Hack a pc game : 6 steps

We"ve been hacked! As well as a giả festival of online retail excess, Cyber Monday is now a celebration of hacker games và everything "cyber".

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This is the hAcKeR collective Synonymous Bosch. We have sầu taken control of this aRt1cLe. Three years ago it was written by the untalented và scurrilous “journalist” Brendan Caldwell, a man lacking in both knowledge & substance. But we have sầu gained access in order to lớn correct his egregious errors. It’s a hack of a hack! Ha ha ha. We had our best joke cell work on that for three nights. Please laugh. Our detractors may say Mr Caldwell got it mostly right, & that may be the case, yes. But the order is aLL Wr0nG. And he has neglected to lớn update it with a recent hit. We cannot let this stvà. Here is an updated danh sách which, actually, looking at it now, is still mostly Mr Caldwell’s words and… I guess they’re okay. Sorry we said those nasty things. We are Synonymous Bosch. We sometimes forgive. We often forget.

10. Exapunks

HoW c0uLd Y0U m1sS tHiS oNe, Mr CaLdWe11!? Exapunks is another of Zachtronics programming games, the same folks who make Opus Magnum, Infinifactory, và a bunch of other stuff. After so many puzzlers about tinkering with computer entrails, the studio finally made one themed around a 1990s vision of hackerdom. Chat rooms, zines, pizza deliveries, cybernetic plagues that turn your flesh inlớn circuit board. It’s all there, an accurate portrayal of the decade.

The puzzling is similar lớn other games from the studio, most notably Shenzhen I/O. You clack away at your keyboard, using keywords and commands to create a little screed of magical electricity. Here, you’re programming tiny spiderbots who can replicate & spread inside the host machine, like a little virus. You can hachồng a bank’s ATM machine & make it spit money inlớn the street. You can hachồng a videogame console & cốt truyện home-brewed games with other hackers in the real world. You can haông xã y0uR oWn ArM. It’s a good videogame.

All right, we’re leaving now. But we’ve sầu put all the following games in the correct order. Okay, bye, thanks, sorry, bye.

Notes: The developers interviewed some hackers to lớn retìm kiếm the story of the game, designer Zach Barth told Alex Wiltshire. “It turns out that hackers are assholes,” he said. “We interviewed a bunch & mostly they stole credit cards and figured out ways of ripping off phone companies khổng lồ get free phone calls.”

9. Gunpoint

Pneumatic trousers have never been so inviting. In Gunpoint, your shady spy protagonist has to lớn break into guarded buildings và steal data for his private clients. To bởi vì this, you"re given the Crossliên kết, a device that lets you manipulate the wiring of each màn chơi. You are essentially a clandestine electrician with trousers that allow you khổng lồ bound over buildings. You can rewire light switches to lớn give sầu guards electric shocks, toy with the elevator so it travels up and down, & (eventually) you can rewire firearms themselves. Because dystopia.

It isn"t all messing with wires though. Gunpoint retains a love sầu of wacky violence. You can slam open a door in a guards face, jump on them from the ceiling ninja style, or pounce on them from afar & take them plunging from the rooftops, only lớn smack them in the chops dozens of times after impact. I think this is called "social engineering".

Notes: Developer Tom Francis used to be a games journamenu, which is objectively the most noble of careers, before he began using GameMaker to lớn create Gunpoint. Having learned the hard way, Tom then began a YouTube tutorial series to help people learn how khổng lồ use the same program.

8. Minecraft

I"m sorry. I tried to lớn think of a good reason not to include Minecraft on the các mục. It"s a survival game. It"s about punching trees. It has infected millions of innocent children. But the more I tried the harder it became to disregard all the tinkering, toying và creativity that has gone inlớn Mojang"s indie luvvie-turned-superstar. First, people started making 16-bit computers inside the game, then they made huge circuit board structures with RAM, capable of division, then they made music box landscapes that could play whole songs, then they made older Notch games inside the game, then they made WHOLE DESKTOPS with functioning keyboards. Then they made hard drives to save sầu all their hard work to, và then, because you need a place khổng lồ put all these machines, they made the entirety of Denmark. Even RPS got in on the action, with RPS contributor và living Intelligence Quotient Duncan Geere giving readers a running lesson in code using the game as a teaching tool.

I can understand if some people believe Minecraft is less a hacking or programming game & more of a game for hackers và programmers. But it"s clear from the above sầu examples that the latter is good enough for the purposes of this các mục.

Notes: Of course, Minecraft isn"t a game for all hackers. In June 2011, the hacker group LulzSec brought down the game"s servers as part of a spate of attacks on videogame companies. Other victims included Eve sầu Online, Bethesda, Sony, Nintenbởi vì và The Escapist.

7. Hackmud

Hackmud is a terrible, wonderful place. You exist as an AI bot inside a connected future-world. It’s been a long time since the humans died out (or disappeared to space, it’s a bit ambiguous). As such, you must collect and earn GC, a virtual currency, because this is what scrappy constructs lượt thích yourself live for. Unfortunately, there are others. This is an online hacking game, where another player might break inlớn your accounts, steal all your hard-earned digi-coins, strip you of your tools (little decryption programs và the like) và release your location for all to find. If this happens, you are for the scrap heap, little bot. Time to start again.

