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  Peep-Show Potential in Sony’s ‘Home’  
Posted 2007-03-23 by Tony Walsh
Sony's upcoming 3D game lobby Home is packed with peep-show promise, allowing users to host private gatherings where media such as video may be shared. Private spaces are unmoderated, according to Sony big-shot Phil Harrison, who told semi-official Sony site Three Speech that "[P]eople can express their creativity inside Home in a wide variety of ways and it's not necessarily for us to dictate what that should be." Additionally, Harrison said that Sony hopes to offer user-to-user "transactional elements" in the future.

Where technology springs up, porn and profit naturally follows: With Home's video sharing and a transaction system, peep shows are an inevitability. You pay me in whatever filthy lucre lubricates Home's user-to-user transactions, I invite you to my screening room for a 30-minute porn clip. Since the session is private, nobody can complain--not even copyright-holders to the porn clips, who would never know whether or not infringements were taking place. Everybody wins!

This whole peep show thing isn't far-fetched when you consider users of Habbo Hotel whore themselves out for gifts of virtual furniture, or that Second Life escort services are a dime a dozen.
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Comment posted by csven
March 23, 2007 @ 7:21 pm
iirc, Harrison has since GDC indicated that "private" rooms won't *really* be private; specically to deal with this sort of activity. Seems to me like there's some waffling going on as a result of these concerns. Not sure what the current line is.

Forget where I read the follow-up; probably over on Kotaku.
Comment posted by Ace Albion
March 26, 2007 @ 6:02 am
If you can upload pictures and videos of your cats, you can upload pictures and videos of your pussy.

It's as simple as that.

But yes, there is no such thing as privacy when you're acting inside of someone else's space. Uploads, chat, it will all be logged, and inspected and ogled by squinty eyed techs in some Sony cubicle farm somewhere (or quietly, in the dark, in some server room- whichever).

I imagine they'd make christmas tapes of the best stuff to share round the office.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
March 26, 2007 @ 8:18 am
Ah, but the difference between videos of your cat and videos of your privates is that someone's more likely to pay to see your privates. Probably a premium if both your cat and your privates are involved.

I wonder if Sony would really consider human moderation of content passing through Home--it's an expensive strategy. Furthermore, I wonder if shared media actually gets relayed by Sony servers, or if it's more of a peer-to-peer distribution. Seems unnecessary and legally complicated for Sony to copy your media onto its own servers so that it can be shared on your behalf.
Comment posted by csven
March 26, 2007 @ 3:30 pm
Considering Sony's track record and the potential mess, this should prove extraordinarily interesting.
Comment posted by Ace Albion
March 27, 2007 @ 4:11 am
They could probably use all the plausible deniability they can get. I'm just making the point that if you make it possible to put user-generated content up on the intertubes, they'll put porn up in one place, and a credit card/paypal thing somewhere else that points you to it. It's a foregone conclusion. Or maybe playstation hookers will offer hot text for an extra unlocked car in ridge racer or something.

2007- Year of the Sony Swinger.
Comment posted by csven
March 27, 2007 @ 11:17 am
Better yet, they'll stick up pics of themselves (yeah, right) and use one of the pay-as-you-go VoIP services to "consult".
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