Since When Is The PSN Necessary For Playing Games?
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?
4/23/2011 10:15:07 AM Ben Dutka