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How I’ve hacked and un-hacked a logic game (20 years to Lights Out) - (BSides Knoxville 2015) (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

How I’ve hacked and un-hacked a logic game (20 years to Lights Out)

Gyora Benedek

BSides Knoxville 2015

Lights Out is a handheld electronic logic game. I was fortunate to be one of its inventors. During its design I've analyzed the games mathematics and realized that the gameplay can be hacked in ways that would diminish the challenge and fun. To prevent the hack we had to add a simple rule.
About five million devices were sold rendering Lights Out one of the most successful handheld electronic logic games ever.
The experience with Lights Out taught me how to methodically look for holes in design, software and hardware; a precious lesson to learn for security and R&D in general.
This talk is about logic, games, some basic math, hacking and how to think ahead to mitigate the inevitable.

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