So there's some kind of horrendous kablooie that's affecting original model (non-slim) PS3s, resulting in non-functioning games, corrupted save data, and an inability to access the PSN.
Joystiq reported that owners of older-model PS3s saw their systems' dates and times reset back to January 31, 1999. Press The Buttons (by way of NeoGAF) is speculating that when the system date rolled over to March 1, 2010 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, it thought it was rolling over to February 29, 2010; when your system tries to determine the local date and time by using a calculation involving a date that doesn't actually exist, things go screwy. The good news is that if this is the case, it will provide a workaround for itself later on today when the system rolls over to a date that exists.
Regardless, I'm going to keep mine turned off until this thing is fixed. And I just bought Heavy Rain, too...
I downloaded the God of War demo earlier today (like in the very early morning), and it went fine, but I will still heed the warnings here. So thanks for the word.
"Put on your helmets, we'll be reaching speeds of 3!" "It was nice of you to give that dead woman another chance." "All right, look alive everybody...oh sorry Susan."- MST3K: Space Mutiny Click Here (myspace.com)
I didn't get one of the sweet launch-day deals that were being offered up here, and now I'm kind of kicking myself. I have too many games to buy in the next two months (Guitar Hero 5, The Beatles Rock Band, Katamari Forever, Smackdown vs. Raw 2010)