There is a constant negative reaction toward hackers, and the words piracy and hacking becomes synonymous. This hate of hackers and their work becomes more prominent to me as I watch countless videos and articles of hacker-related articles. One of possible reasons could be the result of Sony's lawsuits against numinous hackers. I am here clear up this nonsense by explaining the difference of homebrew and piracy, and how homebrew has played a big influence on today's consoles.
What is homebrew and why do people make them?
Homebrew is a term used to describe any program made by unofficial programmers. These programs can be games or applications. Depending on the popularity of the console, there can be hundreds of programs available that serves different purposes. It can vary from a simple game like Tetris to something complex like an FTP program for transferring files. They can very useful and can actually completely change the console. The PS2 can be hacked to run Linux and become fully-fledged desktop. Sony even released a development kit to allow their console to run a Linux-based operating system.
Can someone use homebrew to play pirated games?
Like I said before, there are many programs with different uses and unfortunately playing pirated games is one of them. Now before you throw a hissy fit and say “that should reason to stop these hackers!” there are still many other homebrew applications that are very useful other than running an Operating System. In fact some of these applications are so good that big gaming companies like Sony and Microsoft have stolen these ideas and they have affected the look and functionality of today’s consoles. In 2003, a development team made a custom dashboard for the Xbox called XBMC. Before the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, consoles were strictly for gaming but this team wanted to change all that. XBMC turned the Xbox into a home media center that introduced a multitude of features, including steaming YouTube videos and viewing pictures and videos. An Xbox with XBMC was light years ahead anything out at the time. Hackers made custom icons and animated boot screens for the PSP.
How can we stop piracy?
There is no remedy to piracy. There will always be ways to get something for free and piracy will always exist. The best way to deal with this situation is embracing it. Steve Jobs noticed the amount of music being illegally downloaded and created iTunes along with the iPod. Now Apple is leading distributor of digital music and media, acquiring millions in revenue. I agree that piracy must be stopped, but striping us the consumers of what we can do with our product and punishing those who genuinely have ideas for awesome applications should not be the answer. A possible solution could be making an app market similar to the Android Market and allow people to post their ideas with some form moderation and clearance.
XBMC for the original Xbox
Custom Michael Jackson Psp Gameboot.