- Scribbled on May 18th, 2011 by Jordan Lund
- Filed in Editorial Content, Game Genres, PlayStation Network, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP
Were you to look up the definition of “weak sauce” in the dictionary, you might find a listing of the games Sony is giving away as compensation for losing the personal information of 100 million PSN accounts.
In North America PS3 owners can choose two of several games that are anywhere from 1 to 4 years old.
- Wipeout HD/Fury
- Super Stardust HD
- Dead Nation
Owners in other regions get Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty instead of Super Stardust.
PSP owners get to pick two games from this list:
- LittleBigPlanet PSP
- ModNation PSP
- Pursuit Force
- Killzone Liberation
So here’s the problem: most of these games were pretty high profile when they came out and they came our a long time ago. Pursuit Force is the oldest of the bunch – it came out in Europe SIX YEARS AGO. I think it’s safe to say that anyone who wanted to play LittleBigPlanet already picked it up when it came out THREE years ago. By offering a list of old games Sony really isn’t doing anyone any favors. Plus, for people like me who already own most of these games, I don’t really get anything.
It might as well be the proverbial t-shirt that reads “Sony let my peronal info get stolen and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” Which, in the case of the clothing items being given away in Playstation Home, might actually be literally true.
The worst part is now that Sony is being confronted by an unhappy fanbase they are replying with comments on their blog like:
“I’m really sorry tha there is nothing there that you want. We’ve tried really hard to put together a list of high quality BD games, rather than simply offering cheaper PSN titles. The average metacritic rating for these games is over 84%, so these are high quality games. Unfortunately with a user base of 77m people, it is really hard to offer something for everyone.” – Nick Caplin, head of communications at Sony Europe.”
No, Nick, it’s not all that hard. Here’s what you do.
PS3 games retail for $60 in the US. PSP games used to retail for $40 but now they’re more or less $20 because you can’t seem to get any new ones outside Japan. So everyone who has a PSN account gets $120 to use in the store if they have a PS3 and $40 to $80, let’s split the difference an call it $60, to use on PSN if they have a PSP.
$180 worth of PSN credit would go a long way to make things up to me for failing to protect my info. If you think you can get off cheaper by settling the class action lawsuits – you probably can’t.