Submitted by -Alpha 1643d ago | news

'Anonymous' Plans Sony Boycott on April 16

Anonymous is staging a 24-hour, in-store boycott at Sony stores around world on Saturday, April 16. So far over 1,000 people have RSVP'd through Facebook. (Anonymous, PS3, Sony)

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-Alpha  +   1643d ago | Funny
Decided to submit this myself with a working link

Meanwhile, at Sony HQ:

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GenoZStriker  +   1643d ago
+1 for the picture. That was really funny.
lociefer  +   1643d ago
wouldnt you love to see those guyz in chains ? i no i would, maybe they got a ^^thing^^ for geohot
jriquelme_paraguay  +   1643d ago
i lold...

@Alpha-Male 22 on disagrees: 4 people are Anon Lol

Tumbs up if... oh wait... this is not YT
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captain-obvious  +   1643d ago
shows you that they cant do shit
Storm23  +   1643d ago
Haha...I am going to go to a Sony store on purpose just to buy something on this day.
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DragonKnight  +   1643d ago
You know what's funny, even if they wear some stupid masks they'll out themselves as Anon. Someone will just rip the masks off.

Can you imagine? "Don't support Sony, they don't support the illegal piracy of games!!" *sigh* kids.

@animated gif, frickin' hilarious.
HolyOrangeCows  +   1643d ago
Internet boycotts....they always work.

I'd bet that 90% of those people never buy Sony products anyway.
thats_just_prime  +   1643d ago
like $ony will care about a few thousand people and they will care even less when its only for a day for a company to notice a boycott you have to do a long term boycott and you have to stop a noticable % of their customers from buying anything
I_find_it_funny  +   1643d ago
they are in no power to make a boycott for simple reason - nobody cares about their opinion
you have to matter to the company for your boyvott to be successful
TheDeadMetalhead  +   1643d ago
Oh no, a bunch of 14-year olds in Guy Fawkes masks that still think it's 2006! WHATEVER SHALL SONY DO?!
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Heartnet  +   1642d ago
Bet the hackers wont show themselves though lol
jessupj  +   1642d ago
Why all the hate against Sony from gamers?

If you're going to hate anyone as a gamer, why not MS? They obviously don't care about gaming at all and they've almost completely turned their backs on the hardcore fanbase by going down the casual route. They nickle and dime as often as they can get away with it.

I guess MS "lets" hackers pirate games for free.

But I just don't get it. Sony's been so good to us gamers, unlike MS recently.
HappyGaming  +   1642d ago
I wanted to buy an Xperia Arc this month... guess I will have to wait till the 16th.
Dee_91  +   1642d ago
hmm i was just thinking i needed a new tv
so the 16th seem like a good day to get a sony tv
pixelsword  +   1642d ago
I might sign-up, but never show up.

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velocitygamer  +   1643d ago
When will these 'Anonymous' guys learn to stop?
Acquiescence  +   1643d ago
When they get pelted with eggs?
SoundGamer  +   1643d ago
<sigh> Who knows?

It will be nice when this is all finally over. For both sides.

(if that date will ever come)
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ziggurcat  +   1643d ago
pelted with eggs... well, we know where they're going to be on april 16th, so... fire away!
Focker420  +   1643d ago
In-store boycott?? Wow *points to pic above*
RedDragan  +   1643d ago
I can't see this making an impact, what if they went to the stores the next day?

This protest does not sound like Anon anyway, from the little I admit I have heard about them, a boycott would last longer than one day.

Do we remember what happened with the one day boycott of petrol and diesel? Thats correct, the prices were double in price at the point that the boycott took place just 12 months later.
kneon  +   1643d ago
Also the vast majority of consumers are either unaware, are on Sony's side or couldn't care less about Geohot. This is going to do nothing.
gamingdroid  +   1643d ago
Gas prices are dependent on demand and supply (or more accurately by the corrupt OPEC that essentially holds a monopoly). It is in heavy use every day, no amount of protest will get you anywhere.

However, a protest in front or inside the store will certainly get the information on the news and potentially painting Sony's brand name as a negative one.

That's costly to change! Just ask MS after the justice department went after them. Their stock hasn't recovered over a decade now despite being one of the most profitable company in the world and just about every nerd in the world is still spewing hatred for MS.

