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EDITORIAL: Sony’s Weak Sauce Compensation

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.

  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Infamous
  • 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.

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    1. rickjames Says:

      Man get a damn life..

      180 * 77 million= 13.86 BILLION DOLLAR Sony would have to spend. That is not Sony fake store credit, they have to pay all the 3rd and 2nd part developers….

      Your best bet = Sell your PS3 and join the class action lawsuit and stop writing crap online..

      Don’t give me crap also that everyone has these games. if everyone had all the included games how come non of the games sold more than even 6 million each world wide…. if you don’t like something sell it. Sell your PS3

    2. Jonah Falcon Says:

      PSN downloads on games no one bought = no expense on Sony’s part. None. And you miss the point: what if you’re a PS3 owner who doesn’t LIKE the selection – or already BOUGHT them?

      You don’t seem to get the idea of just how badly Sony screwed up.

    3. Jordan Says:

      @rickjames – That’s cheaper than the $21 billion that was initially estimated that this would cost Sony.

      The thing is Sony needs to be taught a lesson here. It needs to be expensive for them. It needs to hurt them. Tha way, the next tme hey have information on 77 million PSN users and 24 SOE users you can be damn sure they’ll go out of their way to protect it.

      Now that the password change site has been hacked we can see they still aren’t taking this stuff seriously.

      http://www.gamestooge.com/2011/05/18/psn-update-may-18-hacked-again/

    4. Jonah Falcon Says:

      Somewhere, George Hotz is laughing is skinny ASS off.

    5. Sean Says:

      leave it to Game Stooge to whine about something that’s FREE.

      considering you lost absolutely nothing but 24 days of online service, you don’t really deserve anything but an apology from Sony. now, if you actually lost money as a result of this breach, then, sure, absolutely they owe you something. but you didn’t. no one has (except Sony).

      how remarkably ignorant and entitled of both of you.

    6. hehe Says:

      You’re a moron if you think it is even remotely feasible for a company to give away $180 x 77 million.

      If you own all the games, sell the hard copies or trade them and download the new ones. Simple.
      I traded LBP and Infamous for LA Noire. Will re-download LBP and LA Noire.
      Free game.
      Simple.

      lol @ Jonah and “games no one bought”

      LBP – 4.39 million sold.
      LBP PSP – 1.61 million sold.
      Infamous – 2 million sold.

    7. LarryL Says:

      *GASP* wow!! A rediculous Sony bashing opinion piece on the internet!?!?! Nooooooo, I have NEVER seen that before. How incredibly original. lol, what a tool.

      Sony is offering FAR more than they need to. They’re giving well over $100 worth of content as an un-needed apology for what some filthy hackers did. And btw, Dead Nation isn’t even close to a year old.

      We’re getting 2 PS3 games (and don’t ASSume people already bought them) 2 PSP games, a month of PS Plus which is basically a 1 month rental of 4 or more games along with any extra content like DLC and avatars and discounts which you get to keep forever. Home users are also getting 100 free items including a private space, which alone is worth WELL over $50 considering Home items are 25cents-$1 and spaces are $3-6. And they’re also giving us a few free movie rentals from the video section of the store. I mean you’re getting close to $150 here. That’s amazing, and is going way above and beyond what any other company would do. What did M$ give it’s loyal fanboys for the 2 weeks Live was down? Oh yea…..Frogger. Get a life.

      You stereotypical Sony hating fanboys on the internet just LOVE blaming Sony for any and everything. No, don’t blame the scumbag cyber terrorists that caused this whole thing in some misguided effort to stick up for a game pirate. No, don’t blame them……blame Sony. Man, gaming pseudo-journalism is becoming more of a joke by the day thanks to people like you. More of you wanna-be journalists, including those from actually KNOWN sites like IGN, are just fanboys with an agenda than there are real gamers. Sad indeed.

    8. Rice Says:

      Say Sony was a Tennis equipment manufacturer before computers were on the scene. They had tonnes of personnel details for their Tennis subscribers to their mail service for providing Tennis equipment.

      OK so say this version of Sony was robbed by some dedicated, clever people and you couldn’t get Tennis equipment on mail order for say a month or 2. Would you A. Blame Sony or B. Blame the cheating good for nothing criminals who are using their talents the wrong way.

