Gaming Hacks


Author: Simon Carless
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9780596007140
Category: Computers
Page: 436
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Aimed at avid and/or highly skilled video gamers, 'Gaming Hacks' offers a guide to pushing the limits of video game software and hardware using the creative exploits of the gaming gurus.

Retro Gaming Hacks

Tips & Tools for Playing the Classics
Author: Chris Kohler
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1449303900
Category: Games & Activities
Page: 504
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Maybe it was the recent Atari 2600 milestone anniversary that fueled nostalgia for the golden days of computer and console gaming. Every Game Boy must ponder his roots from time to time. But whatever is driving the current retro gaming craze, one thing is certain: classic games are back for a big second act, and they're being played in both old and new ways. Whether you've just been attacked by Space Invaders for the first time or you've been a Pong junkie since puberty, Chris Kohler's Retro Gaming Hacks is the indispensable new guide to playing and hacking classic games. Kohler has complied tons of how-to information on retro gaming that used to take days or weeks of web surfing to track down and sort through, and he presents it in the popular and highly readable Hacks style. Retro Gaming Hacks serves up 85 hard-nosed hacks for reviving the classic games. Want to game on an original system? Kohler shows you how to hack ancient hardware, and includes a primer for home-brewing classic software. Rather adapt today's equipment to run retro games? Kohler provides emulation techniques, complete with instructions for hacking a classic joystick that's compatible with a contemporary computer. This book also teaches readers to revive old machines for the original gaming experience: hook up an Apple II or a Commodore 64, for example, and play it like you played before. A video game journalist and author of Power Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life, Kohler has taught the history of video games at Tufts University. In Retro Gaming Hacks, he locates the convergence of classic games and contemporary software, revealing not only how to retrofit classic games for today's systems, but how to find the golden oldies hidden in contemporary programs as well. Whether you're looking to recreate the magic of a Robotron marathon or simply crave a little handheld Donkey Kong, Retro Gaming Hacks shows you how to set the way-back dial.

Game Hacking

Developing Autonomous Bots for Online Games
Author: Nick Cano
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593276699
Category: Computers
Page: 304
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You don’t need to be a wizard to transform a game you like into a game you love. Imagine if you could give your favorite PC game a more informative heads-up display or instantly collect all that loot from your latest epic battle. Bring your knowledge of Windows-based development and memory management, and Game Hacking will teach you what you need to become a true game hacker. Learn the basics, like reverse engineering, assembly code analysis, programmatic memory manipulation, and code injection, and hone your new skills with hands-on example code and practice binaries. Level up as you learn how to: *Scan and modify memory with Cheat Engine *Explore program structure and execution flow with OllyDbg *Log processes and pinpoint useful data files with Process Monitor *Manipulate control flow through NOPing, hooking, and more *Locate and dissect common game memory structures You’ll even discover the secrets behind common game bots, including: *Extrasensory perception hacks, such as wallhacks and heads-up displays *Responsive hacks, such as autohealers and combo bots *Bots with artificial intelligence, such as cave walkers and automatic looters Game hacking might seem like black magic, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you understand how bots are made, you’ll be better positioned to defend against them in your own games. Journey through the inner workings of PC games with Game Hacking, and leave with a deeper understanding of both game design and computer security.

PSP Hacks


Author: C.K. Sample III
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1449330800
Category: Games
Page: 322
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Sure, it's just what you've been clamoring for: an ultra slick, portable version of the most popular console gaming system in the world. But Sony's new PlayStation Portable (PSP) isn't just a handheld gaming device. Beyond its killer graphics and spectacular widescreen LCD for unparalleled game play, it also sports wireless connectivity and a variety of multimedia features, including video, music, and digital photography. Your wildly versatile, endlessly powerful PSP practically begs you to hack and repurpose it to your liking. To save you the trouble and show you how to make the PSP do more than you ever imagined--and more than Sony ever intended--PSP Hacks is one succinct volume of 50 of the coolest, most useful, up-to-the-minute hacks for this amazing device. You'll learn how to open your PSP's hardware and what to safely plug into it. You'll explore and put to good use every hidden feature of the device. You'll be able to move all sorts of multimedia onto your PSP and find ways to extend its wireless capabilities. And you'll find out how to get the very best experience out of online game play. With PSP Hacks, you can accomplish a whole lot more than good gaming on the PSP. You'll quickly learn to surf the Web with a PSP, chat in IRC, and use the PSP to read web comics, ebooks, and RSS feeds. Other expert tips and tools allow you to sync an address book to your PSP, watch UMD movies, fool iTunes into thinking the PSP is an iPod Shuffle, and much more. The innovative hacks, tweaks, and how-tos in this essential guide make it easy to customize your PSP, take full advantage of features, capabilities, and functionality far beyond what's listed in the PSP user manual, and make your PSP perform countless tricks that only an all-in-one portable entertainment unit as remarkable and revolutionary as this one could.