The issue, Internet Explorer was FREE. How dare they offer me a free browser, how dare they!?
LOGICWINS  +   1643d ago
@Alpha-Male- ROFL. Bubbles!
Nathaniel_Drake  +   1643d ago
hehehe and that's a Sony headphone he's wearing
UnasFortuna  +   1643d ago
ROFL.... that is hilarious. On topic... I don't see this puny attempt doing much. I see no reason to boycott Sony. I applaude their efforts to keep their system secure from hackers (I just love how they think they should be called "DEVELOPERS"). True gamers have no room for hackers and it undermines the integrity of the gaming world. While I don't care what you do with your system that you paid for... if you are using that alteration for illegal or cheating means... you don't have that right no matter what you paid. Buying the actual technology itself doesn't give you permission to alter their software that is run on that system. You want to run your own software... fine... do that without the PSN or Sony's own code.
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iDotDotDot  +   1643d ago
I'm so tired of all this Anonymous news.

They need to move on so we can go back to talking about more important things.
Prototype  +   1643d ago
Like the typical "my console is better than yours"

Sorry had to say it
TheDeadMetalhead  +   1643d ago
My console IS better than yours, boy. Even if my console is the same as your console, it's still better!
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LightSamus  +   1643d ago
George Takei works at Sony? XD
fistacuff56  +   1643d ago
Anon1974  +   1643d ago
Well, at least this is a step in the right direction. If you don't like a company, don't support them. Much better then abusing customers that do support them and harassing employees who are just doing a job and their families.

Still, couldn't they stay at home and boycott Sony? Really - can you imagine what this will be like?

Mall Staff: "What are you guys doing here?"

Anon: "We're boycotting Sony!"

Mall Staff: "Ok. No sure why you're doing it here. Umm, why're boycotting Sony?"

Anon: "Because they've taking a hacker to court!"

Mall Staff: "Please leave before we call the police."

Anon: "We're legion!"

Mall Staff: "Yeah, you're pepper sprayed is what you are. Morons."
cpt_kaos  +   1643d ago
lee_ten  +   1643d ago
oh man, these guys are hilarious. i'm sure sony is having a field day with these so-called threats.
egidem  +   1643d ago
You just made my day.
Shadow Flare  +   1643d ago
Last week:

Anonanus: "the worst is to come"


Anonanus: "we're boycotting Sony products"

Sony: (see alphamale's pic)

That's just ridiculous lol. It's like the most pathetic terrorist organisation ever. It's almost like a terrorist group comprised solely of nerds who live in their mothers basement. Oh wait...

Nerd: "we're going to bring Sony to their knees!!!"
Man: "how"
Nerd: "we're going to boycott them!!!"
Man: (knocks his glasses off)

You know I suppose technically this boycotting is worse then the 15 minute takedown of Sony.com. It was hard to tell if they attacked at all last time it was so quick. Even Sony said they were looking into the "possible attack" because they weren't sure it happened themselves
Bear_Grylls  +   1643d ago
Funny shit indeed.
thekiddfran  +   1643d ago
@ alpha-male. haha brilliant gif, would give you bubble but can't see how you could get more!!!!;)
TrashyNewz  +   1643d ago

RedDevils  +   1642d ago
Woot April 16 can't wait, just one more week lol
TheMrMadzen  +   1642d ago

Related video
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Undeadwolfy  +   1642d ago
XD that .gif is so much win
MagicAccent  +   1642d ago
When they hire Mr. Sulu to laugh at the boycott, you know Sony doesn't give a shit.
pixelsword  +   1642d ago
Thieves boycotting...

That's like an Ethiopian hunger strike.
Treyb3yond  +   1642d ago
Hahaha I lol'd
Godmars290  +   1643d ago
How do these people not understand that what they're fighting for is the right to steal from Sony? That at this point, instead of stoking his ego, they should be talking to Geohot to work some kind of plea-bargain? At this point Sony my as well close down the PS division if they give into crap like this.

And what are these people going to do this time? Picket Sony stores and stores selling Sony product? Stage sit-ins at Sony isles? Attack people buying Sony stuff or destroying displays? I'm certain if any of that happens Anonymous will only look good.
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-Alpha  +   1643d ago
"How do these people not understand that what they're fighting for is the right to steal from Sony?"

