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Sonic Hacking Contest 2021 - Trailer

08 October 2021 9:35PM EST - Update by RadioTails

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It’s time to show off this year’s trailer for the Sonic Hacking Contest 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbVCEe1Hwjo

All entries can be downloaded and played from Monday 11th October to Sunday 17th October from https://shc.zone

Check this newsletter for more details on what is happening during the contest: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/shcontest/issues/shc-newsletter-shc2021-contest-week-trailer-list-of-entries-and-more-752185

2021 Sonic Hacking Contest - Accepting Submissions

16 August 2021 7:21AM EST - Update by RadioTails

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We are now ready to accept submissions to the 2021 Contest and Expo for the Contest Week that will start from 11th to 17th October! Please visit https://shc.zone to submit your entries.

Check the SHC Newsletter for more information about this year’s contest: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/shcontest/issues/shc-newsletter-now-taking-submissions-for-2021-contest-and-expo-490628

Due to delays in getting the site ready for this year’s submissions, the Judges have decided to allow for an extension of the deadlines to ensure enough time is available to submit to the Contest.

Here are the new deadlines:

  • CONTEST DEADLINE = End of Sunday 12th September
  • UPDATES DEADLINE = End of Sunday 19th September
  • EXPO DEADLINE = End of Sunday 26th September
  • CONTEST WEEK = Monday 11th to Sunday 17th October

If you have any questions, use the SHC Contact US Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVsJ8uyZiKhrhLwjIhVUmzpp3rPplURCHzJ4CfoQqz3tzYEQ/viewform

Announcement Dates for the 2021 Sonic Hacking Contest

23 March 2021 9:06PM EST - Update by RadioTails

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This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of the blue blur, Sonic the Hedgehog! During the anniversary, the annual Sonic Hacking Contest will also be occurring. See below for the submission deadlines/when the contest is taking place:

CONTEST DEADLINE - End of 5th September

UPDATES DEADLINE - End of 12th September

EXPO DEADLINE - End of 26th September

CONTEST WEEK - 11th to 17th October

Changes have been made to the judging process to include additional judges that will focus on three categories; Retro (hacks based on vintage Sonic games), 3D (mods based on 3D games), and 2D PC (mods for 2D titles such as Sonic Mania).

To find out more information about the contest, check out the Sonic Hacking Contest website: https://shc.zone/

Submission Reviewers Needed

28 May 2019 11:53AM EST - Update by ROMhacking.net Staff

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ROMhacking.net is looking to recruit new volunteer Submission Reviewer staff members. The ideal candidate will have an established submission history and familiarity with site submission forms, policies, and practices. Submission Reviewers are responsible for handling up to several hundred submissions per month, so candidates must also have adequate time to devote and visit the site daily whenever possible. Submission Reviewers also answer Contact Staff inquiries, participate in staff discussion, and help shape the future of the site!

Anyone interested in the job and making a difference should respond via the Contact Staff Form.

Help Save ROMhacking.net and Data Crystal

29 July 2017 11:06AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

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We are at the end of the line and we need your help! We are out of funds and have no source of income. Yet, you ask us to keep going, keep providing new features, keep maintaining your favorite themes, keep processing submissions, and keep your home here updated and functional year after year. All of this as the site grows larger every single day! We can’t do this without you. Help us help YOU! We’ve set up a Patreon with more details below. Please give it a look for the benefit of all. Recent forum changes are of course related to Patreon tiers.

Support ROMhacking.net and Data Crystal on Patreon

Secondly, thanks for all of your feedback on RHDN 3.0. We’ve heard you, and we know what we have to do to fix it. Going forward we will outsource site design and layout to the professionals. There are no designers on staff, nor any community volunteers. We have done our best to get by for free, but that has not been enough. To fund this (if Patreon does not work out exceptionally well), our primary task will be finding sponsors for the site (appropriate Patreon tiers would be exempt from advertising). If you have any recommendations for your favorite design firm, or web consultant, please contact the staff! Also, if you have recommendations for sponsors that you think would be a good fit (or if you happen to be a sponsor yourself), contact us!

RHDN 3.0 Site Refresh Launched!

23 June 2017 6:06PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

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ROMhacking.net has refreshed its look for the modern age! Our new theme (RHDN Boss) and layout focuses on two fronts. First, we have provided mobile and tablet friendly viewing with a new responsive design. This new design covers both site and forum. We’ve moved to HTML5/CSS3 with jQuery which will allow us to make many further enhancements going forward such as enhancing our forms, adding AJAX capabilities, search as you type, and more.

The second focus of the refresh was increasing the visibility of the many great works in our database. We have added several new widgets to enhance visibility of new material, as well as existing material. Visibility will also see a boost with our entry into social media. We have added tweet and share buttons to all of our entry pages to get the word out on your favorite works. We are currently considering additional solutions to further increase visibility internally such as RHDN likes, favorites, or recommendations.

