The (Bi)Weekly Recap (April 24th-May 7th)



[tab:Recap]

Well, this recap is on-time for last week, but a week late for the week before. Go figure. It has been another busy week for me, and being one of the only editors active this past week (it was mainly just Eddie and I), I tried getting posts approved and interacting with the community (there were a couple bad apple guests that tried to start problems, though).

Anyway, what were some highlights this week, besides the flood of outage posts? Well, semi-having-to-do-with-that, we had a few opinion pieces on greed, impatience and the general feelings of how people are reacting to the news. Darrin posted his most anticipated games of the year, which helped stray attention away from the outage at least. EA announced the newest addition to the Need for Speed franchise, which appears to focus more on action and story than ever before.

Redbox announced its plans to provide games for locations across the country (a service that has been tested in a few places, including southern California, since August 2009 or so). We saw some more gameplay for Twisted Metal, and I gotta say, that game seems to look better and better, and more fun, the more they show of it. Another game has been announced, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, though, no real trailer for that.

We have also had our fair share of reviews over the past couple weeks, including a SOCOM 4 single player review (thanks to the outage), PlayStation Move Heroes, and Mortal Kombat. Speaking of reviews, last week was our first week of keeping the “Official Review” title reserved for staff, so as to better show off how many of our reviews are actually by regular contributors. Remember, you can sign up to post articles, too, if you’d like! Just click the “Write for Us” button in the image below.


[tab:Community News & Game Nights]

Not a whole lot of Community news over the past couple weeks, besides the points system update, which includes notifications and an easier way to see how many points you’ve donated to a lottery, etc.

I also gave Tosh some other input on a few other things, but for now, until he responds, it’s just an idea. A couple of you might know about it already, but just in case it doesn’t go through, it’s not worth mentioning.

Given the fact that many of our staff was away for the past week, and activity fell short as a whole, we currently do not have any contests available to enter. And then there’s also the outage, and if you won a couple codes for games to download, it would be kind of crappy to have to wait until the outage is over with :P.

April 24th-30th
19 Articles // 8 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Oly – 7 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Jay & Jason – 3 Entries

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Most Comments

May 1st-7th
11 Articles // 13 QuickNews

Contributor of the Week

  • Jason – 2 Entries

QuickNews Contributor of the Week

  • Jason – 5 Entries

Most Liked

Most Comments

[tab:April 24th-30th]

Star Ocean Developers Show Off Pretty New Tech Demo
Sakinah on April 24th, 2011 11 Comments

PSN Down? Time to Get Greedy
Blackstaffer on April 25th, 2011 96 Comments

SONY Reveals 2 PlayStation Certified Tablets
Luke on April 26th, 2011 12 Comments

Newest PSN Update and What You Need to be Wary Of
Jay on April 26th, 2011 29 Comments

L.A. Noire Trailer #3 Pop-Up Edition
Oly on April 26th, 2011 2 Comments

Senator Richard Blumenthal Demands Answers from Sony over Playstation Data Breach (Update from Sony’s Jim Reilly)
Oly on April 26th, 2011 13 Comments

Update on PSN Service Outages FAQ
Oly on April 26th, 2011 7 Comments

Call of the Dead will be Arriving to Black Ops via the Escalation DLC
Oly on April 26th, 2011 10 Comments

Brink’s ‘Get SMART Series’ Starts Here
Oly on April 26th, 2011 8 Comments

PSN Intrusion: More Q&A
Oly on April 27th, 2011 12 Comments

Behind the Scenes with Hunted and Lucy Lawless
Oly on April 28th, 2011 2 Comments

Any Legal Issues Aside, PSN Outage Will Cost Sony
Jay on April 28th, 2011 14 Comments

Need for Speed: The Run Coming This November
Jay on April 28th, 2011 5 Comments

Rental Service ‘Redbox’ to Provide Game Rentals Starting June
Jay on April 28th, 2011 7 Comments

Banks on PSN: No Mass Breach of Credit Card Information
Ace on April 28th, 2011 10 Comments

New Twisted Metal Gameplay Videos & Sweet Tooth Riding Axel’s Two-Wheeled Vehicle
Tosh on April 29th, 2011 10 Comments

Official Review: Mortal Kombat
Baba0Booey on April 29th, 2011 31 Comments

More PSN Q&A: Sony talks Trophies, PS3 MMOs and Possible Compensation
Ace on April 29th, 2011 19 Comments

Sony: Services to be Available This Week
Jay on April 30th, 2011 48 Comments

inFamous 2 Beta Will Be Extended
Oly on April 25th, 2011 2 Comments

Netflix Workaround While PSN is Down
Jay on April 25th, 2011 40 Comments

Get LA Noire for $10
Jason on April 25th, 2011 6 Comments

New info on Live-Action Red Faction movie
kennygk on April 26th, 2011 2 Comments

Jurassic Park: The Game Gameplay
Jay on April 28th, 2011 3 Comments

Driver: San Francisco Comeback Trailer Released
Jay on April 28th, 2011 3 Comments

Sony to hold press conference Sunday
Jason on April 30th, 2011 10 Comments

Amazon Holding Huge Clearance Sale!
Jason on April 30th, 2011 4 Comments

[tab:May 1st-7th]

PSN Security Update | Password Not Stored in Clear Text
Tosh on May 2nd, 2011 7 Comments

