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Posted by Sly Ripper on 13 February 2013 - 04:39 PM
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Posted by Parker on 02 August 2013 - 05:35 PM
Hello my fellow PSNP forum community, Parker here. If you're a new member here, first of all I'd like to say welcome to the absolute best gaming forum you'll come across. We are a pretty tight knot community here but we're always more than happy to welcome productive members of the forums who enjoy conversing about video games, life and just about anything else we can think of. If you like games, which I imagine you do, you'll fit right in with the rest of us.
Now, I know many of you are new to forums in general which is why I wanted to start this thread. One thing that is very annoying to the community is the constant duplicate threads that continue to be posted, generally by newer members. I understand you want to make yourself known here and that is very understandable, buy you have to realize the site has been here since 2011 so if you're thinking of making a thread about your favorite PS3 game, it is more than likely already made. Which brings me to my first point...
USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION!
If you start a duplicate thread this is probably the first thing you'll see someone say. It isn't because we are trying to be an asshole to new members, but we simply prefer to have all the conversation on one topic in one thread. That way we can share all our opinions with one another and be sure we can respond to everyone we want to. If the same thread crops up over and over we will have people responding to multiple threads about the same thing and not everyone will get their opinion heard. So, if you start a thread and someone links you to an existing thread about the same topic, don't be offended because that isn't the intent. Also, it is nice if you close your duplicate thread that way people won't continue to respond even after being linked to the appropriate one.
One of the best features about this website for trophy hunters or gamers just wanting to have fun with like minded gamers in the gaming sessions section we have here. If you want to boost some trophies before starting a thread how about you look here...
If you don't see anything that pertains to you then feel free to create your own session and announce it on the forums. This is a fantastic feature and something that makes PSNP stand apart from the rest of the "competition."
One thing many new forum members have a problem doing is posting pictures they have on the forum. There are a few ways to do it but I'll share the one I find to be the easiest. Open an account on photobucket.com or a similar website. Follow the instructions on there on how to upload them (very simple) and once the image you want to share is uploaded click on it. You will have a few options on the right of the screen under the "Links to share this photo" section. Looks like this...
Click on and copy the IMG option, the very last option, and paste it into your reply in the forums and the picture will show up. Easy peasy, and it gets faster every time you do it.
Trophy Card in your Signature!
Another thing a lot of new members ask is how to get your trophy card in your signature. Here is how to do it...
Go to the home tab at the top of the page and update your trophy card. It should look like this...
Now click on the go to trophy card option and you'll see this...
Copy the BBCode and then go to your forum profile on the top left of the page. Click on my settings and after you do that click on "signature." Once your in there copy the BBCode into the signature section and save it. If done correctly your trophy card will show up in your signature section and update along with your card. You won't have to redo this every time you earn a trophy.
So, I hope that helps some of the newer members coming into the forums. If there is something you have a question with feel free to shoot me a PM or ask here and I'll do my best to answer you.
Welcome to the forums and I hope you enjoy your time here.
Posted by Sly Ripper on 01 February 2013 - 04:42 PM
- The page is wider and offers more room for information.
- Ordering and filtering options have been improved on a number of pages.
- Profiles have infinite scrolling, when a profile is loaded only 100 games are listed, as you scroll down the page more will be loaded.
- "Trophy Advisor" lists unearned trophies, a good way to see which trophies to go for.
- Gaming Sessions had a big overhaul, it's way easier to see session information.
- Profile and game navigation is up the top and not our of site
If you find any bugs post information below, they'll be fixed quickly. If you have any constructive criticism, post that too.
Posted by BDKSimba on 14 October 2011 - 09:13 PM
each month I'm willing to pay the cost to upgrade 3 PSNP members
Premium Members fee to upgrade them to Premium for the length of 12 months or a year,
which ever comes 1st.
Ok, here it is.
really, I'm trying to promote more site activity.
and with what the 1 single requirement is,
there's no need to explain to Me all the open holes for abuse,
cause in the end I'm the 1 putting My $$ where My mouth is.
so here it is :
the top 3 posters for each month
I will flip the bill to make them Premium Members.
if the top 3 are already Premium,
then i will go down the list
to the next.
so if you plan on going Premium,
Please go ahead and support the site.
but if ya wanna live da vida loca
get active. there are alot of awesome threads out there.
or start a even better one.