Hacks for Minecrafters: Mods

The Unofficial Guide to Tips and Tricks That Other Guides Won't Teach You
Author: Megan Miller
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510706038
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 128
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Minecraft was designed to allow other people to modify it. And while there are several successful game guides on the market already, this book is the first unofficial “hacker’s” super-guide dedicated to adding mods (modifications) to your Minecraft game. Mods add content to the game to alter gameplay, changing the creative feel of the game or giving the players more options for how they interact within the Minecraft world. Mods can make your game run faster, they can add new mobs, mechanics, and quests, and even entirely new dimensions to play in. Change the rules of your world with each mod you add—anything is fair game! This book explores today’s range of modded Minecraft play, from the must-haves to the fanciful—from utilities like Inventory Tweaks and JourneyMap, to full-fledged gameplay extensions and modpacks, like Thaumcraft, Twilight Forest, and Agrarian Skies. Written for seven- to twelve-year-old Minecrafters this is the ultimate guide on Minecraft mods—keep your game new and exciting with all these expert tips and tricks.

The Big Book of Hacks

264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects
Author: Doug Cantor
Publisher: Weldon Owen
ISBN: 9781616283995
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 256
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Fire up your soldering iron, charge up that drill, and get ready to hack! From a tiny theremin to a watermelon keg, from an automatic cat feeder to a glowing mousepad, the ingenious and hilarious projects in The Big Book of Hacks are perfect for aspiring makers. And it's all brought to you by the DIY masters at Popular Science magazine. Four comprehensive chapters help you create megafun games and toys for the amusement of all: GEEK TOYS Be the life of any party with rad gaming hacks, amazing pyrotechnics, quirky DIY robots, "wow"-inducing projectiles, and lots of ways to make beer even better. HOME IMPROVEMENTS Pimp out your pad with a laser-security system, an improvised sous-vide cooker, and a life-size cardboard display of anyone you want. GADGET UPGRADES Want to stash a flash drive in an old cassette? Use a DIY stylus on a touchscreen? Improvise a fisheye lens for your camera? With this book, you can. THINGS THAT GO Give your motorbike a Tron vibe, deck out your car with an action-figure hood ornament, and keep gadgets charged on the go with a solar-powered backpack.

Game Console Hacking

Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, Game Boy, Atari and Sega
Author: Joe Grand,Albert Yarusso
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080532318
Category: Computers
Page: 512
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The worldwide video game console market surpassed $10 billion in 2003. Current sales of new consoles is consolidated around 3 major companies and their proprietary platforms: Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. In addition, there is an enormous installed "retro gaming" base of Ataria and Sega console enthusiasts. This book, written by a team led by Joe Grand, author of "Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty", provides hard-core gamers with they keys to the kingdom: specific instructions on how to crack into their console and make it do things it was never designed to do. By definition, video console game players like to have fun. Most of them are addicted to the adrenaline rush associated with "winning", and even more so when the "winning" involves beating the system by discovering the multitude of "cheats" built into most video games. Now, they can have the ultimate adrenaline rush---actually messing around with the soul of the machine and configuring it to behave exactly as the command. This book builds on the motto of "Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty" and will appeal to the community of hardware geeks who associate unscrewing the back of their video console with para-jumping into the perfect storm. Providing a reliable, field-tested guide to hacking all of the most popular video gaming consoles Written by some of the most knowledgeable and recognizable names in the hardware hacking community Game Console Hacking is the first book on the market to show game enthusiasts (self described hardware geeks) how to disassemble, reconfigure, customize and re-purpose their Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox systems

