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Posts tagged “Hack the planet!”

Hacknet is free for keepsies if you nab it promptly

When Hacknet's tutorial told me I needed to kill its process in order to progress, I couldn't bring myself to do it. Not out of sympathy for a sentient piece of software - this isn't Hackmud. I'm reasonably confident the tutorial was just a lifeless bit of code, I just couldn't do it because I'm a terrible hacker who can't tell a firewall from a…

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Hackmud’s 2.0 update introduces 32 player hack offs

Multiplayer head-to-head hacking battles. That's the primary carrot I can see Hackmud dangling before me with its 2.0 update, though the road there is long and packed with players who'd probably steal my stuff before I figured out how to Hello World. Hackmud is a hacking MMO, see, where duplicity is encouraged and people that know JavaScript can run rings around those that don't. Think…

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Sam Barlow’s #WarGames now hacking the #planet

Sam Barlow, the typing man behind Her Story, is back with another watch-o-mystery. #WarGames is an interactive episodic video doodad about hacktivists and spunky teenagers saving the world using computers, which Barlow has worked on as an executive creative director of developers Eko. You can play for free in your browser or pay £2 for an ad-free version on Steam.

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Cooperative sneak-o-hacker Hacktag is out now

Hacktag, the two-player cooperative stealth game where one player is a field agent sneaking around megacorp facilities and the other's a hacker jacking the building's datanet, is now properly out. Hacktag caught my eye when it hit early access last year but I'd rather wait until it was finished, and now it is. I'll have to round up a pal who fancies being a giant…

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Hack the planet! Hacknet launches mod tools

Fab computer hacking game Hacknet [official site] has launched its mod tools, letting players create their own missions, campaigns, music and more. Or if you don't fancy making things yourself, hey, you'll still get to play the 'extensions' other people make. I'll be sorely disappointed if someone isn't already making a campaign recreating the great movie of our cybertime, Hackers. I'll make it myself if…

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Hacknet Labyrinths expansion jacking in next week

The Labyrinths expansion for command line hacking sim Hacknet will finally launch next Friday, a few months later than initially planned. RPS resident l33t d00d Brendan has declared Hacknet to be the second-best computerating game so more of that sounds grand. Labyrinths will add a big new chunk of campaign, with such fun as collaborating with other l33t (NPC) hackers through IRC and using new…

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Feature: Gun != "Fun"

Watch Dogs 2’s jolly multiplayer is spoiled by guns

While Adam is busy hacking the planet for his final review, I’ve dropped into the multiplayer of Watch Dogs 2 [official site] to harass some of the world’s script kiddies. This is built into the singleplayer world “seamlessly”, you just select an option on your super-phone and a foe will become known to you a few hundred metres away (sometimes you’ll be warped closer to…

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Watch Dogs 2 Launch Trailer Ready To Hack The Planet

No one believes me when I say I adore the style of Watch Dogs 2 [official site]. They tell me the open-world crime simulator is trying far too hard to be cool, that it's nothing at all like real hacking or real hacker culture, that it barely knows what a computer even is, that the memes it blasts are woefully outdated, that it looks like…

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Boop! Sombra Hits Overwatch Public Test Server

Sombra, the Overwatcher [official site] who boops noses, arrived on the public test server overnight. She's not ready to start booping in earnest quite yet but you can hop on the PTS to jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace. As computer hackers are wont to do, she can turn invisible, teleport, and bwomp out electromagnetic pulses to futz with shields and hack everyone around…

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Hack The Planet Other Players In Watch Dogs 2’s PvP And Co-Op Multiplayer Modes

Ubisoft are pooping out all of their videogames news this week. Poopisoft. But then again, it’s Gamescom, so is everybody else. This time they’ve revealed details of multiplayer modes in Watch Dogs 2 [official site]. As long as your connected, they say, you’ll come across other players in the world. You can either team up with them, or do bad things to their phones while…

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Quadrilateral Cowboy Getting New Levels, Says Creator

Hacking-fueled heist-em-up Quadrilateral Cowboy [official site] came out last week and opinion has been a bit divided about it. Graham, for instance, thought it was a stylish but disappointing romp. Whereas I reckon it's a delicious retro-futuristic snack. But most reviews agreed on one thing - that there wasn’t enough of it. Well, get your 56k modem jacked in folks. The “20th Century Cyberpunk” adventure…

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Hack The Planet: Quadrilateral Cowboy Released

Pull on your data gloves and slap on your mirrorshades for Quadrilateral Cowboy [official site], the latest from Thirty Flights of Loving and Flotilla developers Blendo Games. Quadlat Cowbo is a first-person heist-o-hacking game about sneaking into places using gadgets, gizmos, and good old-fashioned hacking. It's from the command line school of hacking, having you tap out commands and scripts to carefully time hacking cameras,…

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Hack The Planet: Watch Dogs 2 Coming November 15th

Watch Dogs 2 [official site] will come out on November 15th, Ubisoft declared today, formally announcing the open-world crime simulator. It's jetting off to the sunny San Francisco Bay Area and it... looks fun? Not simply fun-to-play fun, but actually having a sense of a fun, with colours and people who look like they're having fun and no moody uncledads anywhere in sight. Here, jack…

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Passwords, Please: Try Hacking Sim Mainlining’s Demo

Set in the glorious Windows XP era, Mainlining [official site] is a hacking simulator with a heavy focus on narrative that puts you in the shoes of the bad guys an agent working for the oh-so-fictional MI7 intelligence agency. You'll be using your simulated desktop, some hacking tools, and ye olde Notepad to piece together evidence of crimes and arrest the culprits. I've scraped the…

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Malware Museum: Visit Retro Viruses In Your Browser

This Future Is Disappointing, Part #87: modern computer viruses are rubbish. Back when it were trees as far as the eye could see, a computer virus played silly noises and animations while it wiped your files. Now they silently perv on your webcam, steal your passwords, and use your PC to mine Bitcoins and knock game servers offline. Treat yourself today to some vintage viruses…

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Hack The Planet! Hacknet Coming In August

I dig games which turn your screen into another computer, hauling you into their fiction. TIS-100, Digital: A Love Story, Her Story, and so on are grand and all but, like anyone with blue hair and a leather jacket who grew up in the nineties, what I really want is to hack the planet. Uplink and its admirers are grand, but I need more. I'm…

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Beglitched: When Shall We Three Hack The Planet Again?

Beglitched [official site] may be the most adorable hacking game I've seen. So long, scrolling green glyphs! Please stay in the '90s with pleather trenchcoats. (Aside: oh no, when will the '90s revival reach The Matrix? Or maybe the fashion it inspired will become more palatable with modern restyling. Anyway!) It's an upcoming puzzle-battle game about hacking the planet as apprentice to the Glitch Witch,…

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Run Through The Internet: Free Platformer 404Sight Out

"Auntie Alice! Auntie Alice!" the younglings cry, tugging at my skirts of badger pelts and kingfisher feathers. "Tell us again about before The Crash! Tell us again about being an Internaut." Ah, little ones... pure white landscapes stretched out before me, angular shapes floating in datafog, datapaths branching and merging, and I sprint down these, jumping, rolling, choosing the quickest path to deliver my precious…

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Hack The Planet: Steam Cyberpunk Sale

Allow me to establish my cyberpunk credentials: I live in a dystopian megacity block, have blue hair, own two pairs of mirror shades, romanticise being a wreck, and work on the 'net. Trust me when I say Steam's cyberpunk sale is pretty great (though not wholly cyberpunk). 30-odd games brimming with hacking, cybernetic implants, megacities, conspiracies, dystopias, neon lighting, and The Man are going cheap.…

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