Thursday, March 17, 2011

This blog post is a bit of a rant. I am no angel, I have pirated in the past and I will pirate in the future, but this uproar over Sony's treatment and pursuit of Geohot in the PS3 hacking case is driving me crazy and not for the reasons everyone else has.

Geohot is a douchebag, he is not a douchebag because of his anti-sony rap (though it helped), nor is he a douchebag for trying to hack the PS3 for knowledge's sake. He is a douchebag because he publicly released and bragged about his hack of the PS3, but then said, hey don't use this to pirate the PS3 cause that would be wrong!

Sony realized that this is a huge vulnerability and tried to stop it, but Geohot kept the data up about the hack and how to do it. Sony needs to protect their device so they sued him and issued a cease and desist. Since then a few things have happened:

-Geohot begged for money to fight big bad Sony - he got enough to hire a number of lawyers
-Sony subpoenaed the visitors at Geohots site and his computer contents - everyone shouted that Sony is evil
-Sony is now getting access to Geohots paypal contributions - everyone is shouting that Sony is evil

Ok, everyone needs to actually think about this. The PS3 is now compromised by this hack and people are using it to pirate games and cheat in multiplayer matches. Barely anyone is in fact using it for 'homebrew' and installing the Linux OS because of course millions of users legitimately only want to do that.

As to Sony's looking into Geohots paypal, computer and site visitors? Gee, maybe Sony is actually trying to prove how many of his visitors donated, looked at the hack and then pirated games? Maybe they are actually trying to demonstrate how his public bragging of this hack has actually harmed the multiplayer community? Caused rampant piracy?

Everyone seems to think that Geohot is an innocent in this, in fact he is not. He wanted infamy, he wanted to break the PS3 open and share it for good and ill and he needs to answer for these actions. I don't think he should be put in jail or fined a hojillion dollars, but a lesson should be given to this little puke.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

With PAX East coming up soon I have been in big time hype mode. Reeving media contacts from the show, setting up interviews, and planning the events I am going to visit. It also made me decide to go back and look at last years coverage and in particular my favorite part of the show, my interview with the folks from Naughty Dog.

This was a major highlight for me for a few of reasons. First Naughty Dog is one of the best developers in the business and the Uncharted games are some of my favorite of all time. Second the guys were gracious and a great group of people, giving me the interview chance because I couldn't make it into their filled to capacity panel. Third the interview went amazingly well, it was an organic and fun roundtable discussion on everything from multiplayer, to design secrets and the talent involved in the game.

This is well worth a listen (again) and shows the passion these guys have for the game and the industry.



PAX East 2010: Naughty Dog Interview