Sony Is Sorry, Offers Free Stuff
Following Sony’s massive hack and losing personal information of over 100 million users, as well as having 3-4 weeks of downtime has caused Sony to offer an “apology package.” The package includes a selection of free games, extra days of premium content, a free 12-month identity protection program (available for gamers in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, as well as the U.S.), fraud support, a dedicated helpline, and insurance-covered identity restoration. The only catch is that the user must be over 18 years of age and have been an account holder as of April 20th, 2011.
Okay, so how about those free games I had mentioned earlier? Gamers will get to choose two games out of the following list: Little Big Planet, Infamous, Wipeout HD/Fury, Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, and Dead Nation. PSP gamers who were affected by the downtime get to choose from Little Big Planet PSP, ModNation PSP, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation. Gamers will also get 30 days of free Playstation Plus membership, offering premium content not available to free users. Existing Playstation Plus users will receive 60 days for free.
Users on Sony Online Entertainment Network will receive 45 days of game time as well as in-game currency. While some gamers are pleased with the free content, others are upset that Sony is offering older games, rather than newer releases. Since the games a bit older, many avid gamers already have much of the content offered. I think it’d be nice of Sony to offer store-credit somehow, but I could picture that getting pretty ugly on Sony’s part, dealing with all the proof-of-purchase photos, fakes, etc.