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Mention Monday: Sony’s Situation, Game Releases and More!

If you haven’t heard the big new over the past week, then you have certainly been hiding under a rock.  On Wednesday, April 20, Sony took its PSN and Qriocity network offline rendering many customers with new games and the inability to play them online. That same day Sony even issued a statement that said:

 

“We’re aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information.”

Never really thinking the worst, I like so many other only suspected that something bad was going to come out of this after PSN had been down more than a few mere hours, a network just doesn’t go out of commission unless the unthinkable happened.  Skipping ahead a few days, April 22, Sony announced its PS3 PlayStation Network had been hacked, but it spokesmen didn’t offer any more information to users, mistake one.  On April 23, the company announced it needed to rebuild its network after the hack, mistake two.  Why would a company need to ‘rebuild a network’ if the problem was as insignificant as they made it seem?

April 25, the fifth day after the intrusion, Sony learned that user data was compromised; however, they didn’t make that announcement until Tuesday, April 26.  Because of this failed attempt to muffle an intense and devastating violation against consumers, Sony has seen backlash from the community.

The day after the announcement that data had been taken in the hack, Sony shares fell 2% while a class-action lawsuit was filed by the California-based Rothken Law Firm.  The company also released a Q&A about the issues in response to the Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal and the questions that he raised about the issue.  Even the Department of Homeland Security has jumped in on the matter and is now investigating the severity of the situation.  Shareholders might have been disgruntled after shares of Sony fell another 4.5%.  The hackers did attempt to sell the stolen credit card information back to Sony, but they refused the offer.

Meanwhile, the company hinted that it may compensate its PlayStation Network users over the stolen data leaving many of us wondering, what compensation would be enough to make you feel better about your stolen information?

So what does this mean for the consumer?  Many of PS3 fans are now questioning whether they will ever use their credit cards on the Play Station Network again.  Many of my friends and family members are opting to only buy PSN cards, which I think would be the ideal solution.  Some people are also wondering can this happen to the Xbox, will it happen to the Xbox, and are they prepared to handle the situation?  I have considered this question a great deal and have decided to also take my information off the Xbox and buy point cards.  There are many questions and so few answers, and with the network still down it makes you question, during this whole debacle what did Sony do right?

Get Cards and Protect Yourself!

 

 

New Releases for the Week of 5/2/2011 to 5/6/2011:

 

Xbox 360

  • Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (XBLA)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops: Escalation Map Pack (includes new Zombie Mode: Call of the Dead)
  • Moon Diver (XBLA)
  • Thor: God of Thunder

 

PS3

  • MotorStorm Apocalypse
  • Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath (PSN)
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior
  • Stacking: The Lost Hobo King (PSN)
  • Thor: God of Thunder
  • Yar’s Revenge (PSN)

Wii

  • Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska
  • Thor: God of Thunder


3DS

  • Thor: God of Thunder

DS

  • Brainstorm Series: Word Up
  • Challenge Me: Word Puzzles
  • Match 3 Madness
  • Thor: God of Thunder

PSP

  • Thor: God of Thunder

PC

  • Fate: The Cursed King

 

Sources – GameInformer, IGN

 

 

Writing:

 


With a delighted sigh I have to admit the words are flowing forth like a river of honey, thick and rich.  It has been a joy writing this novel.  Pressing forth, researching the paranormal world, and wading through hundreds of websites on the internet that dips into everything supernatural, unnatural and unreal.  I’ve even become more interested in the world of Steampunk, and have already jotted down several ideas for my next great novel adventure.  Who knew that flying contraptions, brass, iron, and the 1800’s could be so interesting?  Definitely not me.  However, I am glad that my eyes have been opened.  I feel dim-witted for having missed out on such a great genre of reading.  Pleasantly surprising and deeply engaging.

I’ve also become nuts about spreadsheet.  Me a confirmed hater of all things Excel because it was the one thing in school I never could grasp.  Too much going on and way too many buttons to think about pressing.  But now, I LOVE SPREADSHEETS.  As the master organizer that I am, I was looking for a way to view my characters, their races, habits, looks, motives, and other attributes all on one sheet.  On a podcast I was listening to, one of the hosts was talking about her love of spreadsheet and how they kept her thinking organized.  So I gave it a whirl and was not disappointed.  I don’t know if I can attribute this to Office 2007 and the updates they made to Excel, or if it’s simply that after not using it for so long I forgot what I disliked about the original.  The best part about it is that Google Doc’s (the application I love with a passion) also has spreadsheets!  So now I can even save my information on the cloud and use it at work like I do with my other cloud saving applications!  Big win for me!