Sony Pictures Loot
The logo of "Loot"
|Type||Subsidiary of Sony|
|Parent||Sony DADC New Media Solutions|
Loot Entertainment (also referred to as LootGear or Sony Pictures Loot and stylized as LOOT) is a group of developers of Sony Pictures Entertainment that creates experiences and products for PlayStation Home. Their products for PlayStation Home that can be purchased from Home's shopping complex include premium personal spaces and different ornaments and costumes for the users personal spaces and avatars. They had originally only released products for the North American version of PlayStation Home. On April 15, 2010, Loot released their first product outside of the North American version, which was to the European version.
Stage Sets are premium personal spaces where users, if they have a video capture system, can make their own machinimas in Home. The Stage Sets are available from the Home Estates store in Home's shopping complex.
The first Stage Set, the Living Room Stage Set from Loot, was made available on May 7, 2009. With the space includes interactive lights, cameras, backdrops and film-related equipment to simulate a real-life studio production environment. The lighting and camera systems allow for a wide range of desired angles, movements, transitions, cuts and lens set-ups that allow users to take control of the technical and artistic aspects. Twelve props and a director's t-shirt come with the space to decorate the set, users have access to the tools necessary to create their own film when hooked up to a video capture system.
The second Stage Set to be released from Loot in joint with Atari and Terminal Reality was the Ghostbusters Firehouse (originally named the Ghostbusters Firehouse: On Location. This space is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters and it's worldwide release on Blu-ray on June 18, 2009. The Firehouse personal space is a detailed replica of the three floor Ghostbusters headquarters from the original film. The space features the ghost containment unit in the basement, the garage and office areas on the 1st floor, and the living room, laboratory, fire poles, bedroom and bathroom areas. It comes with the first Stage Set's camera functionality, film props and portable blue screens. The space also features the Ecto-1 car that users can get in and by using the blue screens, make their avatar appear as if it's driving the Ecto-1. Another feature of the space is Slimer, a character from the film; users can fly around as him throughout the space. Twenty-one furniture items and ornaments and a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man headwear for users avatars also comes with the space. This Stage Set was released to North America on June 18, 2009. On April 15, 2010, this Stage Set was released to the European version and was the first product that Loot released outside of the North American version.
The third Stage Set to be released from Loot is the Modular Stage Set 3. This Stage Set lets users control over three enormous retractable backdrops, which can be set to different chroma key colors with motion track markers. The stage light system offers two additional flood lights for defining the right mood of each take and the floor can also be set to different materials and colors. This Stage Set is available in the "Ultimate Machinima" bundle (along with the "Talk Show" bundle – a collection of props that allows users to dress their personal space like a talk show) as well as separate. This Stage Set was released on November 25, 2010 in both Europe and North America.
The fourth Stage Set to be released from Loot is the LOOT Studio Stage Set. This Stage Set is modeled after actual Sony Pictures Entertainment professional sound stages located on the Sony Pictures Lot in Culver City, California. The Studio Stage Set cameras can record video and audio to the PS3 hard drive or upload directly to YouTube. Together with PlayStation Home’s customizable avatars, clothing, furniture items and environments, users can create a variety of machinimas. This Stage Set was released on June 27, 2012 in North America.
In addition to the "Stage Sets", Loot has released three other Personal Spaces for users to purchase. These include the "Sunset Yacht", the "Hollywood Hills House", and the "Space Apartment". Each one of these Personal Spaces include an "Entertainment On Demand" (EOD) screen that features a variety of content from Loot. Users can also watch a variety of movies for free with their friends on all EOD screens thanks to Crackle. In addition to the standard features of PlayStation Home's Personal Spaces, Loot's "Space Apartment" also allows users to view up to five Twitter feeds from a ticker, search for photos from their Flickr account and display them on the fifteen photo screens available (as well as setting up a slideshow for each screen), eight EOD screens, and they can control their Space Apartment’s retractable ceiling, automated blinds and dynamic lighting options.
In addition to the personal spaces, Loot has released one public space, the "Loot Space Station", which is a public space devoted to videos and special events. The Loot Space Station also features an EOD Theater that has access to all of the EOD content from Loot as well as Crackle. The Loot Space Station was released on April 7, 2011.
Other products from Loot include decorative ornaments for users personal spaces and clothes and costumes for users avatars, and products to help users make their own machinimas, such as the Live Active Camera that can be placed in any Personal Space to record videos.
On May 28, 2009, Loot released two Ghostbusters Fan Packs and a Ghostbusters costume for users avatars which can be purchased in the Threads store in the shopping complex. The first Fan Pack, called the Ghostbusters Fan Pack: Shirts, includes one Ghostbusters themed hat and five Ghostbusters themed t-shirts for the users avatars. The second Fan Pack, called the Ghostbusters Fan Pack: Ornaments, includes five Ghostbuster themed ornaments for the users personal spaces and three Ghostbuster themed t-shirts for the users avatars. The Ghostbusters costume is a replica of the costume used in the original film. On June 18, 2009, Loot released a Ghostbusters 25th Anniversary t-shirt for free in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Ghostbusters.
Loot has since then released many other items for users to purchase from Home's shopping complex. Loot also has a dedicated "LOOT" store in Home's shopping complex in North America.
In May to June 2010, to celebrate a year with PlayStation Home, Loot featured a machinima contest for the Home users. The theme of the contest was "Aliens vs Androids II: The Fight for Freedom". Users got to decide how this fight should end. Each user that was a part of the winning video also received special PlayStation Home rewards with second and third place winners also receiving a reward. This was only open to North America. The top five videos can be viewed on Loot's EOD screens.
- "Sony Pictures' Loot: A group of developers making Home wares". Destructoid.
- "Enormous Update Coming to PlayStation Home". SCE.
- "PlayStation Home Ghostbusters firehall set goes live on June 18th!". protoncharging.com.
- Locust_Star (2010-11-24). "This Week in PlayStation Home: Spelunker & Konami Game Spaces + Castlevania, Zombie Pets & More!". SCEA. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
- Peterson, Cade (2012-06-25). "Weekly Home Update: Fourth of July & Canada Day Event, Granzella Extravaganza". SCEA. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
- GlassWalls (2011-04-06). "This Week in PlayStation Home: LOOT Space Station, Sodium Update and Tons of New Games and Items!". SCEA. Retrieved 2011-04-07.
- "Confirmed: More Ghostbusters assets for PS Home throughout June". protoncharging.com.