This past weekend held this years Game Developer’s Conference and there’s always something interesting there. Last year the buzz was all around Will Wright’s upcoming PC game Spore and this year it appears that Sony has managed to capture the crowd’s attention with an upcoming title for the PS3 called Little Big Planet. From the demo they did it appears it’s a combination of sandbox and platformer where you can make your own levels using simple built-in tools and then play them with friends and share them with the rest of the world over the Internet. It reminds me a bit of Gary’s Mod for Valve’s phenomenal Half-Life 2, but it’s hard to describe if you’re never seen that mod so I’ll let Sony’s developers do it instead:
The PS3 has been taking a beating from gamers and the press for quite awhile due to its high price tag and some of the hyperbole and just stupid comments from higher ups at Sony and it hasn’t helped that there really hasn’t been anything released for it yet that would qualify as a system seller. This is the first title to be shown that has people talking in glowing terms and Sony must be very happy about it.
In somewhat related news Sony also unveiled their answer to the Xbox 360’s Live service which Sony is calling simply “Home” and it appears they’re taking a page from the folks that make Second Life:
Of course human nature being what it is I can already see one big problem with both Little Big Planet and Home and that’s the fact that gamers can make use of their own media in both environments. You just know someone is going to put their collection of porn images on their PS3 and then plaster their “Home” environment with it and the possibilities provided by Little Big Planet for slapping naughty graphics all over the place are limitless. How Sony will address that issue, or if they even can, remains to be seen, but it’d be a shame if that sort of hurdle can’t be overcome as Little Big Planet alone looks like it could be a system seller for Sony.