Gamers Vent PlayStation Frustration With Parody Ads

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Electronics company Sony has begun restoring its PlayStation services for the first time in almost a month following an attack by a hacker. The disruption to PlayStation accounts has spawned a small genre of web video spoofs of PlayStation ads.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Sony began restoring its PlayStation services yesterday morning, for the first time in almost a month after its network was attacked by a hacker. Gamers in the U.S., though not yet in Asia, can again access Internet-based games, movie rentals and music services.

Still, the long shutdown led to frustration among many of Sony's 77 million gamers. Over the past few weeks, some have been venting their feelings with parodies of Sony commercials. Here's an example of a real PlayStation commercial in which a woman complains to a fictional executive about her boyfriend's new game.

(Soundbite of commercial)

Unidentified Woman: Since my boyfriend got it, he's been totally ignoring me.

Unidentified Man #1: Okay. Oh. Okay, hold on.

Unidentified Woman: Um, hello.

Unidentified Man #1: Thanks for coming.

MONTAGNE: Okay, so now it's the gamers themselves whove been feeling ignored, as you can tell from this parody posted by Joe Hagofski on YouTube.

(Soundbite of YouTube video)

Mr. JOE HAGOFSKI: I'm ready to jump on my PlayStation and it says that the PlayStation never goes down. Do you guys know what's going on?

(Soundbite of a crash)

Unidentified Man #1: Okay. Oh. Okay, hold on.

MONTAGNE: In another parody, this one by Leonardo Arrieta, that fictional Sony executive is reluctant to admit the network was compromised.

(Soundbite of video)

Mr. LEONARDO ARRIETA: I read an article saying that someone hacked the PlayStation network.

Unidentified Man #2: You can't believe everything you read on the Internet. That's how World War I got started.

MONTAGNE: Sony was slow to explain to the public how or what happened in the attack. Now it appears that gamers had names, addresses, passwords, and possibly even credit card numbers stolen.

Sony promises to offer its customers welcome back packages, including premium access and other freebies. But the company is now facing both lawsuits and inquiries from U.S. lawmakers.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Im Renee Montagne.

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