Nintendo Wii software hacked to load ISO "backups"

Over the last two years, the Wii has stood fast, remarkably resilient to software piracy without a mod chip. That era seems to be over. The Wii Backup Loader purports to be a simple Wii Homebrew Channel program that, once visited, can load (modified) ISOs right from the DVD drive. Nintendo will doubtlessly patch this […]

Andy Baio on the evolution of Olympics pirating

Andy Baio over at Waxy has posted a great little write-up on the evolution of Olympics Games pirating between 2004 and 2008. Back in 2004, the place to go for illegal Olympic videos wasn’t BitTorrent, popular trackers like Suprnova, or mainstream P2P clients. The best coverage, surprisingly, was found in the old-school Usenet binaries. It […]

Aussies consider auditing music collections for piracy

Australia’s government is looking at plans to inspect travelers’ gadgets for pirated music at airport checkpoints. Moreover, the proposal is said to be part of broader international treaty discussions. From PC World: Under the agreement, agents would be able to issue “criminal sanctions” — fines, or theoretically even jail time — if they discover pirated […]

Ubisoft distributes cracking group's no-CD patch as official

“Neilthecellist”, a user on game publisher Ubisoft’s official message boards, took a peek inside the official no-CD patch that had been released for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 and discovered that it had been released before — as an crack from piracy distribution group Reloaded. A swamp of irony: that the game’s DRM caused […]

SCEA CEO Jack Tretton on why no one develops for the PSP anymore: Pirates!

Engadget managed to snag Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton by the coattails at E3 and ask him a few questions about Sony’s PS3/PSP strategy going forward. Sony does seem to have shed a lot of the arrogance that caused them to stumble out of the gates with two press-shattered shins with the […]