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Help Save ROMhacking.net and Data Crystal
29 July 2017 11:06AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler
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.
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
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.
Follow Us On Social Media:
- Official Twitter: @romhackingnet
- Official Facebook: Romhacking.net
- Official Discord Chat: Chat with us on Discord
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
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
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:
- Homebrew Section (Sections - Homebrew)
- The Scratchpad (Submissions - The Scratchpad)
- Enhanced image browsing for Hacks, Translation, and Homebrew entries.
- Item History Pages (Click last modified date on entry page.)
- Advanced Submission Search (Changes - Advanced Search)
- New public maintenance options including invalid screenshot resolutions
- Higher Resolution News Images supported.
- HTTPS file URL link support
- Random Images added to RHDNBot reports
Lastly, as a reminder to those who may not know, the site is accepting materials in all sections for:
- Xbox 360
RHDN Pro and Jazzy Themes
25 January 2013 10:45AM EST - Update by Nightcrawler
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
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!
- 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
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!
SMW Central enters Super Mario 64 hacking
29 October 2012 8:27AM EST - Update by Kieran Menor
For almost 7 years now, SMW Central has been the backbone of the Super Mario World hacking community, providing valuable resources to SMW hackers, as well as hosting a huge list of hacks for those just looking for something to play.
Now, for the first time ever, we are expanding by adding another Mario title to the list of games we support. Yes, you guessed it, I am, of course, talking about Super Mario 64. In addition to adding a Super Mario 64 forum where hackers can mingle, we’re now hosting music, textures and Super Mario 64 hacks for everyone to enjoy, and we hope to add sections for even more types of resources soon.
If there’s a little Mario hacker in you, whether it be for the old or for the new - or even if you just want to try out a hack made by someone else - you should definitely stop by.
We look forward to welcoming you to our community!
Announcement: Credit List
19 June 2012 4:54PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler
Today we’re making an announcement about a new Credit List feature we deployed recently on the site. It has been several years in the making. It was originally an idea from Satsu on how to better facilitate proper crediting of people in our database. There were many technical hurdles to overcome at the time. Allowing multiple author selection was a good stop-gap solution over nothing, but it still fell very short.
Let’s say Aeon Genesis just released a new translation. That’s great, but just who was under that umbrella for this release? Who did the stellar job translating that script? Who did the programming? What about that guy who made that custom decompressor utility? There are many important people involved in our hacking projects that deserve formal community recognition. Simply cramming all those names in the author list is not an elegant solution at all.
A credit list is not a difficult concept, but it can be very difficult to try to shoehorn into a database with roots dating back many years, containing a haphazard mix of people and groups, and entries assigned in various different ways. How do you do this without having to reset all entries, or lose all of our existing valuable associations? It was not an easy question and it took a long time to implement a viable solution.
We finally came up with something that works after some additional input from Spinner 8. All existing data and associations are preserved, and we have added the ability to properly fix and credit any entries going forward. Both old and corrected entries will operate. It is unlikely that all old entries will ever be corrected, so it is imperative that both old and new work.
The current ‘Author’ field for hacks and translations will be used as the ‘Released By’ field in all entry and search pages. In the case of a group project, only the group name should go here. All people belonging to a group for that project shall go to the Credit List. In the case of an individual project, only the primary individual/s to be credited for the release belong. All others involved should be added to the new Credit List attached to the entry. Additional information can be found on the Credit List submission page, and you may see the following examples for reference:
RHDN 5th Anniversary and RHDN 2.3 Released!
24 December 2010 7:25PM EST - Update by Nightcrawler
RHDN has turned 5 years old! We’ve had nearly 30 million unique visits. We are only a few months away from being the longest lasting active ROM hacking website in history. In honor of this occasion, we have released RHDN 2.3 to the site with the addition of several new goodies. Read on for details!
RHDN 2.3 has been released! It’s the culmination of all I’ve been working on this year for RHDN. I have cleared out most of the backlog of items leaving only those that never had a detailed plan for implementation. The following are some of the additions that have been made:
- Enhanced Profiles with contribution rankings, reviews, news, and more!
- Added submission form contents to rejection e-mails.
- Added approved item link to approval e-mails.
- Linked News Items to projects via the ‘News Articles for this Translation’ link.
- Data Crystal ROM hacking wiki and Community History added.
- Added language to translations in forum profiles and community database profiles.
- User interface added to forms to submit an entry without a file and indicate when the project has no readme file.
- Whirlpool News Archive added.
It’s been a very good year around here. RHDN hit it’s niche this year being a positive place where people can come to exchange information, discuss projects, and socialize more than ever before. Stability, personnel, management, and community participation were all at very admirable levels. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff and community members who helped contribute to RHDN this year, and build the longest lasting, largest site of it’s kind! There were many impressive releases this year from our community content creators, and the bar just keeps rising. I look forward to seeing what everybody is capable of in year 6!
At this point, I’ve done nearly everything I set out to do with the site. I had hoped to eliminate staff entirely at one point, but experience has shown we need to continue to have screening staff members in order to maintain adequate quality levels on the site. A few other compromises were made along the way where experience showed some ideals were not practical. However, for the most part, my original vision has come to full fruition and exceeded all my expectations.
With 5 years of development coming to an end, it is now time to look to the future and determine a path to take for the next 5 years. I extend an invitation to all to discuss with us your hopes, dreams, and visions for the RHDN of the future. We will re-evaluate our roles, lay out a new plan, and embark on a new journey forward!
IRC Chat is moving!
07 November 2010 5:13AM EST - Update by DarkSol
Due to recent and continual net-splits on the DarkMyst network, as the administrator on the IRC side of the house, I am announcing that we are moving the chat to SynIRC where I am currently an IRCop.
There will be a transition period for people to get acclimated to the change of one month. After which, I will be shutting down the channel on DarkMyst.
However, the same rules still apply on SynIRC as they do on DarkMyst.
The IRC staff and I welcome you to join our chatroom and make yourself at home!
A list of the IRC servers in the SynIRC network can be found here.