It was just after 9am on a (presumably) glorious Thursday morning in mid-April when Alex posted the following:
The PlayStation Network has been up and down for a good few hours, but it looks like it’s finally crashed properly.
Nobody knows why yet – at least, nobody outside of Sony, but gamers are being blessed with the error code 80710A06.
What followed was probably the worst thing that could possibly have happened to Sony after the Japanese earthquake in the previous month and the console hacking stories from the beginning of the year: the entire PlayStation Network had to be taken offline after hackers managed to compromise the system.
Whilst Sony put everything on pause, it was a big month for Nintendo following the 3DS launch. Greg went into detail with numbers and analysis, but it’s safe to say that the launch wasn’t as positive as Nintendo had hoped for.
Sales numbers were significantly lower than their predictions, the tabloids were running stories on “how the 3DS will kill you and your family”, and reviews for the launch titles weren’t fantastic either. However, the month also saw plenty of 3DS game announcements, seemingly signalling a brighter future for the fledgling handheld.
Download stores were also in for a treat, with Stacking heading up a list that also includes Outland, The Fancy Pants Adventure and Red Faction: Battlegrounds. PC players got extra treats in the bizarre but brilliant Dino D-Day, and the free-to-play co-op title Spiral Knights.
TSA posted 430 articles, with plenty of talk both about the NGP (now PlayStation Vita) and “Project Cafe” (now Wii U – the codename was probably better). Peter spent some extended time with the Xperia Play, Alex raised questions about iOS’ impact on the 3DS launch, and headline writers everywhere had a field day when the PS2 managed to outsell the 360 in Japan.
Elsewhere on the internet, PopCap announced it would be pre-installing Bejewled on microwaves so you can waste time whilst you wait, Virgin bought Pluto, reinstating it as a planet, and Rebecca Black’s “Friday” overtook Justin Bieber’s “Baby” to become the statistically most disliked video on YouTube. One of those wasn’t an April Fools joke.
The music industry was rocked in April by a strangely sexual string of new releases, from Rihanna’s “S&M” and Kesha’s “Blow”, to 50 Cent’s “Down on Me” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”.
In movies, “Hop”, “Rio” and “Fast Five” made more than six times what “Hanna” and “Source Code”, and in related news, this writer contemplated whether this world was really one he wanted to live in after all.
In the real world, the big story (at least here in the UK) was the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton – in fact, that appears to be pretty much the only big news of the month. America suffered from one of its worst recorded months of tornadoes, and filming wrapped on the last of the Twilight films. Thank the heavens.
Join us tomorrow for a look back at May.