Free Realms (PS3, PC)

Discussion in 'Console Gaming' started by Need 2 Know, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. patsu

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    I agree wholeheartedly that the info bar is butt-ugly. Sony claimed many people use it, but I think it's because they don't know how to turn it off. People may click on it to try to find out how to turn it off. :twisted:

    For general notification, they are using the following ways:
    * The Playstation Blog
    * The Playstation newsletter
    * Gaming sites and magazines
    * Pulse and Qore (argh !)
    * Word-of-mouth via forum
    These should hit the hard core people pretty well.

    For the casual crowd, I'm afraid they'd have to find other channels. Since it's free, I'd say just bundle it into every Vaio (Home model at least), or find co-marketing opportunities.

    EDIT: I still think the best way is to play a video in the XMB background. The XMB is a TV interface. Playing changing marketing material in the background is like watching TV commercials (e.g., Home user activities, short blurbs from Christina and that Qore gal, etc.). :) It doesn't even have to be full screen.
     
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    Yes, I think they need something stylish on the XMB. But not intrusive. Maybe just a news icon in the XMB that while you're over, changes the background to some media news feed?
     
  3. patsu

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    ... plus the concept is compatible with PSP too. The new Media Go software should be able to handpick relevant material for the user. The SenseMe feature is supposed to understand our taste in music for a start.
     
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  5. Zassk

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    Ok, this game is pretty awesome. I'll stick my neck out for flames and say what I was thinking when I played Free Realms:

    This is what Home should have been.

    This would have been a total game changer for the PS3 if it had been released early in the console cycle. It's cute, it's accessible, it's friendly. It would have gotten big press. Kids would have wanted it instead of a Wii.
     
  6. patsu

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    Hmph, looks like I should take a look at this. It's time consuming to load right ? and it may be harder to switch between 2 full 3D games (Free Realm and whatever you want to play). Right now, I'm still thinking along the line of 2D and 2.5D Home (like Mainichi Isshyo). Home is definitely too sterile.
     
  7. Zassk

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    No, it's not time consuming to load. It takes about 5 minutes total to create an account, accept the EULA, download the tiny client, and start it up. If you ever had an Everquest or SWG account in the distant past, you can use that to login, which speeds up the process by about 2 minutes. The world data is streamed and, on my 7.5 Mbit connection at least, gave no loading delays at all.
     
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    Maybe we'll see something of the sort next-gen -- will a more fleshed-out Free Realms have a draw still, or will have kids moved onto the next big thing?
     
  9. patsu

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    Bah... need more details. Due to memory constraints, we'll probably need to throw out everything when launching the real game. And then stream everything back again when we exit from the game. From what you say, it sounds promising.

    I'll load it up next week.
     
  10. RenegadeRocks

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    On my slower connection, there are loading times of course, but still exploring the world feels really good.

    I am also somewhat agreeing. If this was HOME, I would have been in there all the time maybe :wink: !
     
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    I've played this game for about an hour or two yesterday.
    It's a very nice game. The only thing I didn't really like is that it takes a lot of HD space.
    After those two hours, the total space taken up was around 800MB (which was a pain since the disk was full).
     
  12. patsu

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    Hmm... Free Realm got a mentioned on USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2009-07-14-free-online-games_N.htm

    They will hit 5 million registered users by end of this month.

     
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    Where did you download it from?

    Is it available for the PS3?
     
  14. patsu

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    Finally tried it out. VERY kid friendly and kid oriented. It's cute and I'll probably keep it bookmarked for when nieces and nephews come over.

    Didn't play it much but are there controls in game to control who they can talk to and whether chat is filtered or not?

    Regards,
    SB
     
  16. patsu

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    Free Realms comic coming July 29, includes in-game bonuses

    http://www.joystiq.com/2009/07/23/free-realms-comic-coming-july-29-includes-in-game-bonuses/

    What's with all the anime and comics tie-in recently ?

     
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    Wow, this game is pretty well done. It's like WoW for casual folks. My five year old made a girl char and I ran here through missions. The graphics look good at 1080P. They really need to release the PS3 version, the keyboard+mouse is a bit much for little kids.
     
  18. patsu

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    SOE gave an update on Free Realm. They have indeed passed 5 mil registered users in August, albeit slightly slower than analysts projected: http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2009/09/free-realms-tallies-5m-users-no-really.html

    Looks like they are taking this project very seriously. As mentioned earlier in this thread, the young folks may switch services like adults changing nightclubs.

     
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    That's all fine and good, but where is the PS3 version? :)
     
  20. patsu

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    The official word is "Still in development". No target release date announced yet.
     
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