Fortnite Battle Royale Hacks

The Unofficial Guide to Tips and Tricks That Other Guides Won't Teach You
Author: Jason R. Rich
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1510740554
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 104
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Fortnite Battle Royale for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Mac transports gamers to an island that’s in the direct path of a strange and deadly storm. This free edition of the game is a quest for survival—as one hundred players get trapped on the island, but only one will ultimately survive. Players must explore their surroundings to gather resources, and then build protective shelters, plus locate weapons and loot (medical packs, potions, ammo, etc.)—all while attempting to defeat enemies in battle as the storm approaches, slowly making more and more of the island inhabitable. This unofficial strategy guide for gamers between the ages of 8 and 13 provides the tips and information needed to greatly improve their chances for survival. It includes proven strategies for defeating opponents using weapons, tools, resources, and structures. The guide focuses on the seven core elements of gameplay: 1. Character Section, Customization, and Improvement 2. Parachuting from the Battle Bus, and Choosing an Ideal Landing Location 3. Safe Exploration of the Island and Avoiding the Storm 4. Finding and Gathering the Best Weapons, Ammo, and Loot 5. Acquiring Resources (Wood, Brick, and Metal) 6. Building Fortresses and Structures 7. Surviving Combat to Become the Last Person Standing Because Fortnite: Battle Royale never offers the same play experience twice (because how the action unfolds depends heavily on the actions of the other 99 human players also on the island), this unofficial guide teaches players to adapt their offensive and defensive fighting strategies as needed to dramatically increase their chance of survival during each and every action-packed battle. This full-color, information-packed, 98-page guide is expertly designed to help first-time players greatly shorten the game’s learning curve and allows readers to abandon their “Noob” status quickly, while dramatically improving their fighting, building, exploration, and survival skills. With limited training activities and tutorials built into the game, Fortnite Battle Royale Hacks is a “must read” for Fortnite players.

Mindhacker

60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level
Author: Ron Hale-Evans,Marty Hale-Evans
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118166434
Category: Computers
Page: 408
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Compelling tips and tricks to improve your mental skills Don't you wish you were just a little smarter? Ron and Marty Hale-Evans can help with a vast array of witty, practical techniques that tune your brain to peak performance. Founded in current research, Mindhacker features 60 tips, tricks, and games to develop your mental potential. This accessible compilation helps improve memory, accelerate learning, manage time, spark creativity, hone math and logic skills, communicate better, think more clearly, and keep your mind strong and flexible.

Hardware Hacking

Have Fun while Voiding your Warranty
Author: Joe Grand,Kevin D. Mitnick,Ryan Russell
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080478258
Category: Computers
Page: 448
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"If I had this book 10 years ago, the FBI would never have found me!" -- Kevin Mitnick This book has something for everyone---from the beginner hobbyist with no electronics or coding experience to the self-proclaimed "gadget geek." Take an ordinary piece of equipment and turn it into a personal work of art. Build upon an existing idea to create something better. Have fun while voiding your warranty! Some of the hardware hacks in this book include: * Don't toss your iPod away when the battery dies! Don't pay Apple the $99 to replace it! Install a new iPod battery yourself without Apple's "help" * An Apple a day! Modify a standard Apple USB Mouse into a glowing UFO Mouse or build a FireWire terabyte hard drive and custom case * Have you played Atari today? Create an arcade-style Atari 5200 paddle controller for your favorite retro videogames or transform the Atari 2600 joystick into one that can be used by left-handed players * Modern game systems, too! Hack your PlayStation 2 to boot code from the memory card or modify your PlayStation 2 for homebrew game development * Videophiles unite! Design, build, and configure your own Windows- or Linux-based Home Theater PC * Ride the airwaves! Modify a wireless PCMCIA NIC to include an external antenna connector or load Linux onto your Access Point * Stick it to The Man! Remove the proprietary barcode encoding from your CueCat and turn it into a regular barcode reader * Hack your Palm! Upgrade the available RAM on your Palm m505 from 8MB to 16MB · Includes hacks of today's most popular gaming systems like Xbox and PS/2. · Teaches readers to unlock the full entertainment potential of their desktop PC. · Frees iMac owners to enhance the features they love and get rid of the ones they hate.

PC Hacks

100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools
Author: Jim Aspinwall
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 0596007485
Category: Computers
Page: 285
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Presents information on getting the most out of a PC's hardware and software, covering such topics as upgrading the BIOS, configuring the hard drive, installing more RAM, improving CPU performance, and adding COM ports.

