Hackmud Pays Loving Tribute To Cyberpunk Hacking Culture
Over the weekend, I was introduced to an interesting text-based hacking MMO by the name of
If a user accidentally misspelled one of their inputs, V’s hack allowed them to gain access to the user’s in-game currency (among other things). I was quite impressed with V, as they managed to develop a brilliant hack with minimal effort and maximum profit. One novel example of this is when a group comprised of two hackers went after developer Seanmakesgames’ stash after he shared his in-game
Yes, you read that correctly. The clever hacker
If you’re unfamiliar with the foundations upon which
Hackmud’s story-based tutorial drops you into a 90s-themed realm where you are tasked with proving your sentience to a group of NPCs. Once you’ve proven you are not a bot, you are transported to a chat room where a female NPC contacts you and offers to help show you the ropes.
Afterward, this NPC will ask for your help in tasks such as acquiring in-game currency and exacting revenge on an enemy NPC responsible for stealing money from your NPC group. Eventually, she will explain how the group yearns to escape from VLAN, which presents you with a more complex puzzle.
Once you’ve solved this puzzle, you will be given access to the multiplayer portion of the game where you can hack real players, rather than NPCs. When you hack a real player in
This creates a vicious hacking circle until one party calls it quits, and can potentially be a small downside to the game’s multiplayer experience. The reason being that after you've mastered the art of
One idea I had to remedy this was the introduction of a script that enables users to generate random
Despite a few minor server issues,
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