Coin-OpEd: Leave GeoHot alone!

PS3 jailbreaker George Hotz takes a vacation, and Sony flips out. What has the world come to when a hacker can't get a little R&R?

Allow me, just for one moment, to reference an article I wrote in February that, judging by the number of comments it got, perhaps seven of you read. Bill Budge? Billy, to his friends? Does that guy's name sound familiar? Before January, when I found out that the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences wanted to hand him a Pioneer Award, I'd never heard of him in my life. You all have an excuse, at least. Me? For shame, this is my job.

As can be read in that woefully neglected DICE 2011 write-up, Budge said that he "essentially" ripped off Pong to create the code for what would later become his first hit, Raster Blaster. In turn, Raster Blaster led to a job at Electronic Arts, where in 1983, he created Pinball Construction Set, a game that was seminal in its use of user-generated content, letting, as it did, gamers define their own flipper action.

Budge is the weird guy in the top right corner…wearing a studded leather gauntlet.

So, yes, Pinball Construction Set, greatness, industry-inspiring, pretentious EA advertisements. I love it all, it's beautiful. But let me read one bit back to you: "Budge said that he 'essentially' ripped off Pong to create the code for…" etc., etc. That Pong code, he said, was written on the Apple II--a mass-produced, open platform--and he and his friends would engage in floppy swaps to freely pass around their work.

Said another way, because Budge had access to an open platform, because he could copy and iterate on others' work, because he had an accessible network that allowed him to share his work, he became a pivotal presence in our industry. His mother also probably read to him when he was a child. Probably.

And lest it not be said, Budge's story is not singular; in fact, it's kind of boring and ordinary among those who are often placed in the pantheon of the gaming industry.

Maybe you can see where I'm going with this. Let's talk a bit about George Hotz. As has been widely reported, in January, Hotz opened the proverbial Pandora's Box on the PlayStation 3, disseminating what amounts to a master key that tells the system whether any given bit of code has been approved by Sony to run on the console.

According to Sony's most recent legal filing, 5,700 people in California alone have downloaded the keys to Sony's castle through Hotz's website. For those wondering, California is the most populous state in the Union, with 37 million and change. Also, for what it's worth, somewhere near 50 million PS3s have been sold worldwide.

Also, we appear to be on the verge of an international incident, or something?

The implications of what Sony would have us call a Security Breach! are reaching. Because of Hotz's accomplishment, individuals who own a PS3 are limited only in their know-how for doing whatever the heck they want with an extremely powerful machine. This includes, but is not limited to, coding and running homebrew programs and custom firmware. This also includes playing pirated games.

Have you seen this man?

You heard that right: piracy…with an italicized p.

Judging from the fusillade of legal posturing, Sony appears to be approaching this situation as if Hotz has passed out the means by which every Timmy, Jack, and Eleanor out there can, on a whim, launch the US's full arsenal of nukes at whomever they wish. Uzbekistan, for example. Using the PS3. It's that serious. Clearly, Hotz is a madman and must be stopped. Cleary. Clearly?

In actuality, Hotz has given every Timmy, Jack, and Eleanor the means by which they can, should they choose, cheat and steal their way into a trove of high-quality, expensive-to-make, lucrative-to-sell, lifeblood-giving products. But wait. I like games. I don't want Sony to wither and die from an overwhelming crush of piracy. In this sense, my gut tells me piracy is supremely evil and it is worth repudiating some liberties to maintain The Way of Things.

Of course, my gut also says that I should stop getting chicken tikka masala at Pakwan. But Pakwan's chicken tikka masala is delicious, and therefore, in that regard, my gut is wrong. Perhaps it is also wrong on other levels…

Here's an argument that has an air of speciousness to it, but then again maybe not. As far as mass-audience open platforms go, the PC--and specifically, PCs that run Microsoft's Windows OS--can't be beat. If open platforms equate to rampant piracy, and rampant piracy equates to economic desiccation, then it stands to reason that Microsoft's coffers should be drier than a lizard's eczema-encrusted ass.

During Microsoft's fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, the software company posted profits of $18.76 billion on revenue of $62.484 billion. That's not bad.

As soon as someone invents sentient AI on the PS3, it will tell you that it wants to be free!

