Looks like the X-box has been cracked

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  1. alanrob

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    Couple of vids for all you interested parties to have a view at that show a modded Xbox playing copied games on DVD-R disks.

    www.technodevices.com/neox.wmv
    www.technodevices.com/xt.wmv

    Both clearly show an Xbox loading in copied games.

    Don't know how Mr Gates is going to take to his new baby being busted only a few months after it's launch. Can't say that I'm too sorry to hear (and see) this happening. I know a few m8's who are suddenly interested in getting an Xbox :)

    I wonder how long it will take before the GC is cracked too?
     
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    ......but surely it gonna be super hard to crack the cube?

    .....it uses 'itsy bitsy' disks (thats their offical name).;)

    .....I haven't looked into this much but what the hell would you copy them onto?

    ....anybody have an 'itsy bitsy' CD burner?:D



    bling!
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    Yeah, the only point I could see for even trying to hack the Cube would be to bypass regional game coding. But does the Cube even have region lockouts?

    Me, I'm looking forward to getting a few decent emulators that run on the XBox. :D
     
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    Lik sang are selling craked panasonic Q machines, for DVD anyway, I think nintendo have been V clever, you can buy 8cm CD-R but not yet seen DVD-R in 8CM, any CD-R ,DVD-R writer can write them diameter is not a problem, buying blanks is, you could just add a standard DVD drive to the Cube for copied discs.:devil: :devil:
     
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    it's a shame that no forums seem to be excited by the fact we'll be able to play imports on modded Xbox, instead talk always goes straight for piracy..
    Very sad..and of course people that buy pirates are just tight-arses with no morals..
     
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    That fact may be true m8, but there is no hiding the fact that the PS1 was so popular due to the fact you could go and buy games for your chipped machine for £5 or less at the local market.

    I don't know of anyone that doesn't have (or had) a chipped PS1 and it wasn't for playing import games on their UK spec box. It was to get cheaper games.

    Piracy will always be with us and no matter how hard companies try to kill it off it's just grows stronger each year.
     
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    Piracy may be rife, but that doesn't make piracy a good thing. No profit is made on hardware so anyone who buys a console just to play pirated games is in fact causing a problem for the industry not helping it.

    I'm interested in these mods purely to play rental games on my imported machines. All piracy does is devalue the enjoyment you get from games because obtaining it took so little expenditure, which ultimately defeats the purpose of having the games in the first place.
     
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    I didn't say that piracy was a good thing. All I said was the PS1 became so popular due to the fact that you could buy (or download) copied games for it.

    I've always believed that games are to highly priced for what they are (Jak & Daxter was brill, but only last for a few days before I completed it - you tell me. Was £35 worth it for two days?) the consoles themself should be priced higher and software reduced in price.

    How often do you hear people moan about having to pay upwards of £15 for a CD from the high street? And the record industry wonders why piracy is huge! I'll say this about piracy, we all have done it at some point in life.

    You also say you are interested in these mods just to play UK disks on your USA Xbox, but how do we know that's all you'll be doing with it? The temption to have more games will be strong and will you be able to resist if someone offers you a new game that might not even be released yet for a few quid?

    If all this region cack was thrown out when it came to gaming then maybe more people wouldn't need to have things like this new hack, but the hardware companies seem to want these things to happen and tell everyone that they put regions on their consoles so they can control release dates? Question is WHY?

    Why can't we all buy the latest release the same time the US or Japan get them? The world is getting smaller and the internet is bringing it even closer. So why tie all our hands to this regional nonsense?
     
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    I agree region coding is a waste of time, and I think the industry is waking up to the fact there is one global market and language is the only barrier. Episode 2 is having 1 release date, good thing!! I dont know how they do it, buts hats off to the guys that make reasonable quality recordings before the cinematic release. With games its a little different, but without regions for games and DVD's it would be a lot easier to police the people making the mod chips, remove regionaliseation and there is no legal reason for the chips!
    Just my 2 Euros.:) :) :)
     
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    Development costs have got so ridiculously high that it's no surprise games cost so much. The average game costs about £3-5 million to develop now. That's just your average bog standard game, not something like MGS2. I read that Shenmue cost $40million to develop. You've then got advertising spends on top of that. A large percentage of ther retail price goes directly to the retailer too. Only after all that has been recouped will a game make any money for the publishers.

    Yes, the PS1 sold loads because of the availability of pirated games. However, it did nothing for anyone in the industry. Obviously none of the money went to developers or publishers. None of it went to Sony either. All console manufacturers sell their machines at a loss and make money on the games that are sold (Sony take a licensing fee for each game duplicated. Don't know what it is on PS2, but on PS1 it was £7 for each game duplicated).