Kinect Hacks

Tips & Tools for Motion and Pattern Detection
Author: Jared St. Jean
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1449361234
Category: Computers
Page: 280
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Create your own innovative applications in computer vision, game design, music, robotics, and other areas by taking full advantage of Kinect’s extensive interactive, multi-media platform. With this book, you get a step-by-step walkthrough of the best techniques and tools to come out of the OpenKinect project, the largest and most active Kinect hacking community. Learn dozens of hacks for building interfaces that respond to body movements, gestures, and voice, using open source toolkits such as openFrameworks, the Processing IDE, and OpenKinect driver library. Whether you’re an artist, designer, researcher, or hobbyist, this book will give you a running start with Kinect. Set up a development environment in Windows 7, Mac OSX, or Ubuntu Build special effects apps with tools such as Synapse and Cinder Create gestural interfaces to integrate and control digital music components Capture the realistic motions of a 3D model with NI mate, Blender, and Animata Design gesture-based games with the ZigFu SDK Recreate the dimensions of any room in realtime, using RGBDemo Use gestures to navigate robots and control PC interfaces

Dungeon Hacks

How Nethack, Angband, and Other Roguelikes Changed the Course of Video Games
Author: David Craddock
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692501863
Category:
Page: 238
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In 1980, computers were instruments of science and mathematics, military secrets and academia. Stern administrators lorded over sterile university laboratories and stressed one point to the wide-eyed students privileged enough to set foot within them: Computers were not toys. Defying authority, hackers seized control of monolithic mainframes to create a new breed of computer game: the roguelike, cryptic and tough-as-nails adventures drawn from text-based symbols instead of state-of-the-art 3D graphics. Despite their visual simplicity, roguelike games captivate thousands of players around the world. From the author of the bestselling Stay Awhile and Listen series, Dungeon Hacks introduces you to the visionaries behind some of the most popular roguelikes of all time, and shows how their creations paved the way for the blockbuster video games of today-and beyond.

Mind Performance Hacks

Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain
Author: Ron Hale-Evans
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 0596101538
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 308
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"Tips & tools for overclocking your brain"--Cover.

Kinect Hacks

Tips & Tools for Motion and Pattern Detection
Author: Jared St. Jean
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1449361234
Category: Computers
Page: 280
View: 1574

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Create your own innovative applications in computer vision, game design, music, robotics, and other areas by taking full advantage of Kinect’s extensive interactive, multi-media platform. With this book, you get a step-by-step walkthrough of the best techniques and tools to come out of the OpenKinect project, the largest and most active Kinect hacking community. Learn dozens of hacks for building interfaces that respond to body movements, gestures, and voice, using open source toolkits such as openFrameworks, the Processing IDE, and OpenKinect driver library. Whether you’re an artist, designer, researcher, or hobbyist, this book will give you a running start with Kinect. Set up a development environment in Windows 7, Mac OSX, or Ubuntu Build special effects apps with tools such as Synapse and Cinder Create gestural interfaces to integrate and control digital music components Capture the realistic motions of a 3D model with NI mate, Blender, and Animata Design gesture-based games with the ZigFu SDK Recreate the dimensions of any room in realtime, using RGBDemo Use gestures to navigate robots and control PC interfaces

Brain Hacks

200+ Ways to Boost Your Brain Power
Author: Adams Media
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1507205724
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 256
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Increase productivity. Boost cognitive function. Sharpen your focus. It's all possible with Brain Hacks! With more than 200 actionable tips and exercises you can use right away, Brain Hacks helps you achieve and maintain peak mental performance through easy hacks such as: Fight Free Radicals Flush The Toxins Notch Up The Niacin Learn A Language Count Your Breaths Get High On Endorphins …And many more! With straightforward, simple advice, Brain Hacks will teach you how to keep your brain sharp and functioning at optimal levels.

