April 30th, 2009
Lazy Bastard: Among other things, you create KodeGarage, a great utilitiy for cheat code manipulation and related things, and hacked the Auto-Kill code for Metroid Prime Hunters. What was your inspiration for doing these things?

kickenchicken57: KodeGarage was created because I had wanted one utility that could perform all of the tasks that I would need to do while creating NDS codes, and I had wanted to share that with the community.
The Auto-Kill cheat was an idea that I had came up with when trying to find a usefull cheat that would make use of the "assembly cheat" possible in the NDS action replay. I would have to thank Parasyte and Kenobi for their input which had helped me create this cheat.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite code/hack that you hacked?

kickenchicken57: Probably the Auto-Kill cheat because it was so fun to create.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite code/hack of all time?

kickenchicken57: I don't have one in particular, but I would say in general infinite ammo codes may be my favorite type.

Lazy Bastard: Who would you say influenced you the most in the video game hacking scene? Who did you 'look up to' when you first entered the scene? (doesn't have to be the same person for both)

kickenchicken57: I think my biggest influence and person that I had 'looked up to' was Kenobi. I recall that he had given me plenty of advice as I learned to hack.

Lazy Bastard: What was your first code/hack?

kickenchicken57: I believe my first hack was for San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing for N64. I had started modifying existing addresses until the colors in the game had chaged dramatically. Not exactly a real hack but it is the first that I can remember.

Lazy Bastard: What do you think is the most difficult type of code/hack to hack, and why?

kickenchicken57: Walk though walls. For some reason I never could create one of those.

Lazy Bastard: What is your favorite type of code/hack?

kickenchicken57: My favorite type to use is infinite ammo. I really enjoy making cheats that make use of modifying the games code or injecting your own code into the game.

Lazy Bastard: What is your least favorite aspect of hacking?

kickenchicken57: My least favorite aspect of hacking would probably be when you just can't figure out a way to create a cheat that you are working on.

Lazy Bastard: Which game did you find the most fun to hack, and why?

kickenchicken57: I really enjoyed hacking the advance wars games for GBA and NDS because they had a lot of potential for cheats. I enjoyed mapping out the structures of the units to be able to manipulate each and every aspect of them.

Lazy Bastard: Did you ever hack an awesome code, or find an address in memory that would've yielded an awesome code, but then lost it somehow?

kickenchicken57: It wasn't awesome, but I had created a code several times for bomberman for the gameboy that would allow you to turn on or off individual pieces of the music, but I never remembered to save that one :(

Lazy Bastard: What was the most difficult, 'hair-pulling' hack you've ever accomplished?

kickenchicken57: The Auto-Kill cheat for metroid was difficult as I was still new to assembly and had to find someone willing to go through several test runs with me to check for bugs.

Lazy Bastard: Was there ever a code you just couldn't get to work quite correctly (something you hacked/attempted to hack)? 

kickenchicken57: I did try to create a code for Advance Wars that would let you switch your super power in game by making use of a button activator, but I could never figure out how to to create the cheat that let you use super powers other than the one meant for your player.

Lazy Bastard: Aside from hacking and gaming, how do you like to spend your time?

kickenchicken57: Enjoying the outdoors, trying new things, and spending time with my wife, family, and friends.

Lazy Bastard: What do you think must happen for the video game hacking scene to continue to thrive?

kickenchicken57: I think open source systems such as the x-gamestation at will be a major help to the hacking scene. Allowing users to tinker with complete working systems such as these is very important to keeping the hacking community alive.

Lazy Bastard: One last question: if you had one thing to say to current, aspiring, and future hackers, what would it be?

kickenchicken57: Never give up and don't be afraid to ask for help. There are people willing to help if you just ask the right questions and put forth the effort. It is well worth the effort when you hack that one code that you've always thought would be cool to have when no one else has hacked it yet.