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Submitted by pspgweber 1064d ago | opinion piece

Sony Compensation - What if Users Already Have the "Free" Games?

The Sony Appreciation Program is designed to thank users for their loyalty and support during the time the PSN was offline. The compensation offers a variety of bonuses, including free downloadable content, a month of free subscription, and several other perks.

The biggest bonus from Sony for the PSN is the ability to choose two free games froma a variety of choices. These games include Wipeout HD + Fury, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, inFAMOUS, and Dead Nation for PS3 owners. PSP owners will get access to Killzone Liberation, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and LittleBigPlanet(PSP).

While we certainly appreciate the steps made by Sony to compensate users, this deal does not benefit everyone. The titles in these games are very popular, which means that many gamers may already own them. If you already have these games, you will not be able to choose between any other games. This means someone who has been an avid Sony gaming fan and already owns these games will not benefit as much from the compensation program. In addition, casual gamers who barely dabble with PSP/PS3 games are more likely to get a game that they do not own yet. (PS3, PSP)

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movements  +   1064d ago
Good question.

Sue Sony.
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Dante112  +   1064d ago
Idk, take hold of the other deals, like the Identity Theft Protect. free weekend of movie rentals, the PS+ deal (Infamous 2 beta), etc. Fortunately I don't have any of those games on the PS3 or PSP. Good deal for me.

Edit: @ movements Sue for 5 bucks lol.

Edit2: "Instead of giving out free games, perhaps users should receive PSN credits, allowing them to buy any game of their choice."

What if you have multiple accounts on the PSN?
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darthv72  +   1064d ago
you cant please everyone but.....
I dont have many of those games they are offering so it pleases me.

I guess if you have both a psp and ps3 then you get 4 games total (2 each).

Infamous and dead nation for ps3 and mod nation racers and lbp for psp. Cant complain about that.
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oli  +   1064d ago
another thought that came to me is about the production of these games on blu-ray disc, is sony gonna slow or stop production of the blu-ray disc games since they're free on PSN?
Dmarc  +   1064d ago
@oli I doubt it
alot people dont even have access to psn because regional internet connections
I have friends in east europe etc who rarely get on because of poor internet connections
The Killer  +   1064d ago
lets be a little bit fair here. Sony did a good thing to offer these games, however, they could have done better job with not much effort or money loss.

Sony should have expended the options for the free games, there are many 1-3 years old games that could be included in the list, also they could have offered a bonus option for those who have all the games with $40 PSN credit used for one or two PS3 machines only! etc

they could have made a better deal, for example, white night chronicles is old, uncharted 1 is old, motorstorm 1 is old, Foldkore or warhawk, resistance etc, the options were so much and most of these old games no one buy these days so they wont lose any money by offering it on PSN! only the bandwidth costs!

THIS IS TO SONY:

1: increase the selection of games
2: offer other kind of compensation other than games, like credit to buy games on PSN and the PSN plus was good move.

and everyone will be happier.
paintsville  +   1064d ago
That just sucks. I already have these games. The only one worth mentioning is Little Big Planet. Yeah great welcome "trust us" reward there Sony. NOT.
MrBeatdown  +   1064d ago
@The Killer

Well said.

Sony could have done more, without taking on any kind of major loss. I would never expect them to offer PSN credit, or a choice of any game from the store, but they could have thrown in a few more options like Modnation Racers for PS3, MAG, and Warhawk, just to increase the odds that people don't already own everything.

They also could have offered additional months of PS+. I'm getting a month of PS+ to compensate for the lost time, and a bonus month, so why not allow me to take two more months rather than the two free games? I paid $50 for a 15 month subscription. That's $3.33 per month and Sony is profitable from that. To me, that seems like it would have been a pretty cheap alternative, and nobody can say they couldn't use it or that they already had it, since it would just stack on top of existing subscriptions.

