When Sony brought the era of disc-based media, a cheer could be heard from that dark corner of the internet (probably in some virtual alley on an AOL server) where all the gaming pirates hung out and did nefarious crap on their PCs somewhere in Eastern Europe. There were a couple of methods; the earliest was using a physical spring rig to dupe the PSX hardware into playing “imports." After Sony remedied that problem, hackers figured out that they could either modchip the console or just use a Pro Action Replay dongle that violates one of the PSX’s I/O ports. [Ed.
—I have no idea what any of that meant.]