Hacking a console or a game is always very risky: you can get banned, and in some cases even end up in prison. That didn’t stop some very creative hackers from finding some super fun exploits.
Generally, when we talk about hacking in video games, it is not to praise its merits. Cheating, data theft, these are not things taken lightly in the community, which in some cases can lead to jail. But as with any skill: there are those who use it for their own gain, and those who decide to do good with it. Here, we will come back to these hackers who have put all their knowledge on super funny projects. We remember the famous quote: “great power implies great responsibility” …
Hack the PS2 via its DVD player
It took about 20 years for hackers to discover this exploitation of the PS2. Basically, by using a specific DVD, it is possible to completely hack your PS2 to play all the games you want, even games not originally intended for the console.. For example, you can play Super Mario Bros on the console … An operation that currently only works on a specific model of the PS2, but which is still very fun.
Kill everyone in Wow?
In 2012, smart kids found a way to play with the kill command of Blizzard’s MMORPG, World of Warcraft. In doing so, they could simply kill all the NPCs in an area, but not only that: they could also kill all the players in the area! So obviously, it was an exploitation that completely broke the game, so Blizzard fixed everything in the space of 4 hours. But still !
Hacker Helps Improve GTA Online Load Times
It’s a fairly recent story, one that absolutely every GTA Online player enjoys today: Just a few months ago, the loading screens for GTA Online were excruciatingly long. We are talking about waiting times longer than 5 minutes. So a hacker decided to look into the question, and managed to drastically lower the loading times (by around 70%). So much so that Rockstar decided to steal his solution, against the modest sum of 10,000 dollars!
Nintendo Switch gets hacked by a paperclip
Another recent hack, but no less mind-blowing: in 2018, when the Switch was still relatively new on the market, a hacker managed to bypass console protection by using a paperclip. It is by putting it in a certain position in the Switch system that the hacker in question managed to enter a menu normally inaccessible to ordinary people, and to hack the console …
The famous PS1 hack
As long as you owned a PS1 at the time, you might be familiar with this hack. It used to be very easy to copy PS1 games to a blank CD, but the difficulty was getting the console to play them. So to bypass the protection system, we just had to use a pencil or a pen to make the console believe it was closed, then insert a PS1 disc, then the pirated disc of our choice. A method finally used by a lot of people at the time!