I'm sure I'll get disagrees for saying this though. It seems that around here, if I ask Sony for four quarters instead of dollar bill, I'm greedy.
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JackBNimble  +   1064d ago
@Darth... and if you have multiple accounts you can get all the games.
Kleptic  +   1063d ago
I'm pretty happy with this. i never got around to buying infamous, and was considering it with Infamous 2 coming out soon...and I kind of lost Little Big Planet somehow...seriously...I don't know if someone borrowed it or i just lost it moving...but out of 20+ disc games, its the only one I simply can't find...

so...color me pleased...
LittleBigSackboyPS3  +   1063d ago
Yeah, I agree with credits thing but I think that will take to much time and to much money.
Danielmccue  +   1063d ago
You won't get the Infamous 2 beta with PS+ it was only a select number of users who got sent emails.
Monkey521  +   1063d ago
My only question is, has anyone considered the legal issue in this? They can't just say.. TAKE ANY GAME FOR FREE! because the studio that developed it would have to be compensated for the potential revenue lost. It's a collaboration between Sony and the specific developers of the games. Be happy that Media Molecule, Sucker Punch, Housemarque, and Sony Liverpool agreed to allow their games to be distributed for free as gifts.
wsoutlaw87  +   1063d ago
with credits, you could have 7 accounts and get 7 credits but you could still only get the 5 games. Plus, a store credit would cost them money because they would still gave to pay the publisher the same amount. Adding more sony games like warhawk would have been nice but, dont forget plus; some sony games like warhawk may end up there.
gta2800  +   1063d ago
Then you're shit out of luck! that simple. Quit complaining. As matter of fact if anyone is to be compensated it should only be people who had subscriptions and to people who actually had their credit card on their account. Other than that why compensate the others for? I bet a lot of them are the ones who are complaining.
Therealspy03  +   1063d ago
i prefer my 360 to ps3, and definitely buy more overall 360 games than ps3 games, and even i own all these games.

i understand both sides of the argument. i also think sony very deliberately chose these titles knowing that they'd both be appreciated, and not over-downloaded (hence bogging down the system).

either way...eh. the free month of ps plus is cool, but i think they should have done that anyway just to show ppl what they might be missing. that seems more of a marketing thing than an apology.
teething  +   1063d ago
This is the problem with this kind of thing... you can NEVER make everyone happy.

People always find something to complain about. It is human nature on the internet.
LOGICWINS  +   1064d ago
I understand why people are pissed. The most LOYAL Sony fans who have bought most if not ALL PS3 exclusives are benefiting the LEAST from Sony's gift. Thats something worth noting. But unfortunately, its a gift..so its hard to complain about something that your getting for free.
TheBlackSmoke  +   1064d ago
It doesn't matter what Sony do, people will still cry about their entitlements. Sony are offering FREE games and people are whining because they are good games that everyone has played. If sony offered less popular games people would be calling sony cheap for not offering bigger titles.. they can't win either way.
cjflora  +   1064d ago
Let's look at the alternative. Sony offers the lesser popular games instead of the high quality ones. We would be hearing stuff like "Aw, Sony sucks. Calling all cars? There was a reason I didn't buy that game."
oddexarcadia  +   1064d ago
I'm one of those people that are not getting too much out of the "Welcome Back" program. The only game I don't already own is Dead Nation, I'm a Plus subscriber, and I play DC Universe.
Now, even though I feel compensated for my time lost, and didn't expect to get anything other than time lost, I'm a little disappointed.
I do feel like those who are casual gamers are getting more out of the program than me.
To be fair though, most of these feelings are coming from the kid inside of me yelling "But that kid got TWO candy bars!"
AyeGee  +   1064d ago
The people who are complaining already PROVED they are loyal to Sony.. it's YOUR (not directly at you LOGIC) fault that you get nothing out of this. You bought those games, with YOUR money.. because you wanted them, correct? Now you have them.. and then it's somehow taboo when other people DON'T have those games and get them for free in a welcome back package. It's YOUR fault that under a random occurrence of events, the games they chose were games you already owned. Quit crying already people. Saying "They're dicking us loyal people!".. NO THEY'RE NOT, you proved your loyalty by buying all those games.
UnasFortuna  +   1064d ago
On the contrary, I do not understand why they are upset. I have all the games offered as well and I do not hold any grudge towards Sony. No blind fanboyism here. As you mentioned, these offerings are gifts offered up by Sony to their constituents. I applaud them for all they are doing right now and the gesture of the free gifts is great. The problem with alot of people is that they think they are entitled. No one is ever happy with what they have. Let's not forget that they are not playing on a "pay" for play service as with LIVE. I am happy that PSN is back up (even though I haven't had much time to play lately) and can't wait until the store is up and running. The PS3 still gets the majority of my business. Hey, at least I turned on my 360 for the first time in three months lol while all this fiasco was going on. To close on a different note..., while I am happy that Sony is resolving this issue with the PS3 and PSN, I am still disappointed that they allowed this breach of security to happen. Our data entrusted to them should never been allowed to be stored unencrypted (any part of it). I know there are always intrusions due to hackers, but that is why our data should have all safeguards in place.
SuperM  +   1063d ago
I never expected to get any welcome back gifts, but it is kind of disappointing that i own all the games i can choose between. It is definately unfair that the loyal customers is not getting the same reward as everyone else is, ideally it should be the other way around. However there probably are no fair solutions to this. I just wish they added some more rare games to the list.
LocO_o  +   1064d ago
What if Users Already Have the "Free" Games

