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Nintendo DLC now pirate booty

Even the current generation of consoles is not immune to piracy. The Wii especially is a big target for pirates, thanks to a large user base.

Just months after the launch of the Wii in November 2006, crafty developers had created a modchip that allows the console to run bootleg game copies. Nintendo responded by making its hardware more difficult to interface with modifications, though not impossible.

Up to this point, however, most piracy occurred on the physical media level. Pirates would create near-duplicates of retail discs.

The latest development is now in digital downloads. Last month, the console hacking community successfully extracted Wii Virtual Console titles. Through the use of a special WAD packer that would make the Virtual Console download installable on a Wii that did not originally purchase the title.

The ability to rip and install Virtual Console titles led to the latest effort this month to bring WiiWare titles onto unauthorized Wiis. Thus far, only a couple of WiiWare titles from Japan (a ping pong game and Pokemon game) have been ripped and released on the Internet.

With the use of a patching tool, the Japanese WiiWare titles are made playable on North American Wii consoles.

While it’s safe to say that most of the recent Wii hacking will lead to piracy of paid downloads, a segment of console modders will put their efforts towards homebrew applications. In fact, modders have posted a YouTube video showing off an early version of a homebrew channel that could run applications such as ScummVM.

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RE: A Shame
By MrBlastman on 5/6/2008 10:45:06 AM , Rating: 5
PC gaming isn't dead, at least the last time I looked.

Hmm, I spend 95% of my gaming time on PC (and NOT in MMO's), 5% on consoles. Doesn't sound too good for the theory that PC gaming is dead.

RE: A Shame
By LatinMessiah on 5/6/2008 1:43:50 PM , Rating: 4
I'm an equal opportunity gamer. I play on both console and PC the same amount of time, just so one doesn't get jealous over the other.

RE: A Shame
By sprockkets on 5/6/2008 10:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
Starcraft 2!!!!

Somehow I think the world will end before it comes out :(

RE: A Shame
By MrBlastman on 5/7/2008 9:23:43 AM , Rating: 2
That would send ripples throughout spacetime and possibly cause a wave function collapse on the universal superstring itself - potentially ending everything in existence almost instantaneously.

To think of the implications would be catastropic.

I suggest Blizzard go ahead and publish StarCraft 2 ASAP to prevent any possible catastrophe.

RE: A Shame
By robinthakur on 5/7/2008 6:35:39 AM , Rating: 2
Clearly you represent all gamers since they must all think the same as you and certainly wouldn't each have differing opinions...

Personally, I think pc gaming is sadly nearly dead, it just doesn't know it yet. Its not a good sign when EA stops releasing major games on PC, even though everybody seems to hate them. The last major release I was aware of was Crysis, and that sold disappointingly. Apart from brag factor, I think the market for ultra high end graphic cards seems a bit pointless for the majority of people especially in some of the crazy triple/quad SLI configs these days. What do you play on them? I'm reminded of how arcades' popularity faded quickly once consoles surpassed them graphically...

The ease of piracy combined with more technical target audience, the range of differing hardware specs to support and the associated increase in testing time, the lack of success of Vista/dx10, not to mention the increased functionality of modern consoles means that its simply not in the interests of profit to continue to develop, and as noble as development studios are, they will go where the money is. A good example of this is COD4 where nearly everybody plays a cracked version on multiplayer.

Another very influential step that some do not pick up on or choose to acknowledge is Nintendo's success targetting non-gamers which has got alot of publishers/developers looking away from hardcore gamers.

RE: A Shame
By MrBlastman on 5/7/2008 9:26:36 AM , Rating: 2
EA are just a bunch of profit hungry whores who care nothing about the gamer. Shame on you as using them as a reliable indicator as to the state of the industry - when they themselves can't even produce a non-steaming pile of crap from any IP they acquire.

I guess you forgot to notice how well that little thing known as the Orange Box sold... But wait, that is Valve, not EA. Oh no!

I'd love for you to substantiate your claim that COD4 is mostly pirated. I think you're wrong. The people I know whom have it all paid for it.

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