Taking Wololo.net to the next level

Hi guys, hopefully you have noticed the awesome articles posted by Freddy about How to write a HEN, or by Coldbird about the new release of Pro CFW – C over the last few days.

Hopefully, these articles are the first step of a series of major changes on this blog.

Unsurprisingly, because of my lack of free time these days,  I can either focus on coding, or on blogging and maintaining this website, but not both at the same time. When I’m hard at work on some coding, I miss lots of interesting news on the scene, and when I try to focus on those, I don’t have enough time to code.

But with the recent VHBL releases, I’ve realized that wololo.net is not your typical “homebrew programmer’s blog” anymore. Thanks to the community we have here, and the trust that many devs have put into this website, we have become a major source of information for lots of other scene websites. As a result, every time I fail to report here about some important scene piece of news, I feel like I’m failing you guys. You guys, the readers, are coming here because you know that’s where things happen, and where they will happen again. And I’m thinking that if I want to maintain the level of quality that made the popularity of this website*, I need to guarantee that good content gets posted on the blog, as soon as it is available.

Until now, I was in a “trust myself only” type of position about my blog, but I feel that is not enough anymore. As an example, Pro-C has been in beta test for months, and I never found the time to test it an write about it. For a site that pretends to know everything before everybody else, that really sucks, especially since Coldbird had been in contact with me the whole time, and I was just too busy to even test his brilliant work (so sorry for that, mate!). but that’s just an example of the many things I’ve missed in the scene recently.

So I’ve started looking for guest bloggers, and news hunters. People who, like me, think that a website that talks about the scene should know what they are talking about, not simply copy/pasting any other news from other websites, but actually analyzing what’s going on, or, even better, be the source of the news. I am thrilled that people like Freddy and Coldbird, who have been on the scene for so long, agreed to give it a try. Thanks guys!

What does this mean? We first, hopefully, guest bloggers will enjoy writing here, on a site where we know what we talk about, and that would mean much more content for you guys, in a much more timely manner. Secondly, if you think you can bring something to this project as a news writer, feel free to PM me on /talk. Please understand that I am looking for people with a good English level, and good (very good) knowledge of what they are talking about (but I am open to ideas on what you actually want to talk about). If you need more details about what’s in it for you, PM me for details.

This project might fail miserably if the writers don’t like it here (I’ll do my best though), at which point… well the site will probably go back to me blogging whenever I can… but if you allow me to dream for a few minutes… well we might become “yet another site pretending to be the official console hacking scene”… who knows where that will take us. Game reviews ? News about more platforms? (I’ve always wanted to talk about PS3, Nintendo, iPhone, android hacking…) Cool interviews? And if this works, well I’ll get a new server, so that we finally don’t go miserably offline because of the load, for the next VHBL release :)

So, if this project works, what type of articles would you guys like to see on this blog?

*I’m not a genius hacker (never found a kernel exploit, I am *not* the creator of HBL, etc…), but I think I, and people in our community understand hackers’ work a bit better than your typical user: I was the first one to understand that HBL would be a big deal for the scene, I was part of the team that brought the first homebrews to the PSP Go, and more recently of the team that brought the first homebrews to the Vita, I was on the front line when TN Hen was being developed, and when the first iso loaders started running on the PSP Go, I co-organized the biggest PSP homebrew competition ever, hackers chose our community to bring PSP homebrew signing to the world, my tutorials on how to install a custom firmware, or how to look for user-mode exploits on the PSP have become a reference over the years… Look at the scene news websites you visit regularly, and ask yourself where most of their news about the PSP and the Vita have been coming from for the past 3 years… this is what I’m talking about when I’m talking about the “high level of quality” of this blog, and of our community at /talk.

  1. GoodBoy’s avatar

    Good work, wololo.

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  2. punkVince’s avatar

    Hi to you Mr. Wololo! just want to ask, is there a way to run my ISO games on my Vita???

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    1. m1k33’s avatar

      Why not make your own website and then troll your self

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      1. punkVince’s avatar

        I’ve already tried that but unfortunately it doesn’t work maybe you’re the real troll? ;)
        as you can see here in my dog’s cunt, Vita owners(not all) wants some ISO loader like the vita’s little brother the “psp”. oh wait there’s a troll call. . .

