I was nine when my dad decided that I’d had enough of games. Although my digitalization started with Age of Empires II a few years prior, it wasn’t until I had started to spend excessive amounts of time modding and playing Minecraft that a challenge was set that would somewhat change the rest of my life.
He set a password on our family Windows XP machine, and thought that the problem was solved - little did he know that was only the beginning. Despite the password, I could still sometimes use the computer with his explicit permission and in restricted time intervals. That combined with the two dollar per hour library computer is how I first cracked a system.
The process was actually quite simple. I learned enough about linux to create a bootable USB, and enough about Windows security to know that I can get in by deleting a certain file that went by the name SAM. I plugged the USB in, entered the filesystem and started searching.
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/ cd /mnt//Windows/System32/config rm SAM
I was in, and my gaming obsession continued for many years to come.