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Preface

Preface

A few months ago, I was playing a classic Game Boy game, in all its 15-year-old monochrome glory. But the version I was playing was markedly worse than what I remembered from 1989—it ran a little slowly, had some graphic glitches, and there was no sound. And it was one of the most impressive things I’d ever seen.

Why? Because I was playing it on the Sony PSP.

It had been a pretty amazing week. Intrepid, brilliant Japanese hackers had discovered a security loophole in Sony’s new portable game console that let them run executable files off of the Memory Stick media. Within days—literally days—they’d progressed from a simple “Hello World” display to a program that emulated the Game Boy hardware. As we went to press on this book, there were PSP programs that played games from consoles like the Neo Geo and Turbo-Grafx CD. By the time you finally read these words, there will probably be software that lets you do much more.


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