So the PlayStation Network was down in certain regions for a few hours. …and the world just about exploded.

But then again, that's to be expected, right? We were one of the first to call out Sony for being so quiet when the PSN was attacked this past April, and we understand that many gamers remain a little shaky in regards to the Network's stability. It'll take some time before people forget.

And in truth, they really shouldn't forget. It was a big deal and something that should never happen again (even if the age of cyber-criminals is upon us and won't end any time soon). But overreacting won't get anyone anywhere; countless forum threads about how the PSN is down "again" and even full articles at major sites that helped spread the hysteria…? All right. It's expected but there weren't enough voices of reason and common sense out there, and that's troubling.

I suppose it would be too much to ask to get some facts before writing articles? Many didn't even notice that the PSN was down because it wasn't down that long . People who have lives would've been surprised to log on and read old, incendiary articles that got a crapload of attention. Are the gamers so plugged in that if the PSN doesn't immediately respond, the world is coming to an end? That's just plain depressing.

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I have so much faith in Sony that this morning when I was unable to connect to the PSN I assumed it was my router, then I checked my p2p blocker, then I checked my modem. Finally I decided to get online on my computer and see that it actually was down. Oh well, I'm glad I downloaded RE4 last night so I was able to enjoy it during the down time.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Me too. I reset everything before attempting to call Sony. They had an automated announcement as soon as they picked up that it was down. Not a big deal. Started playing Deus Ex while it was down.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

How is RE4 HD?, I read reviews that the HD in this game was a disappointment.


Last edited by Oxvial on 9/21/2011 10:55:14 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

It's not on par with HD remakes like God of War or ICO but it's certainly not as bad as IGN made it out to be.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

What Jawk said. It isn't a true HD upgrade like we've been used to getting with other PS2 ports but it certainly looks better than the PS2 game. It's a port of the Gamecube version. I admit I'm disappointed that Capcom was lazy with the port but not surprised since they've been one of the worst devs this generation for me.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Oh well, gonna stay with the Wii version.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Completely agreed Ben, over reaction all round. I read a few articles that turned up on Google, and did some digging. I couldn't find much about it at all. In fact I was beginning to think it was either a hoax, or someone running an old story had triggered a feeding frenzy by mistake. So I posted on the forum here asking if PSN was down. Within an hour, people were posting that PSN was available, and no one really indicated that there was a problem.

Honestly, in this world, whether it's hackers, natural disaster or hardware failure, some downtime is inevitable, it's unavoidable. What is avoidable – and this is a lesson that many in the media need to learn immediately – is behaving like a fool. A fool immediately over-reacts to any downtime and declares that the sky is falling. Thank you Ben, for being a voice of reason among the unreasoning.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
9 years ago

More like within 15 minutes 😉 Haha, if only it wasn't for that update it would have been within 5.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
9 years ago

Seriously Kotaku was like up in arms the moment they got wind of the network being down. I honestly didn't notice since I was able to access my Japanese and Euro account just fine. I guess some folks are just looking for any way to knock Sony down this coming holiday season. It's pretty pathetic how some "Journalists" love to put negative spins on things. Today's incident pretty much solidifies that.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Well, I mean, it's Kotaku.

If they could find a way for the PS3 to die, they'd do it.

Doppel
Doppel
9 years ago

@Ben Dutka:

Now that you mention it, I hopped over to the "Gamer's Guide" and after some digging I found this link:

http://kotaku.com/5842586/sonys-playstation-network-goes-down-sony-hacked-again-credit-card-info-at-%20risk

Click it and read the URL. Seriously. This alarmist attitude makes Fox News looks professional by comparison.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Trust me, we've known about Kotaku's bias for a loooooong time. I think everyone has.

Jed
Jed
9 years ago

I just looked at that link and they have totally changed it. It mentions the hacking from earlier this year, but nowhere does it mention any hacking or credit cards at risk anymore. Those poor bastards.

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

I had no idea :/

Doppel
Doppel
9 years ago

Me too… Downtime? What downtime? I was playing LittleBigPlanet2 just fine when this "downtime" nonsense was going rounds.

Jed
Jed
9 years ago

I didn't either!

GHOST67
GHOST67
9 years ago

i didn't mind it being down i just played the impossible game to kill time

wenezz
wenezz
9 years ago

i dont really care rather it was down or not….. as long my PS3 is in great condition so my friends can play when they come over or when i visit them.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It's just a way to get hits out of the xbots that eat this stuff up. I rolled my eyes and passed it by while doing the news.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

I just thought it was my internet. I never even crossed my mind that it was a network problem. Didn't bother me anyway, I was to busy play God Of War.

556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

I wasn't too concerned, though I was a bit upset because I had to wait longer to download RE4. Not too big an issue though.

BLACKSUN
BLACKSUN
9 years ago

I saw it was down took a nap. Woke up and it was on. No big problem.

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
9 years ago

Ben, Highlander, I completely agree! I didn't even realize that the PSN was down because, like most of us, we work during the day.

Down time is inevitable, that's why I don't think all this talk about all consoles being like onlive in the future will really be a good idea. With physical hardware in my home, when the network goes out, I can still watch movies, stream content from my computer, play games (not online) and whatever else I want. If it was a completely online console, it is left as a paperweight until network connectivity comes back.

I just don't think the cloud console idea for the future is a great idea. Am I the only one thinking this?

Jed
Jed
9 years ago

No

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I agree, and no you aren't the only one.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Yeah, I do actually think there's a hefty amount of gamers out there that are SO plugged in. I really do. Like they don't have friends beyond their PSN list.

Sogi_Otsa
Sogi_Otsa
9 years ago

… it was down? i thought my internet was just being dumb… didn't stop me from playing the Baconing or Catherine some.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

I wouldn't notice if wasn't for the Sega forum in where some xbros were having a party with this lol, I just logged fine.

JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
9 years ago

I was too busy playing gears of war 3 to even notice psn was down but im confident sony handled the situation accordingly.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Gross

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

dude above me is a sony fanboy for sure…or he's just a very funny person…ones gotta be true…lol

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Relax FM. lol I thought he was being cute! 😉

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

FM can never pass up a good chance to call some one a Sony fanboy.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Kind of odd you said that Jawknee…he's the second person I've called a fanboy outside of Kiryu and as you can or can't tell…I was joking anyway, but I'm serious when I say it about Kiryu

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

@Underdog…I know he was joking as well

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I'm a Kiryu fan ever since the comments after Bens Yakuza review. *That* was pure poetry. 🙂


Last edited by Beamboom on 9/22/2011 12:08:36 PM

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

On the bright side, this does show just how much gamers love their PS3/PSN. It may seem like a negative that they're overreacting and complaining about it, but they're doing it because they care.

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

It was a VERY big overreaction with some folks thinking it was another attack. Xbox live apparently suffered an outage as well, but as soon as it happens to PSN, we hear "PSN is bad quality" or "You get what you pay for." I really have no idea why the gaming media (and to some extent the community) is so quick to point out Sony's errors but kiss and make up with Microsoft if they do something worse.

I read somewhere that at least MS treats their costumer better. At least Sony will say something's wrong and will try to fix it; MS will just continue like nothing's wrong.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I was at work so never even noticed.

Giukbulu
Giukbulu
9 years ago

same as me,also at work at the time…

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I was on an accursed training course, and was checking Google news during a spare moment…

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

So.. what is worse?

Microsoft biased websites or the 360 fans that populate these domains?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Canadians.

..

..

..

or the French.

😉


Last edited by TheHighlander on 9/22/2011 12:20:53 AM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Lol!

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

I'm Canadian 🙁

dbyzforce
dbyzforce
9 years ago

I am Canadian >:(

gumbi
gumbi
9 years ago

If Southpark has taught me anything, it's to accept that fact that it's just fun to blame Canada.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Oh totally, guys. We'll take any blame you can't handle. We don't have anything to blame ourselves for at all lately, so it's nice to feel we're just as imperfect as the rest of the world from time to time. 😉

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Hey Highlander, just blame it on who the rest of us Canadians blame it on…

The French Canadians!!!!! 😮 *runs and hides* (-said with the utmost love for our Quebec residing members of PSXE.) lol


Last edited by Underdog15 on 9/22/2011 8:27:47 AM

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

French Canadians, LOL!!