The door to this government facility is locked, and you don't have the futuristic key card! What do you do? Well, in 50% of games, you're given the option to hack the terminal to get inside, because that's what action heroes do when the door is too thick to kick in. Luckily, this is something your character just happens to be adept at.. Cue up hacking mini-game! It's time to connect pipes, link nodes, or do something else that… doesn't really remind anyone of hacking. Or, well… I don't think it does.
I'm not a hacker (despite what my email address in 1999 might have said), so instead of just swinging my ignorance around, I decided to consult an expert. Our hacker--who prefers to be anonymous, because hackers have a flair for the theatric--has been toying with computers since 1979. He's got plenty of experience in the field, so rest assured he knows what he's talking about as he takes us through gaming's attempts to get hacking right.