Posts Tagged ‘PSN’

I Wanna Add You

July 1st, 2012 No comments
Toez, can I play with you?

Toez, can I play with you?

Many might think I have a YouTube channel for fame, some would think it’s the money, still others may think it’s to have an endless pool of people to play with. It’s about time I address this head-on.

I’m a fan of film and video games, and would enjoy a career in the entertainment industry. I live in Los Angeles, so it’s a given, right? Like anything else, there are tons of “me” out there already so it’s not going to be easy. Since I like to game, editing gameplays has given me a chance to work with software and skills necessary for anything in TV or film later on. I’m not saying I’m a pro at this point, but I’ve learned quite a bit and have even landed a few jobs already in entertainment.

Having a little notoriety within a certain fanatical community however isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. I used to get asked several times a week to add someone to their friend list until a recent PSN FW update allowed random friend requests to be turned off, and I took advantage of it. Do I dislike you or playing with new people? No, but when you add someone that almost literally begs you, then never plays with you after caving in for a month, I really don’t need to see when you’re on or offline because in the end, you won’t play anyway. That gets annoying when recording too, hence why I’d delete you anyway if we haven’t connected in a month or less.

I usually get on late night Pacific Standard Time, but that doesn’t seem to stop kids of other countries from sending requests either. Odds are, I’m fragging while you’re just getting up in the morning. I don’t want to hear that you’re different either. I’ve been going through this for well over a year and not a single person has done what they said they’d do, so it’s my choice to just ignore them whenever possible because it’s gotten quite annoying now. Now drama queens are recently coming out of the wood works too. If this makes you hate me and feel you must retaliate against me online, go ahead. Clearly you have more disposable time than I do.

I do appreciate fans of my work and am a sociable person but if you insist on reaching out to me, why not tweet me or comment on my Facebook page? Having me on your friend list won’t solve anything, and I’m flattered that many of you try but I’m afraid it’s been ruined as it’s ultimately my call to send the invite and seeing that I already have plenty to choose from, I’m not in a rush to add more.

Suspended By PlayStation

October 11th, 2011 No comments
PlayStation Home private beta

PlayStation Home private beta

For those of you that follow me on twitter, you heard first when I learned that PlayStation had banned or suspended my PSN account yesterday. No email, no warning, nothing. Why? Well, I have a theory, yet that’s all it is. Let’s start with a phone call to Sony Support where I had to talk to 3 different people in order to get something in return as far information is concerned.

So Matthew seemed like a nice enough guy, explaining to me that while he doesn’t have specifics on file as to why I was suspended, he explained that outside moderators are equipped to scan for potential security threats and follow up on tips & leads of threats to their network, and that they use a different CRM than what he uses there at corporate. Bullshit, especially after the royal hacking they got earlier this year, they all keep notes and share information that all employees can view but that’s fine, I’ll accept this half ass answer as a stall. He then tells me to email an appeal to that department, which just happens to be a very generic email address, and state my case.

What I was told as a reason was that PlayStation has evidence that I attempted to hack PlayStation Home, their social network app on the PS3. First of all, are they serious? Who in the fuck would want to hack Home, and for what? There’s nothing to do there, nor anything to gain! Bottom line, I didn’t hack anything however I am guilty of making a video and posting it to YouTube of a private beta I was invited to test out. After I’ve publicly made my woes on twitter, a fellow YouTuber reached out to me via private messages and had confirmed that was likely the case and screen capped a thread discussion from PlayStation’s forums that simply said they wanted feedback on the Home private beta, however to keep a “high level of confidentiality” during the beta. Granted, I saw this after and clearly, I didn’t keep it confidential, however someone tipped Sony off about my video (c’mon, like their mods are going to really catch EVERY video or media that’s out there?) and used their player hater card to drop a dime on me. Fucking little breastfed baby that feels that Sony will pat them on the back for doing a good I suppose, eh?

So the suspension is for 30 days and I’m barred from accessing the network, meaning no online play nor can I purchase or download anything. Obviously I’m pissed because I had planned to download the Duke Nukem Forever DLC that’s out today, we’re promised Gran Turismo 5 DLC and title update in coming up in a few weeks, and of course Battlefield 3 at the end of this month. There you have at least 3 videos that I could’ve been among the first to post to YouTube, but PlayStation is upset with me that I put up a video about Home during a private beta. If that’s really the reason why you authorized a ban or suspension, we are protected under section 17 of the United States Code as “Fair Use” to essentially critique your work, however because Sony can ban and suspend who they wish for whatever reason they deem necessary at any time since it’s their network, I get it but you’ve pissed off a PlayStation Plus paid subscriber and supporter not to mention you’re getting publicity and exposure when people viewed my video (trust me, you guys need it; hardly anyone uses Home anymore), and not even an email or a warning for consideration as a heads up for a “first time offender”, that’s just foul, guys.

