It's all anyone can talk about so…let's keep talking about it.

First of all, we're just as upset as others about this whole Network outage problem. However, I should mention we're far more upset about how Sony has handled the situation in relation to the consumer, while others are just pissed that the PSN is down. In all honesty, I thought more people would be annoyed at Sony's silence , but the vast majority of complaints around the Internet are temper tantrums about how they can't log on.

Again, not that I'm condoning any of this, but to put things in perspective, the Network has been down for three days. Three days. In digital land, I suppose that's a long time. In reality…? I mean…do people have lives? I never would've guessed (or maybe I just never wanted to guess) that people would react as if they'd lost their car or their air or their mother . And even if you don't have any life to speak of, I fail to see how the lack of a PSN stops you from playing video games . You know, I'm well aware that the mass market couldn't possibly care less about single-player, and I know the most popular games on earth are only popular because of multiplayer these days. I get it.  I do.

And I've also known for a while that there's a significant addictive element attached to multiplayer that is not attached to single-player experiences. When everyone used to talk about kids being "addicted" to video games in the '80s, they were dead flat wrong 99.9% of the time. That term didn't actually fit until the MMOs came around and "EverCrack" started to have detrimental effects on people's lives (their real lives, I mean). And let's face it; what's a multiplayer experience today? It's essentially an MMO with a slightly different structure. I remember working at EB and seeing the people come in who had pre-ordered EQII. Their hands would be shaking and oddly, I had never seen them before.

Now, I sense a lot of shaking hands and a lot of withdrawal symptoms. This is more depressing than scary, because it translates to the simple equation for the future- more multiplayer, less single-player. The industry has hooked an entire world now, and there's no going back. Your PS3s and PSPs still work. 99% of games on store shelves don't require a PSN connection to play. You can still play. I promise. Five years ago, nobody would've cared in the slightest that the PSN was down but now, it seems painfully evident that single-player not only takes a back seat to multiplayer, it's a distant second and for some, an afterthought. Does anyone else find this sad as hell?

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Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Infamous 2 Beta,GT5 Multiplayer.I require PSN now!

DNA
DNA
9 years ago

I completely agree about GT5. My birthday was during the network outage; no bday car for me 🙁

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

same my birthday was on the 21st and boy was i pissed!!!

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
9 years ago

I'm just saying DNA, I see in the future I as others will, become annoyed of the ridiculous proportions of your avatar :/ just saying, downsize man.

Nlayer
Nlayer
9 years ago

I barely even noticed that PSN was down. It had barely an effect on me.

I also didn't notice DNA's avatar being too big, it looked okay to me.

I guess this means very little bothers me? Maybe I'm the weird one…

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

DNA, nice big ass avatar.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Demon's Souls ftw!

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Who ever down voted that has no Soul. =(

kevinater321
kevinater321
9 years ago

They may of voted you down because they just don;t like you. I had a lot of down voters for a long time.

mid10smaradoarg
mid10smaradoarg
9 years ago

socom confrontation is online only.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

@mid10smaradoarg

No one said Confrontation was a single player.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

nothing wrong with self-expression. he likes his big avatar and it's cool.

Veritas Vincit
Veritas Vincit
9 years ago

I have been out of town for 3 days and I'm working this weekend. Doesn't really bother me in the slightest, I play more offline than I do online anyway. Yes Ben it's pretty sad.

noshownogo
noshownogo
9 years ago

Portal 2 Multiplayer is what I was gearing up for this weekend…Sony really dropped the ball with how they handled this situation.

Be honest and clear with your subscribers!

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
9 years ago

Steam -> Killing Floor, Portal
Windows -> World of Warcraft
TV -> NBA Playoffs, MLB, NHL Playoffs
Outside -> Gardens to seed, fire pit to line with stone, yard to clear from a Winter of clutter.

There's tons, absolutely tons more important for me to be doing right now, so really, PSN being inactive isn't a huge issue to me. Sucks for those who were really looking forward to it though.

Personally, it's time Sony started playing nasty with these people. Counter DDoS, and fry their PC's.

faraga
faraga
9 years ago

About the Steam thing, I wanted to link my PSN to my Steam account so that I can play Portal 2 with a PC gaming friend. Guess I can't play multiplayer now until the PSN is fixed or I have saved the money to buy an HD tv.

Mornelithe
Mornelithe
9 years ago

Yeah, I was talking about Steam on my PC, sorry, should've explained a bit better.

Aranha
Aranha
9 years ago

I definitely see it as sad. I mean yeah, the network is down, and that sucks, but I honestly didn't find out until I came on this site a day or two ago. Been too busy with my real life, lol. Like you said Ben, most of the games we play don't require the PSN, and the only time I actually try and connect is when I'm doing a System Update. Only recently have I been interested in purchasing any games from the PSN. It's been weeks, if not months since I've tried downloading demos or videos from there. But, to each their own. I'm sure I'd play a lot more if I was 10 yrs younger, and would therefore feel the pain a bit more.

