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PSN Outage Turns Our Attention To More Important Matters

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.

Tags: psn, psn outage, simplicity, games industry

4/26/2011 9:18:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (101 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 9:54:23 PM
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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.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:44:27 PM

Fantastic games huh?

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:11:22 AM

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

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arv1102
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:00:44 AM

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

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DazeOfWar
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 9:58:08 PM
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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.

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gumbi
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:16:51 AM

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.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:21:35 PM

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

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:00:45 PM
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Heres a link to all your questions by Sony

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

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 5:49:39 AM

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.

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matt99
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:02:35 PM
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Facebook has got to be the creepiest invention ever, we've essentially given complete strangers the permission to stalk us.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:53:43 AM

Only if you accept these strangers as friends.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:50:49 AM

I have my posts locked only to friends of friends.

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

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:09:30 AM

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.


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Zen_Zarab
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:06:48 PM
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Table top game Recommendations:

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

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

:D

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Geobaldi
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:18:58 PM

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.

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SayWord
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:27:12 PM

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

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:40:41 PM

Did you draw your avatar Sayword?

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Looking Glass
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:36:18 PM

@Jawknee

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

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:58:39 PM

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

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tornado03
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:06:56 PM
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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.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:58:03 AM

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.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:54:41 AM

I got mine yesterday.

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:07:21 AM

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

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sha4dowknight05
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:13:09 PM
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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.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:13:14 PM
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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.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:35:26 PM

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

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:22:40 PM

Joystiq's fall is what brought me here.

I miss the PS3fanboy days.

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Looking Glass
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:54:59 PM

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?

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SayWord
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:13:40 PM
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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.

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BIGRED15
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:16:01 PM
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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!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:56:00 AM

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

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 5:17:25 AM

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

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___________
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 5:54:06 AM

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!

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Arvis
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:12:58 AM

LOL! Weekly World News! :D

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

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Dustinwp
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:36:01 AM

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

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Arvis
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:05:27 AM

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

-Arvis

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ZettaiSeigi
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:22:16 PM
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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!

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Arvis
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:15:00 AM

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

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:22:11 AM

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." :)

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Arvis
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:16:38 PM

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

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 3:10:14 PM

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!

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sha4dowknight05
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:24:13 PM
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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.

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Sol
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:27:21 PM
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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.

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mackid1993
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:39:03 PM
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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.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:51:57 PM
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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

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frylock25
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:52:06 PM
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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"

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Looking Glass
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:40:54 PM

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.

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:54:57 PM
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So anyone else here got there credit card stolen?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:03:12 PM

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

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:21:34 PM

No strange charges on mine yet.

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Arvis
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:19:44 AM

I was using an essentially fraud-proof debit card. It can only be used in a limited geographical area, or anywhere I tell my bank I am traveling.

But still, I am monitoring my accounts.

-Arvis

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Underdog15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:55:10 AM

I haven't had anything charged yet. So far, it seems I'm ok.

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 11:10:03 AM

LV thinks those are charges he did not make. I've had PSN charges show up more than a week after the purchase and not remembered them. If that happened around this time, my first thought would be that they were fraudulent as well. However, in my case the charges were simply applied out of sequence and I didn't recognize the transactions, but they were mine. LV's situation may be no different.

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Looking Glass
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:48:41 PM

I don't know if Limited Vertigo really did get compromised or if those two charges were simply ones he/she made but forgot about. In any case there is no real evidence that anyone's credit card/ debit card info has been compromised.

Although personally I did have my debit card info on my PSN account so I called my bank, had them cancel my card, and requested a new one be sent. But this was just a precaution. I found no evidence of fraudulent charges to my bank account. Still, better safe than sorry.

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Bloodysilence19
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 10:54:59 PM
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this day will live in infamy for the sony community but you know what we will move on and we will get stronger and rebuild to maximum capacity we can.

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Looking Glass
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:01:36 PM

Well said.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:25:00 PM
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I'm thinking at E3 Kevin Butler will come out with a laugh out loud joke about when the PSN was down situation. People will giggle, and then move on. The ensuing epicness of Sony's showing will drowned out any residual madness from this month's insanity which I hereby name:

"Careless April"

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:59:21 AM

You should trademark that. :P

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gray_eagle
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:27:27 PM
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with that new update from psn blog, if someone told me this would happen when i bought my first ps3 (fat ps3 a month after launch date) and created an account on psn. i'd do all over again even knowing what the future holds. to get back on topic, i like the idea of an unplugged day. for me it be easy. i rarely use a pc. the majority of my net surfing is done on my ps3. belive or not, i don't own a cell phone.

