hey can anyone out there help me find critical/theoretical writing on hardware modding? (especially on video game hardware, but any kind of consumer modification of industrially-manufactured products would work)

I know that (e.g.) Stephanie Boluk and Patrick Lemieux have studied video game modding from a software perspective, but I don't know anyone studying hardware mods in particular.

(doesn't need to be "academic," just looking for stuff beyond tutorials and enthusiast press)

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@aparrish it's an inhumane clique of tech worshippers, like gamer culture but more exclusive

@scanlime 😬 I don't suppose I can get you to elaborate?

@aparrish it's a clash of various personalities in which a lot of enthusiastic people are thoroughly chewed up by both gamers and lawyers, mostly in service of their own egos though so it's kind of karmic

@aparrish video game reverse engineering can be a rewarding medium for folks who are tragically interested in knowing details of things. it ends badly in my experience, people get taken advantage of

@scanlime is there a particular incident that you can point to? I have to admit that I didn't know about this aspect of the practice

@aparrish still freshest in mind is an emulator dev who had a bunch of their work stolen and ended up dying by suicide.. I wasn't involved with that specific scene though. Many years ago I did a little reversing on nintendo stuff and there was constant tension between homebrewers and both the game corps and the pirates. It was hard to keep motivated. Used to be there was a lot of motivation in repurposing hardware to do something novel but nowadays portable computing is mundane.

@scanlime thank you for sharing your experience with me! my goal is to propose a class about modding that mixes practical skills with theory, especially around copyright, right to repair, accessibility, environmental concerns, etc. if the class happens I definitely need to be able to make sure students don't get harmed or otherwise in trouble :/

@aparrish I love the theoretical idea of promoting agency over the hardware in your own life.. it's something I used to be enthusiastic about sharing. In practice these days it's hard to find a way for any of it to matter. Big corps can deploy complexity so much faster than any of us can manage it

@aparrish at this point I'm just not sure anything good comes from starting with the tech instead of starting with the human needs and relationships. reverse engineering is often seen as like a power move, something you can do to get control back. it's not a cheat code though, it's just obeying the same rules power always follows.


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