I have recently started playing again Falcon 4 BMS with my friends... It's such a blast. Granted learning curve is really steep in that game but the multiplayer is such fun and still there is no dynamic campaign like that in any modern game.
I think hacking has one big downside compared to traditional phone tapping. It is possible person being hacked can detect this and make counter measures against it OR even supply false information. For police standpoint I would consider information gained through hacking very unreliable.
I was in china in a conference few years back and bypassing the firewall to get to the facebook was as simple as ssh -D 1234 firstname.lastname@example.org. And then setting browser proxy setting correctly.
Although I come from Finland I have noticed a trend with young people, they don't own TV anymore. All have computers that they use to watch stuff from the net but no TV.
Now national TV channel is forcing everybody to pay license even though you don't own TV. I guess it was reaction to declining license collection rates.