David Braben, co-creator of Elite
and founder of Frontier Developments, says that we should "roundly condemn" those people who choose to hack their PlayStation 3.
In an opinion piece on UK trade site Develop, Braben wrote
, "Buying a PlayStation 3 does not give me unrestricted ownership of it. If I 'dig' into it, I can’t just sell or even give away all the information I find."
"It really annoys me when hackers claim they can do what they like with what they find, especially when it is destructive to the security of all the other PS3 machines."
He argued that people who hack their console "are damaging to everyone with a PS3".
"It is all about what is reasonable. Hacking into a machine as an academic exercise is one thing." said Braben. "Broadcasting the information is another."
"We should all be prepared to roundly condemn such people. Right now it is Sony that is hurting."
After hacking the PlayStation 3 console last month, George "Geohot" Hotz said
that the jailbreak was not intended for piracy purposes.
"What it lets you do is install homebrew applications," he said. "These are applications that have been developed by anyone."