Mind Hacks

Tips & Tricks for Using Your Brain
Author: Tom Stafford,Matt Webb
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449390969
Category: Computers
Page: 396
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The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it. At any given time, the brain is collecting, filtering, and analyzing information and, in response, performing countless intricate processes, some of which are automatic, some voluntary, some conscious, and some unconscious.Cognitive neuroscience is one of the ways we have to understand the workings of our minds. It's the study of the brain biology behind our mental functions: a collection of methods--like brain scanning and computational modeling--combined with a way of looking at psychological phenomena and discovering where, why, and how the brain makes them happen.Want to know more? Mind Hacks is a collection of probes into the moment-by-moment works of the brain. Using cognitive neuroscience, these experiments, tricks, and tips related to vision, motor skills, attention, cognition, subliminal perception, and more throw light on how the human brain works. Each hack examines specific operations of the brain. By seeing how the brain responds, we pick up clues about the architecture and design of the brain, learning a little bit more about how the brain is put together.Mind Hacks begins your exploration of the mind with a look inside the brain itself, using hacks such as "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Turn On and Off Bits of the Brain" and "Tour the Cortex and the Four Lobes." Also among the 100 hacks in this book, you'll find: Release Eye Fixations for Faster Reactions See Movement When All is Still Feel the Presence and Loss of Attention Detect Sounds on the Margins of Certainty Mold Your Body Schema Test Your Handedness See a Person in Moving Lights Make Events Understandable as Cause-and-Effect Boost Memory by Using Context Understand Detail and the Limits of Attention Steven Johnson, author of "Mind Wide Open" writes in his foreword to the book, "These hacks amaze because they reveal the brain's hidden logic; they shed light on the cheats and shortcuts and latent assumptions our brains make about the world." If you want to know more about what's going on in your head, then Mind Hacks is the key--let yourself play with the interface between you and the world.

Exploiting Online Games

Cheating Massively Distributed Systems
Author: Greg Hoglund,Gary McGraw
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 9780132271912
Category: Computers
Page: 340
View: 1979

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From the foremost software security experts in the world, this is the first book to deeply investigate how online games are hacked.

Metagaming

Playing, Competing, Spectating, Cheating, Trading, Making, and Breaking Videogames
Author: Stephanie Boluk,Patrick LeMieux
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 145295416X
Category: Games & Activities
Page: 400
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The greatest trick the videogame industry ever pulled was convincing the world that videogames were games rather than a medium for making metagames. Elegantly defined as “games about games,” metagames implicate a diverse range of practices that stray outside the boundaries and bend the rules: from technical glitches and forbidden strategies to Renaissance painting, algorithmic trading, professional sports, and the War on Terror. In Metagaming, Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux demonstrate how games always extend beyond the screen, and how modders, mappers, streamers, spectators, analysts, and artists are changing the way we play. Metagaming uncovers these alternative histories of play by exploring the strange experiences and unexpected effects that emerge in, on, around, and through videogames. Players puzzle through the problems of perspectival rendering in Portal, perform clandestine acts of electronic espionage in EVE Online, compete and commentate in Korean StarCraft, and speedrun The Legend of Zelda in record times (with or without the use of vision). Companies like Valve attempt to capture the metagame through international e-sports and online marketplaces while the corporate history of Super Mario Bros. is undermined by the endless levels of Infinite Mario, the frustrating pranks of Asshole Mario, and even Super Mario Clouds, a ROM hack exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art. One of the only books to include original software alongside each chapter, Metagaming transforms videogames from packaged products into instruments, equipment, tools, and toys for intervening in the sensory and political economies of everyday life. And although videogames conflate the creativity, criticality, and craft of play with the act of consumption, we don’t simply play videogames—we make metagames.

BlackBerry Hacks

Tips & Tools for Your Mobile Office
Author: Dave Mabe
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9780596553449
Category: Computers
Page: 328
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The BlackBerry has become an invaluable tool for those of us who need to stay connected and in the loop. But most people take advantage of only a few features that this marvelous communications device offers. What if you could do much more with your BlackBerry than just web surfing and email? BlackBerry Hacks will enhance your mobile computing with great tips and tricks. You'll learn that the BlackBerry is capable of things you never thought possible, and you'll learn how to make it an even better email and web workhorse: Get the most out of the built-in applications Take control of email with filters, searches, and more Rev up your mobile gaming--whether you're an arcade addict or poker pro Browse the web, chat over IM, and keep up with news and weblogs Work with office documents, spell check your messages, and send faxes Become more secure, lock down your BlackBerry and stash secure information somewhere safe Manage and monitor the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and Mobile Data System (MDS) Create web sites that look great on a BlackBerry Develop and deploy BlackBerry applications Whether you need to schedule a meeting from a trade show floor, confirm your child's next play date at the park, or just find the show times and secure movie tickets while at dinner, this book helps you use the remarkable BlackBerry to stay in touch and in-the-know--no matter where you are or where you go.