After the infamous PlayStation Network hack back in 2011, I wondered how long Sony would have to carry this particular stinky monkey on its back.
Quite some time, as it turns out.
Even though we're over three and a half years beyond that incident, which obviously cost Sony the trust of millions, even the slightest hiccup instantly brings up references to 2011. The Network was down for a few days over the Christmas holiday and despite Xbox Live suffering from similar problems, it was the PSN issues that got by far the most attention. And I think we all know why.
Sony says service has been restored but most people remain bitter. One could argue that it's the fault of gamers for having priorities so far out of whack that it's embarrassing. Some of the comments at the blog: "3 days without PSN that's absurd," "ROFL 'our engineers are working to restore service as quickly as possible'…you suck Sony," and "headline should read 'in a stunning turn of events, PSN is down due to security issues.' Do I need to change my credit card # again?"
In this world, there are some who consider Internet access the same as breathable air, so maybe these comments aren't surprising. Many are calling for Sony to compensate them in some way, with a free game or a free month of PlayStation Plus. Should they get it? I don't know but I do know that Sony's past continues to haunt them. All you really need to do is toss up a headline about not being able to log into the PSN (whether it's even true or not) and you can incite a firestorm of pissed-off comments.
This is something that isn't going away any time soon.