And what about Apple, the company that provided a canvas for Bill Budge? For Apple's fiscal year ended September 25, 2010, the Cupertino crew reported profits of $14.013 billion on sales of $65.225 billion. Hey, that's not bad either.

The way here has been tortuous, so let me get to the point. Bill Budge, to my knowledge at least, didn't have a multibillion-dollar international megacorp shouting legal hysteria in his general direction when he and his friends were tinkering with the Apple II. Atari wasn't beating down his door when he riffed on Pong to create Raster Blaster. And Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials weren't pointing weapons at him and his friends as they swapped floppies over pizza and Fanta.

Instead, EA offered him a job and resources, and as a result, Will Wright now says nice things like: "Pinball Construction Set was the first game that introduced me to the idea of constructive games and systemic thinking. I doubt SimCity would have existed without it."

George Hotz has made it possible for the next Bill Budge to do some crazy-inspirational, game-changing stuff that my diminutive intellect can't begin to imagine. It seems to me that rather than depriving people of their tools--any of their tools--we should be fostering their aspirations, and our future.

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punkologist
punkologist

@PenguinIzzy surely you are taking the piss right?

wbezuidenhout
wbezuidenhout

@PenguinIzzy, Hahaha, wow, that was one entertaining post! But I feel like I should apologize, you see, I DO have control over my hands, which explains why I scored 45 on my MCAT. I'm also a neurosurgeon, with an elevated interest and intricate understanding of quantum science, fluent in 30 languages and a 6 figure IQ. I managed to cure cancer years ago, but a particular fund that shall not be named bought out my research and is paying me on a monthly basis to keep mum on the subject. PS - I have also declined a Nobel prize in science. PPS - Just because you can type it, doesn't make it true. It must be such a blow to your over-inflated ego when you realize you have to resort to pseudo-intellectual bragging and insults as opposed to keeping to the discussion. You only speak to others on your level? In that case you should probably strike up a conversation with a wall. But then again, the wall probably has more sense than to think that a delusional braggart could provide any kind of intelligent conversation. I guess you're out of luck. Have fun in your thoughts, I'm sure they must be quite entertaining.

strandny
strandny

@Fajonkel Your analogy of guns and cars are wrong and naive. It is true that bad things can happen if cars and guns in the wrong hands. That is why you need drivers license to drive (governmet's permission for you to drive) and need to register your gun (to screen out "wrong hands" and for the traceability when "bad thing" happens). What GeoHot did was leaving the tool in the public and let bad things happen in the wrong hands.

Fajonkel
Fajonkel

I love how everyone assumes GeoHot just made piracy rampant. He gave people tools, with if put in the wrong hands, bad things can happen. Bad things can happen with a car. With a gun. Anything. He did the equivilance of jailbreaking your phone, which is legal. And this is a civil court case, meaning that he can go on vacation pre-planned, and the case and dates rap around it. Not that uncommon. Just Sony apparantly likes to have control over everything, which it soon no longer will. Consoles shouldn't be closed and watched over by Sony as if you're renting the console from them. It's your product, do with it as you please. And, @PenguinIzzy No one cares whatsoever if you took an exam. Oh, sorry, I forgot, taking a medical exam makes you an expert in the video game field. Only thing I've seen it make you is a complete douche.

akvalues
akvalues

I jailbroke my PS3 so i can play backed up copy's of my games and put the hard copy up.

PenguinIzzy
PenguinIzzy

@wbezuidenhout I am only allowed 1500 characters to respond to you, and so I cannot do so without the usual Izzy charm, so forgive my brevity and seemingly lack of social grace in earlier response. But I must say this-- it must excite your heart to see an individual of my caliber respond to a plebian such as yourself. I know you sense my prodigious genius and think to yourself, "It would certainly reflect well on me if I can somehow be in the same conversation as this mozart!" And why not-- I scored a 44 out of a possible 45 on my MCAT [my finger slipped on the last question.] But to answer your question-- We can go back and forth until the cows come home [I am writing to you in my spare time when I am not curing congenital diseases] but the defense of George Hotz you raise is a rudimentary version of the defense his lawyers are trying to raise. And if such a defense was winnable, then why would the client leave the country? At the end of the day, you and I and Gandhi know, this kid done something wrong, son. It pains me to speak to you or anyone else that is not as intelligent, but I force myself to do so by coating my response with self-aggrandizement. It is the only way I can possibly be interested in responding to anyone who is not on my level.

strandny
strandny

Tom, now you must be happy these stupid hackers are attacking PSN. You basically encouraged them by posting this stupid misguided op-ed article.

BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

@PenguinIzzy As others have mentioned this numerous time,cheating in online games has nothing to do with Hotz,and the problem can easily be solved by the developers,they just are lazy to write a few line of codes and updating their games!In any way cheating is the result of poor security on the game developer or publisher side,so don't blame Hotz for that! Btw,i don't think there is anything wrong with sharing the result of your work with others,even if billions of people downloaded the hack for PS3,there is NOTHING WRONG! As the hack open your system for you to use it as you please,is it bad if you can make a backup of the games you own?is it bad if you can install linux on it? or homebrew? Even if this hack is used by some for piracy,you should take note that this hack does not damage the games sales as Sony is exaggerating,how many people in the tens of millions of people who own PS3 have ever heard o this hack or use it? And moreover it is not an argument against Hotz. And by the way how many who use the hack for piracy,would buy the games at the first place? Sony is making a mess out of this,but does Sony think they can get away with all that?Removing OtherOS/Closing a core of the CPU/Dropping PS2 compatibilty while they have advertised for it?Going after people who just opened the system which i own to be really mine?they won't get away. There we'll be backlash most certainly!

wbezuidenhout
wbezuidenhout

@PenguinIzzy It seems you misunderstood my analogy, you were talking about 5700 people downloading Pong, I just pulled that back into perspective because that is a disproportionate example. As an aside, I was also talking about piracy and lost sales, not cheating. And I agree, the cheaters are a pain in the ass, but that's not Hotz doing it, it's the people cheating. Does anybody hunt down the person who taught the latest drunk driver to drive and blame them for the accident? Or how about the car salesman who provided the car? Or the liquor store that sold the alcohol? Or was the drunk driver at fault? We have cheaters in MW2 on PC as well, strange how another game doesn't suffer that much from cheaters (And they even allow dedicated servers run by the public). Might it be that laziness on the developers'/publisher's side have helped the situation? Sure, it's not the developers'/publisher's fault that people are cheating, but I'm pretty sure that you still lock your house when you go off to work, even though it wouldn't be your fault if your stuff was stolen. In any case, how is anything I've said 'wrong' by your standards? And I do own a PS3. I just said I'm primarily a PC gamer, doesn't mean that I don't own a console. :)

PenguinIzzy
PenguinIzzy

@wbezuidenhout "It's not subjective, it's relative, if your pack of rice had 10 grains less than the next one, will you complain to the store manager about being ripped off?" Now, if you owned a PS3, then you would be quite aware that the days following the release of GeoHotz' hack, it became commonplace to see hackers in online multiplayer games, particularly MW:2. And so your analogy of PS3 hackers being "10 grains of rice" is flawed since online cheaters did become problematic to the rest of the gamers playing fair due to their volume and frequency. Furthermore, I do not have a problem with piracy per se-- it is the illegal modding of games that allows a person to cheat in online multiplayer games that is the root problem since it cheapens the gaming experience for paying customers who are playing honestly. Lastly, yes everyone has an opinion, and strictly speaking no opinion is wrong. But opinions which are supported by concrete and objective facts, as real and unalterable as a rock, becomes an argument. And one argument is better than the other. And you and Tom Magrino, who has yet to respond to my brilliant riposte, are plain wrong. I heard your suggestion of reading the definition of opinions [a very obvious imitation of suggesting to Magrino that he read a grammar book] and so I have a new suggestion for you: Love.

