Game Console Mods: Illegal

30Oct12

The Nieborg and Van Der Graag article discusses video game modding and when researching the web for more information, found interesting articles about game condole modding. While some gaming companies release versions for modding, game console developers, such as Microsoft’s Xbox, do not allow people to freely mod their consoles. Recently, copyright regulators rejected a petition to allow console modding. It is currently illegal to do so. I found this interesting since this is something that is widely done by people and I don’t quite agree with the rationale behind its illegality. I also think it is interesting that people blog and post pictures about their successes/failures regarding illegal modding of their own consoles. Below is a link to both the article explaining it’s recent confirmation of illegality but also a link to an article showcasing a modding “wizard” who illegally modded an xbox into a laptop.

Dan

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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/10/dmca-exemptions-rejected/

http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/35082/modding-wizard-creates-a-xbox-360-laptop

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