Explosion.com's Dave Walsh looks at the news of the Nintendo Wii U being "hacked" and finally cracked, analyzing some of the pros and cons of the situation and what it could mean for the future of the system.
Cons ? Like Prison?
like, lack of games???
Cons like publishers implementing a always-online requirement to fight piracy. Even it will only be a hindrance to legitimate buyers
There are never pros, especially for the company and the honest user. All it does is waste money (which could affect funding for future games) and resources for the company trying to patch any loose holes, and waste time for the end user as we wait for mandatory updates. All so somebody can play NES, SNES, GB, GBC, GBA, and DS on their console, when the PC they most likely used to keep tabs on how to hack the console can download all of that and more without affecting anyone but themselves. There's nothing good that comes from hacking a console and posting it for the world to see.
Region free... that's the one and only universally useful feature that this enables. Outside of this one thing (which should have been included from the start...), it's certainly all bad.
This is where the industry keeps failing at, region-locking. I say put a BIG warning on it saying this game may not have subtitles or your preferred language and offer no refunds. Let the consumer decide if they want to play imported games but make them playable. It still doesn't constitute piracy.
Great comments "Interesting" BUT I was kind of making a joke. Unlike Ex-Cons, Cons are serving time for doing something illegal. I know that piracy will only hurt the industry, although many people who believe in piracy have fiery and passionate arguments/excuses for the reasons they do what they do, I have never seen the good in it. Not a burn at the stake kind of guy. But I definitely wish that people would just do without a game, rather than making it harder for all of us- I also wish that people who do these things would take sometime to think about their actions. Maybe one of the reason the games are so high is because of piracy...hmmm. I may be assuming however- maybe they will sell/give the information to Nintendo to allow them to develop better security- it has happened (optimism ;) ).
Outside of possible DVD playback or offline game modding I don't see much that's good. A console being hacked often leads to piracy and I have no interest in not paying for new games that are being sold to carry developers. This industry is vulnerable enough as it is.
Is Nintendo going to do something about this?
I'd hope so but there is so little they can at this point. Prepare for lots of system software updates. ;)
Rubbish articles like this are already spawning. Gaming pseudo-journalists are about to have a field day with this.
Pro: Console sells like hotcakes. Cons: Low game system sales. Nintendo should instead give incentives of buying their games.
Buy what games? I hope they fix this because it could be a huge nail in Wii U coffin. In time. I'm not currently a big Wii U fan nor Nintendo but the industry needs healthy competition. Nintendo already is struggling to move Wii U with a lack of games... Not good.
Like all systems in the end falls on AAA games, im sure games like a new Mario or Smash Bros will sell units and will make the WiiU more appealing. Sure this has always being the case for most Nintendo consoles but moves like funding Bayonneta shows Nintendo is open to make games that arent Zelda/Mario, then Xenoblades 2 and SMTxFE, great start i say.
>buy what games The games that are coming out. The hacking was recent so I'm assuming that he thinks for future releases Nintendo should offer an incentive to actually buy the games instead of pirating it. You can't beat free in terms of cost, so that leaves convenience and incentives.
It's not like they have games to pirate, anyway... (Yes, I have a Wii U.)
there are no pros.
Yeah, that's kind of the point. There really aren't any long term pros to it unless you really like stealing stuff.
Despite what Nintendo fanboy say a game pirated is a sales lost which will hurt developers. If the rate of piracy is too high on the Wii U then publishers wont even bother making games for it.
There are no pro's to it, just negatives. As a law abiding citizen, the console being hacked has no meaning for me, I'll still buy games.
I think hacking systems are ok, unless you are pirating games
Nintendo has been very adamant in the war against piracy. if you go to there website there is a page against piracy I think the way to stop it IMO is punish those who knowingly hack there system with the intent to use it in a way that it's not intended. People are going to complain and may say that it's there system. Well your a common thief so you should get treated like one. Now the I think Nintendo is paying more attention to online so they will be able to quickly catch any talks of system hacks and illegal games.
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