    Cheers,
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    Very true, but why spend so much on making games that have little or no depth compared to games I grew up with on the Spectrum and C64?

    The games industry needs to take a good look at itself as spend $40M on a game is just crazy. Gone are the days when a few m8's would sit round their computers and knock out a classic game. They now spend more time trying to get their games to look nice and have even more videos than the last release.

    As a gamer I want more GAMEPLAY!!! Not cool graphics and jaw dropping videos. Maybe that's why I'm more tempted by the GC than the Xbox at the mo.
     
  12. John Jennings

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    Indeed, I remember the 8-bit days well, but you're talking about a videogame market that doesn't exist any more. In those days it was a cottage industry, appealing to relativley hardcore gamers.

    These days, thanks to the marketing of the PlayStation, the games market is completelty mainstream and games are played by all age ranges. The casual gamers now outnumber the hardcore gamers by a large number. These kinds of people want a game based on a cool license, they want flashy graphics and a game soundtrack with all the latest hip tunes on it.

    These are the audience that publishers want to attract as they're the majority of the market. Publisher and developers aren't some altruistic industry, they are here to make money, and this is the best way to do it.

    If you really don't care about graphics and presentation there are plenty of PD and Shareware games being produced with great game-play. Also there's there's a mine of emulatiors and ROMs out there to play the old games. However, you're not going to see commerical games going back that way, as that industry is long dead.
     
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    Got MAME on my PC and love playing the old arcade games :)
    But I have to disagree about gaming now.

    Having just played Super Monkey Ball (SMB) on the GC I can tell you that top quailty game play is still here. I'll bet it didn't cost millions to make this game, but it's simplicity is something to marvel at.

    This is a problem with most games now, they try too hard to be better than everything before. Game developers are needing to take a few steps back and see what it is they are producing instead of trying to be flasher and louder than they were before.

    Nintendo (Sega did SMB for them) seem to have the upper hand when it comes to gaming. They would rather give you a game that has great depth of game play and a massive amount of levels instead of giving us games that take a few hours to complete. Now with the GC they can supply this type of game with cracking image and sound.
     
  14. John Jennings

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    Oh I agree, the occasional gem does still come along, but look at how rare they are these days. I'm also a huge Nintendo and Sega fan; they make excellent games.
    However, look at what happened to the Dreamcast and N64 when compared to the PlayStation. If you were in the business of trying to make money from producing computer games then who would you try and emulate; Sony... or Sega?

    I consider myself a true gamer and would much rather see games as original as I used to play on my Speccy, they're what made me want to work in games in the first place. I'm just commenting on the current state of the industry though (which I think is very sad at the moment). But don't blame the developers. They all know what makes a good game, as they're nearly all hardcore gamers (why else would they choose to pursue a career in it? It's certainly not for all of the incredible late hours and bad working conditions); blame the PR & Marketing fools at the Publishers who've, more often than not, never played a game in their lives. They don't have the faintest idea about what makes a good game, they just want a clone of whatever's been selling well recently. It's them who determine game content unfortunately. It's a tough time for devlopers at the moment, a load are going out of business. If a publisher comes along and says "We'll give you £5 million to make 'Super Metal-Gear Lara-Croft Pro-BMX Skateboard Xtreme Snowboard Stunts Solid 7' for us." you're not going to say no... unfortunately.
     
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    I cant help thinking we sometimes look at the past with rose tinted glasses .

    Yes i agree there are loads of rubbish games out there but there has been some really good stuff as well .
    Doom was brilliant but it doesn`t make Halo worse because its not the first of its kind.
    When the new Zelda or Mario Sunshine come out even if their brilliant someone will moan oh its not original though I remember Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner .

    They are making them because we want them . As i say there is loads of rubbish out there esp the film licenced games but there are millions more games Deus Ex, TH3 ,JSRF all the command and conquers all great games .
    If you played Tony Hawk and feel TH3 is no different don`t buy it they will get the message .

    As for being a "true gamer" what the hell is that ???
    Just cause you had a poxy spectrum .
    People try to make other gamers inferior because they have played an Atari or something .
    Anyone who has bought a game is a true gamer becuase they have an opinion .
    I have had most consules about inc spectrum,DC etc and i`d swap all for a GC or X box .
    Sega stick to making games if you can`t make consules simple as that .
     
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    Sad times indeed for the games industry.

    Let's hope the GC takes off and we can all delight in the wonders of Nintendo game play for many years to come.

    I know that I'm fed up with all the FPS and Xtreme sports games doing the rounds at present. Just how many of these games are we going to be subjected too?

    Just wish my brother would hurry up and get me my GC - I need a SMB fix :D
     
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    Woh, steady on! :eek:
    I was just differentiating myself from the 'casual gamers' that were the basis of my previous post. Basically, read it as 'enthusiast', ie someone who spends far too much time playing games than can be healthy.
     
