Well, the thing is, I started playing GT5 again on Saturday after a week or so of Forza 3 (trying to finish it before Forza 4 comes out later this year). It worked fine. So I loaded it up again last night...
All my GT Mode progress has GONE.
All my cars, my money, my drivers and driver gear, all of it. GONE.
My replays, photos and custom tracks are still there, but that's no good if I can't race down them in my tuned FURAI Concept anymore. It took me SEVEN MONTHS to get to where I was...and now it'll take me seven MORE months to get it all back (probably). It's almost a good thing I didn't find that damned Fiat Coupe...I would have just lost it and had to find the damn thing all over again.
What's more, I recently started an account on myGranTurismo.net, listing all the cars and stuff I had. And now I'll have to erase everything and start again (EDIT: Just done that, and tired myself out in the process ><)
Two words for Polyphony Digital: YOU SUCK.
...while I'm on the subject of online communities, though, check out www.nfscars.net. It's a neat little place where you can download custom cars for your NFS games and upload pictures of your favourite rides. I've uploaded a Shadica-tuned Peugeot 206; check it out.