How to Copy PS3 Games

The PS3 is arguably the most powerful gaming console out in the market today. And with quality games like Demon’s Souls, Little Big Planet, Metal Gear Solid 4, who would not want to get a PlayStation 3. And a good thing about it is that there is actually no need for you to pop in a disc of your favorite game once you know how to copy PS3 games from the Blu-Ray disc straight to the PS3′s hard drive. Now the hard part is how to copy PS3 games straight from the disc to the PS3′s hard drive.

However, before answering the question on what is the best way on to copy games, the first question to be asked should be “why is there a need to copy and back up a game for PS3?” The answer to this question would be that although the method of compressing a game or any kind of data for that matter on a Blu-ray disc is considered the crowning glory of disc compression technology, the fact remains that the Blu-ray disc is still made of silicon, and like many DVDs and CDs it is still subject to wear and tear. And so the need arose for a way to save a backup copy of the PS3 game or to have the game saved directly to the hard drive so as to save the Blu-ray disc from overuse, and also to make it more accessible for the gamer.

And so is there a foolproof way on how to copy games from a Blu-ray disc? Well there are a lot of ways of going about copying copyright protected games; however it is advisable for the person copying the games that he or she owns a copy of the game in question. One possible way is to install a modchip so that it could play copied games. This usually entails physically altering the hardware and would usually void the warranty of the console. Another way on how to copy PS3 games is to download software that will allow your computer or possibly itself to rip or copy all the game data from the Blu-ray disc making it easier for the newbie gamer since it would not involve modifying the hardware. There are still a lot of ways and tutorials on how to copy PS3 games that can be found in the internet. All that is needed to look for them is a little common sense and a little patience.

Who Are Game Testers?

There are some people who absolutely love playing video games. Naturally, the perfect job for this person would be video game testing. While it is fun work, it is also a serious job. Game testers are responsible for testing through all the steps while it is still in the development phase. Since it may be full of bugs, it is essential for a game tester to have patience.

Game testers must be organized and disciplined because they need to follow strict procedures. This job is not just about generating the highest score, but rather following a precise course of action to determine if the game is functioning as intended. An eye for detail is a must in this position, as is a cursory understanding of game programming and game design, so that any flaw found can be documented and fixed before the finished product is sent to market.

Video game testing is serious business. All testers must have a working knowledge of computer hardware and software. In addition, excellent communication skills are needed so that he or she can note the flaws in the game and evaluate/communicate its overall performance to designers. Therefore, testers must posses great eye-hand coordination and effective communication skills.

Bringing a new video game into the marketplace is time-consuming and expensive. Writers create the game’s characters, and illustrators give them life. Code programmers create the world the characters will operate in. Typically, game testers are introduced to the game early in the development process to help iron out flaws along the way. Game testers are called on often during the development stage to test the game at certain intervals and ensure quality.

Video game developers take the testing process seriously. Should a flawed game be sent to store shelves it can cost the manufacturer in terms of both lost revenue and a tarnished reputation. Hardcore video game enthusiasts want their games to work perfectly. Lose the gamers trust, and the game company risks losing market share. Yes, testing is serious business, and the worst case scenario is recalling a defective game from store shelves.

Game testers are problem finders. Some game testers only test the software, while others test for hardware compatibility and potential issues. Repetitive testing is applied to make sure problems do not crop up. If problems do arise, it might only happen in certain situations, and the tester is responsible for finding and noting the defect. Hardware tests might be implemented to the controller to see how the game performs under heavy use.

Many enthusiasts may think being a tester is all about playing. Some testing can be menial; for example, an entry-level tester may be required to turn the console on and off hundreds of times. Another tester might be asked to download movies while playing, just to see how the system responds.

However, if you are an individual that enjoys gadgets and tedious detail, then perhaps the career of video game tester is the job for you. You will have an inside look at how video games are tested for market, and furthermore, you will know what video games are coming out before they are actually released.

Guide For Selecting an Arcade Video Classics Multi Game Multicade

Hi! Ready to get lots more bang for your video game buck? Then, start thinking about the latest trend — multiple arcade video games in one cabinet, generically known as a multicade.

That is right. Now, you can have several, not just one, classic games in a video game cabinet.

Instead of only, for example, Ms Pac-Man in a Ms Pac-Man game cabinet – now, you can have Ms Pac-Man, plus Galaga, Frogger, Donkey Kong, and dozens more classics all in one cabinet.

There are lots of possibilities for multiple game play available in the marketplace. Here is a brief description of a few common ones:

1. Multicade. The original Multicade system consists of a computer and game discs. However, the manufacturer is no longer in business. But, the system is still around, and there may be a new company that has taken over the brand.

The name multicade is now commonly used to describe almost all multi game setups.

2. Ultracade. Ultracade is another multi-game platform featuring multiple classic arcade games emulated on PC hardware running proprietary operating system and emulation code. The company is no longer in business. And, the name Ultracade is also sometimes used generically.

3. Arcade Classics 60-in-1. This is a JAMMA printed circuit board (PCB) offering 60 classic arcade video games.

4. Capcom 18-in-1. Are you a Head-to-Head fighting fan? Then check out the Capcom multicade.

5. PlayChoice 10. The Nintendo PlayChoice 10 system can be upgraded to play dozens of classic games.

6. NeoGeo. SNK’s multi video system (MVS) NeoGeo is a widely available cartridge based multi-game system. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

7. Games Family 1940-in-1 Multigame JAMMA System. Yep, that is right – 1,940 games, and many of the best ones, too. It is a monster.