Then cry me a river, build me a bridge and get over it.

Wha wha wha whammmmmmmmmmm
kyl277  +   1064d ago
Surely it isn't right when their most avid customers stand to gain the least out of all PSN users?
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dragon82  +   1064d ago
I have every single game on both of those lists. With over 100 PSN games i am likely to have any game they would choose. I am not pissed off at Sony for it. I am just happy to have PSN back up so I can play online. Sony is giving me a free month of PS+ and DCUO plus all time lost. That is more than enough compensation. Anyone who thinks different needs to grow the hell up and get a life.
darkpower  +   1064d ago
"Anyone who thinks different needs to grow the hell up and get a life."

A little insecure that you were able to back up your opinion, are you?
Biggest  +   1064d ago
Sony's most avid customers were not affected by PSN being down. There are far too many games out there that can more than cover 23 days of offline play. I still don't see why people are crying about this? Sony already gave everyone a reverse credit for the 23 days of down PSN. Check your bank statment. It should say "PSN - FREE" somewhere on there.
UnbiasedGamer  +   1064d ago
I got most and played all on PSP & PS3, However never played Infamous yet so looking forward to get a free game :D But that is a good question...what if someone has all of those? I guess PSN+ is worthwhile.
Blaze929  +   1064d ago
I think the best thing they could and SHOULD have done is gather all their first party greatest hits titles and let PSN users choose ONE from them.

Then I bet no one would have complained because I honestly doubt anyone owns EVERY greatest hits 1st party game on the PS3.

I would have been more than happy with that.

But inFamous and Little Big Planet? Come on...Dead Nation? Please go
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1064d ago
Good idea, but hard to implement. They're offering all these games because they're downloadable.

Now I'm not complaining because I only have one of the games on the list. However I understand where others are coming from.

They support Sony and feel as if they're not being compensated for the lost time, and for their personal information being in jeopardy
Blaine  +   1064d ago
"But inFamous and Little Big Planet? Come on...Dead Nation? Please go"

I don't understand your complaint. inFamous is awesome, and LBP is critically acclaimed. I have both, but you don't hear me complaining about Sony's generous offer. I don't have Dead Nation, so I'll be happy to download that one.

Your idea about the first party greatest hits doesn't sound bad though.
Blaze929  +   1064d ago
@Blaine my mistake. I'm not saying. Those are bad games. Just that it's a very high chance most people who even care about PSN being down already own at least 1 game on that list if not more.
dragon82  +   1064d ago
I own or have owned all the first party greatest hits games. That wouldn't be a bad list to choose from.
vickers500  +   1064d ago
Agreed. Add MAG and Modnation Racers (at least) and I bet you that takes away a pretty good chunk of complainers. It would be really easy for them to do.

I'm okay with the deal now (though a tiny bit bummed) as I get a game and a half (Dead Nation and the Wipeout HD expansion), but if they had MNR and MAG, I'd jump with joy and forgive Sony.
Ult iMate  +   1063d ago
@ Blaze929
..and then people with multiple accounts on one console will go and download all the games and not only one.
[sarcasm] Maybe then Sony should go out and give away all their games for free? [/sarcasm]

I have all the games they offer. I played them and finished them. I enjoyed them. I'm grown up enough to make my own money to buy my own games and not to whine like a child without a present. I make presents for myself.

You can also download two games that you already have on discs and then give away those disc games as a small present for someone.
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Scary69  +   1064d ago
If you already have the games guess what? Tough!
Vaud-Villian  +   1064d ago
after 24 days of getting screwed by Sony, whats 1 more.
Mikeyy  +   1063d ago
You got screwed by hackers, so did I. Yes our asses hurt, but what can you do? Victims never get made whole... We can only hope the person responsible is jailed the rest of his life, or executed.

