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24 February 2005 @ 06:14 pm
I see dumb people - overzealous anti-technology BS edition  
What gives with the imbeciles who scream "OMFG u dirty pirate!1!!" when somebody talks about their PS2 HD Loader? In case you haven't heard of this gizmo: it allows you to copy your PS2 games onto a hard drive inside the console so you don't have to get a game disc out every time you want to play something. Instead, you just use the HD Loader disc and select the game from a menu. It significantly decreases loading times, allows you to conveniently choose between your most commonly played games, and is great for those of us with PS2's that don't like to boot blue-bottomed (CD format as opposed to DVD) games. Our console doesn't particularly care to load up Marvel vs. Capcom 2, so it will be great to get it to read it just once and then always be able to play it whenever we want to. (I should mention that we can't even get it on the hard drive using the HD Loader PS2 software, but it is possible to put the drive in a computer and load the game on there with the puter's higher-quality DVD drive. Isn't it nifty to know that you can probably find some way to play a game that your console won't boot?) Of course, not having to use the game disc also allows you to put it away for safe keeping, which is w00t if you're like us and have hard to find games that you want to take good care of (Fatal Frame, Disgaea, the aforementioned MvC2, which is evidently rare now). I'd wanted to copy these and use the copies and hide the originals, but now I don't have to bother.

Now, I'm quite aware that people can use this device illegally by, say, borrowing their friends' games and loading them up, but getting on some arbitrary HD Loader user's case without knowing what they do with it is like whining about the use of mp3 ripping software. OMG...I have grip on here and I used it to rip my favorite CD's to our private file server so I don't have to find the CD every time I want to listen to one song! OMFG IM STEELING!!!! ROFFLE WAFFLES!1!! If somebody admits to using the HD Loader to rip games they don't own, then pester them. Otherwise, shut the fuck up kthx.
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
sinistarfithsinistarfith on February 25th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
That's funny... When I had my PS2 at work to load up DDR Extreme (for a company function), the HD Advance screen popped up and one of my coworkers said, "Oh ho, what's this? Some illegal pirate OS?"

Uh, no... it's how I keep from taking 6 different copies of DDR from place to place everytime I go to a LAN party or DDR club meeting. It's how I make sure that nobody steals my $70 imported games. It's how I save myself the trouble of having to use a Swap Magic disc just to dance to Cartoon Heroes.

Though, I must admit that I do have two downloaded imports on there that I have not yet purchased - Para Para Paradise (useless without the controller, though) and Pump It Up Exceed (soon to be released in the US, which is when I'll buy it).

Everything else I have on there is 100% legit.
zerielzeriel on February 25th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
Oh god, there's a DDR mix of Cartoon Heroes?

I might actually have to learn to, y'know, dance.
The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on February 25th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes...traveling with games is another thing I completely forgot about. It's especially fun if you have a large collection and you want to fly somewhere.

I used exactly one illegally copied game in our system - a Japanese release of Silent Hill 4 that we downloaded to see what it was like. It wasn't out in the US yet and a bunch of people already bought it and were talking about it, so I got curious. I did buy the US version, though (and finally got around to starting a game last week...I'm about halfway through it now).