+1 for both freedom and reask.
reask, awhile back I stood at the Sony door. I had a three year old xbox360 die. My PS3, while under used, works fine. I weighed out making that switch to PSN.
In the end I decided not too. My wife bought me another xb360(one of those new slims, 250g, and wireless net). I figured I had too much invested in games and dlc to make the switch worth it for me. I did however vow to deversify my future purchases.
And soon after PSN was attacked.
I know it isn't Sonys fault they were attacked. I am not sure if Sony was at fault for not closing known security holes, or if Sony was neglegent with our personal info. Courts will likly decide that.
All I know is that, as a consumer, I understand hardware wears out. My first PS3 and my first xbox360 broke. I bought a replacement PS3, and MS replaced my xbox360. I have gone through 3 PS2s and 5 PSones. And 2 xboxones. the new stuff just has only so many hours of use before something breaks. My NES, SNES, Gen, Jag, TG16, etc are all original purchases and all still working. Tho the NES is finiky w/ the cart loader.
But, as a consumer I expect the service to work. I expect it to be maintained. Backed up. Kept securly safe. I expect the downtime to be brief. Live and Steam, and a few other things from MMOs I can think of to the cloud based OnLive and more. Its like Netflix. When I have time to enjoy it, it needs to be there. Period. Its as simple as that.
The only thing I can tell you is that if it bothers you that much, then switch to LIVE. Or just make future purchases for xbox360.
But with DLC and full fledged digital game downloads, this gen is sadly not as easy to switch between systems as just buying the new Mortal Kombat game for the Mega Drive instead of the SNES. Instead we have a lot more invested in each system then just the simple game purchase.
I think the best thing to do is to hang tight. Play on LIVE for a while. I am pretty sure that Sony will get things in order eventualy. I am also pretty sure restoring/fixing/hell maybe even rebuilding PSN is a massive undertaking. Alos they are bound to have bumps along the road. The Sony loyalists, or the ones only invested in PS3 will sit around and wait. They will attempt to point fingers at consumers that voice complaints. But for everyone else, just fire up LIVE/Steam and carry on.