I'd like to know their thoughts on that too. Right now they seem to maintain that Sony is limiting consumer rights to modify content, but I haven't heard their stance on Geo stealing code

I think they are trying to make their point heard without hurting consumers, since that is who they claim to be fighting for. When they end up doing stunts that hurt consumers it backfires on them, so they have to scale back to stunts like these that don't really seem to do anything effective.

Their tactic seems to be to annoy Sony, threaten them, then make demands for them to give in. Sounds more like hot air than anything else, I question if they have any plan to do something significantly damaging to Sony.
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Godmars290  +   1643d ago
Except at no time have they nor can they present evidence that they're, "The Good Guys." It was Geohot's public boasting of a pirating exploit - and something which could only be used as a pirating exploit - that got OtherOS removed in the first place. Someone else came up with the other, yet he willingly shoved himself into the limelight just for the attention. That's who Anonymous is trying to defend, to the point they've threatened Sony employees, their families, the Judge and lawyers involved with the case as well as inconvenienced anyone using the PSN network. There is nothing "good" about any of that.

And I really can't see anyone who can't see the difference in that. I stand that the removal of OtherOS was done badly, but everything done in response to that has been worse. Especially the pointless escalation.
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Parapraxis  +   1643d ago
I will go out on a limb and assume a lot of these kids are from 4chan or spent some time there.
It's a very anti-Sony place.

At one time even saying you owned a PS3 was enough to have dozens of people rip on you.

These kids are clueless, mis-informed and barking up the wrong tree.
It's pathetic.
-Alpha  +   1643d ago
Sorry, I deleted that part of the comment, Godmars.

And I know that they may not have presented evidence to show they are the good guys, but I was saying that that is what they see themselves as.

They see themselves as defenders of consumer rights, freedoms, and free speech. In order to maintain that image, they have to have some sort of limit to their actions.

They are ultimately unpredictable though. One minute they consider PSN users collateral damage, the next they decide that they don't want to involve us.

So long as they have a sense of righteousness they will attempt to act out. How passionate they are will determine what exactly they will do, but right now it seems like they aren't doing much.
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NewMonday  +   1643d ago
I stopped thinking of them as the original anonymous when they demanded the ability to hack the PS3, the firs Anon were selfless and acted for a bigger cause, this is just some PS3 hackers copying Anon.
Peaceful_Jelly  +   1643d ago
Oh @Godmars290, you're still preaching that lie?

Sony: "SCEA needed to promote and sell games to make their money back on the loss-leading PS3 consoles (and there was no profit in users utilizing the computer functions of the PS3); IBM wanted to sell its expensive servers utilizing the Cell processor (users could cluster PS3s for the same purposes much less expensively."

"When the 'Other OS' feature is enabled, the software prevents the proper operation of the gaming feature to avoid allowing the features to interplay. In order for a hacker to pirate a game, it is necessary to perfectly emulate the operating system for which the game is designed, including the API, which is the interface for the game OS that supports all of the features of a game."


*** My explanation: Even if the otherOS was hacked to enable full use of the GPU you can't play PS3 games on it without its main Api's. Geohot was trying to make the PS3 the ultimate homebrew machine and the best thing was that this would be the only console with homebrew that wouldn't allow piracy of (PS3) games or game hacking (see COD:MW). But then people could buy PS3's to use them as cheap computers instead of buying games and stuff. *Now give me disagrees and take my bubbles for writing the truth and not what you wanted to hear. =/
Bear_Grylls  +   1643d ago

Just because you believe it buddy doesn't make it true.
Focker420  +   1643d ago
If they start harassing customers the shop owners can have them arrested. So no biggie
Treyb3yond  +   1642d ago
Sony stores are mostly franchises anyway. Anon have clearly showed themselves up with a serious lack of life experience with this one.

Nothing will change.
Kran  +   1643d ago
Anonymous needs to grow up and get on with their lives.


