I agree with the modding, but only for loading backups OF YOUR OWN GAMES.
The Escapist : Forums : The News Room : Student Faces Ten-Year Sentence for Modding ConsolesA college student in the U.S. is looking at a possible ten-year prison sentence after being arrested for the dastardly crime of modding game consoles.
Matthew Lloyd Crippen, a 27-year-old student at Cal State Fullerton, was arrested on Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs agents on two charges of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by "modifying for personal financial gain technology affecting control or access to a copyrighted work." The arrest follows an investigation that began in late 2008, instigated by the Entertainment Software Association, and a search of Crippen's house in May that resulted in the seizure of more than a dozen Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo consoles. Each count carries a maximum prison term of five years.
"Playing with games in this way is not a game - it is criminal," said I.C.E. agent Robert Schoch. "Piracy, counterfeiting and other intellectual property rights violations not only cost U.S. businesses jobs and billions of dollars a year in lost revenue, they can also pose significant health and safety risks to consumers."
I.C.E. claims that counterfeiting and piracy cost the U.S. economy up to $250 billion each year and 750,000 American jobs, and according to an NBC Dallas-Forth Worth report, some estimates say that five to eight percent of all goods sold worldwide are counterfeit.
Full details surrounding the case haven't yet come out but at this stage it appears that Crippen is looking at a longer stretch than some killers for the crime of modding game consoles. Maybe I don't grasp the full complexity of the situation (or maybe I'm just Canadian) but that seems more than a bit harsh to me.
just got to point out, HA! there goes the entire pc moding comunity in his view.Playing with games in this way is not a game - it is criminal
Don't forget to listen music, see movies and emulate games in your console!WRONG! *insert lex luthor here*
Never use an absolute statement in your life, it will bite you.
1. PLAYING IMPORT GAMES.
2. IMPROVING PERFORMANCE.
3. QUIETENING THE INSANELY LOUD 360 DVD DRIVE.
5. ALLOWING CUSTOM FIRMWARE FOR INCREASED FUNCTIONALITY. (aka the 360 pad on ps3 hack or upscaling, homebrew, emulation etc).
6. CHANGING THE FORM FACTOR OF THE CONSOLE FOR PORTABILITY.
7. INCREASING EFFICIENCY IN THE PSU.
8. RETROFITTING NEW HARDWARE INTO CONSOLES (snes video output mods, 60hz switches).
9. ALLOWING MEMORY REGISTER HACKING TO EXPLORE GAMES OR CHEAT. (aka, the old ps1 datel type chipsets).
10. PIN MODDING TO ALLOW NEW INPUT DEVICES FOR PHYSICALY CHALLENGED PLAYERS.