Beglitched: A Super-Cute Game About… Computer Hacking!

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If you crossed Sailor Moon with 1995 cult-classic Hackers with video games, you might very well get something like Beglitched. The upcoming puzzle game, in development by Hexecutable (Alec Thomson and Jenny Jiao Hsia), puts a unique magical-girl spin on the visual language of old operating systems and chat applications. Beglitched calls to mind bits and pieces of hacking games like Activision’s Hacker, Quadrilateral Cowboy, and especially—dare I say it?—the Mega Man Battle Network series, as well as pixelly puzzlers like Zoo Keeper.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Jenny about her work on Beglitched and her artistic practice.

When I first got into games, I attended a lot of game jams and worked on small projects in my free time. Honestly, I feel so fortunate to end up where I am today, and I think the thing helped me a lot was having some doors close in my life, so that other opportunities could open up.

You can read the interview in full here.

Additionally, it was announced last week that Beglitched is among the Arcade Spotlight games for this year’s Fantastic Arcade, an annual indie and experimental games festival that I help out with a bit here in my hometown of Austin, Texas. So those of you in the area: be sure to catch Beglitched! And keep up with updates on Beglitched at beglitched.net.