@ the end of the month,
I'm gonna determine if that trolling post
is worth premium status.
well, unless the Mods/Adm close this thread,
I'll post the 1st 3 on the 1st of each Month
Starting in November.
please feel free to let me know what you think of this.
also active members rejoice,
BDKSimba knows you.
I like being visual. seriously.
if your a guest checking this out, you should join up. you could be Premium by next month free of charge come next month. you just gotta get active.
the requirements are to just being an active Member.
Posted by Sly Ripper on 28 April 2013 - 09:53 PM
Check out your statistics page from your profile, it's been updated to better fit the design of the site along with some newly added charts. If you guys have any more ideas for graphs/charts that could be added, let me know.
Posted by Parker on 03 September 2013 - 10:20 PM
Yeah, its another one of those threads. I just realized I was coming up on my 3,000th post and figured I should make some sort of effort to make it slightly memorable. So here goes...
As most of you know I was an early supporter of this site and donated to be part of the beta. I have never been and will never be a trophy hunter but I loved ps3trophies.com when Sly was an admin over there and when he announced he was leaving to create his own site I immediately donated what he was asking to be a part of it. Sly is just one of those guys who has an immense talent and you can sense it through what he creates, which in this case is the wonderful PSNP. After the meltdown of .com quite a few people left, some came back and were active again, others not and to me it felt like the "outcasts" of that site made our way here. I'm not knocking .com but the lack of maturity there is something that really bothers me and it seems like every single thread over there turns into the more popular members posting stupid pictures and making everything off topic. While that happens occasionally here it is usually because the topic has been posted 200 times and members are fed up.
Anyways, I remember when the forums opened and there was just a select few of us and I had never felt more at home on a forum than I did here, and I had never even met three quarters of the members here. There was a breath of fresh air about this site and I think all the early members (and news ones still) felt it. I'm not trying to be dramatic but it truly did feel like something special. A huge part of that is because of Sly. I am on a lot of forums nowadays, not just gaming forums and I have never seen another site owner/admin as active in the community as Sly is. Not only does he put up with our bickering for new features, he actually listens to our bickering and adds the features to the site. He lets everyone know what is going on when something happens and is consistently updating PSNP with new features that keep us ahead of any competitors. This from a man who is only 22 years old. As I said before, Sly has immense talent and I have nothing but respect for him. He should be extremely proud of not only PSNP, but everything he did for .com as well.
Of course I have to talk about Altered and eburk as well. I can't think of two better moderators for this site. They haven't let power go to their head like other sites mods have and they let us argue a lot more/longer than a lot of other sites. Part of that is because this community is generally much more mature than any other one and we ca argue without personal insults being thrown and people getting butthurt, for the most part at least. I think some of the maturity has to do with the respect other members have for the two mods, you don't want to cause problems for someone who is acting just like one of the regular members and cutting up along with us.
I also want to thank the whole PSNP community. We are all apart of something special here, it feels more like a little gaming family than it does a simple forum. There are people here I have never met but I know what games they like, what they enjoy in their free time, whether or not they're married and all sorts of other things. Hell, I work with the same people everyday and I don't know that much about most of them. The maturity here is something I really appreciate and it makes it a whole lot easier to be myself whereas other places I get agitated by the stupidity easily and turn into kind of a dick (apparently.) You guys have bee great to me and it is a joy to log on everyday (multiple times a day) and just converse with like minded, great people. Whether that conversation be about games, movies, Motorsport or anything else I can always find something to talk about here. The chat room has some great opportunities for conversation as well and if you've been thinking of giving it a try I strongly advise you do so. You really get to know other members and their sense of humor there and I've made quite a few friends by talking to them in chat.
Basically what I'm trying to say is this. Thank you PSNProfiles for everything so far. Sly, AF, eburk, you're all badasses and run the best gaming website I have ever been apart of, bar none. I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us but I know one thing for sure, I'll be right here the whole time and enjoying every second of the ride. Thanks for everything.
