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metakirbyknight commented on Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Develo...:


The iOS and Mac Developer Programs cost $99/year each. I think anybody who can afford a computer can afford that. Plus, the SDK's free, so just jailbreak and release on Cydia for free.

Also, XBLA Indie Games are fairly cheap for the license, so Nintendo and Sony are sitting in a corner pouting becuase they don't get good games, but when offered one, they say things like this.



metakirbyknight commented on Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Develo...:


It's most definitely NOT my prefered way to play games, but it is for many people. I'd wager that more people play on their phones than a Nintendo console. And dude, have you seen Infinity Blade? That game is legit, and makes the DS (dunno about 3DS, haven't done hands-on) look like it's from years ago.

Would you prefer me use the Xperia Play as my new counter argument for Nintendo's seemingly deep hatred of developers?

And BTW, I don't own an iPhone. More of an Android guy myself.



metakirbyknight commented on Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Develo...:

It's not that they're trying to keep the 3DSWare catalog clean. That would be a valid excuse if there were a way to install software outside of the 3DSWare store. Like Android, I don't give a crap what rules they have for their store as long as I can install software from other places. On the 3DS, you can't.

"Garage developers" are the innovators. HP, started in a garage. Apple, started by a couple of dudes with no intention to be big empire. Everybody starts somewhere, and many times, it's the garage.

All developers start at some time, and often, it's in their early teenage years. Early teens can't afford a $10,000 development kit. I'd imagine many of them are starting right now, and would love to see what they could do with a 3DS. But, oh, wait, Nintendo hates them. They'll feel burned, get an iPhone, and remember.



metakirbyknight commented on Talking Point: Your Favourite Nintendo Christm...:

It was 2:05AM on December 25th 2006. I always am the first one to wake up, and not just on Christmas. Of course, I couldn't go back to sleep, so I woke everybody else up. This year all the presents were simply addressed to the family, not to a specific person. Me and three of my four (my older sister has severe cerebral palsy) siblings took turns opening presents. The boxes were arranged so the smaller boxes were closest to us and the larger boxes were closest to the tree. Being widely excited, we jump at the smaller boxes. The smaller boxes at the front included one or two Nintendo DS games. Then slightly larger were the Wii games. At this point we were just confused because we didn't own a Wii nor did it look like there was a box large enough to contain one. Then we moved onto the Wii Remotes and Nunchucks. Now we were suspicious, but no boxes were left. My parents said "Aren't you missing something?" And I looked behind the tree and there was one last present. Being myself, I had watched countless unboxing videos of the Wii and knew what size the box was. And here was this box, exactly the same size. I tore it open and there it was. That's (mostly) all we got for Christmas that year. It was a weird year, because while my family is fairly well off, the kids still have to purchase most of the gaming equipment and the like.

Not necessarily a Nintendo story, but it's still good. It was December 7th, 2010. Google was holding a Chrome OS event. It turned out that they were giving away 60,000 free laptops running the new Chrome OS. I almost immediately applied. A couple days before Christmas, I was coming home from the movies, and there was a package with my name on it. I ripped it open and there was sitting my new laptop. I'm using it right now. It looks like Santa came early for me.



metakirbyknight commented on Review: Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary...:

I totslly agree. If the disc was being scored on the games, it'd be a 10/10, but it's just so disappointing.

It's not like this is a new idea for Nintendo. Look at the Zelda collector's disc for Gamecube. That thing was awesome (still is). That is what this should have been.



metakirbyknight commented on Ubisoft Sticks It to Michael Jackson: The Expe...:

This is going to do nothing.

This is going to be just like the Spirit Tracks DRM. It'll be cracked and the patch will be implemented directly into the flashcart firmware. It's how it works.

Again, the pirates will win, because they can patch their carts, but Ubisoft can't patch the game. It's like the cat-and-mouse game Apple plays with jailbreakers, except Ubisoft can't retaliate.



metakirbyknight commented on Fils-Aime: Nintendo's Biggest Current Threat i...:

Reggie should be shaking under his bed like a little kid.