      OK Sony screwed up, but maybe it did some peoples lives some good, made them realise games aren’t everything in life. He who looks for the negative will find it and fortunately the same is true vice versa.

      I’ll take Dead Nation, the only game I’m vaguely interested in or do not own and be happy enough and get on with my life and be happier for it. Perhaps if I did own them all I would feel a bit disappointed and perhaps complain to the correct degree. It should be a level playing field on what people receive, but it isn’t and sometimes life isn’t fair so you should get over it and move on for the sake of a a few quid.

    9. Jordan Says:

      @Sean – We lost more than gaming time, we lost our personal information and credit card numbers.

      I you were paying attention a few weeks ago, Forbes was told this breach could end up costing Sony $21 BILLION.

    10. hehe Says:

      Credit card numbers were not lost, as proof by the fact that there has been no fraud claims. Are you still living in the myth that the info was not encrypted or the security hadn’t been updated?

      And Forbes was told it *could* cost $21 billion, and you want to add another 18 billion on top of that?

      Once again this blog shows it has done no research and shows no journalist integrity.

      Disgraceful.

    11. Jonah Falcon Says:

      They weren’t? Tell that to credit card companies and people who received notification that people from Australia to Germany were making charge attempts on them. (face palm)

      (And let’s not even get into the fact that phishers only need unencrypted personal data to rip you off – and even expired cards make it easier.)

    12. Jonah Falcon Says:

      @Rice: Suppose Sony was a bank manager and they left the vault wide open with your jewelry and life savings – and then after it was cleaned out it took them A WEEK to let you know that someone cleaned out the vault.

      You and the other obvious Sony fanboy apologists may be willing to easily forgive (for what reason? I have no idea), but the US, UK, Japanese and Canadian governments, to name a few, won’t.

      And by the way, Sony was not PCI compliant.

      https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/

      This is a serious issue because not only does it make them guilty of negligence in any court of law, but it makes credit card companies angry and wary. That’s forgiving the fact that Sony in a case of credit card information breach is supposed to report to the government within 24 hours.

      Sony is in deep doo-doo.

      http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/04/26/technology-specialized-consumer-services-us-sony-playstation-credit-cards-warning_8436469.html

    13. Jordan Says:

      Look at it this way… let’s say for the sake of argument that it was Micrsoft who failed to keep their servers up to date, was warned about it, did nothing and lost the account details of 100 million accounts.

      In return they offer your choice of the following:

      Halo 3: ODST
      Fable 2
      Project Gotham Racing 4
      Gears of War 2
      Alan Wake

      Then, when users complain about old games they already own they’re told they’re lucky they’re getting anything.

      Can you imagine the hue and cry from the Internet? You simply can’t screw up this badly, offer a weak settlement and then respond to compaints arrogantly.

    14. hehe Says:

      Personally I’d be happy since I only own Alan Wake, Fable 2 and Gears 2 of that list. :-D

      However, Sony, and for this example Microsoft, offering credit means that everything a user buys that isn’t own by Sony/Microsoft means they’d have to pay the developer of that game otherwise they’re being screwed over.

      Also do not forget, Infamous sold 2 million, LBP 4.5 million and whatever the others sold, there are ~50 million PS3s out there. The users who have these games are a small minority.

      And there are other options, I ended up trading LBP and Infamous for LA Noire and then I will re-download Infamous and LBP.

    15. hehe Says:

      Simple fact is, you can’t make everyone happy unless and giving money is simply not possible unless we want to bankrupt Sony.

    16. Chris Says:

      I am sick and tired of these sorry excuses for “journalism.”

      Sony is giving everyone a $100 dollar deal, give or take. I don’t have any of these games. They just gave me one third back of the money I spent on PS3. What the hell is the problem here?

      “Sony let my peronal info get stolen and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.”

      I doubt they “let” people steal this info. These articles are ridiculous. Why don’t game journalists try uncover who Anonymous is. Investigative reporting this isn’t. Just bitching and whining over video games.

    17. Jonah Falcon Says:

      Go complain to the Xbox fanboys in the US Congress.

    18. hehe Says:

      Congress has nothing to do with this issue.

    19. Jonah Falcon Says:

      Congress has plenty to do with Sony. But hey, keep defending them. Sony does nothing wrong, ever.

    20. hehe Says:

      THIS issue, the compensation. Seriously, you’re not even qualified to read let alone be a blogger.

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