Nothing can bring back what you've lost.
dgonza40  +   1062d ago
man, the people complaining sound like children.

What exactly do you believe you deserve?
ALL of those games are great. If you already own them, odds are you have enough money to buy other games. what's the argument?
"We want more"? yeah Sony's security screwed us all, but it's not like they're offering us lame games. 2 of 5 games is very generous (plus the free month of PS+)

You can always trade those games you own, and put them towards new games
Jamegohanssj5  +   1064d ago
I have them all and lulz PSP sooooo.

TGSI
theonlylolking  +   1064d ago
Get the games that are worth the most on the PSn store and then sell the ones on disc.
frostypants  +   1064d ago
So perhaps Sony should also offer a few crappy games that nobody already owns?

I mean really...wth do people want?
vickers500  +   1064d ago
A wider selection of Sony games.

Wouldn't be that hard to add a few games like MAG, Modnation Racers, Warhawk, Socom Confrontation, God of War Collection, and a few other Sony first party games + some PSN games.
Ult iMate  +   1063d ago
@ vickers500
Many gamers have multiple accounts on one console. That is giving them the chance to download everything Sony have to offer for free. Five games, ten games - they will download them all for their console from different accounts. So wider selection is not an option, it's like Sony will go out on streets and give away all their games for free for anyone.

You can also download two games that you already have on discs and then give away those disc games as a small present for someone.
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madjedi  +   1063d ago
"I mean really...wth do people want?" Since they are being greedy and unrealistic anything and everthing. Hell sony could have offered gow3, heavy rain, and uncharted 2, and people would still be complaining it's not enough.

Why people are being so demanding when you maybe lost $20 on dc online or $5 on psn+ both of which has or will be credited to your account.

You know the whole 10-15% of the user base that actually pays for something on a monthly-yearly basis, not the other 80% of us that pay nothing.

Some of you greedy ass gamers need to stop acting like your entitled to anything your heart desires, because 99% of you people damn sure aren't spending $100+ each on the psn store every month.

I don't have wipeout hd + fury, but i have every other game offered, my buddy has none so he is going to make out like a bandit.

It's not sony's fault i already have these games, that's life.

I wish sony hadn't given any free games at all, then you would actually have something reasonable to complain.

Some of the alternative suggestions like blazes greatest hits isn't a bad idea, but they probably had to be dl only otherwise the shipping costs and logistics would have been completely impractical.
vickers500  +   1063d ago
@Ult iMate

Yeah, that's why I figured they made the list so short. Still, it's not like giving away free downloadable games will cost them that much. Pretty much everybody interested in the games I mentioned already have them, so there's not a lot of profit left to be made. I'm not saying all of Sonys games, just the majority of the first party downloadables.

Personally, since the selection is so short, I'm going to choose my 1 and a half games (Dead Nation and the Wipeout expansion) on my main account, and download inFamous and LittleBigPlanet on my other account, even though I already have them on disc (which I'm still not giving away or trading in).

I think they should have had like a voting poll out of 5 Sony games and have the people choose which games they wanted to have in the selection.
moparful99  +   1064d ago
Let me get this straight.. xbox live was down and microsoft gives away undertow and all is good but when psn is down and sony lets you choose two high quality titles from an outstanding list and all anyone can do is whine and cry about it.. My God I am sick of this spoiled mentality that seemingly everyone has anymore...
DaTruth  +   1064d ago
And they pay for that; PSN is free! And yes, even if you have PS+, the online gaming portion is free and isn't the part you are paying for, the deals you paid for aren't going anywhere... scratch that, since they are extending your PS+, whatever free games you got through PS+ that were single player, you actually get a free month to play them!
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coryok  +   1064d ago
if they have all the games they should sell the ones they have and get them for free = cash money
mantisimo  +   1063d ago
@coryok

Simple idea but the price of the "Big five" on disc will plummet.

Just give a store credit for a few pounds/dollars and no one can complain.

For everyone saying the complainers are whining please put yourselves in the shoes of someone who does own all 5 and see how you'd feel, it just feels a little unfair that you have bought all the games at full price and now have no choices.

