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You have got to be @!#$@$! kidding me.
Topic: Games 4:11 pm EDT, Apr 27, 2011

So, Sony's PlayStation Network has been down more or less without explanation for five days, and now I get an email from Sony containing the following things:

Although we are still investigating the details of this incident,
we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following
information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country,
email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login,
and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data,
including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip),
and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may
have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your
dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have
been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit
card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have
provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity,
out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit
card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have
been obtained.

Wait... what? Let's focus on something in there:

While there is no evidence at this time that credit
card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility.

Translated into more practical and less asinine terms that says:

"We've been merrily ignoring PCI guidelines and keeping your credit card information in plaintext where anyone could get at it through a simple compromise of our gaming network."

Words absolutely fail me on how incredibly wrong that is.

As much as I despise Microsoft and everything they stand for, I'm giving Sony exactly 48 hours to come up with an answer that involves taking responsibility for their actions, or I'm selling my PS3 and using the money to buy an XBox360 the copies of the games I was still playing on the PS3.

You have got to be @!#$@$! kidding me.

Is it Art?
Topic: Games 1:33 pm EST, Jan  5, 2009

From the economic point of view, this was the year video games overtook music and video, combined, in the UK. The industries’ respective share of the take is forecast to be £4.64 billion and £4.46 billion.

Excellent article. Superb. Articulates many of my own questions [and answers] about gaming. Doesn't delve into the MMO addiction phenomenon, but touches on everything else.

Also, confirms my own suspicions about why I like such "childish"'s because they are maximally escapism with minimal relation to real-life problems. And, of course, there's the sheepinator.

-janelane, wants to buy a PS3 just for R&C

Is it Art?

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