Kayla and I were cuddling, this morning, after a successfully pleasant New Year's Eve, and we somehow got on the subject of Dead Space. She told me her brother had tried both, but was unable to complete them due to how abjectly terrifying the games are.
"Seriously? Dead Space?"
I mean, I know it's a horror game - but that certainly never stopped me from playing the hell out of 'em. "So... you've never seen the intro to Dead Space?" I asked.
"No," she admitted. And I hopped up to grab Dead Space and Dead Space 2. The PS3 had recently frozen while attempting to browse the internet - a common occurrence - so I tapped the power button to reset it. When it came back on it said it had to do a hard drive check (like it always does now, with the latest firmware), and then... it went dark.
Upon booting the thing, all you'd see is a black screen. I tried again and again - black screen.
Oh God. Is my PS3 dead? Has my next paycheque morphed, before my eyes, into a new PlayStation 3?
I investigated upon the interwebs, and found that this tends to just be a problem with the PS3's video settings - that you simply have to either replace the HDMI cable or go into the recovery menu and tell it to return the system's settings to default, at which point you can tell it what time zone you're in, et cetera, it will say "hey, you've got me hooked up with HDMI - wanna' use it?" and you keep all your saved games.
Upon using the utility I was indeed able to go back into the system. I set up the date, time, internet access annd... where are my saved games?
My trophies are there, associated with my acount. My premium PSN avatar is there, and my System Settings are telling me I've filled up 220GB worth of hard drive space, but...
I called Sony support - spoke to a pleasant fellow who had a lonely New Year's Eve alone who had a passing interest in sasquatch - who seemed a bit happy that I was actually offering him a problem he'd never heard of. He had me do the thing I'd already done again, and then admitted that all we could do was wipe my hard drive.
So... there's eighteen months worth of save games.
For fuck's sake.
So, what's the answer? To be honest, the answer almost seems to be memory cards like back on the PS2 - so when the system borks, you didn't lose the 80+ hours you put into Nocturne - but of course, those don't exist any more.
Ugh. That is it. I'm getting a USB HD and backing this shit up once a week.
Dark Souls 80 hour character? Gone. Skyrim's 60-hour assassin king? Gone. Dead Space 2's sixth-new-game-plus Pimped Isaac? Gone.
Portal 2, Batman, Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, inFamous 2... No, wait, here's a better way to put it - I lost saved game info for all these games:
So. Yeah. Happy fucking New Year.
I'm gonna' go play Dead Island. And find an apt lolcats image... there we go:
Aaaaaugh and I lost my level 40 Xian on Dead Island... goddamnit...
[update] That feels better. Take that, zombies who in this case symbolize the PS3's ability to corrupt itself when you're just browsing the bloody internet!
Deliciously violent. [/update]