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How do I backup my games?

The main drawback for buying a video game console is the fact that physical discs will have to be used in order to run games. While this might sound find to some of you, this is a headache for some people, especially those who have small children who like to chuck things around. The most simple solution to the problem is to make backups of your games, so if they get scratched to the point where they become unplayable, you still have a backup to rely on.

But how do I do this?

In order to create a backup of a game, you will have to find a way for your computer to read the disc in the first place. This often involves buying software or additional hardware in order to bypass the protection put on the game discs. While it is illegal to re-distribute the copy that you have made, it is perfectly legal to use it within your own household to save your physical discs.

What software should I get?

Game Backup Software

Game Backup Software

There are basically two types of software available, you can either pay for all the tools separately or buy some sort of an All-In-One solution, such as the GameBackupSystem. The main difference is that All-In-One game backup solutions often provide detailed guides and support for using the software packages. When it comes to standalone software – you will receive no guides or professional help whatsoever and will pretty much be on your own, thus this is not the greatest solution for those who are not technically savvy.

Additional Hardware

Sometimes, you need additional hardware to be able to backup the games on to disc. Specifically, the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360 XGD3 will require additional hardware to backup their games. The hardware in question is usually a specific DVD drive which is able to read the game discs with some slight modifications. While these drives will cost you around $50, it is definitely worth the price, considering the amount of money you will be able to save.

Modding the Console

Console Mods

Console Mods

Often people claim that they are unable to play their games after successfully backing them up and burning the backup on to the disc. Well, what did you expect? BACKING UP, does not mean PLAYING the actual game. In order to do so you will be required to modify your console and those who claim you can play without modding are trying to sell you a false product. If you are not prepared to modify your console in order to save money on re-buying games, then you most definitely do not want to save money that much.

Keep in mind that most of the console modifications are really easy to accomplish on your own and usually require modifications on the software level, meaning you will not have to open the console up at all.

In a Nutshell

To put this long story short, what you will need to backup your video games are some specific software packages or an All-In-One software solution (Game Backup System). But when it comes to playing the backups, you will have to have a modified console to achieve this!

The Best Wii Console Mods

Often when people think of console modifications, the first thing that comes to their minds is that it is illegal, voids the warranty and that it can absolutely break your gaming console into tiny little pieces which no one will be able to fix. But is it so? It is in human nature to play it safe when it comes to things that we have ownership of, thus it’s no surprise that the average Joe would hesitate and not modify his Nintendo Wii.

However, you should be aware that by NOT modifying your console you will be missing out on great features and you will never unleash the full potential of your console. Here are some of the best Wii console mods that will hopefully show you what great and fun stuff you are missing out on.

Turn your Wii into a Media Centre

Sure your Nintendo Wii can play all these great games, but what if you could use it as a full blown media centre? No, we’re not talking about Netflix, we are talking about a way to watch the movies that you already own.

The software package to achieve this is called the Wii MC (Wii Media Centre) and requires you to have a modified Wii system alongside the Homebrew Channel. After you install it, you will be able to connect your computer to your Wii and share all the media you have between the two, turning your living room into a full blown entertainment chamber.

External Hard Drive Backups

Games these days aren’t cheap. In fact, if you intend to buy a new game, it is going to cost you quite a bit, especially if it is a game with all those extra bits and pieces such as microphones or Plus Packs. This is why you want to keep your games safe and out of harm’s way. By modding your Wii you can easily say “bye bye” to games on discs.

The process behind this is rather simple, all you have to do is have Homebrew channel installed and a couple of additional “drivers” for your Nintendo Wii that will keep your external hard drive running.

If you are interested in more details regarding external hard drive backups for the Wii, then GameBackupSystem has just what you need ;)

All in One Console Emulator

A console is usually stuck to its predefined games, such as the Wii is stuck with the titles that Nintendo decides to bring out. Sometimes you get the joy of backwards compatibility with the previous system (Gamecube in our case), but that is pretty much it. What if you could turn your Nintendo Wii into a full blown arcade machine and play all the awesome titles from your childhood?

That is absolutely possible if you have a software modified Nintendo Wii. You can install limitless amounts of emulators and make your console not only backwards compatible all the way back to the Nintendo Entertainment System, but you can also use your Wii to run games from systems such as MAME, Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 1 and many others.

If this sounds appealing to you, you can even try this out on your computer. The GameBackupSystem offers a full emulation package for emulation of multiple consoles on your PC.

Custom Levels for Games

Once you get through all the levels of New Super Mario Brothers or Mario Kart the games get pretty dull and nothing is left there for you to enjoy. However, the software developers have discovered ways how to create entirely custom levels for people who have the Nintendo Wii modified system.

Creating these levels might be a tedious task and it does require quite a bit of attention to detail, well at least to some extent, but you will not have to create your own levels if you do not want to! There are literally no end of custom levels and character modifications that you can download and easily put on to your game.

Make the Most Out of Your Hardware

The Nintendo Wii is now considered as a previous generation console, but this does not change the fact that it packs some pretty amazing hardware and gadgets that you can easily mess around with.

The Wiimote and the sensor bar can be turned into devices to turn your TV into something that would detect gestures. Imagine if you could draw on your screen using your fingers!

You can also have your Wii display images in 3D that move with you. There are a couple of guides on how to do that and the possibilities are limitless.

You will need a bit of technical know-how to achieve certain tasks, but it is definitely worth it!

What’s your favourite console modification?