wbezuidenhout
wbezuidenhout

Just because you CAN pirate a game, doesn't mean you automatically WILL. I'm primarily a PC gamer, and even though I could download any game under the sun without paying for it (Because the PC is an open platform) doesn't mean that I do. If you could have a look at my collection, you'll see that the only pirated games I have are abandonware, stuff I cannot actually buy (Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper, etc). @PenguinIzzy, 5700 people didn't download Pong, but 50 million people didn't own an Apple II either. It's not subjective, it's relative, if your pack of rice had 10 grains less than the next one, will you complain to the store manager about being ripped off? Just to be clear, I don't support piracy and I'm not defending it, I'm saying that just because you CAN pirate it, doesn't mean that you will. Unlocking a PS3 doesn't equate to lost sales for Sony, pirating a game does. If someone uses Hotz's hack to do something amazing, what then? Did anybody see how Microsoft reacted when someone 'hacked' the Kinect and wrote drivers for Windows? They encouraged people to do something with that, do more, innovate, do what they hadn't thought of. Why can't Sony encourage people to do something constructive with it? As opposed to vilifying Hotz because of what people COULD do wrong with his hack. And besides, didn't Sony promise Linux and all that for the PS3 way back when? What happened to that? PS - There's no such thing as a 'wrong' opinion, brush up on the definition.

savagetofu
savagetofu

Saying Games are 2 expensive to justify piracy is wrong. If you wait one year to the date that a game comes out typically that game is 1/2 off. If you wait 2 years you can get that game usually for $20 bucks. I have more games to play then I can handle. I seldom buy new games just because they are just as good 2 years from now as they are today.

savagetofu
savagetofu

Imagine yourself not getting paid for what you do. Now imagine the fact that you didn't get paid because people are stealing your stuff or breaking what you do for a living. Then you get on the forums & people are spitting out how you deserve it. I don't know about you but I would be quite upset if that happened to me. What happens if we as consumers break the system that provides us our entertainment? Yes humans are going to do this thus Sony needs to stop this from happening. You get what you pay for. If your not paying for stuff then what does that say? I proudly pay for my music & my games. There was somebody really cool who made those things & I show my appreciation for what they do buy paying for their products & services.

obsequies
obsequies

game piracy....stealing is bad mmmmmmkkkk. Piracy only hurts indie or small time developers. indie??? is it really indie when they have to pay for the rights to sony and give up their paychecks because they can't write homebrew material which is true indie...frick its just like the music and film industry. look at mtv and much music for crying out loud....they produce and tell you what your going to listen to...its all the same plastic sounding garbage that can be made on a computer in his mothers basement. napster and piracy are actually good in the music industry because they kill it and make it change. it needed change. Sony (ps3) and MTV make it nearly impossible for creativity to be fully explored because they dismiss the homebrew community..the net yaroze was a great idea. it really seems like consoles are becoming like computers in the ways of not working properly (glitches...hardware problems like overheating). really I think the industry has had it WAY too easy for awile and they are getting frickin cheap on us...I think the compunity should fight back and show them who has the money.

PenguinIzzy
PenguinIzzy

Yeah, this is an opinion Tom Magrino, but it's the wrong one. Bill Budge's accomplishments in the 1980s is not a noble loophole to justify the activities of George Hotz. I could go on about how the modernization of technology makes a difference between the commission of the two computer crimes-- 5700 people didn't download The Pong code like they did the hacks for the PS3, for instance. Millions if not billions of dollars are at stake, not like in the days of Apple II when gaming was at its infancy. And although piracy has not been demonstratively linked to poor game sales, there is no denying that hacking PCs/Consoles to cheat on multiplayer games is what ultimately cheapens the experience for every gamer who paid money to play honestly. Let me reiterate: you have an opinion, but it's the wrong one. And please don't come back to me with, "But it's all subjective, Mister Izzy!" a reasoning which just smacks of laziness. People reason together because, in the end, one line of thought is better and more logical than the other. It's that simple. And you hold a wrong one. O-- and on a personal note-- I know it's an informal blog and everything, but there is no need to write poorly like Stephanie Meyer. Read your Strunk & White and improve your writing skills.

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

@EliteGamer09 and you are gaming in sunlight?! LOL @Hoski0999 those cheaters use exploits in games, that does not have anything to do with the console hacking, Sony has blocked the PSN access for hacked consoles in 3.60 fw, as far as I know. @yixingtpot is that what your parents taught you? I feel sorry for your sort :D

EliteGamer09
EliteGamer09

honestly, this guy needs to get laid. seriously. get a life u nerdy looser. u ask for donations to cover your court cost and i cant believe people actually were dumb enough to give you money for that. get some friends, get out of your parent's basement and get some sunlight looser.

