PSN Outage- Gamers Talk Back.

​Unless you’ve been absent from the world of gaming for the past two weeks, you’ve likely heard a thing or two about the PlayStation server hack, resulting in PlayStation Network going offline.

We here at Joystick Division, along with pretty much every gaming news source out there, have bombarded readers with all of the known details; including the apparent extent of the damage, Sony’s plans to apologize with free digital goods and services, as well as the ongoing legal fallout.

As the drama continues, I thought it might be a refreshing change of pace to take a gander at what those who are most affected by the recent cyberattack–the customers–have to say about this whole mess.

It was suggested many times in my perusal of various message boards and comments sections that the PSN hack had proven, once and for all, that United States President Barack Obama is a PlayStation 3 gamer. With his online gaming options ruined, it looks as though Obama instead filled his time with taking care of that whole “Bin Laden” thing.

Others, though, had less of a sense of humor about the temporary lack of online features on PS3, as Gamefaqs user Darth Gamer stated that, out of frustration, he opted to sell his PS3.
​Responses to Darth’s decision were best (worst?) summarized by fellow Gamefaqser TryTheVeal.

“Selling your PS3 because of the outage is comparable to your wife being in a coma for two weeks and you’re tired of her being asleep, so you divorce her and marry someone else,” Veal said.

Speaking as someone who works in an IT position, Joystiq user Cantwait2bhome said he feels for the individual programmers and engineers currently trying to fix all of Sony’s problems.

“I can’t imagine the stressful work environment they’re having to endure right now,” he said. “Of course, that’s not to say I don’t agree with the majority of this community in thinking that Sony, as a company, is handling this poorly.”

Over on NPR, Susan Lewis had an interesting take on the matter.

“I guess I’m the mom of the year,” Lewis said. “I refuse to allow these things in my house. I encourage my family to read, draw, play games together and discuss things.”

Well la-dee-frikin-da, Mrs. Lewis.

If you’ve spent any time on these various forums, then you know that pulling any pearls of wisdom from the flood of comments isn’t exactly the easiest task. As Joystiqer SNK180 stated, “Great. I get in here to get some info and what do I get? Half a page of dumb console fanboys arguing.”

3DS Fan Gets Altered Reality Card Tattoo.

While the newest handheld console may not have the deepest library just yet, some folks are plenty entertained by the 3DS’ altered reality games that come pre-installed. The only problem is that you have to keep those pesky AR cards handy.

Cranberryzero found a way around that dilemma, however, opting instead to actually tattoo the main card on his left damn wrist.

Check out an extra picture and a video of this “work of art” in action after the break.

Also, he cautions other 3DS fans that the tattoo doesn’t always work in bright light settings, which means you can’t show it off to your friends while chilling poolside.

American Guilty of Loli Manga Possession Faces 15 Years.

The trial of an American man arrested for ordering loli manga from Japan has ended after he pled guilty; he now faces a possible 15 year sentence, along with a $250,000 fine and the loss of all his precious loli manga.
The man, Iowa resident Christopher Handley, pled guilty to “possessing obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material,” charges stemming from postal workers rifling through his package and discovering it contained manga supposedly depicting underage sexual activity.
After lengthy and complex legal proceedings, details of which were covered in the previous article on the matter, Handley finally folded and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and $250,000 in fines, along with forfeiture of anything the government happened to take during the trial. Sentencing is due at a later date.
The precise nature of the material he was arrested for is not clear, but Handley’s lawyer has previously insisted they were harmless yaoi comics, which suggests either that the material was rather willfully misconstrued by the authorities, or that the defence is trying to pass off shota as being “yaoi” in order to lessen the opprobrium.

Ubisoft Reveals Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

Revelations is the culmination of Ezio Auditore’s storyline. Master Assassin Ezio must walk in the footsteps of Altaïr on a journey of discovery and revelation, which takes him to the heart of Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region.

Players will find themselves in the skin of Ezio, Altaïr and Desmond, as each of them discovers their role in history by deciphering the mysteries of the past.

In Revelations, Ezio and his counterparts will gain access to a brand new weapon and tool that changes the way he fights and traverses the world, and players will also be able to engage in a newly customizable multiplayer game. Details are sketchy at the moment, but Ubisoft promises to shed light on the game in the coming months.

“Delivering the final chapter of the Ezio trilogy is an important milestone in the Assassin’s Creed franchise for us and for our fans,” said Alexandre Amancio, Creative Director at Ubisoft Montreal. “Assassin’s Creed Revelations includes lots of new features and some significant surprises. We can’t wait to show our fans what we have in store at E3 this year.”

Duke Nukem Forever Delayed.

Duke Nukem Forever has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been delayed, with the long-in-development shooter being pushed back a full month.

After an incredibly protracted development period – 14 years and counting now – Duke Nukem Forever had been slated for a release on May 3 in the US with the rest of the world getting the game on May 6.

Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford announced the delay on YouTube, and Duke Nukem Forever’s now coming to North America on June 14 while the rest of the world will be doing the unthinkable four days earlier as they get their hands on the game on June 10.

Will it be worth the wait? Probably not, but who can pass up on a decent dick gag when it comes their way?

Hatsune Miku appears in a Toyota commercial for their Corolla car – not for the Japanese market but for the American one.

Photo Kano: Love Sim for the Photo Enthusiast Otaku

Photo Kano (フォトカノ), literally Photo Girlfriend, is an upcoming love simulation game by Kadokawa for the PSP console. The game differs from the typical love simulation game with a unique photography theme, so that gamers can take photos of their “girlfriends” as the story progresses.

Just like any love simulation, the game has a variety of different characters that fits your love interest from the childhood friend to the sporty athletic and the all-rounder class leader. While taking photos in camera mode, you can even turn your PSP around to take photos in vertically.

The game also includes a Nendoroid Puchi of one of the girls, Kanon, so its a win-win for figure collectors.

SONY Playstation Network Still down After 2 Weeks.

It has been 2 weeks to the day, since the Sony PlayStation Network shut down and with all the false hopes of service restoration, many are beginning to believe the network may not bounce back from this because the network is STILL down.

First, Sony said the service would be up and running within a week of the data breach, which was discovered on April 20th. Then, they announced it would be down “indefinitely“. From there it went to by Wednesday, May 4 and now, it is back to within the week.

Mass Effect 3 Delayed.

Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012. The development team is laser focused on making sure Mass Effect 3 is the biggest, boldest and best game in the series, ensuring that it exceeds everyone’s expectations.” – Casey Hudson, Executive Producer Mass Effect series