Playstation Home and 3D Social Gaming Communities

December 15, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com has not had the opportunity to officially test drive Home for the Playstation 3 but we do have high hopes for its potential. Home was just released this week in an open beta stage and has been getting mixed reviews.

The feedback thus far suggests that there is a lack of engaging content which was not as big of a deal when they were in a closed beta. With that said, based on the initial screen shots, the graphics look much better than any of the 3D virtual world platforms I have seen.

Once the quality of the content (I am sure it will improve) catches up with the level of 3D graphics, I believe this community will grow quickly.

We are interested in the Home platform as we believe that it will become a potential vehicle for promoting group exergaming communities. We predict in the near future, leagues, tournaments and other competitions will be held on platforms such as Home.

As motion sensor technology improves and games such as those promoted by Nintendo’s Wii continue to evolve, the real exercise benefits that are derived from these games will improve as well.

It is time that we stop banging our heads against the wall and promote solutions to health and fitness that our youth can relate to…and this might mean video games.

The Playstation home platform is exciting because it can offer a support group of like minded individuals with similar interests and skill sets. This contrasts to the real world where youngsters are often turned off to exercise if they are not the most coordinated or talented athlete on the field.

I strongly believe that exergaming should only be utilized as a supplement to regular forms of exercise. For some, however, exergaming can help to build the confidence required to get started with a real world program.


Playstation Home and 3D Social Gaming Communities

December 15, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com has not had the opportunity to officially test drive Home for the Playstation 3 but we do have high hopes for its potential. Home was just released this week in an open beta stage and has been getting mixed reviews.

The feedback thus far suggests that there is a lack of engaging content which was not as big of a deal when they were in a closed beta. With that said, based on the initial screen shots, the graphics look much better than any of the 3D virtual world platforms I have seen.

Once the quality of the content (I am sure it will improve) catches up with the level of 3D graphics, I believe this community will grow quickly.

We are interested in the Home platform as we believe that it will become a potential vehicle for promoting group exergaming communities. We predict in the near future, leagues, tournaments and other competitions will be held on platforms such as Home.

As motion sensor technology improves and games such as those promoted by Nintendo’s Wii continue to evolve, the real exercise benefits that are derived from these games will improve as well.

It is time that we stop banging our heads against the wall and promote solutions to health and fitness that our youth can relate to…and this might mean video games.

The Playstation home platform is exciting because it can offer a support group of like minded individuals with similar interests and skill sets. This contrasts to the real world where youngsters are often turned off to exercise if they are not the most coordinated or talented athlete on the field.

I strongly believe that exergaming should only be utilized as a supplement to regular forms of exercise. For some, however, exergaming can help to build the confidence required to get started with a real world program.


Sony’s 3D Social Networking Service To Debut Tomorrow

December 13, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com is anxious to test drive the “PlayStation Home” 3D social gaming community service for the PlayStation 3 which is set to debut worldwide tomorrow.

The free download of the basic service will enable gamers to create avatars and explore a virtual community where they can communicate via text or voice chat, play mini-games, watch videos and participate in special events.

PlayStation Home users will also be able purchase “entitlements” to run their own virtual community clubhouses.

“PlayStation Home is a social gaming service unlike anything else on the market and we are excited to be partnering with gaming and non-gaming partners to develop content that connects and entertains today’s PS3 users like never before,” said Susan Panico, senior director of PlayStation Network for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Source: digital media wire

Personally I am curious to see the quality of interactive 3D graphics that have been integrated into Playstation Home. If the social aspects of this world match the 3D graphics we are expecting , social networking is going to be taken to a whole new level.


Not To Be Outdone, The NBA All-Star Game Will Air in 3D

December 10, 2008

As a follow up to a 3Dwalkthroughs.com post about the NFL airing one of their games in 3D, we just heard that the NBA will be following suit.

The National Basketball Association is teaming up with Turner Sports and a digital hardware and software provider to broadcast the U.S. sports league’s all-star game in 3D in February.

The game, which will be shown live on Feb. 14 in 80 movie theaters in 35 states equipped with gear provided by Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp, is the first time an NBA game will be shown in 3D to a paying public across the country, the companies said on Tuesday.

Source: Reuters.com

The move to broadcast sports events in 3D will potentially help to combat a slump in ticket sales that could be spurred by the recession. The tickets to these 3D events would certainly be a lot less expensive than a regular ticket to attend the event live. In addition, movie theaters offering these 3D events will be able to better monetize their theaters during off-peak hours.

Of course the ultimate goal is to broadcast 3D to the home, but it appears we still have to wait for that technology a little longer.


Property Owners Are Offering Rent To Buy Options To Motivate Cash Flow

December 8, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a story in the NY Times about a strategy being employed by certain property owners to stimulate cash flow in the face of this deepening economic crisis.

The new strategy allows prospective owners to lease with the option to buy, using part of the rent toward the purchase.

Rent-to-own options, which come in many variations, have become increasingly common for developers in areas where home foreclosures are high, like Nevada, California and Florida. In most cases, the accumulated rent is used to lower the purchase price or to reduce closing costs. (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines generally preclude using rent money toward the down payment, mortgage experts say, because buyers need to prove that they can save on their own and thus qualify for a loan.)

The last time lease-purchase options were seen with any frequency in the New York area was in the late ’80s and early ’90s — a time when market conditions may have been even more dire than they are now, according to veteran real estate professionals, and certainly a time when interest rates were a lot higher.

Source: NY Times

To market this new strategy, property owners are using flyers and billboards encouraging people to test drive buildings and neighborhoods.

Somehow when I think of renting with an option to buy I cannot help but think of the scene in the movie Fletch when Chevy Chase’s character is asked “if he owns rubber gloves?”. Fletch says, “I rent with an option to buy”.


Club Cooee – 3D Instant Messaging

December 6, 2008


3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a pretty cool application developed by Alexander Jorias and Ingo Frick, veterans of the German computer game industry.

The application called Club Cooee is a 3D internet communication platform for teenagers who want to meet in a virtual reality to have fun and be creative together.

Club Cooee is an innovative and worldwide unique 3D messenger capable of depicting a realtime and live environment on the user’s Windows desktop – without a surrounding program window.

The Club Cooee 3D messenger client turns the depiction of avatars, rooms and items into a user-friendly interface in Windows Vista Widget style. Apparently it works just as well for Windows XP.

Users can network online and interact with each other in situations they build themselves. They can chat, watch movies and pictures, listen to music and more. Avatars, furniture items and other object are constantly being updated allowing users create their world according to their own tastes.

Sign Up Free Here to give it a test drive.

Image and Content Source: Club Cooee Website


Club Cooee – 3D Instant Messaging

December 6, 2008


3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a pretty cool application developed by Alexander Jorias and Ingo Frick, veterans of the German computer game industry.

The application called Club Cooee is a 3D internet communication platform for teenagers who want to meet in a virtual reality to have fun and be creative together.

Club Cooee is an innovative and worldwide unique 3D messenger capable of depicting a realtime and live environment on the user’s Windows desktop – without a surrounding program window.

The Club Cooee 3D messenger client turns the depiction of avatars, rooms and items into a user-friendly interface in Windows Vista Widget style. Apparently it works just as well for Windows XP.

Users can network online and interact with each other in situations they build themselves. They can chat, watch movies and pictures, listen to music and more. Avatars, furniture items and other object are constantly being updated allowing users create their world according to their own tastes.

Sign Up Free Here to give it a test drive.

Image and Content Source: Club Cooee Website