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Gaming Hacks
By Simon Carless
October 2004
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How do these hacks stand up? Comment on a hack from the book by choosing the associated "Discuss" link below. You can also view the code from any of the hacks by clicking on the "Listing" or "Code" links. A number of hacks have been selected to be featured online in their entirety; you may view those hacks by clicking on the hack titles that are linked.

Jump to: Playing Classic Games  | Playing Portably  | Playing Well with Others  | Playing with Hardware  | Playing with Console and Arcade Hardware  | Playing Around the Game Engine  | Playing Your Own Games  | Playing Everything Else

Playing Classic Games

HACK
#1

Legal Emulation

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HACK
#2

Play Commodore 64 Games Without the C-64
Relive the glory days of Commodore's long-lived personal computers
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HACK
#3

Play Atari ROMs Without the Atari
Can't find your 20-year-old 2600? Your desktop machine will do
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HACK
#4

Use Atari Paddles with Your PC
Use a proper controller for the right games
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HACK
#5

Run Homebrew Games on the Atari 2600
How do you play a homebrew 2600 game on the actual console hardware?
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HACK
#6

Create Your Own Atari 2600 Homebrew Games

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HACK
#7

Play Classic PC Graphic Adventures

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HACK
#8

Play Old Games Through DOSBox
Run glorious old DOS classics on modern operating systems
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HACK
#9

Play Reissued All-in-One Joystick Games
Can't find your old Atari? An -in-1 TV game collection may be worth your money
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HACK
#10

Play Arcade Games Without the Arcade

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HACK
#11

Add and Manipulate a MAME Frontend

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HACK
#12

Keep Your ROMs Tidy and Organized
Keep your mass of homebrew emulated games tidy and safe
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#13

Learn Game-Specific MAME Controls
Stop scrabbling around to work out which key does what
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#14

Filter Inappropriate MAME ROMs

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HACK
#15

Autoboot into MAME Heaven
Create a self-booting CD to run your arcade games on any PC
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#16

Play Emulated Arcade Games Online
Can't find four friends to crowd around your home arcade cabinet? Look online for team play
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HACK
#17

Play Classic Pinball Without the Table
You too can play mean pinball on modern tables with this great emulation suite
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HACK
#18

Emulate the SNES on the Dreamcast
Make your Dreamcast act like an SNES, Neo-Geo, or even a home computer
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Playing Portably

HACK
#19

Play Games on Your iPod
Make and add simple games to your playlist
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#20

Mod Your Game Boy
Hardware hacks for your favorite portable console
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HACK
#21

Take and Print Photos with Your Game Boy
Fun things you can do with Nintendo's playful printer and camera peripherals
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#22

Compose Music on Your Game Boy
When you can't take your studio with you, turn your portable into a studio
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HACK
#23

Explore the GP32 Handheld Gaming System
This underpublicized, open-access portable is a hidden treasure
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#24

Take Your Console with You
Track down exotic add-ons, find obscure originals, or make your own portable gaming setups
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#25

Explore the Bandai WonderSwan
How to recognize, buy, create, and emulate the best handheld you've never heard of
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#26

Play Real Games on Your PDA
High-quality portable gaming without the Game Boy
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#27

Install a PlayStation 2 in Your Car
Keep your eyes on the road but your games close at hand
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Playing Well with Others

HACK
#28

Practice Proper MMORPG Etiquette
Learn the basics without playing all day every day
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HACK
#29

Understand MMORPG Lingo

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HACK
#30

Grind Without Going Crazy
Grinding
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HACK
#31

Make a Profit in Vana'diel
How to make good money in Final Fantasy XI through auctions and smart sales
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HACK
#32

Write MMORPG Macros
Turn tedious sequences of commands into click-and-forget aliases
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HACK
#33

Build an Effective Group
Fight the monsters, not each other
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#34

Catch Half-Life FPS Cheaters Redhanded
Identify, catch, and call out people who cheat in certain online FPS games
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Playing with Hardware

HACK
#35

Build a Quiet, Killer Gaming Rig
Make your game worlds more immersive by quieting the real world
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#36

Find and Configure the Best FPS Peripherals
Stop blaming your poor first-person shooter performance on the wrong tools!
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HACK
#37

Adapt Old Video Game Controllers to the PC
Want to play your favorite PC game with your favorite console joypad? No problem
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HACK
#38

Choose the Right Audio/Video Receiver

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HACK
#39

Place Your Speakers Properly

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HACK
#40

Connect Your Console to Your Home Theater

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HACK
#41

Tune Console Video Output
Understand the video options that your system does and does not support
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HACK
#42

Tune Your TV for Console Video
Calibrate your video display device to see more of the game
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HACK
#43

PC Audio Hacking
Trade flimsy computer speakers for an atmospheric surround sound stereo experience
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HACK
#44

Optimize PC Video Performance
Run the best PC video you possibly can
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HACK
#45

Build a Dedicated Multimedia PC
Make your own dedicated PC system for multimedia and gaming, all at once
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HACK
#46

Use a Multimedia Projector for Gaming
Are your games too big for a TV? Try a projector
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Playing with Console and Arcade Hardware

HACK
#47

Play LAN-Only Console Games Online
Official console services don't support your preferred game? You can play online anyway
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HACK
#48

Hack the Nuon DVD Player/Gaming System
Do unlikely and intriguing things with the cult DVD player and game chip combo
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#49

Play Import Games on American Consoles
Defeat regional lockouts with extreme prejudice
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#50

