Bleszinski: Hacking “scary” and a “major problem” for devs

Tuesday, 21st June 2011 06:55 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski has said it’s “scary” being a games developer in a world seemingly full of hackers.

“It f***ing sucked!” the outspoken designer said of the PlayStation Network hack, speaking to IndustryGamers.

” … It’s just a shame. It cost them an untold amount of money; I know developers who couldn’t put their betas out there because of it. I mean, it was a major problem.

“So it’s pretty scary to be a game developer, especially when you talk about there being a connected future.”

Bleszinski commented on Microsoft’s hacker-friendly approach to homebrew Kinect development, and said dealing with these kinds of organisations can be tricky.

“I think dealing with hackers is a very sensitive thing, because if you piss off … the wrong hacker group, they can really get to your stuff and mess you up,” he said.

Epic’s website and forums were hacked earlier this month.




  1. Gekidami

    “Generally speaking, when it comes to hackers, you want to embrace a lot of what they are doing instead of fighting it. I think the industry is slowly learning that.”

    – Cliff Bleszinski

    #1 4 years ago
  2. mojo

    go design some chainsaw guns.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. KL

    @1 that’s right the tooth fairy is a joke

    #3 4 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    @1 Hackers also means people that like to experiment and modify their hardware and software, like hobbyists. When I think about hackers this is generally a positive thing. The media started calling crackers and pirates hackers. But the true meaning of a hacker is someone that like to learn by experimentation. Blame the media for the confusion.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. IL DUCE

    @1 Yeah that comment is unrelated to the one in this article…its referring to two different types of hackers…as @4 explained

    No one likes hackers who disrupt people’s enjoyment of games or services for “lulz”, its just not smart to threaten to take action against them (see: Sony PSN & SOE)…but homebrew and experimenting with new tech through hacking is fine since it is your property to do what you want with it such as Kinect…

    Its also worth noting that the above quote is probably after the Epic Games site was hacked while the quote in comment #1 was before that happened…

    #5 4 years ago

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