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

And btw, there is this little thing called INTERNET that has been BOOMING for a few years now maybe you've heard of it? Hotz got this thing out in the open for MILLIONS to see..... and Billy "as his friends call him", or your boyfriend I cant really tell for how much you like this guy, did this when information globalization age really hadn't picked up its pace yet. I know this is your JOB as you stated in your article, but then wouldn't you know a good arguement from a bad one? GAMESPOT CAN I HAVE A JOB I CAN ARGUE TOO :)

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

Just dont ruin my games..... crap thats already happened, half of my games I play online are full of cheaters and hackers and THIS is why I can stand people who publish crap like this. I work all day and want to come home and play a few rounds of games, not get killed everytime I spawn cuz some scrub in his moms basement didnt have to go to work and got to tinker with his all day to piss ppl off. You can do all you want to your system I really don't care thats not what i'm mad about, but they aren't leaving others along in the process, make a custom room with your cheats idc, just leave the rest of us to play like it was made for. Is that really hard to ask? I know it is because the world is full of little crap heads that are "protected" by everything. I would love to see the world loose everything and everyone had to fend for themselves, I bet money they would be dead in a few hours... na make that minutes.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

throw him in jail, so they can hack his rump

BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

i think the effect of piracy is exaggerated,of any business there is profit and there is loss,piracy is the loss of electronic content like games. And i stand by my word that if companies want to counter piracy they should reduce the prices of the games,make better games and try to be costumer friendly!

Gjinckxs85
Gjinckxs85

I understand that games cost millions to make, i also understand that sony has a lot to lose if we start using the playstation to play pirated content, but i also remember when it had linux, an intended purpose for the ps3, i also remember it having backwards compatibility, another intended purpose of the ps3. And to be honest, i paid a lot to use my ps3 for its intended purposes. When these begin to be ripped away, i get kinda angry. On a side note, if hacking could give me the ability to copy games i own, and save and use them from a hard drive, then i not only protect my investment, but i also ensure that i can use MY PS3 for what I want to use it for! Imagine if you couldn't use you pc for internet anymore because microsoft thought it was a security threat. You'd be pissed too!

SsjZero
SsjZero

The bad thing about this article is that Bill Gates is one in probably a million of people. Almost anyone who gets access to the PS3 codes will use it for cheating and hacking instead of developing games and other software, so I'd say Sony has more to lose than to gain by allowing him to continue leaking the code to millions of people.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

@ CageFury The difference is you can buy apps on the store a couple of dollars so the incentive to get a free copy is much less, not to mention the impact if somebody could get a free copy is much less, given how drastically cheaper games are developed for an the iphone. Sony/MS/Nintendo have to lure developers to make games on their platform, and these games cost MILLIONS of dollars to make. If a hack allowed piracy to become so rampant that software sales decreased by a large margin, that platform would see less games coming out as devs turn away from a non profitable platform. Bad Sony for wanting to protect their multi million dollar investment right? It's completely different to the istore, just like it's completely different to Budge lifting code from one game, to make his own like this terribad article wants us to believe.

Dark_sageX
Dark_sageX

GeoHutz fault for making a big publicity stunt, he should have remained anonymouse like any other hackers, and now he is paying for it (literaly) while sony's actions are justified they are exagorating, I mean haven't they taken enough from him?

SLRMC93
SLRMC93

I think Sony is being a little tough on Geo, but not the hackers, for them I just say they had it coming, and Sony is doing a good job of cleaning the place up for us "real gamers" who play by the book, and play with skill.

Slim-Jim2011
Slim-Jim2011

If he ran from this stuff proves he has done some hacking. Simple as that. Hacking is wrong they take the fun outta online games and make it hard on the companies who made the consoles to stop hackers. I hope all hackers go to prison.

