4chan has succeeded, while sony continues to fail

There have been many posts about the 4chan raid in retaliation for the Geohotz lawsuit having been a failure. The sad reality is that they are focusing on the real world raid planned on the sony stores. The raids there were put on an impromptu hold due to encyclopediadramatica being sold to a shitty adserving site the same day. There was a huge push to get the site on a new server, http://encyclopediadramatica.ch/Main_Page
As for the web based attacks, I can attest to them being effective. Until wednesday, i could log in, on the second attempt and be fine, but as of yesterday, psn has been down.
Logging in today says the server will be down for maintenance.
http://us.playstation.com/support/answer/?a_id=2185
Sony quotes
“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.

Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter.

During this time you may:

* Not be able to access the PlayStation®Store
* Have difficulty signing in to the PlayStation®Network
* Not be able to play online games
* See a maintenance page when attempting to access the PlayStation®Network

Note: When you log into the PlayStation Network, a message may appear which states, “the PlayStation Network has been suspended”. This does not mean that your account has been suspended; it simply means the PlayStation Network has been taken offline. Please wait until the maintenance window has passed before attempting to connect to the PlayStation Network again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

An external intrusion? You mean a massive flood attack from the LOIC?
What this means to the users like me is no online gaming. What this means to sony is no PSN money. And you know sony will be doing all they can to fix this situation, costing them in consultant hours, programmer hours, lost sales, etc. The end result is that even if sony finds a workaround, 4chan can modify the attack software to fit. Sony will likely lose more money from this than they could hope to gain from the geohotz lawsuit.
If sony had any sense at all, they’d reenable OtherOS and offer George a job.
“It only does everything” MY FUCKING ASS
my lauch unit can read compactflash, sd, minisd, and memorystick pro (one of sony’s many failed attempts at a format winner)
can’t do that with the new units
my launch unit can play all ps2 games with the exception of guncon games due to me not having a tube tv
can’t do that with the new units
sony had full intention of releasing ps2 games on PSN, but then realized that they shot themselves in the foot when they said that ps2 emulation was not possible on ps3 hardware when they removed the hardware and the later SOFTWARE EMULATION. Plenty of people would question why they have to pay 9.99 for a game on PSN when they can get it at gamestop for about 3 or 4 bucks. I’m not the only one who noticed that if they released a ps2 game on psn, then there is obviously a working emulator and thus no reason the same game shouldn’t work in the disc drive.
BLURAY!!!
oh, hurrah. the winner of the format due to toshiba pulling out. there were hddvd discs which had the hd movie, dvd movie and digital copy ALL ON ONE DISC, READABLE ON ALL DRIVES, except bluray of coarse. Now I buy a movie and it has 3 fucking discs, two of which I’ll never use. I drop in this disc, and if i decide I want to watch it on my laptop on the go, i just drag and drop the files to a new directory. You download the bluray driver (do a search) and it’s that easy.
And the quality.
At 720 (well 768 was the screen native) using the same movie with both formats. PC bluray wins hands down, followed by pc dvd, then by ps3 bluray and ps3 dvd. Yes, the ps3 bluray at 720 looks notably worse than the same movie on dvd upscaled on the pc by nvidia purevideo.
At 1080…not much has changed. The upscaled pc dvd and ps3 bluray are nearly indistinguishable. So….it’s a boost to the ps3, I think.
So, I’ll take my 4 usb ports and walk away with the modern version of the ps2. Good game platform with decent movie player backing sony’s current format of choice. Until they decide to strip something else.

Volcano Ecigs

GameStop and BestBuy Run: Time Crisis 4

Figured I’d pop into GS before the storm hits the northeast tonight. I checked the gamecube games, turned around to the ps3 stuff and there was a TC4 box on the floor. Apparently, someone returned the game and gun with the box. Fortunately for me, GS was selling them separately, so I grabbed the gun for $30.
In my head, I saw a status message saying “Conditions have been met” and knew my shopping there was done. Once I shook off the feeling that I play to many video games, I headed to BestBuy to pickup a TC4 set.
Now if Sony and Namco can just work on a patch to allow the old guncon 1 and 2 games to work with the new guncon, I would be in heaven and wouldn’t need the old tv and ps2 for my shooting games fix.

Burnout: Paradise: PS3


Ok, with all the comparisons and posts about BP and Test Drive Unlimited (which I absolutely adored on the PC) on the net, I expected something similar to what TDU offers. What I got was a whole nother experience. These games are on entirely different pages, and any comparison is a moot point as they are so different that it makes it apples and grapefruits.

First and foremost is the gameplay. BP doesn’t just condone smashing the other cars, it has missions based on it. There’s the Marked Man missions, where you have to survive the other racers trying to wreck you, Road Rage events where you rack up a number of damaged opponents, Stunt Runs where you rack up points by doing stunts and boosting, and the standard races, where you win by any means necessary.
Add into this the “open world” aspect, which does seem kinda tacked on. It is a good breakaway from work and life in general to just go rampaging around town, wreaking havoc…..I used to do this in TDU, to other players dismay. There’s smashes, gates scattered across the city blocking shortcuts which can be used in races, jumps, which don’t need to be explained, and billboards, which are a fancier, usually tougher to get to version of smashes. There’s also the Showtime mode, where you try to make the mos fantastic, multiple car pileup you can. Based on your experience, you can make a tremendously long crash. This all adds for a fun distraction, although the “open world” aspect is poorly implemented. I say this because, after being a TDU player and seeing how well done the open world aspect is done there, there are some major features I miss. First and foremost is the ability to click the map and pop to that spot. This would be a welcome addition for many of the races which take you across the map, then if you fail, you have to drive all the way back to the start. Second is being able to see other players and challenge them on the fly.
Not to say the online aspect of BP is bad, its pretty straightforward and easily accessed, You can enter or start challenges for players on the street you are on. A nice touch is the support for the Eye, which can show you reactions when you take down a player, which can sometimes be a bad thing…..a very bad thing, depending on what they show you.
Every intersection is an event, which is limited to the basic type and your progress gets wiped with each license, so if there’s a specific event you excel at, you can do it for each license. This is also a detraction as events are limited to the four basic types and can get old fast.
The soundtrack is…alright. There are a few good songs, some old burnout songs, and classical music for some odd reason. There is currently no way to add your own music, but one you set up the musical selection, you can weed out the songs you don’t like.
The graphics are buttery smooth and although not quite up to pc graphics, are quite superb for a console.
My main gripe for the first few hours of playing the game was the “tutorial” info that it pauses the game to tell you, much of which is common sense. Then there’s the crashes, which show why there’s no name brand cars as car companies nowadays refused to let games show their cars in damaged states. When you crash, the game whites out the screen, goes into a spectacular crash scene, while time is continuing for the other racers, which is great to see the first time, but utterly annoying afterwords.
The DLC is automatic, which is a great touch. When there is an update with new content, it downloads for you and seamlessly integrates itself.
Overall this game is great fun for the destruction minded racer and will provide you with hours and hours of gameplay. They just might not be on end.

With that all said, I end this with Yahtzee’s brilliantly hilarious review from The Escapist.