “I've got issues” they said, “Hit me”. I'm not going to go into all of it here because quite frankly, we talked for a long time. What I came away with however was the sense that they genuinely want to make the service better and they listened to everything I had to say. I was also reminded that Home is a bureaucracy within a much larger Sony bureaucracy so getting things done can be slow some times. Does that make it right? Not really, but I do feel better and quite confident that the Home group is already well aware of Home's shortcomings and they are working towards correcting the issues. I still want my media sharing and I'm gonna keep bugging them until it's in there. Pictures have been there for a while and are a decent start, but I want my music and video available too.

    As for Sony not sponsoring us so we can come in and bash them on their own platform, we have only 3 things in the contract that we can't do, No alcohol references, No foul language and No talking directly about current gen competitors. Everything else is wide open and up to us. We're still figuring out what we want to do in there and because of geographical considerations, recording game footage and doing voice over video reviews seems the best way to go for us for right now. Footage from E3 (what little we got with the camera fail) should show up in our next videos but where we go from there, who knows?

    Yeah, Glenn and I went into Home a week before our launch in anticipation just to look around. We came away with a pretty funny experience that we shared on the podcast. This doesn't mean we love Home or hate Home. Home is what it is. It's an evolving platform that's very different from what we were first shown several years ago. In some ways it's better and some ways it's worse but it's still evolving. I can now point out issues directly to people at Sony, and believe me, I will. Personally, before this deal, I didn't spend lot of time in Home. I'd go in maybe once a month, once every two months usually just to see what was new. Now that we're in there, yeah, I will be in more, mostly to meet people. You'd be surprised by the number of messages I had in my inbox when I turned on the PS3 coming back from E3, I was certainly floored. There are a ton of people who don't listen to podcasts but liked what they saw in Home and sent me some really nice messages. While I still think Home needs a lot of work, I do believe it has more to offer than most people realize. That's just me though, and I realize that it's not for everyone.

    Ultimately we do this show for the community. If we can reach out to a different segment through Home, I'm all for it. This doesn't mean that we endorse Home, it's just another avenue to reach potential listeners and open up some doors at publishers. In the end, more listeners and better access means everybody wins, and yes, I will keep bugging the people at Home about the problems there, I'm just not going to bore the listeners with it every week on the podcast.

  • Celebrity level lol, not quite. We did have a number of people come up to us at E3 who recognized us from Home but ultimately, the booth babes still outshined us =(

    As for content changing, no, the podcast will be exactly the same as it always was. The only restrictions we have are for the videos in Home itself with no swearing, no alcohol and no talking about other current gen systems. When Glenn was told this he yelled out “You've ripped out the heart of the show!” jokingly of course. I think we can still do a pretty decent job within those guidelines and still keep the same feel of the PS Nation show that you know so well.

  • you should get these made up and give them as prizes for extra life