Let’s Control [ put anything here (and I mean ANYTHING) ]

March 10, 2011 in In the Media, In the News, Mobile Development, Programming by trevelyn

This may seem like a typical rant, but I have developed a few DS games and have been distributing them [ the games I personally have developed ] over the years. Also, I have said a lot of good things about Nintendo in many articles and to much of my friends. Nintendo has been around, in my life, since I was about 7 years old. Since the first NES. I have been thinking about this for a long time now, and I have to say something. Today I read that Nintendo will be remotely bricking 3DS devices that have been using R4 cartridges. Yeah. They are so scared about people pirating software, that they most likely didn’t even make (far more 3rd party developers’ games published than actual Nintendo titles), that they [Nintendo (NOT the developers of the games)] will render the device you have spent $259USD on, completely useless. What a load of shit.

What about those of us who create homebrew games? Who buy the devices because we love to develop?? Learning PALib and using DSGameMaker was an amazing journey in programming.

Hack the Gibson DS!

Payphone DS!

CthulhuTown DS

Phonelosers of America DS

I’m sorry, but this action – by Nintendo – is complete totalitarianism. Fortunately, the updates are not automatic, according to this forum post. This is still awful, because without those updates, I’m sure you cannot play the newest games, or use the Nintendo App store.

According to Wikipedia:
“Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state, usually under the power of a single political person, faction, or class, recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible.”

Hrmm, where else would this apply? It sounds familiar…

Unfortunately, my country likes to use the phrase “War on Terrorism” a lot in our media. The attacks of 9/11/01 were devastating, to say the least, and our country has established a new catch phrase “We will never forget.” The meaning of said catch phrase takes two parts:

1. We will never forget the terrorist attacks, so we can immortalize those who were lost. Which is completely understandable, and I, myself feel this way.
2. We will advance our security and our .gov measures of snooping without limit of authority and it will force us to remember 9/11.

Okay, So, I have heard people say that “the terrorists won” when referencing the patriot act, our (sometimes – extremely outrageous) airport security, and the FBI. The phrase war on terrorism has been over used, misused, abused, and much more until finally the phrase starts to lose it’s initial meaning and now includes domestic crime. Sadly, a lot of people have profited from this and 9/11.

Speaking of total control – Google was forced, by a judge, to hand over personal information of ANYONE who even viewed the PS3 hacking videos of Geohot. Hrmm, Google seems to get rolled over on by judges quite often. What, exactly, would be the case if Geohot hosted the video from his own personal server, with Camtasia Studio? Google wouldn’t have even gotten involved, and peoples privacy would’ve be safe, somewhat. Here is a quote from geohot.com:

“I believe Apple has every right to lock down their iPhone in the factory as much as they want, but once it’s paid for and mine, I have the right to unlock it, smash it, jailbreak it, look at it, and hack on it.”

Directly after, He says:

“Fortunately, the courts agree with me on this point.”

Really? That must be nice. I wish I spent my time coding homebrew for the iPhone rather than the DS now. But wait, wasn’t that decision yet another product of a wrongful lawsuit? Here is another quote I find myself completely agreeing with: “Who are they to authorize what I do with my taxed and paid for property?

What about the instances where hacking the device broadens the consumers utility? Yeah, like the PSP-Go, for instance, will not play every PSP game. Yeah. that’s right. If you were thinking of buying it to play the 1st and 2nd Final Fantasy remakes and you forgot to do some research first; you’re making a second trip to the store to return the item. Sony doesn’t tell you this before you buy it. In fact, Sony and Nintendo DO NOT make us sign waivers BEFORE we pay for the products saying that we – the consumer – understand that our systems will be remotely bricked if we attempt to hack them. That’s the key right there. BEFORE you pay for the device, you should have to agree to ToS, not after you have dropped two to even seven hundred dollars on a product. Especially were restocking fees, (usually percentages) and shipping rates apply. That really sucks for Geohot :( I am sorry.

A good logical reasoning for this instance can uncover the cyclical process of consumption. Things are made to break. Things are made to have less functionality, for us to spend more and more money – or far worse, money that we don’t have via credit. Who recently confessed to this? APPLE. Yeah, the company that rejects functionality until the next revisions, so that you keep buying and consuming. Where are all of the APPLE computers all of the APPLE fanboys bought in the past? In a junk pile. In a land fill. Gone. In fact, APPLE has a stronger hand in this game, as they do not offer any accidental damage. Take this and add it to the fact that they try so hard to target students and college kids and what do you get? parents who have to keep buying machines for their poor college kids who like to party. Yeah.

Did you know, a Sony employee posted the jailbreak code on Twitter:

[ image from CMU.edu ]

That’s cute isn’t it? I can’t help but feel a connection between the two (software / Hardware developers and .gov). A familiar total control, as I mentioned earlier. Our privacy is gone. I will not buy a single product from Sony ever again. Nintendo, I don’t mind so much, until functionality deceases. Once so, my wallet will say good bye to you as well my old friend. I have to give credit to Fixer for showing me ZeitGeist. Thanks for adjusting my eyes.

~Douglas.