Cyber-archaeology and the enduring Super Metroid hacking community
It's always fascinating to read about the small, niche communities tucked away in the hidden recesses of video game culture. We often never even know they exist.
This piece on Gamasutra is a look at the hacking community around SNES classic Super Metroid. It's a study on why they've been able to sustain themselves for so long, and what they've built over the last twenty years.
The piece casts these modders and hackers as cyber-archaeologists, delving into the past to discover things that were hidden inside the game's source code and to shape them into entirely new things.