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PSN Debacle Gone But Not Forgotten

It's in the past but unfortunately, nobody is going to forget what happened.

Last year, an attack on the PlayStation Network rattled the gaming world. Ever since then, despite the vast majority of PSN users returning after the service was back up and running, any small problem is perceived as another possible attack.

Take today, for instance. The Network was down this morning, as some users reported being unable to sign in. A few others said they were prompted to change their passwords, and the account management option was unavailable. Considering the sensitive information contained in our accounts, people were understandably a little nervous about the whole situation, especially after what happened last April.

Sony responded by saying they were working on the issue, which now appears to be resolved. I - and everyone I know around here - see no problems with the PSN. However, all this only reminds us once again that no matter how much distance we put between ourselves and that attack, everyone will always be a little jumpy. Well, maybe if ten years go by or something...but until then, the instant the PSN is down (and it isn't scheduled maintenance), you're always going to see some quick, anxious reactions. It's understandable but still a little depressing.

Tags: psn, playstation network, psn outage, psn down, sony

6/14/2012 10:28:43 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

Highlander
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 10:52:33 AM
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This happened over the weekend on June 9th as well. I think people are jumpy, but people have been very quick to jump to conclusions with Sony for many years now. I wonder how users of other consoles or online services react when their system responds in a similar manner?

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Fane1024
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 8:08:03 PM

FUD will have that effect. Nice work, internet trolls!

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Beamboom
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 12:15:08 AM

Hehe - yeah I've often asked myself the same. I bet it is very similar. I mean, some people go apeshit if Facebook is unavailable for a few minutes, so... It's safe to assume it's the same in all camps.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:19:56 AM
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The PSN does seem to go down for long periods of time. But I don't hate on it since there are others things to do.

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Underdog15
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:19:58 AM
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I always read about these minor outages but never end up being a part of it. They never seem to happen when I want to play. :p

It could be worse... it could go down for maintenance and have no backup server essentially leaving me without access WHILE having to pay for it...............

Last edited by Underdog15 on 6/14/2012 11:20:48 AM

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firesoul453
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:26:46 AM
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I hate our dependence on interenet. There has been several PSN games that I would have bought if they were on disk.

(in Britain they get disk.... its not fair!)

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:58:21 AM

Many of those games end up on discs in the UK because of ISP restrictions and regulations. Otherwise they would have been PSN titles there as well.

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firesoul453
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 12:26:45 PM

I know! But I'd pay a little extra for disks! I try to import them but most the time I can't get them.

I hate the US's dependence on the interent!

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Temjin001
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 3:56:08 PM

I bought Outrun on 360 only because the US version never made it to the states on PSN.



(that's a wonderfully worthless fact, Temjin ;p

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gumbi
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 11:53:20 AM
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I didn't even know about this until now. And I'm not worried about it. Frankly, I wasn't even worried about it back when things went down last April. I cancelled my MasterCard and got a new one (a 5 minute phone call), and waited patiently for PSN to come back. It's not the first time I've had to cancel a card due to potential theft/fraud. This is a risk we all take when we sign up for any online service and give them our info.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 12:29:20 PM
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I think people want to think the worst so they have something to complain about.

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Robochic
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 12:31:50 PM
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PSN goes down i don't freak out nor do i hate PSN, i don't use it as much as i use too as lately i've just been playing offline but enjoy finding some gems on it :)
I just think people speculate to quickly now a days

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Bariikade
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 12:57:07 PM
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The funny thing is PSN is way better than its rival XBL. The fact that I don't have to pay and get a better more trusting service (yes trusting) is worth the unscheduled maintenances I believe. At least with PSN if I wanted to delete my card details then all I have to do go into my account management and delete. With XBL it I'd have to ring them up and go through countless password checks just to delete some details. I think people should give more credit to PSN although at the same time I understand why people would be worried when anything out of place happens with the service.

Last edited by Bariikade on 6/14/2012 12:58:26 PM

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harchibald1
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 1:39:14 PM
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the longest month ever, i was real worried for sony at that point, bad news travels fast, it made me realise how much sony hate there is out

in the uk, it made the main news station and all major papers. shit even my mom told my brother not to buy a ps3 when he was considering a purchase . and shes never had an opinion on console

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PC_Max
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 2:52:31 PM
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Oh come on... a little jumpy? Its a gaming network. If people are getting a little nervous about downtime whether announced or not, then they really need to take a vacation and reassess what really is important.

Granted I only go online for demos or see what PSN games are on for sale, but my life, heck my gaming life is not dependent on it.

And just writing about just feeds in certain gamer network nervous disorder.

That said... keep playing!

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Jed
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 4:17:04 PM
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I may get a little upset when the network goes down when I want to play, but I don't get worried. There are way to many people out there that go online and throw a tantrum every time they can't sign in. Even during SCHEDULED maintenance they get on the PS Blog and just start ripping Sony for being "unreliable".

People just need to calm down. This stuff happens, get over it.

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Nas Is Like
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 9:21:02 PM
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Good thing I was pulling a 10 hour shift so I didn't even notice.

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Underdog15
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 11:14:09 AM

Even a 1 hour shift at just the right time could have helped you miss it. lol that's how over-reactionary people can be. haha

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___________
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 4:21:23 AM
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was wondering what happened my ps3 constantly kept locking up on me!
$ony really need to work on a live update system or something that way when things like this happen you get a notification on your dashboard that way you actually know whats happening instead of being left in the dark assuming the worst.

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Banky A
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 2:46:22 AM
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sweet. didnt even know. i feel so left out now

last year was a good year. free games galore and PS+ trial just for not going on psn for a month

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