GBcamera ImageSaver

I have just found an old code I wrote, some time ago, to get Game boy camera images from the cartridge and save them in a computer. Probably nobody cares anymore about Game Boy and Game Boy Camera, I can imagine. But I was born in the 80’s, and for me that’s still funny.

Ok! I know GB Camera has only 23kpx monochrome sensor, but in 1998 Casio just launched Casio QV-10 with 250kpx sensor and one year later Nikon released Nikon D1 (2.8Mpx). Unfortunately at that time I was too young for a 6k$ camera.

So GameBoy Camera was a pretty awesome toy in the late 90’s. With GB camera you could take pics and check them without waiting for any chemical process. There is a menu for editing the photos with endless options, and another one to make funny animations. You can even rotate the lens to make selfies!

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Crushing candies

King company, developers of Candy Crush Saga video game, seems to be proud of their willful evil attitude (1, 2, 3, …). It seems they are trying to grab an all time classic video game pretending to be the original creators.

But we have to accept Candy Crush is a crazy social phenomena with 46 million average monthly users. It is installed on almost every smartphone, tablet, or electronic device.

I, personally, lost the interest on it when I realize that all the levels where just the same with random difficulty. Most of the time I had the impression that it was not possible to accomplish the level if you didn’t play a minimum number of lifes.

That’s why I started looking into the application and tried to figure out how it works, that’s what I have found:

There are many applications to cheat, most of them give you infinite lives or boosters. But what about beating a level without even playing it?

Charles Web Debugging Proxy its a very powerful application that allows you to motorize internet connections. You can even use breakpoints to change the requests and the response allowing to do MITM attacks in a very simple way. The interface is awesome. With this application I started looking inside candy crush communication with king server. Most of the communication is done in HTTP, and they only use HTTPS for a few options.

Charles

Read the rest of this entry »