Before Final Fantasy VIII's release, there was much speculation as to whether the game would be mod-chip protected. Well, the word is in: FF8 does not work on systems equipped with a mod-chip, not even the newer "Phantom" chips. What does this mean for American gamers? Well, it's going to be a bit harder to play FF8 imports. Right now, the only option looks like a Yaroze, a PlayStation development system included with development kits which can be purchased for about $750, or a Game Shark code, and the latter could take quite a while. Why is Square doing this? It's actually not to stop Americans from playing games, it's to stop people from playing pirated versions in Asia.|
Apparently the FF8 lockout has been bypassed with a GameShark code already. This code is unconfirmed by RPGamer, but it is said to work with mod chips. The code is:
Thanks to Gaming Intelligence Agency for the code.
Source: [Gaming Age]
America will have to wait even longer to see Squall