Since Wednesday of this week the Playstation Network has been offline due to an “external intrusion” (a.k.a. We got hacked again) and serves as a major inconvenience for loyal PSN users and those who happened to have purchased Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, or Socom 4 this week (sorry folks). People are genuinely pissed off about this and in some articles I have read people are demanding money for their PSN wallets or a free game as consolation for the PSN being offline. I guess I am taking the outage a little better than most, because to be perfectly honest I really don’t care.
The PSN has always been a second rate service to me and I am not surprised that something as obnoxious as this has happened (remember the clock fiasco last year), but sitting around and making foolish demands will not light a fire under Sony’s ass to rectify the issue any faster. While some things people were asking for were foolish, most just wanted answers and that I believe is a completely valid request for Sony to respond to. Some of the questions that sought answers like “Were PSN users’ personal information compromised?” is a great question because I don’t want some hacker douchebag to know where I live and or have access to my other personal data; but to my knowledge these questions haven’t been answered by Sony (which is fucking lame).
The PSN is a free service to most of its approximately 70 million users, but does that make this situation okay to most? For most it doesn’t sit well, but for me it does, because it an attempt to sound uber-cliché “you get what you pay for”. Most factor in the price of the PSN into new titles they purchase or even factor it in to the price of the unit itself, but lets be honest people, it is a free service because Sony taxes the publishers instead of the gamers. Which is moderately commendable on their behalf, but when something like this goes wrong they can take their dear sweet time because 99% (random statistic, don’t judge me) of PSN users don’t pay shit to use the service. As for Playstation Plus subscribers, you have an argument because while you might not pay for your actual connection to the PSN you pay money for discounted content and other wonderful things provided via a PP subscription (I am a PP subscriber, but that is irrelevant at this point and I don’t want anything from PSN for the record, I am just speaking on behalf of others who might feel differently). Those who have PP subscriptions should be given something in return for this inconvenience, but everyone else just needs to deal.
Like I said things could be a whole lot worse. For example if your PS3 wouldn’t turn on or your games wouldn’t work at all (I know some PSN games are not functioning, but thankfully there are hundreds of games for PS3, so check some of them out), but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Before I finish this up I will add a quick neutral segment saying that if this had happened to Xbox Live I would be complaining vigorously too (so please don’t chew me up Sony Fanboys), but also with that being said an Xbox Live outage would pretty much render the system useless. So loyal Sony users keep your heads high and the dust will clear soon enough (well I hope so for you at least). Stay tuned until next time and as always don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @GamersAbstract and on Facebook. Also feel free to comment on how you think Sony should handle this “debacle” in the comments section above.
(I also found this Penny Arcade strip to be quite comical as well, check it out if you would like)