Community Chronicle: 24/08/14

You know what? I kind of want to see Doctor Who’s next companion be a dinosaur. Just imagine that?

Oh sure, it would have to be one of the smaller ones and you’d miss out on some of the witty repartee, not to mention that BBC accountants would faint at the sight of the effects budget, but Doctor Who’s companion would be a dinosaur!


Two of those perennial discussion points are the state of the PlayStation Network and the frequency of updates to console system software. This week started off with Microsoft letting their August update for the Xbox One loose on the masses, following a few weeks in the hands of beta testers. With Sony announcing their next big PlayStation 4 update at Gamescom, but not really hinting at a release date, people are yearning for the monthly updates that the Xbox One is seeing.

Forrest_01 said, “Microsoft are doing a pretty stand up job with their regular updates that all seem to add features. Sony need to pull their finger out & start making some much wanted changes rather than ‘software stability’ updates the whole damn time.” In reply to which, ron_mchpatty pondered, “Yeah you’re right, the console doesn’t need fixing but the impression is what matters.”

Bunimomike took his own speculation to a much more analytical level:

What I’m finding interesting is the psychology at play for the consumer. Instead of the ebb & flow of development, perhaps it’s better for Sony to do monthly updates. We’re all used to monthly updates on salary, renewal on minutes/texts on mobiles, etc. If a feature doesn’t make the cut (that month) that’s fine. Other interesting things will, I’m sure. It also gives Sony a deadline each and every month and gives us that “looked after” feeling no matter what actually happens in the update.

Microsoft definitely has the better pattern and Sony should learn from this.

I’m personally very much in favour of Sony either adopting a monthly or bi-monthly update plan, or at the very least being much more open about the progress and expected wait ahead of the next major point release. It was at the end of April that we saw the release of the 1.70 update, but this was over a month after it was first announced, without the desired level of transparency.

The other common complaint is with regard to Sony’s management of the PlayStation Network, which is set for maintenance tomorrow evening and will quite likely block people from online play in the process. At least we know about it in advance, but the inconvenient clash with the bank holiday in the UK gets up a few peoples’ noses, even if it’s an unintentional side effect of a global system.

In response to the notion that you might be able to still play online if logged in prior to the maintenance period, double-o-dave cried foul:

They always say this and from my previous experience it’s nearly always untrue.

In the past on my PS3 and PS4 the last bank holiday Monday when they did maintenance, I’ve been signed in playing Battlefield then booted from a game to have the ole ‘you have lost connection to your session’ or whatever it says.

While your mileage with getting online may vary this coming Monday, and I’ve played online during many a maintenance period, Kennykazey remarked that, “now that the service is no longer free, I feel like complaints are truly justified. Do Microsoft do the same thing, or have they found a better way to handle maintenance?”

My understanding is that Microsoft’s maintenance is less frequent and generally less intrusive, though I can remember seeing a number of complaints of outages once or twice in the last year or so.

Of course, this means that you most likely won’t be able to hack your friends online in Watch Dogs on Monday night, a feature which was added to the game in a recent patch. You will, however, be able to have another crack at the ludicrously tricky drinking games, which have been made easier and should put the relevant trophies better in reach for many.

Tony Cawley‘s a prime example, as he said, “Happy about the drinking games, it’s the only trophy I have left for platinum so that’s the motivation I needed to get it done.”

Not everyone’s happy about this though, as Youles exclaimed:

[Brimpers]. Whilst it didn’t cause me as much bother as I’d have expected (failed 5-6 times I think), the thought of failing those drinking games was annoying enough. Making your way back drunkenly, and listening to the [plonker] opposite, waiting for him to pour you another drink. 180 rounds. Awful. What a [poo] thing to put in the game. More annoying that people will now be able to do it with ease – people should just practice. If you want it enough you’ll do it in the end.

Personally, I’ve just loaded up the game for the first time this side of E3. I was simply a bit miffed at being half a second too late to start a mission before I was hacked by another player. I then found that player and unloaded about 15 shotgun shells into him and half a clip of my AK47 as he slowly swam away from me, before the cops finally got the better of me.

How that player survived, I will never know.


After the paucity of achievements last week, it’s good to see things have picked up a little. Not too much, but a little.

R1MJAW gets us under way, having finished all the surgeries in Surgeon Simulator, while importing and continuing on with characters for Diablo 3’s PS4 release.

Both element666 and Dividsmythe have found their way through to the end of The Wolf Among Us’ season, and bagged a platinum trophy for their troubles, while Lyts1985 has completed his first journey through The Last of Us’ multiplayer and also ploughed through Sniper Elite 3’s co-op mode with Youles.

B_Cambo was quick to mop up the collectibles in Battlefield 4’s single player and progress far enough in the multiplayer to grab himself the platinum there, while Pixel_nme grabbed the MotorStorm: Apocalypse platinum and Freezebug slogged through months and months of points farming to get himself the Modnation Racers platinum on PS Vita. He really toughed that one out!

Finally, a cute little tale, as Amphlett nearly made his kid cry with the arrival of PvZ Garden Warfare for PS3. It’s a lovely game, but if actual tears of joy are what he was aiming for, he’ll have to try a bit harder next time!

A inferior race has been busily tapping your latest trophies into his tables, and you can head over to page 2 to view the latest 2014 leaderboards.

Following from recent efforts, if people want to keep sending photos in, I’ll be happy to post them, but gaming places isn’t a regular feature. If you fancy it, just use the submission form below, get in touch with me on Twitter at @teflon, or just send me an email out of the blue to [email protected]

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  1. It appears that the PSN is already down for maintenance. It is for me anyway.

    • There been a DDoS attack on PSN this morning. I wish the kids would get a life. Is not just PSN that’s been attacked though I’m not sure who else has been attacked.

  2. Congratulations people on the achievements.

  3. Great read. Love these Community Chronicles. Well done to the trophy hunters. I’m currently ploughing through Diablo 3 and Garden Warfare.

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