Especially when others that havent now have potentially 4 new games to play (2 ps3 2 psp)

It does feel a little unfair.
lil Titan  +   1064d ago
then just be happy you get to play online, simple
Vherostar  +   1063d ago
Ah I hate articles like this they are giving away 4 games with a meta rating of plus 84 and its not enough. Sure people might already have them all but if they do they must buy a lot of games or be extremely unlucky. Infamous though has never been available for download so if you got it trade in your blu-ray copy. Thats 1 answer. They cannot fund your wallets for the obvious reason people will buy none 1st party games which means Sony would have to pay out there nose. With choosing first party games they don't pay anything.
Mr Scooch  +   1063d ago
I gotta say that I'm really pleased with what Sony are giving! But I wouldn't be if I were a loyal Playstation user.
I have both consoles and I mainly play my xbox. I'm no fanboy, I just prefer the setup of the xbox controller, have Live and only really play online with mates so party chat makes this easier. Both consoles have plus and minus points.
Long story short my Xbox Red Ringed recently (4th time since launch) so I'm now playing my PS3 and looking forward to downloading Ratchet & Clank and Infamous.
BUT if I were to mainly play my PS3 over my xbox then I'm pretty sure that I would've owned all of the games that Sony were giving away.
It seems to me that it's only people like me who are really getting the full benefit and the real faithful PS3 players are getting not very much. I know I'd be pretty pissed off if Live went down and MS offered old games that I'd already owned by way of an apology (I know it's slightly different as Live is paid for).
On the other hand Sony didn't really HAVE to give anyone anything.
llMurcielagoll  +   1063d ago
Loads of disagrees at movements, guess 80 people never took a sarcasm course.
b_one  +   1064d ago
Author probably will sue Sony or will make crycall to some CNET or FOX ;>

btw i`m going for LBP + Wipeout :D dont have them... and LBP is some sort of games within games to play games...
solar  +   1064d ago
InFamous and LBP here. i find it hard to buy ps3 games with rental services for console games.
Istanbull  +   1064d ago
Will go for Dead Nation and WipEout HD Fury, I didn't have the Fury addon pack, save me 10 bucks.

Anyone wanna play some Dead Nation or other exclusive game? Add me: TurkishEmperor
Vherostar  +   1063d ago
See the great thing is now every owner of ps3 around the world (except those who bought after the psn being took down) should own LBP now. There is simply no excuse for not owning one of the greatest games of this generation. This means more levels and players online. That's a win for me!
k2d  +   1063d ago
Easy solution here Sony!
They could give -one- 1. party studio game of choice (even unreleased ones) if users have already spent a certain amount of money on 1. party games. Ex..: Say you've bought LBP, WipeOut and Infamous prior to the downtime. Then you use that on a future Infamous title.
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christheredhead  +   1064d ago
if you already have the games then your out of luck. enjoy your free month of ps+ and whatever else they offer on top. its not like you paid to play your games online to begin with. so basically your being compensated for nothing and if the compensation doesn't suit you then move along, go play online and get over it. i hate to sound harsh but there has been a great deal of people whining over the issue.
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b_one  +   1064d ago
most of ppl forget that this free month of Ps+ will combine content from two months...(or even three) so it will be massive
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kjordanreyna  +   1064d ago
" i hate to sound harsh but there has been a great deal of people whining over the issue." Thats what happens when you're being generous and kind to your userbase.
AyeGee  +   1064d ago
I co-sign this.
XRider  +   1064d ago
You get one month of PSN+ but after that month you don't get to keep anything. So this means nothing for people who don't want to pay for PSN+ and already have the games offered. Sony's throwing old games at people, old games Sony doesn't make money from anymore. That's some cheap ass shit. If Sony truly cared about PS3 owners they would give a new game, not old games everyone owns.
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DragonKnight  +   1064d ago
*Sigh* More misinformation. The only thing you don't get to keep are the same things that regular PS+ subscribers don't get to keep if they don't renew. And that's full games. Everything else like avatars, themes, DLC, etc.. you get to keep that.
XRider  +   1064d ago
Thank you for your help proving my pont.
DragonKnight  +   1064d ago
Your point was that you don't get to keep anything.

"You get one month of PSN+ but after that month you don't get to keep anything."

