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Home for the Holidays – New Games, Events & Special Deals in PlayStation Home

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on Dec 14, 2011 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

The holidays arrive in PlayStation Home this Thursday, December 15th with the force of an F5 gust, bringing games, quests, rewards, and plenty of wonderful, wintry fun for all. Beginning in the newly-decorated PlayStation Home Mall, players will find a plentitude of festive items at deals that simply can’t be beat. From free goodies hidden within the stores as a sign of goodwill towards all to special bundles priced as low as they go, ‘tis the season to go shopping in PlayStation Home.

Of course, no winter holiday would be complete without a special event, which is why we have called in favors with our friends Snowman, Snow Bear, and some very special guests for what is sure to be the celebration of the year.

Hosted in a snow-covered Pier Park, the Winter Holiday Hullabaloo is a collection of quests and community activities that reward players with exclusive items and collectibles only available from this limited-time holiday event. Start by going to the Activity Board to start the Winter Holiday Hullabaloo quest; then catch a boat from Pier Park to transport to this chill(y) locale where Snowman and Snow Bear will provide clues that will lead you throughout a vast winter wonderland filled with tons of surprises. Complete all the quests to unlock a variety of special rewards that will leave your inventory bulging with awesome mementos of the 2011 holiday season!

Just in time for New Years, Lockwood releases their Midnight Glade personal space, which lets players unleash a pyrotechnic display against the dark sky. With grassy fields that turn into gently sloping hills, an idyllic spreading oak tree, and a campfire area the Midnight Glade is the ideal spot to ring in the New Year with your friends.

Pick up the Zeus and Comet rockets from the Lockwood Publishing store, choose your favorite colors and then position your launcher (diagrams and details on the back of the launchers which will help make setting up the perfect display easy). Get eight of your friends in the Midnight Glade at the same time to unlock the Supernova Firework reward – you can use the built-in Gift Machine to send them home with a gift or two (and they can return the favor)!

The PlayStation Home Mall receives yet another huge update this week with new Mydeco items from VEEMEE, additions to the popular Drey line from Lockwood, Adidas clothing courtesy of Konami, more Urban Camo costumes (also from Konami), and tons more!

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To help celebrate the release of PlayStation Home v1.6 last week (which now allows for up to 100 items to be placed in your personal space), we’ve even put select decorations on sale in the Furniture store. Here’s a look at some of the clothing, furniture, costumes, and companions coming to the PlayStation Home Mall this week – be sure to log in this week and add these items to your collection!

Sodium2 sees the second part of the Payback Update this week with the introduction of brand new fuel additive and frame upgrades for your velocity racer. If it’s sheer speed you’re after then you can now turbocharge your racer with a selection of new fuel additives. Shave precious seconds of your best Sodium2 run with these indispensible additions to your Velocity racer set-up. And for those of you hankering after the perfect racing line, you can now upgrade your crafts frame to provide previously unmatched levels of stability. Show your rivals who the boss is with these new awesome upgrades – available this Thursday in Sodium2!

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We here on the PlayStation Home team are feeling especially festive this holiday season. In the true spirit of giving, we’ve created a special holiday quest that will take you through the stores of the PlayStation Home Mall on a scavenger hunt for a variety of free items (special thanks to the wide community of PlayStation Home developers for donating content to this special holiday quest).

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Finally, we wanted to give you all a sneak peek at one of our soon-to-be-released clubhouses – the Desert Haven. Set amongst the red rocks in the sunny and sand-strewn desert valley, this remote property is a shared space that allows up to 32 members a private location to meet up and play games together. Check it out!

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See you in Home!

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+ Arcadian_Rebel on December 14th, 2011 at 1:53 pm said:

Cool! Merry CHRISTmas, everyone!


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+ lilyofthevalee2 on December 14th, 2011 at 1:53 pm said:

Looks awesome! Can’t wait!


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+ Exalted_Knight on December 14th, 2011 at 1:56 pm said:

WOW!!! So much is evolving since the December 3rd 2008 Open Beta began! Keep up the amazing work everyone who is involved in PlayStation Home!!!


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+ DZORMAGEN on December 14th, 2011 at 1:56 pm said:

I love how you guys put in ADIDAS, but how about NIke? I want to see the Jordans in home! Also since ADIDAS has the right to the NBA, why not bring NBA jerseys into home? Come on there are endless possibilities! Sign NEW Era to so we can see LA Dodger hats etc…..


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:11 pm said:

    It all comes down to licensing deals, my friend – the details of which can be quite complex. We (and our partners, as evidenced by the ADIDAS items being released by Konami) are constantly working to bring brands both game and non-game into Home. There’s nothing additional to announce at this time but rest assured that we are on the proverbial case ;)


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+ Steeler-Nation69 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:00 pm said:

That new club house looks Sweet! , Now They just need to increase the club limit, now that they are releasing new club layouts.


