Evolution of PC games: A paradigm shift

The history of video games goes as far back as the early 1950s. Still, video games did not reach mainstream popularity until the 1970s and 1980s, when video game consoles and home computer games were introduced to the layman public.

When online PC games became popular and started to draw large crowds in the1990s and early 2000s, game hacking became popular. The game developers devoted countless hours toward preventing hackers, but games were still simple enough to reverse engineer easily and manipulate. Present game companies started taking hacking very seriously. Now they have dedicated teams focused on preventing hacks; they don’t hesitate to ban players who use cheat and sue the cheat developers who provided them. But the war is still going on between game hackers and game companies as online gaming becoming more popular in recent years.

How to tinker around Video Game?

Video games are simply applications, but yet they are the most complex applications you can ever imagine. So, if you want to learn game hacking, I would suggest not jumping on and trying to hack complicated games; start with something easy like Urban Terror, Assault Cube, and CS: GO. Some games are made to help you in learning game hacking book, like Pwn Adventure 3 and Squally. The best way you can legally practice game hacking is through CTF challenges. You can also make your own Game and try to hack it; that way, you will get a game developer’s perspective. If you have written several games using a certain game engine, it would be easier to hack another game built on the same engine. Quiet, a simple suggestion would be not trying to learn game hacking on new games like Valiant, PUBG, Apex Legend, Cyberpunk 2077, etc., because they are too complicated for beginners.

How do you get started?

STEP 1: Learn about Cheat Engine

What is Cheat Engine?

Cheat Engine is a Powerful memory scanning tool. It allows you to access data stored in your computer’s memory and make changes to that data. This allows you to change the information in a game, such as health, ammo, etc. It also comes with a debugger, disassembler, assembler, trainer maker, direct 3D manipulation tools, system inspection tools, and more.

STEP 2: Learning C++ or C#

A general question many people ask is, “Should I learn C++ or C#?”

The answer is C++. Because most of the games are written in C++, and it’s also good for developing cheats.

If you learn or have good hands-on programming language syntax, you can learn another easily. Just start learning and keep practicing. That’s the key.

STEP 3: Learn x86 & x86–64 Assembly

The x86 Assembly language is a low-level programming language, and it can be described as machine language. If we can understand assembly, we can understand exactly how a computer works & other low-level stuff.

Understanding Assembly is a very important part of game hacking. You have to understand the code when you will reverse engineer the Game. That’s why you must learn about registers, the stack, instructions, memory, virtual storage, rings, other protection mechanisms, I/O, interrupts, etc.

Step 4: Reverse Engineering

In simple words, reverse engineering is the process of extracting knowledge or design information from an application and creating anything based on the extracted information. Game hacking is a branch of reverse engineering; you have to understand the Game’s logic to find a flaw and exploit it. This means you should have at least basic knowledge of reverse engineering before you jump into game hacking.

Step 5: Tools

Cheat Engine is the most important tool when you’re reverse engineering a game, but that doesn’t mean you will not use any other tools. You will also use different disassemblers and debuggers like IDA, Ghidra, x86dbg, OllyDbg, etc. That’s why learning those tools is also important.