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Sony Defends "Welcome Back" Reward Choices

| 18 May 2011 02:00
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If you're not happy with the content Sony's offering as an apology over that PSN security breach, too bad. Sony's not gonna do anything else.

Sony's "Welcome Back appreciation program" for PSN users who are returning to the service has met with mixed reactions from the public. For some gamers, the free content is great; for others, the offer is less-than-satisfactory. Bad news for the latter group of people: Sony isn't going to offer anything else.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Nick Caplin (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Head of Communications), explained why Sony's offering the games it's offering:

"We've tried really hard to put together a list of high quality BD games, rather than simply offering cheaper PSN titles. The average metacritic rating for these games is over 84 per cent, so these are high quality games.

"Unfortunately with a user base of 77m people, it is really hard to offer something for everyone."

Something that's also garnered a mixed reaction has been the free 30 days of PlayStation Plus that's being promised to gamers. As some people have pointed out, any Plus content that's downloaded will be lost at the end of the free subscription. Caplin also defended this: "Unfortunately that is the way PS Plus works. But if you look at as access to a lot of free content for a month, you should have a busy month of gaming."

Personally, I'm indifferent about the Plus subscription, though I wish a few other games (ones I hadn't already played through) had been offered (though the ones that are offered are certainly excellent). I definitely would've been far less grumpy about having to cancel my credit cards if I'd gotten a free copy of something like God of War III.

Source: Eurogamer via GamePolitics

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