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+ crazy_kracker1 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:00 pm said:

happy holidays home team very cool update adidas yay and how much will the fire work bundle be and thanks


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+ Tarazuma on December 14th, 2011 at 2:01 pm said:

Wonderful update! Very excited about Midnight Glade and the other new items. When will the fox pet be released?

Also that new clubhouse is INCREDIBLE! Much better then that war room one. I will definitely be buying the desert haven!

The mall looks fantastic for xmas too!

Now when Lockwood releases the Dream Yacht and new Figment clothes, and when stuff from other regions such as the Beach Crib, Gnome Curling apartment, and Granzella beach house are released here, I (and MANY OTHERS) will be a happy camper! :)


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:13 pm said:

    The fox companion will be out this week.

    We are working to release some popular content from other regions in SCEA but do not have any news to announce at this time. That said, I’m sure you’ll be made quite happy by some of the content publishes we have scheduled in the coming weeks and months ;)


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+ TheUndertaker85 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:02 pm said:

So… Can we get an idea of a timeframe for the new clubhouses? Many people seem excited to see them finally coming, myself included. Also, when these new clubhouses come out, will the fees that’ve been in place for clubhouses since at least the start of the open beta be coming with them?

If yes, I’m hoping you all have a way to keep clubhouses as a paid item without the monthly/yearly fees. While some may be willing to pay that fee, others of us that’ve had clubhouses since the start don’t want to see that happen without some MAJOR changes to clubhouses, not just new designs. Find a way to get bowling lanes, picture frames, and an actual working TV into clubhouses then we’ll talk fees.


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:15 pm said:

    There are no immediate plans to charge subscription fees for clubhouses. If that changes we will be sure to inform you all on the blog.

    As for release times, there are no solid dates that we can share, but this content is getting ready to go into QA, which means that we are close to release.


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+ materclobber on December 14th, 2011 at 2:03 pm said:

awesome update!!!! do you know when the adventure district will be released? and just out of curiousity do you glitch on home?

Thanks!

A regular home user,
materclobber


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+ Conrad_Max on December 14th, 2011 at 2:04 pm said:

Those Christmas items look really sharp and festive. It looks like it will truly be a Merry Christmas in Home. Thank you, Home Team!


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+ Longshanks367 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:06 pm said:

What the devil is with this winterhullabaloo video. Just what is the meaning? People get to beat up frosty?


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:16 pm said:

    It’s just a fun video. The event, as you will see, is very lighthearted and appropriate for the season. We just wanted to take a humorous and irreverent approach with the trailer.


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+ DoTheKiller91 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:13 pm said:

Yay new Sodium 2 upgrades!


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:16 pm said:

    I second that emotion…


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+ Shinra_Soldier7 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:14 pm said:

Awesome update guys!!

Are there any chance of us getting a free personal space for the holidays or are we mainly getting clothing and furniture items? Im not complaining at all, just asking.


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+ storwolf on December 14th, 2011 at 2:14 pm said:

wow the video from loockwood is awesome , the personal space its free :D really ???


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:19 pm said:

    Free with purchase of the Ultimate Fireworks Bundle.


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+ WaveLightning777 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:19 pm said:

Two questions.

1) Any news on the Sackboy Playmat?
2) Any news on the new HCVs? I’m still hoping I get picked, after all. :3


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+ Conaaando on December 14th, 2011 at 2:19 pm said:

Hey, nice addition with Adidas stuff. :-) I would like to see some Coca-Cola stuff too (please write down my suggestion ;-)). I wonder if they will sell the famous Adidas Hemp. :-)


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+ Thew902 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:20 pm said:

One of the best updates I’ve seen in a while


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+ ReptileHand on December 14th, 2011 at 2:23 pm said:

I hea this is a good update, would you recommend me to stop playing games and hold up my backlog to go on Home again? (Haven’t seen the big redesign yet)


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:30 pm said:

    I’m a little biased but….YES!


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+ erickafollie on December 14th, 2011 at 2:24 pm said:

Is there a way to bring back the NATIVITY SCENE ( The traditional scene depicting baby Jesus, his mother Mary , and Mary`s Husband Joseph ) i been lookign for it everywhere but so far no luck .
Also the Christmas Tree (Decorated ) its a small tree with decoration on it, it was part of the 2010 Chrsitmas event . and the SANTA SUIT (male ) friend of mine wants to get it .


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+ TheUndertaker85 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:25 pm said:

Thank you for the reply Locust. It’s good to hear that you all don’t have plans right now for fees involving clubhouses. It’s also good to know that the new clubhouse designs are really in the works and should be here pretty soon.

