Its 1:00am and I have a paper due at 9:00, so I cant write here as long as I might like to. But, I want to bring about a point I have confrenced after noticing a chain in game hacking and game protection.
Basically, the point is, the game developers who make strong efforts (the good devs that really bust their ***** over it) to limit exploiting and hacking are winning the battle over what is possible for users in games and what isn't. What I mean is, the feature implications of the average hacker's toolbox are becoming inadequate when faced with new modes of game protections, adapted and used by good developers. Granted, T-search was never enough to be Helba. But when faced with packet encryption, file encryption, code finger printing, and larger storage devices that can keep verbose server logs the average game hacking enthusiest falls to his knees. He doesnt know where to find or how to make the tools that allow him the freedom to play the game his way.
More and more, games are implamenting these protections against hackers and its becoming easier and easier to do so. Semi-small corporations like Nexon and e-Games can buy lisenses to enterprise software that protects game engines and have coders work across projects with information to prevent hacking - applying this information to their respective projects. The result of which is a large decrease in the amount of online game hacking from where it was a year or two ago (aka easier).
This is where I see game hacking going - game hacking might become less about what a hacker is able to do, but rather what a developer has allowed him to do. Yes, this is similar to how things are now...meaning that the exploit is not the hacker's fault or guilt, but its the developers for allowing it. The difference from former to latter is how the hacker might become only as good, or able, as the developer allows him to be. Scary, very scary.
I want to finish this by saying, yes this is kind of a rant and a whine because I suck at game hacking compared to most people on this forum and can be frustrated at times for not getting the desired results from my efforts, but the frustration is becoming more frequent and I think that this is why.