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This has been a year of infrastructure improvements for the future and our front-end was not left out. More great things are yet to come!

Recent Malware Warnings

21 December 2015 7:21PM EST - Update by Azkadellia

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As many of you are no doubt aware, the translations page has been flagged as malware. We are aware of it and it is a false positive. Blame those that use substandard detection routines. We repeat, it is a false positive. Ignore it. If you have to, use MSIE to access it.

RHDN 2.6 - Homebrew, Scratchpad, Enhancements, and More!

05 June 2014 10:12PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

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Good news is upon us! RHDN has been gifted with an upgrade bringing new sections, features, and goodies!

We have opened a new Homebrew section dedicated to archiving all your homebrew games, tech demos, and hardware tests. Nowhere else on the net can bring together a central repository for all types of homebrew, across all platforms, like RHDN can! Add your favorite homebrew (if available for distribution) or share your own creations with all! Emulator authors and ROM hackers alike will benefit!

Making submissions to RHDN just got easier! We have launched The Scratchpad, our own file hosting service for exclusive use on RHDN submissions. No longer do you need dropbox, imageshack, or other hosting service to submit files if you don’t have web space of your own. Now, go make those submissions you’ve been holding back on!

We’ve also added submission history pages to each entry, including removed items! No longer do you need to question what happened to certain entries. In case that isn’t enough, we also have an advanced submission search so you can stay up to date with all that has been changing at RHDN.

The full list includes:

Lastly, as a reminder to those who may not know, the site is accepting materials in all sections for:

  • NDS
  • PSP
  • Wii
  • Xbox 360
  • PS3

RHDN Pro and Jazzy Themes

25 January 2013 10:45AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

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RHDN Pro

After quite a few years, ROMhacking.net has gotten a fresh new default layout and theme!

It aims to balance the following:

  • Create a more professional, modernized look for our site.
  • Improve visibility of features, functionality, and useability.
  • Retain some of the character of the existing site that made RHDN unique.
  • Revised layout to be ready for intended future features and additions.

Features of Note:

  • Brand new design for all sectional sub-pages.
  • Horizontal site navigation drop-down menu.
  • Refreshed look of every page on the site to some degree varying from minor to major.
  • New forum template and theme (All SMF 2.0 features now work)
  • Improved site maintenance buttons over the old links

Jazzy:

We are also pleased to release a second new site theme dubbed ‘Jazzy’. This theme was designed by forum member Jazz and later finished off by myself. It’s very dark, slick, and a number of our staff enjoy it. Be sure to give it a try, it just might be for you!

Additional Notes:

  • As a result of these underlying changes, your theme settings have been reset.
  • Please manually refresh or clear your cache for all changes to take effect.
  • Most old themes remain as they were.
  • Old theme fogel (Blue Gradient w/Dragons) has been removed.
  • Old theme ‘RPGd Site Tribute’ has been removed.

Lucky Number 7

24 December 2012 6:05PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler

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RHDN is now 7 years old! The milestones continue to pile up:

  • Over 50 million unique visits
  • Near 11,000 community submissions
  • 500+ documents
  • 800+ utilities
  • 900+ Hacks
  • 1000 complete translations

We’re home to the largest and most talented global group of ROM hackers ever assembled! We have had representation on our forums from over 30 different countries! It’s hard for one place to contain all that intellect and not explode! I’m glad we haven’t, because the collective international talent here is by far our greatest strength. It’s unmatched anywhere else.

We’ve re-shaped ourselves over the past two years or so and grown into a more mature and stable community compared to some of our earlier days. I’m very happy with the site today and am proud to have created and grown the site into what it has become. I could not have done it without the help and contributions from all of our staff and community members. RHDN is a ship. Like any ship, it needs a well oiled crew to navigate the wild seas. Thanks goes out to all our RHDN sailors whom have helped me steer this ship straight and true to where we are today. Give yourselves a hand. Well done! *applauds*

Site development efforts this year were focused heavily on improving the user interface and quality of submissions. A new form engine, more uniform layouts, rewritten guidelines, improved validation, and inline errors have gone a long way in simplifying the submission (and approval) process. As a result, we have seen a marked improvement in the quality of output from from both staff and members. We also deployed a new caching engine that has continued to keep the site speedy and light on resources. We are always looking for ways to ‘do more with less’ to keep costs down. We will continue to improve as time allows in year 8. Some possibilities include AJAX search results, enhanced entry pages, in-line error improvements, and site layout changes. Time is our only limit.

Does it get any better than this? You bet it does! We continue to grow daily and become even more valuable as the greatest ROM hacking resource on the planet. Cheers to another great year!

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