One last question. Do you all have plans to incorporate game themed clubhouses? Many games could really lend themselves to clubhouses including LittleBigPlanet, Gran Turismo, Killzone, Uncharted, and numerous other titles. Would also be good to see a CoD/Battlefield based clubhouse for the CoD and Battlefield freaks out there. Plus who wouldn’t love to have their own personal Gran Turismo Showroom or plush LittleBigPlanet themed clubhouse? It’s a gimme. :P


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:31 pm said:

    Nothing to announce at this time but it does make a lot of sense, eh? :)


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+ Lord_Rinja on December 14th, 2011 at 2:28 pm said:

Hey Locust. Any word on if we are getting Peakvox Labs and its Arcade Games. Also, is VeeMee’s ElectroKid Arcade Machine coming to the US as well. I’m looking to build the biggest arcade in Home. I already filled my Novus Prime Officer’s Quarters with 100 Arcade Machines but I could use some more variety :-)


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:31 pm said:

    You will have new arcade games very shortly.


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+ al2009man on December 14th, 2011 at 2:29 pm said:

no mention to Pier Park’s snowing? as seen on Europe’s Blog?


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    + Locust_Star on December 14th, 2011 at 2:32 pm said:

    Pier Park will be especially festive this year.


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+ Jersquall on December 14th, 2011 at 2:34 pm said:

Happy third anniversary PS Home. Looking back I couldn’t be happier. Now with new Club houses incoming I can’t think of anything that we have asked for in the past and not recieved. in home Messages, Movies, music, New Club houses, Wardrobe organization, All that without mentioning the Hub! It’s seriously awesome and only getting better.

This weeks publi8sh is just icing on the cake and a nice way to prepare for the new year.

Thanks.


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+ retro25 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:42 pm said:

Awesome holiday update, but don’t forget that this month is the 3rd anniversary of PS Home and the 2nd anniversary of Sodium One!!! ;) Are we be getting the New Year’s Eve ball event this year or are we going to celebrate that event differently?


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+ erickafollie on December 14th, 2011 at 2:42 pm said:

Adidas, great, since Diesel is not doing anything to improve their merchandise .
Im happy about the 100 items per personal space but at the same time in NOT
it should of been :
12 furniture items + 1 active item
34 furniture items + 2 active items
56 furniture items + 3 active items
78 furniture items + 4 active items
then 100 furniture items
we want to put more Furniture items but also more active items , NOT more furniture items and less active items
by putting 2 active items like we were before the update , the only advantage to this is 6 more furniture items, that is it !


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+ Ziggy3069 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:47 pm said:

This is an amazing upload!!!

I’m looking forward to everything this holiday season!!!

On the note of the new Clubhouses, I have been waiting for it for a long time and I’m over happy to see it!!!

Home is great and gets better with every upload, Thank You to everyone that has input to the development to it!!!


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+ shadowdragon2007 on December 14th, 2011 at 2:52 pm said:

Locust all the new clubhouse you are putting out. is there any chance that you will increase the limit of how many clubhouses we can be in any time in the near future or sooner?


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+ erickafollie on December 14th, 2011 at 2:53 pm said:

I dont want CLUBHOUSES to have an specific Theme or Look , some Home Members might like the idea of having a Gran Turismo , Uncharted , Little Big Planet , LOOK but i dont , cause then its like, ok , well , you are stuck with this , If i were to say, well how about a Hanna Montana clubhouse or Barbie clubhouse, is the same thing , a Clubhouse should not have an specific look or theme . YOU make it look how you want it with the furniture that you put in. period


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+ Ziggy3069 on December 14th, 2011 at 3:05 pm said:

The clubhouse has been the same as long as I’ve had mine, since around April of ’09. I’m happy to have it but I want something new for my members to enjoy


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+ gamer_316 on December 14th, 2011 at 3:06 pm said:

pretty nice update, glad to see ADIDAS items in here now & can’t wait to see that desert clubhouse


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+ megamixer on December 14th, 2011 at 3:18 pm said:

Is this the last Home update for the year or is that next week? My PS3 got hit with YLOD for the third time now and its going to suck if I miss out on to much as I wait for the shipping and swapping and whatnot.

Also can we get the volume slider for ambient sounds back? I can’t stand to be in The Hub due to the sounds those trains(?) are constantly making, but turning the volume all the way down and hearing nothing at all is just as bad. Oh and why doesn’t the “not view personal items” setting ever get saved? I have to disable each time I enter Home. Kind of annoying. :(


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+ footballrule on December 14th, 2011 at 3:18 pm said:

Will the new clubhouse have a working TV? That would be great to watch Crackle movies on it with up to 32 clubhouse friends!

Adidas coming to Home is great, where is Nike? :(


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+ JVBGFR on December 14th, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

Nice update, but what about Home’s 3 year anniversary which was this past Sunday? Nothing was mentioned except in EU’s blog last week, which it didn’t really say much about it.