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BIGRED15
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:32:22 PM
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hopefully my comment above gets approved soon, but I saw that sony had given up and that there would be no more PSn. Now before u guys get ur pitchforks know that I dont know about the credibilty of the source but this is a bonafide mess and i think these hackers deserve a swift kick to the nuts for what they did.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:36:35 PM

I call BS. Sony has already stated in their most recent update today that they would have PSN up within a weeks time.

EDIT: The source is Weekly Word News is it?

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LittleBigMidget
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:33:05 PM
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I've been doing some debating on religion and politics with some strangers/Soccer practice.

Also, making my way up the challenge tower in Mortal Kombat.

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main_event05
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:22:27 AM

lol, i <3 how he starts on about religion and politics and then follow is all up with MK.

<Smile/>

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:02:19 PM

LOL

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Russell Burrows
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:42:11 PM
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I call cellphones nagphones aka the good for nothing battery holder box.

Twitter, Facebook, etc. are only good for news but then where I live its ZETA land and thus I have grown blase about helping nearby business owners dig out grenade fragments from concrete walls.

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BIGRED15
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:44:02 PM
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Lol yea Jawk it is that very same site. And i agree the idea that psn no longer exists would be way too farfetched.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:47:22 PM

LOL! Dude, they have Batboy images plastered all over their site. They are no more creditable than tabloid papers you see at the grocery store. haha Too funny.

Did you read the comments? LOL! They are tearing the author to shreds.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:57:11 AM

Guys, just read the article-

"Two programmers have reportedly died while trying to fix the problem. Their deaths were similar in manner to the way that the children of Korea who live, eat, and play in internet cafés often die whilst playing World of Warcraft."

It's meant to be a joke.

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Eld
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:47:18 PM
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We crossed the line globally. There is no going back. It would be like trying to take electricity away from people:)

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Milonakis
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:56:10 PM
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I have days like that where i don't text anyone, sign on to facebook or do anything really. Just some lawn work. Work on my truck. It's pretty relaxing.

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Milonakis
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:56:43 PM

There's really not many social networking sites for ManBearPigs anyways though.

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Arvis
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 8:22:16 AM

HA HA! Did you just riff on your own avatar?? :D

-Arvis

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BIGRED15
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 11:57:48 PM
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yea at least i dont have to worry. I thought it was pretty funny how the auther claimed that 2 people died trying to fix it. lol. This whole psn outage has at least allowed me to focus on school. which i needed.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:16:39 AM
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So true. I brought my PS3 home to my parents' house so I'd have one less distraction during finals week. I've never been much of an online gamer anyway, so even if it were here, this network outage wouldn't bother me (other than the obvious security issues, of course.) I got GTA IV the day it released and I never once touched multiplayer. The single-player was engrossing enough for me, and by the time I had finished with it, I was ready to be done with the game for a while.

Speaking of being unplugged, one of my favorite ways to relax, other than gaming, is turning off my computer, turning on my lamp, popping a vinyl record on the turntable and reading for the duration of the album (or often 2 or 3, or even more!) It's perfect solitude. I don't update facebook to tell people what I'm doing. No mp3 play counts, no worrying about a low battery cutting my reading time short. I'm just living in the moment, without worrying about who else knows about it. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to do this in a couple weeks, but I'm very much looking forward to this weekend for this very reason (and I'll be done with finals.)

I was thinking about the entire digital revolution today, and thought to myself that mankind is venturing somewhere we've never been before. All of our society, rules and heritage are based on personal interaction and small scale communities, and within the past 50 years or so, these local communities have become global. Maybe I'm not being optimistic enough, but I don't know how we'll be able to sustain such a change for very long. I'm not sure we know how do deal with it as a society. And what happens in case of a massive-scale disaster? What if an EMP renders all technology useless? How will our pampered society ever get by? Granted, these are worst-case scenarios, but I think we're venturing into unknown territory, and putting too much faith in a very new technology.

