Sony is experimenting with Web 2.0 (or is it 3.0?) and shared user content with an unlikely game: Mainichi Issyo
The Japan-only PSN download, which has been growing via updates and
download content since its launch opposite the PS3 system in late 2006,
got an update today that adds the ability to capture, save, and upload
First, the basics for those who don't keep up with the Japanese game
scene. Mainichi Issyo is a communication game in which players interact
with Sony's Japanese mascot, Toro. The game includes mini games, a news
service, and plenty of microtransaction-based items to make up for the
fact that the basic download is free.
With the new update in place, you'll be able to go into the main menu
and select to switch into a recording mode. While in this mode, you can
toggle recording on and off by pressing the select button.
Go back into the menu to turn off recording, and the game will give you
two options for saving your footage. You can select to save the footage
as an XMB video, allowing you to view it later by selecting it from the
PS3's system menu. Or (and here's where the Web 2.0 stuff comes in),
you can have the PS3 upload the video to YouTube, allowing viewers
throughout the world to see your clip.
When uploading your clip to YouTube, you simply input your YouTube
account's username and password and add an optional comment which will
be displayed alongside the clip on the YouTube page.
Being able to record and upload gameplay footage is a feature we're
sure gamers everywhere would love to have in all their favorite games.
Unfortunately, the upload feature is currently limited exclusively to
the Mainichi Issyo title, and this is one game that hasn't a chance of
seeing release outside of Japan.
Still, the fact that Sony has implemented something like this for a
relatively low profile title suggests that we may end up getting it in
a more internationally aware title in the future.