Its 2017 and the PlayStation 2 community continues adding new content, that keeps the system going with new interest.This time around developer Theldus adds a port of NIM to the library of PS2 Homebrew. This simple game is all about using your math skills in strategic pursuit to avoid being the last to make a move. The dev has shared a bit of information on the title and a bit about the projects development, so give it a look as this simple port is a welcome addition to the PS2 Community. -STLcardsWS
NIM - PS2 Edition
What is it?
Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing objects from distinct heaps. On each turn, a player must remove at least one object, and may remove any number of objects provided they all come from the same heap. The goal of the game is to avoid being the player who must remove the last object. -- Wikipedia
Because it's cool? Of course, that's not all. Well, I have always tried to create software for the maximum number of architectures I could get and to develop for the current consoles is very trivial and it is possible to find a lot of good content through the internet. Also, it was a very interesting experience and I learned a lot from it =).
Developing for PS2 was a big challenge for me, there are a dozen things I did not know and others that I still don't know, the architecture is completely different from an Intel x86 and there are lots of extra things that you need to take into account.
If you think that creating games for PS2 consists of dragging cute colored buttons from side to side through an engine using some kawaii programming language, give up, it's not for you.
AFAIK, there is only one 'official' form of development for PS2 that is using the official Sony SDK that costs a few tons of moneys.
Fortunately, a very clever group -- ps2dev -- was able through Sony's processor manuals to create a complete game development environment for PlayStation 2, so thanks to them, we can now develop for PS2 =).
So to compile this code and/or develop your games you need to download ps2toolchain* and know C or C++. *I highly recommend you to checkout for the commit 101e8f857bf26a4a174a3c67a0619beb6c5d5564, since it was this version of the toolchain I used and I cannot guarantee that the code will work in other versions.
Works on real hardware?
Of course, but only for non-original consoles, that is, consoles that were unlocked to play pirate games. So you're encouraging piracy? Of course not, and I always encourage the purchase of original games, but if you are (or know) some unhappy owner, you can test it there. Why pirate? The chip inserted into the pirated consoles adds some extra features to the console, such as running a boot file, which opens up space for a plenty of new features.
You will also always be free to test in a completely legal way using an emulator such as the well known PCSX2.
- I want to add to this repository, in my free time, the support materials that I have used, as well as links that helped me a lot to accomplish that.
- Also I plan to document all my code, as a tutorial for beginners.
- Do not expect my code to be written in the best possible way and error-free, I am just as beginner as (possibly) anyone who is reading this, so if you find errors, have suggestions, or want to contribute in any way, let me know.
By kozarovv on Aug 17, 2017 at 5:17 AM
ref00d (plugin) Released - Run Games / Apps that require a higher FW from your ownFollowing the big news from Team Molecule several weeks ago and effectively opening the system wide open, it was only a matter of time before we would start to see other developer's start putting the finding to use and we have seen the FAPS Team (team members listed below) have recently released a new (taiHEN) plugin called ref00d, this plugin is a big deal, as it will allows users/devs to use content that would otherwise require a higher firmware to be played/executed on a lower firmware for your exploited PS Vita or PlayStation TV. Typically not an easy task to reach but thanks to Team Molecule's research and the FAPS Team we now have a ready to use simple plugin solution to remove those firmware restrictions, see additional details about this plugin release in the release notes provided below by the development team.
[Update x2] RetroArch (PS2) Preview (includes 2 cores) - Introducing New Nigthly PS2 ReleasesUpdate (2x): Reports are coming in this PS2 Homebrew is also working on PS3 HAN & PS4 (5.05).
With progress making headway on the upcoming PS4 port of RetroArch from a group of developer's, Another developer (fjtrujy) started progress on a PlayStation 2 (PS2) port several months back (view previous progress) and now has a port that progressed enough for a public soft release, Now available in the new RetroArch PS2 Nighties for anyone interested in downloading and trying out the multi-system emulator on your homebrew capable PS2 hardware. @fjtrujy warns that many things need implemented yet and many pending issue remain and only these early release contains two cores currently 2048 and QuickNES. Which is likely to grow and a good gauge to base what is expected for the PS2 port, Would be to view the PSP as that should be a good baseline of what to expect and the PS2 may be able to handy more then the PSP likely.Continue reading
2018 - Year in Review: "Kernel Exploits, New Cryptographic Failures and a (tiny) new Console" [Poll]2018 is over and it was a very interesting Year, not only for you as a Gamer, but also for PSX-Place. We saw many Releases across all platforms, like several Kernel- and Web Exploits for the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation Vita caught a strong year as well, especially back in December, but also the PS3 was still very popular with many updated Homebrew Releases for System Firmware 4.82 for instance. We also saw some newcomers like the PlayStation Classic, where everyone knows how bad Sony designed it and why we (the Homebrew-Community) has to fix it. But in case you missed something, this Article will give you an overview what happend so far in 2018 for the whole PlayStation-family. And to round things up, there is a small Poll you can find down below where you can vote for your favourite Console of last year. Every Vote is welcome.
But what will 2019 bring to you? It's still early to say but maybe Sony will satisfy the all Gamer who asks for a "PS5". But the PS4 is still a powerful machine don't you think? Maybe we will see a new Kernel Exploit for a higher System Firmware with the hope that it will lead into a proper Homebrew Community. But however the end result will be, we hope that you will stay faithful to our Community, so you won't miss any action in 2019. And speaking of that, we wish everyone a Happy New Year 2019 and may your dreams/wishes come true.Continue reading
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