So, something neat happened last night! I booted up my review copy of Persona to delve into the latter portions of the game only to discover that my 4GB memory stick had become corrupt and my 35 hours of progress in the game were gone. Pffft! Just like that. This was a Sony-manufactured memory stick on an unhacked, untampered-with PSP 2000, which makes me wonder: Will Sony ever make something that doesn’t stop working?
I’ve owned an awful lot of game consoles in my lifetime, and when I think back on the machines that have suffered visible defects or malfunctions, the list demonstrates an alarming trend. Yeah, my old NES eventually became pretty finicky, but it continued working for a decade until I turned it into an art project, and there was a defective DS Lite in there along the way, too. But besides that, all my troubles seem to wear the Sony label. My PlayStation stopped reading CDs unless you propped it up sideways, the drive door on my first PlayStation 2 decided to stop working (with Xenosaga in the system, just to rub salt in the wound), my first PSP had defective buttons, and now this. Oh, and my fiancée bought me a Sony camera that now only works if you don’t use flash. I’m pretty sure my PS3 only continues to work properly because I only use it as a movie player most of the time, and I’m sad to think that eventually it’s going to die as well, because then how will I play my PS2 games upscaled to look good on an HDTV?
Edit: In an act of desperation, I copied my PSP’s contents to my Mac, reformatting the card, and copied everything back over. It became magically uncorrupt — whew. Thanks, Apple, for saving me from Sony.
Ah well. I’m sure that so long as Sony continues to churn out games as good as Ico, I’ll continue to subject myself to their shoddy, overpriced workmanship. Of course, the fact is that Sony hasn’t churned out anything as memorable as Ico this gen, which only fuels my apathy. But I’ll wait just a little longer. Last Guardian surely can’t be too far away, right?