I proved that you do. Why do you think Sony would change their PSN+ Policy now when it's been the same since inception that you don't keep any games if you unsub?
AyeGee  +   1064d ago
What? Why do you feel like you're entitled to something? Your point is void.. because you're not paying a DIME for any of this, therefore, they have no reason to give you ANYTHING. Be glad that they're even giving us something.
XRider  +   1064d ago
But I did buy a PS3 and havn't been able to use it online for a month. I can't even play LA Noire because my PS3 shuts down after an hour playing. Do I want somthing better? you bet your ass I do.
Biggest  +   1064d ago
Do you blame Sony for all your problems? You should. It'll help your street cred with the other 360 fanboys. Sony is the new socialist, fascist, Kenyan librul in the world. If they do something right, it was someone else's fault. If something goes wrong, it's because of Sony.
gaden_malak  +   1063d ago
"I can't even play LA Noire because my PS3 shuts down after an hour playing"

Then talk to Team Bondi or Rockstar.
You don't deserve anything because you didn't lose anything.
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1064d ago
>being compensated for nothing

May I remind you that many people's Credit Card information was in jeopardy? That's more than nothing.
DragonKnight  +   1064d ago
They were never in jeopardy. The CC info was encrypted. Stop spreading misinformation.
dragon82  +   1064d ago
They are also giving a full year of Identity Protection for free. If you have any worries still all you have to do is change your card number. All the other information is readily available all over the internet and phone books. Give it a rest already.
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Fishy Fingers  +   1064d ago
Continue to moan that you couldnt play your computer games online for a bit I guess.
Grave  +   1064d ago
Already own all and am a PS Plus member yay me! So I guess the more loyal members just get some movies... Thanks Sony.
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Dante112  +   1064d ago
If you're into Home, you get 100 free Home items. I'll check it out eventually.
mastiffchild  +   1064d ago
Aaand as a Plus member you get an extra month of something you would otherwise have paid for, no? So, on top of the thirty days everyone gets you get the days you're owed plus enough to take it to another month, yes? That being the case you're getting quite a bit and I, who hasn't bought Plus because I know I won't have the time to make use of it because I already have more games than I can get through, am getting a motnh(less than you)of something /i really don;'t want. It's swings and roundabouts and dependson your position but even if Sony JUSTgave youthe days you're owed ansd the movies they'dstillbe doing more than they have to and they're actually doing a lot more besides that and think-if you're one of about 100,000 out of 50,000 000 who happens to have all the games you really ARE just unlucky.I have all the PSP games but i'm not crying that my loyalty has been overlooked because I realise that none of us buys EVERY game out there and that I've been purely unlucky to have the choices fall how they have. Do the same,mate,because you're getting something and so are 100% of us on PSN.

They had to make a choice and there was always going to be a few of us who had every game they listed-just always gonna happen but we have to see that we're a teeny, tiny minority and Sony have actually tried really hard to offer everyone something they want/would like.
joeorc  +   1064d ago
@Dante112
"If you're into Home, you get 100 free Home items. I'll check it out eventually."

not only 100 free Items

but also a free playstation Home space that is $5.00

an More Important a FREE exclusive Playstation Game in Playstation Home that no one has yet.

so even if you have everyone of those PS3 an PSP games on the list you are still getting a game you never had before.

I would Imagine some will say i do not like Playstation Home, You are going to turn down a free Game?

That's my point, the people that are complaining that they are not getting anything are in fact getting a free game that they never had before anyway.

an if they have multiple accounts that's 100 free items per account, a free space that's worth $5.00 an the Exclusive Game.

so pretty much anyone in the household can get some stuff for free.

add in the free movie weekend+ the free 30 days to free 60 Days of Playstation+

an you still get the keep the DLC , Avatars, Themes..which will be 2 to 3 months of worth of PSN+ total content crammed in there for you to access. Its not that bad for giving people even with all the games on the list you are still getting a free exclusive game that you do not have anyway.
Ult iMate  +   1063d ago
You can also download two games that you already have on discs and then give away those disc games as a small present for someone.
MaximusPrime  +   1064d ago
Already got wipeout and LittleBigPlanet. I will get infamous and ratchet and clank.

