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Sony's 25 days of PlayStation Network downtime, a result of an external intrusion which led to the loss of the private information of over 70 million users, is one of the biggest news stories of 2011. The platform holder realised a long time ago it would be impossible to just restore the service and sweep the issue under the rug, instead launching a firm and total admission of guilt, which included the apologetic bowing of many of the company's chief executives at a Tokyo press conference.

Yesterday, Sony announced specifics of its compensation program. All PS3 users with a PSN account registered before April 20 2011 will be able to choose two games from a list of five - LittleBigPlanet, inFamous, WipEout HD/Fury, Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty (or Super Stardust HD if you're in the USA), and Dead Nation. All users without PlayStation Plus will be given 30 days of PlayStation Plus absolutely free, current PlayStation Plus subscribers will get 60 days for free, and US customers will receive some unspecified movie rentals.

From the way people are acting, however, you'd think Sony just broke into your kitchen and defecated into the fruit bowl. Vast swathes of people are showing the emotional range of a schizophrenic ADHD sufferer after being forced to gobble their bodyweight in Skittles, with responses ranging from bolshie dismissal to unfettered rage.

Many people are simply taking umbrage at the range of games are on offer. I've seen my fair share of people looking shiftily at inFamous with more cynicism than Richard Dawkins at a Christianity convention, deriding the decision on the basis of it being a cheeky way to inflate interest in the upcoming sequel being released next month. Does that really stop inFamous from being a good game, however - a well-received title which scored a respectable 8/10 in VideoGamer.com's inFamous review.

Still, the biggest 'losers' with these games are the people who've already invested heavily in the PlayStation 3 throughout its lifetime; Sony's most dedicated fanbase who've played (and bought) all of these first-party titles years ago.

LittleBigPlanet screenshot

But it's hard to think of what Sony could have possibly done to combat the sense of entitlement many PlayStation owners are currently feeling. Awarding everybody PSN credit would have been the perfect solution but also economically unfeasible and hard to implement across PlayStation Network's millions of users, and giving away a more recent game - such as Killzone 3 or LittleBigPlanet 2 - would have been a great move in terms of consumer public relations, but it would also have severe ramifications on both Sony's financial forecasts and its relationship with third-party publishers.

Imagine, for instance, you're a publisher getting ready to release a big game in the next month, only to browse the internet one morning and see Sony giving away a current and direct competitor to your product, for free, to millions upon millions of potential users. Many gamers would surely be happy with Sony's free offering and see absolutely no reason to nip to the shops and drop another £40 on your upcoming title. You would be absolutely livid.

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FantasyMeister@ drmembrane

The other side of the argument is: Why is everyone ignoring the User Agreements that come with PS3s?

As for 'doing something with their own playstation', converting it into a barbeque is one thing, publishing a PS3 root key is a whole other ball game, and anyone intelligent enough to do that (other than the guy updating Kevin Butler's Tweets) must have known what laws they were breaking.

Until laws are changed, Sony are the victim of a crime.

And seriously, if people want to tinker with software they should get a PC.
Posted 05:06 on 19 May 2011

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reynoldio@ clangod

+1 also, both to the above and to the article - written with intelligence and wit.
Posted 10:21 on 22 May 2011
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clangod@ Ghost_Dog

+1.
Posted 09:31 on 19 May 2011
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Ghost_Dog@ FantasyMeister

That sums it up pretty well.
Posted 08:55 on 19 May 2011
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FantasyMeister@ drmembrane

The other side of the argument is: Why is everyone ignoring the User Agreements that come with PS3s?

As for 'doing something with their own playstation', converting it into a barbeque is one thing, publishing a PS3 root key is a whole other ball game, and anyone intelligent enough to do that (other than the guy updating Kevin Butler's Tweets) must have known what laws they were breaking.

Until laws are changed, Sony are the victim of a crime.

And seriously, if people want to tinker with software they should get a PC.
Posted 05:06 on 19 May 2011
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drmembrane

Why is everyone ignoring the issue, seriously.

Sony decided to file a lawsuit against one of it's subscribers because the company says they still own our playstations. That's right, even though we shelled out hundreds of dollars for this piece of equipment Sony claims it doesn't actually belong to us and they can sue us if they don't like the way we're using them.

They have apologized for being down but haven't said a thing about the actual reason a group of users decided to go after them.

Users don't care as much about the 'free stuff' as they do about Sony admitting the real mistake they made which is suing one of their users for doing something with their own playstation.
Posted 02:28 on 19 May 2011
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SexyJams@ El-Dev

Sorry, I mean WipEout HD.
Posted 12:24 on 18 May 2011
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coiled-string

I'd love a free game.. Oh I have them all.. Bugger, oh well wasn't expecting much and am not disappointed

I have wipeout on download & disc cool game I'd recommend to anyone, but something I might not have would be nice like a newer title.

As for PSP choice again ohh.. nothing there I don't already own.
I suspect it's a sign that the games are desirable that I already have them.

I'm not bothered as I wasn't cruising for free stuff but the limited choice of old games does mean many will loose out. Maybe a DLC package or two as an option would widen the options.
Still I've already shifted my downloadable bias from Sony to Microsoft anyway, over this month so no biggy I guess.
Posted 10:37 on 18 May 2011
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RecoN

I get 4 free games and 1 of them i get to play co-op now with my workmate :)

For a service to go offline for a month which is for FREE anyway, to reward us with 2 free ps3 games, and 2 free psp games, I think its a no brainer that consumers are the winners here!

I think people forget Sony was attacked, and have lost alot of money aswell as having to spend lots of money to sort the issue out. They are also a victim as much as the consumers in all of this. Think some people need to be thankful for a security issue caused by hackers and not Sony themselves.
Posted 18:48 on 17 May 2011
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altaranga

I get two free games out of this. I am happy.
Posted 17:59 on 17 May 2011
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tvr77

people keep saying this about psn and it being free but its not totally true, what about the fact that i brought mortal kombat along with my brother in law and nephew so we could bust each other up online, i didnt get that game for free it cost me £39.99, and we wernt able to do that since its release right up till yesterday, also the miss's brought me shift unleashed limited edition im having to start the game without the bonus content, and then there's the console itself cost me almost £300 and i havent be able to use it in the way i most wanted, there only small temporary things and there just examples but to some they might matter, im not bitter about anything, sony was victim of this the same as we were, its cost them dearly and im very happy with the welcome pack, also i dont think there's anything wrong with using it for a bit of extra marketing, this whole ordeal has hit them hard so they need to make up for it as much as possible without hurting the consumer in the process, so yes i think its more than what should be expected of them, thanks sony
Posted 17:07 on 17 May 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

I read part of an opinion piece earlier which said: Sony could offer users free games forever, handjobs from some Japanese person and users would still complain. Which, is entirely true.

I think that this relates to what Neon says a lot, about people from the 'internet culture' expect everything for free and I think that this proves that point perfectly well.

Sony don't owe it's free users anything, which PS+ users should probably get one month added on, they don't owe anyone else anything.

There is though, but one thing which would satisfy PS3 users and stop them complaining.

Cross game chat.
Posted 15:22 on 17 May 2011
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Mr_Ninjutsu

Of course it's enough. What do people except, honestly?
Posted 15:07 on 17 May 2011
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pblive@ CheekyLee

PSN+ owners will get 60 days free and also all the content they were going to get in April-May rolled into a shorter time frame, plus Sony always come up with some unexpected extras each month as well. I'm happy with that, considering that my PSN+ subscription has been extended by 2 months.
Posted 15:06 on 17 May 2011
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dav2612

I've got my 2 free PS3 games and my 2 free PSP games all picked out and with the month of Plus free I'd have to say it is more than enough compensation for something I've not missed.

People will always moan, if every game on PSN was free and you could download as much as you want there are some who would still find cause to complain.
Posted 14:53 on 17 May 2011
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El-Dev@ SexyJams

Do you have a US account?
Posted 14:52 on 17 May 2011

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