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    Question Home made packs: Possible?

    This is the question I am asking... I know its a world apart but if you went to a fansite of any PC game more often than not there are addons and patches availiable made by the general public. With such a large homebrew community Im suprised it hasnt already happend. I realise that it will be a tough task but Im sure someone may be willing, even if its just alternate liveries, music or skins. Just a query more than anything, and may get Sony to make some more!

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    No, it's not possible - the game verifys that it's a legitimate pack. It's the reason the load times aren't much quicker for downloadable content - each time you make use of the content you've download, it's files are checked for consistency.

    Shame, isn't it?

    Would be quite good if we could have a mod scene going for Wipeout.

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    Damn shame. I was really hoping something like this would be available for Pure.

    Perhaps it could be done with the next WipEout, which will more than likely be for PS3.

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    Red face

    I hope so. It would be so cool to make a difference to such a beloved franchise. Well, Konami did it with aspects of Snake Eater for PS2 and there are plenty of Xbox modders out there that have had their work posted as official downloads, maybe in a future instalment Sony and SL will follow suit.

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    how did the guys behind those international music packs (the site name escapes me) get theirs signed or whatever it needs?
    if a group of people, for example an international wipeout fansite, were to apply to the right people at sony, would it be possible to assemble a pack and have it signed by sony as a community bonuspack?

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    I dont really understand how this sort of thing works. Can it lead to cheating? I read on Xlink forums that people play Halo with modded games, pretending to use the real game, and thus have extra powers and cheats. We wouldn`t want any risk of this sort of thing, at any price. Or do I misunderstand?

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    if the game checks for a digital signiture to indicate that it's sanctioned content then there's far reduced danger of cheats working their way in... and the modifyable content in pure wouldn't lend itself to this anyway.

    in order for a pack to be sanctioned content it would need one of these digital signitures, and at this point the only people I know of that are able to sign content are sony

    that being the case, if the content could be checked and found as safe, then handed on to the right people for signing, there is no technical reason why a community-produced package should not be possible.

    the way I see it these are the problems:
    we don't know who would need contacting
    even if we did, I imagine there's a fairly big management tree that would need traversing for this whole idea to be approved
    someone would have to spend some time checking/assembling the content before signing
    someone - or a team of someones - would have to test the new content in various combinations with the existing content
    all of the above would cost money, and I imagine that this is the biggest hurdle - gamesradar, puma, coke, wire05, scifi - these guys probably all paid to advertise their brands. I doubt that we'd be able to pool enough funds to make it a worthwhile enterprise from sony's standpoint

    it would be an awesome contest (categories for liveries, music, and menu skins) and the prize would be the immortalisation of the content as an addon pack.
    but sadly I don't see it happening

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    So you guys are hoping that Sony [!!!] will allow any content that they do not have complete control of? Doesn't seem likely in view of their recent history.

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    this recent article mentions "user generated content" for future Sony software, but it`s not exactly clear what the interviewer means by it, and the answer from the Sony guy is even more confusing.

    there`s a mention of Wipeout Pure downloadables further down the page, and how this model will continue. Taken in the context of the rest of the article, though, it seems you`ll have to pay for your downloads in future. Whether this is better than having sponsored stuff we`ll have to wait and see.

    Overall this seems to confirm Lance`s theory that Sony will want more control in future.

    My favourite excerpts are:

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    "Consumers are already making it clear that they not only want [content], but they demand choice in how they experience and purchase their entertainment content."

    Translation: "We are making it clear that we`re not going to let you have the same deal you used to have. If you people think that in the future you`re going to get away with paying for a whole game just once, at the initial point of purchase, you`ve got another thing coming."

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    "We have to stop thinking in terms of a product launch being a finite offering."

    Translation: "You people are going to have stop thinking in terms of buying a game being a finite thing. You`re going to have to stump up for that second Feisar skin, sonny."

    I guess we`ll just have to wait and see. Next-gen gaming is looking very expensive at the moment (look at the potential cost of buying new cars in the upcoming PS3 Gran Turismo game). Homebrew mods are starting to look quite attractive, for sure, as they would be free I suppose, but I can`t see it happening in this climate.
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    I think your translations are right on the money [in two ways].

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