Does Latest PSN Update Spell Long-Term Fan Backlash?
If you wanted to play SOCOM 4, Mortal Kombat, or Portal 2 online and were enraged that you couldn't do so on your PlayStation 3, well, let's just say that the unavailability of online gaming should be the least of your problems. PSN users are now being asked to monitor their credit card info closely, as an unknown hacker has managed to breach private information: that entails names, addresses, and phone numbers in addition to the aforementioned credit card info.
News of the massive security breach came courtesy of the PlayStation Blog, where it was stated that personal user information might have been obtained by an "unauthorized person." To say that this situation isn't cool would be an understatement. The violation is downright ridiculous, and it is a potential disaster for the many PSN users out there.
I'm a big Sony fan. I love their first-party franchises, and I've always enjoyed gaming on their consoles. But I'm not blind to what's going on. Countless gamers out there seem to be letting Sony slide out of loyalty. Personally, I find it ridiculous that so many gamers, including me, are at risk of having their information abused by an unknown hacker. It's the type of situation that makes you want to cuss Sony out, but more than anything else, it's just plain scary.
Not having access to online gaming and digital downloads is one thing, but when personal information is discovered, it's worth getting furious about. How so many people can look past this and continue to give Sony the benefit of the doubt is beyond me. As a matter of fact, if this does turn into something more serious, it's very likely that fans will turn on Sony. I'm fairly unbiased, and while I wouldn't resort to some ludicrous garbage like saying, "Those idiots at Sony are effing idiots!" as some might, I am in no way happy about what's happening. I'm pretty damn worried, actually.
Razor, owner of the Kick-Out!! Wrestling news network and a fellow PSN user, put it best when he said, "Really pissed about this PSN news. This makes the Red Ring of Death look like nothing. How could Sony be this f***ing stupid. To PSN apologists: This is 100 percent Sony's fault. How many times a day do you think someone tries to hack Amazon? My info has been safe there."
Countless gamers out undoubtedly feel the same way. Maybe Sony angered the wrong people with this whole GeoHot business. Maybe Anonymous set off a series of events that would eventually damage Sony and their fan base. Whatever the reason may be, this recent PSN issue is scary, frustrating, and serious. No doubt many fans will begin to despise Sony for their poor security. And while I may love God of War and other Sony exclusives unconditionally, as a person, I find it impossible not to be upset with the PlayStation 3 manufacturer.
Fanboys will certainly disagree and begin talking their usual round of trash about me as they do about all game journalists who actually have an ounce of integrity, but I don't really give a rat's behind what the fanboys think. This rant is about more than just video games and console loyalty--this is about personal information being stolen by someone because of a lack of proper security on Sony's part. And if you can't see that due to your fanboyism, you're an ignorant, petty person.
Expect some serious fan backlash for Sony, and expect to see a lot of die-hard Sony fans jumping ship and going with Microsoft instead. Hell, the Wii gets a lot of crap, but not even Wii users need to worry about a problem like this one. Let's hope Sony keeps gamers informed about the current situation and that our information stays safe.