PSN Community Spotlight – Giving Back

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PSN Community Spotlight – Giving Back

According to all the stores, it’s time to get in the holiday spirit! Coincidentally, it’s also time for the PSN Community Spotlight. For the unfamiliar, this is where PlayStation gamers tell their unique stories/experiences/thoughts, as submitted to this section in the PlayStation Community Forums. Those that make it all the way to the PlayStation Blog will receive a $50 PlayStation Store voucher.

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Last week we asked for your PlayStation stories, and gamer saionji1229 wrote in to tell us about his best friend (no, I don’t mean the PS3).

Giving Back

Back when I was in high school, I met my best friend during senior year. We happened to meet only because we were both transferees to the same school for our final year, which isn’t very common. We got along immediately because of our shared past time, which was of course, playing video games.

This was very late in the PS2’s lifecycle so we had a ton of games to talk about. Coincidentally, we enjoyed mostly the same genres as well. For the genres we didn’t share the same interest in, we both served as gateways for each other to trying more games of different kinds. He absolutely dominated people in the arcades when playing fighting games and I knew why because I had seen him practicing all his moves on the console. I was really into rhythm games of all kinds, from Guitar Hero to quirky little Japanese games that nobody knew existed. Because of this, we’d be playing all sorts of games and it was great.

I know meeting a friend who also likes video games isn’t exactly unique. But it was that combined with all his other characteristics that made us get along so well. Unfortunately for me, my old group of friends and I drifted away from each other during high school because they decided to get into things that I didn’t want to be a part of. Every weekend would be spent partying and getting into various kinds of trouble. They were my friends for a very long time and it wasn’t easy to say goodbye but I knew that I couldn’t hang out with them anymore. My best friend, however, would rather stay at home and marathon a video game. We’d still go out to party from time to time but playing games was our favorite thing to do.

I could also tell he loved video games because he had to do all his gaming on an extremely tight budget. His family wasn’t in a very good position financially. There were times that I would treat him out to play at the arcade because I knew he wanted to play but just couldn’t spare the cash. He was also afraid he’d miss out on the next generation of consoles. Luckily for us, my dad decided to get me a PS3 for Christmas! We basically shared the console like brothers. He had his own controller and his own profile on my system and he’d even pitch in to buy a game when he could. Everything was looking good gaming-wise.

A year later, I would find out that he and his family would be migrating to another country. This was heartbreaking to me. I had finally found an awesome friend that loved my hobby just as much as I did and he was going away. But we wouldn’t give up, and we were somehow comforted by the fact that online console gaming was really starting to take off. We could play with each other online instead! It would be just like old times, but on a headset. So with his first part-time job, he saved for months and bought a new PS3. We were set! And then my PS3 died on me. Because I was still studying at the time, I didn’t know when I’d be able to get a new one again. Our plan was ruined.

2 months later, my friend called and told me that he had something delivered to my house and asked if I got it. I asked my parents if anything for me arrived and they pointed to a table with a box. It was unmistakable, it was a brand new slim PS3. I was ecstatic but guilty at the same time because a gift like this isn’t exactly cheap. I asked him if it was really okay and he said of course. And that it was time for him to give back. Thanks to my best friend, I have my current and favorite console. And thanks to Sony, we still hang out every week. But not in a school. In a battlefield, a dungeon and who knows where we’re headed next.

Thanks for writing in saionji1229!

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  • lol. i liked this story. its good to see the viewpoint in a different spotlight since i know how his friend felt coughing a good 200 to 300 $ for a ps3 for priceless memories and i think that it was more then worth it or it in my world anyway

  • That was a fantastic story. Thanks for sharing.

  • @Kristine Steimer Hey, sorry, I know this is probably not the right place to post this, but no one is replying to this.

    Where’s the SFxTekken DLC that I should have received when I bought the Vita version?
    According to this , Capcom would fix the problem on November 6, but nothing has been done. I tried to contact them, with no success.
    Also tried Sony’s Consumer Service, but apparently they can’t help.

    Right now it’s like I’ve been robbed (19,99 for the Addicional Character Pack, 17,99 for the complete alternate costume pack), and the situation is the same for everyone who bought the digital version early.

    Could you please see what’s going on?

    Btw, cool story saionji1229, a friend who gives a Ps3 is a friend indeed.

  • :P i was just wondering when i looked at the Community mets Ps blog posts he did put it in the 7th but hes comming up after all the other made posts from that weeks blog fest and after it looks like hes in the other one for 11/17 but i could so just have missed something i know his story since i was the only one that even made a comment on it i was just wondering why it came up that way?

  • for all the other post and winners i have never seen that :P soo i was pondering

  • oh NVM found it out lol still was wondering though i was like Hrmm

  • OH WOW!!! This is awesome. Thanks Kristine (I miss IGN Girlfight!), and thanks to you guys who took the time to read it!

  • That was a very pleasant story. One more for the good guys.

  • Requesting update on the Street Fighter x Tekken PS Vita dlcs which were promised. Please tell us what’s going on. Thank you.

  • Very awesome story that is what you call a true friendship by the way what country did your friend end up having to move to,


  • @crazy_kracker1 He ended up moving to Australia!

    Thanks for reading guys!

  • Kristine please tell me Black ops 2 will be day 1 digital! Please!!!!

  • I’m amazed of that story well put my friend. I’m a little disappointed at myself, I wrote a good story of my experience and your going to hear this. The community got a automatic choose,r it chooses the greatest post with a good story. I mean I’m trying to get call of duty 4 map pack and battlefield 3. And I’m getting myself bored with my old video games why Sony don’t come up with a free unlimited $50 or $20 for everyone to use unlimited. Well great story and I hope some day I win for once. Because I have great story’s to earn psn code. I just wish I needed a guide to help me. Anyway saionji 1229 great job.

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  • thats pretty awesome friend great read

  • That’s what I call an epic friendship and awesome gaming spirit!!

  • Well deserved! Awesome story!

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