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+ Ziggy3069 on December 14th, 2011 at 3:28 pm said:

you get a reward by going to the community theater for the 3 yr aniversary


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+ Longshanks367 on December 14th, 2011 at 3:29 pm said:

We have addidas now? How about Marvel, DC comics, NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA items? That’s were the real money is.


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+ JAHoE on December 14th, 2011 at 3:36 pm said:

Thatz my Adidas ,Lol,
Happy HOLiDAYz to Everyone !_!


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+ JVBGFR on December 14th, 2011 at 3:38 pm said:

@Ziggy3069 thanks, didn’t know that. It would have been nice though to have had something mentioned about it. or a nice blog post from Jack Buser like he did last year. I wonder why he didn’t post something this year.


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+ FelonOnParole on December 14th, 2011 at 3:44 pm said:

@ #4 DZORMAGEN
I second your opinion to add Nike and Jordan apparel to HOME.

@ Locust_Star
HOME really needs a better user interface for shopping/searching for a particular item(s). Today, I seen some clothing apparrel in HOME I would have like to purchase. The person who was wearing the clothing was not available to ask price, when or where they aquired the clothing from (back soon). After about 2 hours of searching store after store, new and old items, I finally gave up. Like most busy adults, I dont have time to devote my entire day to searching in HOME’s ever expanding univervise. What can be done about this?

And if an item can only be aquired for free by playing certain games, there should still be an option to buy in the store (even at a premium) because not everyone can blow an entire week playing HOME.


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+ Hitmanwwe on December 14th, 2011 at 3:54 pm said:

WOOOOW JUST WOOOW!!!! this is sooo dang amazing!! :) i love how home get’s better and better every week at delivering the good’s. Adidas, really xD im going to buy them all!!! Plus a new clube house soon xD WOOOOOOOOOOOO its truly going to be a home Christmas. Now if your guys can please add more Christmas decorations. Then this Christmas will truly be one to remember for home.. :) Thank you all and keep up the good work


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+ TheUndertaker85 on December 14th, 2011 at 3:57 pm said:

@27 erickafollie: IF clubhouse designs come out in the way that’s been there for quite some time, having a game based clubhouse DOES NOT force you to use that theme forever. Actually if you own a clubhouse right now you can see for yourself how it’ll work, or should since it’s been this way as long as I can remember.

If you’re a club owner you can choose to change your club. Inside your club options there is one that’s never had any use and the only option in there is Basic Clubhouse. Assuming they use the theme idea and not a whole new clubhouse idea (They really shouldn’t try to sell off clubhouses the way they do regular apartments) then club owners will have the option to change their clubhouse theme at will, being able to switch between themes.


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+ TheUndertaker85 on December 14th, 2011 at 3:58 pm said:

I also have to note that your post is a little… Funny. How is it ok for apartments to have different themes but not clubhouses? You’d still be able to fill your clubhouse with items, so really it’d be no different than going from the Summer House with one set of items to say, the LittleBigPlanet personal space which has different items.

Just sayin… Game themed clubhouses AS LONG AS they’re done the way that’s been hinted at for quite some time now is not a bad thing at all and does not force you to stay with one theme forever.


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+ Atomika14 on December 14th, 2011 at 4:13 pm said:

The Desert Haven looks cool, but I’d love to see a Personal Space of it, like living in Palm Desert or something…


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+ Sharakon on December 14th, 2011 at 4:56 pm said:

Dear Locust,

Are you getting rid f the Winter Wonderland for this other winter place? Are we ever gonna see the Winter Wnderland????


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+ tonydamiani on December 14th, 2011 at 5:02 pm said:

Wow that Clubhouse looks awesome!


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+ Longshanks367 on December 14th, 2011 at 5:09 pm said:

Dear Sharakon,

Winter wonderland has been retired. Sorry…


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+ devilmosh on December 14th, 2011 at 6:04 pm said:

Looks great! I’m losing a lot of faith in nDreams, though, considering it still looks like Halloween over there.


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+ cajun4life on December 14th, 2011 at 6:32 pm said:

I hope more then just the active items of xmas stuff will be on sale, because why have talk about the 1.6, when adding active items takes up so much space…….


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+ Senjutsu_Dav on December 14th, 2011 at 9:13 pm said:

Wondering… Could the Playstation app be connected to our Home avatar? I tryed the xbox app on iOS (I’m on my iPad), and it feels nice. Still, I haven’t played an xbox game for about two years, since all the good exclusives are from sony these days, so it would be nice to include some love for the fans with a nice and features-packed iOS app! =D


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+ gothicknight67 on December 14th, 2011 at 9:31 pm said:

Awesomeness 3 yrs its grew so much 2 1/2 yrs for me and my wife on home


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+ vampirechibi on December 14th, 2011 at 9:42 pm said:

My first time I saw video polo bear vs swonman start fight LOL xD.


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