Video Game Automation Hacks

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3rd party console game controllers sometimes sport a “rapid-fire” button to give gamers an unfair advantage. [Connor's] project is along the same lines, but his hack had a different goal: automate the input of GTA5 cheat codes. [Connor] admits that this is his first Arduino hack, but aside from a small hiccup, he managed to pull it off. The build connects each button on a PS3 controller via some ribbon cable to its own digital out on an Arduino Uno . After plugging in some pretty straightforward code, [Connor] can simply press one button to automate a lengthy cheat code process.

[Matt's] hack manages to save him even more user input in this second video game hack, which automates finger clicks in an Android game. [Matt] pieced together a couple of servos plugged into a PICAXE-18M2 microcontroller, which repeats one simple action in [Matt's] Sims Freeplay game: continuously “freshening” (flushing?) a toilet. To mimic the same capacitive response of two fingers, [Matt] built the two contact surfaces out of some anti-static foam, then grounded them out with a wire to the ground on the board.

Check out a gallery of [Connor's] controller and a video of [Matt's] tablet hack after the break, then check out a rapid fire controller hack that attacks an XBox360 controller.

Comments

  1. Frosty says:

    Perhaps a software solution (while it wouldn’t look as cool) would have been a better fit? Something like: RepetiTouch Pro?

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cygery.repetitouch.pro

  2. Trui says:

    What is exactly the point of having a machine play a game for you ?

  3. Jimmy Pop says:

    Once I did a similar hack using minimalistic resources: I was playing a final fantasy-like game and I wanted to rise levels automatically. I found out I could get the character to move following a cyclic path to get into fights by holding one direction of the pad in a particular corner of the map. Also, I could win fights automatically using the berserk ability of the characters and I just needed to press a button once the fight was over to go back to the map. I experimented a bit and found out I could get button presses in the touch screen using a coin connected to ground and I could get random key presses by having a coin connected to a wire floating. As a quick and dirty hack it worked miracles. Here’s a set of pictures from my setup: http://imgur.com/dLKVZjS

  4. Matt says:

    One time I hacked minecraft for xbox360 by setting up a cobblestone generator and wrapping a rubber band around the controller to hold the trigger

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