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games /net'hak/ (Unix) A dungeon game similar to rogue but
more elaborate, distributed in C source over Usenet and
very popular at Unix sites and on PC-class machines
(nethack is probably the most widely distributed of the
freeware dungeon games). The earliest versions, written by
Jay Fenlason and later considerably enhanced by Andries
Brouwer, were simply called "hack". The name changed when
maintenance was taken over by a group of hackers originally
organised by Mike Stephenson.