by Danny McLaren
I want to change my reality / to install software other than what the manufacturer has made available / when I say I don’t want to be human what I really mean is / the transsexual body is an unnatural body / jailbreaking allows the device owner to gain full access to the root of the operating system / it is the product of medical science. it is a technological construction / the process of exploiting the flaws of a locked-down electronic device / what I really mean is I can’t stand being human like this / saying body is reality. I want to change my reality / freeing users from the jail of limitations that are perceived to exist / flesh torn apart and sewn together again in a shape other than that in which it was born / that means I have to change my body / it’s actually really easy to hack your nintendo ds * Aevee Bee and Max Schwartz, Heaven Will Be Mine (2018) David Cronenberg in an interview with Vulture about his film Crimes of the Future (2022) Kaspersky Cybersecurity, What Is Jailbreaking? Susan Stryker, My Words to Victor Frankenstein Above the Village of Chamounix (1994) “it’s actually really easy to hack your nintendo ds” is a meme phrase that has gained popularity with the recent closing of the nintendo e-shop for the 3ds and wii u and the loss of any legitimate way to purchase new copies of a huge amount of nintendo’s game catalogue. hacking nintendo ds and 3ds systems is the easiest way to access these games that are now out of production. it is a meme as much as it is a fact, and the popularity of the phrase is an act of resistance to the profit-driven lack of legal game preservation. it’s really easy and you should do it.
Danny McLaren is a queer, trans and non-binary writer, researcher, and gamer. They have their MA in Gender Studies from Queen's University, with research focusing on trans and queer world-making through independent video games. They write about trans existence, resistance, and video games, often all at the same time. Their second chapbook, The Enby Manifesto, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press later in 2023. Keep up with them on twitter @dannymclrn.