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Brief update on a notorious scammer “taking over” the PSX scene

Posted by Gemini on November 24, 2012

This brief update has something to do with one of my side projects from last year: psiOS.

psiOS was intended to be an operating system aimed to replicate Sony’s XMB feel and look on the PlayStation while taking advantage of a piece of hardware called PSIO. After laying down some basic code for managing the interface, the project was killed by the guy who “owns” PSIO, infamous Australian scammer under the name of Haunted, H360, Haunted360, Shad0w, and a plethora other similar aliases.

Haunted/Shad0w, who has a very bad reputation on important websites such as Assembler Games, is this incompetent guy who wants to own the PlayStation development scene while posing himself as some kind of authority and expert. Turns out he can’t program the most basic code and he has a bad habit at scamming people with fake promises about this piece of hardware called PSIO, which he based a PayPal donation account on. Guess what? His account was closed, because he results to PayPal as a modchip seller. Seems like PayPal can sniff frauds from miles away, which is more than a serious reason to kill scamming accounts for good. But hey, scammers are never happy about getting their heads in a dirty pool of mud, so now he’s simply bad mouting PayPal because they sneaked his little fraud and switched to PayMate or whatever that one is called.

His last move was censoring all the links I posted about psiOS, which, ironically, was intended to be open source from the beginning as the project was hosted on Google Code. Still, the scammer dude didn’t want it to be so because “people could see how it works!”, which is yet another symptom of his never-ending ignorance (more info in the Hall of Shame). Later he had reconsidered that idea and even asked me to go back on the project, but he still refuses to show any bits of the sources, even if they contain nothing about PSIO at all; talking about smart thinking. Then again, nothing too weird for somebody who claims to be a PlayStation legend among with a small group of smartass kids who can barely write a for statement and whose greatest ambition is writing craptastic renditions of NyanCat.

Here’s the link to the sources of psiOS and a couple screenshot, since neither can be posted on the CRAPDEV site without the scammer censoring them and banning the poster:

Of course, all the stuff showing up there was specifically made by me, but it seems like Haunted is still keeping parts of the code and some of the graphical assets, which I never gave him permission to use, but he’s using them anyway for his “custom” implementation of psiOS. I don’t need to tell you this stuff can’t be used for commercial use if I never give any permission to do so. Guess who’s ignoring that and still tries making profit out of completely free stuff? Plus all the code is based on the Psy-Q SDK, which makes any commercial use of it yet again extremely illegal and shows once more how shady this project’s management really is. Naturally this part of the message didn’t go unnoticed by our beloved dude, who sent me this emails:

From: PSIO Contact
Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2013 8:28 AM
Subject: psiOS and Forum Spamming
Fuck off Gemini. Last time I heard, psiOS was open source. So what you gonna’ do about it faggot?
It is being coded from scratch. That ‘layout’ you claim was yours, was my design I came up with. Your point is invalid and you havecontradicted yourself.
There is nothing you can do except say as many profanity’s as you wish.
Have fun on the Unhaunttended forums or whatever the hell it’s called with Tails.

So apparently he doesn’t even know the difference between open source and profiting off of somebody’s free work he never wrote a line of code for (again, also Psy-Q), and which he tried to hide like an embarrassing relative because he fears people stealing “his technology”. Way to go with the insults and all the random claims, especially the segment about Unhauttended, which I’m not even part of. And the interface part… well, using Sony’s XMB as a base certainly doesn’t make it your own, nor it makes mine of somebody else’s as it’s not original work at all, unlike other aspects. Then again, I wasn’t expecting less from a person such as Haunted/Shadow. What can best this? The IP the email comes from is exactly the same used by some fake user posting here on the blog, who goes by the handle of “Nick F.” (whose IP comes from the same area as another fake user posting on this very discussion). At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if some project supporters on the PSIO board were actually home-made puppets only trying to fool people – I can count at least one account there belonging to this category, it’s not even hard to figure out who that is.

Guess it’s time for Haunted/Shad0w and his fraud reign to simply go down and never get up ever again. Please, let’s stop this everlasting chain of idiocy once and for all: don’t give him a cent of your money, he won’t make good use of it and he never gave any concrete proof of “PSIO” happening. Haunted/Shad0w should just disappear, along with his pathetic website and vaporware projects. He’s also not welcome here, with all his fake accounts (use a proxy next time?) trying to post into the comment board just to claim this blog entry is a lie. Unfortunately it’s not, and PSIO looks extremely “vague” even after the proof video they’ve posted, which ironically contains a few hints on why it’s pretty much a badly doctored fake.


7 Responses to “Brief update on a notorious scammer “taking over” the PSX scene”

  1. slystrife said

    Consider this guy ignored!

  2. Wow, they let that guy get this far, as the first result of “PSIO” points to Shadow’s website, and enough people are already acting this vaporware is real.

  3. V said

    Hey, man. I know none of the translations are going to be done soon, but holy shit. Its good to know your alive still.
    I couldn’t find your facebook page anymore and I was a little worried.

    please keep me in the loop with your projects/side projects.
    Yes, even the non gaming related ones.

  4. Michi said

    Gemini! Been looking for you in forever. So glad you are still around. Take all the time you need. ^^

  5. Gemini said

    Still alive and kicking. ;)

  6. *Kicks*

    I feel alive. <w<

  7. Don said

    I just stumbled across this whole shebang through of all things Google images.
    Quite a story going here, this bloke seems like a right dick head and scam artist.

    Was a bit taken aback when you said he was Aussie though (as I am) because I know a few PS2/PS3 devs over here, thankfully none of them as stupid or morally fucked as this asshole.

    How the hell has he sucked so many people in!? I watched the YouTube videos and I see nothing which supports ANY sort of interfacing between the PS1 and SD card AT ALL. Never mind the so called “menu”

    And even more so how the fuck did this happen!!??

    I mean, engadget, really!? With those videos and one board with a Cyclone II on it, he’s fooled them!?

    Also, apologies for the grave dig, but I sort of got pulled in by the whole story and it’s now 3:30AM here, I started reading at around 12AM.

    I honestly feel like paying him a visit…..

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