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Berating Judge Forces Recess in Xbox-Modder Trial, Prosecution Forges Ahead

The trial of alleged Xbox-modder Matthew Crippen began this week, and a stern lecture from the bench has already forced a courtroom apology -- from the prosecution. The unprecedented trial hinges on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), but discrepancies in the Act -- combined with problematic behavior from the prosecution -- reportedly left U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez with "seriou...

First Trial Over Video Game Console Mods Begins

On Tuesday, Matthew Crippen earned the dubious distinction of being the first person in the U.S. to go on trial for modding video game consoles. Crippen is being charged with two counts of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for modifying his Xbox 360 to play homebrew and pirated games. The 28-year-old Californian was allegedly running a business modifying Xboxes. The trial i...

Kinect's Second Life: 5 Awesome Hacks, from Puppets to KinectBots

digg The Kinect hasn't exactly wowed gamers, and reviews of the add-on have been tepid at best. Still, the rather elaborate motion-controller for the Xbox 360 has found fans among the hacking community, thanks to its impressive array of cameras and sensors. Resourceful modders have hooked the device up to computers, created elaborate shadow puppets and mapped 3-D models of rooms. Read on to chec...

Ben Heck Creates 'Portal'-Inspired See-Through Shirt

People take their Halloween costumes pretty seriously, but we think legendary modder Ben Heck should win the prize for geekiest creation this year. His 'Portal'-inspired shirt features a rear-facing camera that feeds video to a chest-mounted LCD, allowing you to look right "through" him. Watch Heck hack the whole thing together in the latest episode of the 'Ben Heck Show,' embedded after the brea...

Maker Faire Interview: DIY-King Ben Heck Talks Bill Paxton, Xbox Modding

Ben Heck is an all star in the field of DIY and modding. The man who has turned almost every game console under the sun into a portable system (be it handheld or laptop) now has his own show dedicated to making his fans' DIY dreams into reality. Mr. Heckendorn took time out of his hectic schedule of soldering and ripping things apart to chat with us at Maker Faire this weekend. Read on after the ...

Student Arrested for Modding Game Consoles for Profit

Some folks online are up in arms over the arrest of geek-supreme Matthew Crippen, a student at California State University at Fullerton. According to the charges, Crippen was illegally modding gaming consoles to play pirated games, and doing so for financial gain. Modding game consoles is, in fact, a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Note: Don't post pirated products, un...