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Dtoid Community Discusses pt 16: Emulation and Game Modding

Hey all! Welcome to another edition of Dtoid Community Discusses! It's been a busy couple of weeks for me here, and I'm nearing the completion of my first research project (fingers crossed). Anyway, for those uninitiated, Dtoid Community Discusses is a weekly (or biweekly depending on my grad school) c-blog feature which involves asking Destructoid community members to discuss a topic, which I place in this cblog. You can check out some past discussions on the sidebar (over there).

This week, I went to the forums for some topic ideas, and this one comes from JT706. The topic is emulation and game modding, and here is the topic that I sent out to our panel:


Modding. Its no secret that many gamers like to emulate games and even change them to their own liking. Sometimes game companies just let it slide, while other times, they come down hard with an iron fist (i.e. Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes). In there cease and desist, Square Enix claims that ROM altering and modification is illegal.

However, there are some mods that were successful! Just think of Garry's Mod, and how Valve basically ran with it and is now also making money off of it. Anyway, what do you think of moding/emulating? Is it really illegal? How should game companies deal with the inevitability of it occuring? If you guys could mod any game, what game would you like to see modded and how so? Mother 3 � DO WANT! "

Our panel consists of Technophile, Ckarasu, and JT706....read on to find out what they thought!

Always against whats isnt officially licensed by them....but anyway, this image came up when I google imaged searched Nintendo, which comes from Cronosblade's cblog. I could think of no better picture to represent Dtoid :P


I believe that console modding can one day become "legit". It may be a while (maybe the next generation of consoles, if there is one). Sooner or later, I think the companies will one day see how profitable it can be. Until then, I guess you will have to go to PC gaming if you want fan made content.

I think another problem (in regards to piracy) comes from how easy the internet makes it to upload and download games. You don't even have to use a Torrent to download them, as there are plenty to find at Mega Upload, Mediafire or Rapidshare. Sure, some are reported, but many seem to remain unnoticed for a while (or are replaced soon after deletion). You simply download, extract and play. It's just too easy, unfortunately.

Like Technophile, I have not hacked my PSP or used an R4. The DS has plenty of good games at affordable prices, so I never felt the need for it. The PSP, on the other hand, doesn't have any games that I'd want to pirate. Besides, I would feel too guilty to actually download a game illegally (for any of the recent consoles, that is). I'm a softie, I know.


I'm just curious, would you all consider things like Game Genie/ Game Shark a light version of console modding? If so, did you use a Game Genie back in the day? I remember my Game Genie added so much playability to the games I had and actually made me want to buy certain games just so I could use it. What were some of your favorite Game Genie codes?


I just wanted to mention that the game shark is awesome and I totally had one. I consider it what it is, basically a hacking tool. It changes the hexadecimal values in the code to do it's work, so I would totally classify that as a hacking tool. It was a genius idea and I honestly hope they made a ton of money off of it. It was probably the closest to modding on console as we will see for a long long time in my opinion.


Anyway, thats all for this week. Stay tuned for next week, when I am planning for some epic DCD E3 coverage! Until then, go play games!
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About Jesse Cortezone of us since 4:34 AM on 01.13.2007


I am a Ph. D. chemist from the University of California, Berkeley. I have been playing videogames since as long as I can remember! My past favorite games include Secret of Mana, TMNT: Turtles in Time, the Resident Evil series (Jill is SUCH as master of unlocking), FFVII, Smash Bros Melee, and many others.

I've definitely gone through phases in my gaming "career". I used to LOVE fighting games in the time of Tekken Tag and Marvel vs Capcom II (my favorite fighting game), but now I find myself drawn to the more story driven games, and very recently, the music games....:)

But....fighting games are making a comeback! SFIV! MvC3! BlazBlue! Beware everyone, Tactix has put a quarter on the screen and is challenging you for battle!

It was mere chance that brought me to Destructoid back in early 2007, and through it all I've stayed because of the great writing staff, a community that cares, and lots of new internet and IRL friends. Destructoid has changed my life. True story.

If you live in the SF Bay Area, check out the DtoidSanFrancisco C-blog and join the Google Group!


Check out the past installments of my DTOID COMMUNITY DISCUSSES! Series:

Part 1: DLC
Part 2: Achievements
Part 3: Gaming Journalism
Part 4: Next Next-Gen Consoles
Part 5: Retro Renaissance
Part 6: Games That Suck
Part 7: Educational Games
Part 8: Evolution of Gaming Music
Part 9: Gaming Merchandise
Part 10: Iconic Games
Part 12: GDC
Part 13: Videogame Movies
Part 14: Competitive Gaming
Part 15: Level Design
Part 16: Emulation and Game Modding
E3 Edition: Microsoft
E3 Edition: Nintendo
E3 Edition: Sony
Part 17: Triple A Titles
Part 18: Fighting Games
Part 19: Digital Distribution

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Thanks guys!

Last but not least, Chad Concelmo and I are the same person. Go ahead and ask him. :P

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