Did you NOT know gaming? – Nintendo Switch Piracy & Hacking

I didn't want to do this. I legitimately wanted to give DYKG a chance to fix stuff. But it didn't happen and now we're left with nothing else. Time to write that original blog I said I was going to write a while ago.

DYKNG

Preface

Okay, so to those of you who didn't understand that previous paragraph, allow me to explain. 2 weeks ago, as of writing, Did You Know Gaming (the YouTube channel) put out a video about Nintendo Switch Piracy & Hacking. And... it's bad. Like, REALLY bad. It's rife with outdated and incorrect information and goes out of it's way to characterize the entire Nintendo console homebrew scene as nothing more than a den of pirates.

In case you didn't know, I kinda give a fuck about the homebrew and hacking scene. I've met friends and the like there and I love seeing people make awesome stuff for Nintendo consoles, which in and of itself remain to this date just about the only consoles I wholeheartedly recommend.

So... when this video came out and I watched it, I kinda got irritated and considered writing a blogpost about it at the time. That post was never made, because a friend of mine had informed me that DYKG had reached out and asked involved hackers and scene members to point out exactly what was broken with the script[1]. Whilst at the time I was busy and a number of people had pointed out flaws before I could get to it, I opted to not write the blogpost in question. Instead, I gave DYKG the benefit of the doubt. I would wait and see what they would do and give tips on what was incorrect in their script. Supposedly, they would be retracting their previous video and creating a new one based on the concerns we raised.

So... I waited. For reference, I first got confirmation that the script that we added comments to was send off to DYKG for the first time on July 15th. As you can see, it is 28th of July. To the best of my knowledge, DYKG has not responded in any form to the modified script in any shape, way or form. Nary so much as a comment on their original video, a response to the email that was sent to them, anything on their Twitter feed. I have checked this.

With me getting this out of the way, my patience sort of has run dry, as one might guess. So let's make that original blogpost. Let's do a minute-by-minute takedown on DYKGs original video.

For those of you who want to watch along, I have put an embed below or you can watch the video yourself here

Beat? Set? Go.

The setup will be as follows: I will go over the video on timestamps. I'll clearly state if there is a visual or a script concern/error (the video has issues on both of these ends).

first couple seconds are a promotion for the since passed New Jersey GamerCon. As these do not relate to the video, I will skip over them.

Hacking

Piracy

Team Xecuter

After this a short outro fact plays and the general DYKG outro as well.

Conclusion

I cannot blame DYKG too much for these errors. A large part of this comes from the fact that the tech industry's reporting on console hacking in general is... notoriously poor and for the most part, they seemed to have taken only the reports made by the tech industry for their sources, rather than actually investigating on the matter.

This was my view before I heard of the collaborative effort to try and give them a chance to fix it. With that currently standing at about two weeks in with DYKG essentially having gone radio silent, that view while not completely gone is now in a much more cynical light, considering they seemed interested in attempting to fix their flaws, but aren't following up on them in the slightest.

Quite a shame, I used to really like Did You Know Gaming.

Credits

To the many people who made the Switch scene possible. As well as special credits to the original people involved with the editable document for pointing out stuff I missed.

Extra notes

[1]: I do not consider this private information. The document that was used for edits was publicly available in ReSwitcheds #off-topic channel. [2]: Signed: This means something is valid or created by a specific entity. The cryptography parts involved around this is beyond the scope of this post. [3]: The TSEC is a specific processor on the Switch's motherboard that handles security. [4]: Horizon OS is the Switch's “official OS”.