First and foremost, you must submit a patch, ROM submissions aren’t acceptable at all. You should store your patch, a readme, and any other necessary files in a compressed archive, Zip is the most common, RAR and 7Zip are also acceptable. RHDN’s submission form cannot retrieve files from your computer, you must upload them somewhere. URLs to files must be a direct link, meaning when that URL is entered in a browser a download should start. URLs to sites such as Rapidshare/Megaupload are not acceptable and these submissions will be rejected outright.
Upload a .txt copy of your readme separately from the file to use in the “Readme” field.
Here is a list of free webhosts you can use for your files and screenshots:
- Dropbox (Be sure to use a public link. Put in public folder, right-click, select ‘Copy public link’.)
- Ze Bucket
- ImageShack (Images Only)
- Photobucket (Images Only)
- TinyPic (Image Only)
- imgur.com (Image Only)
All screenshots used on submissions must be “clean.” Clean means they are at the console’s actual resolution with no video filters enabled, the shouldn’t contain the emulator window. Acceptable naitive resolutions for each console can be found below in the ‘Resolution’ section. All screenshots must be in a compressed image format, preferably PNG or GIF, JPEG is not recommended as it reduces the image quality. Bitmap (BMP) screenshots will be rejected.
If you take the time to read the documentation that comes with your emulators you will find most of them support saving a clean screenshot. For your continence we have provided a list of popular emulators with instructions on how to save a clean screenshot:
Nintendo Entertainment System
FCE Ultra (All variations) Hit F9 to save a PNG screenshot.
Nestopia Select “Paths…” from the Options menu, make sure “PNG” is selected as the image format. Hit Alt and E or select “Save Screenshot” from the File menu to save a PNG screenshot.
NNNesterJ Hit F12 or select “Screen Shot” from the File menu to save a PNG screenshot.
Nintendo Game Boy
BGB Right click the emulator window and select “save screenshot” from the menu to save a bitmap (BMP) screenshot. Open this bitmap in an image editing program and save it as either a GIF or a PNG.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
ZSNES Hit F1, change “IMAGE FORMAT” to “PNG,” select “SAVE SNAPSHOT.”
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega CD, 32X
Gens Plus Select “Configuration” from the Options menu and make sure “Compress screen shots (GIF)” is checked. Set the video mode to Normal, turn off any video filters, hit Shift and Backspace or select “Screen Shot” from the Graphics menu to save a GIF screenshot.
Kega Fusion Set video mode to Normal, turn off any video filters, hit Shift and F12 or select “Save Screenshot” from the File menu to save a bitmap (BMP) screenshot. Open this bitmap in an image editing program and save it as either a GIF or a PNG.
pSX Emulator Hit F12 to save a PNG screenshot.
Project64 Select “Generate Bitmap” from the System menu to save a bitmap (BMP) screenshot. Open this bitmap in an image editing program and save it as either a GIF or a PNG.
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
VisualBoyAdvance Select “Emulator” from the Options menu and make sure “PNG format” is checked. Select “Screen capture…” from the File menu to save a PNG screenshot.
Most emulators with screenshot options allow you to set up a screenshot directory where they will be saved. If you don’t set up a screenshot directory most emulators will save the screenshot to the same directory as your ROM.
If you’re using an emulator that doesn’t have an option to take a clean screenshot you’ll have to take one “the hard way.” First, open your emulator, make sure it’s running windowed at the console’s resolution and turn off any video filters you have on. Hold down Alt and hit Prnt Scrn, this will copy a screenshot to your clipboard. Paste this into any image editing program and crop out the window border, leaving only the in-game image.
Atari 2600 192×160
Famicom Disk System see Nintendo Entertainment System
Game Boy/Game Boy Color 160×144
Game Boy Advance 240×160
GameCube 480i (720×480), 576i (720 x 576), 480p (720×480)
Game Gear 160×144
Megadrive/Genesis/SegaCD 256×224, 256×448, 320×224, 320×448, (PAL and NTSC) 256×240, 320×240, 256×480, 320×480 (PAL only)
Jaguar “Programmable screen resolutions, from 160 to 800 pixels per line. The resolution can be increased even further with additional hardware up to a reported 1350 pixels per line.” I.e. this console sucked so much no one got around to figuring out what the max resolution was.
Master System 256×192 and 256×224. PAL/SECAM also supports 256×240
MSX2, MSX2+, MSX TurboR text mode 80×24, graphics mode 256×192, 512×212, and 256×212
NeoGeo CD 304 x 224
NeoGeo Pocket 160×152 (256×256 virtual screen)
Nintendo 64 256 × 224, 320 × 240 and 640 × 480 pixels
Nintendo DS 256×192 per screen
Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom 256×240 (256×224 also acceptable with over scan cut off)
Nintendo Wii 480i (720×480), 576i (720 x 576), 480p (720×480)
PC If you can dream it, you can do it.
Playstation 256×240, 320×240, 512×240, 640×240 Non Interlaced 256×480, 320×480, 512×480, 640×480 Interlaced
Playstation 2 NTSC-NI 640×240(224) NTSC-I 640×480(448) PAL-NI 640×288(256) PAL-I 640×576(512) VESA-1 640×480 VESA-2 800×600 VESA-3 1024×768 VESA-4 1280×1024 DTV-480P 720×480 DTV-1080I 1920×1080 DTV-720P 1280×720
Sega Saturn Horizontal sizes of 320, 352, 640, 704 pixels Vertical sizes of 224, 240, 256 scanlines, non-interlaced Vertical sizes of 448, 480, 512 scanlines, interlaced (only PAL consoles support 256 and 512 scanline displays) Hi-Vision (EDTV) and 31 kHz (VGA) display support: 31 kHz: 320×480 or 640×480, non-interlaced (progressive scan) Hi-Vision: 352×480 or 704×480, non-interlaced (progressive scan)
Sega 32x 320×240
Sega CD See Genesis
Sega SG-1000 256×192
Super Nintendo Progressive: 256×224, 512×224, 256×239, 512×239 Interlaced: 512×448, 512×478
Turbografix-16 X (Horizontal) Resolution: variable, maximum of 565 (programmable to 282, 377 or 565 pixels, or as 5.37mhz, 7.159mhz, and 10.76mhz pixel dot clock) Taking into consideration overscan limitations of CRT televisions at the time, the horizontal resolutions were realistically limited to something a bit less than what the system was actually capable of. Consequently, most game developers limited their games to either 256, 336, or 512 pixels in display width for each of the three modes. Y (Vertical) Resolution: variable, maximum of 242 (programmable in increments of 1 scanline) It is possible to achieve an interlaced “mode” with a maximum vertical resolution of 484 scanlines by alternating between the two different vertical resolution modes used by the system. However, it is unknown, at this time, if this interlaced resolution is compliant with (and consequently displayed correctly on) NTSC televisions. The majority of TurboGrafx-16 games use 256×239, though some games, such as Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective did use 512×224. Chris Covell’s ‘High-Resolution Slideshow’ uses 512×240.
Virtual Boy 384 x 224
Wonderswan 224 x 144
x68000 256 x 240 256 x 256 512 x 240 512 x 256 512 x 512 640 x 480 768 x 512 1024 x 1024
XBox 480i(720×480), 480p(720×480), 576i(720 x 576), 576p(720 x 576), 720p (1280×720), 1080i (1920×1080)