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    I would call that a hardcore gamer not a true gamer .
    And you said you was a True gamer because you played spectrum etc .
    I just didnt think that fair on those who didn`t have the chance to experience those formats .

    They are still true gamers .
     
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    Savage by name savage by nature :D :D

    There's John and I having a nice wee quiet debate on the current state of the gaming industry and looking back with fondness at our gaming back grounds and all we get in return is a little insult.

    As for it being a poxy spectrum ? I had more classic games for it and my trusty old C64 than I've had for the PS1 and PS2 put together. Still play some of them today via emulators on my PC :)

    A true gamer is someone who spends every free moment playing games. I don't count myself in this as I don't spend as much time playing games as I would like. Maybe ten years ago I would say I was a true gamer, but not now.
     
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    Wow, I really must remember to carefully proof-read all of my posts from now on when discussing such crucially important issues. How dare I risk insulting people by calling myself a true gamer. I mean, what was I thinking? I consider myself suitably chastised.

    Anyway, from now on I'm not going to lower myself to speak to any of you pathetic plebs unless you can prove you played SpaceWar on an IBM 704 back in 1961. :rolleyes:

    ;) John
     
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    Well, guess that's the end of our little chin wag then m8y :D
    Wasn't even born in 1961 :) Didn't even know they had power then, let alone IBM 704's :p
     
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    SpaceWar? Have a looky over here

    Basically, I think we can sum it all up by saying that the videogames industry is going the same way as the film industry. Most of Hollywood is yer average schlock no-brainer shoot-em-up, you just get the occasional low-budget gem come along every now and again. None of the major hollywood studios really want to invest $100 million in something mad, off-the-wall or (dare I say it) 'original' unless they can prove it to the marketing people that there's enough people in the core demographic that it's going to appeal to.

    I actually can sympathise with videogame publishers though. Would you be willing to risk investing millions into this wacky new concept unless you could say with a certain amount of confidence that it's going to sell millions. I mean, can you imagine the initial response to some Sega designer who said "I've got this great idea. You play this monkey right, and he rolls around in this little ball collecting giant bananas". It's a much safer investment to throw your money at 'Tekken 17' and 'Ridge Racer 36'...
     
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    so it is only a forum for you 2 only . oh you should`ve said .

    A pair of old women living in the past who think their opinions count more than anyones .

    oh what a shame they made scalextrics into a figure 8 rather than a circle.
    oh john its so sad oh alan what a shame .




    :D :D :D
     
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    Savage,

    When you're finished with the personal insults, perhaps we can all get back to talking about games 'n' stuff?

    RDB :(
     
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    so says the man who moaned that microsoft knocked £100 of the x box .

    look I just gave my point of view on the games of today .
    and i disagreed with the comments made and we had a bit of light harted banter with it .
     
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    Why follow that up with a pathetic Personal Message? 7 year olds shouldn't be allowed near the internet.........
     
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    is this a world cup thing ???
    or cant you just keep quiet ?
     
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    I think the moderators need to keep an eye on this. Opinion is one thing but taking the p155 is entirely something else. Everyone is entiteld to an opinion but it doesn't have to be confrontational just because you don't agree with someones point of view. Taking umbrage at every little thing that you don't agree with will just perpetuate the situation and you'll spend a lot of time digging a big hole for yourself and boring the rest of us silly.

    Accept that everone has differing views and get on with your life.
     
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    Calm down m8y :D

    I don't mind who joins in. That's the whole point of expressing your views on this forum, but you have to be a little kinder with the comments. You might hurt someones feelings :(

    Say what you want about old games, but the truth is there were some classics back then that have been done to death now.
    It's nice to remember were they all came from and it's even better being able to remember the day you first saw an FPS or played Pacman at the arcades.

    You might be a young thing, but don't knock us old timers. If it wasn't for the likes of John and myself then there wouldn't be a games industry.

    Say what you want, but try and be a little more plesent in future. Or remember and use the :D :p ;) to show your just having a laugh (as I did in my reply to you entering the thread :) )
     
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    I`m definetly not a young thing :D


    as i said i have had most consules inc spectrum and i was actually agreeing with you when at first you said about the new games being not to bad you said monkey ball but youve now changed your mind .

    And i commented that I think you see things through rose glasses .

    And the only point i made was that there are great new games about .
    but for some reason you have now changed your mind after me getting some comments .
    I then took your friends comments about him being a true gamer becuse he had a spectrum as insultion to many people i know .

    games are much more polished now some with great gameplay like Monkeyball as YOU said


    :D
    Stick to your convictions m8
    :D
    enough grins ?:D
     

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