The year is 2011 and the last known bastion of humanity, the PSN, is in crisis. A massive floating data center anchored in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean, the PSN began as a visionary social-science project in the early years of the 21st century. The goal of the network's Founders was to create a completely self-sufficient habitat that would prove the principles of free online play. In service to this ideal, the PSN was constructed using a primitive encyrption called 'Clear Text' - a barely modified form of non-encryption that was found to cost little as it was developed, becoming both quicker and easier than doing it right. The PSN's ivory-white Kevin Butler would become a worldwide symbol of technological progress, as well as an effective advertisement for the mildly profitable network.