Recently, software names in the PSVita hacking scene have taken a childish turn and SilicaAndPina’s F*PSSE and G*Maker are no exception. While both their names are childish, they offer some genuinely useful functionality which may result in some interesting homebrew games or plugins!
G*Maker: A GameMaker Studio export tool for the PSVita!
Extreme Burger Defense is a tower defense game written in GM:S that has its source code on the internet. It’s been ported to the PSVita by SilicaAndPina
GameMaker Studio is a game engine, which runs on multiple platforms, that uses a scripting language which allows you to create games with less effort.
Through G*Maker, you can take Game Maker Studio (GM:S) projects and compile/export them to the PSVita! This tool allows you to bring open-source GM:S projects to the PSVita with little effort but it must be noted that this won’t allow you to run closed-source GM:S games on your PSVita. G*Maker is based on some code from a game called “Siralim” and that uses GM:S v1.4.1763 as the game engine so you won’t be able to use newer versions of GM:S with G*Maker.
If you want to start bringing GameMaker games over to the PSVita, simply look for their links which can be found easily enough. SilicaAndPina has also been able to port some games which can also be found online.
@nikita_krapivin, CelesteBlue and others helped make G*Maker possible. There isn’t enough information to verify the legality of G*Maker and the Extreme Burger Defense port (was distributed via Humble Bundle) so links won’t be provided.
F*PSSE: A plugin to decrypt PSM games
Adventure Bar Labyrinth was decrypted and it’s showing running in PSM Simulator (no, it’s not an emulator). Image by SilicaAndPina
If you don’t know what PSM games are, you needn’t worry as the PSM (not PSN) service was shut down over 3 years ago. As of right now, they can be played via NoPsmDRM on hacked PSVita/PSTVs even if you didn’t own a Vita and buy PSM titles back in 2015 when the service was still up.
However, NoPsmDRM (like NoNpDrm) leaves games in an unencrypted state as it works by creating fake licenses. As a result, modding PSM games wasn’t possible as game files and executables were encrypted but now, F*PSSE has been released which lets you decrypt these games!
The main advantage of PSM game decryption to the regular end-user, is that game files and executables can be modified which allows mods to be created.
The decryptor is in plugin form and it must be noted that this plugin is not useful to people who don’t wish to modify game files! If you want to learn more about F*PSSE, simply follow this link and read the usage instructions by SilicaAndPina.
DOTS_TB and F***_S3CURITY helped make this plugin possible by helping with PSM_Handle and testing respectively.
SilicaAndPina is a somewhat controversial figure in the PSVita scene but I personally think that both these tools have some interesting potential. As a result, I think they deserve attention from Vita developers but caution should be exercised when installing VPK files from SilicaAndPina to make sure they don’t contain any memory card formatting code…
Note: F*PSSE and G*Maker are censored names as I personally think the names are too inappropriate for this website!
I'm a girl that's liked technology from day 1. Mostly interested in the PSVita/PSP scene but I've always modded my stuff when it's possible, that is :)Contact me via DM at @KawaiiAuroraA on Twitter if you have any questions/concerns about my articles or if you have any article requests.