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    How did I miss this thread from 2016?

    I haven't played video games since around 2008, when the last one I bought and enjoyed was Half Life.

    But I had a great time from the 90's until then.

    I found that the more "realistic" games got, the less I liked them. Something about the old-school pixel charm.

    Shooters and racing games were my faves. I loved the first two Wolfensteins but Doom was a bit too "evil" for me. There was a lesser-known series based on the Wolfenstein engine that I also loved, Blake Stone - Aliens of Gold and Planet Strike. Had some "advanced" ideas that Wolfenstein didn't have at the time, like one-way doors, ability to go back down to lower floors to get health or weapons, scientists walking around that would help you or try to kill you, and other stuff I can't remember.

    With racing, I had Mario Andretti Racing and F1 for the PC. With F1 you could edit the racer names and I replaced them with all blues musicians. On the screen it would display the name of the driver in the car ahead of you, and behind you. It was always a hoot to see I was trailing John Lee Hooker, and Mississippi Fred McDowell was gaining on me!

    With Playstation I was absolutely bonkers over the car combat games - Twisted Metal, Vigilante 8, Carmaggedon and another obscure one called Rogue Trip which also had all sorts of cool gimmicks that weren't in other car combat games.

    Good times....
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    Hey, specifically (right now) in relation to the Nintendo Switch, my son keeps talking about there being hackers who are soiling the games (right now hes playing a game called Splattoon 2). Is this whole hacker thing in games a myth? The kids seem to use the word in a different way than we would, and I dont get it.

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    Bro, your kid is smarter than you are.
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    ^ I would just like to know what these "hackers" are doing. If they are actually exploiting code, or just intentionally ganging up and spoiling/winning games.

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    You're asking in the wrong forum, bro. Try asking on Reddit or any videogame forum and let us know what you discover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Dreamer View Post

    I found that the more "realistic" games got, the less I liked them. Something about the old-school pixel charm.
    Plenty of current games are recreating that old style of art and play. Dead Cells, Hyper Light Drifter, Shovel Knight, Celeste, Fez. The style has become very popular again. I'm playing a "metroidvania" (think about how in Metroid or Castlevania you side scrolled your way through a dungeon crawl looking for the items that would help you continue opening the map) game called Guacamelee 2. The graphics are cleaner than those old pixel-art games, but it's the same basic style of play. Still lots of fun to be had for gamers looking for something retro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    ^ I would just like to know what these "hackers" are doing. If they are actually exploiting code, or just intentionally ganging up and spoiling/winning games.
    Back when I used to play online games, people used the term "hacker" sometimes to describe players who used modifications to cheat at the game. Some development companies began implementing security features to prevent this kind of thing. Maybe that's what your son is referring to?

    Although, I'm not sure if it's possible to do that with a console game like the Switch, where it's a closed system. Much different than on a PC where players have direct access to their machine's operating system. Wish I could be more helpful...

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    Quote Originally Posted by polmico View Post
    Plenty of current games are recreating that old style of art and play. Dead Cells, Hyper Light Drifter, Shovel Knight, Celeste, Fez. The style has become very popular again. I'm playing a "metroidvania" (think about how in Metroid or Castlevania you side scrolled your way through a dungeon crawl looking for the items that would help you continue opening the map) game called Guacamelee 2. The graphics are cleaner than those old pixel-art games, but it's the same basic style of play. Still lots of fun to be had for gamers looking for something retro.
    I've been into the retro games myself. Still not playing any, but watching games by streamers...and I'm excited to find out ~ Super Mario Maker 2 is coming out for the Nintendo Switch December 31, 2019.

    Psychology Study Reveals How Nostalgia Made Retro Video Games Popular Again
    From 'Donkey Kong' to the Super Nintendo.
    By Nicholas Bowman and Tim Wulf, The Conversation on August 28, 2018
    https://www.inverse.com/article/4845...ro-video-games
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Hey, specifically (right now) in relation to the Nintendo Switch, my son keeps talking about there being hackers who are soiling the games (right now hes playing a game called Splattoon 2). Is this whole hacker thing in games a myth? The kids seem to use the word in a different way than we would, and I dont get it.
    Jed - Splatoon 2 is one of the most widely hacked games. In this instance, the term means exploring weak code to alter game mechanics to cheat. As such the gaming experience for many suffers.

    To combat hacks/exploits, game companies try different methods. For example BattleEye is an exploit fighting tool deployed by some companies that run their own 'network' for online play (e.g. fortnite)
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