Welcome to DS Daily, a new daily (yeah, really!) feature here at DS Fanboy wherein we'll open up a discussion for a little morning chat. We've shamelessly stolen this idea from our friends at WoW Insider, but hey, shameless theft is what blogging is all about, amirite?
The first ever DS Daily question is pretty simple: are you into the homebrew scene? If not, are you interested, just too uninspired (or lazy, cheap, or perhaps uninformed) to try it? Or are you just not a fan of the whole grassroots DS development scene? Inquiring fanboys want to know.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 3)
1-11-2007 @ 8:20AM
I do. I am just waiting for the day that the guys at SCUMMVM port their program for the kind of card system I have.
1-11-2007 @ 8:28AM
Neh...never got into the homebrew scene much - even when I had a perfectly hackable PSP (traded that in right quick). The only thing I could think of to run would be an SNES emu with some good RPGs, and I've been so overwhelmed by the amount of games I bought but haven't tried yet (legal ownership ftw) that I have no time to go back and play old stuff.
1-11-2007 @ 8:29AM
I would if I had the time, means and knowledge to do so.
1-11-2007 @ 9:14AM
I keep an eye on the homebrew scene and have a friend who is right into it...
But I'm got plenty of cash to buy games I want, and other means to play emulated games, so I'm not all that fussed as of yet.
I think the homebrew scene really needs some kind of "killer app" to get me into it. Perhaps if/when i get a Lite I'll get some homebrew equipment and play around with my Phat.
1-11-2007 @ 9:37AM
I would if I had the time.....but there are too many good DS games out there to make it worth the trouble right now. Maybe if there was some sort of mail app / browser homebrew, I'd use that.
1-11-2007 @ 9:44AM
I would buy all of that good stuff if I had money... unfortunately, you only get so much from financial aid for school. I seriuosly need to get a job. I really wanna try that one web browser that one guy's working on when it's done.
1-11-2007 @ 10:05AM
I am of mixed minds about home brew, on the positive side it gives me more choices, on the negative side I am concerned about bricking my DS.
1-11-2007 @ 10:28AM
If I had a secondary DS than yes, but at this point I don't have the need.
1-11-2007 @ 10:33AM
I agree with post 3
1-11-2007 @ 10:35AM
I'd like to, but I just don't know where to start, an article would be great! hint, hint ;)
1-11-2007 @ 10:35AM
Since I just got my DS recently. I'm not into the homebrew scene yet. But as a developer, I'd love to dive right in. Show me the way!
1-11-2007 @ 10:44AM
I don't know how to, and I think it would cost too much. But someone, please prove me wrong and tell me how to homebrew!
1-11-2007 @ 10:53AM
Yes. But its going verrrrrry slooooooowly. To date I have bought the necessary hardware (M3 adapter), installed and tested DevKitPro over the winter break, and started going through the PALib tutorials.
The C/C++ programming isn't that big of a deal, especially with PALib, my main problem is I lack an idea and any kind of art skillz whatsoever. Hopefully this weekend I can get some sprites up and moving around the screens.
1-11-2007 @ 11:06AM
As a caveat, I am assuming by 'homebrew' you guys mean 'making your own software and games' and not 'playing pirated roms'.
@wiiminator, how does the price of "free" grab you? Assuming you have a reasonably modern computer, all the dev libraries and stuff you need are free, and there are emulators for running your homebrew. The only place you would need to layout some dough is if you wanted to actually test your stuff on the hardware. Then the price ranges depending on how fancy a setup you want/need. My homebrew setup cost about $100, because I already had a SD card lying around and only needed to buy an M3adapter and a passcard3. I think you could get other less fancy gear for maybe half that.
@bloodjunkie - google PALib. The PALib wiki is as good a place as any to start. Lots of tutorials and advice.
@john - You shouldn't have to worry about bricking your ds unless you mess with the firmware. If you are running other people's roms, then there is always a small risk of that, but if you are making your own stuff, it shouldn't be an issue. (I am 99% sure) The hardware you would use to actually play your stuff on the DS doesn't touch the firmware, so no worries there.
1-11-2007 @ 11:10AM
I've been really wanting to give it a shot, but I have an irrational fear of bricking my DS. I would try one of those methods that require no opening of the DS, but they're fairly expensive...
Some of the stuff (DS2Key-Turns the DS into a wireless joystick.) sounds awesome, though.
1-11-2007 @ 11:15AM
I've been wanting to get a flashcard for a time, but it seemed there was always a better one around the corner - to begin with the ones that used the GBA-slot, then came the ones that used removable flash, then the ones that were flush with the GBA slot on the Lite, and now there are flashcards for the DS slot.
I'll wait and see which one of those seems to work best...
1-11-2007 @ 11:24AM
I used to have a flashcard for my GBA, which was great fun, but it died on me, and I havn't been able to convince myself to fork out the cash to get a new one. I love seeing what games/apps people can put together on their own.
1-11-2007 @ 11:58AM
I do, mainly for appz like comic veiwer and Scumm. However I also add silly programmes like the Dspod, pointless but super [I]cool[/I] :D
1-11-2007 @ 12:42PM
Lazy American said...
As soon as I got my DS i bought a GBAMP2, liked it well enough, but mostly just to play contra and ROMs, then I flashed the GBAMPs firmware to run DS stuff and flashed my new DS Lite along with my 5 other friends DSs, really fun to do, bricking it is hard unless you are a total idiot. Most of the homebrew games suck a$$, but the applications are getting better and better. Obviously the biggest reason to homebrew right now is playing emulators... not exactly what nintendo wants no doubt, but the convenience of having every DS game and tons of GBA games and NES and SNES games too in one cartridge is very appealing, no wonder piracy is a problem, it's atrractive
1-11-2007 @ 1:03PM
Andy Robertson said...
I have enjoyed a variety of homebrew games and applications. I'm particularly intrested in the MIDI homebrew projects as well as the open source browser.
My current favourite is Scummvm on the DS, at last I can make use of those old Lucas Arts games I purchased back in the day.