Apple has stumbled on to something huge with iOS, but it's not just Apple. Rovio has sold 6.5 million copies of Angry Birds for $0.99 each. That would mean they made $4504500. There is no way that could happen with Nintendo's products. They would need an expensive license (just $99) for iOS, a publisher (who take huge cuts), and Nintendo would take their share.

While Nintendo needs to be careful of iOS, Android, and webOS (which is amazing), they need to look very carefully at Windows Phone 7. WP7 has XBox Live. They're not all that expensive (for a top-tier smartphone) and developers can easily port their XBox releases to WP7. Microsoft already has several high quality developers lined up.

On a side note, if the DSi or 3DS were a phone, everybody in the tech world would be laughing hysterically at the specs.


Yeah, I got it. Worth it, but there are only 45 levels, but Rovio says they're going to update it like the original.



metakirbyknight commented on Review: Zenonia (DSiWare):

Is there any reason to pick this up over the version in the App Store (which happens to be on sale for a dollar)?

This is why I don't buy many of the games people get excited over on DSiWare. It's usually already on my phone and for a cheaper price.



metakirbyknight commented on High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK:

Is this "person" the theoretical future you?

If you want to play commercial ROMs at all (backed up or not) the iPlayer is not the way to go. SuperCard DSTWO looks really good, and I plan to get one. This place has them for $45, and has the Acekard 2i for $20. I've used them for my Acekard 2i and they were cheap and fast. Keep in mind, you need a MicroSD card to use the device at all, and there is some setup involved, but nothing that can't be solved in less than five minutes by Google. The SuperCard DSTWO is nice because it'll let you play GBA ROMs on your DSi.

You could always go to a friends house to backup the ROMs, or turn off the firewalls and run it overnight.

There really is some nice stuff in the homebrew community, but think about what would happen if Nintendo came out with an Apple-esque SDK and had a generous revenue split, developers would come



metakirbyknight commented on High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK:


The iPlayer will play ROMs, just not commercial ones. It will play Anguna, but not Zelda, or at least that's what the internet says. I don't own one, I have the Acekard 2i. Plus it has a bunch of hardware decoders for video, so I'm considering picking one up if they go on sale. All homebrew games are ROMs per say, just not illegal as these are ones put together for internet distribution.

This is a good guide. There isn't much to do, and I'd probably link them to this article. I wouldn't get all angry like some do, because to be honest the dev and publisher have already been paid, but I wouldn't want anybody to get in legal trouble.



metakirbyknight commented on High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK:

Somebody in the UK could probably answer this for me, but does the EFF have a presence in the UK?


Gosh, I hate the gun example. For the gun example, I can shoot it however the heck I want, within certain limits. For the gun, this is having to shoot in season and only at certain animals. For the flashcart, no piracy and only for homebrew or legit backups. Note that these are not the "backups" downloaded from the internet. Those are illegal (and in my opinion, morally wrong), the backups I'm talking about are ones that you dumped from your own cart.

To the gun modification example. It's legal to modify a gun, or at least says Google, which I hope is right. If there is a law, feel free to correct me.

I can use the gun (or flashcart) as long as I don't cause physical, mental, or monetary harm to someone or some group.

And to go back to the gun comparison, I could be looking at porn or downloading movies, we haven't banned PCs, HDDs, SSDs, or the Internet yet and probably won't, even in the UK.

And in the US (which judging from your flags, you live there), it the mere fact there is a legit use is a reason to not outlaw them. Look at this.


Anguna is really good, while Zelda is not out. You mentioned you had a GBA flashcart, right? Anguna has a GBA version, so I'd recommend giving it a go.

And as for the replacement product, the iPlayer looks good. It can also play homebrew, and emulate a few consoles (including GBA!) as a bonus, and it works on the DSi.



metakirbyknight commented on High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK:

I'm having serious second thoughts about buying the 3DS and Wii2. The only way I plan on buying them is hackable and second hand. The only way for this to stop is to stop buying these products. Buying them used, Nintendo gets no profit, I get to enjoy the games, and I can hack it at will without supporting them .

Oh and NintendoLife, keep posting these articles. I love debating this issue. We need a forum thread.

My comment had 1784 words and 9889 characters. The article had 325 words and 1984 characters. So the article had about 82% less words than my comment and about 80% less characters. Oh and my long comments are a pain to type in the little box (Could we type the original comment in the big edit box, please).