Find a Hackable Dreamcast
On finding and hacking the versatile Sega Dreamcast
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HACK
#51

Play Movies and Music on Your Dreamcast
Turn your favorite bargain console into a multimedia workstation
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HACK
#52

Hack the Dreamcast Visual Memory Unit
Play homebrew games on Dreamcast's LCD-toting memory card
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#53

Unblur Your Dreamcast Video
Make everything all sharp for boomstick raids
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HACK
#54

Use Your Dreamcast Online
Take Sega's remarkably versatile console onto the Net
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HACK
#55

Host Dreamcast Games Online
DC online gaming still has a little life left in it, even after Sega has bailed out
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HACK
#56

Burn Dreamcast-Compatible Discs on Your PC
Burn your own special, personal Dreamcast CD-Rs
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HACK
#57

Burn Dreamcast Homebrew Discs
How to discover and boot the best DC homebrew stuff
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#58

Buy Your Own Arcade Hardware
Know the hardware to buy when it comes to playing arcade games
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#59

Configure Your Arcade Controls, Connectors, and Cartridges
All you need to know about hardware and software arcade controls
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HACK
#60

Reorient and Align Your Arcade Monitor
Make the most of your arcade monitor
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HACK
#61

Buy Cart-Based JAMMA Boards
When it comes to interchangeable arcade games, carts are cooler. Here's where and what to buy
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HACK
#62

Programming Music for the Nintendo Entertainment System

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Playing Around the Game Engine

HACK
#63

Explore Machinima
Games aren't just for playing anymore
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HACK
#64

Choose a Machinima Engine
Choose the right balance of features and ease of use before filming your own machinima masterpiece
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HACK
#65

Film Your First Machinima Movie
Film your own virtual worlds
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#66

Improve Your Camera Control
Straighten out those herky-jerky camera pans
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#67

Record Game Footage to Video
Save your machinima masterpieces for posterity
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#68

Speedrun Your Way Through Metroid Prime
Don't have time to stop and smell the roses? Excellent—you'll like speedrunning
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#69

Sequence-Break Quake
least
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HACK
#70

Run Classic Game ROM Translations
Fansubbing for video games is not only possible but very popular
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HACK
#71

Change Games with ROM Hacks
Is your favorite game growing a little tedious? Mod it!
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#72

Apply ROM Hacks and Patches
Make ROM patches stick to your game images
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#73

Create PS2 Cheat Codes
Need alternatives for exploiting Grand Theft Auto 3 for your PS2? Try some cheat codes
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#74

Hack Xbox Game Saves
Change game state and variables by changing your saved games
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#75

Cheat on Other Consoles
There are still plenty of cheats for the GameCube and older consoles
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#76

Modify PC Game Saves and Settings
Poke into the depths of your favorite PC game to give yourself the edge
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HACK
#77

Buff Your Saved Characters
Hex editing your saved games can relieve tedious single-player leveling
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#78

Create Console Game Levels
Extend the length of your game by creating new levels and sharing them with the world
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Playing Your Own Games

HACK
#79

Adventure Game Studio Editing Tips

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HACK
#80

Create and Play Pinball Tables
Design your own virtual pinball table
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HACK
#81

Put Your Face in DOOM
Increase the immersiveness of id's classic FPS by replacing the space marine's pictures with your own
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HACK
#82

Create a Vehicle Model for Unreal Tournament 2004
Make and import game-suitable 3D artwork
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HACK
#83

Add a Vehicle to Unreal Tournament 2004
Add a new object type to an existing game, for standalone play or as part of new content
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#84

Modify the Behavior of a UT2004 Model
Not satisfied with new art? Add new behavior!
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HACK
#85

Download, Compile, and Create an Inform Adventure
Return to the roots of adventure gaming, where the story's the thing
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HACK
#86

Decorate Your IF Rooms
Add objects to your barren Inform adventure rooms
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HACK
#87

Add Puzzles to Your IF Games
Challenge, guide, and tease—but don't frustrate—your players
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#88

Add Nonplayer Characters to IF Adventures
Populate your virtual world with realistic virtual characters
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HACK
#89

Make Your IF NPCs Move
Add the gifts of motion and conversation to your characters
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HACK
#90

Make Your IF NPCs Talk
Sass, growl, flirt, threaten, and cajole players
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HACK
#91

Create Your Own Animations
Learn the basics of computer animation before creating your own masterpiece
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#92

Add Interactivity to Your Animations
What's better than animation? Interactivity!
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HACK
#93

Write a Game in an Afternoon
Learn to create your own games by dissecting a simple homebrew game
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Playing Everything Else

HACK
#94

Tweak Your Tactics for FPS Glory
Not all FPS games are the same, but many tactics work equally well in all titles
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#95

Beat Any Shoot-Em-Up
Tactics for beating 2D shmups and tips for discovering your own
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#96

Drive a Physics-Crazed Motorcycle
Ah, Elasto Mania; bouncing around on shareware motorbikes was never such fun
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#97

Play Japanese Games Without Speaking Japanese
Learn just enough Japanese to have fun and avoid accidentally erasing your memory card
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#98

Back Up, Modify, and Restore PlayStation Saved Games
Shuffle, swap, spindle, and mutilate data on your memory cards
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#99

Access Your Console's Memory Card Offline
Memory card hacking for Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sega consoles
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#100

Overclock Your Console
Want your console to run faster than it does right now? It's possible
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]


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