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GDC Keynote |

10:15 PST: I’m just talking to my friend and he’s still in line. He says that the line is really really long. Really long. I hope he can make it in….

10:27 PST: Just in case you’re wondering, my friend Joshua is a co-founder of Magmic. Magmic makes some cool games for cellphones, and he’s at the conference in that capacity.

10:35 PST: To tide you over until I get word from Joshua, here’s an interesting article about PlayStation Home from Kotaku. And here is a Home trailer from! Now to go look at that video… (Thanks Gary.)

10:41 PST: Joshua has a seat and is waiting for the conference to begin.

10:46 PST: “He’s on!” (Note that whatever I put in quotes is exactly what Joshua is saying.)

10:48 PST: “Audience participation and emergent gameplay are the topics. Gameplay 3.0”

Bah! I’m going to skip the timestamps.

Why does he call it Gameplay 3.0?

“1.0 the disconnected console.
2.0 connected console. Networks plus static content on disc
3.0 open standards dynamic content”

Something else I found at Kotaku. LittleBigPlanet

Joshua doesn’t have the advantage of seeing the trailer like we just did, or maybe he’s getting it now, but he’s amazed at what he’s seeing:

“Wow! Full rich 3d interactive social community world. Like 2nd life?
Games unlock content in home world

Home launching later this year.. Demo starting
Rich dynamic advertising all over the world.. You probably see all of this in the video

Casual game lounge.. Bowling, pool, etc. Arcade cabinets for video games, downloads, demos..
Virtual psp is the control panel.

Set up your own virtual apartment, club house..”

I asked about the PSP, and Joshua said:

“Yeah you pop up a virtual psp for all settings and stuff.
Everything is crazy customizable.

[He] just took a pic of the crowd, put the memory stick in the ps3 and added a framed pic of us to his virtual apartment.

Home cinema…
Virtual theater to watch movies and trailers.
More customizable features and loads of dynamic content…

Hall of fame. Cool personal trophy room.. Achievements. Share with other people by bringing them in.

Done the home demo. Very cool.
Absolutely free to download and use.

Beta in April. Launch in the fall”

Hmmm. Anybody out there know how I can get on the beta? I asked Joshua jokingly, but he replied:

“Don’t know, but it will be a large scale public beta. There is a private one running right now.”

Cool stuff.

Now the keynote moves away from PlayStation Home to talk about other stuff. Like SingStar! Hm, Joshua doesn’t say much about that.

“Playstation edge announcement
Tools and tech being shared free with all ps3 developers
Rsx profiling tool

Optimized libraries.
Session later today. Available after GDC
Little big planet game announcement”

(See my Kotaku link about LittleBigPlanet above.)

“By ragdoll kung fu guys
Media molecule is the company
Looks very creative and cool!

Another build a virtual world type thing. Everything can be manipulated…
Can use it to build games and levels.

They are building, playing and manipulating live on stage.. Wacky. This is emergent gameplay.”

I asked Joshua if it looks like fun.

“I guess it’s a virtual attempt at recreating what we used to do as kids when sent outside to play. Fun is what you make of it and with the people you are with. It can be fun. But for gamers used to everything being given to them, they’ll probably bore quickly. I suppose if enough pre canned games are provided and the community generated content rolls in, it has a lot of potential.”

Here’s that user-generated content Sony’s been talking about recently. Gary, are you listening? (He was just asking about this yesterday.)

Next Joshua mentions the fact that we get together for games nights, and how this game might be fun for us:

“Actually it would be an easy candidate to use up entire game nights for us. You need a group to really enjoy it. Yeah… Just ended. It rocks.”

About the PS3: “The community and collaboration aspect looks really sharp. I almost want a ps3…” (Unfortunately, Joshua doesn’t buy home consoles… Any…)

All done!

Here is Joystiq’s coverage.
Here is Eurogamer’s coverage.

LittleBigPlanet Video (thanks again Gary)

Crap! I just realized that this post has been private. I don’t know how that happened. Crap. Ah well, at least you can see it now.

  • Isaac

    I hope he gets in as well. Im looking forward to the blog updates.

  • Tell him to shout “Free PSPs outside!” That always works ;).

  • Marcelo

    Have you read this?

    Seems like we will have to wait till fall to see actually see it on our PS3’s. ;-(

    I thought it was going to come together with the European release….

  • After watching that Home trailer I’m very looking forward to hearing the full official details! Looks superb! πŸ˜€

  • DC

    Frick on a stick! Home looks pretty darn good!

  • I just watched that home trailer ….. wow! That looks awesome! πŸ˜€ I’m kinda bummed it’s not out until fall though πŸ™ But it should be worth the wait πŸ™‚

  • Burten


    Prepare for wii/360fanboys attacking any given moment!

    “..Why cant we all be friends..?”

  • ehandlr

    Public Beta testing starts in April for Home.

    the attacks have already started..most are “but what about the games?” to which I say…its GDC..not E3 or TGS….its not here to show off massive demos.

  • Of course they will attack, why else are they alive??

    I love Home πŸ˜€

    Heres some major other stuff from GDC, from Warhawk to LBP…

  • Thanks goes to Joshua by the way!!

    I’m so excited about LittleBigPlanet. I’ve watched the video 5 times so far and I’m hooked on it’s charming, cute and zaney antics!

    I’m going to be keeping a very close eye on LBP and right now, I’ll be getting it when it’s shipped on BD next year.

  • chrysostom

    The Home trailer is exciting. I played Second Life too and the graphics is subpar… The graphics @ Home is amazing. Wonder how to sign up for the beta in April.

    I am a little disappointed that there’s no announcement on upscaling PS2 games and no additional demos or trailers.

    Overall, I am happy and exciting with the news. Sony is certainly on the right track. I am sure all PS3 owners will appreciate their efforts.

  • Sony finally managed to do it, they managed to shake off the negativity and provide a keynote full of what keynotes for GDC should be about, content. Not even Joystiq commenters (diehard nintendo/xbox country) couldnt manage to doom and gloom this into the ground.

    I had a feeling this was coming into fruition. When you think about it, all the pieces were there, we just werent looking for it. Sony bought Grouper last year, all of the pre and post launch ps3 advertisments in the us dealt with an empty room. Sony had an unusually large amount of power devoted to the OS (especially since the XMB is suspiciously lightweight to need such resources, they reserved it for a reason). Thing are finally looking up for sony, and its about time.

  • When I heard Sony bought Grouper last year I signed up just so I have the username I wanted. And I haven’t been back since. But I’m going to start visiting it more often now πŸ™‚

  • Everything Sony showed today looke incredible, the crowd LOVED it too. Quite a funny presentation. Really looking forward to SingStar, Home, and especially LBP.

  • Virtually every hosted video of the Keynote itself is running as slow as molasses. Gamespot, Gamesvideos, both slowed to the point of being unwatchable. A LOT of people are looking at this thing, thats a good sign that sony is turning heads. Even smaller videos on smaller sites are chugging due to bandwith issues.

  • Sporty

    Yeah I been trying to download the keynote from GS for hours. I’m 250MB into it after 3 hours and sill only getting 18kb.

    Normally I would have it in minutes.