May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
I'm not sure how to start this, but I know it's going to be a very long post here... lurker beware. Also, since this whole post is dedicated to my experience and my leaving of HOME then I assume it's very much on topic.
I will be leaving very shortly from the network and probably the whole internet for quite a long time. I have accepted a long term position overseas and I will not be bringing my PS3 along or a laptop for lack of owning one. The details are not important, but I will be gone for "about' a year and a half to two years or so. No no... not some government thing. Again, details are not important and that's not what this is about.
I started HOME the first day it went open Beta and have been loving it ever since. I have met the best at their worst and the worst at their best and everything in between. I've met people who would spit on you as much as look at you and I've met people who would gladly give you the shirt off their back and break bread with you. I've met younger and older, mature and ignorant, talkative and quiet, drunk and stoned, gamer and social outcast, the intelligent and the outright ludicrous, the helpers and the harassers, the comfortable and the skitish, and even the brave and the timid.
HOME... HOME has it all and from all walks of life. I have been to every single HOME space from all regions allowed from North America, Europe, China and even Japan. Each one is unique in their own way and each one has its positives and negatives. A lot of people talk about what the "best" HOME is purely based on virtual items or game spaces. While I will say an opinion can not be wrong... this alone does not make any region better than any other. Do you know what does? It's the interaction you get and the friends you make and the online gaming you do with those friends.
That's it. At it's core, HOME is an online social network for online gamers on the Playstation 3 to meet and great and have a good time. Yes, many other elements make up HOME, but that is it's core I think. With that being said, I would like to take this time to honor people that have been a part of my virtual life on HOME and/or have inspired me within HOME. Most, if not all, usernames will be altered to some degree out of respect.