I'm happy with welcome back pack

Edit: I'm from EU btw. Sorry to confuse you guys
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bangoskank  +   1064d ago
Ratchet and Clank isn't one of the games they are offering.
Nicaragua  +   1064d ago
It is for the EU
UNCyrus  +   1064d ago
It is in the EU... US has SSDHD instead
bangoskank  +   1064d ago
You're kidding me!? Europe gets Ratchet & Clank.. we get Super Stardust... Well... good for Europe I guess. I totally would have downloaded R&C.
Biggest  +   1064d ago
SSDHD, if you're into those types of games, is much better than Quest for Booty. SSDHD doesn't end after 4-5 hours.
kjordanreyna  +   1064d ago
They're out of luck unfortunately. But even i've played most of those games on the list (barring the PSP ones,) but I dont own them anymore. So im still excited. And they're older games. I couldn't imagine the outcry if people had just bought a newer release and then Sony was offering it for free.
gorebago  +   1064d ago
When does the ps store go live? I live in the us and it's still down. Psn works though.
kjordanreyna  +   1064d ago
The 24th, next Tuesday.
gorebago  +   1064d ago
Man that sucks - I enter basic training on the 23rd and won't have access to my ps3 for five months. Wanted these games for later. Oh well.

Thanks.
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MaximusPrime  +   1064d ago
No dates yet. I'm guessing next week
SuicidalTendencies  +   1064d ago
Maybe you can get a family member or a friend to download them for you while you're away? If the 24th date is true it would suck for you to miss the games by a lousy day.
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gorebago  +   1064d ago
i'm thinking i might do that - sister has a ps3 too - could always add my account to hers

-)
mastiffchild  +   1064d ago
Seriously, I understand it's bit annoying if you have ALL the games Sony are offering(I personally have every free PSP offering-by chance totally)but we must remember that, if it happens to us, we're a TINY minority.

Sure, 70 million accounts doesn't equal 70 million active users but say it's 50million and the highest possible number of people owning all five games is only as many as the lowest selling game on offer(and you'd imagine only a fraction would own EVERY other game anyway). I'm guessing, but say that's DN at around 200,000 downloads-what's 200,000 out of 40 or 50 million? And it won't even BE that many in reality.

We see a few people who DO(I believe them) have all the games but we visit games sites, we're the hardcore in terms of interest and passion in gaming so you'd expect that minority to show up here if anywhere but in the big outside world the people with all the games are a teeny number and you must accept Sony would never please every single gamer for whatever reason.

That's the way I see it and as for myself-I've got all the PSP games and am forced into choosing Dead Nation and Wipeout from the PS3 list despite having played all the games at one point or another at mates homes(not a big fan of big screen Wipeout these days really, either)and will get MNR and LBP for PSP and then see what I can get for my hard copies. So it isn't GREAT for me either ,really,but there's a lot more to the offer,Sony don't really owe us anything and it's a nice gesture which offers the VAST majority of PS3 owners a good choice of games and seeing as the biggest selling is LBP at around 4million sales I reckon loads and loads of PS3 heads will be happy with the offer.

When will this moaning stop? Seriously, Sony had to make a choice and to me it looks like practically everyone but a tiny percentage will be able to get a game they didn't have before and EVERYBODY gets some free Plus and possible beta offers thru it AND the freebies and discounts while it lasts. I just think they did pretty well and outside of here- and people being a bit dishonest(as the amount of noise cannot be proportionate to the number of people in the real world who actually OWN all the games)-you'd think nearly everyone would be OK with this.
NJShadow  +   1064d ago
My opinion? If you already have the games and not the downloadable equivalents, snag them so you never have to use a disc again, at least it'll be more convenient.
gamingisnotacrime  +   1064d ago
what if it rains and im already wet?
what if gaming media improved to meet the growing needs of the gaming community?

what if...
ILikeTurtles  +   1064d ago
Lol this is sad...
Will someone really get upset because he/she owns all the games? Isn't it as an example awesome that probably every single PS3 owner will have LBP after this? Just imagine all new levels :)

c'mon don't be ignorant! they are giving us more than we deserve. I mean is it really that hard to live without an online service for 3 weeks? They took down PSN to protect us and our personal information.
TheDeerHunter  +   1064d ago
How about if you already have the games offered.

TRADE THEM IN

That way, you can keep the 4 games you get rid of (2 PSP, 2 PS3) and get a whole new game from somewhere else!