It’s a difficult world khổng lồ get into lớn & you won’t get the full benefit of it unless you either spover some time learning basic Javascript or already know the programming language. In MMO terms, it’s akin to EVE Online. The stakes are high, the difficulty curve sầu is obscene, and the universe is full of scam artists. I know, because I’ve sầu been one of them. For these reasons, Hackmud isn’t for everyone. But for those who vị venture inkhổng lồ this Petri dish of paranoid pondlife, it can be a crazy adventure.

Notes: Hackmud was our favourite MMO of 2016

6. Shenzhen I/O

Another Zachtronics game? Well, if you’re going to lớn set your games inside the confines of a fictional operating system, why stop at one? Here, you’re an expatriate living in industrial Trung Quốc, working for an electronics firm called Longteng. Email alerts ping & tasks are mix. You’ve sầu got khổng lồ make devices for various clients. Sometimes this is as simple as a flickering neon advertisement. Sometimes it’s a little more… clandestine. In all cases, you"re going khổng lồ have sầu to refer lớn the manual, which the game recommends you print out and put in a binder (I second this advice).

In many ways, it"s the spiritual successor to TIS-100. You still tinker with numbers, nudging them from one node lớn another in basic programmer-speak, và you still try to optimise your designs to lớn run more efficiently. But this time there are components khổng lồ worry about. You move sầu chips và switches & gizmos around on a circuit board. In more ways than one, you’re trying not khổng lồ get your wires crossed.

Notes: If these puzzlers give sầu you the willies, Opus Magnum (by the same studio) is more accessible & straightforward. It"s about engineering solutions lớn alchemical problems using elemental marbles.

5. Quadrilateral Cowboy

The creator of Thirty Flights of Loving and Gravity Bone has a clear love for heists & capers, as became clear when he decided to make something that lasted longer than a few minutes. Here, you’re a team of thieves. While you vày get lớn control a full trio of characters, you’ll mostly be playing as the Hacker. Each level is a small environmental puzzle that needs to be solved by typing commands into your “deck” - a computer-in-a-briefcase with a 56k modem that you bring along lớn each fancy apartment building, ngân hàng vault or space station (yes, you go to space). Commands are simple, for example, typing “door4.open(3)” will open the “door number 4” for 3 seconds. Using these methods you have sầu to get inlớn forbidden spaces, avoiding cameras, lasers & alarms, grab whatever you need, và get out.

It’s not a perfect game – it blasts through all its best ideas too quickly and ends sooner than you’d hope – but it has leaderboards to lớn encourage a bit of replaying, attempts to beat your friends" best times. More importantly, its vision of a retro-cyberpunk “Nuevos Aires” is detailed and stylish – all warning signs & jump cuts – while also containing some wordless yet oddly tender storytelling. Hacking games sometimes neglect the details of the real world, becoming ensconced in a single screen. Quadrilateral Cowboy reminds you that the computer is just a means to effect change in reality.

It"s also got a brilliant mèo.

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Notes: Blenvì chưng made the game’s code open source shortly after release, & the game won the 2017 Grand Prize at the IGF.

4. Duskers

You know the opening scene in Aliens, where the little probe comes into Ripley"s escape pod and scans down the room with a wobbly xanh light? That"s how Duskers feels. You control a squad of drones as you look for salvage amuốn the stars. You need scrap and fuel lớn keep your ship going. To get this you must board và explore the derelicts littering the galaxy (for reasons not quite clear). Any other designer handed this premise would immediately think: "Okay, so point & clichồng control & maybe some hotkeys". But not Misfits Attic. For this job, you will rely almost entirely on a command-line terminal.

It"s a move that fits perfectly with the game"s atmosphere & art style. The user interface is all about that clunky 1970s Nostromo-vision of the future, right down khổng lồ the pause thực đơn. Presented with a schematic of a ship, you type commands lớn move sầu a drone lớn a power outlet & generate electrithành phố. Then type more commands khổng lồ open doors. Slowly you make your way through the wreckage, hoping that behind the next door there is no alien menace. This would be terrible news. Your robotic helpers are so fragile they may as well be made of phone screens.

A lot of hacking games are about panicking và typing fast under pressure. But Duskers is about being meticulous. Use motion scanners và sensors khổng lồ detect harmful bioforms. Flush aliens out of the ship by remotely opening airlocks, or luring them towards turrets. It"s made more tense by the roguelượt thích structure và the FTL-like fuel consumption.

Notes: You can create your own commands using the "alias" command. For example, typing "alias getoutofthere navigate 1 2 3 4 r1" will create the unhelpfully long commvà "getoutofthere" which you can then type khổng lồ scramble all your drones bachồng khổng lồ the airloông chồng.

