reverse engineering games?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by aznguy212, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. aznguy212

    aznguy212 Newbie

    Oct 31, 2004
    United States
    hey guys.

    I've always been interested in reverse engineering but I can never get around to actually doing it.
    I have a hard time trying to learn these things.

    anyways has anyone sucessfully reversed and games?
    like a popular MMO or anything?

    If so, what do you think is the hardest part of it all?
  2. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    I would assume the majority of private servers are a result of either reverse engineering a game or, more likely, someone leaking it out.

    Personally, I don't see the purpose in reverse engineering games. Play the games you like. If you're making a game, get a good engine and build the rest from that. Creativity is more fun than copying anyway.
  3. Serke

    Serke Member

    Sep 13, 2009
    Serbia, Republic of
    There is purpose. Such as getting old games to work on modern computers, porting games on different operating systems or even different hardware. Translating games also often involves reverse engineering.
  4. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Good point, I had forgotten about all the games I played that weren't released by the original publishers (e.g. ROM hacked translations or FreeSpace Open).
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