"No. When I buy a DS I can do whatever I want with it. Heck, I can even use it to keep a door open if I want What I mean is, once the hardware is on the hands of consumers, they can't (and shouldn't) control what consumers do with it."

You can't perform illegal acts with a product just because you own that product."

Yes you can. You can do whatever you want with the hardware. You can put anything you want on it, including ROMs. You however cannot download those ROMs. You may back them up as I do.

"I think this is a great result for Nintendo, the larger software industry, and also indirectly consumers.

The homebrew argument is lame for several reasons, some of which are noted by others above:

1) There is nothing stopping you using other devices for your indie game
2) Breaking the system for homebrew or otherwise is an illegal act
3) The vast majority of users will not be using the device for homebrew and of those that are a significant portion of them will also use the device for piracy.

Also remember, the ruling does not stop you from hacking your own ds. You can still pull it apart and rewire it at your will. What it does stop is the mass market creation and distribution of devices that anyone can use to bypass the security of the system."

My response to your three reasons my argument is "lame"-
1) There is nothing stopping me from using my iMac and the internet to browse porn or download movies. Have we banned computers and the internet. Actually, I'd be willing to bet at least 50% of internet users do either pirate or browse porn.
2) No it's not. At least in the US as of Monday it's not.
3) The vast majority of people who jailbreak their iPhone will pirate. Jailbreaking or rooting is not illegal.

Except the DS has no internal memory. The only way to bypass the security is with a cart. There is no other way, save for the DSi and DSi XL, but why crack those, we have carts.

"@Alphack3r: (just because you were one of the last commenters in a long line of comments)

No, it will not stop everyone from pirating. However it "does" stop big companies exploiting the ds market and selling them a turnkey solution to stealing games. This "will" stop the vast majority of piracy on the ds. I'm talking your mom and pop family who pirate every game that their child wants for the ds. If, as people like to fantasize, the majority of piracy comes from "hardcore" gamers than why was the biggest line of games hit by piracy the "Imagine" series from Ubisoft? (eg Imagine Babies) This is proof in positive (imho) that the vast majority of people pirating games are your casual market moms, dads and children."

Yes it will, nobody can pirate on the DS without these carts as of now at least in the UK. But it will also stop this and this (and special mention for this).

So what if the majority of pirates on the DS are kids and parents. The majority of people browsing porn are teenagers. I don't see how this changes anything. The internet still has legit uses. The carts still have legit uses. Neither should be banned.

"@Mickeymac: You are right on the money. This is not about stopping people from legitimately using the products they bought. It is about stopping companies like those that make the R4, from exploiting the market and taking legitimate money from legitimate customers that should have gone to legitimate software developers. If an average family has 3 to 4 ds's than the amount of money that the R4 manufacturers are making from that family is the equivalent of about 8 to 10 games. This is a massive cost to developers.

Also as someone else mentioned above, if the game is a crappy game not worth the money than why are you downloading it?

Well anyway that's enough ranting from me."

You're right. It's not about stopping people from using their products in ways not intended by Nintendo. But they're going about this wrong. People will just play in the emulators. The DS is not multitouch. It can easily be emulated on the PC. Heck, with Apple's new Magic Trackpad, we may be able to perfect the emulators.

And it's not a massive cost to developers. They make so little off of a sale, little Joey who wouldn't have bought it in the first place, makes absolutely no difference. As a developer, if someone wouldn't have bought it in the first place, and they pirate it. I have not lost nor made any money on them. I'm actually glad they can enjoy and use my work.

"I guess they shouldn't make ROMs so easy to get, that a 5 years old can get them with no Prob."

This is my solution. Go after the freaking sites hosting these games. They're the ones committing the crime.



metakirbyknight commented on High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK:

The following was a pain to write, for me (and probably SoulSilver), and I know several of you are going to skip it. Please don't. It contains a lot of good points on my side (I hope) as well as on his side (in my opinion).

@SoulSilver IV
"This is like comparing apples to oranges. Computers and DSes are completely different when it comes to the software that is permitted to run on them. Computers are open ended enough that anyone with the skill can develop for them and then distribute the application, and some OSes (like Linux) even encourage the changing of the OS code itself."

