Game Console Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding You Warranty

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Syngress, 2004 - Computers - 558 pages
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The worldwide video game console market surpassed $10 billion in 2003. Current sales of new consoles is consolidated around 3 major companies and their proprietary platforms: Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. In addition, there is an enormous installed "retro gaming" base of Ataria and Sega console enthusiasts. This book, written by a team led by Joe Grand, author of "Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty", provides hard-core gamers with they keys to the kingdom: specific instructions on how to crack into their console and make it do things it was never designed to do.

By definition, video console game players like to have fun. Most of them are addicted to the adrenaline rush associated with "winning", and even more so when the "winning" involves beating the system by discovering the multitude of "cheats" built into most video games. Now, they can have the ultimate adrenaline rush---actually messing around with the soul of the machine and configuring it to behave exactly as the command. This book builds on the motto of "Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty" and will appeal to the community of hardware geeks who associate unscrewing the back of their video console with para-jumping into the perfect storm.

* Providing a reliable, field-tested guide to hacking all of the most popular video gaming consoles.

* Written by some of the most knowledgeable and recognizable names in the hardware hacking community.

* Game Console Hacking is the first book on the market to show game enthusiasts (self described hardware geeks) how to disassemble, reconfigure, customize and re-purpose their Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox systems.

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About the author (2004)

Joe Grand is the President of Grand Idea Studio, a San Diego-based product development and intellectual property licensing firm, where he specializes in the invention and design of consumer electronics, medical devices, video games, and toys. His latest creations include the Stelladaptor Atari 2600 Controller-to-USB Interface and the Emic Text-to-Speech Module. A recognized figure in computer security, Joe has testified before the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and is a former member of the legendary hacker collective L0pht Heavy Industries. Joe's research on mobile devices and embedded security has been published in various periodicals, including Circuit Cellar and the Digital Investigation Journal. He is the author of many security-related software tools, including pdd, the first forensic acquisition application for Palm devices. Joe currently has a patent pending on a hardware-based computer memory imaging concept and apparatus (U.S. Patent Serial No. 10/325,506). Joe has presented his work at numerous academic, industry, and private forums, including the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Naval Postgraduate School, the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, the Embedded Systems Conference, the Black Hat Briefings, and DEFCON. He has appeared in documentaries and news for television, airplane in-flight programming, and print media outlets. He has also authored Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 1-932266-83-6), contributed to Stealing The Network: How to Own A Continent (Syngress, ISBN: 1-931836-05-1), and is a frequent contributor to other texts. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University.

Albert Yarusso is a principle of Austin Systems (, an Austin, Texas-based firm that specializes in web design programming and hosting services. Albert's background consists of a wide range of projects as a software developer, with his most recent experience focused in the game industry. Albert previously worked for Looking Glass Technologies and more recently for Ion Storm Austin, where he helped create the highly acclaimed PC game Deus Ex. Albert co-founded AtariAge ( in 2001, a comprehensive website devoted to preserving the history of Ataris rich legacy of video game consoles and computers, which has become one of the busiest destinations on the web for classic gaming fans. In 2003, Albert helped bring the first annual Austin Gaming Expo ( to Austin, an extremely successful event that drew over 2,000 visitors in its first year. Albert is also a contributor to Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 1-932266-83-6).

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