Monday morning, 4th June 2018, started like any other. It’s my cherished Monday morning tradition to have a leisurely breakfast and then spend an hour or two on whatever football game I’m playing at the moment. In recent years, Monday morning is often my first footy gaming since at least the Friday before.
I’m playing Master League in PES2011 on the PS3. I am in the middle of Season 3. It’s been a wonderful experience so far, going back to play a PES that was not made with the online player uppermost in mind.
My first order of business was to decide whether or not I was going to get Old Forlan in the mid-Season 3 transfer window, I’ve been dithering about it for a few sessions now.
I also put a very cheeky bid in for the ageing Drogba, who is currently at Stoke in my ML world. Drogba was way out of my price range – £16m.
I decided not to get Forlan. My squad, such as it is, is a settled one. And Old Forlan is not as old as I thought. I thought he was about 36 going on 37. Turns out he’s actually 34. So he’ll be 35 in Season 4. I’ll get him then, and enjoy a season with him. Or so I thought…
My first match after the transfer window happened to be against Stoke, and Drogba happened to be their pre-match screen representative.
I went into the formation screen, checked that all my First XI were on their customary positive form arrows (the benefits of investing in quality backroom staff).
I clicked Kick Off.
The loading screen started to go through its paces.
I was fiddling with my phone. I let the loading cutscenes continue without interruption for longer than I usually do.
I was still looking at my phone when I heard my PS3 make a peculiar sound – or rather, make the absence of sound. It was the sound of silence.
All consoles make noise. There’s an ambient wheeze in the room at all times. When that wheeze suddenly goes silent, you know something is up.
This was the sight on the TV:
Just that. Nothing else.
I waited for a minute. Then I sighed, and pressed and held the power button on the PS3 for several seconds, an attempt at a hard reboot – but it did nothing. Eventually I had to unplug the PS3 at the power socket. I still wasn’t too worried. We’ve all done this hard-hard reboot of a games console several times. The kind of scenario where the console gives you a gentle bollocking at the next power-up. Nothing to be greatly concerned about.
I waited a polite minute for the capacitors to discharge or whatever, then turned it back on.
Three sharp, loud beeps. Again, this was nothing to worry ab-
A Yellow Light.
And that was that. My PS3 had gone for the old Yellow Light Of Death. I knew what to do, what to try. All the unplugging of leads, and blowing into vents, and whatnot. I did them all.
This has happened to me before – way, way back in April 2009, my original 60GB backward-compatible PS3 died a similar death.
From August 2009:
(I’ve only just discovered that I can place snippets of previous posts like this. Click the title to read the whole thing.)
On that occasion I sent the PS3 off to a firm called ConsoleDoctor for a repair, which cost £70. Which was well worth it. I got many more months of use out of that PS3 before it died its final death in April 2010:
The brand new slim PS3 that I describe myself buying and setting up in the above post, is the PS3 that has now died, 8 years later.
It hurts, it’s annoying, but not as much as you might imagine. I am completely backed up on EVERYTHING.
I have a full clone image of the PS3 hard drive stored on an external HDD, which includes all the PES2011 Option File images — but not the most recent saves, unfortunately.
Fortunately, I renewed my PS+ a few weeks ago. My most recent saves should all be safely stored online.
It won’t take much for me to get back up and running. At worst, I think I will lose a session’s progress.
But of course for that to happen, I need a functioning PS3.
I am not getting a brand-new one. I will check the prices on eBay and Amazon, and also in physical stores. I will also check to see if a ConsoleDoctor-type repair is more financially viable. (It’s looking like it’s not.)
So there we have it. At best it’ll take me several days to get back on my feet and resume PES2011 on another PS3. I think it might be a week or more, though, as there’ll be lots of faffing around to do with restoring the clone image from the external HDD to the new PS2 and so forth. That’s a few hundred GB of data. And I have to actually get the new PS3 first.
But I will do it. PES is worth it. PES2011’s ML was just getting going, really. I have to see where it takes me.
What do I do in the meantime? Obviously I am not going to play any other Master League and risk disrupting my immersion in PES2011.
But I have to play something.
FIFA17 or FIFA18 on the PS4? But what mode would I play? Ultimate Team? World Cup?
Or are there any devoted PES2018 myClub players lurking out there who want to seize this opportunity to persuade me that it’s worth giving a chance to? Don’t be afraid to tell me how mistaken I am, and how good it all is.
This little hiatus from the flow of events is most unexpected.
Normal service will soon be resumed, I am sure.