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Xbox modding case dismissed

Unfortunately the above idiot who was arrested and charged with allegedly breaching the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was dismissed of said charges today in court. The individual above is 28 year old Matthew Crippen.

Via wired.com

The government charged that Crippen, a hotel car-parking manager, ran a small business from his Anaheim home modifying the firmware on Xbox 360 optical drives to make them capable of running pirated or unauthorized games.

Some shotty work by the prosecution has lead them to dismiss the case “based on fairness and justice.” (wired.com has great coverage from the past few days on the case)

From what I’ve read about the case, this guy was making money off of modding consoles. He then tried to defend himself by saying it was only so people could back their games up. Yep I’m sure that’s all people will do with their modded consoles. Your trusted customers would never rent/borrow tons of games only to make illegal copies to play (note my sarcasm).

Had this guy kept to himself and not blatantly advertised his modding services he could have stayed under the radar like wayyyyy too many other modders out there. Hopefully we’ll see some other cases like this in the future that are successful. Pirating games  is illegal. I’d be the first to tell you that gaming is an expensive hobby but pirating games is basically like stealing money. Money that allows developers to keep putting out great games.

Support the industry and don’t cheat the system by modding.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in Xbox

 

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XBL Rewards ready for launch

You know how at grocery stores you scan your little plastic rewards key ring thing and you get free stuff or money off? Well Xbox Live is jumping on that bandwagon and launching Xbox Live Rewards. Earn Microsoft Points just for doing stuff you already do anyways!

So go sign up at Rewards.xbox.com!! It’s quick, easy, and you’d have to be pretty dumb to pass up free Microsoft Points. Just sayin.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2010 in Xbox

 

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XBL Dashboard Update for Everyone!

In preparation for the big release of Xbox 360’s Kinect on November 4th, the 360 dashboard has been updated. Now for a while now a select group was given the opportunity to preview the new dashboard so it’s old news for them. But for the rest of us, this update is all shiny and new.

Check it out!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdXnEmLBZfA

You’ll notice the addition of ESPN which I love. Catch your favorite sport’s highlights and see what’s going on in the world of sports.

So flip on your Xbox and test out the new features and let me know what you think!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2010 in Xbox

 

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The Sims 3, on your console?

Oh the memories I have from playing The Sims. Back before we had internet at my house and when our PC and PlayStation were my gaming devices. I played for hours sitting in front of the computer playing creating weirdo people with crappy houses (until we discovered the money cheat code). More expansion packs came out and out computer got slower until we just weren’t interested anymore.

Since those days The Sims have moved up and onward without us. Finally resting with today’s The Sims 3. With TS3 getting so much success on PC why not bring the party to the console players?

April 27, 2010 – Electronic Arts is taking one of its most popular PC franchises and moving it over to consoles. The company announced The Sims 3 will now be heading to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS this coming fall.  (via ign.com)

Apparently I have missed a lot between the original Sims and today’s TS3. So much has been added an improved from the same basic game I was addicted to in middle school. But PC gaming is not my thing anymore. Boom! EA announces The Sims 3 heading to console and DS. Will I buy it? Maybe. I have such fond memories of the original but I will need screenshots and gameplay video before making the final decision.

With that I leave you with one question…

What was your favorite original Sims moment?

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2010 in nintendo ds, ps3, Xbox

 

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