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10 Things I did Since the PlayStation Network Went Down

It was a good thing…

By Robert T. Trate     May 13, 2011


Sony’s PlayStation PS3 Console
© Sony/Bob Trate

 

The PlayStation Network has been down for quite some time. It will supposedly be up and running by the end of May. Those of you that have a PlayStation have had to make do without running around vanquishing one another. In the weeks that have passed I have found plenty of things to occupy my time…
 
1. Panicked about my credit card…

Playstation Network Down Woes

Obviously, this is something we all have done as even more members have been exposed to this hacker tyrant. Keep checking your statements and checking in with the credit card companies. Look for anything outlandish like trips to Cabo or Madagascar. You know places you’ll never go to.
 
2. Saw the Sun…

Playstation Network Down Woes

It might sound silly but with daylight savings time, in full effect, I actually crawled outside of my bunker. I journeyed out into the world instead of plugging into the network. The thrills of digital combat and the slaughter of undead Nazis were no longer available to me. They were becoming a distance memory. Well, I thought they were anyway.
 
3. Discovered the Instagr.am App…

Playstation Network Down Woes

I have smart phone, like many of you and I love searching for the free apps. I found one in particular, Instagr.am (see link). What is strange is that after playing with the app for a few minutes I easily would have paid 99 cents for this. It is a quick, fun way to age your photographs. It gives them that seventies feel and instantly makes any regular digital image have a soul.
 
4. Had a World at War Flashback…

Playstation Network Down Woes

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever have a COD: World at War flashback. After several days of not being plugged in I started to dream about fighting the Japanese. I was running around in a digitally painted world trying to get the best spot to snipe someone. Maybe it was time to put down that controller.
 
5. Bought a Thor Helmet…

Playstation Network Down Woes

As I was getting ready for the first movie of the summer I thought it would be fun to be “that guy” at the midnight show. I went to the store to pick up the Thor helmet and a hammer. What I didn’t expect was that there would be woman in the aisle trying on a Captain America mask. Thinking that she was out to get a Facebook photo and nothing else I let her be. That was until I noticed her unusual t-shirt and struck up a conversation.
 
6. Met a Girl that plays Left for Dead…

Playstation Network Down Woes

At Starbucks, which also has a great free app, Everra and I started to discuss the slate of summer movies and then zombie films. She then asked if I ever played Left for Dead. I immediately scoffed at her and told her that was an Xbox 360 game. She shook her head in disbelief and related to me that I was missing out. In a quick shift of gears I told her that I would love to play sometime and another date was scheduled.
 
7. Hung Out with Some Friends…

Playstation Network Down Woes

Since the network was down I did what many kids today would consider crazy. I went over to a buddy’s house to play video games. In our attempt to quench the thirst of killing hordes of the undead we hit a snag. One of his controllers had died. I debated going home to get one of mine but with the price of gas, no way. Instead, we played Beatles Rock Band. As down as we were about the missed carnage hearing George sing “Hear Comes the Sun” snapped us right out of our funk.
 
8. Bought a Teefury Shirt…

Playstation Network Down Woes

Emails and Facebook messages transpired between Everra and me. I then received an interesting one regarding the latest Teefury design. I had purchased a few but I had successfully avoided the obsession. As fate would have it the shirt would combine the Beatles and Doctor Who. I actually hadn’t finished the adventures of Matt Smith’s Doctor from last season. My plans for game night with Everra then changed.
 
9. Caught up on Doctor Who…

Playstation Network Down Woes

We watched the final 3 episodes of last season’s Doctor Who. Then we watched the season premiere which Everra downloaded off of iTunes (not free). Initially, I was shaky about Matt Smith replacing David Tennant but no longer. Matt is the Doctor.
 
10. Considered buying an Xbox 360…

Playstation Network Down Woes

While I was enjoying my new app, my new girlfriend, and trying to wrestle with my daily 11:30 pm check in of Teefury I hit a snag. Activision released their new zombie game Call of the Dead (see article and video). Friends with the 360 laughed in my face and told me that I should change teams. Even my new girlfriend complained about the utter lack of sleep she has been getting playing the game. She has invited me over to play but the controller’s configurations are all wrong. The screen is split in two and I can tell she is getting upset with my backass approach to everything Xbox. I think it just might be time to switch over to an Xbox 360. It looks like not only the fate of the world depends on it but my happiness too.
 
