"Humble Homebrew Collection" of free games petitions Sony

Sony has been in the news a lot recently, mostly due to the various hacking attempts against various divisions and groups within the company. The most notable of these hacks is easily the hacking of the PlayStation Network that led to the potential leak of 77 million customer's details.

Many people attributed these attacks to disgruntled hackers who were upset at Sony's handling of the whole PS3 jailbreaking scene - namely, Sony sued anyone and everyone they could that had anything to do with it, the most notable being George Hotz. While there are many good reasons for Sony to want to protect their investments, a case has been made to Sony that had they allowed enthusiasts some way of installing homebrew (Or not removing Linux support), the whole thing may never have happened.

Today, that case is still being made and a notable hacker called Youness Alaoui, better known as KaKaRoToKS, is making it by releasing a collection of 33 Homebrew games for jailbroken PS3s. Youness is a major supporter of Open Source software and one of the primary developers for aMSN, a popular open source clone of Microsoft's MSN messenger.

The Humble Homebrew Bundle is similar to the extremely popular Humble Indie Bundle, however there is absolutely no relation between the two. The games are also released for free but you can donate if you like as well.

However, the purpose of the bundle is to grab Sony's attention - many people still want to be able to legitimately run homebrew applications on their PS3s and the site has a petition people can opt to sign (no donation necessary) if they feel the same way.

The Humble Homebrew Collection is an initiative that aims to convince Sony to provide us with a legitimate and official way to create homebrew applications for the consoles that we own.

We are providing you with a free homebrew game that aims to be polished and look professionally made which includes 33 very good and addictive puzzle games. We've tried to make this homebrew games collection as good as possible so that even the anti-homebrew purists will be jealous of it.

Homebrew does not equal piracy, and this is proof of it. These games are all free and are released under the MIT license.

The games are also available on other platforms, namely Windows, Linux, Mac OS and Android.

The debate for and against homebrew is certainly a hot one. Most people would agree that running unlicensed software can lead to fantastic creations, like the popular XBMC which was originally a piece of homebrew for hacked Xboxes. The problem, however, is that the ability to use homebrew can often lead to piracy and cheating in online games, which most people (particularly platform holders like Sony) don't want. The real aim of the Humble Homebrew Bundle is to show that piracy and homebrew are not one and the same and that if Sony offered a legitimate, controlled way to use homebrew, then there would be less interest in hacking the PS3.

At the very least, even if you don't own a PS3 or care not for the cause of the homebrew bundle, there's still a pretty sweet collection of games up for grabs, for free, so feel free to head over and give them a shot yourself.

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Disallowing homebrew isn't about piracy - It's about developer fees and royalties. Homebrew means Sony doesn't sell a SDK and doesn't get any revenue from homebrew. Imagine if a triple-A title decided it wanted to go the "homebrew" route and circumvent fees to Sony?

Xerloq said,
Disallowing homebrew isn't about piracy - It's about developer fees and royalties. Homebrew means Sony doesn't sell a SDK and doesn't get any revenue from homebrew. Imagine if a triple-A title decided it wanted to go the "homebrew" route and circumvent fees to Sony?

If a Triple-A title decided to go "homeBrew" that triple-A title would not make money ether.
NO ONE IS FORCED TO PAYS FOR HOMEBREWS. All of it is consider FreeWare. I don't think any triple-A titles out there would shot them self in the foot and not make Money.

Your SDK argument is invalided to. Hasn't Itunes been for years be giving out SDK/Selling SKD for the iOS and dose not apple host all the apps on the there servers as well. And isn't there 10000's of free apps on the Itunes. Free apps/games on Itunes are basically HomeBrews for iOS

WolvesHunt said,

If a Triple-A title decided to go "homeBrew" that triple-A title would not make money ether.
NO ONE IS FORCED TO PAYS FOR HOMEBREWS. All of it is consider FreeWare. I don't think any triple-A titles out there would shot them self in the foot and not make Money.

Your SDK argument is invalided to. Hasn't Itunes been for years be giving out SDK/Selling SKD for the iOS and dose not apple host all the apps on the there servers as well. And isn't there 10000's of free apps on the Itunes. Free apps/games on Itunes are basically HomeBrews for iOS


You missed the point. Sony doesn't allow homebrew because Sony doesn't make money on it. Sony charges upward of $10,000 for a PS3 SDK. They see each homebrew dev as a potential loss of ten grand. I'm saying Sony's point of "preventing piracy" and "unstable applications" is a red herring. I've got nothing against homebrew.

Free apps on iOS are not the same as homebrew. Apps on Cydia and other markets for jailbroken devices are. Apple gets no revenue there either. Apple charges $99 for an SDK.

The "Walled Garden" concept is about money - not piracy, not UX, or any of the other arguments.

The Humble Homebrew Bundle may demonstrate that it's not about piracy, but it's a futile effort because "preventing piracy" is a red herring. Follow the money.

Xerloq said,


You missed the point. Sony doesn't allow homebrew because Sony doesn't make money on it. Sony charges upward of $10,000 for a PS3 SDK. They see each homebrew dev as a potential loss of ten grand. I'm saying Sony's point of "preventing piracy" and "unstable applications" is a red herring. I've got nothing against homebrew.

Free apps on iOS are not the same as homebrew. Apps on Cydia and other markets for jailbroken devices are. Apple gets no revenue there either. Apple charges $99 for an SDK.

The "Walled Garden" concept is about money - not piracy, not UX, or any of the other arguments.

The Humble Homebrew Bundle may demonstrate that it's not about piracy, but it's a futile effort because "preventing piracy" is a red herring. Follow the money.

No YOU missed the point.

it comes to my conclusion that word "Home Brew" is a fancy term for Freeware. Most if not all Freewere apps/gamers came from someones basement. Always 100% free with the option for donations

don't confuse that statement with "shareware"

Its not about sony losing money over there SKD kits. Its purely over Piracy concerns over Dev losing sales and there for sony loses license fee over said sale. Same reason why Xbox/Wii do not have a official way for homebrew support as well

rob.derosa said,
potential leak of 77 million customer's details? I thought it had happened?

Feel free to correct me, but I was under the impression that although t
he details were available to the hackers, sony couldn't be sure what they had and hadn't taken.

It would be neat if they allowed you to submit apps to their store similarly to android and ios, but even if they allowed for custom applications either via an app store or virtual environment I doubt it would make everyone happy

SaltLife said,
It would be neat if they allowed you to submit apps to their store similarly to android and ios, but even if they allowed for custom applications either via an app store or virtual environment I doubt it would make everyone happy

Let me reiterate, easily for homebrewers to submit their type of apps not just game developers