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July 04, 2005

PSP Homebrew dilemma

Right now I'm in a dilemma with PSP Homebrew:
On the one hand things are progressing nicely out there in the world of homebrew - highlighted for me with todays release of a working build of Rogue for the PSP (English info at PSPUpdates)!! yay for us oldschoolers! (and yes, I understand the irony of Rogue on 'next-gen' hardware)


I know people who would buy a PSP just to run Nethack if anyone ever got it working!

But at the same time there are people who are intent on cracking the PSP to allow pirate games to be run, and this is a bad thing for everyone. There is no 'excuse' for cracking games on the PSP since there is no region encoding (just import games you can't get in your country). If this continues (and it will) then Sony will have no choice but to close all the avenues that currently allow homebrew to run - which will be a sad thing for those of us who *want* to see things like Nethack on our PSP's while also playing the latest PSP games.

I wish the homebrew could be allowed to continue, but as a developer I have to hope that Sony can close the door on the pirates and allow game developers to make an income, and that means closing the homebrew door as well :-(

Posted by Zaph at July 4, 2005 07:11 PM

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I just got it to startup and you can already run around.

Posted by: VirtuaMUnstaz at August 1, 2005 01:01 AM

you are right, but don't forget that some of us are earning 1000$/month or less and we can't afford original games

Posted by: arunescu at August 21, 2005 09:03 PM

Arunesco, that argument doesnt hold up - if you are earning so little that you can't afford an orginal game then you definately can't afford to buy a PSP (which costs 5x a game).

Posted by: Zaph at August 22, 2005 08:14 AM

I earn under $180 a week doing delivery driving.
I spend a lot of that on repairs and maintenance to my car, and pay board as well.

I saved for over three months to afford my PSP, and I'm saving (it's been 3 weeks) to afford a game.

So how about you stop bitching and be earnest for a change, huh? I want to see the PSP flourish, so I'm going to support it whilst it's in it's infancy, through to when the PSP2 takes over, as it probably will.

Posted by: Neal Pallotta at September 30, 2005 05:43 AM

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