I have taken down the video since I’m appealing their suspension so if they do reference my video as a reason, it’ll no longer be found so I’m hoping that will accelerate the appeal and appease them so I can resume my YouTube duties. If this goes all the way to the 30 days, I’ll have no choice but to grin and bear it and play the fuck out of some single player games in the meantime.

EDIT (10/19) :  After several emails, 2 phone calls, and many private messages with a different PSN ID to the Home moderators on their forums, I’m now convinced after a week of trying to appease these people that they simply don’t care. Another PS forum member had mentioned that even a username or “bumping” avatars can be offending to some and worthy of reporting it to a mod for a ban which leads me to think the YouTube troll that remarked on my video turned me to the mods, claiming I had harassed him and they won’t verify any of it. They’ll just take his/her word and flip the ban switch on me.

Now that I’m pretty sure I won’t get any replies back from them and my YouTube account has now been approved for monetizing, fuck them; I made the video public once again and am monetizing the video as well too. If I can’t play online nor buy DLC or anything, I may as well not deny myself the views on the video and have the chance to monetize my video. Pretty shitty move there, Sony, but since you won’t reverse the ban, I’ll sit my 30 days but you can’t do shit about my video since I’m protected under U.S. Code for Fair Use to criticize you. Sure, you may omit me in the future from another PlayStation Home private beta, so just watch me cringe in defeat and fear. *rolls eyes*

#PSN Welcome Back Program Available Now

June 3rd, 2011 No comments
PSN Welcome Back Program

PSN Welcome Back Program

Alright you mooches, time to put down that burger & Mountain Dew and get your leech on. So long as you had a PSN account prior to the outage, you get some free shit. That’s right, the PSN Store came alive late on the night of June 1st and now just in time for the weekend, some goodies to keep on your hard drive for the next hacking/outage. Don’t forget the complimentary one-year identity theft protection subscription Sony is offering in case even your mama won’t take back your bad credit ass.

Am I the only one that wishes that Sony would have granted vouchers instead of “pick 2 from this loser list of 5″? Most of us already have at least 1 or 2 of those titles offered already, so I guess I’d better make the best of inFAMOUS and Dead Nation. Would of been cool had they instead setup a voucher limit so people can choose what they wanted, be it games, DLC, or whatever, but it is something at the least.

UPDATE: Are you a PlayStation Home user? All 6 of you get 100 virtual items plus 2 spaces with a game (they have games there?) coming soon. Source.

Oh noes, can’t download or just having trouble with all this? They’re aware:

Due to high traffic on PlayStation Store, you may encounter error messages or issues. We advise you to check back a little later and try again.Note: In order to download two games at no cost, you must redeem them from the “Welcome Back” category. The individual titles are still available for purchase outside of the “Welcome Back Program”

If at any point you can’t find the ‘Welcome Back Free Game 1 or 2’ products, the list of available titles or a game you’ve selected, go to your XMB>PlayStation Network>Account Management>Transaction Management>Services List>SCEA Promotions to complete the process.

Source: Welcome Back Program Available Now – Details Inside – PlayStation Blog

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#PSN Store Might Be Up This Friday… With Hackers?

June 1st, 2011 No comments
We Are Legion

Another PSN Hacking Eminent?

In the event you missed Sony’s press release on full restoration of the PSN by this week, a wall post on developer Gamelion’s Facebook may hint that this Friday is the target date:

Block Cascade Fusion is coming as Minis for PS3 and PSP to North America on 3rd June 2011!

However, will the restoration be met with yet another hacking attempt? Tune in later in the week and ready your single player games once again.

UPDATE: As of approximately 10 PM PST, PlayStation tweeted that the store is back up. It is very laggy and feels like there are still some server bugs as it is very slow and will return errors that you can just re-enter to view after an attempt or two.

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#PSN Store To Return May 24?

May 20th, 2011 No comments

Again, somewhat affirming my original thought that the PSN hackings were not much more than those trying to get stuff free, the PSN was restored last weekend for online play however the real fruit of their tree, the PSN Store, still remained absent. I wonder why, eh?

A purported leaked memo from Sony to devs points that this coming Tuesday, May 24 is when we could expect to start buying shit again and I’d dare guess also take advantage of our 2 of 5 free game download “Welcome Back” package offer. Those games for North America once again are :

  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury

Yeah… that’s what I said too. Here’s the original deets from Sony on that.

Source: Gamasutra – News – Sony Tells Dev Partners PlayStation Store To Return May 24