Lu­mines’ sales were mod­est – a lit­tle over half-a-mil­lion units were shifted in its first year on shelves and, as is tra­di­tion, the sales graph plot­ted a down­ward curve from there. At least un­til June 2007 when, twoand-a-half years af­ter launch in Ja­pan,

Lu­mines was used by hack­ers to trig­ger a buf­fer over­flow in the PSP hard­ware, al­low­ing un­scrupu­lous types to by­pass piracy pro­tec­tion and launch un­signed code from the de­vice. Us­ing a hacked Lu­mines save file, ev­ery PSP owner could do the same. The re­sult? The game shot up al­most 800 places in the Ama­zon PSP games chart, af­ter sales rose by more than 13,000 per cent.

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