By now, nearly everyone would know the ‘crisis’ that has hit PlayStation Network (PSN) users all over the world, and I’m not talking about the recently released game ‘Crysis 2’. No, I’m referring to the recent downing of the PlayStation Network, which has rendered online access of any sort, from purchases on the online store to multiplayer gameplay, impossible.
As released in the news on Wednesday 27th April, PSN has been hacked by an unknown source, determined to ‘jailbreak’ the network in order to obtain free downloads. Sony quickly reacted to this and shut down PlayStation Network to prevent any further hacking or theft of the products on the store.
Something I, a PlayStation gamer myself, find funny is that nearly every gamer concerned about this matter researched it on the internet and came to the conclusion that PSN had probably been hacked. However, it took Sony a week to confirm that information. A little bit silly of Sony not to have confirmed this earlier, but maybe they were waiting until they fixed the problem to release how it broke down and the gamers beat them to the punch, so they had to confirm it for the millions of complaining PS3 owners.
Anyway, this seemingly cataclysmic event has left millions of die-hard gamers furious, but technological failure such as this makes you think… Was the downing of PlayStation Network a good thing, or a bad thing?
Millions upon millions of gamers all over the world revolve their lives around the multiplayer component of many games, one of the most known and addictive being, dare I say it, the Call of Duty Franchise. In fact, a statistic known as ‘Get Some Sun’ actually shown in the game show that over 7,000 YEARS of gameplay has been spent on Black Ops, to date, since the release date in early November 2010. Numerous other statistics show players have collectively run around the earth 129, 069 times and have shot over 1.1 trillion bullets. Can you imagine people sitting in front of their TVs day in day out doing nothing but playing COD, abusing others over the microphone and awaiting their unsuspecting prey to walk over their cleverly planted claymore?
I will stop myself there, before I get onto a rant about Call of Duty, but these stats alone show it was actually a good thing for the PlayStation Network to go down, even just for a few weeks. More socially than economically of course. I admit to playing a bit of Call of Duty and a fair amount of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood myself, but this downing has actually managed to force a lot of gamers to, as the stat suggests, Get Some Sun!
Conveniently enough (or not), the downing happened on the Easter Weekend. Cue a million and one complaints about how this ‘epic fail’ has ruined millions of people’s Easter Weekend. But didn’t this just ruin those who are anti-social, family rejecting gamers? This downing has stopped many people from just sitting in front of the TV, knifing someone in the back for an Easter Present. It possibly could have pulled them away from their TV just for a day to have lunch with their family or have a date with their girlfriend, rather than one with their online rival.
Overall, the hacking and downing of PlayStation Network was possibly the best thing that could have happened to millions of people around the world for their Easter Weekend, and the couple of weeks it will take to get the Network back up and running. Yes, you Xbox 360 gamers will be laughing at us for a while, but while you do remember, us PS3 gamers will still be laughing at you, with our money in our hands, instead of the hands of Microsoft.
And for those PS3 gamers who are wondering when PSN will be back up, Sony has confirmed it to be up around May 3rd!
What do you think? Is PlayStation Network being down a good thing or a bad thing?