Anonymous needs to grow up and actually get a life.
MintBerryCrunch  +   1643d ago
you talk as tho anon is a person...lol

its a bunch of loosely connected people who do this to garner the most attention
BlueEye  +   1643d ago
Who.The.Fuck.CARES!? 1 person or not Anonymous is a bunch of retards who are fighting a losing battle with very stupid tactics and are too thick headed to get this fact into their heads!
Kran  +   1643d ago
Yeah I know they're more than 1 person. I meant lives*
MintBerryCrunch  +   1643d ago
lol, who cares?

every other article on this site is about Anon and with that 200+ comments about how they are the SCOURGE, it happened with the hackers, now with them...thats how it goes with this site...its a cycle really

i can understand being angry, but i havent seen many productive conversations without someone just writing up some crazy comment
norman29  +   1643d ago
"'Gamers' Plan Boycott of Anonymous's Sony Boycott on April 16"

Ill set up the facebook page and send out the RSVP's, lets show these fucks we dont want nor need them fucking up our gaming industry
Focker420  +   1643d ago
How do you boycott a boycott?? You should rally up a bunch of thugs and get them to patrol the Sony stores wearing 'I Kill Hackers' t-shirts, and see how long Anon sticks around.
Bear_Grylls  +   1643d ago
Violence is always the answer when dealing with dumb people.
Warprincess116  +   1643d ago
Some people have too much free time on their hands. It really sad that they gone to sit in a store for hours to protest something stupid. Someone should go down there and post pics of these losers.
Prcko  +   1643d ago
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danielle007  +   1643d ago
This won't do anything..
Acquiescence  +   1643d ago
Sure it will...
It'll make the entrance to the store that litle bit harder to get to. If that's not sticking it to the 'man' then I don't know what is.
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Bear_Grylls  +   1643d ago
It will give me something to lol at.
GenoZStriker  +   1643d ago
Here is what Sony thinks about this - http://i21.tinypic.com/288y...
Megaton  +   1643d ago
Really? You just copied Alpha's post?
-Alpha  +   1643d ago
I know right?

I should sue Genoz for stealing my joke. See you in court, pal

(I actually copied the comment from a Gamespot forum to be honest :D)
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Shadow Flare  +   1643d ago
According to anonanus, GenoZ isn't stealing your comment Alpha, no he's liberating it and sharing it with everyone, even though it's your comment and your gif link. Should I stage an in-store sit protest?
Moentjers  +   1643d ago
I really was looking for the 'Stupid' bubble down
Acquiescence  +   1643d ago
And while they're doing that, I'll be driving around town with a shit load of eggs.
Omegabalmung  +   1643d ago

Do It!!!!
princeofthabay  +   1643d ago
I'd be down for that.
DangerTick  +   1643d ago
If you're going to do it then video tape it.

I know there have been some threads already saying that they'll be videotaping themselves shooting the people who wear the masks with paintball guns. That should be fun to watch. lol
hamburger123  +   1643d ago
sooo.. i cant go online then?
Parapraxis  +   1643d ago
...umm Sony stores are not owned by the public, Sony owns them. You can't just loiter in a store. It's not like a sit-in at a government building.

If they ask the kids to leave they will have to, before the authorities are called.
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lucifon  +   1643d ago
Across the world 1000 have said they're doing it. Accounting for the fact probably 80% of them have the intent to do bugger all, 200 guys spread across the world's Sony stores sat there will just mean they get kicked out/laughed at.
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9thWonder  +   1643d ago
i'll believe it when police are present along with an angry mob is ready to kick Anon ass and take names later
timzone  +   1643d ago
They won't be quite as "Anonymous" after this....
blackburn5  +   1643d ago
1000 people? That's great. Good for you. Good luck with that.*turns on PS3 and plays KZ3*. Off topic. It's amazing how they think Sony should be punished while companies like Microsoft have been screwing their consumers for years but no one seems to believe they should be punished. Why not mess with Xbox Live and demand that Microsoft make it free for everyone like all the other system?
TheEatingChampagne  +   1643d ago
Go anonymous!
Focker420  +   1643d ago
I'm eating your bubbles... *nom nom nom*
TheEatingChampagne  +   1643d ago
I'm crying right now since it's so hard for me to create another account
RAVEN81  +   1643d ago
im gong to buy something at one of the sony stores on the 16 lol
OpenGL  +   1643d ago
This is the dumbest fucking thing I've ever heard, and is not what I expect from real Anon.
Parapraxis  +   1643d ago
It's not the first time they have congregated, it's also not the first time that nothing was accomplished by these gatherings.
OpenGL  +   1643d ago
I meant the 24 hour PSN boycott.
Megaton  +   1643d ago
I'd sooner believe Microsoft supporters are behind this than real anon. None of this has been playing out like a genuine anon raid, minus the DDoS, which isn't exactly exclusive to them. The first video they supposedly released didn't sound like anon at all, and included remarks from Stephen Colbert's bit about anon (the whole hornet's nest thing). They also don't really seem to give a shit about any of this over at /b/.

