Why do you hack your Wii?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by cayspekko, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Hell yeah! Proud to be a pirate! Support free distribution!

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  2. Yeah, I admit it, but it's because I'm poor.

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  3. Not generally, but I'll play a game for a bit before I decide to buy it/delete it.

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  4. No, but I'm not going to get all pissy if you do it.

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  5. NO! That is morally wrong! I just like hacking things...

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  1. cayspekko

    cayspekko Member

    Dec 14, 2008
    United States
    I'm doing an Ethnography project in my college English class. I thought I'd see if I could get some feedback from this forum. My project is about illegal copying of copyrighted media among college aged people. Of course, anyone of any age is free to answer.

    Hopefully it's okay to post this here, please don't flame me, I just honestly would like to know why people like to hack their Wii.

    I answered my own poll and I fall under the not generally category. I think it's fun to hack things and get it to do what it wasn't originally designed for. But I also use it as a tool to screen games before I buy it, since I'm not exactly rich I don't want to waste my money on dumb games.

    What do you guys think?

    PS Thanks for helping me out!
  2. Bluee

    Bluee Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    United States
    I modify my Wii because I believe in making my technology work for me. Technology is there to serve us and to make our lives easier. The answers provided don't really reflect that; playing "free" games is only one element of modifying a Wii.

    Nintendo made a decent machine but then purposely crippled it; modifying brings out the full potential in the Wii. That is why I do it.
  3. riddle43

    riddle43 GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 21, 2008
    United States
    Mich USA
    you should try to ask what people are getting more of like games ,music or movies/tv shows cause gamers are not the only hackers out there getting free stuff it may give your project more boom for the buck [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. techboy

    techboy GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Mar 15, 2009
    United States
    I voted for Not generally as well...I do download games, but typically toss them if they end up being the typical junky shovelware.

    The only games I still have that I downloaded are Conduit (haven't played it yet, even though i've had it for a few months), Wii Fit Plus (lost my Wii Fit disc), and Red Steel (dumped my friends disc). All my others I own.

    Other than that, I use things like USB loader for convenience. I'm too lazy to put discs in (or my sister borrows them), and because i'm impatient waiting for games on discs to load...

    EDIT: Also forgot to mention: VCs are a different story. Have 5 or 6 pirated ones as of now. And now that I saw Bluee's post, Nintendo did indeed make a decent system. I made mine more useful by installing Windows...
  5. PrimeTime 84

    PrimeTime 84 Advanced Member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Because is much better than a "virgin" console, with or without pirate.
  6. Ramzee

    Ramzee Advanced Member

    Sep 29, 2007
    Why did I hack my Wii?

    I saw the flow-z demo of configurable USB Loader on youtube and couldn't believe how fast the gui was. Did a lot of research to check if it was real and how much it would cost. Found out about usb drives and thought "that's better than two shelves of white DVDs clutering the telly" and "that makes the Wii look like the console it should be".

    Because it makes it sexy!
  7. SifJar

    SifJar Not a pirate

    Apr 4, 2009
    i do it simply for homebrew, not piracy. i frown upon piracy and illegal sharing of copyrighted material.
  8. PPSainity

    PPSainity Blinded by Science

    Jun 6, 2009
    I softmodded my Wii so that I can use USB Loader GX, never having to swap discs to play games is sweet. I own most of the games I have on it, around 75%, but the other 25% makes me a pirate, arrrr! The funny thing is that I mainly use the Wii to play my Webcasts using MPlayer_CE and seldom play games on the darn thing...HomeBrew is the best thing on the Wii in my opinion.

  9. wiistarter

    wiistarter GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 11, 2009
    My main reason was not for playing games but more for watching streaming footy matches downstairs. Unfortunately the wii has not lived up to my expectations for this so I still use my laptop to do it.

    Now I use it more for Testing any new games I may think are a bit dodgy just to buy and I have my full collection of originals on my HDD for portability and the fact now that the kids cant damage the disks.
  10. Ame16787

    Ame16787 GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 11, 2009
    why?? i don't earn enough with my job right now, i can't pay bills so why should i pay nintendo............ plus i love seeing my friends (with ps3s and 360s) drooling over all my games while they think about the 65-70 euros they just spent only for one....... priceless!!!!!!
  11. anaxs

    anaxs got milk, got candy

    Mar 23, 2009
    your moms jeans pocket
    the last category is wired..i jus like hacking things..xD
    anways i jus wanna play games with out buying them
  12. Maikel Steneker

    Maikel Steneker M3 Fanboy

    May 16, 2007
    I hack it because I like using the homebrew and because I like to see how it works. I've been crippling, downgrading and modding my Wii just for fun, just to see what it would do, why that is and how it can be restored.