My concern stands more on the security end of this than the entertainment end. Mainly because I'm in the IT field, and because power in the hands of weak-minded individuals can be a terrible thing; possibly catastrophically disasterous.

I'd hate to see how PSN addicts are taking this though. This reminds me of some video called "Tantrum of the Year" or something like that on YouTube. Hopefully our society has NOT come to that. If so, I'll stand by, lol, and then smh at what we've become.

NSPS3player
NSPS3player
9 years ago

Good thing I'm playing red dead redemption instead of cod. However I still want to play online with zombies

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

wait ben you just commented that you hardly use psn except for work so are you really just as upset? god knows i am, i use it everyday. i just started a clan on kz 3, and practice daily. i'm not so sure you understand my pain of not being able to go online. i'm so frustratated with sony for their poor network security combinined with no redunancy. these attacks were telegraphed by the hackers, and sony fell flat on its face dealing with it. it has been down for freaking days!!!


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 4/23/2011 11:01:10 AM

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

We all lose a little something with the PSN outage. For you, the loss is arguably much bigger–no onling KZ3, losing planning and practice time with the clan, etc. Compared to me, who never plays online multiplayer, that's devestating. But, I always attempt the Daily Challenges in Tiger Woods '12, which requires the PSN, so there is one of my gaming habits shot.

Again, yours is, by most anyone's standards, a greater loss than my own. But, we've both gotten the shaft, and there is nothing either of us can do about it. I suspect that might be the rationale behind some of Ben's reasoning. It's certainly behind mine.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

It always irritated me that some games started integrating online as a necessity, though they are in the few.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

@theaginghipster

thank you for understanding my pain instead of mocking it. i sense some anti-muliplayer sentiments in this article.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I'm as upset as far as Sony's silence, as I said in the article.

I suppose if all anyone does is play online, they're going to whine. My point is that the PS3 still plays GAMES. It isn't broken.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I play a lot online as well, and i really don't get why everyone is complaining about not being able to go online, you will live. Some of you are very addicted with Online Play and need to chill out and do some serious offline playing to balance it out.

Akuma_
Akuma_
9 years ago

Well, seriously, what do you guys want sony to say?

They have told us they are trying to fix the problem.

People always say "I would rather a game be delayed so that it is polished more, then release it on-time and have it be buggy" well its the same thing here, Sony could turn the PSN back on right now if they wanted to, but they can't be 100% sure that the PSN wont be hacked again tomorrow.

Do you people REALLY want the PSN to keep being hacked? because i sure as hell know that i dont!!!!!

GO ahead sony, shut down the PSN for a month if you want, I have my games, you do what you have to do!

Oh and its kinda silly being annoyed at sony for them not having adequate security, the one thing that will always be true, hackers WILL hack, and they will hack EVERYTHING they can. Its all a big game to them, they don't care about the end user. and there will ALWAYS be someone who can hack something.

SO take a chill pill, Sony is doing their best, sit down, fire up your PS3, enjoy the games you have, or go do something else with your life, but my point is, GET OVER IT.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Very good point Akuma07.


Last edited by Clamedeus on 4/24/2011 9:45:00 AM

Axe99
Axe99
9 years ago

I'm as frustrated as anyone (I'm a huge SOCOM fan, and by the time I'd got home from the shops, PSN was down – it's a five-day long weekend over here, and I probs won't get any SOCOM in over any of it), but blaming Sony is like blaming the US for Pearl Harbor. It's the hackers that have given us the shaft, not Sony. Unless you ascribe to blaming the US for Pearl Harbor, then attack them, not Sony ;).

And great article Ben – I've been hittin' the SP hard this weekend, amazing how much you play through when the PSN's down, lol!

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

While I'm not a heavy online gamer type, my absolute favorite moments in gaming are spent in a competitive online fighter. The energy, intensity, detail and depth while slugging it out, just you and him, no excuses, no random outside variables, just pure mono e mono un-adulterated competition where only the BETTER player will emerge victorious. I have respect for those who defeat me and I always savor a great fight by the skilled. Nothing is better. Not by a long shot.

Anyway, one of the major issues I have with online downloads is the online tethering. I don't really feel like I own a game unless I have a physical copy.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

A good description of the competitive multiplayer experience. It's kind of like a sports game!

Have you ever tried any mmo's (multiplayer rpgs)? If you get to know a group of regular players those games has even bigger memorable moments.

Actually, singleplayer, multiplayer and mmo's are three so fundamentally different kind of games that they hardly can be compared.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Oh no, BeamBoom, I value my soul too much to become an MMO addict =p
That, and gaming in general. I know too many who left all of gaming behind to grind their WoW character. Granted, WoW is complete awesomeness(well, they gotta do something about those visuals) but I don't want to create online social obligations that can and do have an effect on personal relationships and responsibilities. It's one of those genres that I'd rather leave alone. I need to have balance by creating boundaries.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

You sir seem to have control of your life. Good 🙂

I never liked WoW, actually. But that's to be expected since it seems like everybody else love it. I usually find myself being of a different opinion than the majority.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Ah, well I need too. I have a wife and two kids who need me. That and I'm normally in school. Usually my gaming time happens after 8:30-9:00pm once my kids are in bed and I hav some free time to myself. Except for this Assassins Creed binge I had; man, I over did it playing that one, like straight through. Though, it was a rare situation where I was alone for a few days. It was fun, but the addict in me unleashed! It's amazing who we can become when we're alone.