Posted by Gotakibono on 09 May 2013 - 07:07 PM
Playstation 3: A Retrospective
Well, here we are - the year that the Playstation 4 will make its debut; the very same year that gamers the world over will finally get to experience the hallowed ground of the new generation. But, it is also the year that the PS3 will begin its polite, subtle and inevitable retreat into the realm of history books, attics, pawn shops and nostalgic places underneath television sets.
All good things must end, but how will Sony's seventh generation console be remembered by gamers and beyond? What was its defining moment? What was its biggest missed opportunities and disappointments? What was its most delightful surprises and shocks? And is the arrival of the PS4 truly its coup de grâce?
My goal with this article is to thoroughly dissect the PS3's time in the spotlight; from its games to its controversies, and from its various remodels to its lasting legacy. Every few weeks I plan on adding new sections of focus, and hopefully within time for the PS4's release this coming winter this article will be well on its way towards being a fitting epitaph to a console all of us here have spent our fair share of time on.
Now, time to look back as we get ready to look forward...
Sony's Playstation 3 - not to ever be confused with Spiderman 3. Ever.
Next Article coming soon: Miss - YLOD and the Death of backwards compatibility:
Miss - Remote Play:
Gotakibono, November 18th, 2013
Hit - Playstation 3's Exclusives:
In my lifetime I have seen a lot of shit: the birth of the internet; WWF's Attitude Era; technological advances and medicinal breakthroughs; and Nicolas Cage winning an Oscar. But, all those brilliant - and not so brilliant - things aside: I have been lucky enough to be privy to the evolution of the games console before my very eyes. As my great-grandmother once said, whilst debating the benefit of a bar of soap up the arse, "It's one thing reading about history, but it's another thing entirely to live it, son."
Consoles have gone from being a one-dimensional system that required the odd bit of blowing to function properly, to an out-an-out technological behemoth capable of providing all aspects of home entertainment - and then some. Never did I think, back in the days of playing Harvest Moon: Back to Nature on my PS1, that my console would evolve into something capable of storing music, HD films, a multitude of games, have an internet browser and be host to a game such as Grand Theft Auto V. And yes, I am desperately looking forward to Grand Theft V - what gave it away?
The introduction of analog sticks really did make you trip balls.
But, pushing all of that technological advancement aside for a while: why have I bought every incarnation of the Playstation? The Playstation 2 didn't make a huge leap from the original Playstation in terms of being an all-round beast of an entertainment system; it did feature a rather nifty DVD player, but apart from that the main difference to be found was in graphical processing juice. The Playstation 3 was, in many ways, inferior to the Xbox 360 in terms of being a home entertainment system. But for me there is one reason I buy a console, and it's the reason that will always dictate my heart and mind whenever I'm purchasing a console. The reason I'm talking about is the form of entertainment that will always take precedent over any other addition tacked on. And that enduring reason is this - the games.
The games that are available on a system are the harbingers of that console's legacy, and stellar titles subsequently become synonymous with that generation of consoles: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the N64; Pokemon Red and Blue on the Gameboy Colour; Metal Gear Solid on the PS1; Grand Theft Auto on the PS2, etc. I could literally list and list games that are always associated with particular consoles, and carry a certain sting of nostalgia for gamers the world over, but that's a story for another day. I buy consoles to play games, and I bought the Playstation 3 with its games wholly in mind. Don't get me wrong - Netflix support, Blu-Ray playback and countless other features are more than welcome, but for me such additions should never deter away from a games console's primary mission: to provide good games for me to enjoy. Now with all that in mind, let's talk about the PS3's most important legacy.
The younger generations will never understand...
The fundamental question here is the following: Did the PS3 provide enough console-defining exclusives to warrant your money? After casting a poignant, nostalgic eye across my back catalogue of PS3 games I can say that (with confidence) Sony really brought their A-game to the table this generation. Despite Microsoft's early hits (Mass Effect, Fable, Gears of War) Sony recovered and ran the marathon by slowly but surely releasing stellar game after stellar game. It's not even the sheer number of great exclusives that has me a little upset of this generation's inevitable descent into the past, but the sheer diversity Sony provided with its first-party games: Demon's Souls, Journey, Uncharted, Heavy Rain, The Last of Us, The Unfinished Swan, Flower, Rain, inFamous. That's not a line-up to balk at, and that's not even half of the truly noteworthy, exclusive games Sony has supplied us with on the PS3.