    But I won't pretend like I never pirate a game. And I'll be honest: even if I like a game, I won't always buy it, for example if it's too short for its price.

    That said, I do own more than 100 original games (not only for Wii, for all of my systems combined) and I do spend a lot of money on games. I buy the ones I like, but not in quantities that I don't have any money left for my social life, other hobbies or my future.
  13. FenrirWolf

    FenrirWolf GBAtemp Psycho!

    Nov 19, 2008
    United States
    Sandy, UT
    All the games on my HDD are legit, though I have installed some to try them out (like the japanese release of Metorid Prime 1 and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom) before getting them when they come stateside. Same with other games I'm interested in. The convenience of the USB Loader is amazing.

    But when it comes to GCN and unreleased VC/WiiWare I'm more liberal. Why not install SSB64 when Nintendo refuses to release it for some reason? Recuperating GCN games that I ended up losing over the years is nice as well.

    I love the heightened control over my Wii since I've hacked it.
  14. rashef

    rashef GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 7, 2006
    Why. Hmm... a tough question. To be honest I treat usb loader as a mean to test the game before I buy it. A "demo" of sorts. And... uh... Nintendo's to blame for not having demos etc. implemented in their system. Plus why carry and swap discs every now and then when we can have backup copies on easily accessible HDD ?
    There's also Homebrew which lets me play all my Animes, Tokus, Dramas and the like (mplayer-CE). A safety mechanism that will enable me to restore my Wii if it's software fails (bootmii). Quite the number of free games.
    It's simply a matter of choice between a fully legit 100% functionality wii and a not so legit, homebrewn 150% functionality one I think.
  15. bosman

    bosman GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 15, 2008
    The Wii is a boring game console if it hasn't been hacked.
  16. s3phir0th115

    s3phir0th115 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 31, 2008
    United States
    Coming from someone that has hacked most of his consoles, (Wii, PS2, Xbox 1, DS (dead), DS Lite, and PSP. Nintendo 64, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and Gameboy Advance remain unhacked due to lack of need and lack of ability.) I generally hack the thing to enable increased functionality. Arguably they are used for pirating, but you can't ignore the increased functionality.

    For example, on the PS2, it's very handy to have the media player for that. Using ESR, I can go up to most PS2's and just put in my memory card to allow it to play media from a USB device.

    On the DS, using lameboy, I am able to restore the backwards compatibility that Nintendo has removed and am able to play Gameboy and Gameboy Color, saving a lot of space compared to carrying my gameboy collection. (And not to mention that I have the no-intro set of it, allowing more than I even had before.)

    On the same DS, I can play most nes games with nesds. This is very handy since there are many NES titles I like despite not having owned a real nes.

    On the PSP, I'm able to play Sega Genesis games and SNES games using the emulators when I go somewhere. (If I don't play them on my laptop, that is. I use the laptop when I can, but sometimes you can't carry that anywhere.)

    On the Xbox, I can enjoy all kinds of emulators, more than even the Wii due to it's x86 architecture, and the wonderful media compatibility of XBMC. (Unfortunately it can't do HD or a lot of x264 media I have, but it does well with the power it has.)

    And on the Wii, I'm able to emulate all kinds of systems. I'm also able to use Mplayer, and all kinds of good homebrew for the wii.

    So it's not just about pirating. It also enables a lot more functionality.
  17. DaRt

    DaRt Newbie

    Aug 7, 2009
    mplayer_ce and usbloader! I hate dvdplayers and dvds!
  18. leemufc

    leemufc GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    busby land
    i wouldnt have a wii if it wasnt hackable as its poor compared to the ps3 i have
    im more addicted to running programmes on consoles than playing the games (psp,wii,dsi)
    still addicted to downloading though but thats another story all together
    shit i think i need some counselling [​IMG]
  19. Giga_Gaia

    Giga_Gaia Shinigami

    Sep 12, 2006
    Quebec, Canada
    Why pay for games when I can get them for free? It's not like Nintendo or any other companies I pirate are gonna go bankrupt soon. Even if they did, whatever.

    I'd rather save my money for things necessary to live. Entertainment shouldn't be that expensive. Beside, there is no guilt at all here.
  20. mysticwaterfall

    mysticwaterfall Streamforce Supreme Commander

    Aug 11, 2008
    United States
    Right behind you
    I hack the wii for two reasons:

    1) Emulators. That way I can still play all the old systems (which I actually have, going back the 2600) without needing to have them all hooked up. Makes it much more convenient when I feel like playing Frostbite or something.

    2)Cheats. I love having inf lives in Mario Galaxy, what can I say:)

    EDIT: So in answer to the original question, nothing to do with pirating, per se.