This is something that has never really concerned me, but judging the somewhat aggressive nature in ways people have been defending/criticising hacks, it's something that I'd be interested to ask? Why exactly do people hack? Is it simply a complex form of expressing creativity? Is it based on peoples' desires to see their dream features in one of their favourite games? Is it a way to develop ones' programming skills, or just a way to "show off" and get attention? While I'm quite certain that no one hacks for just one of these reasons, I'm not terribly sure why people who are sensitive of the quality of their hacks upload them to the internet for all to see. As you may or may not know, I am not a hacker. I've been taught how to program in school and didn't enjoy it one bit, so the idea of hacking is simply not worth the bother for me. I am, however, very interested in game development and I'd like to be involved somehow. I don't believe I possess the patience, nor the talent to do anything hands-on, but I am quite an analytical and critical person so the best thing for me to do is either help find faults and provide ideas for hacks. The thing is, many hackers and sympathisers take great offence to this, suggesting that I am complaining about their work and that if I don't like it, I shouldn't play it. This leads me to wonder, "Are people really interested in making a quality game? Do they want their hack to appeal to anyone?". If anyone has any thoughts on this, feel free to express them. I don't think I'm actually helping anyone, at the moment. Whether that's because people are too close-minded to listen to me or my suggestions are shit, I don't know. I feel like a prick posting this, but I'd like to know whether or not anyone appreciates what I try to get across in my criticisms. I feel pretty arrogant even considering that I'm helping to improve the quality of these projects. I'm don't want to bring up any introspective points here. I'm not looking for pity either, but if any hackers could answer these questions, I'd appreciate it- 1- Why do you hack? 2- Why do you share your hacks with others? 3- Do you welcome constructive criticism? 4- Do you feel influenced by suggestions and criticisms that others provide after they have played your hack? That is all. Thank you.