In comparison with the PS1 and PS2, I firmly believe the PS3 could lay claim to having the best back catalogue of exclusive games than either of Sony's previous efforts. Yes, that is a divisive, strong statement, but I am not throwing it out there willy nilly trying to bait on or troll some poor PS2 exclusive fanboy - it's simply what I think. I have played games on the PS3 that genuinely affected me in a profound way, and there are a few select games that I can safely say are up there for me in terms of any form of medium: movies, books, music, etc. The PS3's added technological power has enabled creativity and imagination to be created and/or re-created more beautifully than ever before. Now, I do feel somewhat inclined to discuss each notable game in detail, but I feel like I cannot do so without throwing spoilers around the gaff. That's the beauty of it, though - the PS3 has provided so many top-notch exclusive games that I could literally write an article on any number of them. But I'm lazy, and with the PS4 on its way I would rather play as many PS3 games as humanly/financially possible.
Heavy Rain was one of the many fantastic PS3 exclusives.
Sometimes you look forward to what's ahead of you so much, that you don't fully appreciate what you have in the present until it's gone. We are currently living through the swansong of the PS3; the console that will go down in the annuals of gaming with numerous pros and varying cons. However, undoubtedly its crowning achievement is providing a multitude of games that solidify the reason behind my choice to buy a Playstation 3. The PS3 was the only console that enabled me to travel to the very top of a mythical mountain in Journey, and make me emotional and philosophical whilst doing so. In The Last of Us, I genuinely had my moral compass swing like a drunken pendulum, as I often asked myself, "How would I handle a scenario like this?" In Heavy Rain, I was perplexed and engrossed by the Origami Killer and the initiative, engaging gameplay that responded to my decisions and evolved to my actions. Flower gave me an ethereal experience by showcasing the simple beauty of travelling as a flower peddle on the wind. I would not have had these experiences had I not bought a Playstation 3.
The PS4 has a hell of an act to follow in terms of first party games, but I will be there to hopefully enjoy the simple art of gaming on the latest chapter of the Playstation. I've been with Sony every step of the way - and the next step is looming on the horizon. If Sony add a step can make cheese and toast whilst converting MP3 to Super HHHD files that's super, but the first step in crafting a console should always be its games. Without a first step you go nowhere.
Author note: What are your favourite PS3 exclusives? Explain your favourites and your answers will be added to the main thread.
Gotakibono, September 4th, 2013
Hit - Trophies, bitch!:
There it is. Hmm dat noise! I know you hit play on the video above if you are reading this - the temptation for an avid trophy hunter like myself is much too strong to resist. The sound that many PS3 users have heard hundreds (for some thousands of times) is a sound that many yearn to hear again and again and again. The sound which was probably devised by Sony employees with the single goal of creating the sexiest sound known to mankind. The sound that has gone on to represent so much, even though it's an inherently simple, short noise: the sound that defines success; the sound that can mean a reward for time, effort and skill; the sound that can also represent failure. Above all, it's become an aural representation of change, and how games are played very differently for many different reasons these days. Ladies and gentleman, let's talk about trophies.
Miss (A Big Fucking Miss) - The PSN Breach/Blackout of 2011:
April 17th, 2011. It was meant to be an unspectacular day. A day that would more than likely involve me returning to University for another week of inner battles between going to my lectures or sleeping in and having a day of lazying around the apartment; which would include exhilarating events such as ordering pizza, smoking cigarettes and playing video games. It was, in every sense, another day. But then upon my return to my University apartment after my normal bus journey from my hometown - and after some witty banter with my flat-mates - I made a cup of tea and decided the time was apt for some Uncharted 2: Among Thieves online. I was working towards the 100% at the time (I finally managed to achieve the 100% late last year) and felt that if I work towards some online wins now then I could retire to bed early; therefore rising fresh as a daisy for my 9AM U.S. Politics lecture. However, as I went to sign-in to the PSN I saw something I'd never seen before:
An error has occurred. You have been signed out of Playstation Network.
So, upon getting denied/ejected access to the network I sorely wanted to sign-in to, I engaged in a futile twenty-five minute mission of repeating the sign-in process hoping each and every time I'd get my desired result. After those depressing and confusing twenty-five minutes, I gathered my thoughts and proceeded to go and get another cup of tea, all the while thinking to myself, "Well, fuck." I ended up going to bed after cursing my, in retrospect, completely innocent internet modem, and went soundly to sleep. The next morning I went to my lecture completely oblivious to the PSN apocalypse that was happening around the world.
Turns out this wasn't your average, everyday PSN error - it was a full-blown, professional hack of the entire system. I only became aware of the ramifications after my house-mate told me whenever I arrived home that I "might not be getting that 100% in Uncharted 2 for a while." The hacking of Sony's PSN and Qriocity serives resulted in the personal details of approximately 77 million customers being compromised, which means it has the unwanted honour of being one of the largest data breaches in history. To make matters even worse, as the days rolled on (and more information was coming to the fore) the situation was only becoming more embarrassing and damaging to Sony, and had real potential to have serious, far-reaching consequences for all its users.
My house-mate and I's reaction to hearing the ramifications of the PSN hack.
First and foremost, Sony's week-long delay in actually informing their customers the full-extent of what had happened was abysmal and quite honestly a dick move. On April 26th, almost an entire week after the initial outage, Sony confirmed that it "cannot rule out the possibility that personally identifiable information such as Playstation Network account username, password, home address, and email address had been compromised." Whenever i read that I immediately thought that the information I had entrusted to Sony (the most delicate, sensitive information I could give them, apart from sending them a long-winded poem expressing my love for Pepsi) was now, potentially, in the hands of a hacking group that could use my information for whatever purpose they saw fit. I kept thinking how could this information be so easily swiped from under their noses? Wouldn't this be the kind of information that Sony would spare no expense in protecting from prospective invasions like this?
I was mad. I was not mad like some kind of gaming Hulk desperate to play my games online anymore, but as a customer who had given this information in response to Sony stating that they'd keep it safe. It only got worse as Sony then went out and admitted that there was a little issue in regards to the "possibility that credit card data was taken." So, now not only do these hackers know where I live, know about my silly middle name and my passwords, but now they have access to my money?! The first wave of statistics made for some grave viewing - over 12,000 credit card numbers from non-U.S. cardholders and additional information from 24.7 million SOE accounts were reportedly stolen.
Sony, in an attempt to fan the flames of a fire that already burnt down the forest, claimed that the credit card data was encrypted and that it would be pretty damn difficult and very time-consuming for the external hackers to break through the protective walls and clarify the data enough to do any damage with it. Okay, so surely all the other information granted to Sony was given the same treatment and was all encrypted? Well, this is when it just got awkward for Sony.
Turns out Sony had not encrypted any other user information at the time of the intrusion. That essentially meant that you didn't need to be a qualified, gifted hacker to read the information - you just need to be able to read. Sony later stated that, "While the passwords that were stored were not 'encrypted,' they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted. But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in cleartext form." At this stage there was nothing Sony could say to make me feel better. The whole incident was just shambolic, and Sony did not handle it with too much grace in the light of their information's defensive frailties.
Yeah, we didn't encrypt your shit - sorry about that.
As the fiasco continued, and whilst the PSN was undergoing complete reconstruction, Sony faced the consequences the world over for their lacklustre and embarrassing handling of the intrusion. Data protection authorities everywhere condemned Sony. Just one example of the multiple spankings Sony received would be in the UK. Under the UK's Data Protection Act, Sony were fined £250,000 for the breach and were investigated by numerous government bodies to decipher whether Sony had taken necessary precautions to protect customer details. In short - they hadn't and had to pay a fuck-tonne more money as a result. On the 23th of May, Sony stated that the outage costs were in excess of $171 million.
The outage lasted for 24 long days. Sony promised to have the PSN back within a week in the aftermath of the hacking - it didn't happen that way. However, the PSN eventually returned. Whenever I signed back in for the first time I (and millions of others) were obligated to change our passwords and sign-in details, which I did as fucking quickly as possible. Sony tried to ease the still very open wounds by gifting a month's free PSN+ subscription to all users and introduced the "Welcome Pack" program.
