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70 million gamers across the world are twiddling their thumbs instead of controllers this weekend because Sony’s Playstation Network, the online portal that connects online players of videogames via the PS3, has crashed.

After 20+ hours of PSN down time, frustrated gamers are still unable to connect and play their favorite games or watch streaming movies via Netflix and Hulu Plus. 

This day two of outage comes after a promised campaign by the hacktavist group Anonymous in response to Sony’s lawsuit, which has been settled, against PS3 modder GeoHot.

This was posted on the group’s Facebook Page yesterday:  “ATTENTION: For everyone coming here complaining about the PSN or inquiring about it, We Do Not Know What Happened This is not the work of Anonymous.”

 “Our support teams are investigating the cause of the problem, including the possibility of targeted behavior by an outside party,” wrote Sony Computer Entertainment Europe PS blog manager James Gallagher yesterday, the last time Sony officially commented on the outage. “If the reported Network problems are indeed caused by such acts, we would like to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service.”

The crash of the network occurred during an auspicious time: it is the Easter Holiday Weekend and several new PS3 games with online capabilities were released this week including “Mortal Kombat,” “inFamous 2 Beta,” “SOCOM 4” and “Portal 2,” further frustrating gamers.
UPDATE: Sony Admits PSN Was Hacked, Releases Statement:
“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.”
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Screenshot of “Mortal Kombat.”

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Screenshot of “inFamous 2.”

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Screenshot of “SOCOM 4.”

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Screenshot of “Portal 2”

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