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In most cases, we’re on the side on free speech, but here’s why PS3 speech-oversight is a good idea: User-generated content is coming to the PS3 via “Home,” a virtual domicile Sony users can decorate as they wish, and “LittleBigPlanet,” a platforming game where gamers can create and share objects and levels. And where there’s user-generated content, there’s always sex.
Don’t think so, because Sony won’t allow the creation of adult-themed animations or avatars? Well that hasn’t stopped sex from creeping into Google’s Lively, a service expressly designed to be PG. If the exact same thing happened online via a PS3, the PR would be frightful for Sony. Parents have a (rightful) expectation that kids at game consoles require less oversight than those at an Internet terminal. And unlike Lively, people actually use and pay attention to the PS3.