I can't stay mad at you...
The "Welcome Pack" program that Sony put together in the aftermath of the incident was a sign of good will to all of its customers, and it was one I appreciated, but trust takes years to build and be destroyed beyond repair in a moment. I like to think that Sony has learnt immensely from the experience, but I would be terrified to think what would happen if a similar event was to occur again. The fact is that some users weren't willing to go back to a company that the consensus believed was too nonchalant with the delicate information entrusted to them. It was a watershed moment for Sony and its Playstation Network, and one that left an indelible mark on this generation of gaming.
Gotakibono, June 20th, 2013
Hit... Eventually - Bringing Playstation Gamers Together with the PSN:
I honestly can't start writing about the PS3, its hits and misses or its legacy, without first talking about what is undoubtedly the most pivotal feature it's brought to the table this generation - the Playstation Network.
The PSN (as it's come to be called by pretty much every gamer who prefers to use acronyms in over to conserve precious oxygen for gaming which -- let's face it -- is nearly all of them) is the online domain Sony created and introduced to drive its console into the new era. It must be noted that the PSN wasn't techincally Sony's, or Playstaion's, first venture in to the online world; the Playstation 2 did infamously have its own online network. However, it required a network adaptor which had to be purchased separately from the original console, it had a scarce selection of online-compatible games for gamers to choose from and quite simply the Playstation 2 was wholly out of its depth technologically to provide a stable, thriving online community. In other words, it was fairly shite and disjointed.
The PSN launched in tandem with the Playstation 3 on the 11th of November, 2006, but it was plagued with teething problems from the onset. It was heavily criticised for being woefully underdeveloped, lacking in features and for its absolute mess of a UI; problems which were only more accentuated whenever gamers made comparisons between the PSN and Mircosoft's 'Xbox Live'. XBL (again, acronyms and oxygen) was praised for its rich pool of content, easy-to-use, stable interface, as well as its consistent updating - qualities that were sorely absent in the fledgling days of the PSN. In order to compete with Xbox 360's fantastic Xbox Live service, Sony had to make up a lot of ground with their online service in order to take some wind from Microsoft's sails, as well as garner some much-needed wind in their own; the Xbox 360 was released over a year prior to the PS3 and Mircosoft's experience with creating and maintaining an online network was all too apparent.
The early days of PSN were indeed tough; a serious lack of quality titles, features and support almost brought the network to its knees.
Yet, here we are in 2013, on the cusp of the Playstation 4, and the PSN is standing proud with a staggering community of over 90 million and growing. Those early dark days now seem like a distant past, and it's safe to say that the PSN is well and truly thriving; even if the network remains anything but perfect. So, that begs the question - what the hell did Sony do to stem the tide? Upon some thinking I have drawn up four reasons why I personally think the PSN has come on leaps and bounds since its quite disastrous induction:
The PSN has always been free:
Perhaps the biggest attributing factor in PSN's eventual success was the fact that it remained free for everyone throughout its lifespan. In stark contrast, Xbox Live required gamers to part with money just to play the rudimentary online components of their games. While is easy to argue that you were getting what you paid for with XBL, is also easy to turn back and say that you were getting the most fundamental aspect (online gaming) for free, and everything else that comes with the territory is relatively inconsequential.
The PSN being free kept its doors open to everyone who bought the PS3 and had an internet connection; something that also kept people without a credit card happy, i.e, under 18-year-olds, avid penny-pinchers, etc. Furthermore, the fact that the service was free perhaps saved Sony's blushes in the tumultuous early days of the PSN. Sony could almost come out and say, "if you don't like it at least you aren't paying for that shit." It wouldn't be a very sage business move, but that shouldn't deter from the truth of such a statement.