26 Million SOE Accounts Info Compromised
Jason on May 2nd, 2011 13 Comments

Darrin’s Most Anticipated 2011 PS3 Games
Darrin on May 2nd, 2011 32 Comments

Congress to Question Sony-Updated
Jason on May 3rd, 2011 57 Comments

PlayStation Network Outage: FooBear408 Weighs In
FooBear408 on May 4th, 2011 41 Comments

SOCOM 4 (a.k.a SOCOM Special Forces) Single Player Review
Madagasca on May 4th, 2011 6 Comments

How Gaming Made Us Impatient
Pedro on May 4th, 2011 21 Comments

FooBear408 Reviews PlayStation Move Heroes
FooBear408 on May 4th, 2011 4 Comments

PSN Service Almost Ready; AllClear ID Plus Offered for Free [UPDATE: Letter From Stringer]
Jay on May 5th, 2011 44 Comments

MW3 to be Featured in Next Months OPM!?
Ace on May 7th, 2011 14 Comments

The Dead Block Shall Soon Rise from the Dead!
EdEN on May 7th, 2011 5 Comments

Portal 2 DLC Coming for FREE!
Oly on May 1st, 2011 5 Comments

New Games Tuesday
Jason on May 2nd, 2011 6 Comments

New Assassin’s Creed to be Revealed
Oly on May 2nd, 2011 4 Comments

Uncharted 3 a Step Back?
Jason on May 2nd, 2011 8 Comments

Buy Battle: Los Angeles, Get Resistance 3 Single Player Demo
Sakinah on May 3rd, 2011 2 Comments

RUMOR: Security Breach an Internal Job After SOE Lay-Offs?
Jason on May 3rd, 2011 11 Comments

Sony Registers “Wipeout Trinity” and “Wipeout 2048″
Eddie on May 4th, 2011 1 Comment

NGP Could Hit This Year Outside of Japan!!!
Eddie on May 4th, 2011 15 Comments

Mass Effect 3 Delayed
Pedro on May 4th, 2011 11 Comments

Great Deals In-bound; Portal 2! MK!
Jason on May 5th, 2011 8 Comments

Konami Holding Pre-E3 Global Event
Sakinah on May 5th, 2011 4 Comments

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Officially Announced
kennygk on May 6th, 2011 3 Comments

Trade Your Old PS3 for $200 Towards a New One at GameStop
Jason on May 7th, 2011 4 Comments

[tab:Poll Results]

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Total Votes: 84

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These results were pretty surprising when you take into account that we have had a lot of worried people commenting on posts over the past couple weeks pertaining to the outage. At least we know that most of the people who voted in the poll aren’t too worried about the outage, and are probably why they haven’t really left any input on the site.
[tab:New Poll]

Well, here’s the new poll, asking what you have done since the outage started. If you feel that there could be another answer, please let me know and I will add it! And yes, this poll is open to some funny ones, as evident by the choices.

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{democracy:133}

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Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by Jason on May 8th, 2011 [ 25926 Points ]

    I eat bad apples for breakfast yomyomyom

  2. #2 by Tresfrijoles on May 8th, 2011

    Got three new trophies when Psn is still down need more trophies

  3. #3 by Pedro on May 8th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Lol, I felt very inclined to answer “I got a 360 and am trolling the site” as I’m pretty sure nobody will admit to that and it seems it’s the only thing a lot of people are doing!

    Other then that, I should have made another post and gotten an extra 200 points ¬¬

  4. #4 by Tresfrijoles on May 8th, 2011

    Xbox suck people don’t turn on ps3 because Psn is down ps3 is better

  5. #5 by Jay on May 8th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    XBox has a few games here and there that I like, Forza being one of them, but Sony, IMO, still has the best exclusives.

  6. #6 by GeneticMania on May 8th, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    Everytime I try to tell my friends about new ps3 exclusives coming out, this guy Taylor always says “Ps3 has no games” and then every joins him in laughing at me. Then its just 20 minutes of them mocking the ps3 and me before we can get back on topic. Luckly, thanks to Jason, I now have my handy-dandy mp3 player. Makes ignoring them so much easier

  7. #7 by Markus on May 9th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    I wouldn’t mind playing Fable. But I want I really can’t wait for is to hop back on KZ3 ^^

    When PSN finally does come up and I sync my trophies. The FB spam should be impressive! ;D

  8. #8 by EdEN on May 9th, 2011 [ 139836 Points ]

    I’ve gotten 80+ trophies during the “PSN is under maintenance” apocalypse. Might get to 100 at this rate.

  9. #9 by Pedro on May 9th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    EdEN: I’ve gotten 80+ trophies during the “PSN is under maintenance” apocalypse. Might get to 100 at this rate.  

    Trophy whore.

    I don’t think I got more than 10. I haven’t played much though…

  10. #10 by EdEN on May 9th, 2011 [ 139836 Points ]

    @Pedro: Yep, that’s me! Hahaha.

    Since I take care of my daughter from 6 to 8:30 a.m. I usually sneak in an hour or so of gaming every day if she falls asleep after her feeding so that amounts to AT LEAST 7 hours a week which has helped me get 7 games out of my backlog in the last two weeks.

  11. #11 by Markus on May 9th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    That’s a lot of trophies lol


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