PSN Developers Discuss PSN Disaster

PSN Developers Discuss PSN Disaster

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How is the PSN kerfuffle affecting developers who make downloadable games for the service?

Despite an incredibly insignificant silver lining, there's no question that Sony's PSN disaster is one hell of a debacle. But while the outage - and related problems - are causing headache for consumers, what about the indie studios who make a living selling downloadable games over PSN?

"Well, the outage has certainly affected our sales," Creat Studios' Bill Fryer told Gamasutra, "[But] we are supportive of Sony and hopeful that this extended maintenance will lead to a more secure network altogether." Creat's Test Yourself, released March 8th, was one of the top 5 downloadable games on PSN at the time of the service outage.

Beyond sales, said Fryer, the outage means that PS3 users aren't seeing banners or ads, so the company (and its game) has lost visibility and mindshare in addition to sales lost.

Alexey Menshikov, CEO of Kiev-based Beatshapers, was slightly more confident in his studio's stability given that the game most affected - StarDrone, which released in early April - wasn't the company's only product on sale. Still, while he doubted any "permanent damage" would happen to the studio, he admitted Beatshapers was feeling the loss of a week's sales. "This is a sad situation."

He hopes that Sony would recompense developers in some way when service was restored, perhaps in the form of decreased royalties on sales.

Of all the companies who make games on PSN, PopCap is almost surely one of the most stable - after all, it makes a ton of wildly popular games on a ton of varied platforms. Like Test Yourself PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies, which we here at The Escapist adore, was one of the top five downloadable games on PSN at the time everything went kaput.

"We're rooting for Sony to resolve the issue as quickly as possible," a PopCap rep told Gamasutra. "PSN is one of our primary channels for reaching console game fans, and it does feel as though Sony should compensate customers, if not developers, for the outage."

I think most consumers would probably agree with PopCap there.

(Gamasutra)

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Yeah I mean they should compensate their loyal customers for this outage. I mean if people who are willing to stick by sony even after such an outage, should deserve a little bit of gratitude. Perhaps like a free downloadable game from the psn or perhaps an extra five bucks in the psn wallet, something to show gratitude who know how to stick to their system

All indie developers screw on PSN,and now to pay Xbox live loyalties

I want no compensation. It would probably be something useless, worthless or something I already have.

I just want to change my password and billing information.

id like to kick the entire ps3 security team in the balls with my doc martins.

Keith K:
I want no compensation. It would probably be something useless, worthless or something I already have.

I just want to change my password and billing information.

Seconded, I don't want any meaningless "We're sorry" thing, I just want to change all my stuff.

PSN should take a lesson from PopCap: You can never have too many Wall-nuts

GeeksUtopia:
Yeah I mean they should compensate their loyal customers for this outage. I mean if people who are willing to stick by sony even after such an outage, should deserve a little bit of gratitude. Perhaps like a free downloadable game from the psn or perhaps an extra five bucks in the psn wallet, something to show gratitude who know how to stick to their system

They won't charge you for the time the PSN was down.

As long as they at least give me free credit monitoring for a year or two, I'd be happy.

I'll buy some titles to help these companies when it gets back up...Well, not they're titles.

But that new Diablo rip-off.

The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

i'd like a Free Castle Crashers game for the damage done on my psychological hobby.

Orcus The Ultimate:
i'd like a Free Castle Crashers game for the damage done on my psychological hobby.

I doubt that'd work - if the game itself is free, that'd be taking away money from the developer, and since it wasn't internally developed, I doubt the people who own Castle Crashers would agree to it.

It'd probably have to be an internal game - I'd say Flower. Flower goes down to a free download for everyone - hey, that'd go a long way to calming everyone down.

This is the second article today I've seen the word "kerfuffle".

I don't want any compensation. Simple admission they dun fucked up, fixed the problem, and if at all possible somehow finding out who's responsible and tearing them apart.

edit: and helping people out who got the credit card info stolen would be a stand up thing to do.(PSN cards for life!)

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

Suing is too good, kill them. Fire them into space, fill them with bees, fire them into bees full of space. I don't care, as long as it ends them.