I'd like to know who really got this ball rolling, because I'm 99% sure that it wasn't anon. I think someone just used anon to get this whole thing going.
mixelon  +   1643d ago
Kind of the problem with being anonymous. It could be absolutely anyone.
Gothdom  +   1643d ago
ok, then I'll make sure I buy something from the Sony store on that day. Let's make sure their "boycott" fails (as if they would buy a Sony product anyway...)
BeastlyRig  +   1643d ago
Around the world? How many members are there?
mrv321  +   1643d ago
Let me get this straight, I haven't been following this too closely so I could be wrong.

Sony a few months back, amid genuine security concerns REMOVE Linux support, which need I add you can keep so long as you don't upgrade your PS3, which is no doubt in the T&C

Linux on PS3 sucked, a $200 PC could do a better, infact, less talking from me... I JUST HOOKED UP A 850MHZ, 256MB emergency back up running Linux, ran better than my PS3... whose Linux support was VERY Limited

No one really used linux on PS3, those who did ( super computer ) didn't use PSN

Geohot PRIOR to Sony's removal of Linux announces he was going to hack the PS3.

Sony have decided to SUE the person who has cost them a greta deal of money but also a great deal of inconvience to their customers, something well within their rights.

Anon ( I can't make clear HOW GOD DAMN STUPID this name is ) decides ( I don't know maybe they got bored of helping Libya their prior engagement ) and decides to cost Sony a company who is trying to help Japan millions of dollars by hacking them ( Kinda douche if you ask me )

Anon CLAIM it's for Freedom of information, somehow by removing a thing nobody used and suing the people who allow piracy and hacking is somehow freedom of information ( Also isn't the group all about hiding their information, someone should hack them and get their names and just freedom of information, and every time they hack Sony we the customers are allowed to knock on their door and kick them in their pre-pupesent balls ) now promote themselves, by hacking apparently ( more like a DDoS attack, which can be likend to saying your going to war but just intend to shoot a water pistol ) and take down a Sony site and PSN limiting the information we the people their supposed to be defending. LISTEN TO ME I USE A PS3! I OWN A PS3! I WOULD LIKE YOU TO GO DO SOMETHING MORE USEFUL, LIBYA'S STILL IN TROUBLE! Let me take a vote, everyone who wants Anon to continue reply saying 'Yes, I own a PS3.' all those wanting this stupid NONSENSE TO STOP reply saying 'Just stop'

Also fyi, stop comparing it to running a .exe file, seriously. I bought a PS3, it's lived upto it's potensial of running games, IF I boughr a PC but Windows wouldn't run a .deb file I wouldn't complain BECAUSE THAT'S NOT WHY I BOUGHT A PC.
xtreampro_REVENGE!  +   1643d ago
Their public appearances are always epic, I don't know whether I should support them or not but it's going to be really funny to watch.
ThatIrishGamer  +   1643d ago
Sad freaks.
Lamarthedancer  +   1643d ago
I think another group of people should turn into an opposite group called "The identifiers" and go against Anonymous...they could all wear Kevin Bulter clothing with blonde wigs and beat the shit of them lol :)

I'm joking but it would be funny if some people actually did that. It would be like superhero stuff...heros vs villians :D

I think I've watched Kick Ass too much
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Bathyj  +   1643d ago
So they're going to sit in a store and just not buy anything?

If they were smart they could save themselves some effort and just done that from home.
MetalGearBear  +   1643d ago
1,000!!??? HA!!!!!!!
u failed....
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Burning_Finger  +   1643d ago
1000 People that doesn't even have a PS3 or a PSN. LMAO

They better stop now to save their sorry pathetic life.

We Are Anonymous

We Are G*y

We Like To Lick George's b*tth*le.

We Secretly Love Sony.

We Are Just Trolling The Internet.
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Krimson-Rage  +   1643d ago
Wouldn't a 'boycott' involve staying AWAY from Sony stores... which I presume they do already?
T3MPL3TON  +   1642d ago
Shhhush! That is the thought of an intelligent being.
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