Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Once More Into The Breach...

Something big happened yesterday, something epic.

Nintendo decided they'd had enough of the homebrew shenanigans. They've heard about all the crazy hacker stuff that them darned internet kids have been up to and they decided to drop the hammer on that shit.

And this wasn't just messing around with the hackers like last time. See, last time, they just removed a small glitch that made it ever so slightly harder for new people to install homebrew programs. It didn't actually undo anything.

No, this time, their new update not only checked for homebrew files and erased them, it runs the check on every start up and erases them AGAIN.

Holy freaking shit.

They weren't screwing around with this one. Oh hell no, they meant serious business this time.

With one fell swoop, these hackers and their nefarious homebrew were forever wiped out. This entire update was meant for only one purpose: bringing an end to the age of homebrew.

Truly, the gauntlet has been thrown and I don't see how the wii homebrew scene could possibly ever recove...

What?

They ALREADY have a workaround for this?

Seriously?

Oh.

So...

Yeah, how've you been? How's the family?

What the hell was Nintendo thinking? I mean, I understand that they're not happy with the whole homebrew thing, but they're basically just pissing them off at this point.

This isn't a rival company. This isn't some guy across the street in an office building trying to figure out how he can make his own game business.

It is, quite literally, thousands of people with nothing better to do than poke holes in Nintendo's code.

Do you know how hard it is to write absolutely perfect code?

Neither do I, but I assume it is really difficult.

I assume that because they keep putting out system updates and games that have more holes than the plot of Lost.

While it is really difficult to write code without holes, it is pretty damned easy to find those holes and use them to do some seriously messed up shit.

Do you want your Wii to play DVDs? They can totally do that.

Yes, I know you already own like eighty seven things that can play DVDs. All the other systems play DVDs. Your toaster plays DVDs.

That's besides the point.

I'm not sure what the point is, but the point plays DVDs now.

So, yeah.

Okay, okay. I know that a few (read: A LOT) (read: MOST) (read: PRETTY MUCH EVERY F&%@ING PERSON ON THE PLANET) are using homebrew programs to run illegal back ups.

That's bad.

Unfortunately, there's really no conceivable way to stop people from doing this.

They're organized. They're focused.

They're lacking any other hobbies.

Other than playing games.

Illegally downloaded games.

These people live to find new and creative ways to use Nintendo code to do new and creative things.

This whole new system update thing came down like fire raining from the heavens. Homebrewers ran for cover, their entire world crumbling around them.

For like seventeen minutes.

Then, the guys behind the homebrew scene, the guys doing the seriously crazy things with Nintendo code, decided to break that shit down.

Most people guessed they'd have a viable workaround by the end of the week.

They were off by about three days.

Less than 48 hours went by and that shit was already solved.

Boom! Headshot!

I realize Nintendo was trying to send a message. They were trying to get a point across to these terrible hackers/pirates/people in need of one more DVD playing thing.

Apparently, that message was "We're going to temporarily inconvenience you. Probably."

That is not how you take on a hacker scene.

That is how you take on a group of British school children.

"Pip pip. Cheerio. Please stop that. Alright, since you will not stop, I will be forced to tell you to stop again."

Honestly, the best thing they could do at this point is to wave a goddamned white flag. Just throw that thing up there and pray the hackers don't make the flag play DVDs or something.

They're already as rich as F&%@. They should just let it go.

It's starting to get embarrassing.

10 Comments:

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Leut said...

British children eat Cheerios? I had no idea.

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Sword said...

Tbh although it's not impossible to do, I really think there is little point in messing with hacking a system with such limited capacity. The wii itself like has 512 MB of internal memory and it can use SD cards.

The whole play DVD's thing is almost as pointless. Everything just about plays DVD's these days, hell I've seen an Atari 2600 that could play them. Granted it was made by guys like these with too much time on their hands, but still. Why do we need another DVD player when we got 50 others.

Now if you could make it where the Wii could play PS1/2, Dreamcast, Sega CD/Saturan and other CD/DVD apped console games we'd have something!

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger sRc said...

losing battle as it is, they have to make some sort of effort to keep up with this. otherwise, they will lose faith of the investors, faith of the developers, and as those leave, revenue does as well

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger sRc said...

damn I wish there was an edit. to finsih my thought, I mean by doing nothing would lead to those. doing something, even though they know its futile, keeps the faith

 
At 12:59 AM, Blogger Pulsahr said...

Perfect code for anything more than "hello world" applications doesn't exist.
Just forget it.
Because of time and money limits, perfect code just can't exist.

Let me quote something i picked on a forum :
"Softwares and cathedrals are the same : first we built, then we pray."

Just to point the fact that codes are never completely finished (time and money issues stuff), so there will always be holes, or glitches, or whatever that makes you think this game isn't finished , and this will always be true ;)

 
At 1:41 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

Here's a link to someone actually doing some pretty cool stuff by hacking a Wii: http://johnnylee.net/projects/wii/
Having the viewing angle move with you realistically when you move your head is pretty impressive, and would make for quite an awesome FPS.

 
At 7:06 AM, Blogger Aen said...

I love how the same thing happened with Adobe CS4.

They tried to stop pirated versions of the suite by creating a server that blocks installs with blacklisted serials. It seemed brutally efficient and unforgiving.

They found a workaround for that in under three days, too.

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Michael C. said...

You missed this part (courtesy of slashdot.org):

...boot2 (part of the system bootloader chain). Homebrew users have been using BootMii to patch boot2 in order to gain low level system access and recovery functions (running Linux natively, fixing bricks, etc). The update hasn't hindered this, as users can simply reinstall BootMii after updating (it is compatible with the update). But there's a much bigger problem: Nintendo's boot2 update code is buggy."

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Mil'bereth said...

I guess Nintendo is hiring the wrong people...

 
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