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    News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    The damage may have already been done, but today marks a small victory for Nintendo over piracy.
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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    I'm guessing this applies to the other mod chips aswell?

    I suppose the majority of people buying this probabily pirate games but I liked using the homebrew software, its shame really

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Sights View Post
    I'm guessing this applies to the other mod chips aswell?

    I suppose the majority of people buying this probabily pirate games but I liked using the homebrew software, its shame really
    I believe this relates specifically to the R4 chip only.

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Sights View Post
    I suppose the majority of people buying this probabily pirate games but I liked using the homebrew software, its shame really
    Theres probably also a small minority that also use it to "consolidate" their game collection.

    Carrying around 1 R4 with all your games on it is significantly easier than carrying around lots of cartridges that might get lost or damaged.

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    still R4's are one of the more basic and well imho rubbish mod chips anyway

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    I can understand why they've done this, but as a big fan of emulation it's a bit disappointing.

    I'm thinking about this - if they've banned the cards because they bypass security to play commercial ROMs does this mean that if someone releases homebrew cards without the commercial ROM bypass code that they'll be legal? I may be totally misunderstanding it, but I'd quite happily buy one of those to run Homebrew/emulation stuff.

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    This will definately give a boost to Pandora and other lesser known makes, that arent so anti-homebrew.
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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Sights View Post
    I'm guessing this applies to the other mod chips aswell?
    Almost certainly.

    Not sure about the DS, but older Nintendo hardware, the GBA, checks the rom image for a specific bitmap (a picture of mario IIRC), if the picture is there it boots.

    The picture is copyright

    This makes the arguement about homebrew moot, because to get any homebrew to boot from a cart without modifying the hardware directly, you have to violate Nintendo's copyright by copying the image.

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Fishcake View Post
    if they've banned the cards because they bypass security to play commercial ROMs does this mean that if someone releases homebrew cards without the commercial ROM bypass code that they'll be legal?
    Yes! But then they won't boot.

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by BobF64 View Post
    Theres probably also a small minority that also use it to "consolidate" their game collection.

    Carrying around 1 R4 with all your games on it is significantly easier than carrying around lots of cartridges that might get lost or damaged.
    This is why I have one. Haven't used my DS for a looong time now, but when I did there was no way I was going to take a handfull of games offshore with me all the time, so it worked perfectly for me.

    I understand I'm probably a fairly unusual case, but I never did pirate a game. Another good use of them is you can manage your save games easier. Mario only has three save game slots, but with a mod chip card you can have just re-name one save file and create another three saves

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    This just means that the DSi SD card slot will be hacked next

    They seem to forget the Wii is totally soft hacked, will they make SD cards illegal next?
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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    I understand I'm probably a fairly unusual case, but I never did pirate a game.
    Same here - well, I suppose it depends on how pedantic people want to be, but I do not have any commercial games on my R4 that I haven't previously bought.

    I'd be lying if I claimed that most people used them legitimately though. Pretty much everyone else I know with an R4 card has it so they don't have to pay for games.

    I agree with Father Smurf though - this will probably increase the market for the Pandora (if they can get the bloody consoles out of the door fast enough though) and the GP32X / Wiz for retrofreaks like me!

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    Re: News - London's High Court bans R4 mod chip in the UK

    *peels off R4 sticker and writes "Imagine Babies" on instead*

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