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Mario Kart

These first Mario Kart 8 hacks are pretty benign


'Moo Moo Meadows' becomes 'Shitty luck course!'
Jul 07
Through a browser exploit, a group has successfully managed to edit Mario Kart 8's memory on the fly, allowing, right now, custom Wii U menu fonts, renamed courses, and the alteration of which music plays when. Watch a demon... read
Watch Dogs

The Art of Watch Dogs nails the modern cyberpunk aesthetic


Ubisoft's controversial open-world hacking game gets a beautiful art book
Jun 30
For all the controversy over its graphical quality, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs had a compelling open-world version of Chicago to explore. As Chris Carter pointed out in his review, the visuals rarely meet the quality set by GTA V b... read
HackZ

DayZ developer's servers hacked, source code possibly stolen


No player info compromised
May 14
Rely on Horror spotted a thread on game hacking forum Unknown Cheats which suggests user DevDomo gained access to developer Bohemia's servers. DevDomo's proof came in the form of some images which are alleged source code file... read
And a few things that I didn't love
The delay of Ubisoft Montreal's new open world IP, Watch Dogs, surprised many. With only a month away from launch, and a rather bold marketing push for the holiday season, Ubisoft appeared ready, but then we found it wasn't. ... read feature

This five-year-old found a major Xbox One password flaw


l33t hax0r
Apr 04
See that adorable little kid? That's five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel, and he discovered a major Xbox One password flaw. Kristoffer's parents noticed that the young kid was playing games he wasn't supposed to be on his fat... read
Hack The Gibson!
About this time last year, Watchdogs was looking like a major contender for my 2013 GOTY. However, here we are almost a quarter of the way through 2014, and I still haven't gotten my hands on the game, so I've been forced to... read feature

Disrupt

Hack the planet: Disrupt is up on Steam Greenlight


Type 'cookie,' obviously!
Feb 18
Despite all of the art and design that goes into creating expansive worlds in an effort to create immersion, few games make the player actually feel like he is doing the things on screen quite like Uplink once did. Certainly... read
GamePad

Streaming games from PC to the Wii U GamePad possible


Hackers have reverse engineered the device
Dec 30
Hackers booto, delroth, and shuffle2 have reverse engineered the Wii U GamePad and the results are impressive. The group's findings were presented at the Chaos Communication Congress including a demonstration in which The Le... read
Hackers

New consoles have brought a surge in hacking attempts


Europe's getting the worst of it
Dec 16
The gaming world isn't the only group of people that's excited by the recent launch of new consoles. It turns out that the hacker community's just as thrilled. Unsurprisingly, it seems that its intententions are far more nefa... read
PS4 controller for the PC

The DualShock 4 can be made to work on the PC


You just gotta grab some software
Nov 19
Thanks to some software created by InhexSTER, the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 can be used with a PC. The guys over at PC Gamer have tested it out, and they explain how you can get it working. Right now the wireless functions ... read
FFVII

Final Fantasy VII NES restoration sees release


The clumsy bootleg becomes fully playable
Nov 14
It’s always impressive to see crafty modders making enhancements to fan-favorite games or allowing us to go zombie hunting in Russia, but I myself am more intrigued with the world of retro hacking. The endless imaginati... read

Here's what that big-ass 2DS screen looks like


2DS cracked open to see the magic inside
Oct 15
Just a bit after its announcement, we learned that the 2DS screens are really just one big screen with some facing plastic and software doing the trickery. Those clever kids at Nintendo never fail to surprise.  Rose Colo... read
Quadrilateral Cowboy

Quadrilateral Cowboy trailer leaves me anxious for more


Still no release date for Brendon Chung's 20th century hacking game
Oct 07
This new trailer for Quadrilateral Cowboy has reminded me how much I want to play that game. I got a brief taste back at PAX Prime in 2012 and was immediately hooked by its lo-fi hacking aesthetic, especially after playing B... read
Ubisoft hacked

Change your password: Ubisoft online systems compromised


Personal payment info NOT affected by intrusion
Jul 02
Ubisoft has issued a security update warning that usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords have been obtained from the company's account database. "We recently found that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain ... read
Newer SMB Wii

NEWER Super Mario Bros. Wii is available for free


Fan-made hack brings tons of new content to the Wii platformer
Jun 20
If you are a Wii U owner and possess a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U, you've probably downloaded New Super Luigi U from the eShop already. That, or you are waiting on the limited edition retail release in the coming months... read
EVE DDoS attack

EVE Online server taken down because of DDoS attack


Someone broke it
Jun 03
Yesterday EVE Online experienced some difficulties and was taken offline for most of the day. A distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) was launched against the Tranquility server cluster and prevented players from loggin... read
Gunpoint demo

