12 Legitimate Reasons to Hack Your Console

12 Reasons to Hack Your Console

Is piracy black and white?

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.

Video Game Garage Sale

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.

Steam has a lot of classic PC games

Steam has a lot of classic PC games

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

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4 Comments

  1. Don Haynes

    May 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I have this thing I do with all my consoles. I either hard or soft mod them to play games from the drive, then load all my games onto the drive. I've done it with my original Xbox, my PS2, my Xbox 360… If it were possible, I would have my Gamecube and my N64 playing from hard drives. Having a room full of game discs and cartridges is impressive, but sheesh…

  2. ocmodshop

    April 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I thought of another reason…. the physical space that all of these consoles would take up. Instead of having 23 pinball machines in a room you can play a virtual table. I knew someone that had every physical console ever made in one room, and it took up too much space, and he had to have special switches and stuff just to get them hooked up to his tv.

  3. Jenna Morgan

    April 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Yeah, when I worked at Nintendo we got a few really angry calls from people when we didn't have any parts to fix their old Nintendo 64s or NES systems. I would love to have pointed them to this article. There are a ton of emulators out there for these systems… and you can easily get the ROMs and then own the entire Nintendo catalogue… not just the few cartridges you have in a box.

  4. Confused Sony

    April 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Yeah, it's weird how Sony used to practically condone piracy when they were new and selling cassette recorders and VCR's. Now they would arrest you if they could if you even have a thought of downloading an MP3 without giving them money.