Review: VidZone App for PS3

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Product: VidZone Application
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Manufacturer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Original MSRP: Free

I must begin by coming clean about my former addiction. I’m not proud of it but I have to get this off my chest and I hope I will find you all supportive and understanding. I am a music video addict.
I think my troubles grew out of my early childhood development. My mother napped a lot and I would watch television while she slept. Hours of music and video stitched themselves together in my psyche. Big Bird sang his alphabet song Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz and taught me how to say all that as if it was one word. Mister Rodgers wanted to be my neighbor, “Won’t you please?” And my local independent cartoon show host Cowboy Bob, with the help of his puppet pal Sourdough the singing biscuit, just piled into the act.

I thought I had this thing beat. When MTV stopped being about playing music videos and started the reality programming trend I almost subliminally floated away from my problem and began leaving the house again. Meeting people.

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All that seems to be going down the tubes. After all these years and even after cutting the cord on cable TV I find myself face to face with music videos again. What’s worse is there are thousands of them. And I can pick and choose them or allow them to wash over me at random. I can laugh at the naughty nudie ones. (Yes! The new trend is topless females. Both new videos from Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke feature totally topless women who I can only imagine were well paid for their gleeful objectification.) And while giggling I can actually send the video to anyone on my PSN friends list who also has the app or I can share it on Facebook!
I’m from the past, you know. I turn 50 on October 2nd this year. My twenty-something-self from the 80s is totally freaking out! Ohmahgawd! Shyeah…like interactive TV is even possible!? No. Way.

Yes. Way. And right now.

I imagine you’re thinking, “How can this be free?” Wellllll…it’s ad supported. Which is a fancy-schmancy marketing way of not using the word commercials. There are things about the service which make that OK. I shall enumerate them for you now.

1- The commercials are all brief. Like most are 15 seconds or so.
2- Everything else about the service is totally tubular and awesome.

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I started up the app for the first time, chose the ZONE called Back To The 80s TV and made a list of the music videos which randomly played. Check out this list, bruh:

  • Parents Just Don’t Understand– DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  • You’re The Best– Tina Turner
  • Heard It Through The Grapevine– Marvin Gaye (Live at Montrose)
  • The Right Stuff– NKOTB
  • Avalon– Roxy Music (OHMAHGAWD!!!)
  • Didn’t We Almost Have It All– Whitney Houston (Live)
  • Here Comes The Rain Again– Eurythmics
  • Any Way You Want It– Journey
  • Dancing With Tears In My Eyes– Ultravox
  • I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)– Hall & Oates
  • Talk Dirty To Me– Poison
  • Golden Brown– The Stranglers

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That last one was terrific 80s obscuria. I don’t recall ever hearing the song or of the group before. It’s possible they appeared on the USA Network on Night Flight but I missed it.
I did notice that unlike the newer videos from current artists these older videos from days-gone-by are not in HD. That was a bit disappointing but to be perfectly honest, when they aired originally they aired in 4:3, 480i so seeing them like that again is no worse than getting out a four hour VHS tape of MTV from 1984. Which I would totally do if I had oneohmahgawdIthinkIdoactually! Well great. Now I need to hunt down my Downtown Julie Brown Club MTV video tapes so I can watch the blond, spiky-flat-topped hunkasaurus boogie shirtless in his open jean jacket. HEY! You guys get boobies! Leave me alone!

Alright. I have reminisced enough. I wanted to convey to you that really no matter what your era, from the days when music videos became de rigueur all the way to today, you can fire-up this app and enjoy the hell out of it.

The app’s main menu consists of five choices which are Zones, My Zone, Charts, Play Queue, and Search. Genre categories are Featured Music, TV, Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, RNB, Dance, Alternative, Metal, Live, Party, Chill, 80s, and 90s. The Party zone contains an artist listed as Sunfly. And that my friends is FREAKING KARAOKE!!!

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Conclusion:
I could go on and on about this app and how great it is and how much I love it and how much fun I’ve had with it and will continue to have with it and I could make more lists of artists and music and any number of time-wasting review-padding things. God knows I wrote a forth-coming RPG review of literally 2699 words.

What I would prefer, howsomeever, is that you walk like an Egyptian to your console, download and install this VidZone app and play with it. Lose yourself in it! Free your mind and the rest will follow. Believe me! You can’t fight this feeling.

Score:
9.0

Written by Keith Dunn-Fernández

Keith Dunn-Fernández

An actor/director and more lucratively an Administrative Assistant at a small paper company in NYC, Keith loves his games. And he loves to write. And he is a bit of a sarcasmo.

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  • ChazzH69

    I can’t believe it took them over a year to bring the app to the US. I do like the app and think the selection of music is great however, I would have liked a subscription version, ad free of course.

  • Calvin Vesco

    Cool. I didn’t realize it was a free app. I will have to check it out!

  • way2easy

    Wait…. Isn’t this like two years old?

    • It just hit the US

  • YoyoMcDingdong

    It is a great free app,music videos just ar’nt my bag.Now lets get some movies in the store for us Irish gamers.
    Also where is the netflix app for the vita here in Europe?

  • Richieboy

    How strange, we in the EU always get stuff after the US, but we’ve had this for aaaaaaaages!

    It’s a great service.

  • OK, it’s not perfect though, no Bananarama and no Cathy Dennis. I’m OUT! 😛

    • Keith Dunn

      WOW…..that’s really gay. And I mean, like, I had no IDEA straight people KNEW Cathy Dennis! LOL!!! Touch Me (All Night Long) was a HUGE dance hit!

  • Ramen_4_Life

    Is it strange that the first video I looked up was “Never Gonna Give You Up”?

    …First title that popped into my head. Honest!

    • Ramen_4_Life

      And now I just finished watching “Thriller”. I forgot this had closing credits. Closing Credits! In a MUSIC VIDEO!!