Playstation Plus (Predominantly Cloud Storage):
Who'd have thought that a free online service subsequently adding a paid subscription, which would be separate from the main PSN, could prove to be such a shrewd move? Well, turns out it was a very clever move and one that has paid dividends for both Sony and gamers alike. PS+ (you know the deal at this stage - acronyms and oxygen) was launched on the 29th of June, 2010 and set out to be the proverbial icing on the PSN cake. Among its features was automatic downloads of demos, software updates and games; exclusive access to a multitude of demos and betas; exclusive downloadable content; discounts on a wide array of PS Classics, PS Minis, DLC and PS3 games; and even full-game trials, with the option of purchasing later. All in all, PS+ offered a great deal to warrant its subscription fee, and this has only improved as time has gone on (which I'll get to soon).
Admit it... the + makes you feel special.
Perhaps an understated feature nowadays, the cloud storage provided a real incentive for people like myself (a cynical, tight bastard) to sign-up to the PS+, as it gave subscribers 150MB to store up to 1,000 savefiles on a cloud server, including copy-protected saves in case of a HDD disaster or a severe bout of the infamous YLOD - which will definitely be mentioned again as this thread progresses. Since its induction the storage space has been expanded to a glorious 1GB worth of save-file sanctuary. For me, the cloud storage is a simple but fantastic service, and was one that first made me reconsider my stance on the necessity or benefit of a premium service on PSN.
The Instant Game Collection:
The primary reason to go and buy yourself a subscription to PSN+, and in my mind the PSN's greatest asset in attracting users to go premium. Bear in mind that the games Sony are giving away are not just any games, they are often very noteworthy titles. For example, in the EU store, over the past number of months if you've availed of the PSN+ service you could have gotten any number of the following games for free: Red Dead: Redemption, Batman: Arkham City, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Okami HD, inFamous 2, Limbo and Uncharted: Golden Abyss - just to name a few.
Not fucking bad, Sony.
Furthermore, if you've been a PSN+ member since the inception of the 'Instant Game Collection' service little over a year ago, you could feasibly have downloaded over 50 games to your library. Not fucking bad, Sony, not fucking bad at all. It will be very interesting to see how this service evolves on the PS4, or if it's even carried over to the next generation. What I do know is that the 'Instant Game Collection' feature is reason enough for anyone to own a PS3, and has represented PSN's substantial rise during what is ultimately PS3's swansong year at the apex of gaming.
Improved PSN Store Design and Interface:
Yes, a painfully obvious choice, but that shouldn't take away from the impact of Sony's development of the focal point of its entire network. The store represents a gathering of users and the content available to them - it's a very important component to the PSN. And let's be frank: it used to be painful to navigate and underwhelming in its content.
However, in the past two years particularly, the store has been revamped, re-imagined and redesigned in order to provide a much more pleasant experience whilst glancing around the store. It's much smoother than the original design, more modern and quite simply it's easier to find what you're looking for. Before the PSN store's redesign it was becoming somewhat of a joke as Sony hadn't really moved it forward in any meaningful way since its inception - thankfully that's changed. The store still has a tendency to act up for no apparent reason, but Sony are slowing but surely moving it in the right direction.
It still has that new car smell.
The PSN has had its ups-and-downs since it first came to the fore, but its importance to this generation of consoles can never be understated. When we look back on the PS3 we'll see Sony's first steps in managing an online gaming network; it'll be like looking at baby photos of a network that will continue to grow and develop as the years go on. Sony now has experience with an online network; the PS4 will benefit greatly from the mistakes made during the PS3 era and will be much better for it. I cannot foresee the grave errors that plagued the PSN in the beginning coming to the fore on the PS4, Sony are much too knowledgeable these days on the subject, and were much too green on the subject back then.
Therefore, I think the PSN's legacy on the PS3 will be one of numerous mistakes, establishment and now - growth. I guess you could say the angsty teen years.
Gotakibono, May 9th, 2013
Get Involved Fellow PS3 People:
This is a thread that I hope people truly involve themselves with and enjoy. If you have any ideas, thoughts, opinions, insults or observations please don't hesitate to share. Also, if you have any ideas for any PS3 hits and misses or would like to contribute to the thread that would be fantastic. Moreover, if you want to actively contribute to the main thread with your own articles then please don't decline to message me with your idea or article; I will post it right here and of course accredit you for your work if I believe it fits in with what I'm planning on doing. I hope you enjoyed reading my shite.
THANKS FOR READING
ROLL ON THE GAMING.