A DS is a computer. I used a PC (also a computer) in my example.

"computer- a device, usually electronic, that processes data according to a set of instructions. The digital computer stores data in discrete units and performs arithmetical and logical operations at very high speed. The analog computer has no memory and is slower than the digital computer but has a continuous rather than a discrete input. The hybrid computer combines some of the advantages of digital and analog computers"

Yep, the DS is electronic, the DS processes data according to instructions, the DS does store data in discrete units, and the DS does preform arithmetical and logical operations at very high speed. Therefore, the DS is a digital computer.

"The DS on the other hand is a specific system designed to play specific games. When you buy a DS, you accept the fact that the system will only be able to legally run whatever Nintendo permits to be released. This is one of the implications of console gaming that I accept, and I suppose that I even take for granted. Whilst there are many missing features, such as a Virtual Console of some sort or the ability to copy all my games to one cart or the system itself, it’s a compromise that I have little problems with in exchange for having the ability to play the fantastic software available for the system,"

The iPhone is a system designed to not play apps or games at all. iPhone OS 1.0 had no App Store. So the hackers and homebrewers hacked into the system and created Installer. And then because Apple didn't want people to install non-sanctioned software "for their own good", they created their own. They had no intention of doing such until people wanted it enough to hack for it. And I never agreed to not run this software, I don't remember clicking Agree or signing an EULA (which don't stand up in court anyway).

"and I am more than willing to hand over my hard earned cash to the deserving developer for his/her work."

As am I.

One problem with what you said there. You mentioned the individual. If you want to publish on the DS, and it is an innovative platform with a lot of unique features, you have to go through a publisher. And publishers (as well as the ESRB) may as well be part of the MAFIA (*M*usic *a*nd *F*ilm *I*ndustries of *A*merica). The publishers pay the developer little if anything per sale. And for WiiWare (and possibly DSiWare) Nintendo has a rule that says the developer has to sell so many copies before seeing a dime.

Recognize that my job is developing applications for mobile phones.

Piracy deeply affects my income. Piracy affects me (probably) much more than it affects you.

"It winds me up when the homebrew community kick up a fuss about these sort of acts “stifling innovation” because the DS isn’t designed as a hobby tool to develop for. I’m not saying that homebrewers are criminals, but piracy prevention often has to hit hombrewers as well because both groups often use the same exploits to get stuff running on the system, regardless of whether the intent is harmful or not. At the end of the day, Nintendo is a business, and will want to protect its assets from piracy which could (and has) cause massive monetary losses in the industry. People need to realise that Nintendo’s priorities lies with protecting the industry from the damage caused by pirates, not making sure that little Timmy can continue to tinker with his R4 at the expense of millions of dollars worth of losses to the games industry. That’s business, and it suck; man up."

Time to link to my favorite article that all hacker haters need to read-

Read that and come back.

Look at the lengths bushing, a Wii hacker, went to. Just to prevent piracy and even advocating Nintendo in their fight. He kept a system exploit secret. He called Nintendo about it, and they disrespect him.
They called his work. He requested that they do not call him, they tracked down his work number. Nintendo is at fault all the way through this. They could have fixed the exploit and Wii piracy would have been delayed. That's not to say it wouldn't happen, but one exploit the pirates could use was gone, while homebrew could live through another.

"And returning to the point about "stifling innovation”, have you ever heard of a DS game called “Maestro: Jump in Music”? It never really was released in large quantities in Europe, and it appears piracy had some sort of role in that. Here’s a quote from a news article on their site:

“The consequences are simple, we are forced to keep making games for others, Baby games, teddy bear and pony games to survive, and we won’t be able to create new and original games for players to enjoy.”

The article does make for an interesting read, as the consequences of piracy comes right from the developer’s mouth. The article can be found here:

Sorry homebrewers, but measures such as these make perfect and logical sense to me. Please do continue to discuss, since I do enjoy bouncing these ideas around. But here’s my initial opinion anyway."

That really is sad.

