It takes a lot to lose the confidence of a gamer once they’ve formed an allegiance to their console of choice. We call those gamers fanboys. They’re the ones that stand by a company as if it were a personal friend or relative. They defend that company against anything said from “rival fanboys” and after a while, begin to blindly follow the word of that company as if it were a commandment laid down by a religion.
The issues with PSN have pushed the loyalty of those types to their limits. Unfortunately, for many, those limits have been reached. While no one likes to openly admit it, we all have a preference in gaming and we all know that the aforementioned “fanboys” can often help a company through word-of mouth and down to its most basic point – simple buying power. Some people own every console and some only own one. It’s usually those who only own one piece of hardware that show the most loyalty. It’s becoming clear at the moment though, that even gamers who only own the PS3 and no other console are fed up.
This is a horrible situation. Those people that want to see a hardware company fail, clearly miss the point that competition is important. Even Xbox fanboys should want to see Sony recover from this, because the rivalry has become epic between Sony and MS. Nintendo is doing their own thing and a great job of it too, but the hardcore gamer ranging in age from 16 to 40 years of age typically chooses Sony or MS. This PSN fiasco has blown up to epic proportions where local news stations and media outlets that never cover technology are mentioning the PSN failure and loss of information.
The most surprising thing is that Sony’s issues have become so bad over the last week that even their most diehard supporters, the fanboys we talked about above, are jumping ship and voicing their collective displeasure. Court cases are starting to be filed and every day more money is lost from online sales of DLC and downloadable games. When the service does return, will our information be safe? More importantly, when the Playstation Network returns, will Sony’s fans still be there?