According to most game companies, software piracy is very black and white. In this article, we analyze the pros and cons of hacking your console, and provide twelve legitimate reasons to do so.
Software companies control every aspect of their hardware and software. Legally, they own it, and are just licensing it to you, so they can one day just say “we don’t want you to play this anymore”.
1. Limited Game Availability
I’m not talking about when a new hot game comes out and it can be hard to find. I’m talking about when an older game goes out of print and is no longer on the store shelves. Some people are really enthusiastic about their classic system, and just want to have a complete collection of games, regardless if they suck or not.
You may have to turn to garage sales, online auction sites like Ebay, or trolling on Craigslist. If you call Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo looking for a particular out-of-print game, they will tell you the same thing. If you have a game cartridge or physical disc of the game and it breaks, then there is no “legitimate” way to get your game working again. You are just SOL.
The game companies can turn this negative into a positive. The Steam distribution platform is really good at this. Many legacy PC games (like Doom, Quake or Monkey Island) can’t really run on modern operating systems, and Steam has a copy that is tested and working on modern computers.
If you have a hacked console, then you can continue to enjoy your game