Impatient punters trade PS3s for Xbox 360s
I want network now!
Retailers say PS3 consoles are being exchanged in record numbers as a result of the PlayStation Network outage.
In an interview with Edge magazine, an unnamed store manager from a major UK retailer said: “In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades... However from the second week onwards we have seen an increase of over 200 per cent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50:50 between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 instead."
It's painful enough having your backdoor broken into, then being publicly humiliated for allowing it happen, but Sony customers jumping ship to its archrival must really bring a sting to the tale.
Not only are people trading-in, but they're not buying as many PS3 consoles either. Ouch.
Sony says the network should be running again by the end of the month, but how many sales will it miss or lose by then? With Kinect games set to triple this year, and popular titles such as Black Ops' receiving DLC content first on the Xbox 360 platform, for how long is Sony's slump going to continue? ®
Think of a title, any title, but don't tell me which one.
"It's painful enough having your backdoor broken into, then being publicly humiliated for allowing it happen, but Sony customers jumping ship to its archrival must really bring a sting to the tale."
Childish I know, but this gave me a right old giggle..
Or maybe some people just want to play online...
...after a few weeks.
Or maybe some other people think it might happen again.
Or maybe people are just fed up with an expensive kit not doing all it says.
Are you from the Daily Mail Elsie?
Like you, I have no pleasuring vices whatsoever. And if I do, they must be great, because, you know, I do this stuff. But anything that anyone else does, now that's bad.
My wife's friend told me that one day, the brother in law of her butcher's cousin once talk to someone who once saw the kid of the milkman of an acquaintance sell his lunch and chocolate bar during school recess to buy a game. If that's not proof that gaming is a leading cause of starvation in the world, then I don't know what is.
Why all the hate for video gamers?
Should they be hanging out in the pub getting pissed every night, or do you mean they should be reading Shake Staff or climbing Everest every day? Or, perhaps, they should be watching telly?
I take it you video game haters are all up doing charity work all night with your adopted kids, or looking for the cure for cancer?
OK, so not all of us like video games, and some people take everything a little too far -- but I don't see how this is any worse than missing your local pub being shut and using another, or watching DVDs because the TV signal is off.
I know of a few people who have gone back to X-Box because their PS3 is useless for the games they play -- all are well-paid well-adjusted professionals with families and social lives. Why does everyone assume that a person who loves gaming a lot is an addicted 15 year old who needs to get out more?
Elsie, Elsie, Elsie
Just because someone makes a different lifestyle choice to you it doesn't mean they are bad people.
I play games for about an hour a day, most days. I admit that. Add i extra funtime and I probably spend much of my life playing at taking over the world. But the question would be, "what do you tend to do with your evenings?"
I suspect that watching TV probably ranks as a large sink of your time - it certainly does for much of the population. I suppose the only real difference is that when I interact with my computer I get feedback, but when you interact with your TV you find no-one on the news or in the soaps actually seems to acknowledge your shouty advice.