The fate’s have been cruel to me since last we spoke. Not long after losing my 9 to 5, my 80 GB Playstation 3 (with backwards compatibility and 4 USB slots) gave me the dreaded yellow light of death. I was playing I Am Alive when the system simply turned off, refusing to do anything but make angry beeping sounds.
I like to believe I’m a strong person — one who can get by without the distractions material things bring with them — but being without my PS3 while having so much free time was very difficult. Being cooped up in a boiling hot apartment certainly didn’t help either.
At my lowest point, I recall sitting on my kitchen floor in my boxers just staring into the machine’s innards. I don’t know what I was looking for, as any number of things can cause this error to occur. I think I was secretly hoping I would jostle something back into place and the machine would spring to life — but it didn’t.
Despite my earlier post on keeping my PS3 tuned up, I failed to back up as much data from it as I would have liked. I know the information is most likely not lost for good — there is a chance that I can eventually revive the beast and perform a full data transfer – or so I hope.
I’ve since acquired a new system, a slim 320 GB model which promises to not have the same issues as their more obese predecessors. While I’m saddened to have lost an old friend (and at an extremely inopportune time) it is comforting to have finally made the upgrade to a system which promises to be more stable. To anyone else wondering when their fat PS3 will kick the bucket, I encourage you to back up as much as you can while you still have the chance. Don’t make my mistake!