Different levels of interventions

“Hacking” electronic toys isn’t homogeneous, as attested by these two examples, taken from (1) Game Boy Modding (a boo about to modify GameBoys) by Greg Farrell, (2) A fanzine by T.A.C.O. Team about toys hacking.

Pages from a book about gameboy modding

Pages from a fanzine about hacking electronic toys

While the formats of the two documents are close (using drawings and informal ways of describing things), there is a clear different between the level of precision in the first book, and the second, which is clearly more playful (“take the wire and touch ANY part of a circuit board”). Perhaps this is caused by the purpose of the first book, which is more about maintaining/fixing the device, and less about fucking around with it.