where do i start?
this is my first blog post...ever.
I have always been really in to video games, i used to play regular Nintendo for hours when i was 4.
shout out to "cartage blowers".
i think i started taking the whole industry serious when i was 14 and xbox came on the market.
originally i was opposed to xbox games (well, except for halo) because side by side with the ps2 the graphics looked "boxy", overall game play wasn't as smooth and load times seemed longer.
it wasn't until the advent of loading games on to the hard drive and never having to worry about getting up to switch games, scratches wasting $20-$60 and slow load times/loud noise that i made the switch.
originally i had no clue what i was doing.
i had a great resource (xboxscene) full of awesome people doing all kinds of really cool things and some even kind enough to write tutorials for newbie's.
after deciding a simple software mod to allow me to do what i want with the thing i purchased wasn't nearly awesome enough, i started thinking of different ways to make my xbox look cool (i mean jokes)...a lot of paint, time and help from a few friends later i was the proud owner of this*
* = it doesn't actually look like this anymore, I've spent much more time on it, if your interested you can watch a video of it here (its the one in the middle)
since then i have done many things to repay the debit i felt i owe'd the community for all of the help i had received.
I've written a few tutorials, helped countless people figure out everything from opening there console to backing up there games to installing and even creating software.
which i'm not to proud of...mostly because it make's it easier for the people that choose to be unethical.
which brings up "Immigration and Customs Enforcement" attempting to force ethics by demonizing the whole community.
dont get me wrong, I HATE PIRACY! as much as Microsoft hates piracy, as much as im sure all of you do.
but there is an inherent value in the "homebrew" community (you know, the ones that cant afford a $1600-$2500 development kit but are creative, have good ideas and time to test them).
if not for teaching people like me something interesting (i really wasn't interested in anything but playing video games when i started), if not for creating awesome software you would never think of (XBMC is the Best Media Center's i have ever used), then for giving back to the creator by adding and/or simplifying (referring to the guide button on the 360 controller) and that isn't something that should be met with hostility, threats or any resistance.
Which is Why i am S0O0O Happy and Extreamly Excited to say
could i leave this anymore open ended?
i'm interested to hear what you nerds think about all this.