Posted by Sly Ripper on 27 July 2012 - 10:38 AM
PSNProfiles turns one year old today. Some of you guys have been here longer during the closed beta but we officially opened our doors to the public on 27th July 2011. The past year has gone by pretty quick, we've gone from nothing to being the largest PSN leaderboard on the internet and we're pushing almost 2.5TB of bandwidth a month now. Here's to another year of awesomeness, trophy whores.
Posted by Parker on 14 August 2013 - 08:24 AM
Dude, it's Scrooge McDuck, you think he is going to willingly give away gold?
Posted by Sly Ripper on 17 April 2013 - 06:26 PM
A profile block which allows you to show off some trophies of your choice.
To add a trophy, click on the name of a trophy and in the top right you'll see this.
Click the add icon and it will be added to your cabinet.
Standard users can add 3, premium users can add 10. From here or on your profile you can re-order or remove trophies.
The profile block.
Posted by Sly Ripper on 27 November 2013 - 06:17 PM
Nope. This isn't a hunting ground for chicks.
You will not get any more warnings about these threads, if you create another one, you will be banned.
Posted by Sly Ripper on 23 May 2012 - 02:14 PM
From what I can tell, the fastest legit 100% of a non-plat game is around 7 minutes, so I'm flagging PSN games with completion times of <= 5 minutes.
The fastest legit plat seems to be 25+ minutes, so I'm flagging games platted <= 25 minutes.
Example of what it's catching: http://screensnapr.com/e/DoDauU.png
I also need a list of games where games can be legitimately completed in under 25 minutes, like NFS: Undercover.
I think a three strike system would work well, it's lean but leaves some room for error.
Edit: Current whitelist is:
MotorStorm RC (PS3)
MotorStorm RC (Vita)
Need For Speed: Undercover
Linger in Shadows
Posted by Sly Ripper on 20 April 2012 - 08:58 PM
They're an easy way to find and organise online sessions with your friends or strangers in any game.
It can be used as a tool to set up boosting games, or just to find someone to play with. All the time zones are automatically dealt with if you've set your time zone in the settings. I think it would be easier to just show some screen shots...
The intended trophies feature is pretty nice, it allows you to show and see which trophies a session is aiming/boosting for:
As the creator you can edit the session:
If not. and you have the game, you can join the session (or request to join if it's set to manual approval):
- Email notifications (an hour before a session starts that you're in)
- Sessions on profile pages
- Sessions on trophy list pages
- Feedback system
If you find any bugs or have any feedback, post away,
Posted by Sly Ripper on 17 November 2012 - 05:36 PM
It's pretty simple, just click the red text and fill in the form that appears:
If only a few trophies show the cheating, such as earning a trophy for collecting 15 items before earning the trophy for collecting 10 items, you can tick the box next to those trophies to make the staff's job quicker:
Click "Send Report" and that's it, the staff will handle the rest.
Flagged users will be able to appeal a flagging but that's coming soon.
Posted by Sly Ripper on 21 August 2012 - 08:12 PM
If you have at least one cheated/hacked trophy set:
- You will be internally "flagged"
- You will have no rank display on your trophy card
- You will not count towards any trophy/game statistics
- You will be listed in all leaderboards/clubs/achiever lists along with other "flagged" users
- Your rank will ignore flagged users
- You will not see any "flagged" users in any leaderboards/clubs/achiever lists
Manual reporting of users will come soon, as will disputing a claim of cheating.
At the time of writing, 3,532 users have been flagged.
Posted by Sly Ripper on 05 November 2012 - 02:40 PM
Posted by Eternal21 on 15 November 2013 - 08:28 PM
Check out the following video:
Posted by Parker on 15 September 2013 - 10:16 PM
Personally, I think you're a trophy hunter if you enjoy earning trophies and go out of your way to earn trophies. Saying someone isn't a trophy hunter because they haven't played a certain game is pretty ignorant, in my opinion.
Posted by AlteredFormula on 07 August 2013 - 07:26 AM
Kirby.... Flirt with Serge via PM, instead of filling this thread up of pictures of you mimicking his poses.
a ) Its fucking creepy dude.
b ) Neither of you are attractive enough (to me) to keep looking at your pictures.