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Details for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Customer Appreciation Program in North America

Sony’s SCEA has finally released its plan to make it up to PlayStation and PSP owners by revealing their Customer Appreciation Program and the free games as well as extras we can come to expect when the PlayStation Store is finally up and running. Here’s the details that come from the PlayStation Blog:

Now that some PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been restored and you’re once again enjoying online gaming and entertainment, we’re happy to provide details about the “Welcome Back” appreciation program for customers in North America. We developed the program as an expression of our gratitude for your patience, support and continued loyalty during the service outage. From all of us at PlayStation, thank you and welcome back!

This package will be made available to all existing registered PlayStation Network and Qriocity users in North America (US and Canada), and will be made available shortly after we have fully restored the service. More specific details about these offers and eligibility requirements will be posted as the services go live.

All PlayStation Network customers can select two PS3 games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days shortly after PlayStation Store is restored and can be kept forever.

PLAYSTATION 3 Game List

Dead Nation
inFAMOUS
LittleBigPlanet
Super Stardust HD
Wipeout HD + Fury

For PSP owners, you will be eligible to download two PSP games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days shortly after PlayStation Store is restored and can be kept forever.

PSP Game List

LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
ModNation Racers
Pursuit Force
Killzone Liberation

A selection of “On Us” rental movie titles will be available to PlayStation Network customers over one weekend, where Video Service is available. Those titles will be announced soon.

30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.

Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription.

Additional 30 days + time lost for existing members of Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription free of charge for existing Premium/Basic members.

To welcome users Home, PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblag’s Alien Casino, an exclusive game.

We’d like to thank all of our publishing and development partners who’ve contributed to the Welcome Back program, including Bigbig Studios, Codeglue, Digital Leisure, Guerilla Games, Heavy Water, Housemarque, Lockwood, Loot, Mass Media, Media Molecule, SCE Cambridge Studios, SCE Studio Liverpool, SCE San Diego Studios, and Sucker Punch Productions. We couldn’t have created such a compelling package without them!

As a reminder, you will be able to access the above content shortly after services are fully restored. We are doing everything we can to make that happen as soon as possible. Please visit the following sites for more information about the Welcome Back program in Europe and Latin America.

OUR TAKE:  We love feeling appreciated and this is a really nice gesture from Sony seeing as these free games are actually excellent titles. If you haven’t played inFamous, for instance, there is no no excuse not to own this gem and LittleBigPlanet is a platform classic worth owning. If you’re a PSP owner, Killzone Liberation is a Must Have and Pursuit Force is a real blast.

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PSN Blackout Update: PSN is back on … well, in most places

May 15, 2011 1 comment

After a lengthy blackout period thanks to a breach in their network security that cost the company and PlayStation 3 owners affected by it, much grief and money, the PlayStation Network is finally back on in most of the States here in North America today.

As of the time of this writing, PSN is back on Southern California earlier today as PS3 owners were quickly prompted to download the latest update that – when finished – forces you to change your old password. This will allow you to play online (yay SOCOM 4 and Portal 2 fans), use services such as HULU and Netflix and even Home. Unfortunately, the PlayStation Store is not available. Those who try to log on to the store will only get the already familiar “under maintenance” message.

I checked in with a friend in Boston and – at the time of this writing – was unable to download the update yet. If this is the case, be patient, you’ll be jumping back into PSN later today or as early as tomorrow morning. This goes for our European gaming brothers and sister as well.

There’s still no real official word yet about the compensation users will get when the PlayStation Store is back on but rumors are that we will get credit towards a free arcade or classic game. Again, these are just rumors. I mean, I know PSN is free but getting a free download game would be a nice gesture to the loyal PlayStation owners who waited this blackout patiently.

Oh, by the way, one of our writers ran into Charlie Sheen and he felt the need to apologize to him for having blamed him for the blackout. Mister Sheen said, and I kid you not: “You couldn’t play Mario for nearly an entire month? Why don’t you just buy another machine to play your games?”

Aparently, Mister Sheen thinks all consoles play Super Mario games and that buying a new PS3 would have fixed the problem. That’s classic! We’re just sorry that Nick couldn’t get a picture with him.

Anyway, PSN is back on so see you online, folks.

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PlayStation 3 PSN Blackout Update 2: Hack Me To Pieces

April 27, 2011 Comments off

It’s been confirmed by a SCEA’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications and our friends at IGN.com, the PlayStation Network has been compromised by unknown hackers targeting PSN users’ names, addresses, birth dates, PSN passwords and possibly even credit card information. Since PSN went offline on Wednesday, April 20, PS3 owners cannot log into the PlayStation Store or even get to play online.

While we are still being kept in the dark by SCEA about those involved and what is being done to restore the network in working order, we do know that Sony is being sued in a class action lawsuit over the failure to protect users identities and other sensitive data that could fall in the wrong hands. We also hear that it is possible that Sony might even offer refunds for those with PlayStation Plus subscribers as well as those who have subscriptions to play DC Universe Online.

This is a troublesome situation, to say the least, and if you feel your identity and credit card information might be in jeopardy it is the suggestion of identity theft experts to do a credit check requesting your free credit report via any of the available services such as Equifax.com, Transunion.com or Experian.com.

On that note, we would like to issue a formal apology to Bill Gates. Bill Gates continues to be the respectable man behind our beloved Xbox 360 and in no way believe he could ever mastermind such a thing against the PlayStation 3. No, we really do mean that.

We would also like to apologize to Charlie Sheen, a true acting prodigy who has fallen victim to Hollywood’s excesses. A man who loves Call of Duty: Black Ops couldn’t be a crazed, sex-addicted torpedo of self-destruction and could never be behind something like this. We apologize, Mister Sheen, and we will hold a movie marathon of your classic films in your honor.

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PLAYSTATION 3 PSN BLACKOUT

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Before you start wondering if you dropped your PlayStation 3 one too many times or start fiddling with your router, know that the PlayStation Network is experiencing a blackout period that has begun on Wednesday and – at the time of this writing – is still in the dark. Try to log on and you get a “PlayStation Network is under maintenance” message and, as of now, we do not have a clear reason why.

The obvious theory might be that a hacker or group of hackers are at fault but according the Sony PlayStation website the reasons aren’t specified nor is there a set date when we can log back on to play online, make purchases in the PlayStation Store or even synch or Trophies to our account.

To find out more about this, we checked in with out sources at the Daily Tabloid Times and they are pointing at two very likely sources of the PSN Blackout. Too lazy to do our own investigative reporting, we decided to go with their highly suspected candidates.

SUSPECT #1: BILL GATES

Who has something to gain by this? Well, none other than Microsoft and what evil genius is smart enough to pull something this complex is none other than Bill Gates himself. Think about it, folks. In a moment when a big PlayStation 3 title like SOCOM 4 (with a massive multiplayer mode) goes on sale you can bet that gamers will be ignoring the Xbox 360. Yes, this actually makes a lot of sense. Frustrate PS3 owners enough to consider buying an Xbox 360 sounds very likely to us.

SUSPECT #2: CHARLIE SHEEN

When we heard that Charlie Sheen likes to play Call of Duty: Black Ops online via the Xbox Live, we knew that he is another very likely suspect for the PSN Blackout. If the only online gaming he’s high on is Xbox Live then we can’t put it past him to go against the PS3 by creating the blackout using bad press. I mean, the man is a closet genius when it comes to self-destruction and just destruction in general.

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