Gunpoint demo available now, releases next week


Stealthy hacky punch-that-guy game
May 28
Gunpoint, and indie game about hacking, sneaking, and knocking guys through windows, now has a demo available on the main site for you all to get your certainly-grubby mitts on. Pre-orders are also available, with the b... read
CS:GO

Play Super Mario Bros. within a Counter-Strike map


Now this is the sort of crazy mod hack I've been waiting for out of CS:GO
Apr 19
Sometimes you need to put down the AK-47, pause the terrorist hunt, and play Super Mario Bros. Using a server plugin, a clever modder that goes by the name skwumpy created the Sourcemod Entertainment System or SMES, which le... read
Blood Dragon

uPlay workaround resulted in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon leak


Can this game just come out already?
Apr 09
Although the leaked footage of Ubisoft's absurd(ly great-looking) standalone game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has been removed, it's too late; we've seen everything. One has to wonder, however, where the leak originated... read
The War Z

The War Z taken offline following security breach


User emails and passwords compromised
Apr 02
It never ends for The War Z. While the controversial MMO was reinstated by Steam after addressing false advertising complaints, Hammerpoint's game is currently offline due to hackers making off with personal information. Acco... read
Majora's Mask + Nic Cage

Majora's Mask gains the mask-like face of Nicolas Cage


Tingolas Cage = Character of the year 2013
Mar 17
First we have a hack of The Legend of Zelda that lets you play as Zelda. Now we have a hack of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask that features everyone as Nicolas Cage? It's feeling more and more like every game in 2013 cou... read
Zelda

Legend of Zelda hack puts Zelda in the starring role


It's finally her legend
Mar 17
In what seems to be a budding trend, an industrious hacker has whipped up some animations and palette swaps for the Zelda sprite in The Legend of Zelda and made her the playable character. This isn't the first time a remake ... read
Donkey Kong

Three-year-old wants to play Donkey Kong as Pauline


Dad makes it happen
Mar 09
Tropes vs. Women in Videogames has finally hit the internet, and people have been more snarky about it than Juno MacGuff at a "learn to write like Joss Whedon" script-writing seminar. All that snark wont change the... read
Wii U Pro Controller

Wii U Pro Controller can now be used on a PC / Mac


It's finally useful for something, am I right? Nyuck nyuck!
Feb 18
Much in the same way that a music artist hasn't made it until Weird Al writes a parody based on his or her song, game hardware hasn't made it until a young hacker gets the console's controller working on a computer. The Wii ... read

Sony fined £250,000 in UK over PlayStation Network hack


Regulators say Sony could have stopped it, Sony prepares appeal
Jan 24
The infamous PlayStation Network hack may be a fading memory in the minds of games, but authorities have not forgotten, and they've claimed their pound of flesh. Claiming the hack could have been prevented, United Kingdom off... read
Recent wave of attacks hit hard
Origin has reportedly been hit by a series of security breaches, as users come to find their accounts have been cracked into and personal details changed. To make matters worse, Electronic Arts' own security measures ensure v... read feature

Find out how you can get banned from Black Ops II


Anything from pirating to boosting
Nov 12
Ah, the modern gaming era. Day one patches, online passes, and of course, permabans on consoles. As we're nearing the launch of the sure to be mega-hit Black Ops II, Treyarch has layed out a few ground rules. Most of it is co... read

Dad alters text in Wind Waker to turn Link into a girl


He wants his daughter to understand that girls can be heroes too
Nov 10
Mike Hoye loves playing videogames and sharing his pastime with his three-year-old daughter Maya. Their game of choice is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Mike likes to read the text aloud so Maya can follow along. Bu... read

Borderlands 2 player mischief prompts patch on Xbox 360


Hang 'em all, I say
Oct 26
The Xbox 360 version of Borderlands 2 has been having a few issues with some rather cheeky players using an external application to sabotage the characters of other players and disrupt their experience, the scamps! Earli... read
It's like that snake that's eating its own ass
I can't remember when, but apparently I challenged the Super Smash Bros. Brawl hack community to recreate the upcoming PS3/PS Vita title PlayStation Battle Royale All-Stars using the game that inspired it. I doubt my cha... read feature

Scammers attempting to crack Guild Wars 2 accounts


ArenaNet warns users to create unique passwords
Sep 10
ArenaNet has revealed that scammers have a list of usernames and passwords from other websites, and are systematically trying them all on Guild Wars 2. Ah, the fun world of MMOs.  The developer puts the responsibility on... read

PS Vita hacked, homebrew a-comin'


It was going to happen eventually
Sep 06
The PlayStation Vita has finally been cracked into like a big ol' nut, and homebrew is on the way.  Usermode Vita Loader is currently in the works (via NeoGAF) thanks to developer Yifan Lu. Based on a recently ... read






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