Gamers have to deal with a lot these days. We have highly hyped games that turn out to be crap, in-game advertising taking over and now the government arresting people for altering their own property.
Matthew Crippen, a 27-year-old student, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for modding his game system so that he could play pirated games. He is currently awaiting trial and, if found guilty, faces a decade in federal prison.
What I find most interesting, and most concerning, is that he is being charged with the alteration of his console to allow him to use pirated games. It seems to me that the alteration of his own machine to do whatever is merely a violation of the terms of the warranty of the manufacturer, not of the law. My fear here is that a conviction could open the doors for other highly litigious companies, like Apple, to sue for alteration of their manufactured devices.
My hope is that this guy will not be convicted and that eventually the government will give up on these witch hunts against music, movie and gaming. What do you think?