SO I get me a PS3 and a copy of Orange Box. All excited I get home install the system. I set up my PS3 on my wireless network. I customize the home screen the way I want. I even register my PSP. I register my PSN account so I can enjou all the wonderful online things that PSN can offer. I insert the Orange Box and decide I would try out Portal. AWSOME! This is pure fun! I love puzzle style games. I try HL2. Ok, I like what i see and the gme seems fun. Now to boot up the game I really wanted to play! Team Fortress 2. I have never been a fan of online games. I just like mindless fun and I always thought that playing online required a bit of strategy. But I played this at a friends house and I instantly fell in love. So anyway, TF2 is loading up. I go thru the initial setup. the various YES or NO questions. then I clock the option to jump right in. "signing into EA". . . . . . . . . . . "connecting to server". . . . . . ."unable to connect to server". Hmmm. So I try again and I get the same thing. FOr the whole day Saturday I try at various times throughout the day. No go! So I get on the worlds largent tech support resource. The Internet. And suddenly I am alerted to a whole slew of people with the same issue. Iam linked to an official EA tech support site that gives me various steps to help with this issue. I follow instructions to a T. I open ports, add the PS3 to DMZ, reset my internet connection, create a new PSN account just for TF2, and I even call my ISP and get a service flag reset. NADA. I call EA directly this morning and they tell me that either my router or modem are malfunctioning! I called them out and asked for proof. The rep said well your game cant connect and so then your router or modem are broke. He even had me start a trace route. And determined my connection to be great (no packet loss to EA's server). I proceeded to advise him that this is a known issue and that their own tech support website states that. he appologized and said that their was basically nothing he could do. So I called Gamestop. I spoke with a manager. He said that this is a common issue with the game and they would give me full purchase price of the game in in-store credit. So I am going their in a few. This sucks. I really was looking forward to this game online.