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Keeng
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:56:09 AM
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I am a huge Facebook fan and it's a part of my day-to-day. That said, it hasn't replaced anything in my life. It's been a tool to increase my communication with people I would otherwise only rarely contact. That, plus my general "people person" attitude, makes me feel like I don't really need any sort of Unplugged Day. I do spend certain days without playing online games, turning on my computer, etc. and while I DO check Facebook just about every single day, it's usually just as a form of communication. Sometimes it might be just to say, "Hey, (friend or distant relative) let's go play some basketball," or what-have-you. Technology's not all bad. Anything is detrimental in the hands of the wrong person with the right attitude.

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MysteriousMagus
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:55:34 AM
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I borrowed a friends 360 (mine RROD) to finish Lost Odyssey.
Finally up to the end before the final fight at Grand Staff doing side quests and getting all my characters ready!
If Hironobu Sakaguchi didn't leave Square. We could have a Gem like this on PS3. T_T
Final Fantasy game were not the same after he left. I guess at least this PSN outage gives me time to play offline even though I rarely use online on PSN. Because I just rather play with friends that I know. haha

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 3:37:15 AM
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I think one of the most perplexing moments in my life was the day I had family visiting and 2 of them were chatting online with each other even though they were sitting across the room from one another. I really was just so dumbfounded I didn't even know what to do.

I love my tech and I really am fond of gaming, movies, tv, gadgets, all that, but pretty soon I'll be moving back to the country and when I do, first thing I'm looking forward to is taking a walk with my dogs in the woods.

I grew up in the middle of nowhere and I can't wait to get back there.

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 5:03:00 AM
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an unplugged day is nice, but an unplugged week not so much. i miss online gaming

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___________
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 6:00:34 AM
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I've never been into the social networking crap.
I use to chat on MSN a few years ago but that died off, I just see it as a waste of time.
I don't get much free time as it is, so I'd rather spend it playing games, or checking up on the news of the day then sitting on Facebook or whatever.

Thats one reason I'm glad PSN is down, every time I log in a friend of mine just sends me 100 messages a second, I keep saying can't talk want to finish this off but he just keeps sending them through.
Come to the point now I only sign in when I want ti download something, but now he's got the sh*tz with me because he thinks I'm ignoring him.
I just don't want to spend 80% of my gaming time replying to his messages!

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 7:53:10 AM

A) Turn message notifications off?
B) Go unavailable?
C) Ignore him?
D) Delete/Block?

Personally I'd go with D.

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___________
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:59:29 AM

I do ignore him, but then he gets the sh*ts and thinks I hate him.
I just don't understand why people can't pick up the phone and ring.
That's what I tell him just ring me instead that way i can do both but he just keeps messaging me.

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Radiohead
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:44:04 AM
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I don't think people would like the unplugged day idea, because they are already brainwashed with all this social networks,texting,etc...

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TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:05:05 AM
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I friggin LOVE this article, primarily because it's 100% true.

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Dreno
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:20:45 AM
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No warning email from sony to me yet. I been checking though.

Apparently, on my g4 app, either sony or the people at g4 have all the info you will need should your account be one of the ones that was accessed. They give the hook up. So I recomend anyone who's psn got accessed, if your not a super brainy smarty and really wouldn't know how to go about protecting yourself from id theft, check it out.

I don't see guys like jawk or world and others needing the info cause they seem like effing smart people, but I imagine I'm not the only person here at psxe who wouldn't even know what to do or where to start at if my info got acted.

Not talkin poo or anything, just puttin some info out for those who may need it.

But. Yeah, no sony email for me, ill keep checking though. Although I think ill just cancel the card I uused on psn

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:36:11 AM
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I have to admit this article (and comments) sure is filled with a bucket load of irony.

But there is a lot of truth in feeling the satisfaction of being "unplugged". I did that this past weekend when I saw my family for the Easter holiday. No internet, no videogames (obviously no PSN), no Facebook, no iPhone. Feels good to just "defrag" a bit. Its scary how addicted we our as a society to staying "connected".

