The readings for this week are:

  1. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

    • Part Three. GAME HACKERS


The third part of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution is entitled "Game Hackers" and discusses the third generation of hackers who "had learned their programming artistry on small computers, ... [and] who dreamed not only of the ultimate hack, but of fame, and big royalty checks."

For this upcoming week, you are to consider the following questions as you perform the readings and participate in class:

Note, you should not simply list the questions and answer each one directly. Instead, the questions are there to help you brainstorm about the question:

Can the Hacker Ethic truly and fully survive in a world of commercial and proprietary software? Is it better to be a "professional programmer, ... the goal-oriented ... responsible engineer" or is it better to be a programmer with "love for [computing] in [your] heart" and "hacker perfectionism in [your] soul"?