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Thursday, April 24, 2014

PSN makes PSP titles available to download on Vita then takes them away again

I am so, SO *SO* angry with Sony right now.

The other day, I read that PSP titles on our download list could FINALLY be downloaded onto our Playstation Vitas! So I looked at my Downloads list and sure enough, EVERY PSP title I had on there had the Download button next to it. Wow! So I downloaded 2 of the 3 PSP titles that I couldn't download previously, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Twisted Metal: Head On. I didn't download Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron yet... had I only known...

Yesterday Sony reverted our Downloads list back to the way it was before, with most of the PSP content "Cannot download using a PS Vita system." ARRRGHHHH!!!!

This is Sony we're talking about. The SAME Sony that will take every opportunity to screw with its handheld customers. I suffered so much grief from them during the PSP years. There are parts of Sony that I simply HATE. I swore off digital downloads for years because of their antics.

What is GALLING about Sony's about-face is that clearly, Sony can (literally) at the flick of a switch make these games available for download. I'm not talking about getting them free. I paid for these full games. I didn't pirate them. I don't know if they made a mistake and accidentally flipped the switch making these games available, but it's so frustrating that all this time their content is right there and they arbitrarily deny them from their customers. This is the true SCE Sony style.

And when I was marveling at how we could download our previously purchased  PSP games, I thought, "Hey, I don't have a digital copy of Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror... I wonder how much it costs... if it is reasonable I would pick it up"... yes, I would have BOUGHT MORE GAMES had this open policy stayed in effect. Geez Sony, you wouldn't actually want that, huh? Happy customers who buy more of your games? Imagine.

I hate you so much, Sony. Thanks for reminding me of the bad old days of 2007-2010, when you did your best to make it suck to be a Sony customer.


White Nexus 5 turning yellow?

I bought my Nexus 5 straight from the Google Play store, day 1, part of the crush of clickers trying to snag one. And I ended up with the white, 32GB model. I totally wanted (need at least) 32GB of storage, but honestly the white wasn't my first choice. I'm usually not one to settle on different colours, especially with a $450-ish purchase(!) but it's not like I hated the white back with black front, I was actually on the fence about which one was better looking. And I'm really happy with the white.

But what's been bugging me the last few months is I think my white back is turning yellow? I know they are different materials, but it definitely doesn't look as white as the front speaker grill.

Trying to photograph it is pretty much impossible with my simple 5MP point-and-shoot  and lack of light balancing photography knowledge. All I know is the background in the photos of the front of the Nexus 5 get all washed out with light, while the photos of the back of the device have darkened mute backgrounds. Argh.

I don't know if maybe my phone case is the cause of the yellowing... I use a Ringke Slim that has a clear plastic back. But I think that most of the clear back doesn't touch the back of the Nexus 5, because it's curved and the case back is straight.

It is very difficult to show the off white or slight yellowing of the back of my Nexus 5, but it can definitely be seen with the naked eye. It kind of bugs me, but I don't know if it was always like that. I don't remember it being blindingly white when I first took it out of the box. I really like the Ringke Slim case too...