Or that Might & Magic game. It looks pretty cool.

mireko:

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

Suing is too good, kill them. Fire them into space, fill them with bees, fire them into bees full of space. I don't care, as long as it ends them.

Or that Might & Magic game. It looks pretty cool.

I love you.

OT: I think the developers and PS+ members should be given something, but definitely not your average PSN user.

mireko:

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

Suing is too good, kill them. Fire them into space, fill them with bees, fire them into bees full of space. I don't care, as long as it ends them.

Or that Might & Magic game. It looks pretty cool.

Nice. Very nice indeed. These people need to die.

If Sony is willing to give a free twenty or fifty dollar credit to their store, I won't complain, but I really just want my stuff back.

They should make some popcap games for free if they are doing the percent of price goes to the dev thing for sales since they're being so greedy.

Edit: I hope they fire the idiots who worked on sony's security...

Mm. I know that if I had just managed to finally get a sweet version of The Fancy Pants Adventures released - and the network goes down for a week right after release-day - I would be pissed.

fancypantsadventures.com/

I'm pretty sure most indie companies with their head screwed on the right way all use steam as a primary platform anyway.

Indie devs will still put it everywhere they can for a chance for a sale, so I doubt any will leave psn.

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

A good first step... but also ensure that they never so much as lay a finger on another electronic device again. Even if having to resort to chopping said fingers off and keeping them in a glass case under 24 hr. surveillance.

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

Sony doesn't need any more money.

Denariax:

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

Sony doesn't need any more money.

Says you. Money gotten now will be put into the development of The Last Guardian.

OutrageousEmu:

Denariax:

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

Sony doesn't need any more money.

Says you. Money gotten now will be put into the development of The Last Guardian.

With the amount of cash they already have from casuals throwing away on Playstation Home, plus all that Playstation Plus crap that basically gives you demos to bad games, I say again. They do not need any more cash.

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

The problem with that is that sony is incredibly bad at targeting lawsuits. During last month's case about jailbreaking for example, they failed to target the relevant hacking group(fail0verflow) and instead sued Geohot who's only contribution was posting a "lol, pwned" message on his blog.

So I'd prefer if they actually put their efforts into fixing this mess instead of appeasing the crowd who's economic views are stuck at "Carthago delenda est".

Denariax:

OutrageousEmu:

Denariax:

Sony doesn't need any more money.

Says you. Money gotten now will be put into the development of The Last Guardian.

With the amount of cash they already have from casuals throwing away on Playstation Home, plus all that Playstation Plus crap that basically gives you demos to bad games, I say again. They do not need any more cash.

Did you just call inFAMOUS 2 a bad game? And then call Home a money maker?

OutrageousEmu:

Denariax:

OutrageousEmu:
Says you. Money gotten now will be put into the development of The Last Guardian.

With the amount of cash they already have from casuals throwing away on Playstation Home, plus all that Playstation Plus crap that basically gives you demos to bad games, I say again. They do not need any more cash.

Did you just call inFAMOUS 2 a bad game? And then call Home a money maker?

Yes, yes I did. inFAMOUS 2 is just another sandbox superhero game; I liked Prototype better anyways. And Home IS A MONEY MAKER.

mireko:

gigastar:
The most satisfying thing i could want from Sony right now is them tracking down the ones who did this and sueing them into perpetual bankruptcy. Either that or a copy of Castle Crashers.

Suing is too good, kill them. Fire them into space, fill them with bees, fire them into bees full of space. I don't care, as long as it ends them.

That's still to good
what i'll do to them is
a year in the incinerator, year two in the cryogenic refrigeration wing then ten years in a chamber where all the robots scream at you then kill'em
or
put them in a potato then feed them to the birds
or
burn their house down

with the lemons

Outage and outrage are only one letter apart. Sorry for wasting you time with that.

Although I don't own a PS3, I completely sympathize. I don't know what's worse, that somebody was able to pull this thing off, or that Sony has been so slow to respond to it.

In fairness to those who may have had their credit information stolen and are in no mood to laugh, I will hide the joke portion of my comment in a spoiler tag.

 

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