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
9 years ago

Whoa, another fighter here. Glad to see some of my kind here. Nothing beats the exhilaration and excitement of a good fighting game match, whether it is being played or being watched (thank God for Japanese FG tournaments). Rock on bro.

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

@Ben Dutka: Christ, what a great article. You took the words right out of my mouth. Keep it up!

@Anyone: These sorts of things make me feel sorry for those gamers that only do multiplayer–one outage and it's like their console is bricked. Fortunately, those of us who enjoy the single player experience don't need the PSN to be up to enjoy our game collections! Bust out the older titles and go for the Platinum! (Working on it for Uncharted 2 right now!)

Sogi_Otsa
Sogi_Otsa
9 years ago

wow… hmmm i hate online play i really do. but i just got MVC2 and was playing with my friends so i kinda am annoyed at that but meh. only 4-7 game have multiplayer on my shelf anyway. if i ever finally get into the business I'll never make online play, except maybe fighting games. i just don't get why people want to play online sooo bad.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i'll tell you why. it's the sense of community, and the sheer enjoyment of going against human opponets. TEMJIN'S post explains it beautifly.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Ah, thanks Excelsior. It was an outward expression of an inward passion.
=)

Sogi_Otsa
Sogi_Otsa
9 years ago

… community? i go online get my ass kicked and kick others' asses. boring tho. local multiplayer is much better.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

well i just got red dead redemption finally so im gonna play that

sohio
sohio
9 years ago

I think you might be missing the point. It really aggravates me when people assume that just because people are upset, that we "have no life" or "should go outside",ect. There are millions of people out there, like me, who work 10-12 hour days and after coming come, after taking care of the wife and kid(s), have about an hour to ourselves to jump into KZ3, Portal 2, ect and can't play it. What about when those people have already beat single player? You are left with a "bricked" console because you can't play anything fun anymore.

I can understand the network going down for 12 hours, or even a day or two but it's been three days now. Sony needs to get their shit together and fix this, pronto.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

yeah i don't like some of the anti-multiplayer sentiments in the article, and not calling out sony for the network being down so long is ridulous. yeah, i'm going through withdrawal, and like i've read it's not much fun.

hackers to sony: we are coming to smack you in the head

sony: duh! what just happened? thank you for your patience.

i might be able to forgive a day, but this amount of time is pathetic. sony looks clueless, and inept in dealing with this. stuff happens, but it's been freaking days!!! sony does need to get their sh!t together. apparently they have an unsecure network with no redunancy.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 4/23/2011 11:36:02 AM

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

@Excel: I don't think you can be too categoric before you know what kind of challenge Sony has here.

If the hackers found a security hole that enabled them to enter psn network then it's not a case of just fixing this server side. The clients (the playstations around the world) still expect to be able to log on the old-fashioned way. They know no other way. So if Sony have to rewrite the logon process they have to reflect these changes in a system update on the ps3.
Ergo create a new version of the system software.
That's more than a quick fix…


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/23/2011 11:51:49 AM

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

they should have had the software on standby ready for a breach. the hackers have been probing for weeks. are you saying sony shouldn't have a contigency plan in case of a breach other than pulling the plug for days?


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 4/23/2011 12:01:05 PM

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Dude, nobody has "a better system" on stand by, just in case they get hacked. hehe!

Listen I'm not saying that this could not be avoided, or that Sony is without fault. What I'm saying is that it's too early to judge. We need to get more background info first.
But generally speaking I am pro "release it when it is ready" principle. *especially* when we talk about system software.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i understand what you're saying, but i still stand by my statements that sony looks inept here and the length of the outage has been too long.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

If you're freaking out and ranting online for hours on end about how you can't play online, you have no life. That isn't an assumption. It also says you're basically addicted to a certain type of entertainment, in my eyes.

Complaining is normal. What I'm seeing in many responses around the Internet is NOT. It's damn near frightening and DEFINITELY depressing.

It only proves single-player is meaningless these days.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

sorry ben, didn't mean to freak out on you. you can say i have no life but it has been days. i'm just frutrated is all, but thank you for the site…i feel better venting. i hope i didn't depress you too much, but there are many of us who like the online multiplayer a lot. we miss it when its gone.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

No, I'm not talking about you.

OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
9 years ago

@Ben:

I don't think the rants are by the general gaming population Ben. It does not necessarily mean single player games are dying. Those who are upset with the downtime are voicing their opinions, which is what you're reading. There is no need for those who like single player experiences to say anything, hence the apparent bias.