I’ve been refraining from writing about the near week long outage that the Playstation Network has been experiencing out of fear of fanboy wrath. At this point though I can no longer hold back. Sony’s equivalent to Microsoft’s Xbox Live has been under attack for close to a week now, which has made it unavailable to use for millions of PS3 gamers. They can still play games on the console, but none of them will work in an online capacity to play multiplayer, download schwag, and communicate with friends. Essentially, the PS3 has been turned into the PS1 albeit with much better graphics.
There have been many thoughts as to why the PSN was hacked in the first place, but many fingers are pointing to the fact that Sony more or less told hackers to go f*ck themselves in the past, so this may be some sort of retaliation. What I find amazing is that a company as large as Sony who has a very successful brand with the Playstation was even open for attack in the first place. I mean hackers are good at what they do, but how can an electronics giant like Sony have such weak security controls in place with the PSN to let it get hacked to the point of no return?
You’d think that Sony, knowing that millions of people use their PSN each day, would make it damn near impossible to shut their service down for more than a few hours. I hate to say it, but this whole fiasco just goes to show you that Microsoft still has the most stable and useful online service to date. Luckily I do most of my online gaming with the 360, but if I only had the PS3 my panties would be in such a large bunch that you’d have to pull them out of my as* with a pair of pliers. What a travesty our PS3 gamers are dealing with right now!
To make matters even worse for Sony, there have been reports that the hackers who brought down the PSN may have also managed to steal credit card data for gamers that have used Sony’s online service. Supposedly, the hack that took down the PSN may have stemmed for some shady firmware that allowed sh*theads to spoof credit card data and score free items from the PSN store. Man do I loathe hackers! All they manage to do is use their superior computer skills to f*ck up other people’s lives rather than making them better, which all programmers should be aiming for.
I really do hope Sony gets this cluster-f*ck figured out soon, because I don’t like to see any type of gamer not able to play his/her games the way they’re meant to be played. Obviously Sony needs to take a serious look at itself in the mirror, and get this mess fixed ASAP, but they also have to look at improving the PSN overall. It’s still an average online system for gamers that really can’t touch Xbox Live with a 10ft pole.
Yeah I said that, and if you don’t agree with me it’s probably because you’ve never gamed on Xbox Live, or you’re a fanboy who has no ability to hear other people’s opinions rationally. Trust me, $60 goes a long way each year to keep me gaming online, and without any attacks in its long career I’d say Xbox Live is still the way to go when it comes to online gaming. Although, sadistically I’d like to see some hackers try to bring Xbox Live down to its knees, so I can get out of my man cave and see the Sun’s light once again. You’ve been c*ck blocked by the PSN’s failure to protect itself…
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