It's so simple.
Roper316  +   1064d ago
I don't have LBP or SSD-HD so I am all set with what I will be dl'ing when the store goes live.
Der_Kommandant  +   1064d ago
I own all and i'm happy my fellow gamers will have a chance to play such an amazing games
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tweet75  +   1064d ago
i bet a good number like have the physical copies but not the digital versions. I would just like a couple of those games digitally than sell my copies on disc.
Jocosta  +   1064d ago
I am tired of seeing improper use of quotation marks, as in "free" games in the title. The games are free, numb nuts.
Soldierone  +   1064d ago
I was thinking about this. While I agree it should of included one newer title, anything on PSN for that matter, it still somewhat works.

-Only what 2 million people own InFamous? Well people that purchased it not used. There are over 50 million active PSN accounts.

-The same goes for other titles. The amount of people that own every single game is very minimal than what people are making it out to be. I don't own DeadNation. I own the other but not that. We are talking the ENTIRE userbase of PSN. Not just us that talk about it and snatch up every game the second they come out.

-As seen above, people are more than willing to trade out their games. Sell InFamous online, then go download it. You can easily make ten bucks off it. Same with LBP. You could walk away with 15-20 dollars in your pocket and still have both fantastic games.
coryok  +   1064d ago
"The titles in these games are very popular, which means that many gamers may already own them."

youre right, they should have offered us horrible games that no one bought
Simco876  +   1064d ago
I like the article's idea of handing us credits to use instead of just free game downloads. Seems like a better deal. I already own 4/5 games they are offering. Not complaining here, but I like the article's idea.
gaden_malak  +   1063d ago
Not possible. 77 million x the credit they give would bankrupt the company.
ChrisPriestman  +   1064d ago
I'll be honest, I was just gonna sell them on anyway. I would have much preferred some credits to spend on the store (when it's online) - I got some retro/indie games on my list :)
yoge  +   1064d ago
I have most of the games but there giving everyone free stuff and thats a good thing.
Sidology  +   1064d ago
Boo hoo.
Peaceful_Jelly  +   1064d ago
Then it can't be called a "compensation"...
DizzyDino  +   1064d ago
i have all of the games on the list but i don't care. At least Sony is hooking up some people with games they didn't own. Who am I to think I'm entitled to compensation for a service i didn't pay for going down for 3 weeks due to hackers?
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tigertron  +   1064d ago
Fortunatly I don't have Dead Nation or Wipeout, so I'll download those two for the PS3. As for the PSP, I'll download LBP and Modnation Racers. ^_^
Ascalon94  +   1064d ago
if you already have them, then sell it and get the free copy
THWIP71  +   1064d ago
Um...
...how do you "sell" a digital download exactly? :o
Ascalon94  +   1064d ago
haha if you have infamous or LBP on disc then sell it and get it with the free deal so you actually make money
outwar6010  +   1064d ago
i think sony intentionally picked games they knew quite a few people had so they didnt lose too much from the "gesture" and it worked perfect they have blind fanboys fighting in there corner calling people who have those games ungrateful and so on.
blackburn10  +   1064d ago
Yes and maybe aliens blanked out PSN so we would rise up against them and start World War 3. We could go on for months about ifs, but and maybes but in the end guess what? You DON'T know.
Veeger  +   1064d ago
Jump in the river. It's a good option for you, dear author.
THWIP71  +   1064d ago
This reminds me of when Live was down...
...during Holiday '07 (down for many, I should say). MS offered Undertow as a free download for the inconvenience, and those who'd bought it already were pissed. I didn't care, because 1.) Live was never down for me...not for a single day, and 2.) I hadn't bought Undertow yet, so I happily grabbed it for free (kinda sucked honestly).

But the thing that makes this different, is pretty huge: ALL PSN users were affected by this downtime, and for MUCH longer.
Not only that, but when Live went down, it was only because MS...like everyone else...didn't anticipate the HUGE impact COD:MW would have on Live...AND new Live subs. Their servers got hammered all of a sudden. Now, after millions of $$ spent on beefing up their servers, that's not likely to happen again.
We'll see if Sony is willing to spend the necessary $$ to drastically improve PSN, and it's security...without finally charging a fee to help supplant that investment. I honestly doubt it.
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hazelamy  +   1064d ago
they are charging, just not for online play, pay the sub and you get given, or loaned, games, i wont say they're free because they're part of what we get in exchange for giving sony 11.99 every three months or 40 quid a year.
online play is and looks likely to remain free.

i'm a plus subscriber by the way.
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