Playstation Home is having problems again after a rough start. Following numerous delays and a less than smooth rollout, Sony’s new virtual world is still far from perfect. Some users are having issues with the censoring system, like this gamer from Norwalk Connecticut who is unable to start a gay-straight alliance club because words like “gay” and “lesbian” are filtered out. Even the word “hello” is filtered because it starts with “hell.” Fail much?
Some users reported problems logging into Home and cases of items disappearing from their “virtual apartment.” Others complain about racist and sexist comments and other harassment, despite the filters.
Sony hopes that user feedback and patches will hopefully improve Home. But with these persistent obstacles making for a less-than-satisfactory experience for some, will Home ever reach the level of popularity that virtual worlds like World of Warcraft and Second Life have? I’m going to go with “no.”