My answer for this is really simple, if we remove all of the homebrew devices, people emulate. If we remove all of emulators, people use carts. If we remove the ROM sites, it all ends, and homebrew lives on. Nintendo should go after these sites.

Or have a sanctioned method, like Sony's Other OS.

No attempts to pirate on the PS3 until they remove this option.

Back to stifling innovation and the iPhone. If homebrew never existed, neither would the App Store, and look where it's led.


Nah, ROM dumps like this are illegal. Here:

“Game copiers that are used to copy video game software without authorization onto any type of memory device or the hard drive of a personal computer are illegal.”

So even if they are simply used for the purpose of backing up an original game, it’s still an unauthorised copy, hence illegal."

In the US, the DMCA was changed recently to make such copies legal.

And did you get that from the inside of a Nintendo instruction book, because what those say is not the law.

"Well, obviously there’s a certain scope of stuff you can do within reason. I mean, go ahead and use your DS as a doorstop if you want (I recommend the old brick DS )."

Then what is fair use?

Under the DMCA, homebrew and backups are fair use.

"What I mean is that there are limits as to what you can legally and morally use your console for before you start getting into grey territory. For example, just because you bought yourself a shiny new camcorder doesn’t mean you can go and record your favourite movie down at your local cinema. Just because you bought a pack of cigarettes on a plane doesn’t mean you can smoke them straight away. Being the owner of something doesn’t give you the instant right to use it however you want. There are laws and morals that direct you to use it correctly."

You're right. I can't record that movie, because then I begin to steal from the movie maker, as watching the move there is sort of rental. I can't smoke on a plane, because the plane is not my property and the owner told me not to, and by smoking I endanger lives.

But I own these games. I own my console. I don't own the movie or the plane. But owning something does give me the right to use it within fair use.

So, basically if I don't cause harm to someone or steal from them, I'm fine.

"Unfortunately, unless you can afford the ~$3000 dev kit for a DS, it’s not really a unit for indie development. That sort of role is filled by the iPod. The DS is more of a dedicated console. You’ve purchased a Nintendo device primarily to play Nintendo content. Therefore, Nintendo will ultimately control what happens with that content, whether you like it or not. Me? I think it’s fair enough."

I don't care if it's not for indie development. Neither was the iPhone. My netbook is more of a dedicated web browser, but I can still install content from any source on it. And the iPod is more of a dedicated MID, can still install software from any source (Cydia).

I purchased an HDTV primarily to watch DirecTV content, that doesn't mean it's the only thing I can do with it.

Nintendo will control their content. They will not control my device.

"And with regards to the 5 year old girl, why would you even begin to think she bought all of her games? In today’s economic climate, mum and dad would find it easier and cheaper to just download x number of games onto a memory card. Mum and dad save money, small girl gets to play lots of games. Win win for them."

She probably did pirate them, but don't judge. This reminds me of a story-

A man gets on a bus from New York back to where he lives. He tries to go to sleep but there is a man with two really loud and obnoxious children. He can't keep them under control. Eventually the man trying to sleep goes to talk to the man about his children. He starts the conversation by asking him why he was going to where he was going. The man with the children told him that his wife had died and they were coming home from the funeral and the children were very upset.

Don't judge until you walk a mile in their shoes.

That story is fairly accurate, however I was told that story several years ago, but the message stands.



metakirbyknight commented on High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK:

Yeah, I use GBA ROMs, all backed up with GBA Backup Tool for DS (use my lite) from my original carts. Mostly my Pokemon games, I love ROM hacks. It's no illegal and have no idea why it's frowned upon.

Plus, it's nice to not have to find those little carts. Now they just sit in boxes on a shelf.

It is weird how US courts sometimes use UK law as precedent.



metakirbyknight commented on High Court Outlaws Flash Carts in UK:

Wow, why don't we all ban hard drives or flash drives? I can store pirated music and movies on them. Heck, lets ban computers and the internet, because I could download a song with them.

I have two flash carts, the Acekard 2, Acekard 2i, and am planning on buying a SuperCard DSTWO. The SuperCard DSTWO adds GBA emulation to the DSi. Amazing, these things add functionality that Nintendo didn't put in. I don't need the DSi Virtual Console, I already have it. I have owned one for about as long as I have had a DS. I have never illegally downloaded a game. I have gone through the fun of setting up an FTP server and backing up my games from carts one by one. I'm amazed at the ignorance of people about these things. I love mine.