8. MAME. The MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) is a computer system with the capability to emulate practically every arcade video game. This multicade setup is typically undertaken only by the very dedicated hobbyists.

9. Williams Classics. Several of the classic Williams games (Joust, Defender, Stargate) are available in one dedicated cabinet.

10. Ms Pac-Man Galaga Reunion. This is a great dedicated game featuring two great classics. The game’s PCB (printed circuit board) could be installed into any cabinet, including a Ms Pac-Man cabinet, or a Galaga.

11. Multiple JAMMA PCBs. It is possible to install multiple JAMMA game pcbs into one cabinet, and switch between them.

12. Modified Ms Pac-Man. It is possible to modify a Ms Pac-Man PCB to be able to also play Pac-Man, and in either the fast or slow version of both.

13. Galaga Ms Pac-Man Switcher. It is possible to add either game PCB to the other game cabinet, and be able to switch between the two.

These are some of the more common solutions for multi game play, but there are many others.

An important distinction between cabinets:

There is an important distinction to understand about arcade game cabinets.

The classic games like Ms Pac-Man and Galaga are played using a vertically mounted monitor. While there are some classics like Joust, almost all the modern fighting games like Street Fighter use a horizontally mounted monitor.

Most importantly, the game types are not immediately interchangeable between the cabinet types. It is possible, for example, to modify a horizontal cabinet to accept a vertical mount monitor, but the reverse is usually not possible. This is because the cabinets for the two monitor types are built differently. The horizontal cabinet will be a few inches wider than the vertical cabinet.

The point is that the style (horizontal or vertical) of a cabinet matters – some will work for a classics multicade upgrade, and some will not.

My Favorite Multi Game Solution – The 60-in-1 Classics Multicade:

Today, the most nostalgic multicade experience is obtained with the 60-in-1 JAMMA PCB.

It is possible to take any vertical mount monitor cabinet (Ms Pac-Man, Galaga, etc.), and install the hardware that will allow the play of 60 great classic games in one cabinet (see exceptions noted below).

And, since the game would be a JAMMA standard installation, the hardware is easily serviceable and will be around for a long time. Furthermore, a JAMMA cabinet is versatile in that it can accept many of the other of 100′s of JAMMA game PCBs.

Here are the 60-in-1 classic arcade video games:

  1. Ms Pac-Man
  2. Galaga
  3. Frogger
  4. Donkey Kong
  5. Donkey Kong Junior
  6. Donkey Kong 3
  7. Galaxian
  8. Dig Dug
  9. Crush
  10. Mr. Do
  11. Space Invaders
  12. Pac-Man
  13. Galaga 3
  14. Gyruss
  15. Tank Battalion
  16. Ladybug
  17. Millipede**
  18. Burger Time
  19. JR Pacman
  20. Mappy
  21. Pengo
  22. 1942***
  23. Centipede**
  24. Phoenix***
  25. Time Pilot
  26. Super Cobra***
  27. Hustler
  28. Space Panic***
  29. Super Breakout**
  30. New Rally X
  31. Arkanoid**
  32. Qix
  33. Juno First
  34. Xevious***
  35. Mr. Do’s Castle
  36. Moon Cresta
  37. Pinball Action
  38. Scramble***
  39. Super Pac-Man
  40. Bomb Jack
  41. Shao-Lin’s Road***
  42. King & Balloon
  43. 1943****
  44. Van-Van Car
  45. Pac-Man Plus
  46. Dig Dug 2
  47. Amidar
  48. Zaxxon
  49. Pooyan
  50. Pleiads
  51. Gun Smoke***3-buttons
  52. The End
  53. 1943 Kai****
  54. Congo Bongo
  55. Jumping Jack
  56. Ms. Pac-Man (Fast Mode)
  57. Pac-Man (Fast Mode)
  58. Galaga (Fast Fire Mode)
  59. Jr. Pac-Man (Fast Mode)
  60. Pac-Man Plus (Fast Mode)

Exceptions:

**Indicates a game that requires a trackball to play (#’s 17, 23, 29, and 31). Installation, or not, of a trackball would be determined by the size and configuration of the control panel.

So, the 4 games that require a trackball might not be feasible for some cabinet types with smaller control panels.

However, the 4 games can still be played with the joystick. Although, the play is not the same as with a trackball, many people learned to play Centipede, for example, with a joystick.

If the control panel will permit, a trackball can be installed.

***Indicates a game that requires 2 (or more) buttons to play – for example, both a fire and jump button. Most of the classic games, however, only require 1 button – such as, a Galaga with only a fire button.

So, the approximate 8 games that require installation of additional buttons (7 require 2 buttons, and 1 requires 3 buttons) will also be determined by the size of the control panel.

When the control panel size permits (and it usually does), installation of up to 2 buttons (fire and jump) is often standard.

****Indicates a game (there are 2) that requires 2 sets of player controls to allow two-player simultaneous play. There is usually not room on a classic game’s control panel for comfortable play with two sets of controls (2 joysticks with two buttons each).

One set of controls is usually standard, since most of the classics are played with two players taking turns. If two sets of controls were desired and possible, they could be added. But, that would likely preclude the addition of a trackball.

Any of the 60 games can be individually turned off, so that they would not appear on screen in the menu selection. Meaning, for example, that you could feature only the three games with left-right controller action – Galaga, Galaxian, and Space Invaders.

Use the information in this article to help evaluate the many styles of available multicades. Multicades may seem complicated, but they are well worth any extra effort. Simply because, they are economical to own, save space, and offer a great variety of arcade video game play.