Archive for 2011
Update 4/26: See Jay’s Post here!!
“I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.
As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly. We’ll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.”
Update 4/23 11 PM Eastern:
“We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.
We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.”
Update 4/22 7:45 : Here’s the latest straight from the official PSblog:
“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.”
Update 4/21: It looks like the PSN maybe down for up to two days. They are not officially stating a reason, but many rumors, including attacks by ANNONYMOUS, have surfaced.
This was Posted today by by Patrick Seybold, here on the official PSblog:
“While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we’ll update you again as soon as we can.”
The PSN is experiencing a lot of different errors tonight, 4/20. I was signed in, and trying to get into the PS Store told me, “Your attempt to add funds automatically to your wallet has failed.” As of now, 10:45 PAC, I can’t sign in. Others are also reporting issues.
A Post on the official PSBlog has this to say:
“Update on PSN Service Outages
+ Posted by Patrick Seybold // Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media
We’re aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information.
Thank you for your patience. ”
Source: Official PSblog
UPDATE: They have a new up video, I personally still believe they actually did have something to do with PSN going down, but what do I know.
The anonymous hacking group has denied any accountability on the current state of the PlayStation Network.
Sony’s PlayStation Network remains down for the second day running after an abrupt outage. So far, Sony has yet to identify the cause of the issue, only saying that they are still investigating the Network outage and it could be another full day or two (from yesterday) before the service is up and running.
In a post over at their official site, Anonymous, the infamous hacking group that previously targeted Sony sites, said for once they weren’t involved. Take a look for yourselves:
“Sony’s Playstation Network, its online service for Playstation 3 and its Playstation Portable consoles, suffered from a major outage today; which is on going as of this writting. According to Son’ys blog, the interruption in service may last into the long weekend – for at least another “full day or two”. Sony released a statement through its EU blog, saying that the network outage may be a result of “targeted behaviour by an outside party”, brining in the possibility of cyberattacks. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the message has since been removed.”
“While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves AnonOps was not related to this incident and takes no responsiblity for it. A more likely explination is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous’ previous ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact the outage is accutally an internal problem with the companies servers.”
What do you guys think about all of this? Or maybe you want to share what you’ve been doing during the PSN downtime?
Fallout New Vegas was one of the most enjoyable Platinums I have obtained as of late. Game crashes and freezes are typical of Bethesda games, and it seems they are still working on it. The next patch, however, will include a huge overhaul to the following gameplay mechanics.
List after the jump:
It can be grabbed for free before May 3. Might as well try it out and see if it works for you. You can also put the videos on your PS3. You can download it here.
What is it: The core of this is a 1v1 block moving puzzle game, where the blocks are fantasy army units. The battle mechanic is wrapped in a 1980′s-era JRPG type exploration and dialog system. This is similar to Puzzle Quest in that it combines a block moving puzzle game with a RPG-type leveling mechanics and fantasy setting, however this game is much, much better.
How good is it: Excellent. It is extremely addictive, and always has you wanting to play more. This game has much more depth and polish than what you would expect from any other studio. The 2D art is beautiful HD and excellent.
Might and Magic: At first, it seemed like this game had zero connection to the Might & Magic series beyond the name (I’ve played a ton of M&M 3,4, and 5). But, this actually does have a spiritual gameplay type connection to the strategic RPG series Heroes of Might & Magic. BTW, HOMM 3 was amazing back in its time, but the sequels have been awful. Clash of Heroes finally delivers a similar addicting strategy RPG fun.
Drawbacks: The loading. For what is such a technically simple 2D game, the loading times seem completely unreasonable.
To Capybara: This title and Critter Crunch are amazing and really show what Capybara is capable of. Why such long platform exclusive times on such odd platform choices: Nintendo DS for CoH and iPhone for Critter Crunch? Obviously, I love PS3 and that’s my preference, but Android would be great as well. I’d love to play Capybara’s Sword & Sorcery, but I’m not going to get an iOS device to do so.