And if I can't use one with the console, I won't buy the console. I won't buy an iPod touch or iPad unless it can be jailbroken, I won't buy an Android or webOS device unless it can be rooted, I won't buy ANY device if I can't program on it, and I WILL NEVER buy a device that cannot have non-signed applications on **cough**AT&T phones**cough**.
This is ridiculous, and stifles innovation. I'm surprised the EFF hasn't already made a huge stink about it, and look forward to their lawsuit.

These things aren't about piracy, nor is phone modification (which was deemed legal in the US recently), it's about freedom to control what goes on our devices. What if you bought an ASUS eeePC and you could only install applications from Intel's AppUp store that are sanctioned by Intel and ASUS, everybody would decry the evils of ASUS. I bet most of you would be angry if you bought it, but on hand held devices it's "Oh okay, its for my security, I get it now, you may control my device Nintendo." This is the same thing as the ASUS scenario.

But if you want to sell out your freedom to save Nintendo a buck on the people that do pirate, go ahead. I'll keep my flash cart and I'll move to what country/state/area that doesn't have these laws, even if I don't use the product.

BTW- Love the tagline



metakirbyknight commented on The War on DS Piracy may be Hard to Win, but I...:

I NEED to pirate to run homebrew? facepalm
Read 1984 by George Orwell, come back, and tell me that is still what you want.
Here's what happened in order.

  • geohotz finds hole in PS3
  • Sony removes Other OS from PS3 Slim
  • geohotz develops exploit
  • geohotz releases exploit
  • Sony removes Other OS from all PS3s
  • Air Force gets a bit upset

Sony removed it from the Slim first, did you honestly think they would have stopped there. They're Sony. They suck. They like control.

And, now we want to get rid of their hobby?



metakirbyknight commented on The War on DS Piracy may be Hard to Win, but I...:

Nintendo, Apple and Microsoft need to wake up.
There was no piracy on the PS3 until Sony removed Other OS.
Console makers should adopt a repository system, where homebrew developers can set up their own repositories, that you can add to the App Store, Market, or whatever the heck the maker names it. The end-user has to type in the URL, so it's completely voluntary, and as soon as a repository starts hosting illegal content, it's honestly not that hard to get shut down. And if it really gets that bad, as much as I would hate to give Steve Jobs or Saturo Iwata this power, it could be blocked.
Remember, coders, such as myself, and hackers, such a bushing, can create content repositories, but pirates can not, as they have no skill.

Speaking as an iPhone app developer, I'd love to do something on Nintendo consoles, but there is no way in without a relationship. I'd do something on homebrew if it wouldn't ruin my chances later, if they do open it up.

Before official applications, comes homebrew. Where'd the App Store come from? Did you think it existed before Installer?

Oh, and I'm glad I'm not the only freedom-loving hacker on here. It makes me happy.



metakirbyknight commented on The War on DS Piracy may be Hard to Win, but I...:

@ wildMissingnoappered
@ everybodyelsewhowilllumpthemtogether

Oh no you didn't.
It amazes me that a lot of people on this site think homebrew and piracy are one in the same. Read this and understand how and what lengths these "HOMEBREW, HACKING HOBOS" went to prevent piracy. Making my own original games is fine, while how does a hobbyist do that? Seriously, other than homebrew, there is no answer. So, go enjoy your locked up prison of copy protection and closed development. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy my freedom with my jailbroken iPhone, hacked Wii, DS Flashcart, and all my other many hacked devices.

No, I am NOT stealing games.



metakirbyknight commented on Catch Pokemon Black and White in North America...:

@ #2 wildpidgeyappears
These are the Japanese names, I bet they'll get better names in America and Europe.

Ho-oh= Houou
Lugia= Lugia
Dialga= Diaruga
Palkia= Parukia

Ho-oh and Lugia's Japanese names are okay, mostly because they're pretty much the same. But Palkia's and Dialga's Japanese names sound like something your doctor would diagnose you with.