With @angryjedi on this one. Sony, like many corporations, go naval broadside and generally make a mess of situations…and when their platform was compromised, why wouldn’t you turn your turrets on the perpetrator and fire righteous litigation like God was on your side?! Forget the high ideals of the alleged responsible, you’ve got to consider your business partners. All these developers and publishers peering in through the door with anxious looks, asking if “you’re gonna be fine, right? We’re all good?”.

And these entitled sons of bitches in their basements decide to speak on my behalf, or at least use that as pithy camouflage. Shutting down a global network, because they’re “for the consumer”. Generally, consumers, uh, consume. As in, goods and services need to be available.

The homebrew scene for any system, bar the GP2X, Pandora etc., is miniscule, almost insignificant. How dare this be used as a justification for what has followed. In the end, the majority of “jailbroken” system wouldn’t have packed simply region-free jigs for Blurays and home-made XMB clocks, it’d have PS3 game images galore. None paid for. I will blame the man who opens the gate as much as the kid who downloads the torrent. You want to develop software? Go open source. Write your linux kernels – oh, but that’s a contentious point! “We did have Linux on the system before, and Sony took it away?!” Move on. Want to code for the machine? Apply for a job at Sony.

I cannot stand it when utopia ideals are used as obfuscation for self-serving ego-stroking. If I were still listening to Rage Against The Machine and reading the Green Left newspaper – like any teen should, I believe – I might have more sympathy, but as it stands and a fellow who does everything by the book when it comes to gaming, to have my ability to enjoy the services I’ve paid for castrated on account of something that wouldn’t have affected me otherwise…I harbour only disdain and annoyance at this crusade.

I also harbour annoyance at the reaction I’m reading up and down twitter. Nobody, bar @angryjedi, shares this opinion, it seems. Sony, who otherwise would have been enjoying a nice new age of Steam on their system, cross-platform co-op, people getting down with Mortal Kombat online, is hauled over the coals for not having sufficient security in place to fend off a brute force intrusion that even the Department of Defence might have an issue effectively countering. People are talking about identity theft, credit card details might have leaked, “I hate Sony for allowing this to happen” yadda yadda yadda.

The fact is, if these basement clowns are truly the digital white knights they claim to be, the details aren’t what’s important. But if something DOES go down, even one out of the million-plus PSN users with details on the servers, then I’ll sit back and reaffirm my stance that these cyberpunk masturbators are simply the sly and shady characters they always were.

@Shingro Fair point, but as a consumer, I’m well within my rights to say “fuck those guys” because there’s an error message on my PS3 that shouldn’t be there. It might be a layman’s view, but I’m hardline when my consumer rights have been compromised. If anything, I commiserate with Sony. Everything should be running smoothly and I should be playing Under Siege this week. Instead, the isthmus is below the waves and we’re left standing on the beach of kneejerk hooplah, where the corporation who suffered the breach is denigrated as though its completely their fault and the global user base makes angry faces on the shoreline.

@bowlisimo X is such a hard thing to describe or sell to folks. With Mount & Blade, there’s such immediacy to your actions and you do start being able to hold your own. The slow, slightly helpless beginning to an X game does lack a certain punch, but it depends on how you measure progress. You get to the point in an X game where you’re setting marine training regimes for your boarding frigates, adjusting the onboard tracking modules for your point defence systems on capital ships, have automated cargo and trade lanes between your network of fabricators and colossal space stations. And so on.

So, I dunno…I guess if you look at it as a sandbox strategy game, where it’s all about finding a niche and using ingenuity to build an upswing, there’s a lot to love. It’s technical, vast and rewarding, but has the propensity to feel dull if you’re unclear what to do or where to go.

Also, as a man I can safely assume to be a sci-fi veteran, the series has always had superb celestial design. From the ships to installations, to system detritus and so on, there’s lots of ogle.