As some of you know, I have this t-shirt that links Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace to ADHD, Narcissim and Stalking. Most every time I wear it, someone comments on it. This comment is almost always the same: they smile or even laugh and say, "I like your shirt." And yet, it's expected – even inevitable – that this person commonly indulges in the world of virtual social interaction.

And to some extent, I do as well. The point is that despite the electronic invasion into our homes, there is some semblance of basic humanity that continues to scream out from the depths of an oppressed psyche- "Something is wrong , here!" While I will always love video games and I well understand the benefit of various inventions, I have long since been of the opinion that we've overstepped the boundaries of creepiness. What was once considered voyeurism is now embraced as "connections" and what was once deemed blissful solitude has now been condemned as out-of-touch and pathetic.

Today, after being required to stay up-to-date on all the nightmare stories surrounding the broken PlayStation Network, I switched on the SNES in the bedroom. It wasn't an anti-Sony statement; it was an anti-invasion statement. The PSN was invaded and thus, so was I. So were millions. As I sat there, playing Super Mario Kart , I reveled in the simplicity and purity of the experience. It has nothing to do with the game; it was merely the fact that I wasn't "connected." Nobody else could know what I was playing or doing on my SNES unless they were peeking in the window. And certainly, private information doesn't factor in. Anywhere.

When the PSN returns, I'm sure I'll go back on the PlayStation Store and download stuff. But in the meantime, a crazy dream has sprung to life- I want to dedicate one day of the year to being unplugged. In fact, let's make it a national holiday: it's "Unplugged Day," the day where no computer is turned on, no e-mail is checked, no text message is sent, no phone rings, no TV blares, no headphones are worn, and all movie theaters are closed. It's a day where, contrary to recent evidence, humans find themselves capable of conversing face to face. They will sit beneath a tree in the park and have a conversation. They will go to the theater or a museum. They will take a walk.

It isn't about taking preventative measures against the onslaught of inventions that seem hellbent on destroying intrinsic charm and charisma, as prevention is a moot point. It's about reestablishing a sense of security and serenity. With all that we have, those are two ideals that are more difficult to find than ever before in mankind's history. Sony, when the PlayStation Network returns, your world will begin to turn normally again, and I'll be part of it. But you'll forgive me if I step off this crazy carousel to which we've become accustomed, as I will admit to a bout of queasiness now and then. At which time, I'll take a breather on a bench, smell a rose, and read a book.

If we all did that at the same time, the psuedo-human hackers would then spontaneously combust.

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I hear ya. I'm not a part of the Facebook/Myspace/Twitter crowd.

I've used the PSN downtime to play BioShock and BioShock2 thanks to them only being $5 a piece on Steam last week.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Fantastic games huh?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

Very much so. The sense of atmosphere is amazing, especially for a FPS. I can't wait for the third.

arv1102
arv1102
9 years ago

I did the same, I turn on the NES and played Rad-Racer and – Trojan… It was fun

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I'm with ya Ben. I plan on picking a day this year were I take off work, turn off the phone and go picnic at the park. Play some board games. All with the family. A day away from reality.

gumbi
gumbi
9 years ago

Away from reality? That, my friend, sounds like a day back to reality. Enjoying the things that are truly important.

I very much look forward to those few weekends each year when I get to take the family to the lake and disconnect from the rest of the world.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Daze, you get a thumbs up for that one!!

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

Heres a link to all your questions by Sony

http://us.playstation.com/support/answer/index.htm?a_id=2356

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Thanks for the link! Answered nearly all my questions, except for any that couldn't be answered due to security confidence.

Poor Sony. They provide quality entertainment, and this is how they are repaid.

I hate hackers. Scum of the Earth. What a waste of intellect and technological talent.

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

Facebook has got to be the creepiest invention ever, we've essentially given complete strangers the permission to stalk us.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Only if you accept these strangers as friends.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I have my posts locked only to friends of friends.

I don't mind stalkers as long as they are pretty women. 😉

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Yeah Facebook got pretty good privacy settings. If we are to talk about "stalkers" then twitter is more of a target. *That's* stalking on a high level, the entire service is built upon the idea of stalking people you do not know.


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/27/2011 10:10:12 AM

Zen_Zarab
Zen_Zarab
9 years ago

Table top game Recommendations:

Carcassonne
Dominion
Zombies!!! (For the mature crowd)

I own all 3 and they are all unique and fun.

