Wololo.net turns 5 years old, and I have presents for you

PSP_BalloonsSeven years ago, I bought a refurbished PSP and made my commute to work less boring. One year later I had become a pretty hungry consumer of everything the psp scene could give me: exploits, CFW, downgrades, emulators, homebrews, open source code to look at… everything felt extremely interesting to me. Shortly after that, I decided it was time for me to try to give back to the scene, and in 2008 I set up this blog to talk about the progress on my very own homebrew Wagic, an ambitious PSP project for a game with an AI, based on a famous Trading Card Game that shall not be named.

Five years later, this place is unofficially known as “the” PSP and PS Vita scene site.

This anniversary is an impressive and humbling milestone for me. Wololo.net has evolved a lot depending on my own interests, but also the readers of the blog. This site wouldn’t be what it is today without some of my decisions, but more importantly it wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you, the community. I kinda sound like any website trying to make a typical PR here, but I really mean it. Some of you have been around for as long as me, and it’s heart warming to see you still stick around.

So, this month, I’ll try to make this anniversary a lot about me and a lot about you: a lot about me because I’ll probably be writing a few “history” articles about this site and myself, and a lot about you because I’ll be giving away presents throughout the month. To be honest, my dream would have been to give away a “secret” VHBL release based on an exploit I own to a few “winners” of some sort of contest, but I didn’t find the time to work on that. Instead, I’ll be having a few PSN Codes giveaways for the next few weeks, and, who knows, maybe a bit bigger present towards the end of the month.

I’ll start right away with two US $20 PSN Codes:

  • One $20 psn code to a random one of our Twitter followers who retweets this tweet.
  • One $20 psn code to a person chosen randomly among those who reply to this thread on /talk: Just say how and when you were first introduced to the PSP/Vita scene :)

Winners for both codes will be chosen at the end of the week, and we’ll have more gifts after that!

  1. Damari Gee’s avatar

    I was introduced to the scene when there was an exploit where you put some file in your pictures folder and it crashed out or whatever the more technical term is from there I moved into the OE firmware cause I was scared to lose my hack for m33 which I soon found out was the stuff! It wasn’t all good tho because I bricked my friends trying to give him the hack I did I felt so bad I eventually read up on a way to fix it the pandora battery I couldn’t be a better day for the scene. ultimately I’m still rockin a psp1000 with the 6.60 CF but I do now have a psvita as well. thanks to this site i have the gamocracy exploit and been playing wagic hardcore and it’s fun to watch it follow the footsteps of what I guess would be its dad!? Am I the first to think that? Nahh I couldn’t be :)

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    1. trey’s avatar

      Ahh, are you talking about the good old ChickHEN with the Tiff image exploit? That’s the one that got me started. I started on 3.40, updated to 5.03 and then downgraded to 5.00 for the permanent m33-6. Oh the memories…

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  2. DrDOA’s avatar

    I was introduced through the DS :p I really got into hacking with CFW and stuff but the DS felt limited to me so I moved on to the PSP and it had way more freedom than the DS IMO. That’s how I was introduced. And I’m glad I was.

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  3. Yifan Lu’s avatar

    When I first got a PSP, there were no current exploits out, and I waited and waited, and two months later, the Luminous exploit came out. I looked everywhere for the game and it was all sold out, until I found a copy at the local Gamestop (used). I quickly hacked my PSP and resold the game on amazon for twice the value. A month or so later, the pandora battery came out.

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  4. Liviu’s avatar

    When i got a psp i dont knew how to hack it

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  5. Jaime Torres’s avatar

    I got introduced to the scene when I was looking around the internet for some psp hacks and I came here and fell in love with it ever since . About 2 years ago . Happy 5 years and I hope for many more to come .

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  6. Taro’s avatar

    Oh man, that was long ago. I began looking into the psp scene during a time when exploits were scarce, and tool batteries were required. Since, then I’ve branched out and soft modded nearly every console I’ve owned. It’s been good, and it’s allowed me to keep playing my favorite games over numerous console generations.

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  7. spokmoppa’s avatar

    Congrats Wololo, heres to another 5 years!

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  8. biglittlesps’s avatar

    I got introduced to here when I bought my Vita and this community helped a lot technically to better understand the hardware of Vita soft hacks for personal uses.

