you know, I really don't understand the misplaced loyalty so many of you put into a corporation.
I can understand the anti-ISO scene in the beginning, (I was part of it), because we all figured the loaders caused Sony to fix the firmware. we were worried it might hurt the platform to load...we already had very few decent games, so how terrible would it be if developers shyed away from the system because of fear of piracy?
but no, Sony fixed the firmware because of homebrew in general. we all brought the flaws to their attention...whether it be with the emulators or the applications and games all the devs created. it wasn't just loading that did it....Sony obviously doesn't want ANY homebrew. the more we do, the more they fix.
and now, with the PSP game library finally opening up, we see that it wasn't piracy that developers were afraid of. some systems do go through a bit of a weak period in the beginning...but I mean, who wouldn't be afraid to commit to a system trying to compete with the reigning champion of handheld, Nintendo? they understand now, though, that there's possibity in developing for the PSP. PSP has a decent following, and some cool specs. it has a chance of survival.
it's obvious Sony doesn't represent or even acknowledge the homebrew scene. whether you're running a game or app programmed from scratch, a port of something open source, an emulator running ROMs you own or you don't, or if you're running ISOs in fastloader or devhook or UMD emulator or whatever. regardless of WHAT you want to do with homebrew, Sony doesn't want it you to be able to do it.
and you know, I'm not really arguing for or against pirating ISOs here. what I'm sick of is seeing relatively intelligent human beings defending a corporation in the name of that corporation...corporate bred morality and loyality. I don't understand corporate fanboyism (Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, whatever), because in truth, they could give a **** about you. they don't make the systems for you, they make them because you'll pay for the experiences we all love so much. those experiences aren't from Sony, those experiences come from the imagination we have and the empathy we've developed in these games.
so, by all means, support your game developers, the thing they're doing is art (I think so, at least). but understand that even though Sony gave you the means to enjoy those games, that doesn't mean they're the only means of enjoying them. Sony, or any other corporation, will die if they aren't fed...and if the corporation isn't working for you, it's not worth keeping around anyway. trust me, if Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all went down the tubes, there would be three more companies on the way looking to make a system for our favorite titles, because there's a great demand for it. we've got the money they want...just don't go giving away your soul.
and, to be more productive, let me say that I think there's a solution in disregarding the loading stigma. if more effort could be put into loading, we could avoid updating firmwares altogether. I bought Star Wars Battlefront II, and to avoid upgrading to 2.0, I now load it. I REALLY would like to play Street Fighter Alpha Max, but it requires 2.5, so I'm pretty much out of luck for now. there's no way in hell I'm complying with Sony's wishes and upgrading. I really wish I were as good at programming as I am at talking, hahah, because I'd love to lend those skills to creating new solutions. the best I can do is try to provoke some thought.
thanks for reading this whole thing (hopefully), and thanks for responding intelligently (in advance).