There have been times, during the 18 months or so that I've been involved in the PSP scene, when I've despaired of the PSP homebrew community. But then there have been times when the community spirit has really shone through.
In the early days, there was a "golden age", when the only people who had even heard of homebrew were typically hardcore, enthusiast developers. Back then, there was genuine excitement over every little step forward, and people were working hard to push back the barriers on all sorts of frontiers. The community was open and friendly, and a great sense of sharing was all around - we were all in it together.
Later, came the "mainstream age" - homebrew became known amongst mainstream PSP users, and the non-technical homebrew user became more commonplace. Unfortunately, this also drew a lot of people who were only interested in quick, flashy hacks for their PSP, or worse - just in enabling piracy of UMD games.
The worst thing about this period was that it seemed to be characterised by a grasping mentality - a majority of users simply wanted whatever they could get for free, with no concept of community spirit, or the consequences of all the piracy and flaming that was going on.
All of this meant that not so long ago, I was becoming quite disheartened by it all, and there didn't seem to be a lot of reason to carry on coding for the PSP.
But recently, things seem to have turned around again, and a number of small bits and pieces have restored my faith in the community. For one, the PSP Homebrew Database, which was always intended to be a community project, has continued to grow, with regular contributions from not just a few hard workers (thanks wwsean08, most recently ) but also the whole community. With everyone making a small effort, everyone benefits.
More impressive though has been the response to the "No GTA? No problem!" initiative. I made a post on the QJ.net forums with a suggestion that people who didn't have a copy of GTA could get in touch, and I would arrange a downgrade for them. I also suggested that people in other countries and regions might offer their services, but never really expected it to take off.
6 pages and several continents later, and people all over the world are offering to downgrade, or loan GTA UMDs, to complete strangers. This is the sort of community spirit that really makes me proud, and shows what we can achieve if we put ourselves to one side to help out our fellow man.
And another - a few weeks ago the community was bemoaning the lack of innovation and incentive that would be supplied by a coding contest - after the flood of coding competitions in summer last year, there's been a drought since. And so a community contest spontaneously arose - see for the PxP forum for more details.
I can only hope that this sort of thing continues, boosting our pride in our community.