This month we’re hacking, bouncing, cracking and cybering (ok, maybe not that one) our way through grand-daddy hacking simulator Uplink and its spiritual successor Hacknet! Listen up for the historical contexts of both games and how that affects them, how they deal with “hacking – the fantasy!” vs. “hacking – the job” and the ideal of the hacker community, and how both games judge themselves and the hacker myth that supports them.
Here’s what we talk about in the episode, with spoilers marked:
0.00 – 16.30: General chat, Uplink
16.30 – 23.00: Minor Uplink spoilers (for the first few story missions)
23.00 – 28.30: Hacknet, spoiler-free
28.30 – 32.40: Hacknet spoilers for the excellent “Project Junebug” mission
32.40 – 41.30: Hacknet, spoiler free once more
41.30 onwards: MAJOR SPOILERS for the endings of BOTH games (but some really interesting thoughts!)
Got any thoughts? Leave them in the comments!
Also, apologies for the late post! Last month was crazy: work, stress, illness, travel and other commitments torpedoed our plans, plus – turns out Uplink is much longer than anything else we’ve played for this podcast!