It’s been ten years since the launch of PlayStation Store, and much like the fifth anniversary of PlayStation Plus, Sony are in the mood to celebrate. They’re sending out emails to PSN members with a collection of statistics from their time using the service, with a gentle nudge to go and buy more games at the bottom of the page.
It’s a lovely little gesture, and I’m sure many people will enjoy the crushing sense of despair you get from being told how many hours you’ve frittered away on Destiny or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but at the same time, I can’t help but feel that there’s something a little bit… off with my stats.
Update: As pointed out in the comments below, it’s likely that the “hours of online play” figure represents time that requires PS+. In other words, online play on PlayStation 4, with some parts of Destiny available to non-subscribers despite being an online only game.
So here’s the bit that doesn’t add up, beyond the (*$%£$( difficult trophy from Everybody’s Golf. Simply put, the number of hours of “online play” is less than Gran Turismo 5’s tally. I was initially a little surprised by the GT5 figure, until I remembered leaving the B-Spec running for hours and hours while I was out, occasionally checking in via the internet to see how they were doing. Shouldn’t that count towards my online play figure, though?
And what of Destiny? Apparently I “got into” Destiny during 2016 with 83 hours playing it, but that pales in comparison to how much time I spent with the game in 2014 and 2015. In fact, Bungie.net has me at 37 days and 18 hours, or 906 hours of Destiny, 100% of which will have been online. That leaves just 110 hours for the hours of Killzone 2, Gran Turismo 5, MAG – remember MAG? I loved that game, and it’s one of my 32 platinum trophies – Uncharted 2, and dozens of other fantastic online games.
In other words, I can’t help but feel these statistics are completely and utterly wrong. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find someone to give me a hug and tell me it’s all going to be OK and that it really was worth all that time grinding bounties, strikes and raids…