CageFury
CageFury

@SiLenTWarrior29 If it's so simple, then why is jailbreaking an iphone perfectly legal? ... it's not simple at all.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

I'll just make it simple... its common sense.. yall gotta know right from wrong... if you thinking "hacking" is right.. then your common sense is *uct up... if ppl hack your computer then dont complain... why cant he just pay for his game like everybody else

penpusher
penpusher

to be honest I can see where this article is trying to go BUT it sounds a bit like hes wishing things were the way they used to be ... that'd be nice but the reality is things in the world of gaming (and digital products in general) has changed so much if a man from the 80's was awoken from cryogenic sleep he wouldnt recognise it ... that needs to be accepted, you cant just hack a platform anymore

rogue81
rogue81

You call them "heinous", I call them douche bags. Regardless of what you call the big corporations, I'd love to see Kotick out on the street. However, lowering the cost of games (while a welcome idea) wouldn't stop piracy; piracy was rampant when console games were $50. Most PC games are still $50, and more games are pirated for the PC than any other console. You could argue that raising the price of games has increased piracy, and you'd probably be right. However, if a pirate is going to steal a game anyway, the only people the price hikes affect are the paying customers. Budge may have given us a nifty pinball game that inspired a generation of developers in ways that we can't possibly measure. Unfortunately we can already measure the impact Hotz has had on the game industry. He's escalated the pirate/publisher war and Sony has slammed up tight. Hotz spit in Sony's face, and we're going to catch the brunt of the backlash.

freak_killer
freak_killer

@Tevi I see that you can post such an offensive crap and just get away with it here? WHAT WORLD IS COMING INTO? SERIOUSLY?

gstealer
gstealer

I still keep my last statement in my mind... It's all about freewill, you want to arrest Hotz dude, sure ok go ahead... You want all the devices he used to hack the PS3? Don't think so, if he wants to give it to you, he will, if he wants to set it on fire, he will... You can't force him to do something he doesn't want to... And he can't force Sony to go pirate. None of the sides are correct

Tevi
Tevi

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BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

Part 2: The companies are becoming more abusive day by day,and find ways to restrict the consumers as much as they can and steal their money.When there is discontent among consumers one of the results will be piracy,and as i told earlier if they want to solve the piracy issue they should lower the game prices and correct their business model into a better moral way and stop abusing the consumers,maybe then people be more willing to pay the money they have hardly earned to buy a game!

BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

@rogue81 First i don't see anything wrong with Hotz posting the result of his works on the Internet,he shared his work with the world and opened the system for people to use it the way they like it,HE DIDN'T SAY HOW TO USE IT,its completely up to people how do they use it,so i don't see any wrongdoing on Hotz side in this,even if one of the outcomes of his work can be piracy! Piracy does affect the companies but you should note that its extent maybe exaggerated,every downloaded game doesn't mean a lost sale,as there are many people who may buy the game even if they pirate it or the people who would never buy the game whether they could pirate it or not,so a downloaded game is not a lost sale! And the heinous acts i talk about companies are like: Removing OtherOS by Sony,dropping the promised PS2 emulation on PS3,locking the content of the game which is on the disc and asking for money to unlock them as DLC,selling crap DLCs,charging an extra online fee for a pre-owned/used game(when you did already pay for XboxLive for example),these are just few examples.

earlmccormick88
earlmccormick88

Both the PS2 and the Xbox were both modifiable. You can just go to the mall, up to a concession stand and have it modded for a fee. How did that effect video game sales then? The original Xbox was just as easy as modding than the PS3. #USB Where were these articles 8/9 years ago when both the PS2 and Xbox were being hacked? How did Hotz stop Black Ops from selling Billions!? Are these gaming companies donating millions to Japan? OK

rogue81
rogue81

@Blacksnake123: Yes, most DLC is a ripoff. Yes, megapublishers like Activision are sucking the blood from their customers. But you can't have it both ways. You can't say "fight them with piracy" and then defend piracy with "it doesn't affect sales". Which is it? Does piracy hurt them or not?

rogue81
rogue81

What someone does to their own hardware in the privacy of their own home isn't any of my business. However, Hotz posted his work on the internet allowing anyone to copy it. If you want to save the games you own to your hard drive, fine. On the other hand, you know pirates are using Hotz's work to copy games they don't own. Before someone else spouts about how pirates don't affect sales, let me stop you by saying it's an idea that I don't understand. Yeah, I get pirates aren't walking into Gamestops and stealing physical copies of games. However, they are playing/using software they didn't pay for. Saying "I would have never bought it anyway so it doesn't count as a lost sale" doesn't change the fact that pirates are enjoying the entertainment the game provides without paying for the game. @BlackSnake123: What "heinous acts" are you talking about? Last I checked video games were a hobby. Games are a pastime. Games a luxury that no one needs for sustenance or to cure a disease. These corporations aren't making food or medicine so expensive that only the super rich can afford them.

BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

And want to fight piracy? Lower the game prices! Make better games! and stop cheating people! you think people like to pay 60$ for a game and then have to pay 10$-20$ or more for the content which could be included in the game in the first place?some of them are even on the game discand they are locked! they intentionally take out a few missions out of the game so they can sell it later to us! Isn't this theft????? Want to solve the piracy problem? lower the game prices and stop being b*tches!

BlackSnake123
BlackSnake123

Thank you Hotz,We support you! What you have done gave us the ability to use what we have paid for and it is our OWN! Thank you SOOOO MUCH! And the people who say he broke the law should know he HADN'T break any law,and ToS means absolutely nothing and Sony can not prosecute someone on behalf of that! Now i have the option to install the games i own to HDD so i can save my PS3 lens! I can run homebrew ! And to all people who defend the corporations and support their heinous acts i would say GET LOST!

Granpire
Granpire

@TomM_GScom There is a major journalistic error in this article. It links to the previous(misinformed) article about George Hotz having left the country. George Hotz denied this directly, saying it was a vacation he had paid for in November. It's ridiculous how many people jumped to the conclusion that he fled the country; something that would be completely stupid to do. http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/sony-playstation-3-hacker-george-hotz-denies-fleeing-to-south-america/ The amount of negative press Hotz is getting lately is astounding, when really he's just a brilliant coder looking to make the system more free. Bragging rights aren't too low on the list either.

rustynailrdm
rustynailrdm

yeah I buy dvds....that doesnt give me the right to make copies and sell them...dont give me that crap that its not the same thing, its exactly the same thing. I hate when people say, oh i bought it so i can do what i want with it... yea u can do what u want, so long as it is legal.....

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

I'm a developer myself and I believe when I purchase a hardware, I didn't just rent it, I bought the damn thing and I can tinker with it as I see fit whether it's Sony's, Microsoft's, AMD's, Apple's or Intel's is irrelevant. They can not force us to do what they want with the said hardware.

tamabeast04
tamabeast04

irresponsible opinion article... he is not some martyr, he breached the agreement he entered into, and now sony is making him pay... no different than anyone else in the world who breaches any other legal agreement. Stop making piracy a debate... it's not, it's illegal.

rustynailrdm
rustynailrdm

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moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

I never expected this much love from Gamespot, standing for the little guy against a big greedy corporation like Sony, Thank you so much and thumbs up :D

stephenbarr
stephenbarr

our opinions dont even matter because what he did was illegal. end of discussion.

dark-sign
dark-sign

if all these big corporations had in mind some logical things about human surviving there wouldnt be piracy!you cant sell a game 60€ in greece and in the same time sell it 60€ on uk when the sallery on uk its like 3 times biger than greece! gaming its entertainment!not an expensive hobby, no one can afford to buy games in those rediculous prices, if those corporations dont change their price policy, there will always be a hacker to crack their system whatever it is nothing its unbreakable and there will be always be piracy as they continue to sell games in non affordable prices. as a game creator i would be happier to see more people buying my game in low price and enjoy it than letting only some people who can afford it buying.logic says that they would have the same profit from it as more people would buy their games as they could afford buying them and there wouldnt be any issue of piracy couse nobody would get in trouble to get a free game.there wouldnt be any reason for companys to lock their systems to stop piracy. its like they are saying you know what kid you will never play this game cause you cant afford it, i didnt make it for you, i made it for a rich kid!so just f**k them all, only piracy can save us till they stop doing what they do with the prices.we are gamers, we enjoy gaming and we want to play, i understand that the developers want to get some profit from it, but by f***ing us with their rediculous prices wont ever end the war against piracy.

galduke
galduke

Gamespot can post an article favoring- but I get a suspension for suggesting- oh whatever... Also, the PS3 isn't all that powerful, even at launch it was dated tech so don't act giddy at the (limited) prospects. You also forgot to mention how terrible the PC gaming scene is now, with loads of poorly optimized multi-platform games, increasingly scarce dedicated servers, and that dreaded "consolization" due to the lousy sales/piracy ratio.