Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone

We are now mere hours away from what will be Day 7 of PSNocolypse 2011: This Time It’s Personal, and I wanted to take this moment to express a few different things that I’m feeling at this moment.

– I still haven’t played Portal 2′s co-op campaign. The PSN outage occurred as I was finishing the single player campaign, and so a very large component of what is already my favorite game of 2011 sits untouched. Yes, I could play the game with a friend on Steam, I know. Trouble is that I’m waiting for one friend in particular, and this friend cannot play with me over Steam.

– I feel awful for all the people who opted for the new Mortal Kombat on the PS3 lured by the prospect of rending foes limb from limb with Sony’s fan-favorite protagonist Kratos of God Of War fame. Even if the game’s King of the Hill mode is all sorts of broken for 360 owners, at least they get to play the game against real people.

– Even though, I don’t care about MK, I do care very deeply about fighting games, and I was going to pick up Aksys Games’ Arcana Heart 3 this week. It was released exclusively as a PSN download for a very fair $30 price point which alleviates some of the embarrassment gleaned from purchasing a game in which the characters are exclusively cute anime girls even though the game itself has the chops to earn the respect of the hardcore fighting game crowd. I can’t buy that game because PSN is down. Not only am I not playing it, but I’m also not able to help support Aksys Games, a company I feel very much deserves support. Horrible timing for them, as I am certain that they are depending very heavily on this release. Side note, throw them a bone and pick up 999 on the DS if you haven’t already. It is an AMAZING game and it took serious balls on the part of Aksys to pick it up and localize it in the west.

– Pained by my unfulfilled desire for Arcana Heart 3, I’m left to stare longingly at Super Street Fighter IV, yet another game I cannot play against real people right now.

– I feel awful for the people who have been waiting for SOCOM 4. SOCOM players are incredibly hardcore people who have already paid their dues by having to tolerate online play on the PS2, which is no small feat. Since the release of the PS3, they’ve already had to suffer though a sub-par SOCOM experience which was not made by the people who are supposed to make SOCOM. This was supposed to be their day in the sun, but the darkness fell before their eyes could even adjust to the light.

– As far as I can tell, this is how this whole thing has gone down: One day, there was a guy who circumvented the copy protection on the PS3. He told everyone his name, he showed everyone his face, and then released his nefarious work to the public. Sony, having already had one console killed in the west thanks to rampant piracy, needed to do something, anything, to show third parties that they were serious about preventing piracy on their systems and thus protecting the investments of publishers and developers who take a chances by releasing their games on Sony’s consoles. Naturally, they took the shameless hacker to court over the mess he had made. Meanwhile, an anonymous hacker group called Anonymous decided that Sony shouldn’t try to protect their business relationships and declared a hacker war on Sony. The people at the head of this hacker organization, however, quickly realized that their hacker war on Sony was going to piss off regular people more than it was going to piss off Sony, and because they so desperately want to seem like a populist organization, they called off their attacks. They did so publicly, at any rate, because soon afterward a hacker attack on PSN caused Sony to shut it down indefinitely in order to protect the integrity of their network and the privacy of their customers. The anonymous hacker group (Anonymous) publicly stated that they had nothing to do with it, but also through in the caveat that it was entirely possible that anonymous members of the anonymous hacker group (Anonymous) could have been (probably definitely were) responsible. Now, because hackers are jerks, I can’t play video games and I will likely have to get a new credit card and change many of my passwords.

So thanks, hackers, for being jerks and doing jerky stuff. Thanks a bunch.