😀

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

And I'll add Dungeonquest and the Descent board game series to that list. And the DOOM board game too for that matter. Zombies!!! is just mad fun especially when you combine everyone of them together. Makes for a long game sometimes though lol.

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

I recommend rule of rose for ps2. Really creepy game lol its such a mind trip.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Did you draw your avatar Sayword?

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

@Jawknee

No he/she didn't. SayWord's avatar is an image borrowed from a popular Japanese Visual Novel series.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 4/27/2011 1:41:29 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Ah, k, I only ask because he's sent me some of his drawings before and they are quite good.

tornado03
tornado03
9 years ago

Hi, not to get off subject but, did any of you get an official email from Sony? I received mine a couple of mins ago about the identify thief. It said they hired an investigative team. I want them to get to the bottom of this but Psn is truly gone for a while I see that now.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Nope, still no email warning from Sony yet.

But then again, I've never used a credit card for the PSN, maybe I won't get one.

But, still they should be alerting all of us, seeing how everyone had some of their info hacked.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I got mine yesterday.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

My email arrived and repeated the same statement as we can see on the blog.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

That holiday sounds mighty fun, and bad. Theres people who have their cell phones glued to their hands. I find that holiday impossible for me since I always go on facebook and check my email no phone to text or call anoyone though.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

I think I'll just avoid video game websites, Ben. Except this one.

I'll also play some games on consoles that were made in the days when they were just video game consoles. I'm partial to ColecoVision.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

You'd be missing out if you didn't check out Joystiq. I love me some PSXE and Joystiq.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Joystiq's fall is what brought me here.

I miss the PS3fanboy days.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

That's a good idea brighat1971. The Sony haters and Xbox fanboys are having a field day right now. It's not pretty.

And does anyone other than myself get the impression that this website strangely enough seems to have more Sony supporters and/or Playstation fans than Sony's actual official blog?

Why is that?

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

I've been grinding away the mini games in yakuza 4 (almmost done! 🙂 I want the golden gun and it sucks that they changed the way the gun should be obtained. Argh took way longer lol.

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

um if any one was looking for some reason to panic this might be it http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/32401/playstation-network-down-sony-gives-up/
its saying that sony is too far in debt to continue trying to fix this so they're done, no more psn… ever… DUDE THIS BLOWS and ben if you know anything to disprove this let us know because this is an absolute disaster!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

It's a joke, dude. Read the article carefully. 🙂

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
9 years ago

…..did this guy just quote world weekly news as somethin credible?…..wow

___________
___________
9 years ago

Come on dude no one can be that nieve!
$only are making a bomb off the PSN as if there going to get rid of it!
Plus without PSN thebps3 would sink faster then the titanic!
…… I know, I know, IT'S A EXPRESSION!

Arvis
Arvis
9 years ago

LOL! Weekly World News! 😀

I'm more panicked about the Bat Child they found in a cave miles below the surface of the earth! Scientists say it's ears are like radar and it's giant eyes see in the dark!!! O.O

-Arvis

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
9 years ago

@Arvis
Lol!!! I spit my coffee out laughing at your comment! Good one! 🙂


Last edited by Evil Incarnate on 4/27/2011 8:40:26 AM

Arvis
Arvis
9 years ago

Heh, my old roommate had a "Batboy: The Musical" poster hanging right above the toilet. 😀

-Arvis

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
9 years ago

While I definitely agree with you about Facebook/MySpace/Twitter being linked to ADHD, Narcissim and Stalking, I use them (save for Myspace) because they have actual uses.

I have a Twitter account mainly to follow people, groups or organizations that I have a particular interest on. Mainly just for news. I don't even follow my friends in Twitter as there is just NO point.

I'm not one that chronicles every minute detail of my boring life in Twitter like a lot of people do. I'm not one that puts funny statements on my Facebook status every single day just to grab attention. As for the stalking part, limiting what can be seen on your profile is a godsend. I still do not trust Facebook much though.

With that said, I am liking your idea of an "Unplugged Day" (although mine would be limited to my Dreamcast and PS2.) I've already been doing that on my PS3, as I've been playing a lot of single player games ever since the PSN went down. When I wasn't playing games, I started to read some of the books I've bought recently. I started reading "Atlas Shrugged" again, even if I've already finished reading it three times. After that I'll be reading Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. This is going to be so much fun!