3. Uplink

This is the game that often comes to lớn mind when someone says "hacking sim". When Introversion came up with Upliên kết they pretty much redefined what a good cyberpunk PC game should look và feel like. Playing under your own alias on a computer-within-a-computer, you join an agency of hackers-for-hire. You soon begin breaking inkhổng lồ networks to lớn alter records, steal data and delete unwanted files. Along the way you discover more programs and nâng cấp your rig lớn break inkhổng lồ stronger, scarier systems. You also have khổng lồ bounce your connection all around the world through multiple IPhường addresses. This tapped into the theatrical conception of hacking at the time - the scene from Goldeneye were Natalya traces Boris" connection, the digital heist of Swordfish, a movie where hackers are in such dem&, they are given blowjobs as a "test".

No such oral in Upliên kết though. The game was harsh about failure và would often see your proxy machine and ngân hàng tài khoản impounded by The Law, leaving you lớn start all over again. You could "save" your game by tweaking the game files themselves, which could be interpreted as a cool meta puzzle.

Apart from that, Upliên kết easily became a cult classic & paved the way for all those following in its wake. Certainly, the next game on this các mục may never have sầu existed without it.

Notes: As you can probably tell from the trailer, it"s a little dated. So you"ll want to play with the Upliên kết makeover thủ thuật installed.

2. Hacknet

Hacknet was slightly overlooked. Like Uplink, it puts you in the role of a computer user trawling through IPhường. addresses, mingling with underground hacker communities. An unknown benefactor known as "Bit" has granted you this strange new OS, basically a hacker"s toolkit. But don"t worry about hyên because he"s dead. The real joy of the game comes not from figuring out his death or the origins of the OS (although that"s a decent hook), but from using the command-line khổng lồ run programs, explore the directories of your targets & generally cause a big ruckus. Bonus immersion if you listen to the WipeOut soundtraông chồng while you bởi it.

There"s an element of mouse control (you can select files by clicking them for instance, rather than typing the whole thing out) but the further you delve sầu inlớn this new realm the more speed you need khổng lồ become untraceable. You begin to use the terminal in earnest, the Linux-style commands becoming second nature. There is a great moment in the early stages involving a rival blackhat hacker & some moral decisions khổng lồ make you squirm. Not lớn mention an entirely separate storyline for the more criminally minded. Like I say, the idea itself owes a lot to Uplinks. But it"s the execution that makes Hacknet great. A few misspelled words & a bug or two can"t stop it from being stylish, funny, & gracefully short.

Notes: If your computer has a CD drive, typing "openCDTray" inlớn the terminal in Hacknet will make your CD tray actually open up. The game was designed lớn include this freaky comm& in a multiplayer version, but this mode has sadly not yet come lớn pass.

1. else Heart.Break()

When you start playing this colourful Scandi adventure, you might be forgiven for thinking it"s a slow, ponderous point "n" clichồng with absolutely no direction. But persevere & you"ll find one of the smarkiểm tra games you"ll ever play. Heart.Break() puts you in the bright green shoes of Sebastian (or Seb, if you want) who has moved khổng lồ the big thành phố of Dorisburg after landing the job of a soda salesman. You saunter around this strange city selling can after can to lớn cranky citizens, most of whom don"t even want one.

What has any of this got khổng lồ vì with hacking? Well, as you start out in this brave new world of refreshment, you"ll meet some new friends (and a girl you lượt thích, of course). It becomes clear they are really a group of hacktivists fighting against the monstrous Computer Ministry. Soon you get your own "modifier" - a device that lets you hachồng any usable object in the game.

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At this point, Heart.Break() flips. You go around exploring the code of everything you can get your hands on. You find people who can teach you how to read & write in this code - a fully-fledged programming language called SPRAK (the Swedish word for "language"). You start lớn play and mess with everyday objects in ways that help you to cheat the game. For example, Sebastian normally gets tired every day và you have to lớn go lớn bed lớn recharge your energy, otherwise you collapse. But what if you haông chồng a glass of water so it reduces your "sleepiness" by a factor of "100"? Small things lượt thích this are just the start. Want khổng lồ hack a door so that it takes you halfway across the city? Figure it out. Want to lớn transfer your toàn thân over the internet to the city"s central finance computer? You can vì chưng that. Want khổng lồ rewrite the software of said finance computer so that everyone"s bank tài khoản is reduced lớn $0 và money itself is abolished, a la Tyler Durden? Do it. I did. And I vày not regret a single line of code.

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But the most wonderful thing about Heart.Break() is its humanity & youthful exuberance. This isn"t just the murky, green glow of a screen, it"s a functioning đô thị with drinkers, smokers, factory workers, khách sạn bell boys, bums, activists and bureaucrats. You get khổng lồ see how your alterations affect the world around you, which ticks on regardless of your actions. And the world itself is a bright, gorgeous place, the art of Niklas Åkerblad and the rest of the team granting it a vibrancy you wouldn"t normally associate with computer programming. Soulful, vivid & clever, else Heart.Break() doesn"t settle for making you feel lượt thích a hacker. It makes you feel lượt thích a magician.

Notes: In March, 2015, the motley b& of Swedish programmers và artists behind the game held a secret game jam in Gothenburg (incidentally an inspiration for the thành phố of Dorisburg). The jam"s purpose was to lớn create smaller, basic games using SPRAK itself. You can find a bunch of the resultant minigames on the arcade machines of Dorisburg.

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