I Just Got This Email From Playstation Network...

This is too funny. I’ll copy and past it verbatim (this is a genuine email, mind you) and see if you can find the funny part!

Add PlayStation_Network@playstation.innovyx.net to your address book

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PlayStation®Network

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An important message to you from the
PlayStation®Network team at Sony Computer
Entertainment America LLC.

On April 1, 2011, Sony Computer
Entertainment America LLC (“SCEA”)
will transfer its online services
operations, including your wallet
and the funds in it, to Sony Network
Entertainment America Inc. (“SNEA”).
The first time you sign in to your
Sony Online Services account on or
after April 1, you will be asked to
enter into a new Terms of Service and
User Agreement with SNEA. If you do
not wish to enter into a contract with
SNEA, you may decline the terms of
service and we will close your account(s)
and return your funds. You can preview
the new Terms of Service and User
Agreement with SNEA at:
http://playstation.innovyx.net/r?xncJWvvEcWlJcqEHWvqnPvcWcnH

PlayStation®Network will continue to
provide you with the highest standard
of interactive entertainment. Your
access to the best games, movies, TV
shows, music and friends will remain
intact. Thank you very much for being
part of the PlayStation®Network online
community! We look forward to continuing
to bring you the best in innovative
online entertainment!

Your PlayStation®Network password and
Sign-on ID (xxxxxxxx) is required
to sign in to your Sony Online Services
account. Please go to >>
http://playstation.innovyx.net/r?xncJWvvEcWlJcnEHWvqnPvcWcPT
to ensure your account information
is accurate and updated.

The PlayStation®Network Team

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LEGAL
“PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are
registered trademarks and “PS3” and
“PlayStation Network” are trademarks of
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
© 2011 Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404

WTF?

Heh. You have a “virtual wallet” that represents the money you’ve loaded into the account with a credit card, and which you can use to buy games or other DLC. Once you use that up, you need to approve transferring in more money before you can buy anything else. XBox and Wii have similar things but they convert the money to points rather than telling you the exact dollar amount, which is what PSN does.

On the Playstation network, you prepay for things by charging a set amount off of a credit card - this goes into a virtual “wallet” from which funds are drawn when you buy things. This avoids multiple charges for things like 99 cent avatars or $2 PS3 wallpaper.

So it makes sense to me…

(or, what Ferret Herder said…)

That may be so but the way that’s worded is…interesting. It looks like something a disgruntled employee added to an official release as a parting shot to a company before quitting.

Or a bad Wikipedia edit. Or something.

“April 1st”

Gotcha!

You know what? I didn’t even make that connection!

Silly me, Trix are for kids.

Sorta.

Well, you don’t have to preload. It can do it all in one step, which is what I do. I do prefer the Sony model over the other two, as it seems like there’s never any way to get the points to match up with what you want to buy without having money left over.

I got this email too. I’ve never owned a Sony Playstation. I think it is because I signed up for and hardly used a Sony DRM-laded music service (since extinct) at one point.

While mildly amusing in content, I would assume this is a phishing attempt. I advise you not to click the links.

It would be really stupid of Sony to have an operation like this handled on a domain that’s not associated with the company. Even if it were legit, net-savvy users will avoid it like the plague because emails telling you to enter your password on a separate domain are always scams.

(Not, you understand, that I don’t think Sony does stupid things, especially on the net. Stupidity is their specialty. This is above and beyond, though.)

It’s a legit email. Not a scam or phishing ploy.

Thought perhaps April 1st was not the day to roll out this change… :slight_smile: