The Network is Down! PANIC!

Over the past couple of months it seems like every so often, I can’t read video game news without hearing that PSN is down once again. My initial reaction to this is usually a shrug before moving on. Networks go down. There are a million different things that can cause a network to go down and just like everything else, it happens. What I don’t understand is the over sensationalized reporting of it <cough>IGN<cough> and then the panic and rage that it ignites.

I don’t really have that big of an issue when PSN is down. It just means that instead of playing online, that I have to play offline by myself. Remember those days of playing without being connected online? It seems like a lot of people don’t anymore and once they can’t play online it throws them into a whirlwind of panic. I mean is it really so horrible that you have to play offline for a few hours until whatever issue caused the network to go down is fixed?

Not just panic comes with a network going down, especially PSN, but then there’s rage. I don’t know how many posts I’ve seen the last time this happened of people bitching and complaining about how their day off is now ruined! Ruined! Sony ruined their day by making the network go down! The horror! I mean come on, there are a ton of different games that you can play, on your Playstation, that does not need for you to be connected to PSN in order to do so. I can name ten off the top of my head.

The Top Ten Games You Don’t Need to Be Connected Online To Play

1. Dragon Age: Origins

2. Dragon Age II

3. Mass Effect 2

4. Uncharted

5. InFAMOUS

6. InFAMOUS: Second Son

7. Knack

8. Assassin’s Creed II

9. The Walking Dead Season 1

10. The Wolf Among Us

Lastly, all of this coverage for PSN being down for a few hours is just plain unnecessary. Is there really nothing else to report on that a small outage has to be the center of attention? Are there no new games coming out? No new trailers? Does the gaming world just come to a stop when PSN is down? That’s what it feels like when PSN is down. It’s the news story that dominates, but I never ever see anything for when Xbox goes down. Surely Xbox goes down from time to time just like PSN, it just never gets reported on. This is unfair. If you’re going to report one then you have to report the other as well.

So next time the network is down for a short period of time, try not to panic or rage about it. Surely it will be up in a few hours when things get sorted out. Enjoy some solo time of playing because it’s not like you’re actually missing anything from missing out on a few hours of Destiny.

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