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Guide to modding your ps3

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What your about to read is not my article. I found this article over at I take no responsibility for any damage you cause to your system if you decided to try this. I did not originally write this article or guide.  Enjoy the read.

A very detailed look at replacing the SATA hard drive in your PS3. This one is a 20gb unit.

Equipment needed:

  • Larger SATA notebook (2.5″) hard drive (hd), 5400rpm or 7400rpm.
  • External hd or large USB drive formatted to FAT32 to backup your PS3 downloads or anything on the oem hd. (optional)
    • 32gb is the larger FAT32 partition for Windows XP. So if you fill up the 60gb ps3 drive you can’t back up the whole drive.
    • Maybe a larger partition can be made on a MacOS but we’re not familiar.
  • A ph1 or ph2 sized phillips screwdriver to avoid stripping the hard drive screws.
    • Be very careful because the screws maybe orvertorqued and are soft.

Instructions on upgrading the ps3 hard drive.

  1. Connect the external hd or usb drive by usb to the ps3. Turn on the external hd.
  2. Turn on the ps3.
  3. Backup the ps3 data. (optional)
    • On the ps3 xmb
      • Settings – System Settings – Backup Utility – Backup
        • The duration of this process will depend on the amount of data on the ps3.
  4. Turn off the ps3 and unplug all cables from the rear.
  5. On the right hand side of the ps3 you will see a plastic tab with an HDD sticker. Remove this from the right edge with a thin lever.
  6. Discharge static electricity from your body. Unscrew the blue screw in the middle.
  7. Lift the tab and push the hd to the right. Now you can pull out the ps3 hd.
  8. Remove all four (4) screws that hold the oem SATA hd to the hard drive carrier.
  9. Install your new hd with the label facing up, and the ports are exposed by using the four (4) screws.
  10. Insert the hd, and hard drive carrier to the right of the ps3 hard drive port using the tab.
  11. Slide the hd to the left with the tab. You will feel the SATA and power connectors engage.
  12. Flip tab down and secure the hd with the blue screw.
  13. Reinstall the plastic hd port cover.
  14. Turn on the ps3 and it will recognize that it’s a new hd.
  15. Format the hd.
  16. A reboot of the ps3 will be required.
  17. Most of your settings will be restored.
  18. Restore the ps3 data. (optional)
    • On the ps3 xmb
      • Settings – System Settings – Backup Utility – Restore
        • The duration of this process will depend on the amount of data on the external hd.
  19. A reboot will need to be performed.
  20. ps3 hard drive upgrade completed.

Below I provided a video that they used on the site to show whats going on.


How to mod your xbox 360

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Another cool and useful article for the xbox peeps. This is not my article i found this on the net and provided the video link below. Remember this is a “Try at your own RISK”. I take no responsibility for anything that breaks or doesn’t go right. Enjoy the article.

Textbook from shows how to modify the Samsung drive in an Xbox 360 to play burned games using the firmware hack. A more clear discription on what to do is written on i suggest you go there for help and support. Enjoy.

Violence in video games…or are we just looking for something to blame.

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I grew up on gaming and will be the first to admit the times have changed. What was once a 8-bit adventure of jumping over obstacles or solving a riddle or saving the princess has become a cine-graphic action packed animated movie. If it doesn’t blow up or isn’t real in someway it isn’t selling it seems. This article goes a bit further trying to show how society blames video games on murders and actions taking by a human being.

Lets start off with this article I found over at

Xbox Developer Dead in Murder-Suicide

Very sad news from Redmond, Wash. Melissa Batten, 36, a software development engineer in Microsoft’s Xbox division, was murdered by her estranged husband, who then shot himself to death, earlier this week. Her husband, Joseph Batten, was also 36. He had also worked for Microsoft but most recently worked for Wizards of the Coast, publisher of hobby games such as Magic: the Gathering.

Ouch.  The full article is here.

The thing that bothers me is that I played the games they where both involved in. If you skipped the link to read the full article. She worked on games like gears of war and halo 3 and her husband who killed her and then himself worked for Microsoft also and then wizards of the coast for magic the gathering.

The above link is another article from and it’s about how Thailand stopped the selling of grand theft auto 4 after a teenager admitted to robbing and killing a taxi driver in re-creating a scene from the game. The police reports claim that the youth wanted to see if it was easy to rob and kill a taxi driver like it was in the game.

OK. At this point I’m thinking. Stop hiring people with a past to develop games or our kids have lost all sense of whats real and not and whats right and wrong.

OK i knew something was weird about all the Guitar hero 3 people. I found this one kinda funny because to be honest he could of been on a perfect run on Through the Flames and the stupid police had to try and ruin it. Bad cops Bad. The 30 year old man was wanted for suspicion of killing a man in Charlotte he was then found living in Jacksonville. When the police approached him he was calm and collected playing a video game without a care in the world. This one gave me chills cause I live in Florida and i might have dueled this guy on the xbox. *shakes*

OK this one i can comprehend you know. We all want that Wii for Xmas. So snatch a kid from around you way you know, get some money go buy your Wii so you can play it for the rest of your life in jail. Makes sense.

My question is do we seriously blame games for our members of society with problems. I don’t blame our developers they make entertainment. Us blaming game designers or gaming company’s for our faults is like me saying i broke my ankle after trying to fly off my bike like the E.T. movie. Spielberg I’ll see you in court! lmao. My suggestion is this. Make consoles available now to young adults 18+ like cigs. Got I.D? or parents step up and watch your kids. At least till they grasp the concept of whats right from wrong.

Thanks to for the entertaining articles which this article is based on. enjoy.

John Carmack quakecon 2008 video interview

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Over at they have some videos and info on whats going down at Quakecon 2008.

John Carmack legendary game designer of such classics like the Doom series, Quake series, Wolfenstein and now in the development of Rage.

He talks about his feelings towards several issues with Microsoft and making games for them.

Everything from making games for each system. Issues with Microsoft’s strict policy’s on making games using more then 1 DVD for games.

A good interview. Be warmed allot of jargon and tech talk but you can understand most of it 😉 Noob.

Below I have provided a Rage preview video

While we are on the subject of Id and John Carmack. Quakecon just passed this weekend unveiling QUake Live. A free remake of the world renown Quake III game. This version of the remake will allow any computer with hardware basically from the past 3 years to run. This version will be browser based. So any computer will be able to run it. You can find out more about these games by visiting

They also showcase a classic game being remade Wolfenstein. The game if it sticks to its root which iD is good at doing i expect all he Wolfenstein and QuakeWar fanatics to love this version in the works. Heres the trailer they showcased at QuakeCon 2008.

Concetrate danielsan….

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 OK im a huge fighter fan. Since Street Fighter 2 and so on played them all. Whether it was me cutting school to go to the nearest arcade and play or seeing my cousin smash a kids head into the SF2 screen I have loved it. I just feel fighting games are an extension of our fists. No I don’t promote violence this is of course written to entertain you. In the words of Maximus “Is this not what you want? Is this not why you are here?”  Aight lets get on to the videos. I’ll start with Tekken 6 footage.

Can’t forget THE fighting game of them all Street Fighter 4, this is only a cam video but it looks awesome to play i cant wait. Its gonna be released for the PC, xbox, ps3 and of the course ARCADE.

Street Fighter 4 comic con 2008 interview below.

Now the new released Soul Calibur 4. I’m hearing good things about it. I was never hardcore into the series. I do remember having fun the few times i played it and the beautiful graphics in it and you can use Yoda. Who wouldn’t want that. Below though you get to see Darth Vader go at it.