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        1. m1k33’s avatar

          OK, I thought you’re just trolling because it’s been asked a hundred times by pirates,noobs,newcomers and the answer is NO

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          1. punkVince’s avatar

            anyway that’s a little bit bad that there’s no way to load any ISO files… sorry for not being updated to the vita underground scene and I’m not new to this, I’m just busy about finding job and it’s sucks.

  3. Richard_Wayne’s avatar

    Great idea mate! Looking forward to the changes :D

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  4. m1k33’s avatar

    You’re turning Wololo.net into another gaming news website?
    –Please don’t, I like the old Wololo.net were you just blog about things you like whether it is scene related or not, that time when you don’t have to pleased someone about the topic your blogging about.

    I don’t understand why you feel so responsible?

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      Oh don’t worry, there will still be lots of posts by me, and I will still be ranting about stuff.

      But over the past 12 months I have been contacted countless times by people who shared “tips” with me on newsworthy content, and I didn’t have time to talk about it, that’s where I felt “responsible”. Lots of people come here, expecting to get some pieces of news before every other websites, and sometimes it doesn’t happen.

      This will *not* turn into another gaming website, this is still a blog where I (but also, now, other people) will share sarcastic rants, or very personal opinions on what’s going on in the scene.
      I’m trying to get people who know what they are talking about, to post here. If at some point you feel that the quality is going down, or that this looks like any other gaming site, then let me know here, or on the forum, or by email, whatever.

      I do not plan for this site to become another “here’s some official statement from game company A, and I have nothing else to say about it”, but we’ll see how that goes. This is a very exciting experiment for me, but if that doesn’t turn out well we’ll adapt things of course :)

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      1. freddy_156’s avatar

        So far, me and Coldbird have been involved in the scene in one way or another. We’re not just “passive writers”, this is a blog about opinions and explanations, not newses, imho.

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      2. m1k33’s avatar

        Good to know that it will be like before but with much much more, :) thanks!

        I’m just gonna wait and see what happens

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  5. NOT COOL’s avatar

    Wololo, please reply.

    Why don’t we make Prometheus Iso Loader by Liquidzigong
    works on PSV HBL?

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    1. freddy_156’s avatar

      VHBL has only usermode access.

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  6. NOT COOL’s avatar

    I mean anyone please reply.

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  7. Baldassano’s avatar

    by the way WOLOLO, ive affiliated you on my blog

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  8. jlo138’s avatar

    I would like your opinion on how EA games lock content out of games you purchase brand new and have to pay for online services in order to access that content which exists within the game disc itself.

    Thats sounds like a good topic to start with…
    If anyone isn’t sure what I am talking about then here is a video from L1Games (not me) http://youtu.be/ePNHfnR-SwA

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  9. OldMaverick’s avatar

    You’re right. At the begging I just check this site because HBL. After sometime I found this site like my first hand place to know about the scene news by so far. Good work Wololo, I know that sometimes it’s hard to update a site (I have a blog too) but you reputation an opinion it’s always a valuable source for all of us.

    Good luck, buddy!!

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  10. be0ut’s avatar

    I think it’s a great idea, it would be nice to hear the perspectives and opinions of others who have been in the scene for a while and know what they are talking about. I like the idea of expanding topics to android, Nintendo, and i phone “hacking” as well. I think game reviews should be restricted to specific games that the blogger would give 8+ out of 10, (no one wants to hear about how sucky a game is lol). I would like to see more technical articles as posted by freddy earlier, also you could mix in a few “lighter” articles maybe with some jokes, rumors, upcoming releases.

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  11. lostarot’s avatar

    Maybe give Freddy and Coldbird their own banner or a logo so we know who wrote the article. I know there’s a “small link” on who wrote them but few people notice that. We just assume it’s you.

    That should help specially for newcomers on the site. :D

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      True, I will see if I can tweak the template to show their avatar or something.

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  12. Different55’s avatar

    Can we have another competition? It’s been about a year since the genesis competition, and I’d really like to be able to see another competition like it.

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      We have a contest ongoing here: http://wololo.net/2012/05/17/vhbl-double-contest-with-167-in-cash-prizes/. You still have a few days to join!

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  13. Anth’s avatar

    Just wanted to post on here as a long time reader first time commenter. Thank you for what you have done for the scene and for the great place to come to for the latest on the inner workings of the psp and vita dev scene..

    Thanks :)

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