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I've been a massive game fan ever since I could remember, Pokémon Blue being my introduction to video games by an old friend of mine, followed by Crash Bandicoot being my first game ever at the age of seven, bundled with a brand spanking new Playstation. Now 14 years later, I am still a huge fan of it all.

Some of my favourite games of all time include:
The Last of Us
Persona 4 Golden
Ni no Kuni
Azure Dreams
Jade Cocoon
Zone of the Enders
Shin Megami Tensei III
Jak and Daxter
Streets of Rage
Micro Machines 2
Deadly Premonition
Astro Boy: Omega Force
Sonic Advance 2
Devil Dice
Wild Arms
Final Fantasy IX, X and XII
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, A2
and loads more.

Every so often, I do game reviews and talk about gaming experiences, as well as talk about the underrated gems that are overshadowed by the FPS genre. I also rant occasionally about games, mainly the games of this generation, games that were lazily done, unfinished or just plain garbage (I'm looking at you, Eutechnyx!
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This is my first blog post here. It's a TL;DR kinda deal.
I have been an owner of a Playstation 3 Slim 320GB for three years now, my first game being Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, which was a great introduction to the "next-generation" gaming era. It was a perfect example of showcasing the power of the PS3's graphical capabilities and game quality. 

However, in January 2012, the stock hard drive in the console decided to give up on me when doing updates for LittleBigPlanet 2. It was a moment of fear and stress, as during the update, the console cut to a black screen, and gave the three beeps. It then powered off. I tried powering it on as normal, and this is when things got a little frightening. There was no picture, no sound, and the controller would not sync with the console. The console was powered on, but the HDMI signal was non-existent. So I tried turning it off, holding down the Power button, and tried running safe mode. Oddly enough, it worked. I tried the option: Restore File System, and let it do its thing. This was my first mistake. I ended up putting the console into a continuous boot-loop, where it would restart, and say "the hard drive was corrupted and needs to check the file system." I was stressed out. This console was only new for a year, and the hard drive was already choking up on me. It was one of those Toshiba one, infamous for its quality and lifespan. I took the hard drive to a friends house to get it wiped, which was incredibly annoying as all my games and game saves were gone, but there was some functionality.

Then it happened again a month later.

I decided to purchase a new hard drive, which ended up being a Samsung Spinpoint 1TB drive as it was on offer for €100. Re-installing everything took about 6 months, as the Irish internet system is unkind and unforgiving. Here is where things got ugly.

That hard drive went nuts 6 months later in June. Games slowed down, it was literally impossible to play games, as it froze every time it auto-saved, the XMB froze up occasionally, and it took AGES to install a single game. During one fateful day, it decided to freeze completely. I rebooted it and was told if I wanted to check the file system. I chose Yes.

This was the next screen.

From this screen, I got two things:

A: The File System of a 1TB hard drive can't be checked, and if attempted to do so, the console will ask you nicely to format the system. Lovely.

B: A sore throat, after yelling a lot.

So after 2 minutes of all my data (about 300GB in games and game saves accumulated over a year) was gone. AGAIN. I thought it was now time to reach out to Sony about this problem. I even tried doing a full format, which took three days, and still, nothing. I posted the e-mails sent to and from Sony Customer Service here on my own blog: Of course, they were of no help in this matter, so the only thing I could do was to get a replacement using the warranty for that hard drive to get a new one. In the time-space between waiting for it to arrive, I forked out for a Seagate 1TB drive which thankfully, to this day, has been working perfectly. I even managed to avoid the dodgy firmware update Sony posted earlier on this year, which destroyed data on thousands of high capacity hard drives (<500GB) The reason why that happened is yet to be revealed.

To this day, I still don't know why this happened in the first place, although I have some theories.

The orientation of the system - does it matter if your PS3 Slim is upright vertical or not?

Data capacity - does too much on the stock hard drive equal a slow system?

Bad luck - is this just a case of unfortunate events occurring?

Whatever it is, it's behind me. for now. 

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