 
Is there a moral here or a lesson to be shared? Getting out from in front of the console is always a good thing. If playing games and online social interaction is what makes you happy then by all means keep doing it. Just bear in mind that there is a whole world out there and it is worth playing in it too.
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

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jedibanner 5/13/2011 5:43:15 AM

Funny.....BUT TRAITOR!!!! I would never go and buy another system, especially an XBox 360 just because my PS3 doesn't works. The graphics aren't that good, the controllers are so bad and the system isn't that better then PS3.

On a serious side, my GF is also very happy PSN is down, somehow we spend more time together...until I decided to finish Dragon Age II, then she was wishing for PSN to come back on (I have limits of how much time I can play on PSN...she's the boss).

Bryzarro 5/13/2011 6:23:30 AM

 I still can't grasp how crazy it is that it is coming on 4 weeks next week if it isn't back up.  

hanso 5/13/2011 6:32:08 AM

I watched The Wire.  That show is correct yo!

Last I heard the network was suppose to go back up May 31.

ddiaz28 5/13/2011 7:04:39 AM

Hasn't bothered me really since I rarely play my PS3 online.  

And don't feel bad about wanting an Xbox.  What's the point of being a fanboy of one console? If you enjoy playing games, the best solution is to have all the systems. I have all 3 consoles, but my 360 definitely gets the most use.

Jedi, saying the graphics aren't that good is just silly man.  I play on a 100 inch screen with an HD projector and the graphics are great.  Some games definitely get more out of the PS3 but the difference to me is negligible.  And I would say the same thing about the PS3 controllers.  I've had a playstation since the first one and have never liked the controllers.  My hands always get cramped with certain games that require the use of all 4 top buttons.  The ergonomics of the 360 controllers are much better.  But that's just my preference.  If they just put R2 and L2 angled towards the back a bit, they would be much more comfortable.

Did you finish the whole series already Hanso? 

jedibanner 5/13/2011 7:16:47 AM

Well ddiaz28, to each is own but I saw and played with both on HD and, PS3 is better in my view. And those controlers on X-Box, Worst. Thing.Ever....and not wirelless...and crappy, but that's just my view.

And everyone, it's already been shutdown that the end of May is NOT the final date the PSN should come back online, they've shut down that rumor already (but, that might be the goal and PS3 might just want to save face).

But, at least I can finish Dragon Age II and now L.A. Noir until it PSN comes up back online again.

hanso 5/13/2011 7:38:00 AM

 Not wireless controllers?  What Xbox you've been playing yo?  Xbox got wireless and non wireless if you want.

Graphics are pretty much the same, it ain't like a Wii vs. PS3 anyways.  Some games even perform better on the Xbox than PS3.  

Anyway, Diaz is right yo, no point being a fanboy of one console.  Gamer first, fanboy never.

 

Diaz, yea I finished watching the masterpiece that is The Wire.  Loved every damn second of it.   Lately I've been losing interest on a lot of the TV I've been watching but I grabbed on to The Wire and couldn't let go.

jedibanner 5/13/2011 8:01:35 AM

yo, like, I guess I played a while back yo with an xbox yo, the first ones were with wires so,....yo.

It's just nice to be a fanboy, I don't feel I'm missing much on X-Box anyway (other then the obvious playing online I know).

isgrimner 5/13/2011 8:01:38 AM

A lot of games look better on the 360 than on the PS3.  The PS3 may have more power, but it was harder for developers to learn and thus push it.  You can go to many gaming sites that have done side by side comparrisons and the 360 outperforms the PS3 on a lot of games, almost all the early ones especially.

Me, I own all three current gen systems.  For gaming I like my 360 the best.  I like the 360 controller a lot more than the dual shock.  I also think the 360 has better or at least a lot more exclusive games that interest me.  Plus Xbox live is supperior to the PS3's online service.  You really do get what you pay for.  I don't have a problem paying $50 or $60 a year for Live.

Still I do love my PS3 too, especially for the Blu-Ray.   My Wii doesn't really get any love at all.  That was kind of a waste. 

hanso 5/13/2011 8:14:18 AM

 I hurt your fanboy feelings or something Jedibanner?  It's ok, everything will be alright yo.

 

hanso 5/13/2011 8:17:45 AM

 Isgrimmer, i know what you mean.  I stopped using my Wii, ended up just giving it away.  May go back at it when the new Zelda drops or maybe I'll just wait for the next Nintendo console, it more than likely will have backwards compatability, and I'll just play Zelda then.

I did get tired of paying for Xbox Live, so been gaming on my PS3 mostly.  I shall more than likely return when Gears of War 3 drops sometime in September.  

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