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spiderboi
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 10:39:55 AM
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Unplugged days. Ah, the multitap. I remember when my friends and I would go to a shop on weekends or after school and play golden eye on N64 and StarFox. Then we got addicted to PS1 and started CrashTeamRacing tournaments as well as Tekken tournaments. PS2 days didn't get much usage from my PS2 multitap though. PS1 was where it shined the most. Which was odd since the simpler the games, the better it was offline-multiplayer

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:05:43 PM
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Has anyone noticed the recent onslaught of new users to the site? I guess this recent crisis has been good for business on many websites with people looking for PSN News updates. I myself have A LOT of online networks, but I would gladly stay unplugged for a day... or two. I'll just go on a hike in the nature reserve behind my house :)

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:25:54 PM

Actually, I haven't. That's a good thing though considering most of the new users I notice are the ones who do nothing but throwing rocks in the pond.

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AnonWTF
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:57:48 PM
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does having sex counts?

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Underdog15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:17:21 PM

You know what? If it's a new thing that came as a direct result of PSN being down, then yes. Please, count that. lol

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 12:59:47 PM
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New rumor going around that XBOX is now being targeted. I don't know the details though.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:35:16 PM
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I cancelled my Credit Card today just to be safe the bank is sending me a new one out in 2 - 5 working days, all passwords been changed etc so im pretty sure im safe for now. Better to be safe than sorry.

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BIGRED15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 2:55:20 PM
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ok ok ok. No more weekly world news 4 me. Might as well be reading the onion i guess. Didn't know they were a tabloid. I just googled psn outage and thats what came up sooo... sue me

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sha4dowknight05
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 3:36:58 PM
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I just really wan to get back online and get my info off.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 3:38:48 PM
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Hey there's also a new scroll bar for the comments!!! FINALLY!!! Thanks Ben! :)

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rogers71
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 4:19:13 PM
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What is this 'Face to Face' stuff you are talking about? I have never heard of such a thing. HA HA

Great article Ben, we were just talking about this at work yesterday. Whatever happened to actually calling someone and talking to them. Texting has taken over and given people the ability to think about how they want to respond to someone. Could you imagine if we put these younger generations into a room and made them talk. They wouldn't know how to communicate. "Unplugged Day", Here we come.

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BIGRED15
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 6:16:47 PM
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im pretty depressed right now. Not that psn is on the fritz still but, i have looked at some blogs where there is nothing but people who chastize sony for this. people are just so ignorant i cant even believe it. i think someone needs to set the record straight that at the end of the day, sony is the victim and deserves better support than what they have recieved

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Lairfan
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 9:28:14 PM
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You're absolutely right Ben. People need to get unplugged every so often, otherwise they're not gonna know how to actually talk to other people (as we're seeing right now in these younger generations). Technology can be an escape, but should never be a substitute for life.

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PharaohJR
Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 1:29:41 AM
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i remember the days of gaming when i would beat the game on every difficulty. i remember observing every stage & finding hidden content. i remember before internet & online gaming those around ya neighberhood was ya multiplayer. i remember when these developers & artist created something from there aspect & didnt alter their creation for money or to please cause folks wasnt satisfied. i remember if ya got a game & ya considered it lame u would still play jus to see how much worse or better it would get.

fast forward today... alot of my bredrens wearing they gal victoria panties & alot of sistas wearing boxers got damn.

ben great post read this a while bk but didnt have time to comment. i be a liar to say i dont enjoy the luxuries of technology but it will always be the natural things that hold up. no matter how much we advance make sure yal dont turn zombies cause of gadgets. i support the Unplugged Day.

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Arukugatari
Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 2:59:38 AM
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I'm not gonna read all the comments above(though I read some lol), but I 'm not so sure I'm down with this whole idea.I can't stand board games,would hate to miss a txt on my phone or have a boring day just for principle:boring is boring.Not that I can't imagine a day w/o games-I'm going to play kickball tomorrow lol- but I think it extreme to disconnect from everything,or at least all mentioned.

On the bright side,I'm gonna go upstairs and practice Blaz Blue 2 once again tonight lol.Who knows when I would have made the time for those skills being connected =)(would play Naruto Storm 2 instead LOL)

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Arukugatari
Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 3:01:53 AM
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OH,on second thought I could still play games no?So long as dicsonnected...hmmm.Guess I'd support the day in some ways haha,but not all ^^

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