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  9. Dan’s avatar

    I always wanted a PSP, so in 2008 I got one, was hacked when I bought and started playing almost any game that was released, enjoyed the little sucker very much.
    When the Vita came I always craved it since day one, so I got it half a year later when it did in the US, haven’t been so pleased to buy and support game developers in my life until now : D

    And thanks a lot for the gift Wololo!

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  10. stOneskull’s avatar

    I started on dashhacks as a psp noob and they would often (and still do) link to you. i think it was wanting custom themes that eventually got me to sign up to /talk.

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  11. white-side’s avatar

    i got introduced to here when sony announced ps vita

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  12. bewrong’s avatar

    I first got introduced with the site a couple of years ago when i got my PSP and got interested with having homebrews installed in it. Then after getting a Nokia N900, i’ve revisited the site when i learned that you can install Wagic on a Maemo OS. Few years later the vita homebrew and hacking craze got out and find myself opening this site every single day from then on.

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  13. fadpoly’s avatar

    when I brought my psvita, still on 1.80.

    congrats on 5 years.

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  14. Kazumi’s avatar

    Don’t expected cards but just want to say Congrates! Thanks for the work you’ve done in these years! :)

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  15. x-eye’s avatar

    Happy birthday wololo.com. I wish i could do what you guy’s do. People are always dissing minimur’s blogs but I’ve always wanted to write a blog and i know how hard it is. To stay fresh, to stay interesting to stay informed etc. it takes focus and commitment, two things I’ve never had lol. So best wishes to all of you! Keep up the good work!

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  16. hellkm28’s avatar

    Great news!!

    Well i’ve wanted a PSP, i’ve always been a geek :p
    When i turned out 16 i started working and was able to buy a PSP1000 which was very expensive, i got the bundle some years later i had the opportunity to buy a PSP3K.
    By the time i was already a homebrew user and i used my PSP1K for emulation, mostly GBC to play Zelda Oracle of Seasons which i had the physical cartridge, but the battery of it died and i was no longer able to save game…

    Well that sums it up, the rest of the history’s a cliché (got deeper and deeper into the net to find new ways to use my PSP, used CFW…)

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  17. jin’s avatar

    I was introduced trying to find homebrews for the vita and was told by other forums that this was the place to be for quick exploits on vita !!!
    I have since joined up !!!

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  18. ryan’s avatar

    Basically I was just looking around and how to make use of my PSP aside from a paper weight. And I found this amazing website. :D

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  19. arielber’s avatar

    I was first familliar with this website about a year ago
    among with the Uno exploit.
    fair to say,I was shocked from the fact that someone
    could find an exploit for the legendery sony defences(or atleast thats what i thought…:P)
    I had some fun with exploit and as I visited this
    website more often I learned more about homebrow,VHBL and more
    So yeah hope you enjoyed creating this website
    I sure did hope reading it :)

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  20. Moss’s avatar

    Yay, hope I win!

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  21. Hellbelial’s avatar

    I just need a 10usd card because i want to buy Castlevania,shame that psvita doesnt release ports of Castlevania games from Nintendo Ds console,i have them on my pc and they run just fine,but you know,is not the same that in console.

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  22. Hellbelial’s avatar

    I follow wololo since i know all about VHBL was allowed in Ps vita,sadly im not lying at all i always miss the exploit games,i still dont know how to make them work XD,last time with the last exploit i was going to buy it but jajaja i had in my wallet only $3.86 what a fucking bad luck XD.

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  23. psYos’s avatar

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY WOLOLO!!!!! May many more come your way!! :)

    now random question Wololo. any chance of making wagic native to the vita so exploit or not we can enjoy this lovely piece of game?? :)

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  24. Razor’s avatar

    Congrats Wololo! :D
    Been following this blog for a long time since the PSP and now the Vita..along with all the ups and downs in the scene, It has been fantastic! Let’s go for another 5!

    Grrrrrr I hope I’ll get a card bcoz I can’t find one in my country :P

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  25. immson’s avatar

    in 2009 i got a psp go, it was awesome and i loved it. ive been following wololo since the first hbl came out. it was the only exploit for the psp go.