Arvis
Arvis
9 years ago

I'm trying to finish Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo."

It's fantastic, but certainly the largest novel I've attempted since finishing college. Video games distract me from way too many good books.

-Arvis

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I finished The Count of Monte Cristo last year. Great read.

When you're done, try the other book Dumas is well known for: "The Three Musketeers." 🙂

Arvis
Arvis
9 years ago

Thanks for the recommend, Ben! My dad was a huge fan of Dumas back when he was younger, so perhaps the interest is genetic. 😉

-Arvis

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
9 years ago

I honestly haven't read a lot of the classics but you guys might just convince me. LOL That's after I finish the ones I have right now though. Haha!

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

Also to add and get off topic, but I don't like how they said 77 million users can't access their accounts.

That number is extremely inaccurate.

My guess after my considerations would be:

– people that have multiple account
– people that have sold their ps3 and never access their account anymore
– people who can't access their account since they have a problem such as banned, forgot password, un-fixable ylod(meaning they completely made the system un-fixable by trying themselves and making it worst)

Around 50 million ps3's sold and 69 million psp
119 million systems
that is 119 million of those console that mainly use psn, and the other psn services sony does like Quiercity (typo I KNOW)

I understand meaning each individual account can't access the network, but by people population wise, I would say around 65-70 million people can't get on their PSN accounts.

I'm sure 7 million psn accounts are inactive.


Last edited by thj_1980 on 4/26/2011 10:29:09 PM

Sol
Sol
9 years ago

A friend of mine whose mind is similar to my own said something like this. Unfortunately though, I "need" electricity, phones, and electronic devices. For me it is not about feeding my addiction to my entertainment, but my life revolves around computers and technology. Times are getting really hard on me, especially when it comes to my schoolwork. I agree with you, we could all use a break from the the different complexities of our electronic lives, but for me… I can't afford to take it yet. Maybe when times are not so tough I'll take a break someday, but my own stability comes first.

mackid1993
mackid1993
9 years ago

You are so right Ben. When you said "… it's "Unplugged Day," the day where no computer is turned on, no e-mail is checked, no text message is sent, no phone rings, no TV blares, no headphones are worn, and all movie theaters are closed. It's a day where, contrary to recent evidence, humans find themselves capable of conversing face to face.", the first thing that came into my mind is, 'god, this guy is really out of touch.' These digital methods of communication seem to be the only way people can communicate. Weather it is talking on the phone, Facebook, or instant message, the face to face chat seems nearly archaic. At this point, not being "connected" is like not being part of society. We rely on technology so much, that when it suddenly disappears, we spontaneously combust in a way.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

When I look about the common room at college and see people "connected" to one another what I actually see is everyone on their laptop visiting facebook instead of talking. It's kind of sad.

But now that I monitor facebook and twitter and the internet all the time I just find that I'm sometimes lost in a huge torrent of unchecked opinions and lost social skills. I even fall victim to the system sometimes and wonder "Why hasn't anyone commented on this post?" But then I remember that in ages past mankind built timeless structures. created beautiful art, composed music, and enlightened humanity all without these things. In fact I have to wonder if the greatest achievements we've made would have been made at all if people then were mired in the pluggin-in society that we have today. Warhol's vision has come true, and it is a frightening one sometimes.

Still though, I have to believe that all the frivolous and fleeting things that come to light in the age of the internet could still give way to modern masterpieces. We just have to find a way to be certain they aren't wiped out when the lights go off.

"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had." -Eric Schmidt


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 4/26/2011 10:54:44 PM

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

a further comment posted by sony:

"I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify a point and answer one of the most frequently asked questions today.

There’s a difference in timing between when we identified there was an intrusion and when we learned of consumers’ data being compromised. We learned there was an intrusion April 19th and subsequently shut the services down. We then brought in outside experts to help us learn how the intrusion occurred and to conduct an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident. It was necessary to conduct several days of forensic analysis, and it took our experts until yesterday to understand the scope of the breach. We then shared that information with our consumers and announced it publicly this afternoon"

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

Yeah, I know about that. But even so I'm not so sure if it's going to make much of a difference in one particular regard. All the Sony haters and Xbox fanboys are having a field day now. Somehow I don't think they're going to shut up anytime soon about this whole mess.

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
9 years ago

So anyone else here got there credit card stolen?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Limited_Vertigo had some PSN charges on his card he did not make.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

No strange charges on mine yet.