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  26. VictorWei’s avatar

    In 2011, I planned to buy a music player, but my friend told me psp go was better, so I bought GO which I never used for music. XD

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  27. psvita-freak’s avatar

    thanks to this site i found a way to hack my psp 1004 by my self (5.50 [some words here]… instead of paying 20 euros to a stupid noob… ;P
    so that was the trigger to keep me at this site…. And people, this is the only cfw/vhbl/hbl/ect. site that i trust… so does the virus scanner of windows 8… :P

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  28. Tyreethetruth4’s avatar

    I have been a follower of wololo since early 2009. Back when I wanted a PSP so badly. I finally got one in christmas 2009 and I really wanted to put CFW on it because I seen videos of it and what it can do and it was hopeless because at the time 6.20 was impossible to put CFW on and then my idiot brother updated to 6.31 when he stole my psp and tried to play it. Then I learned about HBL from wololo around 2010. So that was my workaround until a CFW was made for 6.20/6.31. There finally was a CFW for 6.20/6.31 by total noob and PRO team. Back then you had to use HBL to use the CFW but there was a update to it where you didn’t need HBL anymore but everytime you boot your PSP you had to enable the CFW again until someone made a permanate patch so in essence you had a actual CFW rather than CFW enabler. My PSP is broken now but I had a great run with my PSP.

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  29. Francois’s avatar

    While searching the web for informations about PSP hack scene, I found a website (pspgen) who was talking about something said here. I rapidly found your website and find it interesting to look at your news. My day is not complete when there is no new news here :) Congrats for your 5 years, happy five years !

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  30. Luis’s avatar

    Oh well, I first started paying attention to the scene right after the GTA exploit. Around 2006 I guess? Oh I did so much to my old PSP…
    It also made me want to start develop apps, and understand more of the coding world, what then, by the end of 2009 led me to buy a Nokia N900, and dive deep into all of these!
    I learnt and experimented coding and new “languages” like never before!
    Thank you comunity, thank you wololo, guys like you made my entire digital life a complete joy!

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  31. xlovenuggetx’s avatar

    happy anniversary wololo. thanks for giving the public your time and energy.

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  32. nOu’s avatar

    I got a psp and a vita… I love em – I google … then I found this site n’ lovin’ it

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  33. Rahul Vyas’s avatar

    I got introduced to the scene when I was looking around the internet for some PSVita hacks.

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  34. Daniel Peters’s avatar

    late in 2011 it just came into my mind if it’s possible to play all my favorite emu games on PSP without heavy crackin’. and yea my good old friend mr. google recommended your site! and god bless I found it!!
    from that time on I was playin all the retro stuff on & on with my PSP. I’m still checkin’ you site for updates.

    great site, great guy! hope I win lol =P

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  35. STLcardsWS’s avatar

    Wololo,

    Congrats on the milestone!!!!!

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  36. ungarok’s avatar

    felicitations,
    for the last three year you give me some good time with your site, and some good help for vita hbl. i can more enjoy my vita, merci ;)
    thanks wololo

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  37. NakedFaerie’s avatar

    I was introduced to the PSP scene at the very start as I got my PSP with firmware 1.50 installed it so I was there as it evolved. I’ve seen lots of homebrew and lots of CFWs. I saw the rise and death of Dark_Alex.
    I’ve made my own homebrew and ran lots and lots of homebrew.
    I’ve even got banned for life from a few forums and I’ve stood up for you bastards on one occasion and I killed a forum for you people.
    I’m still around doing my thing and doing it well. Mainly in person jobs these days and everyone I do a job for is happy with my work. Nothing of what I do gets released online anymore as I got so much abuse none of you deserve my work.

    Nobody knows what I do anymore which is good. I bet some of you still use my homebrew as I released it under another name and someone stole it and released it under their name and they’ve taken all the credit for it but I’m still happy its getting used.

    So, I’ve been in the PSP scene since the start and still going. I dont know anyone else that’s been in it as long as me and still going.

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  38. NakedFaerie’s avatar

    Oh I didn’t say, I’ve saw the rise of this site too. I didn’t join at the start but I knew of it and visited it a few times.

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  39. Bronson’s avatar

    I first got introduced to this site July 20, I was lucky enough to be just in time for the legend of robot 2.12 VHBL. I’ve heard the name wololo be used in videos about jailbreaking ps vitas and I picked the rigbt time to google it. I really like this site not only because the jailbreaking and homebrew but bow there are posts about upcoming games and systems and the great community

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  40. BigOLDick’s avatar

    The worst of all posts the more you delete my regular posts the more i will will write back to you making that nerve in your brain react.

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